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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.

Special Programs

CC Pre-College 2021

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.

CC student with mask drawing at an easel outside

Introduction to Drawing: Landscape Immersion

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

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

LaForet

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

Talented in Art

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

Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists

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

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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.

Partnerships

Achieve Online School

Colorado College

Dale House

Emily Griffith Center

Fort Carson

The Independence Center

La Foret Conference & Retreat Center

Military Arts Connection

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center

Pikes Peak Library District

Pikes Peak YMCA – Cordera & Banning Lewis Ranch

Roundup Fellowship

School District 11 – Gifted & Talented Office & Indian Education, Title VI Program

School District 20

Textiles West

Women’s Educational Society

Sponsors

The Anschutz Foundation
Anna Keesling Ackerman Charitable Trust Foundation
Kirkpatrick Family Fund Colorado Creative Industries NEA Northrop Grumman