Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Painting the Blooming Peony"
August 2, 2019
 

The Painting of the Peony is blending and shaping of a flower using watercolors, liquid watercolors. In this class, you will learn how to layer watercolors, negative space paint, and contrast colors using lights and darks. This is a fun lesson because the paint does most of the work for you. You just learn how to guide the paint. Bring your brushes if you have them .....everything else for the class is provided.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Painting the Cosmos"
August 4, 2019
 

Painting these Cosmos flowers is so fun because plastic wrap does most of the painting for you. In this class, you will learn how to use plastic wrap and paint to blend the shape of the flowers. And you will learn how to simplify negative space painting. 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


"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


"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


 

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