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Bemis School of Art

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818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
(719) 475-2444

October 2021

20 Prompts for Two Paintings: Learning to Create Free of Fear

October 19 @ 10:00 am
Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$100 – $115

Many of us let fear or a need for perfection halt our artistic endeavors. This fast-paced mixed media workshop will interrupt the tendency to overthink and will allow artists to break free of their inner critic. The curriculum includes various techniques such as stencil, collage, image transfer, and drawn line. Using timed prompts, we will alternate between two paintings and learn tricks that allow artists to use both skill and spontaneity. Supply list online. Ages 16–Adult Instructor: Laura Raborn Level…

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Words Matter When Language Becomes Art

October 20 @ 10:00 am
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One event on October 21, 2021 at 10:00 am

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$205 – $220

Study a variety of ways to include language in visual art in this thought-provoking class. The words can be a background, create a subtle message, be a graphic element or pattern, or become the central element of the artwork. We will look at contemporary artists who use language in their work. We will explore Christopher Wool, Barbara Kruger, and Jenny Holzer as well as looking back at how the Dadaists used language in their powerful collages. By discussing contemporary and…

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Refine Your Black & White Darkroom Printing Skills

October 20 @ 2:00 pm
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One event on October 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm

One event on October 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm

One event on November 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm

One event on November 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$135 – $150

Spend three hours learning to refine your black and white darkroom printing skills with private instruction in contrast filters, split-filter printing, and/or cropping/positioning for artful presentations depending on the student’s skill level and goals. This darkroom experience will help you bring your printing skills to the next level and you will be encouraged to produce prints that you will be excited to enter in photography exhibitions and competitions. Supply list online. Ages 16–Adult Instructor: Angela Crews Level 1 – This…

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Off-Loom Bead Weaving: The Artful Netted Amulet Bag Necklace

October 21 @ 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until November 11, 2021

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$130 – $145

In the past, amulet bags have been used to hold meaningful items such as amulet stones, crystals, and healing herbs. In modern times, amulet necklaces are fun, and can still be used to hold small, meaningful items. Challenge your inner creativity and learn how to stitch a beaded bag necklace using the tubular netted stitch, and seed beads. Learn to problem solve: if there is a mistake in color or technique, do you leave it, or take out? Is there…

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Unique Platters & Pitchers

October 22 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until October 29, 2021

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$120 – $135

Create a pitcher and platter set that expresses your personal uniqueness! Learn basic slab construction techniques to hand build plant or animal themed platters using templates, texturing tools and textured leaf molds. Then move on to the more complex process of building a pitcher using textured slabs and flat pattern templates. Under glazing, staining, and overglazing will be taught to suit this project. Supply list online. 16–Adult Instructor: Rui Haagen Level 0 – This class is for the true beginner…

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Abstract Collage: How to Create a Visual Language with Altered Materials

October 24 @ 10:00 am
Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$135 – $150

In the first half of the day, we will experiment with an extensive list of mark making tools to create unique collage papers. We will test ink, colored pencil, oil pastel, charcoal, ball point pen, and markers—just to name a few. Because we are playing, and not focused on a “perfect” piece of art, the use of materials is relaxing and fun. In the afternoon we will use our altered papers and arrange the pieces in a variety of abstract…

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Finding your Voice! Self Expression for Teens

October 24 @ 4:00 pm
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One event on October 9, 2021 at 11:00 am

One event on October 24, 2021 at 4:00 pm

One event on November 13, 2021 at 11:00 am

One event on December 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$50 – $65

This workshop uses several creative activities to unlock your expressive voice through your art! Zine making and blackout poetry are just two ways we will dive into finding your own unique narrative and learning how to assert power through your creative endeavors. In addition, you will be provided with links to virtual content to explore on your own time outside of class if you so choose. These examples include political contemporary artists using zine making as a tool for artivism,…

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Beading Basics

October 25 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until November 15, 2021

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$150 – $165

Learn the techniques the professionals use to design, create, and finish earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Create unique pieces to enhance your wardrobe, give as gifts, or create jewelry to sell. You will also learn techniques to repair vintage favorites to be worn again or revamp them into something new. Supply List online. Ages 16–Adult Instructor: Ona-Marie Engle Level 0 – This class is for the true beginner with no prior experience in the medium.

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November 2021

Introduction to Murals

November 5 @ 4:00 pm
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One event on November 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$70 – $85

Using acrylic paints, learn how to begin the process of painting on a wall, formulating concept designs, and transferring your design to a surface. Discover the fundamental techniques of drawing in different mediums, introduction to color theory, paint brush techniques, use of light sources, layering, and so much more! Supply list online. Ages 12-16. Instructor: Jantzen Peake

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Hand Building in Clay II

November 11 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until December 16, 2021

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$180 – $195

A continuation of Hand Building in Clay I, although new students are welcome to join. Advanced methods of building by hand will be taught. Learn a variety of methods in hand formed ceramics to gain confidence in the material. Larger forms, lidded objects with additions, and funky techniques will be brought into this course. Supply list online. Adult Instructor: Cara McKinley Level 0 – This class is for the true beginner with no prior experience in the medium.

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Exploring Abstraction

November 13 @ 10:00 am
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One event on November 14, 2021 at 10:00 am

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$130 – $145

Have you ever wondered what makes a good abstract painting? Are you curious about how to begin? These questions and more will be answered in this class. Strong abstract designs are the key to making any painting successful, even realistic ones. Discover the qualities of a strong abstract painting as well as several ways to create abstraction. Explore and experiment with creating abstract paintings in a safe and fun environment. Come with an open mind and a playful attitude! A $25…

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Introduction to the Elements of Art II

November 13 @ 10:00 am
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Sat 5 weeks 11/13–12/18 10–11:30 a.m. MT No class 11/27 Fall Break
Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$70 – $85

While both reviewing and solidifying the aspects covered in Introduction to the Elements of Art, this course will introduce exciting new artists and projects. We will continue to create unique art pieces each day, as well as plan and implement your own designs for final projects. Supplies will be provided. Ages 6-9. Instructor: Aaron Bauer

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Off-Loom Bead Weaving: RAW Power Bracelet

November 17 @ 1:00 pm
Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$70 – $85

Large beads, bold colors, and simple designs make a striking statement with this right-angle weave beaded bracelet. The RAW method works well with large crystal rondelles and creates a flower-like center that can be bold or subtle, depending on the bead colors used. The method is repetitive, but has some complicated steps, so previous beading experience is helpful, and recommended for this class. There is a $25 materials fee due to the instructor on the first day of class for…

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Pleasing Pitchers

November 19 @ 10:00 am
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One event on December 3, 2021 at 10:00 am

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$205 – $220

Learn slab construction to hand build a pleasing pitcher with whimsical forms using textured clay slabs. Move from flat to freestanding using simple measurements and flat patterns. Further embellish your pitcher with decorative elements made from coils that are attached to bodies, handles and spouts. Everyone will love your one-ofa-kind pitchers! Supply list online. Instructor: Rui Haagen Ages 16–Adult Level 0 – This class is for the true beginner with no prior experience in the medium.

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December 2021

Whimsical Lidded Boxes

December 10 @ 10:00 am
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One event on December 17, 2021 at 10:00 am

Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
$205 – $220

Explore slab construction to hand build whimsical lidded boxes from textured clay slabs. Move from flat to free-standing using simple measurements and your own handmade flat patterns. These boxes are pure joyful self-expressive whimsy! Supply list online. Instructor: Rui Haagen Ages 16–Adult Level 0 – This class is for the true beginner with no prior experience in the medium.

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