Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum

Southeast Missouri State University • 518 S. Fountain St. • Cape Girardeau, Mo
Spring/Summer 2018
The museum is closed on Mondays and March 30-April 1, May 26-28 and July 4.

Make & Take Activities (While supplies last, free, drop in)

  • Feb. 24 Saturday Family Day: Rockrageous 1-4 p.m.
    Twelve hands on activities are offered related to Rocks.
  • March 2 First Friday: Papermaking 4-8 p.m.
    Colored confetti is blended with paper pulp. Then, participants strain and press it. The paper dries overnight or with minimal ironing.
  • April 6 First Friday: Papermaking 4-8 p.m.
    Colored confetti is blended with paper pulp. Then, participants strain and press it. The paper dries overnight or with minimal ironing.
  • June 1 First Friday: Stick to Your Painting 4-8 p.m.
    Participants make a painting that incorporates the use of a stick, which is glued on their piece.
  • June 16 Arts Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    River Campus Visual and Performing Arts of all types are on display, along with live demonstrations, hands-on activities, entertainment, vendor booths and performances can be viewed
  • July 6 First Friday: Live Drawing 4-8 p.m.
    Live drawing on the spot. Pose your model and sketch.
  • August 3 First Friday: Mini Batik
    Use dyes and hot wax on fabric to experience a simple version of the Batik process.


