Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker: Hummer in a Nest

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Artist Vada Baker leads this class where participants learn to paint hard, soft, and lost edges, and how to "charge colors" using watercolors. All supplies included. No experience necessary. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends members. Register by July 12.

$15

Japanese Garden Lunch & Learn at the Muscatine Art Center

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Japanese Garden Lunch & Learn - Free Admission Thursday, July 11 at Noon & Wednesday, September 4 at Noon Join Director Melanie Alexander for a look back at the multi-year project of rehabilitating the historic Japanese Garden. Learn about all of the details such as the archaeological investigation, the approval process involving the Iowa State... Read More →

Free

Friends Annual Ice Cream Social

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Summer would not be the same without the Annual Ice Cream Social! Enjoy live music by Crusin’ from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m. and the Muscatine Civic Chorale from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., play some games with the family, explore the exhibitions, join the family bike ride to the event, meet photographer Kurt Ullrich, view the... Read More →

Free

Beginning Crochet Workshop with Bonnie Buelt

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Spend Sunday afternoons learning crochet basics with Bonnie Buelt, crochet artist and owner of Island Floral. Learn about hook sizes and types of yarn and how to read patterns. Or, join us to refresh your skills. Come ready to learn something new or bring your projects. Various sizes of hooks will be provided to use... Read More →

$5

Artist Workshop for Kids with Miss Julie – Fairy Garden Furniture

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Add some flair to your potted plants and fairy gardens with fairy furniture! Use simple items from nature to create tiny, whimsical accessories for the imaginary creatures that call our gardens home! Ages 7-14, free admission. Register by June 21.

Free

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker – The Storm Watercolor

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Local artist Vada Baker leads this class where participants will use vibrant watercolors to paint a beautiful summer storm. All supplies included. No experience necessary.

$15

Kiwanis 100th Anniversary Open House

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

This is a casual mix-and-mingle event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Muscatine Kiwanis Club. We're looking forward to seeing a lot of current and former Kiwanis Club members and their family members in attendance, as well as Key Club members from Muscatine High School, area teachers and educators, community leaders, Chamber members, folks... Read More →

Live Insects with Muscatine County Conservation

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

In partnership with Muscatine County Conservation, join us in the Muscatine Art Center studio to learn about insects with naturalist Michelle Berns. Kids will get to see and learn about darkling beetles, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and more. At 11:30 we will make an insect-inspired craft to take home.

Free

Bracelet Making for Adults at Creations by Oz

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Join us at Creations by Oz for a bracelet-making workshop. Owner Melissa Osborne will lend her jewelry-making expertise and lead participants in creating unique and stunning beaded bracelets. Enjoy warm spinach and artichoke dip and a glass of wine, included in the class fee. Additional wine and beer offered for sale. Contact Melissa at 319-930-9189... Read More →

$39

Beginning Crochet Workshop with Bonnie Buelt

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Spend Sunday afternoons learning crochet basics with Bonnie Buelt, crochet artist and owner of Island Floral. Learn about hook sizes and types of yarn and how to read patterns. Or, join us to refresh your skills. Come ready to learn something new or bring your projects. Various sizes of hooks will be provided to use... Read More →

$5

Artist Workshop for Kids with Miss Julie- Ellsworth Kelly

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Ellsworth Kelly was an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker known for his use of bright colors and his connections with minimalism, hard-edged painting, and color field painting. Celebrate his works by creating an acrylic square painting in his style.

Free

Origami Mandalas with Miss Heather

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Learn the fun art of origami while creating a multi-layered mandala using radial symmetry. Explore folding techniques and experiment with how to combine folds and colored paper to create a unique design.

