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Make it Wild

Online Art-Making

Learn and practice a new art medium alongside regional professional artists.

Live, online courses on Zoom are open to adults and young adults with beginner to intermediate abilities. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during these interactive programs. Registrants will receive a zoom link and a list of inexpensive and easy-to-acquire art materials for use during the online course(s).

  • $35 per Live Online Class, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Stay tuned for upcoming live classes!
  • $20 per Recorded Class

Your registration fee supports the Museum’s Art Leadership Scholarship in Honor of the Memory of Dick Jennings.  Dick Jennings was a Museum board member whose memory inspires us to pursue our passions.  The $4,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a local High School Senior who plans to study art at the college level.  Thank you for your support!

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Your registration fee supports the Museum’s Art Leadership Scholarship in Honor of the Memory of Dick Jennings. Dick Jennings was a Museum board member whose memory inspires us to pursue our passions. The $4,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a local High School Senior who plans to study art at the college level. If you would like to add an additional donation to your purchase please indicate that amount here. Thank you for your support!
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For more information please contact:
Jane Lavino, Sugden Chief Curator of Education
jlavino@wildlifeart.org
(307) 732-5417

Current Courses

Making Mural Art with Greta Gretzinger

Greta Gretzinger has worked as an artist in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming/Driggs, Idaho area since 1988. She is known primarily as a muralist but also does a variety of other custom painting and portraits as well as graphic design and illustration. Her work is whimsical, colorful and fun. The use of local characters, humor and situations are trademarks of her art. She particularly likes to add something that has a humorous twist on traditional themes or subjects. She has painted murals in many local businesses and homes in addition to creating work throughout the western United States.

Greta's murals can be seen in Jackson, Wyoming at the New York City Sub Shop, The Merry Piglets, The Rocky Mountain Oyster, Pearl Street Bagels and the biggest one, in the alley beside the Sundance Inn.

Greta became a muralist more by chance than deliberate choice. Working as a sign painter for several years, she became comfortable with large format work and wanted to create her own, original work. It seemed, for her, a natural progression to creating outdoor murals. She derives joy in the making of her work and the anticipated pleasure it will give others. She injects humor and whimsy into her work as a way to create an immediate connection with her viewers. “Humor”, the artist explains, “is a way to draw people in so that they might first enjoy the artwork without feeling it’s too cerebral or inaccessible. No one has to worry about whether they understand.”

Finding and Controlling Light in Your Landscape Painting with Ben Walter

Gouache painting with Ben Walter

Benjamin Walter is a young landscape artist in Jackson Hole. He started drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon and discovered landscape painting during a summer class at the age of 11. Mentored by a painter in Philadelphia from the ages of 11-18, he learned the fundamentals of classical art. After receiving a master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Classical Languages and Literature, Benjamin moved to Jackson, Wyoming in 2015. Since then he has participated in local plein air festivals, taught art, held private shows, and painted commissions.

Acrylic on Wood Block with Sue Tyler

Create a beautiful, one of a kind landscape in mixed media. Learn how to use acrylic and other water based media to design an expressive, colorful landscape on a wood block. We will observe and explore basic forms through drawing exercises.

We will then layer transparent, fluid colors to create a unique landscape. Experimentation for a loose, abstract style is encouraged. This creative approach will energize each student’s unique style and produce expressive results.

BIO: Sue Tyler’s images reference the Western landscape: its seasons, light, geology, inhabitants, and history. Sue was born in Idaho and began exploring the landscape at an early age. In 1983 Sue settled in Teton Valley, Idaho, and taught high school art for 25 years. In 2013 she began painting full time.
Sue paints plein air and studio landscapes in acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. Her work has shown throughout the Western states, winning awards in state, local and national shows.

Sue continues to enjoy teaching art to others and creating partnerships with nonprofit agencies, especially conservation groups, through her art.
https://suetyler.com

Watercolor Painting with Shana Stegman

This class is for those interested in self expression using the beauty of color with water. It is perfect for those wanting to paint more loosely, or wanting to try painting for the first time. This class is great for beginners, but intermediate and advanced artists are encouraged to join who want a relaxing time full of inspiration and creativity.

The class will also include fun color mixing studies, drawing, personal style development, how to get out of an artist’s block, and ways to love your own art!

By the end of this class you will feel like you can do this on your own and will have the confidence to add more art into your life. Which leads to feeling better all around, so let’s make art!

BIO: Shana Stegman is an artist representative as well as Gallery owner. She offers art classes and one-on-one painting sessions at her studio and gallery. She has helped multiple artists get their start in different mediums, as well as helping them learn how to sell their work. She works in several different media such as acrylic, pen & ink, linocuts, fabric design, and of course watercolor.

Bird Sculpture with Dan Burgette

We will begin with a discussion of sculpture, media (from wood to metal to stone to mixed media), and the tools used. You will be shown how to carve a simple wooden shorebird. You'll see examples of the bird at various stages and there will be a few choices for the finished bird. We will go through the steps along the way, talk about wood grain, species to use, tools, etc.

