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Extraordinary Collages

Collaging is more than just pasting papers together. Learn the elements of composition by layering a vast selection of various prepared and bought papers. Create on a choice of surfaces, such as Tyvek, a commercial product, and various weighted boards. Integrate and blend paints, pastels, and simple prints on tissue, rice, and deli paper. You will make highly textured and colored compositions in various techniques. Are you ready to create something extraordinary? Adults

The Mountain that Loved a Bird

Explore making art using painted papers and collaging them in the style of Eric Carle who illustrated The Mountain that Loved a Bird. Bold colors and shapes will come together to create pictures inspired by the illustrations in this book. A fun and playful approach will be encouraged as well as the freedom for creative expression. Ages 6-9

Start Your Week with Creative Practice

Join us to create dedicated time in your weeks for your creative practice. If you've been looking to incorporate more art into your life, this class is for you! We will experiment with mixed media 2D and sketchbook techniques with a focus on creating a regular space for play, self-expression, and loosening our creative minds. Explore everything from line and texture to mark making and word art, plus creative community conversation topics each week! Adults

Cloth, Paper, Collage

Explore new and creative collage processes! Work with paint, pastels, inks sprays, and learn how to design with image transfers on a variety of surfaces such as tea bags, rice paper, glassine, deli papers, and more. With a variety of techniques, you will be able to create fabric paper and other prepared papers, either painted or printed. Additionally, you will discover the historic process of paste paper, a surface paper design with coloring paste. Then bring all your learnings together by making fabric fusion collages and adhering them to books and canvases. The possibilities are endless! Adults

La Foret – Art and Acting in the Forest

Enjoy outstanding arts education with instructors from the Fine Art Center’s Bemis School of Art set in the lush forest at the 400-acre La Foret Conference and Retreat Center. Experience a variety of artistic styles and techniques, including painting, printmaking, and mixed-media art while exploring elements of composition and design. Cultivate your acting skills, voice, movement, and characterization with theater games, mime, and improvisation. Art and acting will come together on Fridays with a special showcase performance and art exhibit for friends and family. Ages 6-11

Peter and the Wolf

Students will create illustrations for the presentation of Peter and The Wolf at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Drawing skills are required as well as a love of making art. This class will focus on creating art inspired by the classic children's story Peter and The Wolf. During the music festival, a special children's concert presentation will feature the illustrations created in this class. While the orchestra performs a musical composition and a narrator reads Peter and The Wolf, the 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 9-12

Inspired Postcards

This workshop is inspired by Mary Chenoweth, iconic Colorado College professor of art, and the woman who carved the wooden doors at the entrance to Bemis School of Art. Let us explore collage through a playful expression of making small postcard-sized art influenced by Mary's, Matisse's, and Picasso's work. Gather your stash of ephemera from travels or precious papers you have been hanging onto and transform them into small pieces of art. Ages 16-Adult