Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Quilt Experiments: In Search of Our Creative Edge"
August 2-4, 2019
 

In this workshop, we will "play" with ways to build up layers of fabric using quilting, stitching, applique, rearranging, deconstructing, and collage. You will make at least two 12" square flat panels of thick quilting each day. (This is the basic technique I developed that I use in all of my work. I quilt first - before stitching any imagery or patterns. It is the opposite of traditional quilting.) These panels are the structures that are like your prepared canvases. They'll be used for our experiments. We'll cut parts out, reconfigure them, and, although in this class we'll be working in two dimensions, we'll start to add three-dimensional elements. Discover unexpected combinations, learn new techniques, and begin something magnificent!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kay Khan
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Experience Mixed Media Mosaics 101"
August 2, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout and experience an intro to mosaics unlike any other. In this 101 one day course, you'll learn not only the basics of traditional mosaics - you'll also learn Susan's unique mixed media mosaic technique. You'll walk away with a keepsake that preserves your treasures and something beautiful for your home that displays your creative voice.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Daily Painting, Embrace the Practice"
August 2, 2019
 

This workshop will embrace the importance of a daily practice as a path to improving creativity and image making skills. Through a combination of demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction, each student will learn techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Guided by an artist who has made over 3500 daily, consecutive paintings (so far) you'll embrace the painting process while learning tricks to stay inspired and motivated as well as generate ideas for your own daily practice. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Drawing Basics: Methods for Creating 3D, Realistic Art!"
August 2, 2019
 

No matter what you want to draw, creating pictures using these 3-d techniques opens up a whole new art experience! Learn to draw and manipulate basic forms and give all your artworks more depth, dimension, and unique character. We'll explore drawing from sight, from memory, and from imagination! You'll soon be easily drawing anything you want; creating amazing works of art! This class is for: Anyone who has never drawn but wants to learn; Artists who want to draw more three-dimensionally; Teachers who want exciting drawing techniques for their students; Anyone who wants to expand and apply their drawing skills to any art medium!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Watercolor Portraiture & Hand Lettering: Introduction & Techniques"
August 2-4, 2019
 

Learn to paint the portraits and words of people who inspire you. During this workshop, we will review the basics of using watercolors, explore different techniques, and discuss ways to approach painting portraits. Initial steps will include studying facial features and proportions. We'll sketch a base layer drawing of the face, review the basics of color theory like mixing hues and using light/dark hues to create highlights and shadows, and work with layers of watercolor to bring your portrait to life. We'll experiment with combining portraits and hand-lettered quotes with fine tip black markers into a cohesive, compelling composition. Leave with a finished portrait and quote of the influential person in your life.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kimothy Joy
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Exploring Mixed Media (Two Day Workshop)"
August 2-3, 2019
 

Explore the amazing world of Mixed Media by Pébéo! Experience texture, different mediums and new techniques. Discover surprising ways to create exciting effects. Aspects of abstract composition and what makes an abstract piece "work" will be shared. Participants will complete or have a start to two works of art and ideas for continuing the exploration. This is a wonderful workshop for the beginner or an experienced artist wanting to broaden their use of acrylics and mixed media. This is a two-day workshop.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Candace French
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gel Plate Monoprinting"
August 2, 2019
 

Are you frustrated with the fact hat you have the Gel Plate bu haven't mastered it? Are you afraid to even open it? This class is for you! I know how frustrating it can be when you don't get the results you want or expect. It's difficult trying to figure things out on your own - let's do this together! In this workshop you will learn how to create painterly, rich, layered collage papers with the Gel Press Monoprinting Plate.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Doodle, Draw, Paint - Create a large doodled piece!"
August 2, 2019
 

In this class we'll play with color, mark making, drawing, and of course, doodling. Choose if you want to create a painting filled to the brim with wild organic lines or create a shape like a heart, butterfly, home state (to fill in), etc. You can also choose to add some representational images hidden inside (see Colorado example). Develop your drawing skills as well as relax, let go and be free. Spend time in what Jennifer calls the "BC Zone" or doing blind contour drawings. Explore mindless scribbling, doodling, color mixing, color combination and find your 'color voice'. Let go of the final outcome and you will develop your ability to experiment and grow as an artist.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gouacheamole! (Cubism with Gouache)"
August 2, 2019
 

