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Inventing the Landscape with Sara Sanderson

A beginner painting class with Sara Sanderson focused on learning to handle paint in a creative and emotive way. Sara Sanderson’s work was featured in the Messinger Gallery from September to December 2018. Sara is an oil painter based in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from CU Boulder and Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sara has shown her work both nationally and internationally since 2001. For the past few years, her work has focused on the landscape of Colorado, including the floods of 2013. Sara has a passion for color, atmosphere, and light, which can be seen in each of her works. Her paintings act as a record of time in a specific season, event, or moment. In addition to painting, Sara has taught drawing, painting, and design for many years. Materials Included. 

Tuesdays | January 8, 15, 22, 29 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $175 | Minimum of 3 participants needed for each class and a maximum of 12 | REGISTER HERE


Intentional Art Journaling for the New Year with Alix Christian

Start the New Year off intentionally as we combine art journaling and hand lettering. Local artist Alix Christian is delighted to take you on a creative journey into the world of personal creative journaling and a way to get loose and free with the alphabet. At the beginning of the class Alix will demonstrate some easy drawing and patterning with some design basics and then, with the addition of your own writing style and introduction to some more formal, but fun calligraphic lettering. She’s developed a journaling class for beginners to teach her approach. We will work in an accordion journal playing with borders and color, simple images, collage and found objects like a feather or tape or stickers along with lettering, to take your goals for the new year to a visual level. It’ll be a fact-finding expedition into what is important to you and how we can get that onto the page in an interesting way as a reminder you can pull out all year long. Alix’s classes are always full of laughter, and she promises this one will be fun and “intentional.” Materials included. 

Wednesdays | January 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10 am - 12:30 pm | $180 | Minimum of 3 participants needed for each class and a maximum of 12 | REGISTER HERE


Beginning Drawing with Tom Mazzullo

Students will learn basic drawing skills in charcoal and pencil, working from the still life, building forms from simple shapes, then rendering realistic objects from those forms. Students will also learn drawing concepts - what makes a good drawing, how to balance a composition, how to work with tone. Each class will feature group demonstrations followed by individual guidance from the instructor, and different materials, subjects, and techniques will be introduced each week. Materials included. 

Tom Mazzullo was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1968, and attended Tyler School of Art, where he was awarded a BFA in Printmaking in 1990. He earned an MFA from Syracuse University in 1993 and has taught drawing at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, the University of Denver and the Art Students League of Denver, and he has lectured and demonstrated silverpoint all over the country. He has exhibited his drawings in museums and galleries nationwide, has work in several notable collections, and is a member of Spark Gallery, Denver. He lives in Westminster, Colorado.

Tuesdays | January 15, 22, 29, February 5 | 10 am - 12:30 pm | $180 | Minimum of 3 participants needed for each class and a maximum of 12 | REGISTER HERE


Abstract and Layered Watercolors with Alix Christian

Have you wanted to experiment with watercolor or push your practice into a deeper and more layered and abstract direction? We’ll be letting go, taking risks, and trusting the process. Instructor Alix Christian will introduce you to various water media (water color, water soluble crayons, graphite, and water soluble pencils) using basic drawing techniques to push and pull your imagery and layer content. She will teach with examples and demos to lead you through a fun process for creating colorful, playful imagery, using pattern and color. Bring an open mind, your willingness to learn, and references of what inspires you (photos, magazine pictures, sketchbook, memories, etc.) Join us as we learn the process she uses to make her work and tap into your own inner artist using loose drawing, stencils, tape, and collage with this fun process and experimental method of painting, patterning, and drawing. Materials included. 

Wednesdays | February 6, 13, 20 | 10 am - 12:30 pm | $160 | Minimum of 3 participants needed for each class and a maximum of 12 | REGISTER HERE