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Upcoming Classes at the Sheldon Jackson Museum

by LAM Webmaster on 2024-05-20T13:03:00-08:00 in Events, Sheldon Jackson Museum | 0 Comments

The Sheldon Jackson Museum is pleased to announce that it will host the following artists this summer and fall through the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program:

  • Lisa Kamahamak Lynch, Inupiaq painter and beader (June 11-July 2)
  • Neva Mathias, Cup’ik grass weaver and dance fan maker (July 23-August 11)
  • James G̱ooch Éesh Hart, Lingit carver (August 20-September 8)
  • Tina Cupell'aq Harness, Mixed Yup’ik beader (September 12-October 2)
  • Denali Taniilux̂ McGlashan, Unangax painter (October 3-24)   

Resident artists will create art at the museum, study the permanent collection, give talks, and offer hands-on-classes. Classes are offered at the museum free of charge, although some have materials fees to help cover costs. Some classes are open to youth and adults while others are for 18+. All classes require advance registration. Space is limited. To register, call the museum at (907) 747-8981.

Lisa Kamahamak Lynch (Inupiaq) will teach a beginner’s beading class compromised of two Thursday sessions on June 13 & 20, 2-3:30 pm both days. Lynch will teach students ages 10+ how to make either a beaded keychain or a pair of beaded earrings. The class is free, but there is a $10 materials fee. A check made out to Lisa Lynch is due at the time of sign up. Lisa will provide material packets the first day of class. 

Neva Mathias (Cup’ik) will teach adults how to make small grass dance fans. The class will take place over six sessions: Friday, July 26, Thursday, August 1 and August 2, 11 am-12 pm and 2-3:30 pm each day. Be prepared to attend all six sessions if you sign up. A check made out to Neva Mathias for $25 is due when you sign up to help cover the cost of materials. Neva will provide a material packet the first day of class.

James (G̱ooch Éesh) Hart (Lingit) will teach students teach the basic principles of Northwest Coast formline drawing. This class is compromised of two sessions on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21, 2-3:30 pm both days. The class is open to ages 14+. Youth need to be accompanied by an adult.  

Tina Cupell'aq Harness (Mixed Yup’ik) will teach a beaded earring class on Thursday, September 19, 9 am-12 pm and 1:30-3:30 pm. The class is for ages 12+. Youth should be accompanied by adults. A check made out to Tina Harness for $50 is due when you sign up.

Denali McGlashan (Unangax) will offer a watercolor painting class on Friday, October 11,1:30-3:30 pm. Students are asked to bring their own rock, shell, leaf, flower, or other natural item to paint. The class is for ages 12+ and youth need to be accompanied by an adult. There is no materials fee, but please purchase a watercolor set (for $12.90) in advance from

For more information or questions about any of the above classes, visit the museum or call (907) 747-8981.  

The Alaska Native Artist Residency Program is underwritten by the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum and is made possible with support from the Friends, the National Endowment for the Arts, Alaska Airlines, the Baranov Lodge, and private donors. To find out how to support the residency program or for future calendars of events, visit

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