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Class Schedule

The Art Center offers adult classes in a variety of media throughout the year, primarily in the summer months. These are taught by well-known artists from the area and beyond, as well as by Art Center artists. Intergenerational and youth classes are provided as well.

If you would like to register for a class, you can contact the Art Center by phone and pay with a credit card (during gallery hours), drop by the gallery in person to pay by check/cash, pay by check through the mail, or use online registration/payment by using the sign-up links provided below. You will be provided a secure connection to PayPal for credit card payment.

If you pay using PayPal, PLEASE include the student's name under "instructions to merchant" at the PayPal site. This will insure that your payment is properly credited. Thank You.

Art Center Members receive a 10% discount on adult classes.  Not a member?

2020 Adult & Kids Classes

January 18, 2020

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Closed

Exciting Public Presentation on Machu Picchu

by the Art Center’s Own Chris Switzer

Family Event:  FREE to the Public!

Chris Switzer has made many trips to Peru including three visits to the incredible Machu Picchu. She will be sharing some of her stories and slides with the public and is bringing a number of books, maps and special textiles from the area to show as well.

 

Chris has a BFA in weaving from Colorado State University, 1984, with a double major in anthropology/archaeology. She has been a participating artist at the Art Center since its inception, over thirty years ago. Chris and her husband, Phil, have raised alpacas in Estes Park for forty years.

 

This will be a wonderful opportunity to spend a cozy, educational evening with friends at the Art Center of Estes Park on a cold winter night.

February 5, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"What Darks Do For Your Paintings"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

Art Center Members: $72, Non-Members: $80

Connecting darks. Bring a still life set up celebrating food. Limit your choices to three to five articles. Think out of the box!  All of Cathy’s classes welcome students of all levels of experience. Each class features a critique, a short demo, and lots of one on one attention.

Bring your own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch, or grab something down the steps at Subway.

February 29, 2020

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Fascinating Public Presentation on Albert Bierstadt

By Estes Valley Resident & Artist, Diane Watson

Family Event:  FREE to the Public!

Albert Bierstadt (b. 1830 – d. 1902) first visited Estes Park in the winter of 1876–1877 as a guest of the Earl of Dunraven to paint the Estes Park. His major work, “Long’s Peak, The Rocky Mountains” is acknowledged by critics to be among Bierstadt’s best. Exhibited in Europe and the United States, it advertises the remarkable beauty of the Estes Valley to prospective visitors and creating the Estes Valley as a destination for the experience of wilderness. After years of obscurity, Albert Bierstadt is once more being recognized, this time as an environmental advocate. Spend an evening with Albert getting to know the plein air side of this great artist and adventurer.

 

Diane Watson is a long time Estes Valley resident, a painter and art educator with a BFA from Boston University and an MLA from University of Denver.    

March 11, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Take Time To Smell The Flowers"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

Art Center Members: $72, Non-Members: $80

Bring a photo or real flower that is an interesting shape. We will take that one flower to divide a format into a flower shape and a background shape, dividing the format into two shapes.

Bring your own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch, or grab something down the steps at Subway.

March 22, 2020

2:00am - 4:00pm

Presentation on Color As Energy: Emotional, Physical and Spiritual

by David Johnson, Current President of the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild

Family Event:  FREE to the Public!

As a tapestry weaver, David dyes his own yarns using a very structured process creating hue and value gradations. There is an almost magical quality within this systematic process as yarns absorb dyes and subtle tints, tones, and shades develop. David says that the color speaks to him in a very spiritual way, and he is captured and transformed by its energy.

 

In this presentation, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild, he will address the physics of light and color in tandem with the spiritual and emotional content that artists express through their work in the symbolic use of color. He speaks about science and art coming together to work in harmony in this process.

April 15, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Work In Series"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

Art Center Members: $72, Non-Members: $80

We will discuss perspective and atmosphere. Paint a scene that contains structures in three seasons or light situations.

Bring your own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch, or grab something down the steps at Subway.

May 13, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"White On White"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

Art Center Members: $72, Non-Members: $80

I will bring a white on white still life. We will keep the painting high key by using the light side of the value scale.

Bring your own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch, or grab something down the steps at Subway.