Participants will not have time to complete a finished sculpture during the class, but they will receive enough information to start carving. Following the online class, I will be available via emailed photos of their work to give input on progress and field questions.

BIO: After earning degrees in Conservation from Purdue University, Dan Burgette worked twenty-seven years as a park ranger in Grand Teton National Park. He retired in 2004 and now lives near Tetonia, ID. He has been creating bird sculptures for over forty years using wood, metal and stone with an emphasis on interpretive pieces. In 2001 and 2011, he won the Best in World Interpretive Wood Sculpture award at the Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championship. In 2022 he will receive the Living Legend award from the Ward Foundation. He is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation, and is an Elected member of the National Sculpture Society. His piece “Peep Show” is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY.
http://burgetteart.com

Comic Art with Coyote Shook

Coyote Shook is a cartoonist and Ph.D. student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where they make comics about disability and American aquatic environmental history. Coyote’s comic art frequently includes wildlife, such as bears, moose, turkeys, vultures, turkey vultures, and bison. Their comics have been featured in or are in publication with South Dakota Review, Shenandoah, The San Antonio Review, Honey Literary Magazine, The Ransom Center Magazine, The Puritan, The Florida Review, North Dakota Quarterly, The Carolina Folklore Journal, and Camas magazine. Their debut graphic novel, Coyote the Beautiful, was the winner of the 2020 Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Contest with The Florida Review (the first comic to win). This summer Coyote is working for the National Museum of Wildlife Art as the Lillian Thomason Gemar Education Intern.

Recent honor: published in Camas Magazine

Block Printing with Wendell Field

Wendell Locke Field was born in 1965 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and raised on a dairy farm. It was there on the farm, in the woods and lakes that he began to observe, sketch, and develop a deep curiosity and love of the natural world.

Supposing that it shouldn’t be possible to do your life for a living, Wendell graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1987 with a degree in agriculture economics. It didn’t take him long to realize that ignoring his true calling would be his soul’s death.

For the better part of three decades, Field has created art that reflects his deliberately simple life in Jackson Hole while also traveling extensively in Asia, Africa, and South America. A profound recognition of spirit is always present in Wendell’s work. His mountains reflect authority, his villages appear as places of soulful refuge and throughout all, there is a collective grace. www.wendellfield.com

Gesture Drawing with Kathryn Turner

The artwork of Kathryn Mapes Turner is closely tied to the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She was born as the fourth generation to be raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. Here her consciousness of the natural world began.

Turner began studying art in her teens from noted local painters. She attended the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Studio Arts. She spent an influential semester in Rome, Italy, and studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. Turner has a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Having been passionate about painting since childhood, Turner is now nationally recognized with top honors from the American Impressionist Society and the National Academy of Equine Art and the Southeast Wildlife Exposition as the 2017 Featured Artist. Her list of awards and recognitions continue to grow.

Turner owns and features her work at Turner Fine Art Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. www.turnerfineart.com

Wildlife Portraiture with Andrew Kneeland

Andrew Kneeland is a wildlife and outdoor painter from southwestern Wyoming. Privately tutored as a young student, he has now spent 6 years as a professional artist. Andrew has won several state and national awards and competitions for wildlife art, including the National Junior Duck Stamp and the Wyoming Conservation Stamp. As well, he is a craftsman and local potter. He has a passion for teaching audiences of every age to explore their own gifts and abilities. His approach to painting is simple and easy to follow, inspiring beginners as well as cultivating new concepts in wildlife art with experienced
artists.
www.andrewkneelandart.com

Exploring Pastels with Jennifer L. Hoffman

Jennifer L. Hoffman’s oils and pastels often evoke a quiet meditation on the land that surrounds her home. Born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania, her earliest artistic inquiries were attempts to capture the landscape and birds around her. Her inspiration still comes from the nature and wildlife around her home, now in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Hoffman gathers her ideas on location, then uses those studies to create larger work in the studio. Hoffman has twice won the George Inness Jr. Memorial Award for Pastel at the Salmagundi Club’s annual open juried exhibition, and in 2018 was awarded Best Body of Work at both Yellowstone Plein Air and Plein Air for the Park (Grand Teton National Park). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Her work is represented by Turner Fine Art in Jackson, Wyoming, and on her website, www.jlhoffmanfineart.com.

Finding and Controlling Light in Your Landscape Painting with Ben Walter
Making Mural Art with Greta Gretzinger
Block Printing with Wendell Field
Comic Art with Coyote Shook
Gesture Drawing with Kathryn Turner
Wildlife Portraiture with Andrew Kneeland
Exploring Pastels with Jennifer L. Hoffman
Bird Sculpture with Dan Burgette: © Dan Burgette, Peep Show, 2014. Purchased with funds generously donated by Mrs. John Walton and Rick and Hollee Armstrong — RARE Gallery.
Watercolor Painting with Shana Stegman
Acrylic on Wood Block with Sue Tyler

This project is funded in part with an Arts For All grant provided by the Town of Jackson and Teton County.

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