Cubism (a style of art that preceded Abstract Expressionism), incubated a grand rebellion against Realism. Basically, cubists argued that a still life painting of a tomato fell short of showing the entire truth of that tomato and that the way to remedy that was to show all aspects of the fruit at the same time. And in order to do that, the tomato needed to be shattered/fragmented and then all its parts and pieces painted on the canvas at the same time. In this workshop we will paint with gouache on paper..... and instead of smashing tomatoes, we'll learn to use photo references to paint a portrait showing different aspects of a face all at the same time.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Expressive Floral Play"
August 3, 2019
 

In this expressive painting & drawing class, we will focus on florals - let's go wild with them! Using beautiful flowers as our inspiration, we'll create art that combines abstract, expressive drawing and painting techniques. Expect to spend lots of time looking, really looking at the flowers and drawing what you see. Through various guided activities, we'll play with mark-making exercises to get you creating outside the box and letting go of the outcome. You'll learn how to be expressive with your strokes and let your intuition guide your artistic choices as we create. You will have permission to "play"!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting with Opaque Watercolors"
August 3, 2019
 

Painting with Opaque paint and watercolors is a lesson in building paint and painting directly with white paint. In this class, you will learn how to create a dark surface in watercolors and paint directly with an opaque paint. Bring your brushes if you have them....everything else you need for the painting is provided.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Songbirds in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 3, 2019
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class, however, I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Art Journaling: A Creative Key!"
August 3, 2019
 

Artists and illustrators use sketchbook/art journals every day, and in a variety of ways in order to increase both their creative flow and skills, and for pure enjoyment! This class explores fun methods to create and use sketchbook journaling to build your artistic confidence and excitement. Let this class begin your lifelong adventure into creativity that builds each day! This Class is for: Anyone who wants to explore a multitude of ways to use a sketch journal; Teachers who want to give their students exciting methods toward more creativity; Anyone who wants to explore and expand their imaginative life and enjoy stress-free creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Bold, Expressive Color!"
August 3, 2019
 

This workshop will focus on how to make those colors sing! Heighten your perception and use of color by learning ways to exaggerate and enhance what you see. We'll tap into a personal color palette, take control of value, and generate clean, bold and unexpected color solutions. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Formulas for Painting Fabulous Paintings + Set Your Horizons"
August 3, 2019
 

Enrich your experience with pastels by learning three formulas that will make your paintings compositionally sound every time. The instructor will demonstrate each formula and you will paint with your new-found knowledge the landscape imagery that you bring with you. Discover the importance of properly placed horizon lines. Learn what a low and high horizon line accomplishes and where best to place your horizons to create a feeling of great height, expanse of open space, or the feeling of looking outward and upward, down upon your subject or deep into the far distance. If you are looking for more oomph and more arresting and unexpected compositional qualities in your artwork, then this is the class for you.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting by Heart"
August 3-4, 2019
 

How do you feel when you look at the canvas and consider the process of painting? Is it possible for you to conceive of a way for that feeling to change and evolve? How might you go about getting your feelings about the painting process to evolve? Learn to manipulate and apply paint onto a canvas so that you can build up layers, transitioning from a "young" canvas to a "mature" canvas. Select one of your canvases from the first day to deliberately paint a subject using a photo reference (a portrait, a figure, an animal, landscape, etc.). We will paint on top of a canvas in ways that will excite you and empower you as a painter.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Mixed Media Mosaics on a 3D Substrate"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Go beyond just tile and grout on a 3D substrate to walk away with a masterpiece. Be guided through any basic mosaic techniques you're unfamiliar with while also learning more advanced unique techniques developed by Susan. With this piece, there is no grout necessary, meaning that this technique of mosaic is less messy than classic methods. Learn how to fit tesserae in with the changing form of a 3D shape and create an art piece that feels sculptural with unusual pieces and adhesives. This is an amazing way to use keepsakes and personal treasures to create a custom piece.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Susan Wechsler
Cost: $435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Let Loose with Color + Sunrise, Sunset"
August 4, 2019
 

