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Adult Visual Arts 2017-10-17T17:55:56+00:00

Adult Visual Arts

Exercise your inner artist at the Durango Arts Center with our workshops for the novice or the master.

DAC strives to provide excellent art instruction in a cooperative and inspiring learning environment.  Featuring classes in most mediums for all ages and abilities. 

For more information about classes, please contact Sandra Butler, Education Director at (970) 259-2606, Ext. 15 / sandra@durangoarts.org.

In addition to workshop fees, DAC adult workshops are supported by:


Summer / Fall 2017



  • Wednesday, October 4 – Figure drawing with a nude model
  • Wednesday, October 18 – Figure/portrait drawing with a clothed model
  • Wednesday, November 1 – Figure drawing with a nude model
  • Wednesday, November 15 – Figure/portrait drawing with a clothed model
  • Wednesday, December 6 – Figure drawing with a nude model
  • Wednesday, December 20 – Figure/portrait drawing with a clothed model
*DAC Members: $15 per session or $25 per month
Non-Members: $20 per session or $35 per month for non/members
*College students with ID will receive the member’s discount.  
Pre-registration not necessary, just drop-in!
Bring your own drawing or painting supplies. Drawing boards, easels and the model are provided by DAC. Enter the building from the North door, located in the City parking lot. Parking is free after 6 PM. Ring the upper doorbell for entry to the Education Studio.

Playing with the Press

with Judy Hayes
Saturdays, 9am-4pm:

  • October 21 – FULL
  • November 11

PER SESSION: $80 members / $100 Non-Member 
+ $20 materials fee paid to the instructor in class
Limited to 4 students per session

Back by popular demand!  Take an art vacation for the day and play with the unique Griffin Press with local artist Judy Hayes.  All materials supplied.

Designed for the student with some art-making experience. Learn about monoprints, callographs and collage with a variety of materials and water-based inks. Bring a bag lunch, a $20 materials fee paid to Judy and your imagination.



with Catherine Thomas-Kemp
Fridays, October 6, 13, 20 & 27 |  12-4pm 
$200 members / $225 Non-Member 
+ $25 materials fee paid to the instructor on first day of class

Beginning jewelry design and basic bench skills will be taught in these metalsmithing sessions. Learn about metals available for jewelry, how to cut intricate designs and put it all together.


Watercolor Painting 101

with Peggy Lynch
Tuesdays, October 3-November 7 |  1-3pm 
$150 members / $175 Non-Member 
+ $15 materials fee paid to the instructor on first day of class

This workshop is an introduction to the basic principles of the watercolor medium in a fun environment. Explorations will include color mixing, washes and paint application as well as exposure to different surface texture and brush use.


Unleash Your Muse

with Barb Horn
Mondays, November 6-27 | 5:30-7:30pm 
$80 members / $100 Non-Member 

When is the last time you played? Created for no reason but to create? You were born to create.  We all have a creative reserve inside of us that fuels our unique expression and gifts.  We all get stuck, some of us even say, “I am not the creative type”.  Join Barb Horn this fall to unleash your muse, to play without an agenda in a safe and supportive environment.  Put your desire and inspiration into motion and reclaim your creative flow.   No experience needed, just a desire to play. Warning, no judges or inner critics allowed, unless they are willing to play! Class will incorporate SoulCollage, writing, improvisation and other expressive modes to unleash your wild muse.


Barb Horn, founder of the All Embracing Change Community, is known for her humorsmiley, inclusiveness and creativity as a healer, teacher and leader.  Taking you through your Fools Journey, like the Hero or Heroine  so you become fooly realized. She LOVES the times we are in and invites you to fall in love as well.

Known as the “Kindest Comic” cheeky, she infuses all her work, teachings and efforts with levity and lightness that makes learning, healing and transformation fun, exciting, inspirational and even easy.  She helps parents change unwanted styles, utilizing the stress and pressures of raising children.  She helps couples move through the romance cycle.  She empowers non profit leaders to become change agents.  She helps teenagers and others manage anxiety.  She teaches healers how to lighten up and bring humor into their practice and heal their money story to  align income with self worth. She is down to earth and believes all our own wisdom provides us what we need to know, we just need to remember how to access it. She loves helping others find their power and purpose in the messiness of life.

She helps you live your passions, remove barriers for good, become at ease with change reclaim and utilize your power and wisdom, learn to love yourself, not only feel enough but manifest from that empowerment, to trust and surrender or feel safe.  Because every parent, lover, leader, teacher and healer want to be the best they can be.   She can help you give all your gifts and look forward to receiving all you came for this journey.

Barb Horn has been following her passions successful. She was a all star athlete, is  nationally known in the river conservation movement and a leader in SoulCollage and Alchemical Hypnotherapy.  She realized that saving rivers was about saving souls in that how we treat our environment, organisms and each other is a reflection of how we treat ourselves.  It was then she brought the two worlds together in her work.  She has been on an intentional life journey, since the womb, to love herself and feel enough. To see what everyone else sees. This simple, but profound journey is what she brings to her healing and teaching.

Barb loves spending time with healers, parents, non profit leaders, teenagers and individuals who desire to be all they can be, who do not want to die with any rock not turned over or any song left inside. She is passionate about helping others understand what is happening on our planet and providing tools to embrace and love the changes.

Courage in Creativity

with Paula Jo Miller
Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12 | 2-5pm (Sat) & 1-4pm (Sun)
$75 members / $100 Non-Member 
+ $18 materials fee paid to the instructor in class on the first day of class

Any creative effort comes with a certain level of anxiety.  Courage in Creativity teaches us to use that anxiety to fuel our inspiration in a judgment-free space. In this three-hour workshop, we learn abstract techniques, paint with 40+ fabulous paint colors (including metallics), and work with a variety of brushes, tools, and textures before creating our own masterpieces. Courage in Creativity is for all levels – beginners to professionals. We learn, laugh, and paint cool art. Join us!

Paula Jo Miller is an abstract artist living in beautiful Pagosa Springs, CO. Formerly a nonprofit consultant, she retired in 2011 to pursue her passion for painting. Paula paints commissioned pieces, exhibits in galleries, and travels the country teaching her abstract art workshops, Courage in Creativity and Art Without Limits! She often teaches these workshops as fundraisers and donates proceeds back to the community. Recently, Paula was featured as “Top Artist to Watch” in Art Blend magazine.