June 1, 2020

10:30am - 12:00pm

“Shake ‘n Roll – Cool Felt Beads” for School-Age Children

Fiber Arts/Feltmaking with Mary Blanche Morse

Art Center Members: $20, Non-Members: $20, plus a $2 materials fee paid directly to the instructor on the day of class. (Please note: the 10% discount for Art Center members does not apply to kid’s classes.)

Sheep’s wool (and fibers from other animals too) can be made into FELT with just soap and water, and agitation--rubbing, rolling, or whatever it takes. In these classes, you can see how that happens, be artistic about it, if you like, and take home a piece of handmade felt art that you made yourself. FUN! Big and little colorful felt beads are fun and easy to make with the “shake n’ roll” method. Make as many as you like, and we will string them on a cord so you can wear them out the door (if you don’t mind that they’re still kind of wet!)

 

Mary Blanche Morse has been a professional feltmaker since 1993. Previously a Waldorf School teacher for nine years, she then began teaching feltmaking at fiber shops and festivals. Her classes focus on creating useful (and lovable) handmade felt projects using simple techniques and having fun experiencing the magic of feltmaking.

June 15, 2020

10:30am - 12:00pm

“Make a Pretty Piece of Felt” for School-Age Children

Fiber Arts/ Feltmaking with Mary Blanche Morse

Art Center Members: $20, Non-Members: $20, plus a $2 materials fee paid directly to the instructor on the day of class. (Please note: the 10% discount for Art Center members does not apply to kid’s classes.)

Sheep’s wool (and fibers from other animals too) can be made into FELT with just soap and water, and agitation--rubbing, rolling, or whatever it takes. In these classes, you can see how that happens, be artistic about it, if you like, and take home a piece of handmade felt art that you made yourself. FUN! If you like painting with colors and drawing pictures, you can have fun making a piece of felt with colored wools and yarns. Your felted creation can be pretty enough to hang on the wall or to use as you would any piece of felt.

Mary Blanche Morse has been a professional feltmaker since 1993. Previously a Waldorf School teacher for nine years, she then began teaching feltmaking at fiber shops and festivals. Her classes focus on creating useful (and lovable) handmade felt projects using simple techniques and having fun experiencing the magic of feltmaking.

June 17, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Paint The Sky"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

Art Center Members: $72, Non-Members: $80

Sky colors and how the earth affects the sky colors. We will work in series again.

Bring your own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch, or grab something down the steps at Subway.

June 24-25, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Let It Flow! Colorful Watercolor Landscapes

Kathleen Lanzoni’s Two-Day Workshop

Art Center Members: $135, Non-Members: $150  (Two Days!)

Kathleen Lanzoni is an award-winning watercolorist who lives in Boulder and has a passion for painting both in the studio and en plein air. She was given the Governing Board Award at last year’s Estes Valley Plein Air event hosted by the Art Center and has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and the Art Institute of Boston.

In this two-day workshop, you will learn about painting colorful landscapes using the exciting medium of watercolor. In addition to learning specific watercolor techniques, we’ll focus on the all-important design aspects of landscapes. Lots of individual feedback throughout the day… as we have fun with the magic of watercolors!  No materials fee!

June 27, 2020

1:00pm - 4:00pm

"Ink Spots Wearable Art"

with Sandy Fritz

Art Center Members: $54, Non-Members: $60

Sandy Fritz will guide you through her FUN Art process in creative ways to use Alcohol Inks. It will be a FUN experience as you explore how the alcohol and inks work together. The colors are vibrant and fluid and come alive with each drop. You will leave with some small frame-able artwork as well as 2 pieces of wearable art in a pendant and bracelet.  Our leader taking us into the exciting world of “Ink Spots Wearable Art” is popular Loveland mixed media/collage artist, Sandy Fritz. (Yes, she’s Bill Fritz’s daughter!) “My art expresses how I view the world; full of life, color and emotion,” says Sandy. This class is great for all levels of artistic talent.

Materials List: All supplies are provided by the instructor, however, additional bezels may be purchased for $5-$20 extra the day of the class if you want to make a few more.

June 29, 2020

10:30am - 12:00pm

“Rock ‘n Roll Treasure Pouch” for School-Age Children

Fiber Arts/ Feltmaking with Mary Blanche Morse

Art Center Members: $20, Non-Members: $20, plus a $2 materials fee paid directly to the instructor on the day of class. (Please note: the 10% discount for Art Center members does not apply to kid’s classes.)

