Whether you want to make your own art or explore local artistic constructs, look no further.

Instructional crafting sessions and information on local artistic events can be found through the Crisp Museum. View the activities and lectures offered through the museum and enroll in a class today.

Activities and Lectures

Check details for possible pre-registration, age limit, and possible fees.

Ongoing Weekly
Tuesdays / 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m. or Wednesdays / 1-4 p.m. CST

Fee and pre-registration required a week in advance. Limited seating. Enroll and pay online or in person by cash/check.
Questions: Ellen (573) 651-2260 or
eflentge@semo.edu

This class can be for beginner to advanced. A variety of art and craft mediums are covered throughout the year. Participants may use their own supplies or the supplies provided. Topics can include the following: painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel chalk) drawing, jewelry, stitching, book making, paper arts (2D and 3D) , fiber arts, weaving, collage, carving, calligraphy, photography, sculpture, and more. Painting styles include abstract, representational, and realism. If you have a project on your own that you want to bring in, you are welcome to do so.

Starting September 16, 2021 / 3 p.m. CST
Meet in person at Crisp Museum or link to group through Zoom weekly on Thursdays at 3 p.m.
Facilitated by Ellen Flentge

No fee for this group. Purchase the book on your own.
Register

In It's Never Too Late To Begin Again, Julia Cameron turns her eye to a segment of the population that, ironically, while they have more time to be creative, are often reluctant or intimidated by the creative process.

This twelve-week course is aimed at defining—and creating—the life you want to have as you redefine—and re-create—yourself, this book includes simple tools that will guide and inspire you to make the most of this time in your life.

Cameron tells the inspiring stories of retirees who discovered new artistic pursuits and passions that more than filled their days—they nurtured their souls.

One chapter will be read each week, then you have activities:
Morning Pages (three daily pages of longhand, stream-of-consciousness writing done first thing in the morning) and Artist Dates (weekly fun solo expeditions),  a twice-weekly 20-minute solo walk and writing a memoir. (I guess new retirees can be expected to have more time for tasks and to need exercise.)

Fridays / 12:30 p.m.-close CST
Multiple activities are free and open to the public.

A Community Quilt will be hand stitched from start to finish. Many hands make light work. Add your name to our list of stitchers, which will be part of our community display when the quilt is completed. The intent is for participants to appreciate the effort quilt makers put into all the steps involved to make a finished piece. Finger dexterity will be needed. Minor assistance will be provided. Stay as little or as long as you'd like. Seating for four is available at a first come basis.

Stitching Retreat gives local quilters a location to gather and stitch. You may bring your sewing machine with supplies and we provide your table space.

Activity/Fidget Quilt Inspiration - Each week January 7, 2022 through March 11, 2022 two new plans are handed out to those interested in creating a quilt with a variety of fidget, finger dexterity, and feeling components. They offer tactile stimulation to help keep hands busy, build ormaintain fine motor skills, and sooth anxiety. Who can use them? Kids or anyone with dementia, memory loss, or Alzheimer's.

First Friday Art Exhibit Crisp Museum is open Friday, January 7 / 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Powerful Pastels by Sketched Perfect: Works by Alfonzo Branch on display through January 23, 2022.

Fiber Friends / 12:30-2 p.m.
Museum space is open to all area fiber art folk for socializing and working on your piece. 

Community Quilt / 12:30-close
A community quilt will be hand stitched from start to finish. "The intent is for participants to appreciate the effort quilt makers put into all the steps involved to make a finished piece," says Ellen Flentge, curator of Education. Seating for four is available beginning at 12:30 p.m. as a first come or rotating basis. Stay as little or as long as you'd like. Finger dexterity will be needed. Minor assistance will be provided. Many hands make light work. Add you name to our list of stitchers, which will be part of our community display when the quilt is completed.

Activity/Fidget Quilt InspirationThese quilts offer tactile stimulation to help keep hands busy, build or maintain fine motor skills, and sooth anxiety. Who can use them? Kids or anyone with dementia, memory loss, or Alzheimer's.

Each week, January 7, 2022 through March 11, 2022, two new design plans are handed out to those interested in creating a small quilt with a variety of fidget, finger dexterity, and feeling components.

 

January 8-9, 2022 / 1-4 p.m.
Led by Ellen Flentge.

Free and open to the public.

Drop in and follow step by step instructions to make a small watercolor of a winter creek with aspen trees, evergreens, and snowy hills in watercolor.

Ongoing Weekly
Tuesdays or Wednesdays / 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m. CST

Registration and fee required. Enroll and pay online or in person by cash/check. Limited seating.

This class can be for beginner to advanced. A variety of art and craft mediums are covered throughout the year. Participants may use their own supplies or the supplies provided. Topics can include the following: painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel chalk) drawing, jewelry, stitching, book making, paper arts (2D and 3D) , fiber arts, weaving, collage, carving, calligraphy, photography, sculpture, and more. Painting styles include abstract, representational, and realism. If you have a project on your own that you want to bring in, you are welcome to do so.

