Classes and Workshops

Classes, Workshops, and Other Events

Life Drawing Sessions

Every Friday Except Holidays from from 9am-12pm

Every Friday except holidays, 9am-12pm in the activities room at the Ella Sharp Museum, $8. Dry media only. Last Friday of the month will be model in costume with an emphasis on portraits. We are searching for models. Pay is $50 for 3 hours. Must be willing to be unclothed. Please email Mary at for more information or questions.

Murder Mystery at the Museum: Rescue Mission in Space

March 23 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm
$60 per person/$110 per couple
$55 per person/$100 per couple for members

Join us for another stimulating evening of fine dining and engrossing live theater as we host our second annual Mystery Dinner. In keeping with our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Hurst Planetarium, our production this year will be “Rescue Mission in Space”, an exciting story of black holes, disappearing planets and lady heroes. Costumes encouraged.

Sugaring, Shearing & Science

March 31 @ 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Price: nominal fees for food and activities

Throughout history, farming and astronomy have gone hand in hand. Keeping track of the night sky was an important tool for farmers as they planted, maintained, and harvested their crop. Learn about the night sky, the connections between farming and the universe, and the hustle and bustle of Ella’s Hillside Farm over 150 years ago. Join us as we welcome back Zot Artz and a glow experience. Visitors can participate in a large scale mural utilizing black light and glow in the dark paint.

First Fridays: The Living Wilderness Exhibit Reception

April 5 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
$10 per person/$15 per couple
Free for members

Join the Ella Sharp Museum to celebrate the exhibition, The Living Wilderness: The Story of Berlet Films. Meet filmmaker Myrna Berlet, the subject behind one of our latest exhibits. Myrna and her husband Walter started Berlet Film and Video, a Jackson-based wildlife film company. Learn the story of Myrna and her company from the exhibition and enjoy a Berlet film viewing, food, and drinks.

First Fridays: The Science of Star Wars

May 3 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
$10 per person/$15 per couple
Free for members

Exciting things are coming to Hurst Planetarium from a galaxy far, far away! We’ll be traveling through space and time to worlds of epic proportions. Learn where fact meats fictions for the STAR WARS universe and witness live demonstrations by Dr. Tom Kuntzleman, of Spring Arbor University.

First Fridays: Michigan’s Most Dangerous Inmate with Tobin Buhk

June 7 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
$10 per person/$15 per couple
Free for members

Author Tobin T. Buhk joins us at Cell Block 7 to talk about his newest book ‘Pardonable Matricide.’ The author will detail the story of Robert Irving Latimer, an inmate in Michigan’s prison system from ca 1893. Latimer ended up in prison for killing his mother, and ended up murdering a guard while incarcerated, only to be later pardoned by the governor of Michigan.

Art, Beer, and Wine Festival

June 8 @ 1:00pm – 7:00pm

The Ella Sharp Museum presents the 15th Annual Art, Beer & Wine Festival presented by County National Bank on June 8, 2019 from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm! The museum plans to host over 40 local wineries / breweries / cider mills / distilleries, 50+ artists, 15 food vendors, and nearly 4,000 guests! Festival goers will enjoy live music and artist booths nestled on the grounds of the Ella Sharp Museum and within the courtyard of the museum’s historic Hillside Farm Lane.

The goal of the Art, Beer & Wine Festival, the museum’s signature event, is to showcase the many talented artists, musicians, wineries, breweries and local businesses available here in Michigan and to connect them with an appreciative audience. All proceeds from the festival (including bottle wine and beer sales) will benefit Museum programming.


First Fridays: Guest Lecture at the Hurst Planetarium

July 5 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
$10 per person/$15 per couple
Free for members

Join Hurst Planetarium for another First Friday event featuring a Michigan scientist who will speak on some of the cutting edge research done right here in the great lakes state.