Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Daily Painting, Embrace the Practice"
July 24, 2020
 

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


"The Art of the Sketchbook"
July 24, 2020
 

Let's face it - life gets busy and studio time can be hard to come by. The key to maintaining a healthy studio practice lies in the sketchbook. This class explores the sketchbook as a portable art studio, a place to 'play' like nobody's watching, and a way of recording your personal process. Together, we'll embark on a creative journey starting with non-traditional warm-up exercises and resulting in standalone abstract works in your personal sketchbook. We'll explore color mixing, palette building, creative prompts, doodling, paint application and collage. Learn to take risks and work out ideas before starting on a big canvas. Most importantly, you'll learn to love the process in addition to the end result.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Beginning Drawing for Everyone!"
July 24, 2020
 

Drawing can be easy and fun! Whether you want to draw still life objects, figures, or landscapes, developing them with forms will open up a whole new art experience. Learn to draw anything and give your works character, depth, dimension, and life! We'll explore drawing methods using sight, memory, and imagination. Soon you'll be building amazing, creative, three-dimensional artworks right on your paper! This class is for anyone who has never drawn but wants to learn; artists who want to draw more three-dimensionally; and anyone who wants to explore the drawing methods that artists and illustrators use to make amazing pictures.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Oil Portraits with Zorn + King's Blue"
July 24 & 25, 2020
 

The Zorn palette is created by mixing colors from four tubes of paint: Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red, and Ivory Black (attributed to Swedish painter, Anders Zorn circa 1860-1920) who created a body of work using mixes from these four paints, with the addition of an occasional bonus color. We will use the Zorn palette to create portraits and introduce King's Blue as an optional bonus color to finish the painting. The method I teach is classified as "alla prima" or (wet on wet), also known as "direct painting". Learn to prepare substrate, create overall strokes to plan the face and fill in details that captures the essence, and not just the likeness.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $ 435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Oil and Cold Wax Painting"
July 24-26, 2020
 

Based upon his program Process - Purpose - Passion, Jim will introduce you to his approach to creating personal and authentic abstract art. With a process based upon layering and color interactions, we will use cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and a variety of implements to create rich textures, resonant color fields and develop our personal mark making. This workshop is suited for those with some prior painting experience and who enjoy the sharing, flexibility & happenstance of a group environment. All levels of experience with oils & cold wax are welcome. The focus of the workshop is on the process itself more than achieving a "finished" painting.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Dynamic Design in Collage with Books"
July 24-26, 2020
 

In this 3-day workshop, we seek to unravel the mysteries of great abstract composition using collage processes and the fascinating material of deconstructed old books. Collage is the ideal medium for exploring composition and I am loading our backpack with 3 powerful "technologies" to make your exploration fruitful. While there are a handful of principles of design, some are more important than others - we will start with the most powerful ones. These fundamental principles will strengthen your work and give you a foundation to build on.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Melinda Tidwell
Cost: $525 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders"
July 25, 2020
 

In this fun class you'll learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia--similar to medieval illuminated 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 your other artworks, will be highly attractive and effective.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Expressive Landscape Painting"
July 25, 2020
 

The foundation of this workshop lies in traditional landscape painting, however, the resultant paintings will be anything but traditional! This workshop is rooted in the formal qualities of landscape painting and uses these principles as means to abstract. The first half of the workshop will be spent exploring automatic drawing techniques, compositional studies, and non-traditional color palettes. The later half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. The sequential layout of this class will give students the tools and confidence to take chances and make informed decisions on the canvas.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Bold, Expressive Color"
July 25, 2020
 

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


"Street Photography"
July 25, 2020
 

Learn the techniques and skills of street photography while exploring beautiful downtown Denver. All you need is your cell phone - both iPhone and Android users have the opportunity to participate in this exciting and informative workshop where you will learn to create compelling images while you explore an urban environment. The day will consist of discussion about photography with an emphasis on street photography followed by a photo shoot of the city where we will explore Denver, a visually evocative city, brimming with countless photographic possibilities! After our photo shoot, we will come back and learn how to edit our photos using imaging applications that are available to both iPhone and Android users.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Heidi Sussman
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Bigger Picture/Loosening Up"
July 26, 2020
 

Let's paint the bigger picture! Discover approaches to fill a big canvas. This workshop combines demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction to teach students the techniques to create an engaging composition with fresh, deliberate marks on a big canvas. Using observational painting as our launching point, we'll embark with energetic composition and image building exercises designed to tap into each participant's personal voice. The practice of working direct from life results in a heightened awareness and a lasting impression of the moment. We'll paint freer and bolder and let our personalities inspire what we see in our immediate surroundings. Through painting and observational exercises, we'll analyze what influences our choices and how to incorporate our personal voice in our work.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


 

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