Grotesques in Des Moines and Beyond


Two Sessions: Wednesdays, September 18, 25; 10-Noon

Location: Upper Iowa University (First session only), 5000 Westown Pkwy., Second Floor, WDM

The building is on the SW corner of 50th St. and Westown Pkwy. Enter the parking lot from Westown Parkway (back side of the building).

Cost: $12

Class Limit: 28


Grotesques are fanciful or fantastic images used in decorative art. Des Moines’ architecture is embellished with a surprising number of them, but you may not have even noticed them. Once you have taken this class, you will see them everywhere, not only on the Polk County Courthouse and in the state house, but on apartment buildings, schools and the facades of businesses. For the second session, which is optional, class members will carpool to visit several of the richer sites in Des Moines.


Instructor Jan Fleming is the author and photographer of Grotesques in Des Moines, Iowa and Abroad. She holds master’s degrees from Northwestern and Drake Universities and the University of Iowa.



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