Pensacola, Florida
Monday May 21st 2018


Getting Messy in the Museum

By Jennie McKeon

Blame it on the economy or your addiction to Pinterest, most of you are planning to present some homemade goodies this holiday season.

The next two workshops at Pensacola Museum of Art feed that DIY addiction with classes in collage and cookie decorating.

“In our changing economy, people are more inclined to make something for the holidays,” said Raven McBride, director of education and outreach at PMA.

PMA strives to offer classes and workshops that are unique to the area, giving locals a new experience.

“You can’t find these classes anywhere,” McBride said. “We try to present ideas that aren’t locally obtainable.”

The first class up is called “The Line, The Mark, Black Gesso and You: A Love Affair.” Presented by artist Linda Kernick, the class teaches you to use nontraditional tools and monoprinting to make your own collage paper to adhere to a canvas.

Once McBride decides the kind of class for PMA to present, she hunts for knowledgeable teachers.

“I find them at art shows and everywhere,” she said. “The teacher from the collage class is from Panama City. I ask around if people like the idea for the class and then I find the teacher.”

The next upcoming class is Holiday Cookie Decorating. Wendy Hauman leads a three-hour, hands-on course that teaches you to make and color the perfect royal icing.

Hauman’s students will practice decorating on her sugar cookies and, of course, take them home to enjoy.

McBride usually has a personal interest in the classes and workshops and tries to attend most of them, but they’re geared for everybody, from PMA members to non-members, even for people who have never been to the museum.

“They help fit a different market,” McBride said. “Like cookie decorating—it’s not something you think of when you think of an art museum.”

The classes are also an incentive for PMA members since they receive a discount on classes and workshops.

“But people can sign up for a class, then join,” McBride said. “There’s no pressure.”

If you have a great idea for a class or workshop, McBride is ready to hear them.

“We’re always open to new ideas,” she said. “Call and let us know.”

Preregistration is required due to limited spaces, sign up for the classes sooner than later.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. November 12 or 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. December 8
WHERE: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.
DETAILS: Raven McBride at 432-6247 or

WHEN: 12 to 3 p.m. November 17 or 12 to 3 p.m. December 15
WHERE: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.
COST: Members-$30; Nonmembers-$40
DETAILS: Raven McBride at 432-6247 or