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Mar 25

Art Class Ages 5-10

Jess Quinn, licensed art educator, in studio #200 will introduce your child to basic art techniques that will provide a solid foundation for future art lovers and artists. Children will explore art using paint, oil pastels, and drawing media. This unique learning experience places an emphasis on having fun while exploring creativity.

Mar 25

Adult Art Class

Ages 16+ Looking for an excuse to get out of the house and be creative. This is it! Bring a project you need to finish or use my supplies to start a new one. This is a great opportunity to get input and make art with other creatives. Are you a beginner? This class is for you too! I will help guide you in making an artwork you can be proud of. Taught by Jess Quinn, a certified art educator and artist; class held in studio #200

Mar 25

Art Class Ages 9-17

Students choose what they want to create in this one hour art class with certified art educator, Jess Quinn. They start by choosing the medium, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, markers, or mixed media. Next they decide their subject, landscape, abstract, animals, people etc. All materials as well as guidance and instruction are given during the class. Class held in studio #200

Mar 29

Drawing 3.0

In this 5 week course, you will continue building upon the tools of drawing while using more advanced techniques & mediums. You will be introduced to drawing the still life, landscape, and the human form from life & photograph. Color will also be introduced and explored using colored charcoal & later pastels. Your further study and commitment will ensure that you will be able to SEE & draw accurately with further understanding and confidence.

Transforming Central Iowa's Art Scene

Mainframe Studios is like no other. Not only is it the largest nonprofit art studio building in the nation, it is also the only financially self-sustaining model of its kind.

Explore Artists

People confuse custom with expensive. It can be formal gowns, but also your favorite pair of sweat pants that are ruined because you wore then every single day for years. Custom really means making whatever you want!


“Mainframe is a diamond on the Iowa prairie…all kinds of artists coming at you from every direction.  They could charge admission.”