  • Arts & Crafts
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays • 1-4 p.m.
    free adult art class • through June 2018
    Pre-registration required • supplies required • adults only
    Space is limited. Beginner and novice level lessons involve a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, fibers, printmaking, jewelry and multimedia. Activities will introduce art vocabulary along with knowledge of color theory and some art history. Individual participants learn to use the materials. Not everyone makes the same art. Realism, representational, plein air, abstract, expressionism and narrative are styles can be explored in this group setting.
  • Floral Oil Painting with Cleda Curtis
    Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7 and 14 • 9 a.m.-Noon
    *registration $25 • supplies required • adults only
    Examining floral images provided by teaching artist, Cleda Curtis, will give the viewers an understanding of form by breaking it down into shapes that are light, medium and dark. Using a limited color palette of Alizerine Crimson (red), French Ultramarine (blue), Cadmium Yellow Light and White, participants will mix desired colors to match the values needed. A successful outcome of this process will demonstrate the intricate folds and ripples of the delicate petals and show a visual interpretation of the convex and concave areas both in light and in shadow. It is expected that participants will complete weekly assigned homework to prepare for the following week's class. This class is for beginners and up.
  • Finger Weaving with James Phillips
    March 10 • 1-4 p.m.
    *registration $15 • supplies provided • age 14 and up
    Finger Weaving is just as it sounds, tactile and creative. Participants will be introduced to various patterns and color schemes. Examples of woven articles such as historic sleeve ties and belts will be displayed. Selected fibrous materials will be discussed, along with their elasticity, adherence of natural dyes, and their durability. The size of a weaving is up to the participant. Finishing off a weaving will be demonstrated. Some may finish during class and others may take them home to complete. Once you learn this technique, it can be scaled smaller for colorful wearable creations or larger for any use you can think up.
  • Pysanka Eggs with Barbara Duncan
    March 20 or 21 • 1-4 p.m. (only one day needed)
    free • *must register • supplies provided • age 9 and up
    Ukrainian Egg Decorating Participants will learn the rich history of legends, superstition, folklore and symbolism as they complete a Pysanka egg with rich dyes and meaningful designs using a wax resist process.
  • Handmade Book Cover with Caroline Kahler
    March 27 • 9-11 a.m.
    free • *must register • supplies required • for adults
    Participants will be introduced to functional multimedia creations as book covers, while being pushed beyond the boundaries of the standard flat surface that books usually have. Make use of those little found objects or trinkets you have kept out of sight for years, and put them on display as part of your book cover.
  • Gourd Bowl Making with Ellen Hahs
    April 7 and 8 • 1-4 p.m.
    *registration $15 • supplies provided • age 15 and up
    Create a bright translucent colored surface that allows the natural surface of the gourd to show through, which will dry overnight. Then, decorate the bowl with painted designs, weaving, beading or attaching other materials.
  • Wrapped Chord Basket with Ellen Hahs
    May 6 • 1-4 p.m.
    *registration $15 • supplies provided • age 9 and up
    Simple supplies can have unlimited design potential. Participants will create a small basket with wrapping and stitching techniques. How do you envision your creation, as one with symmetry, a mathematical pattern or would you go all out and freestyle it, changing up techniques? It is all up to you, with only a few rules to follow.
  • Plein Air Painting with Marty Coulter
    May 23-25 • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    *registration $200 • supplies required • for adults
    Teaching Artist, Marty Coulter will discuss his color palette and techniques of painting during parts of this workshop. Find out how he simplifies and paints in hours, what it takes others much more time to achieve. Apply his techniques, with his guidance, in your own painting practice on location near River Campus and in downtown Cape Girardeau. This workshop will occur no matter the weather with a minimum of 6 participants. This class is for beginners and up.
  • Painting Demonstration and Artist Talk
    May 24 • 7 p.m. by Marty Coulter
    walk in registration $20 • open to public
    Southeast students/faculty/staff are free with ID
    Knowing how to decide on composition layout, what to leave out and what to emphasize can make that kind of painting people cross the room to see more closely. Even if you don't paint, you can enjoy watching him work through his process of decision making with color intensity, temperature and value. This talented local artist from the St. Louis area enjoys helping other artists capture a moment and interpret it with paint.
  • Woodworx Academy
    This event has been CANCELLED
    June 5-8 • 9-11 a.m. ages 4-8 • 1-4 p.m. ages 9-14
    *registration $40 • supplies provided
    Participants will experience a number of interesting and fun hands-on activities relating to trees, wood and lumber under the topics of science, art and history. Participants rotate through four or more activities each day. Special guests will be able to share their expertise as they interact with the kids. Adult attendance with pre-shcoolers is required. (adults do not pay a fee)
  • Artist Talk by Craig Thomas
    July 6 • 6 p.m.
    free • open to public
    Craig Thomas will give his artist talk during the reception for his solo exhibition to discuss his works on display. The Craig Thomas Solo Exhibition will be open July 6 - Aug. 12, with a reception 4-8 p.m. on July 6, 2018.
  • Drawing Still Life and Figure with Craig Thomas
    July 10, 11 and 12 • 8 a.m. - Noon
    *registration $25 • supplies required • age 15 and up
    Local teaching artist, Craig Thomas, will lead his drawing class through a variety of processes that teach them to see as an artist. Gain experience by seeing how he starts from a blank page then builds with line, plane and form to make a finished representational drawing. Learn how to get correct proportion by using visual comparison with what is in front of you as your subject. The participants will be supervised by Thomas during their own drawing practice time in this class. The drawing goal is to make a likeness and/or capture a mood. This class is for beginners and up.
  • Creative Watercolor with Brenda Seyer
    July 17, 24 and 31 • 9 a.m. – Noon
    *registration $25 • supplies required • for adults
    Watercolor is able to make a variety of "looks" on paper. It can look solid or translucent. It can be a single color or be a transition of multiple colors, and it can be manipulated into a gradient from light to dark. It just matters how you use your brush and gravity. Watercolor pigments do not always just simply stay put. Teaching artist, Brenda Seyer, demonstrates how they can purposefully be manipulated with other materials. Pigment can be remoistened, layered up, or even lifted away. Participants will be able to explore watercolor's abilities as they create practice works with their own creativity and from reference images. This class is for beginners and up.


*All events take place in the Crisp Museum and are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To register or for more information contact us by email or call (573) 651-2260.


River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center
Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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