Learn to let loose with color and successfully create a powerful work of art! Learn to step away from the use of pleasant but dull colors and dive fearlessly into the use of wonderfully pure color. Kathy's approach to painting is easy to understand and participants will take home a completed painting. Bring your expressive potential to life in this amazing pastel painting workshop. Find out how rich in color pastels can be, while you explore a world of painting sunrises and sunsets. Kathy will begin with demonstrations and then guide participants on their individual paintings from start to finish. Kathy is referred to as a fun-loving, fabulous instructor who can teach to students of any level.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"30-Minute Painting"
August 4, 2019
 

This workshop will explore how to create fast, loose, gestural paintings - made with intention and without fussing. A series of energetic painting exercises will unleash that feeling of spontaneity in your work. We'll simplify the painting process, pick up the pace and learn ways to circumvent overworking a painting. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders!"
August 4, 2019
 

In this fun class you'll learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia - similar to illuminated medieval manuscripts! These exciting techniques can be used in designing your own paper products - greeting cards, bookmarks, postcards, scrap book pages, book illustrations, etc. The applications are endless! In addition, you'll learn valuable approaches to color, so that your designs and artworks will be highly attractive and effective. This class is for: Anyone who wants to create beautifully illustrated letters and borders.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Bold Blooms in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 4, 2019
 

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class. I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Spirit Portraits"
August 4, 2019
 

Tap into the energy of your subject and draw their 'spirit'! There is so much more to drawing a person than meets the eye. Tap into the energy of a person and allow that to inspire our drawings. Does their delicate, soft personality inspire the use of a thin pencil? Are they bubbly and hilarious and you can't help but use 3 markers at once? We'll practice our drawing and 'seeing' skills. We'll play and experiment through half the class and then dial in on a portrait and really bring that person, and their spirit, to life!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Layers, Lines and Image"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Art always makes reference to other images and narrative. For our purposes we reference book pages, maps, cloth and other found materials as a starting point to inform our process from layering and cutting techniques through to stitch, paint and mark. During this workshop you will make small personal works with narrative and meaning (and humor). Low-tech methods will transform raw materials and found objects into textile art. Simple drawings, staining and coloring of cloth and paper, cutting, pasting, stitching, and collage will be our primary tactics to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. We'll make a book form, but this is not a book-binding course. (This is a 3-day workshop)
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Cas Holmes
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Painterly Mixed Media Journal"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Students of all levels will learn to venture into more painterly territory with their art journals. Students will begin by making unique painted papers using different types of papers and supplies. Learn how to start a page spread, and how to work back and forth between collage and paint, building dimension in layers, and focusing on mark making, altering and personalizing each element. We will use stencils in a variety of ways, to create a composition, and help integrate page spreads. Ultimately, we will create layers that add loads of depth to your journal.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Recycled Surface - and More!"
September 20, 2019
 

Using old tins, copper and silver sheeting students will create jewelry. Cold connections, including wire rivets, eyelets, brads, ties and weaving techniques, will be used to assemble the pieces. Patinas will be explored to achieve color and interest. Brooches, necklaces, and earrings will all be made and students will go home with many samples and finished work. Fun and fast paced.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hinges, Doors, Lockets"
September 21, 2019
 

Students will design and make 3 hinged lockets using copper sheeting. Students may bring a personal photo, image or favorite paper to place in the locket, or use papers and images that Mary has selected. Mica is used to protect the image and cold connections hold it in place. Patinas, texturing, and metal applications, and all cold connections will also be covered. The focus of this class is to master the hinges, and cold connections. The class is packed with low-tech processes with fabulous results. Students will make all 3 hinges during the class time.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Shadow Boxes with Torch Firing Enameling"
September 22, 2019
 

Using copper sheeting and silver sheeting for accents, students will create jewelry. Students will learn many ways to create a shadowbox necklace from copper. Patinas will enhance the surface and allow for unique results. Once several shadow boxes are made, students will create inserts for the box using torch fire enameled surfaces. Fold form techniques will be used to create depth and interest with some of the inserts. Cold connections including wire rivets, eyelets, brads, ties and weaving techniques, will be used to assemble the pieces. Brooches, necklaces, and earrings will all be made and students will go home with many samples and finished work. Fun and fast paced.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


 

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