Art at the Aquarium

Join us to explore the world through art and animals in 2015. Classes, art shows and the invitation to express yourself.

For more information please call 218-740-2027 or email

Art for AllArt for All images (A.Aune)

Bring your family to work with water colors, create a nature journal, or build a smelt puppet to take home.

Explore a variety of art media and styles with professor Alison Aune and her art education students from UMD.

Select Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FREE with an Aquarium membership or general admission.

Feb. 21 – Nature Journals

March 7 – Watercolors and Mixed Media: Inspirations from George Morrison and Lake Superior

April 4 – Nature Journals

May 2 – Magic Smelt (puppets/sculpture)Marty Aaseng artwork for art page

Scientific Illustration Class with Maury Aaseng  

Wildlife is a popular subject matter for many artists. But here in Duluth, where the world’s greatest freshwater lake intersects with the water-rich forests of Northern Minnesota, you live within reach of a myriad of inspiring creatures and subjects from the natural world.

Join Maury Aaseng, illustrator and instructor, to explore techniques and methods for creating realistic compositions of aquatic wildlife of our region using the Aquarium’s animals for inspiration.  To see more of Maury’s work click here.

The class includes:

  • an overview of natural science illustration’s place in history
  • various methods to translate the natural world onto your paper with accurate proportions and stunning detail
  • methods to capture underwater reference material
  • guided instruction in and assistance as you develop a final piece
  • an opportunity to use the aquarium during class and on your own to draw your observations

Series of 4 classes. Feb. 17 and 24. March 3 and 10.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $70/$55 GLA members

Required materials not included. Class limited to 12 people. Pre-registration required. Must be age 15+ to attend.

To register and pay in person: Please visit the ticketing desk during regular business hours.

To register and pay on-line: CLICK HERE

Teacher Workshop – Nature Journaling

Presented by Great Lakes Aquarium Educators Samantha Smingler and Alexis Berke (Early Childhood), and by Michael Gabler (Secondary Education, Marshall School)

Discover how nature journals bring creative writing, math, art and more into the learning process. Participate in applications for preschool, elementary and secondary learners.nature journal for art page

March 17, 2015

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $10; includes journal.

To register and pay in person: Please visit the ticketing desk during regular business hours.

To register and pay on-line: CLICK HERE
forest exhibit for art page

Mural tour with Ann Gumpper

Join set designer and professional muralist Ann Gumpper for a walking tour of her works featured throughout the Aquarium. Discuss methods, inspiration and perspective as you become inspired yourself.

April 21, 2015

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $10; includes admission to Aquarium for the duration of the tour.

Wildlife Painting with Adam SwansonAdam Swanson artwork for art page

Create a wildlife painting using acrylics in this workshop led by celebrated local artist Adam Swanson. Appropriate for beginner, intermediate and experienced painters.

Series of two classes. June 2 and June 4, 2015

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Cost: $75/$65 GLA members.

Required materials not included. Class limited to 15 people. Pre-registration required. Registration will open May 1, 2015. Must be age 16+ to attend.