Sheep’s wool (and fibers from other animals too) can be made into FELT with just soap and water, and agitation--rubbing, rolling, or whatever it takes. In these classes, you can see how that happens, be artistic about it, if you like, and take home a piece of handmade felt art that you made yourself. FUN! We will make a small felted bag by wrapping up a smooth rock with wool and yarn and applying the magic of feltmaking. We’ll add a felt cord, and your pouch can hold coins, precious stones, or whatever small treasures you wish.

Mary Blanche Morse has been a professional feltmaker since 1993. Previously a Waldorf School teacher for nine years, she then began teaching feltmaking at fiber shops and festivals. Her classes focus on creating useful (and lovable) handmade felt projects using simple techniques and having fun experiencing the magic of feltmaking.

July 8, 2020

1:30pm - 4:30pm

“Laminated Nunofelt Flowers” for Adults

Fiber Arts/Feltmaking Classes with Mary Blanche Morse

Art Center Members: $31.50, Non-Members: $35, plus there is a $5 materials fee paid directly to the instructor on the day of class. (No discount on the materials fee.)

These blossoms are pretty and fun to make with colored wools and silks. They are wet felted in one piece with soap and water, and each one is unique, just as in nature. In this half-day class, you will design and felt a flower (or two) which can become a corsage, barrette, or whatever you like. Bring to class: small, sharp scissors (suitable for cutting silk) and a towel (for drying hands.)

Mary Blanche Morse has been a professional feltmaker since 1993. Previously a Waldorf School teacher for nine years, she then began teaching feltmaking at fiber shops and festivals. Her classes focus on creating useful (and lovable) handmade felt projects using simple techniques and having fun experiencing the magic of feltmaking.

July 13 & 14, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

“Simplifying the Masses for a More Powerful Composition in Oils”

Cecy Turner's Two-Day Workshop

Art Center Members: $135, Non-Members: $150 (Two Days!)

Cecy Turner is an award-winning artist who lives in Dallas, TX, most of the year. She and her husband summer in Estes Park, and she spends most days painting in the Park. We were fortunate that last year, Cecy agreed to teach a workshop while in town for the very first time… and we are thrilled that she’s chosen to return this year and share her talents with us once again. She paints/teaches in both oil and watercolor, and is particularly fond of plein air painting.

In this two-day landscape painting in oils workshop, we will take a different part of the landscape both days and begin by simplifying it in a very small study. Once we have identified the large masses, we will then work to achieve atmosphere by adjusting value and color temperature. Adding selective lights to the composition will produce a more powerful painting, and you will come away with the tools to repeat this in your work.

Materials List: A supply list will be e-mailed to students ahead of time.

July 15 & 16, 2020

Time: TBA

"Plein Air Painting "

With Cathy Goodale & Jim Biggers

Art Center Members: $198, Non-Members: $220

Plein air painting at a special location in the Estes Valley and Loveland.

July 17, 2020

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

"Floral Botanical Drawing"

with Lynn Jones

Art Center Members: $36, Non-Members: $40

Lynn is an eclectic artist, working in a number of different mediums, who is continually amazed and inspired by nature. “I’ll stop the car anywhere and snap the perfect clouds, sunset or the approaching storm. I see paintings everywhere. I just need to get them out of my head and onto paper!” Having lived in Wyoming for many years, Lynn loves to visit Estes Park and enjoys returning each summer to teach at the Art Center.

 

About her class this year in Floral Botanical Drawing, she says: Drawing flowers is about observation and interpretation. Learn to draw florals in the botanical style and then add your own artistic touches. We will start in graphite pencil and then add colored pencil touches to complete your drawing. We will study value, light and shadow, form, and perspective. All supplies will be provided. Just come and have fun! Beginners welcome. Ages 12 and above.

July 25, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

"Fun With Watercolor" - Day 1

With Sandy Meyer

Art Center Members: $59.40, Non-Members: $66 (You may sign up for one, two or all three classes)

Popular watercolor instructor, Sandy Meyer lives and paints in western Nebraska. We are fortunate that she visits Estes Park each summer where she’s been teaching a “Fun With Watercolor” class for a number of years. Her classes will excite and enlighten your senses. Sandy’s palette is full of pure, bright colors. We’ll also experiment with color mixes… on the paper.

