Adult Workshops

Prototype Lab

The Speed’s adult workshop series, Back to Basics, provides opportunities for participants 16 years and older to explore their creative side and learn new art making skills. All materials are provided and all experience levels are welcome.

Back to Basics: Gold Leafing
Saturday, December 14, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sneak a behind-the-scenes look at the delicate process of art restoration by exploring the What’s New at The Speed exhibition, then learn different techniques using faux gold-leaf to breathe new life into a masterpiece of your own! Bring a small wooden object from home to use as a test subject or take home a new picture frame gilded during our workshop.
Members $10 | Non-members $20

Built for Speed: The Galloping Horse with Jamie Corum
Saturday, January 11, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

This workshop with equine artist Jaime Corum will focus on the beauty of the galloping horse through a series of stop-action poses (based on photographs of the galloping horse by Eadward Muybridge).  Each workshop student will work with one powerful gallop pose for an individual creative painting.  When completed, we will use digital images of the paintings to create a gif animation of the galloping horse. Participants will work with acrylic paint on canvas.

Iconic People & Landmarks of Louisville: Pop Art Prints
Every Thursday, January 9 – February 27, 12 – 2 pm

This Community Connections workshop will turn iconic people and landmarks into pop art superstars. Come learn about known and little-known figures while learning print making techniques. No artistic experience is needed. This is an 8-week series that will conclude with a public exhibition of participant’s works at the Speed Art Museum.
Note: This workshop is for individuals that are 55 years old and older. We need participants to commit to the full 8-week program.
Free, admission cost is waived for participants

Costumed Figure Drawing
1st Friday of each month (Upcoming dates: December 6, January 3, February 7, March 6, April 3)
Gheens Court, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Join us monthly at Late Til 8 hours at the Speed for open figure drawing sessions! This monthly series provides visitors ages 14 and up the opportunity to draw from a live model dressed in costuming inspired by one of the artworks from the Speed’s permanent collection. Registration not required, but materials and folding stools available first-come, first-serve. Guests may bring their own materials.
PLEASE NOTE: Sketching materials permitted in the galleries include: pencil, conte crayon, and colored pencils. The following materials are not permitted: charcoal, oil pastel, felt-tip marker, pastels, ink pens, fountain pens, fixatives, sprays, or wet media of any kind.
FREE with admission


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