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Class Schedule

 In accordance with the most recent Larimer County order, face coverings must be worn in the gallery effective Oct. 20, 2021. The order requires that all persons aged 3 years and older wear face coverings and outlines limited exceptions, including for individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering. 

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.

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

2021 Adult & Kids Classes

May 19, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm

“Let's Talk Color"

Painting with Cathy Goodale

Closed

 

We will use Steve Quiller’s color wheel. (quillergallery.com) It’s available in most art stores. Quilller’s book “Color Choices” has the wheel as well. We will venture into several color schemes of your choice: monochromatic; complementary; analogous; split complement; triadic. Bring several photos of things you’ve been wanting to paint. We’ll discuss and choose which photo is best for this lesson.

 

This will be another fabulous opportunity to paint with well-known local artist Cathy Goodale who will be teaching monthly from May through December at the Art Center. Sign up for any number of classes in advance or one at a time, as the year progresses.  Students will provide their own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch or grab something quick nearby. Cathy’s phone number: (970) 227-8577 in case you have specific questions about the classes themselves. The Art Center will handle all reservations, payments, and other housekeeping details.

June 15-16, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

“Let It Flow! Colorful Watercolor Landscapes"

with Kathleen Lanzoni

Closed

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 the 2019 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!

Materials List: Provided.

June 19, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

“Painting the Landscape in Pastel” (Oil Painters Welcome)

with Lydia Pottoff

Closed

This one-day workshop is designed for both beginners and intermediate pastel enthusiasts. Lydia will guide you through her process of painting a landscape from sketch to completion. She’ll discuss the importance of creating a value ‘roadmap’ thumbnail sketch to help you in your planning stages. Then you’ll discuss looking at various compositional strategies and the process of underpainting and layering pastel. You are welcome to bring your own photos or work from the ones she supplies. Oil painters are welcome to participate as well. All students will bring their own pastels/paints, brushes, and essential painting supplies.  Materials List: Provided

 

June 22, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

“Tapestry in Handmade Felt”

Fiber Arts/Feltmaking Classes with Mary Blanche Morse

Closed

Express yourself in fiber and let the artist in you go wild. First, we will look at various techniques for achieving image and color in handmade felt. Then we'll select from a glorious array of colored wool, silks, and other fibers to create a one piece inlaid felted tapestry picture that reflects individual artistic style. This can be done either from imagination, or with reference to photos or pictures used for inspiration. Amazing detail and variety of expression is possible. Learn techniques for attaining texture, detail, and felting control. Previous feltmaking experience is not necessary. Bring to class a couple of towels, and also pictures for inspiration, if you like.

June 23, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm

“Color Continued......"

Painting with Cathy Goodale

Closed

What better subject than flowers for studying color? Cathy will bring flowers. You can bring your own if you wish. We will study color temperature, color intensity, color harmony, limiting your palette, and how light affects color.

 

This will be another fabulous opportunity to paint with well-known local artist Cathy Goodale who will be teaching monthly from May through December at the Art Center. Sign up for any number of classes in advance or one at a time, as the year progresses.  Students will provide their own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch or grab something quick nearby. Cathy’s phone number: (970) 227-8577 in case you have specific questions about the classes themselves. The Art Center will handle all reservations, payments, and other housekeeping details.

June 25, 2021

1:00pm - 4:00pm

"Ink Spots Wearable Art"

with Sandy Fritz

Closed

Sandy Fritz will guide you thru 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. Extra 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 artistic talent.

Our leader in 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.

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.

June 29, 2021

1:00pm - 2:30pm

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

Fiber Arts/Feltmaking with Mary Blanche Morse

Closed

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 1, 2021

1:00pm - 3:00pm

"Introduction To Zentangle®"

with Annie Reiser

Closed

Annie Reiser, certified Zentangle® (CZT) teacher enjoys introducing others to this meditative practice of mindful drawing; a technique using basic pen strokes to form patterns that can be combined into intricate designs. The beauty is that no drawing experience is required! If you can make a dot, a straight line, a curved line, and a circle – you have all the skills you need. Relax, and focus as you learn the philosophy and creative “ceremony” of Zentangle®.  All levels and kids welcome.

