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Creative Classes: Art Into Words

Many writers struggle with the daunting task of staring at a blank page and not knowing how to begin. In this workshop, we will replace the blank page with works of art from the Denver Art Museum, and use art in different mediums to inspire freewriting, brainstorming, and creative flow. Using art to look at writing elements such as setting, character, story, dialogue, and description, writers in this workshop will be inspired to get “unstuck,” and let the creative juices flow! Masks strongly encouraged.

Materials: Students will purchase their own materials for this course. Materials will cost $0-$10. A Materials List will be provided upon registration.

Educator: Jenny Stafford, www.jennystafford.net

Additional Notes: This class includes an Open Studio time, 2:00pm-3:00pm, following the workshop.

Creative Classes: Flow State

Currently this class is at capacity, but please call (720)913-0130 to be added to a wait list.

 

6-week course. Flow State is an abstract painting and drawing course that explores the connections between intuitive painting, mindfulness meditation, and community. Participants will learn how to combine abstract painting and drawing skills with mindfulness meditation techniques. Acrylic paint, pastels, paper, and canvas will be the primary media for this course. Connections will be made to abstract works in the Denver Art Museum collection through gallery visits and digital images.

Participants will walk away with a series of personal abstract paintings on paper, a set of creative meditations to use in everyday life, and the opportunity to co-create a large-scale group painting with others. No prior painting or drawing skills are required. No experience with meditation or mindfulness required. This course is open to all skill levels. Masks strongly encouraged.

Class 1: Artist introduction and Meditation Intro (Color Breathing exercise and sound-based meditation)

Class 2: Intuitive Drawing Intro (Individual practice - getting to know your materials)

Class 3: Intuitive Drawing (Individual practice continued)

Class 4: Begin Group Painting 1 (Learning to give yourself space and respect others space)

Class 5: Continue Group Painting 1 (Group practice - observation of change)

Class 6: Final, Group Painting 2

Materials: Students will purchase their own materials for this course. Materials will cost $50-$100 for this class. A materials list will be provided following registration.

Educator: Sarah Darlene Palmeri, https://www.sarahpalmeri.com

Additional Notes: This course includes an Open Studio 2:00pm-3:00pm, following each class.

Creative Classes: Memory, Space, and Mixed Media Collage

Currently this class is at capacity, but please call (720)913-0130 to be added to a wait list.

This workshop series invites participants to investigate space and memory through a mixed-media approach to collage, exploring the portrayal and meaning of lived spaces with insight from the Denver Art Museum’s exhibitions, Memory Mirror and Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. Using printed material in combination with other art supplies, educators Elle-Han Collings and Jade Hoyer will demonstrate how to use collage to imply space and depth through design emphasis on scale, color, and contrast. Students will also explore how to incorporate mixed media approaches to collage making by including painting, drawing, and silkscreen techniques. This course will offer creative inspiration for adults of all artistic abilities. Masks strongly encouraged.

Materials: Students will purchase their own materials for this course. Materials will cost $40-$100. A Materials List will be provided upon registration.

Educators: Elle-Han Collings, https://www.ellehanteaches.com & Jade Hoyer, https://www.jadehoyer.com

Additional Notes: This course includes an Open Studio 8:00pm-9:00pm, following each class.

Creative Classes: Off-Loom Weaving

Currently this class is at capacity, but please call (720)913-0130 to be added to a wait list.

 

6-week course. In this class, students will investigate a selection of fiber-based objects in the collection of the Denver Art Museum. The course will be an exploration into the process and techniques used by specific fiber artists to create their artworks. Focusing on notions of off-loom weaving, participants will be encouraged to explore various methods while responding to their own interests. Open to all skill levels. Masks strongly encouraged.

Class 1: Experiment with finger weaving and crochet techniques to create individual fabric sculptures. Taking inspiration from Moon Worshiper by Tadek Beutlich

Class 2: Hand stitching a Crazy Quilt square with needle and thread, after exploring quilts in the museum’s collection.

Class 3: Create a sculptural coiled basket using paper, glue, and staples. Inspired by Norma Minkowitz’s sculpture, Legs.

Class 4: Create a “fabric” using found objects, as seen in the practice of El Anatsui.

Class 5: Sculpt forms using burlap, jute, and glue. Inspired by Magdelena Abakanowicz’s Standing Figure.

Class 6: Transform a common chair into a work of art using fibers materials. Inspired by Anton Alvarez’s The Thread Wrapping Machine Stool.

Materials: Students will purchase their own materials for this course. Materials will cost $10-$50 for this class. A materials list will be provided following registration.

Educator: Elizabeth Morisette, https://elmorisette.com/

Additional Notes: This course includes an Open Studio 2:00pm-3:00pm, following each class.

Creative Classes: Wet Felting Bowls and Bags

Currently this class is at capacity, but please call (720)913-0130 to be added to a wait list.

