July 25, 2011

Create art on your lunch break in Fort Collins

What better place to locate a community art studio than in a city’s downtown?

That’s happened in Fort Collins. Last March, Front Range and the Fort Collins Museum of Art (FCMOA) formed a partnership to offer non-credit arts and humanities classes at the museum, 201 S. College Ave. The space is called the Community Studio.

Instructor Kimberly Anderson and participant run the stencil and paper through the press.

This summer, in addition to having a schedule of classes, there has been a drop-in art activity from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, proving that promoting awareness and appreciation for the arts can happen any time of day, any day of the week. You can take part on July 26, too.

These Tuesday art activities have focused on monoprinting with instructor Kimberly Anderson. What’s monoprinting? As I wrote previously:

According to Tate Online, the Website of the British national art museum, monoprinting is “essentially a unique variant of a conventional print. An impression is printed from a reprintable block, such as an etched plate or woodblock, but in such a way that only one of its kind exists, for example by incorporating unique hand-coloring or collage.

Participant inspects his finished art.

“The term can also refer to etchings which are inked and wiped in an expressive, not precisely repeatable manner; to prints made from a variety of printing elements that change from one impression to the next; or to prints that are painted or otherwise reworked by hand either before or after printing.”

As Lori Adair’s photos show, it looks like fun and ends up pretty colorful.

This partnership offers the Fort Collins community the highest quality art experiences possible for all ages through classes, lectures, and workshops. This partnership underscores a shared belief in the power of the arts to foster lifelong learning, social interaction, personal inquiry, and the affirmation of the spirit.


Monoprint images created at the Community Studio at the Fort Collins Museum of Art.


About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a retired soccer referee and newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.