While winter in ski country brings to mind ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, students of all ages looking to pursue more artistic endeavors will find no shortage of choices with which to fill the chilly months ahead.
Ah Haa School for the Arts
For the youngest artists among us, kids ages 11 and up have an opportunity to learn basic forging and welding techniques during Sculpture Welding for Kids with John Hubbard Monday, Dec. 20-Tuesday, Dec. 21. Tinier tots ages 5 and up can sign up for the Winter Break Camp, Monday, Dec. 20-Wednesday, Dec. 22 and/or Monday, Dec. 27-Wednesday, Dec. 29, where every day is a new artistic adventure.
Ages 6 and up will learn to create their very own sock monkeys in Sock Monkey Madness with Melissa Sumpter, Monday, Jan. 3-Tuesday, Jan. 4, while kids 8 and up have an opportunity to create their own comic characters, cartoons and, ultimately, a comic book, during Comic Book Creator with Sue Gustafson Saturday, Jan. 8-Sunday, Jan. 9.
Explore the expression of your inner artist during Painting From Within with Robert Weatherford Monday, Jan. 17-21.
In a class geared for intermediate students with some mosaic experience but open to all, Flair Robinson will cover mosaic terminology, design, mosaic surfaces, fixatives, tools, grouting, sealing and finishing during Mosaic Table Tops, Friday, Jan. 21-Monday, Jan. 24, resulting in a fabulous piece to take home.
Ah Haa’s notable visiting artists series gets underway with a Clay and Charcoal Painting with Eunkia Rogers Friday, Jan. 14-Sunday, Jan. 16, during which students will learn to build their canvas, digitally manipulate images, transfer images to canvas and to paint with clay.
In February, nationally recognized Durango ceramic artist Lisa Redolsky leads students of all skill levels through methods of slab constructed ceramics in Hand Built Ceramics, Friday, Feb. 11-Sunday, Feb. 13. Pastel artist Bruce Gomez will teach beginning to more advanced students the techniques necessary for producing beckoning landscapes in Winter Pastel Landscape Painting Friday, Feb. 18-Sunday, Feb. 20.
Jeremy Lurugio and Tony Rizzuto from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography will make use of field assignments and critique sessions to help students create intimate photo portraits during The Photography of People Friday, March 11-Sunday, March 13.
Wrapping up the series, Tara Mandala Buddhist Temple’s Lama Gyurme and architect Courtney King will teach a class that is part architecture, part design and part philosophy to help students create a sacred space in their homes during Building a Meditation Space, Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 20.
A must for any good host, 221 South Oak chef/owner Eliza Gavin returns with a guest sommelier for Appetizer and Wine Paring on Thursday, Jan. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 10 (ages 21 and over).
For the more literary minded, master storyteller and book artist Daniel Tucker will guide students through the process of creating and illustrating a story, and then putting the words and images into a book during an intensive, six-week immersion into the art and craft of bookmaking, A Book from Start to Finish, Wednesdays, Feb. 9-March 9.
Those looking to create wearable art should run – don’t walk – to Nuno Felting with Lucy Boody, Saturday, Feb. 19-Sunday, Feb. 20, in which students will learn the Japanese fabric felting technique that melds loose fibers like wool into sheer fabrics like silk gauze to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
Not sure what to pursue? Rediscover Art Month is an opportunity to explore a different medium every Tuesday night in March from 5-7 p.m. during a series of free open houses.
Meanwhile, John Hubbard will teach adult students of all levels of experience to combine hand-poured concrete and steel during Functional Furniture, Saturday, March 19-Sunday, March 20.
Call 970/728-3886 or visit www.ahhaa.org for more information.
Weehawken Creative Arts
On the other side of the Dallas Divide, kids 8 and up can play with color, form, light, representation and abstraction where the process is more important than the finished result during Accidental Art with Raoul Anchondo, Wednesday, Dec. 29.
For dancers who just can’t get enough, Natasha Pyeatte will hold a special four-week January Dance Intensive between semesters, while Sensei Burkhard Feierabend will offer expanded Karate offerings in Ridgway and Ouray for children and adults beginning Monday, Jan. 10.
Learn how artists use line to communicate ideas, portray the world around them and express their inner emotions in Drawing the Line with Meredith Nemirov. Sign up for all six classes, weekly, beginning Friday, Jan. 21, or choose just the ones you want.
Read and discuss the writings of recent United States Poet Laureates during the six-week, lunchtime workshop How to Eat a Poem: Lunch with Six Poet Laureates with Beth Paulson, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1.
In the second of three classes she is teaching at the school this winter, artist Meredith Nemirov returns with another six-week series, Wood, Water, Rock: Painting Trees, Rivers, Snow, Clouds and Mountains in Watercolor, beginning Thursday, Feb. 3.
Or, learn the power of your digital point and shoot during a one-day Digital Point and Shoot Photography workshop for those with any or no level of experience being taught by photographer Richard Durnan, Saturday, Feb. 5.
One week later Durnan teaches photographers to capture the magic of winter on camera while managing the difficulties of cold, exposure, and equipment handling during the school’s inaugural Winter Photography workshop, Sunday, Feb. 13.
Also for the first time at Weehawken, San Miguel County Poet Laureate Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer teaches a five-week, poetry-writing workshop, Leaping: How to Wildly Advance Your Writing, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 23.
During his third class of the season, Richard Durnan provides tips and techniques to improve your wildlife photos during a one-day Wildlife Photography seminar for photographers of all abilities, Tuesday, March 1.
Meredith Nemirov then offers her third selection of the season at Weehawken with The Secret Life of Drawing, Artist’s Sketchbooks, Classic/Contemporary, a one-day workshop on Friday, March 4, designed to get you started in your own sketchbook.
Denver artist Jennifer Ghormley leaves the Front Range for a weekend to teach an energetic and spontaneous two-day workshop in fabric stenciling, Stencil Madness: Monoprint Gone Crazy, Friday, April 22-Saturday, April 23.
Visit www.weehawkenarts.org for more information or call 970/318-0150.