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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 Starting Blocks

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

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

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

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

Talented in Art

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

Textiles West

Textiles West

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

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

EVENTS

Make Art

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

See Art

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

Northrop Grumman
John and Margot Lane Foundation
The Anschutz Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries NEA