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Old 11-05-2017, 10:56 PM
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Painting education in Omaha, NE

Hello all,
I have been considering a second career as an artist/illustrator for some time now and will have the opportunity to seek formal training in painting next year. However, the spouse will be starting a job in Omaha, NE and I will be limited to finding training/learning opportunities around that area.
While I would have loved to attend an Atelier, I cannot find any around Omaha.
Also, given that I will not be working full-time, I think a more structured process would help me achieve my goals better. (I have experience with taking short classes/workshops etc and self-learning from books and the internet over the years).
I am considering enrolling as a non-degree seeking student at UN-Lincoln or Omaha, in Studio Art. Non-degree seeking because I primarily want to do the painting classes. Plus I already have a masters and don't want to pursue another full degree.
I do not have any experience with oil painting and very limited experience with acrylics. Most of what I do is graphite, ink or watercolor. I am interested in painting in a realist style.
I would really appreciate any suggestions or advice. Particularly between UN Lincoln and UN Omaha. Which is the better school for painting courses?
If anyone can point me towards other learning resources in the area, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks!
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Old 11-17-2017, 12:12 PM
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Re: Painting education in Omaha, NE

I lived in Omaha/Council Bluffs (across the MO river from downtown Omaha) and Lincoln for about 15 years. There is actually a very decent art scene in Omaha/Lincoln. (Lincoln is about an hours drive from Omaha, so it would be quite a commute). Check out the Hot Shops and that area. Just google Hot Shops Omaha. That area has an artists community, and I am sure that the owner can get you in touch with a private atelier. (Getting a BA in something after a master's is only about 30 hours, by the way).

I never went to those schools. I am sure they will offer good beginning training in painting. I think that the techniques are easily taught, and so no matter where you learn you will get the same experience. Look at cheaper resources too, like Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. You do not need to pay a lot to get basic acrylic and oil training.

I believe that the Joslyn Museum in Omaha will have workshops or art classes. I really think that most programs are designed for children-- sad to say. It is too bad you are going to Omaha, instead of Kansas City MO.
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