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Adult Education

Adult Workshops

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The Rubin Museum of Art offers a range of classes and workshops based on the art and culture of the Himalayas. Please refer to individual program details for registration and fee information. For further information or to have your named added to an announcement e-blast list for early registration opportunities please e-mail 

Upcoming Adult Education Programs 

Inside/Out: Creative Mask Making

Wednesdays, April 1 - April 29 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Five Sessions

Course Fee: $150; 10% off for members 

Instructor: Barbara Diane Barry 

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Inspired by the exhibition, Becoming Another: The Power of Masks, artist and author, Barbara Diane Barry will lead this course that considers masks as tools for story-telling and personal transformation. Through gallery visits, image-based discussions, and mask making workshops, the class will explore the psychological role of the “masks” we wear in public, as well as the potential masks hold as tools for insight. Each participant will create two masks—one representing the outer self, and one the inner self—and reflect on the process with the group. 

Mind, Mindfulness, and Compassion: The Intersection of Art, Science, and Meditation 

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Wednesdays, February 4 - March 4 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Course Fee: $150; 10% off for members 

Instructors: Elizabeth Pyjov and Tashi Chodron

Explore the relationship between art and science within Buddhism and contemplative practices inspired by the exhibition, The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide. Participants will study the art in its Tibetan Buddhist context and learn how similar ideas are being discussed in contemporary neuroscience. Each class will feature a meditation practice designed to cultivate compassion as well as a discussion on the neurological effects of positive emotions. Rubin Museum educator, Tashi Chodron, will lead a special tour and discussion of the exhibition from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective.

Upcoming Adult Education Partnership 

Art In/Out of Context: Meaning-Making in the Museum 

Friday, May 27, 2015 6:00 - 8:30PM

Can we truly understand a work of art once it has been taken out of its original context? How does our experience with a work of art change when it is surrounded by other objects from the same time and place/ In this collaboration with the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), we will explore what it means to re-imagine original context for sacred art by visiting, Sculpture in the Age of Donatello at MOBIA and visit Becoming Another: The Power of Masks

Free. Advance registration required through MOBIA.


Ongoing Adult Education Classes 

Auspicious Stitches


12-2:00 p.m. 

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Auspicious Stitches provides adults with an opportunity to discover and create needlework, appliqué, and other fiber arts inspired by the Rubin Museum collection. Meets at the Education Center located at 132 W. 17th Street, in the seminar room located on the lower level. Learn More

$5 per attendee; 10% discount for Members. Tickets may be purchased day of program at the Museum’s Admissions desk or at the Education Center. Tickets are required on Senior Mondays. 


Himalayan Heritage Meet-Up

First Wednesday of the month

6-8:30 p.m. 

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Intrigued by the culture, arts, history, and sacred traditions of Himalayan Asia? Join the Rubin Museum’s Himalayan Heritage Meet-Up, an informal group that meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees explore topics of interest through discussions, gallery tours, films, and meetings with guest speakers. The group is open to all. 

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$5 per attendee; 10% discount for Members. Tickets may be purchased day of program at the Museum’s Admissions desk or at the Education Center. 

Senior Writing Workshop
The first Monday of every month, as part of Free Seniors Day
2:00 p.m.

As part of the offerings during the museum's Free Seniors Day each month, visitors can participate in a Senior Writing Workshop. Reflect on your personal history and make art-to-self connections in the galleries by writing about journeys and experiences in life.

Past Adult Education Programs

Writing and Reflecting through Symbolic Inquiry

Wednesdays, October 29 - November 19, 6:00-8:00 PM

Course Fee: $125; 50% off for members

Instructors: Nina Goss with special guest, Beth Citron 

Dive into the special exhibition, Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India, with Nina Goss, writer and educator, with Beth Citron, Rubin Museum Assistant Curator as guest instructor. Devoted to Indian influences in Clemente’s work, the exhibition features twenty works, including paintings from the last thirty years, and four new, large sculptures created especially for the exhibition. Close encounters with Clemente’s imagery in the galleries will inspire discussion, reflection, and writing inspired by a range of themes, including myth, portraiture, and sexuality.

No experience necessary. All materials included. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Creating Deities: Exploring Inner Guides of Strength, Love, and Insight

Wednesdays, October 1-22, 6:00-8:00 PM

Course Fee: $125; 50% off for members

Prime your creativity pump!  Tap into a wellspring of timeless wisdom that refreshes and revives with artist, Janet Morgan. Explore the archetypal power of Hindu and Buddhist deities at the Rubin Museum through lively gallery discussions, dynamic movement, and by creating works of art that will tap into your own inner deities of strength, love, insight. With Janet as your guide, you will look, learn, and create with a sense of joy and adventure. 

Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellation made at least one week prior to the first class will be refunded for the full amount. Requests made within one week and prior to 48 hours before the first class will be refunded for ½ of the total amount paid. Requests made within 48 hours of the first class will not be refunded. 

Learn more about individual Adult Education Course Areas.

Art in Context
Art Making
Auspicious Stitches

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