 

This workshop teaches students how to wet felt a vessel. The two options provided to learn are bowls and handbags. Participants will learn the fundamentals of wet felting with a resist, as well as the benefits of creating with fibers as a community. Students can take home a finished product that is both utilitarian and a work of art.

Students can expect to be working with messy materials. The process is physically demanding and hands-on. The felting process will involve a lot of agitation and repeated throwing around of the object. Students do not need any prior knowledge, but will need to be prepared for many layers of work. Masks strongly encouraged.

Materials: *Resist material will be provided for students.* A $2 material fee is associated with this class for provided materials. Students will purchase the remainder of their own materials prior to the workshop. Materials will cost $30-$60 for this class.
A Materials List will be provided upon registration.

Educator: Samara Johnson, https://samaratjohnson.com

Additional Notes: This class includes an Open Studio time, 2:00pm-3:00pm, following the workshop. A $2 material fee is associated with this class for provided materials.

Creative Classes: Woodcut Mixed Media Prints

Currently this class is at capacity, but please call (720)913-0130 to be added to a wait list.

 

Learn the traditional technique for creating textured woodblock relief prints using acrylic paints to print. Mixed media components can be applied to prints for added details. Source imagery can be anything from clip art, photographs, or sketches, etc.

Students will carve woodblocks, print, and add collage to create mixed media works of art. Participants will be encouraged to  just play through multiple small compositions, creating a series of pieces that relate to each other, but are independent. No prior experience or technical knowledge needed. Masks strongly encouraged.

Materials: Students will purchase some of their own materials for this course. Materials will cost $10-$30. A Materials List will be provided upon registration. *Woodblocks and Ink will be provided.* An additional $15.00 material fee is included in this course for provided materials.

Educator:  Jennifer Ghormley, https://jenniferghormley.com/

Additional Notes: This class includes an Open Studio time, 2:00pm-3:00pm, following the workshop.

Donation

Give to the Denver Art Museum's Annual Fund

Your 100% tax-deductible contribution supports inspiring art connections, powerful artist collaborations, community-minded programming at the Denver Art Museum. During these unprecedented times, your donation helps the museum reimagine how we connect in person and online through a series of new opportunities for visitors of all ages. Thank you for your support of the Denver Art Museum's annual fund.

Drawn to France Session 4 - ONLINE TICKET

Philadelphia painter Henry Ossawa Tanner made waves in the Paris Salon in the 1890s and early twentieth century, especially with his evocative paintings of biblical miracles. While US art critics often commented on Tanner's blackness, French reviewers rarely if ever mentioned it, and the painter called the Paris art world a  perfect race democracy.  This course session presented by Emily C. Burns, associate professor of art history at Auburn University introduces Tanner's outstanding French career by discussing the paintings of his in the exhibition and others from his oeuvre. The discussion contextualizes Tanner alongside other representations by Black US artists who used the opportunity to exhibit in Paris to pursue their artistic interests and to challenging racist stereotypes, especially those who submitted photographs, charts, and dioramas for inclusion in the  Exhibit of American Negroes  at the 1900 Paris World's Fair.

Drawn to France Session 4 - ONSITE TICKET

Philadelphia painter Henry Ossawa Tanner made waves in the Paris Salon in the 1890s and early twentieth century, especially with his evocative paintings of biblical miracles. While US art critics often commented on Tanner's blackness, French reviewers rarely if ever mentioned it, and the painter called the Paris art world a  perfect race democracy.  This course session presented by Emily C. Burns, associate professor of art history at Auburn University introduces Tanner's outstanding French career by discussing the paintings of his in the exhibition and others from his oeuvre. The discussion contextualizes Tanner alongside other representations by Black US artists who used the opportunity to exhibit in Paris to pursue their artistic interests and to challenging racist stereotypes, especially those who submitted photographs, charts, and dioramas for inclusion in the Exhibit of American Negroes  at the 1900 Paris World's Fair.

Drawn to France: American Painters & Their Patrons (Full Course ONLINE)

In this four-part course, learn more about the lure of France for American artists and patrons in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This artistic mecca—both the cultural capital of Paris and artist colonies further afield—offered a change of scenery, top-rate venues for training and exhibiting, and an opportunity for artistic exchange. With Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France as springboard, dive into the rich history of this time and place, look more closely at the works on view, and explore the exhibition with newfound knowledge in hand.

Session 1: 11/30

Session 2: 1/4

Session 3: 1/25

Session 4: 3/1

 

Drawn to France: American Painters & Their Patrons (Full Course ONSITE)

In this four-part course, learn more about the lure of France for American artists and patrons in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This artistic mecca—both the cultural capital of Paris and artist colonies further afield—offered a change of scenery, top-rate venues for training and exhibiting, and an opportunity for artistic exchange. With Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France as springboard, dive into the rich history of this time and place, look more closely at the works on view, and explore the exhibition with newfound knowledge in hand.

