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Creative Classes

Acrylic Painting with Mediums

6-week class.

In this class, students will learn how to create artworks with acrylic paint and utilizing various mediums. Students will learn how to build up texture, work colors together, and use alternative mediums. We will reference European and American Art Before 1900 to explore color and layering of materials.

During class time, the instructor will provide demonstrations, lectures, and work time for students. Students will experiment with new processes with the instructor present to offer assistance. Primarily finished artworks will be produced, with some experimental unfinished pieces. Students do not need any prior technical knowledge.

Timeline:

Class 1  Introduction to various methods of painting with acrylic mediums, starting a painting, building up a surface

Class 2  Heavy body painting, building up a surface, impasto

Class 3  Embedding objects into paints, building texture on each piece

Class 4  Painting acrylic skins

Class 5  Creative Project with Mediums/experimentation

Class 6  Creative project with mediums/experimentation

Materials: Students will purchase their own materials for this class.

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

 

Bio Art

This 4-week class combines art history and experimentation to explore the emerging movement of Bio Art. Rooted in environmental concerns and science, Bio Art can range from working with natural materials to manipulating DNA. Students will be introduced to "Agar Art" which involves cultivating bacteria, to working with seeds and grasses, and will be encouraged to explore mediums through a conceptual and research-based lens. Participants will learn new ways to look at art, represented in the DAM's collection by artists like Ernesto Neto and Karen Kitchel.

No prior technical knowledge or specific experience is required, though a sense of curiosity and willingness to experiment will be richly rewarded. Students will experiment with a new material each week, that may culminate in a finished artwork if they wish. The DAM's Sensory garden will be a focal point of the class, and each class will feature both a lecture along with hands-on experimentation and art-making time.

 

Timeline:

Class 1: What is BioArt, anyway? Collage-making.

Class 2: Lecture on mycology and mushrooms and their use by artists. Making spore-prints outdoors.

Class 3: Lecture on "Nature Shopping" and a tour of the DAM Sensory Garden. Then, making art with found materials along with a variety of seeds.

Class 4: Lecture on Bacteria Art and playing with microscopes. Students will culture their own agar plates to take home and watch their art grow.

 

Materials: Some materials will be provided by the educator and are reflected in the $18 materials fee associated with this class. Students will purchase the remainder of materials on their own.

Educator: Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, https://www.laurilynnxemurphy.com

Bundle Dyeing

One-day workshop.

Students will learn bundle dyeing techniques with fun and unique natural materials from the kitchen. Bundle dyeing is perfect for somebody who enjoys creating spontaneous, abstract artworks. Students will learn the basic process of natural dyeing first. We will mordant silk with alum and then we dye fabrics together. We will have iron bath to darken colors as well.

No previous experience of natural dyeing is necessary at all. This class is more like an experiment for students to learn which kind of colors would stick on to fabrics from natural materials. The educator, Maki Teshima, will demonstrate natural materials from Japan and from all over the world.

Materials: Most materials will be provided by the educator and are reflected in the $26 materials fee associated with this class. Soy bonded cotton fabric will be provided. Students will purchase the remaining materials on their own.

Educator: Maki Teshima, https://www.tomorrowisalwaysnew.com

Additional Notes: A Materials Fee of $26 is included in the pricing of this class for provided materials.

Everything Under the Sun

6-week class.

This class will examine concepts of light through a variety of media. We will explore what it means to live and create as solar beings, in the gravity and thrall of celestial bodies. Through camera-less photography, we will take a multifaceted view of natural and artificial light, reconsidering the way that we interact with objects and the world around us. We will explore patterns and shapes made by objects alive and dead, objects organic and man-made, objects rendered recognizable and unrecognizable. Our explorations together will evolve into multidimensional, multiscale works as the weeks unfold, with an emphasis on the group pushing itself to test the limits of each of the media we will use.

No prior technical knowledge is required for this class. The class will be broken up into sections of different media with thorough introductions of each medium and viewing of artworks. Students will be focused initially on small experiments, which we hope to incorporate into more experimental, integrated works by the end. With a limited amount of class time each week, we will repeat and return to media and activities so students can legitimately explore the possibilities of a medium and gain some mastery.

 

Timeline:

Class 1 - Proto-photographic processes

Class 2 – Cyanotype experiments

Class 3 – Screening of “Mothlight” by Stan Brakhage, and painting on film.

Class 4 – Proto-photographic magic lanterns and filmic processes

Class 5 - Film media studio day

Class 6 - Stacey Steers' "Night Hunter" discussion.

