DuMA Spring Break Art Camps

DuMA Spring Break Art Camps:

Monday-Friday, March 25-29th

Section I: Grades K-2, M-F, 9-11 am (optional sack lunch add-on 11 am-Noon)
Section II: Grades 3-5, M-F, 1-4 pm

Tuition: $65 Members | $75 Guests (materials included);
$10 sack lunch (optional)
Instructors: Rachel Spurling and Caitlin Donald

Looking for a creative way to fill Spring Break Week? Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries for inspiration, then head to the studio to create their own works of art in a variety of age-appropriate mediums.

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Neighborhood Portraits Workshop

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Inspired by the colors and artworks in the current exhibition African American Art of the 20th Century, students will create personal expressions of their neighborhood environments and learn brush techniques using acrylic paint.

Ages: This workshop is geared to children 9 and older, but all ages are welcome.
Instructor: Hana Velde
Tuition: $20 Members, $25 Guest (materials included)
Members save 20% on all classes.

Scholarships are available. Contact Margaret Buhr, director of education, at 563.557.1851 or at mbuhr@dbqart.com for details.

Enjoy complimentary coffee and Wi-Fi in our lobby during class.

Youth Drawing Classes

Winter/Spring 2019 Youth Art Classes

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Back to Basics: Drawing Class
Saturdays, January 19 & 26, February 2 & 9 (4-week session)
Section I: Ages 8-12: 9-10:30 am
Section II: Ages 13-16: 10:30 am-Noon
Tuition: $60 Members | $75 Guests (materials included)
Instructor: Hana Velde

Students will practice the act of observing through continuous line drawing, drawing upside down, and drawing negative spaces, then begin a still life project to discover how shading and perspective add depth to their drawings. Museum exhibits will be visited each class as we discover connections and gain creative inspiration from the art on display. The second half of the class series will focus on the study of facial proportions and portrait drawing.

Gallery Inspiration: Texture Painting Workshop
February 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12
Fee: $20 Members | $25 Guests (materials included)
Instructor: Rachel Spurling

Taking inspiration from the exhibition African American Art in the 20th Century and Abstract Expressionist artist Sam Gilliam, students will create an abstract painting from loose canvas. Students will use non-traditional utensils to spread paint and add texture.

Neighborhood Portraits Workshop
Saturday, February 23, 9:30-11:30 am
Ages: 11 and up
Tuition: $20 Members, $25 Guests (materials included)
Instructor: Hana Velde

Students will visit African American Art in the 20th Century to observe the colors, images, and messages in the artworks on display. We will discuss the importance of neighborhoods in everyday life, how basic needs are met through housing and the food supply, and how interpersonal interactions build a feeling of community. After preparing a canvas board and acrylic paint palette and learning brush techniques, students will create personal expressions of their neighborhood environments.

Back to Basics: Painting Class
Sundays, April 7-28 (4-Week Session)
Section I: Ages 8-12: 1-2:30 pm
Section II: Ages 13-16: 2:30-4 pm
Tuition: $60 Members | $75 Guests (materials included)
Instructors: Hana Velde and Kelsey Hammons

Students will visit museum exhibits, including African American Art in the 20th Century, to explore color, theme, and mood and to gain creative inspiration. We will begin by learning about color theory and brush techniques using watercolors. The second week’s class will explore shading and perspective using tempera paints. The second half of the class series will focus on composition and acrylic painting techniques as students prepare a canvas and work on a landscape painting.


Join us for an extraordinary evening of art, entertainment and celebration, benefiting and celebrating
the Dubuque Museum of Art. This year’s event will highlight the impact of arts education and community

Advance tickets may be purchased until November 8 at https://dbqart.ejoinme.org/move

Preview silent and live auction items here

• Cocktail hour at 6 p.m.
• Silent and live auction featuring works of art, themed packages, dining experiences and travel
• Live music
• Raffle drawing for cash prizes

Advance tickets: $60 per guest. Day of event: $75.
All proceeds benefit Museum programs.


Conlon Construction Co.
DB&T Dubuque Bank and Trust
Molo Plumbing and Heating
Gigantic Design Co.
A.Y. McDonald Charitable Foundation
Dupaco Community Credit Union
Honkamp Krueger & Co. PC
ImOn Communications
McCoy Jewelers
U.S. Bank

Artist Studio Tours: Opperman & Eshelman

See the artist process in action! Visit the art studios of boot maker Paul Opperman and potter Paul Eshelman. This is a free event for DuMA members & $10 for guests

Members and guests are encouraged to provide their own transportation, but a limited amount of rides can be provided by DuMA if needed.

 1-2 PM Paul Opperman Studio: 818 S Grandview Ave, Dubuque, IA

3-4 PM Eshelman Pottery: 238 N Main St, Elizabeth, IL

Advanced registration is preferred, call 563-557-1851 x11 or email abarron@dbqart.com

The studio tours are offered in conjunction with the exhibition: “Handmade Craft Invitational” continuing through September 9, 2018.

Paul Opperman Eshelman Pottery

Summer Art Camp

Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries for inspiration and head to the studio to create their own works of art in a variety of mediums.

The Museum’s educational philosophy focuses on experimentation, problem solving and “thinking outside the box.” Students create art in a safe and positive environment, finding inspiration in the Museum’s exhibitions and collections. Originality and self-expression is encouraged.

Monday-Friday, June 18-22, 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 6-8

Monday-Friday, June 24-29, 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 9-12

Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 10-11:30 a.m.  Ages 13-16

Instructor: Caitlin Donald

Cost: Museum members: $45 Guests: $50. All supplies furnished.

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If you are unable to use the above form, call DuMA at (563) 557-1851)



Every second Tuesday of the month, toddlers ages 3-5, accompanied by a parent or grandparent, are invited to the Museum to enjoy a merry time creating art. Please come dressed to get messy! Instructor: Hana Velde.


$3 per child per session. All supplies are furnished.

Please call Margaret Buhr at 563.557.1851 MondayFriday, or email mbuhr@dbqart.com for more information or to enroll a student.

You must register by noon the day before.