The first day, we will paint a larger than life flower. Don’t worry, you can do it! We will apply various textures as we go.  Be prepared to stretch yourself and let go. Come with an easy, breezy attitude and we will have fun creating!  All levels of experience are welcome… beginners through advanced.

July 26, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

"Fun With Watercolor" - Day 2

With Sandy Meyer

Art Center Members: $59.40, Non-Members: $66 (You may sign up for one, two or all three classes)

Popular watercolor instructor, Sandy Meyer lives and paints in western Nebraska. We are fortunate that she visits Estes Park each summer where she’s been teaching a “Fun With Watercolor” class for a number of years. Her classes will excite and enlighten your senses. Sandy’s palette is full of pure, bright colors. We’ll also experiment with color mixes… on the paper.

The first day, we will paint a larger than life flower. Don’t worry, you can do it! We will apply various textures as we go.  Be prepared to stretch yourself and let go. Come with an easy, breezy attitude and we will have fun creating!  All levels of experience are welcome… beginners through advanced.

July 27, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

"Fun With Watercolor" - Day 3

With Sandy Meyer

Art Center Members: $59.40, Non-Members: $66 (You may sign up for one, two or all three classes)

Popular watercolor instructor, Sandy Meyer lives and paints in western Nebraska. We are fortunate that she visits Estes Park each summer where she’s been teaching a “Fun With Watercolor” class for a number of years. Her classes will excite and enlighten your senses. Sandy’s palette is full of pure, bright colors. We’ll also experiment with color mixes… on the paper.

The first day, we will paint a larger than life flower. Don’t worry, you can do it! We will apply various textures as we go.  Be prepared to stretch yourself and let go. Come with an easy, breezy attitude and we will have fun creating!  All levels of experience are welcome… beginners through advanced.

August 5, 2020

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

“Felt Inspired By Art” for Adults

Fiber Arts/Feltmaking Classes with Mary Blanche Morse

Art Center Members: $63, Non-Members: $70, plus there is a $10 materials fee paid directly to the instructor on the day of class. (No discount on the materials fee.)

If you like classic art, it can be an inspiration for the creation of your own unique felted art piece. Bring photos of paintings by your favorite artists, or choose from my collection. Rather than trying for an exact copy, let the colors and forms you love inspire your creation, and make a beautiful wet-felted fine wool and silk picture that honors the masters. Bring to class: small, sharp scissors (suitable for cutting silk), a towel for drying hands, and pictures of the art you admire.

Mary Blanche Morse has been a professional feltmaker since 1993. Previously a Waldorf School teacher for nine years, she then began teaching feltmaking at fiber shops and festivals. Her classes focus on creating useful (and lovable) handmade felt projects using simple techniques and having fun experiencing the magic of feltmaking.

August 12, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"A Cluster Of Animal Or Birds"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

Art Center Members: $72, Non-Members: $80

Think of the cluster as one shape. This will challenge your composition theory.

Bring your own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch, or grab something down the steps at Subway.

September 14-15, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Landscape Painting in Oil or Pastel – From Photos"

Cliff Austin's Two-Day Workshop

Art Center Members: $135, Non-Members: $150 (Two Days!)

Cliff is an award-winning fine artist whose studio is in Aurora, CO. A graduate of the Denver Institute of Technology and the Rocky Mountain School of Art, he has been painting (both in studio and en plein air) and illustrating since 1980.

 

This exciting two-day workshop will give students the opportunity to explore various techniques in oil and pastel for approaching landscape painting and for planning ahead… including creating notans. In addition to “how to” demos and tutorials designed for each individual’s natural way with pastels or oils, there will be plenty of one on one and ongoing critique.

September 16, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Developing Mood"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

Art Center Members: $72, Non-Members: $80

Create a painting of a single figure from behind to develop mood. Light source, color and gesture are great tools for mood.

Bring your own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch, or grab something down the steps at Subway.

November 11, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Chiaroscuro"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

Art Center Members: $72, Non-Members: $80

Paint a household object with intense light and shade.

Bring your own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch, or grab something down the steps at Subway.

December 2, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Paint A Christmas Surprise"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

Art Center Members: $72, Non-Members: $80

Paint a Christmas surprise.

Bring your own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch, or grab something down the steps at Subway.

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