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Introduction to Oil Painting

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6

Through a combination of discussion, demonstration and painting, this class covers the various steps and techniques of oil painting. Learn how to stretch your own canvas and what types of brushes are at the artist's disposal as well as the history of pigments and mediums and multiple techniques of the art form. Participants will paint and take home a finished still-life painting, composed of the very same colors used by many of the “Old Masters” of the 16th and 17th centuries. Taught by local artist Karl Koett. $100; members receive 10 percent discount.
 
Supplies: The museum will provide oil paints but students are responsible to bring their own assortment of oil brushes, palette, cotton rags, palette knife, two jars (for mineral spirits and linseed oil), and a pre-stretched canvas (no smaller than 12 x 16 inches)

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Painting Night at Muse

6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 4th

Indulge your inner artist, and create a personal piece of art that mimics the look of a rustic wood-burned design using acrylic paint on a 12x24-in. natural birch plank.

Taught by artist Christina Wilson with guidance on how to display the piece at home. Stencil available for those who do not wish to draw free-hand. Register by calling 929-9230 or online.

$45 Anchorage Museum Members receive a 10% discount

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Urban Homestead 101

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, April 4 through May 2

 Save 10% by registering for the five Urban Homestead 101 Classes Package.

Urban Homestead 101
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, April 4 through May 2
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. Learn traditional skills, along with their historical and modern contexts, in this series of five classes for the urban homesteader. Participants come away with next steps to continue building their skills in food preservation, tool usage, clothes mending, butchering and leatherwork, among other crafts. $20 per class or $90 for all five classes; members receive a 10 percent discount.

 

Urban Homestead 101: Preserving Fish, Foraging and Growing Greens
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4
Learn traditional skills, along with their history and modern contexts, in this series of five classes for the urban homesteader.

Take stock and prepare for fishing and foraging in this homesteading 101 course. Explore how to plan a garden with tips on local foraging this summer. Resources provided for how to manage excess fish in the freezer through smoking and preserving. $20, or $90 for all five Urban Homestead 101 classes.  Members receive a 10 percent discount.

 

Urban Homestead 101: Handwork, Fabrics and Leather
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday April 11
Learn traditional skills, along with their historical and modern contexts, in this series of five classes for the urban homesteader.

Needle and thread are essential tools for the Urban Homesteader, whether mending or enhancing your cabin fashion. Learn contemporary applications of traditional techniques and materials, including dyeing techniques and textiles with artist Elissa Meyers. Mikey Huff of The Mercantile shares hands-on leatherworking techniques. Participants will gain practical handworking skills and take home samples and resources for learning more. $20, or $90 for all five Urban Homestead 101 classes. Members receive a 10 percent discount.

 

Urban Homestead 101: Butchering and Backyard Farms

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday April 18

Learn traditional skills, along with their historical and modern contexts, in this series of five classes for the urban homesteader.

Understanding food and how to prepare it is an essential skill on the urban homestead. Through demonstrations and presentations, participants will learn how to get the best cut of meat and hear about raising animals as a food source. They will also learn techniques for maintaining and sharpening knives. Students should bring one blade to practice with during class. Attendees will each receive a whetstone to take home, along with resources for learning more about backyard farms and butchering. $20, or $90 for all five Urban Homestead 101 classes. Members receive a 10 percent discount.

 

Urban Homestead 101: Essential Tools for Fishing

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday April 25

Learn traditional skills, along with their historical and modern contexts, in this series of five classes for the urban homesteader.

As fishing season approaches, make sure to know the ins and outs of what’s in your tackle box and on your reel. Learn about the appropriate gear, upkeep and usage of popular lures, flies and nets. Practice how to mend your equipment if your fish wins the fight. $20, or $90 for all five Urban Homestead 101 classes. Members receive 10 percent discount.

 

Urban Homestead 101: Wilderness Traveler

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday May 2

Learn traditional skills, along with their historical and modern contexts, in this series of five classes for the urban homesteader.

This workshop explores travel hacks and essentials for the homesteader on the go. Learn about the best wilderness shelter options and how to plan an Alaska outdoors adventure. $20, or $90 for all five Urban Homestead 101 classes. Members receive a 10 percent discount.

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