Free

For the Love of Art Tea at the Muscatine Art Center

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Join us in the historic Musser Mansion for "For the Love of Art: A Tea Party Celebrating Women", on Saturday, May 11th, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Music Room. This fundraiser for the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center includes musical entertainment, a silent auction, tea/coffee, and savory and sweet treats. Reserve your table by... Read More →

$25

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Watercolor Cardinal

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Artist Vada Baker is back with fresh new projects to get you excited for spring. Vada guides participants in a step-by-step process to complete your painting. Paint a bright cardinal on a branch using watercolors. All supplies included. No experience necessary. Advanced registration required by calling the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282. Class fees are... Read More →

$15

Ribbon Cutting & Storyteller Performance

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Join the Muscatine Art Center as we celebrate the rehabilitation of the historic Japanese Garden on Thursday, May 2nd, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00 p.m., followed by a performance by storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto. Yamamoto's performance combines Japanese folktales with traditional musical instruments, magical masks, origami, and mime to create a spellbinding story. Performance... Read More →

Free

Beginning Crochet

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Spend Sunday afternoons learning crochet basics with Bonnie Buelt, crochet artist and owner of Island Floral. Learn about hook sizes and types of yarn and how to read patterns. Or, join us to refresh your skills. Come ready to learn something new or bring your projects. Various sizes of hooks will be provided to use... Read More →

Artist Workshop for Kids – Cherry Blossoms

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a yearly spring festival that commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, D.C. Today’s Festival spans for weeks and welcomes millions of visitors to see the beautiful cherry trees in bloom. Celebrate spring by creating a cherry blossom in a paper vase.

Live Owls with Muscatine County Conservation

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

In partnership with Muscatine County Conservation, join us in the Muscatine Art Center studio to learn about raptors with naturalist Michelle Berns. Kids will get to see live owls and hear about their habitats and habits. At 11:30 we will make an owl-inspired craft to take home. There is no registration for this free event.

Author Talk – Betty Brandt Passick

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Iowa native Betty Brandt Passick has authored four books including two award-winning historical crime novels about northeast Iowa. Her first novel, Gangster in Our Midst, tells the factually-inspired story of Chicago mobster Louie La Cava’s arrival in the author’s hometown of Fairbank (called “Oxbow” in the book) in the early 1920s. During the sixty-minute talk,... Read More →

Adult Studio – Clay Slab Mugs

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Learn how to use clay slabs to make a mug. Experiment with texture through carving and adding clay details, creating a truly unique and functional mug. No prior clay experience necessary. This is a two session class - create your mug on April 18 and glaze it May 9. glaze it May

Clay Slab Mugs for Kids

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Learn how to use slabs to create a clay mug. Experiment with texture through carving and adding clay details, creating a truly unique and functional mug. No prior clay experience necessary. This is a two session class - create your mug April 11, glaze on April 25.

Animals in Art

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Man’s best friend, barnyard creatures, playful kittens, circus animals, and bucking broncos are among the animals portrayed in the Animals in Art exhibition. The exhibition combines the paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures from the Muscatine Art Center’s permanent collection with selections of art pottery on loan from Mark and Marie Latta. Featured are works by... Read More →

Art Array 2024

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Art Array is a Juried Exhibition and Contest with Cash Prizes.

Free Workshop For Kids – Weaving with Miss Heather

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Create a colorful weaving using yarn and other materials! Learn how to weave a tapestry or creature using various weaving techniques. No previous weaving experience necessary. Register by February 23.

Free Artist Workshop for Kids – Tom Wesselmann

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

American artist Tom Wesselmann was born in 1931 in Ohio and was mostly associated with the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He worked in painting, sculpture, collage, and printmaking. Channel your inner artist and create a Pop Art still life in his style. Register by February 16.

Thursday Night Makerspace – Lighted Hoop Wall Hanging

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Use embroidery hoops and various types of fabric to create a unique wall hanging with a small string of LED lights. No experience necessary. RSVP by February 14.

Handmade Accordion Book Workshop

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Learn how to create an accordion fold book! No sewing necessary for this style of book. This type of handmade book can have a lot of fun modifications like pockets, flaps, and inserts. Participants will walk away with a new set of skills for creating handmade books. No experience necessary.

Free Artist Workshop for Kids – Clementine Hunter

Muscatine Art Center 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA

Born in 1887, Clementine Hunter was a self-taught Black folk artist from Louisiana who produced an estimated 5,000-10,000 paintings in her lifetime before passing away at the age of 101. Celebrate her life and works by creating a memory painting in her style.