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ArtTrax: Drawing

In this course, you will be provided with an overview of techniques to learn the basics of drawing from life. Using graphite pencil, subjects covered will include line control, drawing from observation, and shading.  Bemis ArtTrax is a curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting and drawing 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. Ages 16-Adult

City Lines in Watercolor

Come along for a guided “plein air” watercolor class focused on architecture! You will learn the basics of watercolor, how to work plein air, plus techniques for painting architecture quickly and beautifully! This class will involve up to 45 minutes of walking between painting locations on the Colorado College campus each day. Adults

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

The Sky is the Limit

For a truly inspirational landscape, the sky is optional. We will learn to create powerful skies that will affect the mood of the day—or night. Experiment with color, shape, and value transforming your watercolor paintings by using simple, fun techniques. There will be a 30-minute lunch break, so please bring food and drink. Ages 16-Adult

Splish-Splash!

Join us on an underwater adventure to meet and paint some fishy friends along the way! You are going to learn painting techniques with acrylic medium. We will practice expressive brushstrokes, how to apply value, color mixing, and more artistic ways to complement the sea and its wonderful sights! Ages 6-9

Dare to Oil Paint

Join us as we develop skills and begin painting in oils with confidence! No matter if you are a beginner or ready to freshen up your painting skills. You will learn how to approach painting a monochromatic still life set up in a clear logical progression. Dare to paint in oils and you will leave this class with your best painting yet! Ages 16-Adult

Paint an Oil Portrait

Join us as we bring our knowledge of the basics to a new level! You will have the opportunity to walk through the basics of oil, sketching, layering, value, and detailing and apply it all to one painting to see how all these elements work in unison. Adults

Watercolor Skies with Mountains

Discover the art of Jen Aranyi, known for drawing simple, abstract mountain ranges, and painting skies with watercolors using special techniques. We will explore the diverse ways to use pen and ink for the landscape and mountains. This will require some drawing skills, but do not let that intimidate you, this class is for everyone! Ages 9-12

Florals Up Close

Painting with an up-close view allows us to work creatively with a very traditional subject. Fill the paper, take the petals off the edge, be creative with design all while incorporating atmospheric techniques and embellishments. The possibilities in watercolor painting are endless! There will be a 30-minute lunch break, so please bring food and drink. Ages 16-Adult

Ski Paintings

Utilizing palettes crafted from authentic skis provided by the Colorado Ski Furniture Company, we will fashion our own painting. Dive into the creative process with enamel paint, allowing for vibrant and dynamic artwork. Let’s immerse ourselves in this innovative painting experience, blending artistry with the spirit of skiing culture! Ages 16-Adult

ArtTrax: Painting

This course covers the basics of using watercolor and acrylics including going over supplies and materials, mixing colors, creating texture, and basic painting techniques.  Bemis ArtTrax is a curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting and drawing 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. Ages 16-Adult

Mythology & Monsters

We will be exploring our imaginations through storytelling and art. Beginning with several mythological stories told by the instructor and following up with a creative drawing game called "exquisite corpse" played by surrealist artists. Afterwards, you will be encouraged to focus on handbuilding and sculpting clay mythological creatures or a monster of your own creation, and finish painting with underglaze. Ages 6-9

Thrift Painting Makeover!

Upcycle a dated and drab thrifted painting into a stellar new piece of original artwork! We will take found thrift paintings and add our own unique stories to them with acrylic paints and mixed-media techniques in a fun and laid-back environment. Thrift paintings will be provided. Ages 16-Adult

My Art Story

Narrate an epic journey using paper, paint, and clay! Craft a personalized booklet filled with your vibrant paintings and sketches. Dive into the realm of clay sculpting to breathe life into your painted stories. Finally, conclude your artistic odyssey by adorning your sculptures with colorful paintwork and glazes, bringing your tale into a vivid piece of sculpture. Ages 6-9

Mountain Landscapes & Watercolor Techniques

We will examine and practice the style of contemporary artist Jen Aranyi, known for drawing simple, abstract mountain ranges, and painting skies with watercolors using special techniques. We will also explore the diverse ways to finish the foreground. This will require some drawing skills with pen and ink but do not let that intimidate you, this class is for everyone! Ages 16-Adult

Surrealism One-Point Perspective

Let’s unlock our inner Salvador Dali as we delve into the world of surrealism. Through mastering one-point perspective drawing, we will transform our sketches into captivating surrealist watercolor paintings. Embark on a journey of artistic exploration, discovering the boundless possibilities of merging perspective with surrealistic imagination. Ages 9-12

Watercolor in Nature

This immersive painting experience allows us to capture the beauty of the natural world through observation. Each session introduces a new facet of nature painting, followed by outdoor sessions where you will apply newfound techniques to depict the wonders of the environment firsthand. Ages 9-12

Painting Big

For the artistic kid that wants to go big, we will each create one large painting using acrylic paints. We will learn how to plan a composition and color scheme, execute a sketch, use acrylics appropriately, and refine your final piece. On the final day, we will have an “art show” of our works of art for the parents. Ages 6-9

Enchanted Textures of Taos, New Mexico

Taos’ light, color, and culture have inspired modern artists for over 125 years to create inspirational and memorable paintings. Taos is especially stunning in the autumn with glorious textures and colors. Professional artist and instructor Martha Mans will concentrate on water media and gouache painting with a special small presentation about how she creates her casein paintings, which is becoming an increasingly popular medium. She welcomes acrylic, oil, and watercolor painters to join in this fabulous adventure. Adults