January 4, 2012

Community Art Classes for Adults and Kids Start Jan. 29 at the Community Studio at Fort Collins Museum of Art

“EXPERIENCE ART!” is the theme of a series of free and fee-based art workshops under the guidance of Front Range Community College art instructors that begins Jan. 29 at the Community Studio at the Fort Collins Museum of Art.

Registration is online or in person at the museum, 201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins.

“Making art from viewing original works is an enriching and exciting way to learn about the artistic process,” said Jennie Kiessling, FRCC art instructor and coordinator of the program. “Imagine what the artists are thinking and how they are inspired, and see what you decide to create as a result of that experience.”

All classes are hands-on studio experiences and include visits to museum exhibitions. The free programs are sponsored by the Michael T Murphy Community Arts Fund.

The classes:

Draw Where You Are

Instructor: Jen Davey

Sunday morning multi-level adult drawing workshops

Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: No Charge

Students may sign up for one or all workshops This fun way of looking and drawing will provide you with a new tools you can use to become more aware of the amazing everyday world around you. In this class you will explore different drawing techniques and ways to recognize beauty in the present moment, as well as ways to increase your attention, focus and awareness. While drawing and looking at various artists’ works, you will also be guided through multiple exercises. All drawing levels are welcome. Students are encouraged to bring sketchbooks, but paper and basic drawing supplies will be provided.

Printmaking for All Inspired by Dale Chihuly

Instructor: Kimberly Anderson Ritchie

Sunday afternoon multi-age workshops, 2-5 p.m.

Jan. 29 and Feb. 12

Cost: No Charge

In this colorful print workshop you will be making a one-of-a-kind print inspired by Dale Chihuly’s glass art and drawings. We will be creating a stencil that will then be printed to create your work. During the class we will visit the museum to see the work of Dale Chihuly. At the end of your visit, you will have a completed print that you may take home with you. Open to all ages, but parents must accompany and participate with their children.

Water-Based Screenprint Extravaganza!

Instructor: Farrell Tompkins

Saturday afternoons, multi-age 1-4 p.m.

Feb. 18 and 25 and March 3

Students must enroll for all three sessions

Minimum 8 students

Cost: $75.00

This workshop is an exploration in water-based screenprint methods. You will create stencils using two basic materials: drawing fluid and screen filler. We will also investigate monotype through hand-drawing onto printing screens with water-based crayons. No previous printmaking experience is required. Materials are included in the fee for this class. All ages are welcome, but little ones will require assistance from an adult.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 community colleges in Colorado and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

About the Fort Collins Museum of Art

Fort Collins Museum of ArtThe mission of the Fort Collins Museum of Art is to engage our community in cultural experiences that promote an awareness and appreciation of the visual arts.

To offer our audiences the highest-quality art experiences, the Fort Collins Museum of Art presents a diverse series of exhibitions, community events, publications and educational programs for children and adults.The Fort Collins Museum of Art seeks to enrich the cultural life of the region and advance community understanding of the power of the visual arts to foster life-long learning, social interaction and personal inquiry.

FCMOA- a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization funded by member and donor contributions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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