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:


Winter/Spring 2017


$10 DAC Members / $15 Non-Members

Drop-In / No Registration Necessary

Bring your own supplies and share the cost of a model in the arts education studio. Entry the building from the North red door, located in the City parking lot.


with Alicia Bailey
Saturday-Sunday, May 6 & 7 | 9:30am-4:30pm
$170 members / $195 Non-Members + *$25 materials fee paid to instructor

*Instructor provides all book and box materials from the materials fee.

Using pre-cut materials, each participant will make a rigid page book structure that is a combination of Hedi Kyle’s Mongolian Binding with swiveling interior panels on each page. Pushing the notion of book as interactive sculpture, this structure lends itself to pictorial, non-linear content and is well suited for mixed-media use.  Each of the three pages and covers are ¼ inch thick and are bound with a leather spine. In addition to learning the structure, the workshop covers planning and preparation of materials for mixed-media imaging. There will be an opportunity for each student to image or write on their pages, but the emphasis of the workshop is on the structure more than the content. For this book, students will be able to make pages with circular, square or diamond shaped interior panels.

Previous bookmaking experience is helpful!

Alicia Bailey will be featured in a solo exhibit, Wunderkammers, in the DAC Art Library, May 5-July 1.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 5 at 5pm.

Studio artist Alicia Bailey, Denver, Colorado, has a particular passion for book and box works that include elements beyond surface printed images and text; that move beyond traditional forms and embrace presentation flexibility, interactivity and use of alternative materials.

Alicia is affiliated with several professional organizations and is is owner/director of Abecedarian Artists Books in Denver, Colorado. She is also a member of Denver’s Spark Gallery. Alicia acts as an independent curator/juror, instructor/mentor and regional events coordinator in the book arts. In her studio work, she has focused on book and box arts since the mid-nineties, producing box works, artists’ books, sculptural books, limited edition books. Her work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work is under development at University of Denver Penrose Library Special Collections.



with Michael Billie
Saturday-Sunday, June 10 & 11 | 9am-4pm
$220 Members / $250 Non-Members + $20 Materials fee paid to the instructor


Eco-printing or sometimes called eco-bundling will be taught using a variety of materials.  Eco-printing, whether on fabric or paper, is the transfer of pigments from natural plant materials in the form of mark-making. This process uses no synthetic chemicals. Students will be wrapping their own silk bundle and depending on what they put in them, the results will be unique and interesting. While the bundles are soaking, a paper demonstration of eco-printing will be given.


The eco-printed silks are going to be used as one of the materials in exploring in encaustic.

Whether you are new to encaustic or have had encaustic experience – working with the designs you have created will energize your creativity. Open time will be used to experiment with the process. Hand-outs of the process will be available. There will be a 30 minute clean-up at 3, taking the class to 3:30. No prior experience necessary in eco-printing or in encaustic application. All materials will be supplied.

There will be no scheduled time taken for lunch, bring snacks and take breaks when you need to.

Work clothes or an apron is suggested.

Limited to 8 people.

Michael Billie is a Navajo encaustic artist living and teaching in Farmington, NM. Michael has been working in encaustic for a decade. He has taught workshops around the Four Corners area including the Durango Art Center. Michael also teaches encaustic to students and adults in and around New Mexico and Colorado area, helping to expand creativity and awareness about the encaustic medium.

Michael has won several awards in juried shows. His most recent award was from the International Encaustic Association. The IEA 2016 La Vendeenne Award was presented to Michael for his excellence in Innovation.


OPENINGS: Netting and Looping

with Pat Hickman
Saturday-Sunday, September 9 & 10 | 9am-5pm
$250 members / $275 Non-Member (payment can be made in two installments)
+ est. $35 materials fee payable to DAC on first day of class
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.