Questions: Ellen eflentge@semo.edu (573) 651 -2260

January 18-20, 2022 / 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Drop by Crisp Museum and have a free cup of hot chocolate to warm up.

January 22 & 23, 2022 / 1-4 p.m. CST

This free event is open to the public, drop in January 22 or 23, between 1 and 4 p.m. Create abstract art arranging and layering pre-painted, mat paper geometric shapes.

Questions: Gary Tyler gtyler@semo.edu (573) 651-2260

Face coverings will be required.

Ongoing Weekly
Tuesdays / 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m. or Wednesdays / 1-4 p.m.
Facilitated by Ellen Flentge

Fee and registration required. Limited seating.
Questions: eflentge@semo.edu, enroll and pay online or in person.

This class can be for beginner to advanced. A variety of art and craft mediums are covered throughout the year. Participants may use their own supplies or the supplies provided. Topics can include the following: painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel chalk) drawing, jewelry, stitching, book making, paper arts (2D and 3D) , fiber arts, weaving, collage, carving, calligraphy, photography, sculpture, and more. Painting styles include abstract, representational, and realism. If you have a project on your own that you want to bring in, you are welcome to do so.

Face coverings will be required.

January 29, 2022 / 1-4 p.m.
Facilitated by James Phillips

Free to drop in. Paracord is used to make items. More information to come. Please check back.

Face coverings will be required.

February 4 / 12:30-2 p.m.
February 5 and 6 / 1-4 p.m.
Limited supplies are offered each day.

Drop in for this free activity. Using a gourd bowl kit, complete the hole drilling and weaving to decorate the top of your gourd. Gourds will already be cleaned inside and out. Embellish your piece with feathers, beads, paint, or things you have at home.

Face coverings will be required.

Feb. 5 and 6, 2022 / 1-4 p.m. CST
Facilitated by Ellen Flentge

Drop in for this free, fun printmaking activity celebrating Africa's people, animals, environment, and cultural designs, using bright ink colors and styrofoam. Participants will carve designs and shapes into the foam or use premade printing plates. Next, a brayer is rolled in ink and onto the plate. The print is then placed on paper and pressure is applied. When you peal the paper from the plate, your image remains. It is possible to layer colors or separate colors into different parts of your image.

Face coverings will be required.

February 7-11, 2022 / 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CST

Tables will be set up with card making supplies. Examples will be on display or you may create something unique. Colored paper, paper punches, ink and stamps, ribbon, scissors and glue are provided. Free and open to our University community.

February 13, 2022 / Opening Reception 2-4 p.m. / Awards at 3 p.m.
44th Annual High School Exhibiting Excellence displayed February 13-March 13, 2022

Emily Denlinger, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design at Southeast Missouri State University is the Juror.

Selected art by local high school students in grades 11 and 12 covering a vast array of media will be on display.

Face coverings will be required.

February 19-20, 2022
Facilitated by Gary Tyler

Pre-registration required by February 17, 2022. Pay online or in person by cash or check.

Face coverings will be required.

Please check back for more information.

Feb. 26 and 27 / 1-4 p.m. CST

This free event is open to the public, only takes one session, and requires preregistration. Seating is limited to 10. Two sessions are offered.

Face coverings will be required.

Participants will receive individual supplies and tools, and materials are not to be shared. During the workshop, participants will receive two mini, plastic figures to paint, such as soldiers, aliens, and cowboys.

Tuesdays and Thursdays / March 1, 3, 8, 10 / 1-4 p.m. CST

Pre-registration and fee required by February 22, 2022. Limited seating. Pay online or in person by cash or check.

This 12 hour chalk pastel workshop will introduce students to the essential information needed to draw and paint using chalk pastels.  Topics covered:  fundamentals of pastel, types of pastels and paper, underpainting, light and shadow, and some basic drawing techniques.  Students will be encouraged to find their own style while emphasizing technique.  Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given.  Students will complete one 9x12 pastel using hard pastels and will also complete one 9x12 soft pastel study of a landscape. The landscape photo will be provided by the instructor. A supply list will be provided after registration.

Questions: Call Ellen at (573) 651-2260

March 4, 2022 / 4-8 p.m. CST

Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits until 8 p.m. most first Fridays of the year.

Free and open to the public.

44th Annual High School Exhibiting Excellence
Emily Denlinger, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design at Southeast Missouri State University is the juror.

Selected art by local high school students in grades 11 and 12 covering a vast array of media will be on display.

April 5 and 6, 2022 (only attend one day) / 1-4 p.m.
Facilitated by Ellen Flentge

Pre-registration and $10 fee required by March 29

Learn hands on, how to create a variety of fun artworks including printmaking, oil paintings, watercolors, and other supplies. No skills required. Wear old clothes.

Questions: Call Ellen at (573) 651-2260

1-4 p.m. both days
Facilitated by Gary Tyler

Leather workshop will be a two day event.
Item being made will be a leather coaster set of four.

Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits until 8 p.m. most first Fridays of the year.
Free and open to the public.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition showcases selected Southeast University art and media student works created within the past year.

