The Museum offers a diverse array of hands-on classes and workshops (for all skill levels and abilities) year-round, often led by local and visiting artists. Workshops in different media and themes enhance and reflect the techniques and works of art featured in Museum exhibitions and collections.
Fall 2014 Classes and Workshops
Back to Basics Cooking Class for Parent + Child with Chef John Fleer of Rhubarb and his son Justin
AUGUST 12 — Tuesday, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
$60 per Parent/Child pair for members, $70 for non-members
Location: Rhubarb, 7 SW Pack Square, Asheville
Chef Fleer returns to the roots of his passion for cooking, a college semester spent in Italy and the memories of growing up around the family table. John and his sixth-grade son will be your guide through a summer Italian family menu to be served at the end of the class by the children to their parents. Menu items will include Summer Farmer’s Market Panzanella, Hand Rolled Pasta with Brick Oven Tomato Sauce and Meatballs, and Roasted Peaches and Mascarpone Cheese. Reservation deadline is Friday, August 1.
Silver + Gold Gilding Demonstration and Workshop with Alan Shuptrine
AUGUST 28 — Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
East Wing | Studio/Classroom
$60 for members, $75 for non-members
Alan Shuptrine of Shuptrine’s gallery and gilding studio ( in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will provide a hands-on demonstration on the centuries-old method of water gilding. He will discuss the details of Old World gilding methods and how these methods are applied in the restoration and conservation of historical items. A digital presentation will be shown, followed by a demonstration of actual water gilding, sgraffito designs, agate burnishing and patination of the finish. He will also provide examples of different gilded and restored finishes on corner samples, frames and other gilded objects. Participants will be able to experiment with the techniques and create their own small gilded silver objects to take home with them. All materials and snacks are included in the cost. Class size is limited and advanced registration is required. Please contact the Museum for reservations at 828.253.3227. Reservation deadline is Friday, August 15.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition
Watercolor with Nora Mosrie
SEPTEMBER 5 — Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
East Wing Studio Classroom
$90 Members, $105 Non-Members
Join local artist Nora Mosrie for this introductory exploration of watercolors. Experiment with paint, brushes and paper while enjoying the creative process. Discover how to mix and layer colors along with creating an entire color wheel from three primary colors. Learn various watercolor techniques such as dry brush, wet on wet, solid washes and graduated washes.
No art experience required. All materials and snacks are included in the cost. Class size is limited and advanced registration is required. Please register at or contact the Museum at 828.253.3227. Reservation deadline is Friday, August 29, 2014.