Session 1: 11/30

Session 2: 1/4

Session 3: 1/25

Session 4: 3/1

Free Days

Enjoy free general admission for all! Engage with art, explore onsite activities and experience exhibitions on view all while enjoying free general admission.

  • Saturday, November 6 (10 am - 5 pm; for Night at the Museum tickets click here)
  • Tuesday, November 9 (10 am - 9 pm)
  • Tuesday, December 14 (10 am - 9 pm)
  • Tuesday, January 11 (10 am - 9pm)
  • Saturday, January 22 (10 am - 5 pm)
  • Tuesday, February 8 (10 am - 9 pm)
  • Tuesday, March 8 (10 am - 9 pm)

Member Collection Tours

Enjoy special collection tours, just for members! These free 45-minute tours are led by a specially trained docent and will explore the museum's newly reinstalled collection galleries. Choose a collection of interest and discover new stories and perspectives, look closely at object highlights, and learn about key reinstallation moments. See below for details.

 

By Design

Tuesday, Nov 2 @ 5:30

Saturday, Nov 27 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Dec 8 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Dec 21 @ 5:30 

Saturday, Jan 1 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Jan 12 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Jan 25 @ 5:30

Saturday, Feb 12 @ 11:00

Indigenous Arts of North America

Wednesday, Nov 3 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Nov 16 @ 5:30

Saturday, Dec 11 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Dec 22 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Jan 4 @ 5:30

Saturday, Jan 15 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Jan 26 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Feb 8 @ 5:30

Latin American Art/Art of the Ancient Americas

Saturday, Nov 6 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Nov 17 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Nov 30 @ 5:30

Sunday, Dec 26 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Jan 5 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Jan 18 @ 5:30

Saturday, Jan 29 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Feb 9 @ 2:00

Asian Art

Tuesday, Nov 9 @ 5:30

Saturday, Nov 20 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Dec 1 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Dec 14 @ 5:30

Saturday, Jan 8 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Jan 19 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Feb 1 @ 5:30

Saturday, Feb 19 @ 11:00

European Art before 1800

Wednesday, Nov 10 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Nov 23 @ 5:30

Saturday, Dec 4@ 11:00

Wednesday, Dec 15 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Dec 28 @ 5:30

Saturday, Jan 22 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Feb 2 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Feb 15 @ 5:30

Western American Art

Saturday, Nov 13 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Nov 24 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Dec 7 @ 5:30

Saturday, Dec 18 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Dec 29 @ 2:00

Tuesday, Jan 11 @ 5:30

Saturday, Feb 5 @ 11:00

Wednesday, Feb 16 @ 2:00

 

Member Mornings Whistler to Cassatt

Enjoy this special hour, reserved just for members! See Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France an hour before the museum opens for the day.

Museum Friends - Dual

Access for two to lectures, programming and exclusive enrichment events.

The Museum Friends membership add-on offers DAM members an opportunity to deepen their support and broaden their horizons with a community of like-minded art aficionados. Denver Art Museum Friends take part in educational activities, lectures, exclusive tours, and more. Choose a particular area of interest, but enjoy opportunities to participate across the museum.

Museum Friends - Individual

Access for one to lectures, programming and exclusive enrichment events.

The Museum Friends membership add-on offers DAM members an opportunity to deepen their support and broaden their horizons with a community of like-minded art aficionados. Denver Art Museum Friends take part in educational activities, lectures, exclusive tours, and more. Choose a particular area of interest, but enjoy opportunities to participate across the museum.

Sensory Friendly Morning

The museum's Sensory Friendly Morning program is a chance for kids with neurodiversity or sensory processing disorders and their families to visit the museum in a safe and fun way. The museum will open early, dim the lights, and provide tools to aid and guide a sensory friendly experience for the whole family. December's Sensory Friendly Morning will feature the newly-reopened Martin Building's galleries, Learning and Engagement Center, Creative Hub, and sensory garden. Register online in advance for this free event. Low-Sensory Mornings are supported by The Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative, Autism Community Store, and The Autism Society of Colorado Opening Doors Program.

The Greatest Unknown American Painter: Dennis Miller Bunker and his Wild Asters

Near the end of his short life, Dennis Miller Bunker (1861-90) made a remarkable series of paintings of a meadow in Medfield, Massachusetts. The greatest of these paintings, Wild Asters, is on view in Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. Join distinguished art historian Alexander Nemerov for an in-depth look at this painting, and thoughts on a question that matters to us all: namely, what makes a painting great?

Volunteer Acquisition Endowment

Donations to this fund are invested by the DAM foundation with the intention to grow the fund in value over time. This fund provides an annual distribution based on the Foundation's policy.  Distributed funds are used to acquire new artwork for the DAM.

The Museum regularly reconciles expenditures made from distributed funds to ensure that they are allocated as intended.

Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France

Please note that this exhibition ticket includes general admission. To purchase general admission tickets without access to Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France please click here.

Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France features more than 100 paintings made between 1855 and 1913 in the first comprehensive examination of France's stylistic impact on American painting of the period.

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