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 Starting Blocks
Each class in the Starting Blocks series is designed to allow Bemis students and instructors to creatively interact with the students, staff, and faculty of the Colorado College Education Department.
Cordera & Banning Lewis Ranch Community Classes
In partnership with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, the Bemis School of Art offers monthly art classes for youth and adults at the Cordera Community Center and the Ranch House at Banning Lewis Ranch. Current Classes at Cordera Banning Lewis Ranch
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
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
School 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
The Bemis School of Art is proud to house learning and working sessions for Textiles West’s community building project, Stitching Community Together. This textile installation is created by the Colorado Springs community and represents the diversity of cultures and experiences within the Pikes Peak region. Current Classes
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
Historic Van Briggle Pottery Festival
In partnership with Women’s Education Society, the Bemis School of art provides hands-on clay experiences and the sale of artwork for the public at this fun festival and tour at the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery Building. Learn More
Museum Free Days
Enjoy demonstrations and hands-on art activities by Bemis instructors every second Saturday of the month at the Smith Family Gallery at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Learn More
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.