Scroll Top

Classes

Created in 2022 after his death, the Barry Bauman Art Institute honors the generosity of the Chicago-based art conservator, who donated over a million dollars in free restoration services to Hoyt Sherman Place over 10 years. His work includes The Repentant Magdalene and Apollo and Venus, two of the showpieces in the Hoyt Sherman Place Art Gallery. Implementing programming for students and adults to foster and grow their interests in the arts will ensure Bauman’s legacy continues.

Sunday, May 26
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Instructor: Janet Mootz
$30, Ages 16-Adult
Maximum class size: 20

Are you getting ready to take the trip of a lifetime or maybe just taking the grandchildren to Disney World?

What makes some travel photographs more engaging than others? It’s not the camera. It’s thoughtful composition.

Janet is an experienced photographer who loves to travel and share her passion for both. She will give you her top 10 tips for improving your photography.

Cell phone, point and shoot, or digital SLR users are all welcome. We will do a little practice session at the end of class.

Sunday, May 26
4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Instructor: Betty Walker
$60, Ages 21+
Maximum class size: 15

Come and learn the techniques for creating mist and fog in this forested landscape. Using just two colors, we will create a dynamic painting by practicing watercolor techniques such as: layering, blending, and dropping color. All skill levels are welcome.

This is a paint and sip class. Wine will be available as well as water and snacks. The class will be held in the art gallery. All materials will be provided.

Saturday, June 15
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Instructor: Andrew Hoyt (local singer-songwriter)
$100, Ages 16+
Maximum class size: 30

Come and join us for our first ukulele class! Local musician, Andrew Hoyt, will teach you the basic chords and strumming patterns. The end of the class will be a little performance on the Hoyt Sherman Place stage.

There are 18 ukuleles on loan. The first people to register will have the option to use those. If you have a ukulele, please bring it. When you register, please note in the Important Information box if you will be needing a loaned ukulele.

Up Tempo Music will also have ukuleles available for purchase.

Saturday, June 15
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Instructor: Madeline Maser
$30, Ages 14+
Class size: 5-20

This class covers the basics to creating high fashion illustrations. We’ll create exaggerated figures rooted in real anatomy, learn how to use certain materials to capture different textures, and discuss the importance of working swiftly and freely in order to capture our ideas as quickly as they come to us.

Iowa native, Madeline Maser, has been working and teaching in Chicago, New York City, and Phoenix for the past 10 years, and she has brought her knowledge and experience back to Des Moines. Her background in art, design, and stage improv gives her a unique perspective and wealth of experience.

Saturday, June 22
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Instructor: Madeline Maser
$30, Ages 16+
Class size: 5-15

Comedy is at its best when it comes from a place of honesty and vulnerability. In this class, we will learn the basics of how to create improvised scenes with a partner that are rooted in emotional honesty. These basics stem from the work of Del Close and his “Yes, and” approach to honing one’s performative craft – whether for acting, comedy, or even day-to-day conversation – through improvisation.

Iowa native, Madeline Maser, has been working and teaching in Chicago, New York City, and Phoenix for the past 10 years, and she has brought her knowledge and experience back to Des Moines. Her background in art, design, and stage improv gives her a unique perspective and wealth of experience.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

Members: Hoyt Sherman Place Members get one FREE class per membership (1 one-day class or 1 day of a multi-day class). To redeem this offer and to register for a class, contact Janet Mootz at 515.452.0610 or by email using our contact form.

Refund Policy: All refund requests must be received 7 days prior to the start of class. Registration fees will be refunded less a 15% cancellation fee. To request a refund, contact Janet Mootz at 515.452.0610 or by email using our contact form.

Hoyt Sherman Place reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment with no incurring obligations. If a class gets canceled by Hoyt Sherman Place, you will receive a full refund with no cancellation fee.

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Student's Name (if different than registering adult)
Skill level coming into this class*
Can we use your photo (working in class) for promotional use on social media?*

Billing Information

Billing Address*

WENT IN TO THE CLASS AS A SOMEWHAT NERVOUS BEGINNER, BUT I WAS IMMEDIATELY MADE COMFORTABLE BY THE INSTRUCTOR. I FELT ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE CLASS, AND UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, LEFT CONFIDENT IN MY ABILITIES TO BUILD ON THE SKILLS I LEARNED. I WILL DEFINITELY CONSIDER TAKING ANOTHER CLASS!

Jeremy