Materials List: Provided for those who wish to bring their own supplies.  However, you may purchase a kit directly from the instructor on the day of class for $8.00 that will provide you with all supplies you will need.

July 6, 2021

1:00pm - 2:30pm

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

Fiber Arts/ Feltmaking with Mary Blanche Morse

Closed

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 9, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Nature Journaling"

with Annie Reiser

Closed

Spend a day observing, recording, and capturing impressions of the spectacular Estes Park beauty in a nature journal. You will begin with some in-house instruction on nature-drawing basics, using viewfinders, and tips and tricks on creating effective visual journaling. You will switch to the “outdoor classroom” (a favorite sketching spot for the instructor). There you will use the just-learned tips and tricks to sketch and create journal pages of your favorite views, flowers, birds, etc. Bring home the best souvenir of your trip or, you locals, start the habit of journaling and appreciating your surroundings with personalized memories that invoke all of your senses: warm sun, Rocky Mountain skies and panoramas, natural treasures, and Colorado’s flora and wildlife.

 

You are welcome to bring your own art supplies or purchase a mini art field kit and of all the supplies you need for the day from the instructor. Please bring your own sack lunch or be prepared to get something at an eatery nearby. We will have just a ½ hour lunch break. All levels and kids welcome.

 

Materials List: Provided. Although, you may purchase a mini art field kit from the instructor on the day of class for $35 that will provide you with all of the art supplies you will need for the day.

July 13, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm

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

Fiber Arts/ Feltmaking with Mary Blanche Morse

Closed

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 16, 2021

2:00pm - 4:00pm

“Presentation on Color As Energy: Emotional,

Physical and Spiritual"

by David Johnson, Former President of both the Boulder and Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild Boards.

Closed

 

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 Estes Park Area 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.

July 21, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm

“On Location"

Painting with Cathy Goodale

Closed

We will paint on location… to be announced later. We will study composition on location. Bring any rule you have ever learned about composition to share.

This will be another fabulous opportunity to paint with well-known local artist Cathy Goodale who will be teaching monthly from May through December at the Art Center. Sign up for any number of classes in advance or one at a time, as the year progresses.  Students will provide their own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch or grab something quick nearby. Cathy’s phone number: (970) 227-8577 in case you have specific questions about the classes themselves. The Art Center will handle all reservations, payments, and other housekeeping details.

July 21, 2021

1:00pm - 3:00pm

"Fun Art Baskets"

with Sandy Fritz

Canceled

Join Sandy Fritz in coil basket making. Learn how to make a small basket using different types of materials. Add fun doodads to make your basket FUN! School age kiddos, please. Under age 9 need to be accompanied. Great class for grandparents & grandkids.

 

Teaching this terrific class for kids 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.

 

Materials List: All materials are provided by the teacher. You only need to bring a fun, creative spirit!

July 27, 2021

1:30pm - 4:30pm

“Laminated Nunofelt Flowers" for Adults

Fiber Arts/Feltmaking Classes with Mary Blanche Morse

Closed

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.

August 3, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Capturing Big Shapes Of A Scene For A Quick

Outdoor Memory (Watercolor)"

with Cecy Turner

Closed

Learn how to capture quick studies in watercolor to record your reactions to outdoor scenes on the spot! Most often, these big shapes and color notes in them will help you in doing a larger painting later, and, most importantly will be a record of your first reaction to the scene and will be “keepers” in your sketchbook of memories forever, much more so than a photo!  Materials List: Provided.

 

August 14, 2021

1:00pm - 3:30pm

"Tangled Aspen Leaves"

with Annie Reiser

Closed

Annie Reiser, certified Zentangle® (CZT) teacher enjoys introducing others to this meditative practice of mindful drawing; a technique using basic pen strokes to form patterns that can be combined into intricate designs. The beauty is that no drawing experience is required! If you can make a dot, a straight line, a curved line, and a circle – you have all the skills you need. Relax, and focus as you learn the philosophy and creative “ceremony” of Zentangle®. All levels and kids welcome.

Materials List: Provided for those who wish to bring their own supplies.  However, you may purchase a kit directly from the instructor on the day of class for $5.00 that will provide you with all supplies you will need.

