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Simple Silicone Mold

In this course you will gain an understanding of how to safely handle silicone components and create a silicone mold for casting resin. The instructor will provide various objects, from which you will select one, to learn the steps taken to create an effective silicone mold around it. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge of using silicone as a tool to create exact copies of some objects using a simple mold technique. Ages 16-Adult

La Foret – Art and Acting in the Forest

Enjoy an 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. Stretch your imagination! 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 theatre 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

Garden Concertina

Join us for this fun-filled workshop where you will create a concertina, a folded folio with pockets. Paint and stencil the concertina, collage and distress tags, tuck the tags into the pockets. Step-by-step instructions will be provided for making the concertina folds, and other mixed media techniques. Ages 16-Adult

Collage: Printed, Stamped, Woven

Join us for a unique collage experience where you will piece together large ripped watercolor papers and form abstract shapes. You will design your surfaces with Gelli printing, stamping, paints, pastels, inks, stains, and more. We will weave, perforate, layer, and adhere wallpaper and other unique found paper with our prepared papers. Adults

Colorful Wooden Sculptures

You will learn how to make abstract animals or other wooden sculptures out of wood pieces and gorilla glue. Discover how to paint your sculptures with tempera paint in colorful patterns. We will also learn some history about folk art wooden sculptures and will explore different creative ideas to inspire you and give you the freedom to create more wooden sculptures on your own. Ages 6-9

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

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

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