 

Materials: Students will purchase their own materials for this class.

Educator: Common Name Farm (Noelle Trueheart & Phil Cordelli), https://www.commonnamefarm.org

Ghost, Shadow, Trace: Imaging the World

This 4-week course will focus on the concept of the trace: the footprint left in the sand, the sunt an line of a watch left on the wearer's wrist, fallen leaves that imprint themselves on the sidewalk, and more. A trace is the image left behind by the presence of a person or an object. In most instances, that person or object touched the paper or substrate that retains their image.

Using cyanotypes (blueprint camera-less photographs), drawings of shadows, rubbings of objects (frottage), painting with objects as stencils, and impressions of objects as stamps (lipstick kisses, fruit prints, and more), we will explore how to make images of the world through the traces that people and things leave behind.

Each class will begin with a discussion of a short reading and a presentation with examples of artists and their works utilizing trace imagery. After a demonstration of techniques and a set of directed exercises, students will create final works with the ideas and methods we learn about the trace. Come prepared to discover an alternative form of looking at and imaging the world!

 

Timeline:

Class 1: History of the trace image and camera-less photography

Class 2: Silhouettes and tracing shadows in art

Class 3: Rubbings/frottage in art

Class 4: Using objects as stencils and stamps (including collagraphs)

Materials: Cyanotype/sunprint paper will be provided for students and is included in the materials fee of $8 for this class. Students will purchase the remainder of the materials on their own.

Educator: Genevieve Waller, https://genevievewaller.com

 

 

Inputs: Responsive Materials

In this 4-week class, students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving, creating woven switches, and soft circuits. Students will design and weave their own tapestry woven with conductive yarn, and use it to control LEDs.

Students will create small experiments in this class, culminating in a finished tapestry, with conductive yarns woven throughout, that can control up to 10 LEDs. Students do not need to have any prior technical knowledge, although any experience with weaving or electronic textiles will be helpful, but not required. This is a beginner lever class that will introduce students to tapestry weaving techniques, different woven switches, and how to create soft circuits.

 

Timeline:

Class 1: Intro to soft circuits and LEDS. Students will create a simple soft circuit with an LED, a soft switch, and a battery.

Class 2: Intro to tapestry weaving. Students will learn several different tapestry weaving techniques.

Class 3: Weaving our switches. This week the focus will be on weaving our tapestries, and integrating conductive yarns to create soft switches.

Class 4: Creating our circuits. This week will focus on stitching the soft circuits, and connecting our weavings to the circuits.

 

Materials: Some materials will be provided and are reflected in a $16 materials fee included in the pricing for this class. Students will purchase the remainder of materials on their own.

Educator: Sasha de Koninck, https://studiosdk.net

Inspired Poetry

4-week class.

Both beginner and professional writers often agree that the most daunting part of the writing process is sitting and staring at a blank screen, trying to figure out what to write, or how to start. In this class we’ll replace the blank screen with works of art from the Denver Art Museum, and allow what we see to inspire and inform our work as we create a collection of poetry.

This class will be a mix of learning the skills of writing poetry (form, rhyme, metaphor, alliteration, language, etc.), and getting out into the museum to free write and create. Each class will focus on a different aspect of poetry and explore a different exhibit of the museum. By the end of the class, each poet will have a minimum of four poems in their poetry collection. Both beginner and experienced writers are welcome!

 

Timeline:

Class 1: First Half: In the classroom. Intro to poetry. Skills focus: Setting and form.

Second Half: In the galleries: Paintings (focusing on lush poetic settings). Time to share and receive feedback if desired.

Class 2: First Half: In the classroom: Skills focus: Character and language.

Second Half: In the galleries: Fashion. Time to share and receive feedback if desired.

Class 3: First Half: In the classroom. Skills focus: Personification and language continued. Second Half: In the galleries: Objects. Time to share and receive feedback if desired.

Class 4: First Half: In the classroom. Skills focus: Storytelling, Sharing your work. Second Half: In the galleries: Writer’s choice. Time to share and receive feedback, wrap up.

 

Materials: Students will purchase all their own materials for this class.

Educator: Jenny Stafford, http://jennystafford.net

Lasting Gestures: Painting and Movement

This 4-week class explores the relationship between painting and movement as acts of creative expression utilizing the artist’s body. Using acrylic paint, watercolor, canvas, and paper, participants will discover how to combine motion and painting into a single artwork. Connections will be made to performance documentation works and action paintings in the Denver Art Museum collection through gallery visits and digital images.

