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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

Closed

"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

Closed

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

Closed

"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

To Be Rescheduled

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

Class Canceled

"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

Closed

"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 4, 2020

10:00am - TBD

Closed

"Breakout Painting Day"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

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

with Cathy Goodale (with all precautions, of course!)

The subject for the day will be “ The importance of the horizon line to perspective”.  All Estes Park and Loveland students of Cathy’s are welcome to attend this outside paint-out in Loveland.  Estes Park students need to sign up via their website as usual. Meet at River's Edge Natural Area in Loveland, 960 West 1st St. Head west on 1st Street in Loveland (west of 287) Turn in to the first entry by the sign that says River’s Edge Natural Area, follow the curve to the parking lot. We will meet in the parking lot at 10:00 am.  "Do not forget your happy free heart!” says Cathy.

For each of Cathy’s outside classes, here are some supplies you might need: MASK - stool - paint gear - hat - umbrella for shade - bug repellent - sunscreen - water for painting and drinking - sunglasses.

June 17, 2020

10:00am - TBD

Closed

"Paint The Sky"

Painting With Cathy Goodale (Oils & Watercolors)

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

Cathy’s class will be held outdoors.  Outside is the safe place to be and use precautions.  Class continues until whenever the rain hits or you’ve had enough socialization!  We’ll paint the beautiful view of the Continental Divide on June 17 just west of the Country Market across Mary’s Lake Rd. We can park on the west side of the Country Market.  "Do not forget your happy free heart!” says Cathy.

For each of Cathy’s outside classes, here are some supplies you might need: MASK - stool - paint gear - hat - umbrella for shade - bug repellent - sunscreen - water for painting and drinking - sunglasses.

June 27, 2020

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Class Canceled - Sandy will be back next summer! 

"Ink Spots Wearable Art"

with Sandy Fritz

Sandy will be back at the Art Center next summer. In the meantime, you can still enjoy some of Sandy’s teaching on line. She’s living in Texas, and we’re proud to share the link to an online “You Are Creative” class she is offering for just $10.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1139659486391002/

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. Additional bezels may be purchased for $5-$20 extra the day of the class if you want to make a few more. This class is great for all levels of art talent.

Our leader into the exciting world of “Ink Spots Wearable Art” is a 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.

Materials List:  All supplies are provided by the instructor, however, if you wish to create additional pieces, extra bezels may be purchased on the day of class with cash payment going directly to Sandy.

July 8, 2020

10:30am - 12:00pm

Closed

“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.

July 8, 2020

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Closed

“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

Closed

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

with Cecy Turner

Art Center Members: $135, Non-Members: $150

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, 2020

10:30am - 12:00pm

Closed

“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 $3 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.

July 16, 2020

10:00am - 5:00pm

Closed

"Plein Air Painting "

With Cathy Goodale & Jim Biggers

Art Center Members: $99, Non-Members: $110

We will meet at the Viestenz-Smith outdoor park. The address is 1211 West Highway 34 - Loveland, CO. This park is about halfway between Loveland and Estes Park. You will learn a simple approach to painting rocks. Water in motion will be our other focus. Two paintings will be the goal for the day, one in the morning light and one in the afternoon. Bring your lunch and drinks plus all your painting gear, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, stool, umbrella, etc. We will critique at 4 pm. We are so excited to find this beautiful painting location including bathrooms and covered area to paint or eat our lunch and critique.

July 18, 2020

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Class Canceled -Lynn will be back next summer!

"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. The instructor will provide all needed supplies.

July 22, 2020

10:30am - 12:00pm

Closed

“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 $3 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.

August 5, 2020

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed

“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

Closed

"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.

August 21, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed

Let It Flow! Colorful Watercolor Landscapes

with Kathleen Lanzoni 

Art Center Members: $67.50, Non-Members: $75

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 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!

September 14-15, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed

"Landscape Painting in Oil or Pastel, or Acrylic – From Photos"

with Cliff Austin

Art Center Members: $135, Non-Members: $150

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

Closed

"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.

October 14, 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.

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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