Visual Arts Programs

Youth, Adult, and Events

The Gunnison Arts Center Visual Arts Program offers youth and adults a variety of classes to choose from year-round. The after-school art classes for youth compliment and build upon skills learned in the K-12 art programs, offering opportunities to work in a variety of mediums. Weekend workshops for residents, regional artists and visitors are offered throughout the year. There is always a new class to choose from as well as continuing favorites. The GAC brings visiting artists from around the country to share their techniques with art students of all levels in the Gunnison Valley.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
The Gunnison Arts Center will issue a full refund for the price of class or workshop registration, minus a $5 administration fee, until the class has begun and will only issue Gunnison Arts Center credit after the class has begun. The Gunnison Arts Center will not issue refunds for event tickets under any circumstances.

All classes have a minimum enrollment of 4 students unless otherwise noted. If the minimum is not met the decision to cancel a class will be made. Some classes have limited enrollment. Students are considered registered only after full payment for the class has been received. GAC active members will receive a 15% discount on class tuition.

Youth Art Classes
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Arting Around ~ (Ages 6 – 11)
Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm. October 15 – December 10.

Let your creativity flow in this fun art class. Students will have the opportunity to learn different styles, techniques and mediums of art. Visit the GAC website for planned art projects each day.
Instructor: Lauren Dolloff. $85/full 9 weeks, $75/7 class punch card, $65/5 class punch card, $40/3 class punch card, $15 drop in.

Intro to Painting ~ (Ages 9 – 12)
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. October 16 – November 6.

Jump into the world of painting and discover a world of texture, color and fun! Our instructor will be introducing acrylic and watercolor painting techniques through various exercises. Students will start and finish paintings using both mediums, they will go home with new skills and artistic confidence. All supplies will be provided.
Instructor: Lauren Dolloff. $70/student, $59.50/members.

Discover Drawing ~ (Ages 8 – 14)
Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. November 1 – November 29. (No class 11/22)

Take your drawing skills to the next level in this four day workshop! This course is open to beginners or experienced drawers looking to improve upon their skills. Students will follow a fun and easy progression of drawing lessons and exercises designed to build technical drawing skills as well as develop the ability to “see” and interpret our world around us on paper. This curriculum is based on the assumption that everyone has the ability to draw! Students will explore a variety of tools, subjects, surfaces and approaches to drawing.
Instructor: Kora Gibson. $75/student, $63.75/member.

Adult Art Classes
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Ikebana: Introduction to Japanese Flower Arranging
Saturday, September 8. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Registration deadline: September 6.

Discover the beauty of Japanese flower arranging in this Saturday workshop. Our instructor will guide us through the history of Ikebana and the principles of flower selection, length of flowers and kenzan placement. Students go home with a completed arrangement of real flowers to cherish and display. Bring your own Ikebana vase or purchase it through the GAC.
Instructor: Tempe Snyder. $45/student, $38.25/member. Additional $20/vase through the GAC.

Plein Air Watercolor Painting – Single Day Class
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. September 22.

Enjoy spending a Saturday morning at one of Gunnison’s many scenic locations to paint plein air with a small group of fellow watercolor enthusiasts. You’ll be guided through various tips for working plein air while experiencing the joys and challenges of plein air painting. Locations TBD, meet at GAC.
Instructor: Karen Hill. $50/single day class, $135/all three. $42.50/single day class members, $114.75/all three members. Prices include all supplies.

Watercolor Journaling with Stan Fellows
Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

By introducing watercolor to our journals we have a reason to stay longer with the thoughts on the page and saver the time. With Stan’s non-traditional format, and very unique approach, the student new to watercolor will find it inviting, rather than intimidating. The exercises introduced in this class are easy and playful, and this encourages doing them often. Painting will no longer feel like work – it will feel fun! For students with painting experience, there’ll be lots of new techniques to explore, and tools to refresh your enthusiasm and approach. Price includes all supplies. Min. 8 students.
Instructor: Stan Fellows. $275/student, $233.75/members

For more information on Stan Fellows and the workshop click HERE.

Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. September 24 – October 29.

Join us on Mondays for some quilting fun! Our instructor will be walking us step by step through a basic quilting project that will help you become more comfortable and confident for a bigger and more complex project. Each student will leave with a completed quilting project to keep or give as a gift. Students must have a sewing machine and familiarity with that machine.
Instructor: Julee Nelson. $80/student, $68/members.

Wood Block Printing
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. October 18 – November 8.

Learn the art of wood block carving and printing in this four week course. Students will draw, transfer and carve an image onto a wood block and will then learn basic printing techniques to create a finished piece of artwork.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $85/student, $72.50/members.

The Art of Alcohol Inks
Friday, October 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm & Saturday, October 20, 10:00 – 3:00 pm. (1 hr lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm.)

Join artist and instructor, Anastasia Kenner, in this two day workshop to experience the art of alcohol ink painting. Basic pouring and ink interaction techniques will be taught. Learn how to use these bright and versatile inks to create beautiful, unique paintings you will be proud to display. All levels welcome. Please wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty, aprons and all materials will be provided. Min. 6 students.
Instructor: Anastasia Kenner. $70/student, $60/members.

For more information on Anastasia Kenner click HERE.

Intro to Crochet ~ (Ages 14+)
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. October 29 – December 10. (No class 11/19)

Learn the basics of crocheting with Kora Gibson. Students will learn basic crochet terminology, the single crochet stitch and the double crochet stitch. We will also be making a few projects, include in a scarf just in time for winter holidays! Please bring a crochet hook size H or purchase it through the GAC.
Instructor: Kora Gibson. $75/student, $63.75/members. Additional $4.00 to purchase hook through the GAC.

Art Events

Artist Forum
Wednesdays, 2:00 pm. March 13th, June 12th, Sept 11th and Dec 11th.

Come meet fellow multi media artists for a fun gathering which includes sharing, viewing, critiquing and creating art. Bring samples of your recent art and join us! The Artist Forum is held on the 2nd Wednesday at 2 pm on the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th months of year.

To view all AND Series art events, CLICK HERE.