Flex your creative muscles with the Figge Wine & Art classes

If you are anything like me, sometimes you need a break from the daily grind.

I recently attended my first Wine & Art at Figge Art Museum, and it was the perfect way to flex my creative muscles, wind down, and learn something new.


We have visited the Figge in the past (check out the full post about the Lego exhibit here), but I’ve been wanting to try out one of their (very popular) Wine & Art classes for months. Finally, I set aside time and registered for the July class. I’m so glad I did. At only $20, the class was worth every penny (and more).

The class I participated in was a “Prairie Painting” with acrylics. I have exactly zero experience painting. (Unless finger paints with my son count.) So, I was a true beginner.

When I arrived at the Figge on Thursday evening, I headed to the studio space on the second floor and settled into my spot. All supplies are provided – and wine and light appetizers are also part of the class fee.


Every month brings a different type of art – and a different instructor – into this space. This month’s project was created by Artist Pam Ohnemus. She walked us through the steps to create our own version of her prairie painting on the canvas provided.

We utilized the full two hours of the class and learned techniques to create a landscape and flowers. This included mixing paints to create the perfect colors as well as blending the colors on the canvas to make it look more realistic.

In the end, I found myself proud of my effort. And I loved seeing the projects my classmates created. Just like us, every single piece was a little different.


I enjoyed my final piece enough that it found a place in my home. And I’m already looking forward to the next class.


Interested in joining me?

Learn more about upcoming Wine & Art classes and sign up.



About the author

Kim Woodward Kim Woodward is a wife, mom, and freelance writer living with her husband and son in a barn in rural Geneseo, Illinois. A notorious dabbler and DIYer, she shares her projects and adventures at NewlyWoodwards.com, and contributes to QuadCityMomsBlog.com. A native of the Quad Cities, she loves setting out on local adventures and discovering hidden gems in the area. She’s always on the lookout for the best live music, family-friendly activities, and cup of coffee.

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