April 1, 12:30 -2 p.m.
Facilitated by Ellen Flentge

Preregistration required for this free event by March 24, 2022. Limited supplies available.

Participants will be guided in the weaving process using soaked reeds, from start to finish.

Questions: Call Ellen at (573) 651-2260

April 2 and 3, 2022 / 1-4 p.m.
Participants only need to attend one session.
Facilitated by Ellen Flentge

Pre-registration and $5 fee due by March 26, 2022
Register online or come in with cash or check to Crisp Museum.

Two workshops on Pysanky, the Ukrainian art of egg decorating, are being offered April 2 and 3 at Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus.
Surface design and handling techniques will be demonstrated. Participants will create their own Pysanky egg with rich dyes and symbolic designs using a wax resist process.

The name Pysanky comes from the verb to write. A stylus, called a kistka, is used to write with wax on the egg shell. It has a handle and a small funnel which holds melted wax.

Cost for this workshop is $5 and registration is required by April 3. Supplies will be provided. This event is open to ages 9 and up and no experience is required.

 

April 2 or 3, 2022 / 1-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Facilitated by Ellen Flentge

Visit each poetry station to play with language in creative ways.
Each station is a different type of poetry.

April 6, 2022 / 5-9 p.m.
Facilitated by Museum Staff

Free and open to the public.

Bring in original poetry to read aloud or just enjoy listening to other recite.

April 23, 2022 / 1-4 p.m.
Facilitated by Gary Tyler

Pre-registration and $15  fee required by April 16. Supplies will be provided for this workshop.

Acrylic paint is layered into cups and poured on a surface. It can be manipulated as it flows to make a design. Additional additives cause reactions with the paint to make more design elements occur. Participaints will be using two types of surfaces, an art canvas and a CD disc to create their pour paintings.

April 27, 2022 / 4:30-8:30 p.m.
April 30, 2022 / Noon-4 p.m.
Two sessions, only attend one.

Pre-registration and $10 fee required by April 20, 2022. Register online or come in to pay with cash or check to Crisp Museum.

Bring your child or grandchild for a session of fun reminiscing good times, achievements and milestones together. Bring art work done by the child and photographs you have saved of your times together. Other possibilities are cartoon pictures, recipes, jokes, or typed stories important to the child. You will take home a 12'x18' keepsake collage suitable for framing. All supplies are provided. No charge for giggles and laughter!

April 27, 2022 / 4:30-8:30 p.m.
April 30 / Noon-4 p.m.
Two sessions, only attend one.

Pre-registration and $10 fee required by April 20, 2022. Register online or come in to pay with cash or check to Crisp Museum.

Bring your child or grandchild for a session of fun reminiscing good times, achievements and milestones together. Bring art work done by the child and photographs you have saved of your times together. Other possibilities are cartoon pictures, recipes, jokes, typed stories, important to the child. You will take home a 12'x18' keepsake collage suitable for framing. All supplies are for giggles and laughter!

Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits until 8 p.m. most first Fridays of the year.

Free and open to the public.

Don Sahli: An Act of Color Exhibition opening with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. Sahli's exhibit is displayed through June 19, 2022.

May 7 and 8, 2022 / 1-4 p.m. / Attend both days.

Pre-registration and $30 fee due May 1, 2022. Register online or come in Crisp Museum and pay with cash or check. Ages 18 and up.
This class requires a minimum of four participants.

Plein air painting is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.This workshop is a two-day starter event for all skill levels, and no experience is necessary. Teaching artist Ellen Hahs Flentge will discuss her color palette and painting techniques. Participants will learn how to apply simplified techniques in their own painting practices while on location near Southeast's River Campus in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

If you plan to paint, participants are required to provide their own supplies to be used in the afternoon, after Flentge's instruction time. This workshop will occur in any weather. Participants will watch her work through her process of decision-making with composition and color.

Questions: contact museum@semo.edu or (573) 651-2260

May 19-21, 2022 / 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Class is limited, must pre-register by May 11.
Discount of 50% provided by Crisp Museum to 8 attendees by enrolling through Ellen Flentge (573) 651-2260.
Regular fee $375, with discount it is $187.50.

Participants provide their own supplies. Supply list is found online on Don Sahli's webpage.

What have others done in this class?
Previous Abstract Expressionism Workshop photos

Don Sahli: An Act of Color Exhibition is on display at Crisp Museum May 6 - June 19, 2022.

Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits until 8 p.m. most first Fridays of the year.
Free and open to the public.

Don Sahli: An Act of Color Exhibition is on display at Crisp Museum May 6 - June 19, 2022

June 4 and 5, 2022
Two sessions offered, only attend one. Max 8 teams.

Pre-registration and $10 fee due by May 28.

Examples of simplified figure and portrait drawing with pencil or marker will be shown and demonstrated.
Capture the essence of joy between friends with  handmade, one-of-a-kind, keep-sake drawings. Then, add a wash of color for brilliance!

June 18, 2022

Please check back for updates.

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