Art School Programs
Our art school offers a wide variety of programs for different groups within our community. For more information on any of the following programs, call (719) 475-2444.
Colorado College Summer Session invites rising juniors and seniors to join the CC community this summer. Enroll in one of our dynamic courses offered on subjects ranging from environmental science and the study of epidemics, to marketing and entrepreneurship, to cross-genre writing. CC’s summer session provides students with a rich opportunity to explore challenging academics, get inspired by the wondrous Rocky Mountain Region, and be supported by faculty that are invested in your success.
High School students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rhythm of the Block Plan and experience living on Colorado College’s campus during our Pre-College Block, which is specially designed for ambitious high school students.
July 12–28, 2021
In this class, students will explore introductory drawing techniques specially in relation to the Colorado landscape. Emphasis will be on observational and technical drawing skills as we explore landscapes surrounding the Colorado Springs area, drawing outside on location. Students will gain fundamental skills by studying line, shape, value, and composition. These concepts will be explored using different marking making tools will be introduced including charcoal, pencil, ink, and conte. Students will be both in field drawing from the landscape itself, and in the classroom, learning technical concepts in a more controlled setting. Taking lessons from this multi-pronged, approach, students will complete a portfolio of finished drawings that speak to the complex nature of our contemporary landscapes. Learn more about pre-college classes
This class is presented through a partnership between CC Summer Session and Bemis School of Art.
Supported by The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in honor of Joyce Robinson
Military Artistic Healing
Thanks to grants and individual donations, Military Artistic Healing classes at the Bemis School of art are offered at no charge to military veterans, active-duty military, and their families. Bemis offers classes in a variety of mediums. Hands-on art therapy and writing workshops are also offered at Mt. Carmel Center for Excellence and Survivor Outreach Services at Fort Carson. Current Classes
Military Arts Connection
In partnership with Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, and Colorado Creative Industries are pleased to present Military Arts Connection (MAC), an online tool that connects military service members, veterans, and their families to a wide variety of local arts enrichment experiences. More
La Foret Art & Acting Camps
Enjoy outstanding arts education with instructors from the FAC’s Bemis School of Art set in the lush forest at the 400-acre La Foret Conference and Retreat Center. At this unique summer day camp, students experience a variety of artistic styles and techniques and explore their acting skills. Current Classes
District 11 Talented in Art
Bemis School of Art and School District 11 have collaborated for more than 25 years to challenge and accelerate advanced art students in 3rd-5th grade within District 11. All courses are designed to meet the Colorado State Content Standards and include lectures, interactive projects, and visits to the Fine Arts Center galleries. Learn More
We are proud to offer classes and workshops by visiting and regional professional artists. Past artists have included Cochiti Pueblo potter, Virgil Ortiz; Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Tom Shepard; Laguna Pueblo potter and poet, Max Early; and Loving Vincent painter and animator, Dena Peterson. Current Classes
Independence Center Art of Accessibility
The Bemis School of Art supports students from the Military Artistic Healing program and the Roundup Fellowship prepare and participate in the Independence Center’s quarterly Art of Accessibility exhibit.
Bemis School of Art Gallery
Visit the Bemis School of Art Gallery on the second floor of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center to view art created by Bemis instructors and students of all ages.
Catholic Charities Marian House & Hanifen Center
The Bemis School of Art displays artwork created by our students in the family dining room at the Marian House.
Annual Instructor Exhibit
The Bemis School of Art’s annual instructor exhibition can be viewed at Library 21C every August.