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 /

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


Summer / Fall 2017



  • Wednesday, September 6 – Figure drawing with a nude model
  • Wednesday, September 20 – Figure/portrait drawing with a clothed model
  • 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.

OPENINGS: Netting and Looping – FULL/WAITLIST

with Pat Hickman
Saturday-Sunday, September 9 & 10 | 9am-5pm
$250 members / $275 Non-Member 
+ est. $35 materials fee payable to DAC on first day of class 
(Payment can be made in two installments. To register in two payments, call Doug Gonzalez at (970) 259-2606, Ext 13 or Sandra Butler, Ext 15)
Limited to 12 students

This workshop will encourage participants to explore visual ideas suggested through openwork textile structure, primarily that of knotted netting and knotless netting. Reserving space for air and the importance of what is “not there” will be built into conceptually based quick studies and studio projects, both 2-D and 3-D. There will be exploration with a variety of materials, including gut (hog casings), Hickman’s signature material, using it as both structure and skin in netting. Other materials include colored wire and waxed linen thread. The workshop is less a “how to”, more an experience in discovery, questioning, and ongoing ways of working. No previous knowledge of these textile structures is required, just a willingness to explore and learn.

Pat Hickman will be featured in a solo exhibit, Here, Still, in the DAC Art Library, September 8-October 28.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 8 at 5pm.

Pat Hickman is a prominent conceptual fiber artist who creates unique forms in her signature material  of animal gut and hog casings. She thoughtfully offers titles, clues to her silent communication; titles suggest metaphors; metaphors reveal stories.

Portrait Drawing

with David Riedel 
Tuesdays, September 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10 | 9am-12pm
$150 DAC Members / $175 Non-Member 
+ est. $30 model fee payable to the instructor on first day of class 

Learn portrait drawing from live models with teaching artist David Riedel!

David Riedel was born in 1956 in Indiana and lived there until moving to Tempe, Arizona to study art.  He fell in love with the Southwest, graduating from Northern Arizona University in 1982 with a BFA in printmaking. For many years David lived in the Southwest near Taos, New Mexico.

In 1986 David began attending courses at the Art Students League in New York City. It was at the Art Students League that David first began the serious study of painting under the internationally acclaimed teachers there.

Similar to the Old Masters’ style, Riedel’s works are characterized by their chiaroscuro and deep background color, lending a certain vibrancy and energy to his subjects. His use of dramatic lighting and rhythmic color, combined with a sense of solid composition, produces work that is timeless in its appeal. David considers his primary instruction to be from David Leffel, yet he also feels the importance of many fellow artists in both Taos and New York. The excitement of interacting with other artists creates a milieu in which he finds opportunities for artistic growth.

In 2009 Riedel won the first place American National Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America National Show in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He also won the Still Life Merit Award in the Salon International Show sponsored by Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Mr Riedel has also won awards with the OPA western region in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Greenhouse Salon in 2013 and 2014.


Playing with the Press

with Judy Hayes
Saturdays, 9am-4pm:

  • September 30
  • October 21
  • 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.


Intro to Pastels

with Lorraine Trenholm
Saturday-Sunday, October 14-15 |  9am-3pm (Sat) & 9am-4pm (Sun)
$200 members / $225 Non-Member 
+ $20 materials fee paid to the instructor in class

Students will learn a short history of the pastel medium, currently available materials, including pastels and the different surfaces upon which to work. Instructor, Lorraine Trenholm will cover mark-making, which is the basis of all pastel work. Lorraine will lead the students through exercises to learn about the differences between various pastels, and how they work on different surfaces.


“I love experimenting with materials- oriental papers, jewelry findings, pastels, oils, water colors – to create images and light effects in paintings of dogs, horses, and landscapes.”

LWT 2015

Lorraine Wallace Trenholm was born in New York, where she lived until completing studies as a painting major at Pratt Institute.  She has done drawings and paintings for dog events and people with equine interests since high school. Several of her drawings and pastels have appeared on covers of the Saluki Quarterly, a breed specialty magazine.  Her paintings are in private collections, in the U.S. and abroad.

Lorraine resumed regularly painting and showing in 1984 on Cape Cod, MA.  She creates landscape paintings, inspired by Cape Cod, road trips, and the Southwest. She has also developed a flair for animal artistry, doing pastels, oils and collages of dogs and horses.  She has been juried into the Art Show at the Dog Show in Kansas, several times, and has won awards in oil, pastel, and collage. Lorraine joined the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod the year it was founded, and was juried in as a signature member that same year. Her pastels have received many awards, including BIS, in national competitions. She is a member of “21 in Truro”, an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, has earned Master Pastellist designation with IAPS, and a signature member of both the Pastel Society of Colorado and the Pastel Society of New Mexico.  She has had several one woman shows.  Saluki clubs nation-wide have commissioned her to do artwork to be used as trophies for their shows.   In 2000, one of her saluki collages was used on the catalog cover for the prestigious Santa Barbara Dog Show.  Lorraine has studied with Lois Griffel and Henry Henshe of the Cape School of Art in Provincetown and attended the Vermont Studio School.  Her pastels appear in Lois’s book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape, and in Kennedy Publishing’s “Best of America-Pastel Artists and Artisans, Vol. 1″.

Lorraine moved to Colorado in the spring of 2004, where she continues to do both studio and “plein air” painting.  The new house includes a large studio which is a wonderful working and teaching space.  She has continued to return to the Cape to paint and exhibit with “21 in Truro” and has been pursuing her art career in both Colorado and Cape Cod.

Lorraine has been teaching classes and giving workshops in pastel and oil painting in Durango, and the East Coast..  She has continued to show and win awards in National juried shows since the move. She was part of a four person group show called “Dirt Works” at the Durango Art Center for the month of February, 2006, won the Four Corners Commission, BIS, and the Durango Tourism Award in 2007, was in an Invitational Show at the Gabaldon Gallery in Durango in January 2009,  Two-person shows at the Art Matters Gallery in Salida, CO in July 2009, and  Pagosa Springs, CO, July/Aug 2009 ,  Pastel Invitationals in August 2009, 10, 11 and 12 in Chatham, MA., and The IAPS 2010 through 2014

Lorraine’s artwork is displayed on her web site at: , at the Elizabeth Rowley Gallery in Orleans, MA; Hope Gallery, Bristol, RI, Sendero Gallery in Durango, CO,  The Squash Blossom Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO, and at her studio by appointment.

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.