August 18, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm

“Concentrating On Value"

Painting with Cathy Goodale

Closed

We’ll be using three colors (one warm and two cool, or one cool and two warm) and will paint on location. First, we’ll try to see our compositions in two values (what is light and what is dark) and then we’ll expand to using three values (light, middle, and dark). This thought process will help us to progress to a successful painting.

This will be another fabulous opportunity to paint with well-known local artist Cathy Goodale who will be teaching monthly from May through December at the Art Center. Sign up for any number of classes in advance or one at a time, as the year progresses.  Students will provide their own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch or grab something quick nearby. Cathy’s phone number: (970) 227-8577 in case you have specific questions about the classes themselves. The Art Center will handle all reservations, payments, and other housekeeping details.

August 20, 2021

1:00pm - 4:00pm

"Whimsey Poles"

with Sandy Fritz

Closed

Join Sandy Fritz in painting garden poles. She will guide you through the process to bring your garden pole to life. Come with ideas or a theme to create using a variety of mediums. Solar caps are available for $20 paid directly to Sandy on the day of the class. Otherwise, all materials are provided.

Our leader in the exciting world of “Whimsey Poles” 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.

Materials List:  All supplies are provided by the instructor, however, if you wish to purchase a Solar Cap to top your creation, one is available from Sandy for $20 on the day of class.

September 2-3, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Landscape Painting In Oil Or Pastel - From Photos"

With Cliff Austin

Closed

 

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.  Materials List: Provided.

September 11 & 18, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

"Getting the Most From Your Digital Fall Landscape Photography"

with John Shelton 

Closed

Ever wonder how professional photographers get those great fall color shots? In this class, we’ll explore the basics of solid landscape photography. We’ll touch on the mechanics of camera settings, and how to use those in the field for landscape. We will also discuss composition, location, lighting, and creativity in making your shots stand out from the ordinary. Day 1 will combine reviewing techniques with examples in the classroom, and if time permits, practice time as a group outside with a short walk/drive to nearby scenic locations. On Day 2, one week later, students will share their assignment work, including a supportive critique session of work provided to improve their eye and technique. If time allows, we will discuss post-processing efforts to enhance imagery.  John is a professional photographer based here in Estes Park.  He has had more than 85 pieces exhibited outside of representational galleries, and 30 editorial photos published regionally in the last three years.

Students must have their own camera, preferably a digital SLR with charged batteries and data card. Film/phone cameras can work but may be limited regarding some class content. Basic working knowledge of your camera functions is preferred.

September 15, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm

“Fall Color and Edges"

Painting with Cathy Goodale

Closed

We will paint fall colors on location (weather permitting). If the weather keeps us inside, we’ll paint from photos with a fall color theme. We’ll paint the subject twice, one with all hard edges and one with predominantly soft edges.

This will be another fabulous opportunity to paint with well-known local artist Cathy Goodale who will be teaching monthly from May through December at the Art Center. Sign up for any number of classes in advance or one at a time, as the year progresses.  Students will provide their own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch or grab something quick nearby. Cathy’s phone number: (970) 227-8577 in case you have specific questions about the classes themselves. The Art Center will handle all reservations, payments, and other housekeeping details.

September 21-22, 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm

“Painting Rocky Mountain National Park”

with Susan Garden (in oils, in the classroom)

Closed

Whether an experienced artist or a beginner you will enjoy this highly structured paint-along oil painting workshop where you will start and complete two realistic, detailed landscapes each day entitled “Boulder at Bear Lake” and “Aspen Splendor on the River.” Learn composition, perspective, color mixing, the 5 basic values, exploring simple time-saving brush techniques, and more with professional artist, Susan Garden, from the Robert Garden School of Art in Irving, TX.

 

All art supplies including oil paints arranged in aerial perspective on the Robert Garden Disposable Palette, brushes, two 12 X 16 stretched canvases and detailed printed lesson plans for each day will be provided. Bring paper towels and wear old t-shirt or apron.

October 20, 2021
Closed

“Model"

Painting with Cathy Goodale

We will have a live model for the day. Most of the morning will be drawing the model. We will split the model’s fee.

