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.

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Youth Art Classes

Art Start for Toddlers (Ages 2 – 5)
Fridays, 2:30 – 3:15 pm. February 2 – April 6. (No class 3/23)

Take a moment to create with your little one! Play and experiment with several mediums, as well as basic fundamental art skills. Visit the GAC website for planned art projects each day.
Instructor: Anna L’Huillier. $75/full 9 weeks, $55/6 class punch card, $35/3 punch card, $15 drop-in.

Recreations ~ (Ages 6 – 11)
Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. February 8 – March 15.

In this six week class, students will get a mini history lesson about three different artists: Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Friday Kahlo. Students will then get to recreate those artists’ most famous paintings while learning techniques of the masters.
Instructor: Anna L’Huillier. $75/student, $63.75/member.

Wood Box Decoupage Art ~ (9 – 14)
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. April 3 – 24.

Join this four day workshop to create your very own keepsake box. Students will learn how to use decoupage art to achieve desired effects and create a unique box to hide their treasures in.
Instructor: Anna L’Huillier. $60/student, $51/member.

Arting Around After School Art ~ (Ages 5 – 11)
Mondays, 4:15 – 5:15 pm. April 9 – May 21.

Let your creativity flow in this fun art class. Student will have the opportunity to learn different styles, techniques and mediums of art. Visit the GAC website for planned art projects each day.
Instructor: Dollie Waters. $80/full 7 weeks, $65/5 class punch card, $40/three punch card, $15/drop in.

Discover Drawing ~ (Ages 10 – 14)
Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:30. April 19 – May 10.

In this four day workshop, students will follow a fun and easy progression of drawing exercises designed to build technical skills, as well as develop the ability to interpret our world around us on paper.
Instructor: Kora Gibson. $75/student, $63.75/member.

Adult Art Classes

Knitting for Beginners
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. January 22 – February 12.

Students will learn the essential skills needed to step into more complicated knitting projects. Bring a set of size 5, 10’ straight needles, yarn of your choice (5 stitches to the inch) and a notebook.
Instructor: Susan Crawford. $65/student, $55.25/member. Purchase a needle set to take home through the GAC for an additional $10.

Photo Transfers
Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. January 24 – February 7.

In this three day workshop, students will learn from start to finish how to transfer a photograph of their choice onto wood. By the end of class, students will be taking home a few works of art ready to hang.
Instructor: Erin Jacobs. $65/student, $55.25/member.

Up Cycled Resin Jewelry Workshop
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. February 20 & 27.

In this two day workshop, students will learn how to take apart old jewelry and rearrange the components inside new shapes with colorful backgrounds, and then preserve them in doming resin. It’s easy and fun!
Instructor: Deirdre Jones. $60/Student, $51/member.

Make A Splash Watercolor
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. March 1 – April 19. (No class March 22nd)

Discover the magic of watercolor painting! Students will learn brushstroke techniques while also learning the value of light and shadow to add drama to your paintings. Expand your creativity, learn new or more difficult techniques and learn from fellow artist. All levels welcome.
Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $117/student, $99.45/member.

Acrylic Painting
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. March 6 – 15.

In this four day class, students will be exploring the versatility of acrylic painting on wood canvases. Learn new brushstrokes and techniques to create a unique and fun painting.
Instructor: Justine Reithoffer. $75/student, $63.75/member.

The Art of Fly Tying
Session 1: Wednesdays, 6:30 -8:00. March 7 – April 18. (No class on 03/21)
Session 2: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00. May 8 – June 12.

Discover the art of fly tying! Merne Judson, a Whiltling Famrs Pro Instructor with over 40 years’ experience will instruct this exciting art form. In each class, students will start and finish tied flies ready to take home and use. All levels welcome. Max 8 students.
Instructor: Merne Judson. $160/student, $136/member.

Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. April 16 – May 7.

Learn the art of printmaking in this four week course. Students will use basic printing methods to cut linoleum, ink and print their finished designs.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $85/student, $72.25/member.

Family Friendly Art Events

Family Friendly Pallet Party
Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 8. 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Registration Deadline 2/5.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by creating a fun 7×7 pre-assembled wood pallet sign that you can hang in your home.
Instructor: Junk’n Sisters. $35/parent and 1 child, $15/each additional person.

Teen AND Series Event ~ Ages 13 – 18
Painting & Pizza

Saturday, February 10. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
Calling all teens! Get creative with your friends on a Saturday night while enjoying pizza. Start & finish a popular painting.
Instructor: Justine Reithoffer. $10/student (Gunnison Hangouts Program).

Candle Making Workshop
Saturday, May 12. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Join us this Mother’s Day weekend to make your very own colorful scented soy candle. Please bring a container of your choice or we will have some to choose from.
Instructor: Anna L’Huillier. $60/parent and 1 child, $55.25/member, $15/each additional person.

Teen AND Series Event ~ Ages 13 – 18
Henna & Floats

Saturday, May 26th. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Join us for a fun evening of learning about the ancient art of Henna! You will start by practicing small designs to get the feel for the ink and will then finish with a beautiful design all while enjoying some root beer floats.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $10/student (Gunnison Hangouts Program).

Adult Art Events

Watercolor & Wine
Thursday, December 21st. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Join us for our classic and most popular AND Series Event! For this event, our local professional artist Deirdre Jones will teach us a new watercolor resist technique while you enjoy a glass of wine during the most wonderful time of the year! Happy Holidays! $40/person includes 2 drinks, light aps and instruction. Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Deirdre Jones.

Pallet Party
Spring Time & Welcome Signs

May 29. 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Registration Deadline 5/24.
Join us to create your own work of art on a pre-assembled, recycled, wood pallet that you can hang in your home, office, or gift to a friend. Check the website for more info.
Instructor: Junk’n Sisters. $35/person.

To view all AND Series art events, CLICK HERE.