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Adult & Teen Classes

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The Durango Arts Center strives to provide excellent art instruction in a cooperative and inspiring learning environment.  In addition to the array of visual arts opportunities held in our fully equipped Education Studio, DAC also offers exciting workshops in the performing arts and theater.

Call Sandra Butler at DAC at (970) 259-2606 or email sandra@durangoarts.org for more information about a class or to get on the email list for updates and other information.

Spring-Summer 2013 ART CLASSES

ONGOING VISUAL ART CLASSES

Figure Drawing: Open studio for adults 18 and over

Every Tuesday

6:30–8:30 p.m.

This is a non-instructional studio session with a nude model. Artists bring their own

materials.

Portrait Group: Open studio for adults 18 and over

Alternating Fridays

3-6 p.m.

This non-instructional studio session is with a live clothed model in the same pose for  three hours. Artists bring their own painting or drawing materials. DAC provides the studio, model and easels.

Art Parties  For Kids AND adults

Play musical painting, ring around the potter’s wheel or bake and decorate a mud pie. Whatever your interest, painting, ceramics, printmaking, or sculpture, we have an art party for you.

MARCH-MAY

Art Journaling

March 1-29

Fridays, 10 a.m. – Noon

This fun-filled journaling group will explore the potential of journaling with the direction of diverse teaching artists sharing ideas, mediums and techniques. Collage, drawing, writing, painting and more will all be investigated in the five-week sessions. Each session will cover new topics, so come for all of them!

Create an Artist’s Book 

Taught by Barbara Tobin Klema

Learning Structure: Accordion & Drumleaf Binding

March 2

1-4 p.m.

$75 for three classes or $30 for an individual class

A $10 materials fee per class to be paid to instructor

Young Adult Beginning Bookbinding
Taught by Emilie Monson

Ages 12-18
March 4-April 1

Mondays

4-5 p.m.

$50. Includes materials

Project based learning, where students will come to understand bookbinding through the use of alternative and recycled materials, chosen to accentuate the style and/or idea of each project. Each student will determine their own project through brainstorming, and individual teacher guidance.

Drawing the Human Head taught by Peter Campbell

March 5–March 26

Tuesdays

4–6 p.m.

4 weeks

$100. Includes model fee

Learn the fundamentals of charcoal portrait drawing in this instructional class for people with some drawing experience. Facial features and planes of the head will be covered in this four week workshop. Limit 6 students.

Beginning Bookbinding Structures for Adults
Taught by Emilie Monson

March 4-April 1

Mondays

6-8 p.m.

$100. Includes materials

This class is an overview of bookbinding where students will complete a bookbinding project. The class will include some history, techniques, materials (traditional and alternative), styles and current movements. Student’s will have their choice of blank book with exposed spine binding project to be completed during class, i.e. journal, photo album, sketchbook, etc. No prior experience required.

Watercolor Basics II 

Taught by Barbara Tobin Klema
March 6 – April 3

Wednesday

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

$100
A continuing class for students who have some watercolor experience.  This class is appropriate for those students who wish to continue to develop their painting skills.

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Saturday Family Art  

March 9

Cost is $25 for 2 family members

Kites Kites Kites

1-3 p.m.

Construct a flying machine just in time for the windy season.

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Beginning Drawing taught by Peter Campbell

March 13–April 17

Wednesdays

6–8 p.m.

$125. includes materials

Learn how to draw realistically using charcoal and newsprint. Small class size offers an opportunity for one on one instruction from Pete Campbell.

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Basket Making 

Taught by Karen Aldrich

March 16

9-1 p.m.

$50 plus a $10 materials fee paid to instructor

Learn to weave a Wall Mail Basket using basic weaving techniques, shaping, inserting a hanger and lashing the top.  The basket is woven with split, flat reed and has an oak hanger.  This is a beginner basket weaving class; no previous weaving experience needed.  Class is limited to 6 students.  March 16th from 9 am to 1 pm.  $10 material fee paid to Karen Aldrich on the day of class.

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Saturday Family Art          

Magic Mosaics

April 20

1-3 p.m.

Cost is $25 for 2 family members  

Create a mosaic stepping stone with concrete, glass, and ceramic tiles.

Drawing II

Taught by Christine Trout

March 19-April 30

Tuesdays

12:30–2:30 p.m.

$125

Learn about drawing from one and two point perspective by rendering a building in proper perspective. You will also learn the foundations of drawing faces through observation of proportion and light values.  Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing or similar experience.

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Artist Collaborative: Open Studio with On-Site Instructor

April 16–May 7

Wednesdays

9-11:30 p.m.

This open studio is designed to facilitate a collaborative artist work time with experienced instructor, Christine Trout, on site. Students who have taken art classes and are working on projects in any medium are welcome to join. Students bring their own materials and works in process. Christine is available to address questions, and the group environment offers fun, feedback and support.

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Art Journaling

April 5–May 3

Fridays

10 a.m. – Noon

This fun-filled journaling group will explore the potential of journaling with the direction of diverse teaching artists sharing ideas, mediums and techniques. Collage, drawing, writing, painting and more will all be investigated in the five-week sessions. Each session will cover new topics, so come for all of them!