This will be another fabulous opportunity to paint with well-known local artist Cathy Goodale who will be teaching monthly from May through December at the Art Center. Sign up for any number of classes in advance or one at a time, as the year progresses.  Students will provide their own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch or grab something quick nearby. Cathy’s phone number: (970) 227-8577 in case you have specific questions about the classes themselves. The Art Center will handle all reservations, payments, and other housekeeping details.

November 10, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm

“Animals"

Painting with Cathy Goodale

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

Animals are the subject for the day, along with finding a creative way of presenting them to the viewer. Bring your own animal photos, and Cathy will as well.

This will be another fabulous opportunity to paint with well-known local artist Cathy Goodale who will be teaching monthly from May through December at the Art Center. Sign up for any number of classes in advance or one at a time, as the year progresses.  Students will provide their own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch or grab something quick nearby. Cathy’s phone number: (970) 227-8577 in case you have specific questions about the classes themselves. The Art Center will handle all reservations, payments, and other housekeeping details.

November 20, 2021
1:00pm - 4:00pm

“Tangled Gemstone Blossom"

with Annie Reiser

Art Center Members: $32.40, Non-Members: $36

Annie Reiser, certified Zentangle® (CZT) teacher enjoys introducing others to this meditative practice of mindful drawing; a technique using basic pen strokes to form patterns that can be combined into intricate designs.

This festive Zentangled ® blossom begins with a pre-strung Zendala to guide our tangles and form a perfect flower. Use this pretty pattern for the holidays as a card or gift tag. We will not only learn a few new tangle patterns, but also “recipes” on how to draw two different types of gemstones. Though this looks complicated, it’s easy taken one step at a time!

Materials List: Provided for those who wish to bring their own supplies. However, you may purchase a kit directly from the instructor on the day of class for $8.00 that will provide you with all supplies you will need.

December 1, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm

“Christmas Surprise!"

Painting with Cathy Goodale

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

Cathy will provide lunch!

This will be another fabulous opportunity to paint with well-known local artist Cathy Goodale who will be teaching monthly from May through December at the Art Center. Sign up for any number of classes in advance or one at a time, as the year progresses.  Students will provide their own supplies/equipment. Bring a sack lunch or grab something quick nearby. Cathy’s phone number: (970) 227-8577 in case you have specific questions about the classes themselves. The Art Center will handle all reservations, payments, and other housekeeping details.

December 4, 2021
1:00pm - 3:30pm

“Enchanted Tangled Forest"

with Annie Reiser

Art Center Members: $31.50, Non-Members: $35

Annie Reiser, certified Zentangle® (CZT) teacher enjoys introducing others to this meditative practice of mindful drawing; a technique using basic pen strokes to form patterns that can be combined into intricate designs.

Get into the holiday spirit as you learn the beautiful and versatile tangle from Zentangle® called Opus that can even be turned into a tree! I’ve made these Christmas trees look like a forest of sugar-iced gingerbread cookies with red cinnamon candies. We will concentrate on learning to shade on a tan-toned tile and use a technique to embellish the tree branches with mini red gems.

 

Materials List: Provided for those who wish to bring their own supplies. However, you may purchase a kit directly from the instructor on the day of class for $5.00 that will provide you with all supplies you will need.

January 8, 2022
1:00pm - 3:30pm

“Tangled Power Words"

with Annie Reiser

Art Center Members: $31.50, Non-Members: $35

Annie Reiser, certified Zentangle® (CZT) teacher enjoys introducing others to this meditative practice of mindful drawing; a technique using basic pen strokes to form patterns that can be combined into intricate designs.

Power words “pack a punch,” trigger emotions, and are used by marketers and writers because of their intrinsic connection to our humanity.

 

What better way to start the new year than by putting to paper your own power word that positively reinforces new year’s resolutions and goals; breathe, create, joy, inspire, love, dream, trust, praise, build, lead, gratitude, mindfulness, etc.

 

Your hand-penned word will be embellished with beautiful ribbon-like Zentangle® patterns and painted with a wet-in-wet watercolor wash. Make your piece into a card, frame it, or just set it somewhere visible as a reminder to yourself of who you strive to be.

Materials List: Provided for those who wish to bring their own supplies. However, you may purchase a kit directly from the instructor on the day of class for $5.00 that will provide you with all supplies you will need.