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Ceramics: Plot Twists

This three-hour workshop will investigate the relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional surfaces, while focusing on the expressive narrative potential of physical objects. During the workshop the participants will create compositional drawings, then hand-build a small ceramic object, which they will paint and glaze. The instructor will demo some hand-building techniques, discuss the conceptual brainstorming approaches, as well as demo working with underglazes and glazes. 16-Adult

Carnival (Summer Music Festival Class)

Students will create illustrations for the presentation of The Carnival of the Animals at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Drawing skills are required as well as a love of making art. We will focus on creating the cast of joyful animal characters inspired by Camille Saint Saens musical composition. A roaring lion, a kangaroo wearing pajamas, a stately swan, and squealing donkey are a few of the fun-loving characters we will create. While the orchestra performs the musical composition and a narrator reads the story, the student's illustrations will be shown on a screen for the audience to view. This is a unique opportunity for young creatives and their families to enjoy. Ages 8-12

Explorations in Art for Au Pairs

This opportunity is exclusively tailored for Au Pairs to earn their state department credit hours. Embark on a voyage of imagination and discovery with the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center – a museum, art school and theater under one roof. Explore a diverse range of artistic mediums, methods, and exciting projects encompassing clay, painting, movement, gallery visits, filmmaking, and a few delightful surprises. We will delve into the galleries of the Fine Arts Center for inspiration and engaging conversations. While some projects will be make-and-take, a few may require later pickup arrangements. Additional projects will be required before and after class in order to receive a certificate of completion for 36 hours/3 credits. Supplies will be provided. Adults

Mindful Music: Series Two

3 extraordinary music artists walk into a bar… Our conversations until the wee hours were mind-boggling, the music they shared—profound. But…darn. Where were YOU? You may now officially get excited. It was recorded and you can still be front row to the experience! A 4-hour (pre-recorded) deep dive into the secret power of music. Secrets never before considered. Three national music artists. Three intriguing angles of thought. Three artists sharing their music gems. Last call! Join us.

Advance Your Darkroom Skills

You will process your own traditional black and white film and learn to make handcrafted silver-gelatin prints in the darkroom. You will learn advanced techniques such as split-filter printing, Sabattier printing, and combination printing to challenge your creativity and bring ideas to new heights. We will work to nurture your creativity, giving you an opportunity to create a lasting portfolio of handcrafted, photographic imagery. Ages 16-Adult

Acrylic Barn Animal Portraits

Join me for a fun course painting portraits of whimsical barn animals! We will dive into learning the characteristics of acrylic paint and explore expressive brush strokes, color mixing, shadows, layering, composition, and more. You will paint three smaller studies and then choose your favorite to enlarge on wood board. Seize the moo-ment and paint! Ages 9-12

Collage a Story

Breathe new life into your art with color and texture, working realistically or abstractly. Combine paper elements with a variety of embellishments provided in class. You will be surprised how often this treasure map can lead to truth or healing while also learning something about yourself and having tons of fun in the process. This workshop takes a short 30-minute lunch, so bring something to eat and drink. Ages 16-Adult

Slip Casting and Mold Making

You will explore the process of creating multiples of a single clay object through foundational techniques in clay slip casting and plaster mold-making. You will have an opportunity to create your own object from clay and will learn to mix and pour plaster to fabricate a functional and reusable one-part mold. We will spend ample time learning to pour our own porcelain clay slip castings using plaster molds, as well as introductory techniques for how to glaze porcelain castings. Ages 16-Adult

Micro Torch Bezels

You've used your micro torch to make a ring or pendant, now we'll learn how to create a simple round or oval bezel on a ring and set the stone! Please note that students need to wear eye protection (eyeglasses work), closedtoe shoes, no loose sleeves, and long hair must be tied back. There will be a one-hour break for lunch. Ages 16-Adult

ArtTrax: Drawing II

In addition to reviewing topics in Drawing I, you will learn how to enhance your drawings using basic shapes, negative space, and perspective. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed or expected for level I classes. The courses proceed sequentially, each level building upon what was previously presented. Ages 16-Adult

ArtTrax: Painting II

In addition to reviewing topics in Painting I, this course also covers the basics of acrylic painting including materials needed, color mixing, pigment choice, brush-handling, and palette-knife techniques. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed or expected for level I classes. The courses proceed sequentially, each level building upon what was previously presented. Ages 16-Adult