Classes & Workshops

Classes + Workshops for Adults

BAM’s studio art program encourages the creative abilities of all participants by offering experiences in a variety of art media which provide opportunities for making connections with BAM’s exhibitions. Through reputable artists and educators, we provide quality instruction for all ages in a small-class, non-competitive and enjoyable atmosphere.  Class size is limited to optimize learning.  Participants must pre-register to reserve a space as class size is limited.  Please dress for mess!

Two-Part Artist Workshop: Hands-on Katazome with Seiko Purdue ***FULL***

Two-Part Artist Workshop:
Hands-on Katazome with Seiko Purdue

Friday, December 15 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
and Saturday, December 16 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
at the Boise Art Museum

Ages: Adult

$190 BAM members (Join today and save!)
$250 Non-members

Explore Katazome, a Japanese paste-resist dyeing technique using authentic methods and materials.  Learn stencil making, paste making, paste application, and indigo dyeing with textile artist, educator, and curator Seiko Purdue, to create your own dyed textile.

Seiko Purdue is Professor in the Fibers/Fabrics area in the Department of Art at Western Washington University.  After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kyoto Seika University in 1992, she came to the United States, where she received a Master of Arts at Montclair State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has exhibited textile installations widely and has taught workshops on Japanese textiles for many years.  She co-curated Katazome Today:  Migrations of a Japanese Art, currently on display at the Boise Art Museum.

This is a two-part workshop.  Registration includes sessions on both Friday and Saturday as well as all materials for use during the workshop.
The workshop is designed for adults. Registration is limited to 12 participants.
Fees for this workshop are non-refundable.

This workshop is FULL.

Questions: Call Kelly Cook at 208-345-8330 x118

Images courtesy of Fumiyo Imafuku.
Photos: Ryoichi Hiromoto

6-Part Online Katazome Workshop with John Marshall

Six-Part Artist Workshop:
Online Katazome Workshop with John Marshall

January 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25, 2024
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
. (MST)

Online Zoom-based format
• All sessions will be recorded and available for download by workshop participants.
• Includes generous supply kit of specialized, authentic materials

Ages: Adult

$695 BAM members (Join today and save!)
$755 Non-members

Delve into the fascinating world of katazome, an ages-old Japanese paste-resist dyeing technique, using authentic methods and materials.  Learn design and stencil making, paste making, and paste application, while working with natural dyes on silk, cotton, and ramie. This is an online learning opportunity–all sessions will be recorded, and participants will be encouraged to download the recordings to keep and review at their leisure.

Apprenticed in Japan at the age of seventeen, John Marshall has specialized in this art form for five decades.  His work has been featured in exhibitions and solo shows throughout North America and Japan, including the Textile Museum, the Embassy of Japan, the US State Department, and Kodansha. John has spent his life sharing his love of Japanese textiles through his teaching and publications.  He is one of the featured artists in  Katazome Today:  Migrations of a Japanese Art, currently on display at the Boise Art Museum.

This is a six-part workshop.  Registration includes all sessions–the package of supplies will be mailed out just after Christmas. The workshop is intensive and designed for adults. Fees for this workshop are non-refundable.

Register by December 18, 2023 to receive your mailed katazome supplies prior to the first workshop.

Register Online »

Register by Mail »

Or call Kelly at 208-345-8330 x118

This workshop can be given as a gift! Please ensure that the participant‘s e-mail and mailing address are correct. You will have the opportunity to designate a different e-mail address for your receipt if you don’t want it sent directly to the recipient. Please contact Kelly if you need to make any corrections/clarifications to your registration after purchase: 208-345-8330 x118 or

John Marshall applying dye to fabric. Courtesy of the artist

John Marshall, Urashima Tarou-Coptic Maiwai (detail), n.d.
silk, natural dyes, compound stencils
Approx. 48 x 54 in., Courtesy of the artist

Seniors Create!  Lifelong Learning Arts Masterclass

New Program Designed for Older Adults!
Come meet other people with similar interests. Relax and enjoy learning new artistic skills at the Boise Art Museum.

Ages: 55+

Each workshop = 4 weeks, 2 sessions per week, total of 8 sessions
Tuesdays & Thursdays
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Boise Art Museum

$160 per 8-session workshop for BAM Members (Join today and save!)
$210 per 8-session workshop for non-members

Materials are provided for use during the workshops, including accessible seating.


  • Learn from professional teaching artists
  • Develop artistic skills
  • View and discuss artworks in BAM’s exhibitions and Permanent Collection
  • Experience the Museum behind-the-scenes
  • Practice techniques that contribute to general well-being, develop patience, reduce anxiety, center mindfulness for mental acuity, dexterity, and overall mental health benefits
  • Celebrate your artistic accomplishments and growth at the end of the workshop

This program is supported by a grant from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, ArtBridges Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Art and Play: Mosaics

Professional Teaching Artist:  Anna Webb

November 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 28, 30, December 5 (first workshop)
November workshop FULL.
January 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 (repeat workshop with new participants)
January workshop FULL. Call 208-345-8330 x118 to be placed on the waitlist.

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Boise Art Museum

Materials are provided for use during the workshops. Please note that you will use glass snippers throughout the workshop.

Experience unexpected and playful influences for artists and their artworks including games, kites, and toys.  See how artists use the repetition of smaller elements to create a larger whole in exhibitions such as Jacob Hashimoto:  Fractured Giants and BAM’s Permanent Collection.  Create your own mosaics with professional artist, Anna Webb.

Or call Kelly
208-345-8330 x118

Art and Story: Mixed-media Narrative Art

Professional Teaching Artist:  Veiko Valencia

February 20, 22, 27, 29, March 5, 7, 12, 14 (first workshop)
April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 (repeat workshop with new participants)

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Boise Art Museum

Materials are provided for use during the workshop.

Explore the relationships between text and image and the diversity of stories communicated through visual art.  Work with professional artist Veiko Valencia to create your own narrative artworks.  The exhibitions Silver Linings:  Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection and RYAN! Feddersen:  Coyote Now will provide many inspirational examples.  Experiment with a variety of media including color pencils, ink, watercolor, collage, and acrylic paint, and incorporate your favorite literary works or your own personal writings to create art with a story.

Art Camps for Children

BAM’s studio art programs encourage the creative abilities of all participants by offering experiences in a variety of art media. Campers will spend time with original artwork and make their own projects in the studios every day. All activities are inspired by BAM’s current exhibitions and instructed by professional Art Educators and Artists. Group sizes are small for individualized attention and safety. Pre-registration required.


Please bring campers dressed for messy and outdoor activities. Bring a packed lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and hat. A Medical Information Card for each student will be mailed when the registration form is received. The student may attend only after the form has been completed, signed and returned to BAM. Children are required to be checked in and out of classes and camps at BAM by a parent or guardian each day.

Select a class name below for information and to register.

Full-Day Camps

No classes, workshops, or programs at this time.

Calendar of Events

 December 2023