 

Each class will begin with a discussion of one action painting (e.g., Elaine de Kooning’s 1959 Bullfight) or one performance documentation work (e.g., Ana Teresa Fernández's 2015 Erasure 4) that inspires full body gestures like jumping, spinning, and dancing. The chosen artwork will serve as the gateway into a demonstration of techniques and activities, including motion painting prompts, painting while moving, and group reflections on the traces of movement seen in paintings.

 

Each week participants can expect:

1. To learn about the connection between painting and movement art;

2. To be guided through different forms of movement in painting as individuals;

3. To action paint collectively on a large-scale;

4. and, to celebrate and discuss the group’s accomplishments of the day.

 

Timeline:

Class 1: View and discuss Elaine de Kooning’s Bullfight (1959) and action paintings, practice action painting

Class 2: View and discuss Ana Teresa Fernández's Erasure 4 (2015) and performance, discuss difference between action painting and performance, practice painting while moving

Class 3: Visit and discuss Disruption and Curious Visions exhibitions with a focus on artworks that inspire movement, finish works from classes 1 and 2

Class 4: Action paint collectively on a large-scale canvas

 

Materials: Students will purchase all materials on their own.

 

Educator: Mary Grace Bernard, https://marygraceart.com

LED Circuit Bracelet

One-day workshop.

Ever wanted something flashy on your wrist? Join us for this one-day workshop, and create your very own bracelet with LEDs. Students will sew a simple soft circuit, and then decorate it with felt embellishments. Learn a simple soft circuit and create something you can leave wearing!

In this one-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating a soft circuit. We will create a soft circuit with a snap as a switch, to create a bracelet that lights up when it is closed around your wrist. Each participant will stitch their soft circuit and then decorate their bracelet.

Materials: Some materials will be provided and are reflected in a $7 materials fee included in the pricing for this class. Students will purchase the remaining materials on their own.

Educator: Sasha de Koninck, https://studiosdk.net

Additional Notes: A Materials Fee of $7 is included in the pricing of this class for provided materials.

Mixed Media to 3-D Floral Art

One-day workshop.

Pulling inspiration from the DAM's collections, we'll first be creating collages interpreting artworks by form and color as 2-D maps. The next step will be using wire, middollino and yarn to create flexible armatures as bases to add our fresh materials to. Third, we'll be using our collages as a map of placement, form and line in our finished floral designs.

This will be a very freeform knowledge sharing experience, suitable to beginners or advanced floral designers. The approach is very out of the box, breaking down an existing artwork into shapes and colors, then recreating a mixed media 3-d version with fresh floral elements. We'll go over flower care and handling, mechanics and various applicable philosophies of floral design.

Materials: All floral materials will be provided by the educator and are reflected in the $75 materials fee associated with this class. Students should bring clippers, scissors, and old magazines.

Educator: Arthur Williams AIFD, EMC, CFD, CPF, https://www.arthurwilliamsflowerart.com https://www.babylonfloral.com

Additional Notes: All floral materials will be provided by the educator and are reflected in the $75 materials fee associated with this class.

Where Paper Meets Ink: Gelli Printing

4-week class.

This class will engage the most vital parts in art, including but not limited to texture, color, theme, and layering. Gelli printing is the process of using ink on top of a gelatinous surface and removing and adding color to create imagery. Bringing objects, stencils, and your own artistic flair will aid in elevating this fun and easy process. Each class is broken down into a focus that highlights the benefits of gelli plate monoprinting, and gives time for the students to think about their layers as the class moves forward. Students may participate in an exchange of work during the final class.

This class is meant to engage with experimentation to develop a series of works speaking to individual goals. Completion of the class will give students a strong selection of finished artworks. At the end of class, there will be an option for exchanging work with one another. Exchange is a vital part of printmaking as it is a way for the multiples we create to be viewed and engaged with in various settings. We will discuss exchange and its function further during the four class sessions.

 

Timeline:

Class 1 - Day one will have the goal of color experimentation to develop a palette

Class 2 - Day two will have the goal of integrating texture, combining that of the first class to create a cohesive movement and feeling within the work

Class 3 - Day three we will be spending time integrating stencils into previously made work

Class 4 - Our final day we will spend doing the final touches to the editions and exchanging work

 

Materials: Most materials will be provided by the educator and are reflected in the materials fee of $100 associated with this class. Students will purchase the remaining materials on their own.

Educator: Alanna Austin, https://alannaaustin.com

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