Adult Art Classes
Register by calling the Museum at (970) 962-2410 or stopping by the front desk.
All classes suitable for any skill level and all materials are provided unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required at least one week prior to each class.
Ages 16 and older.
FEE: $50 each ($40 for museum members)
Friday, May 5, 1 – 3 pm
We will start with a colorful glaze for our under painting and then apply layers of a delicious summer garden palette to negative spaces to reveal a tumble of blossoms and leaves. Instructor: Trish Murtha
Wednesday, May 10, 1 – 3 pm
Learn to create a medium value abstract background so that we can “build” mandala shapes on top for a mesmerizing traditional mandala pattern and glowing colors. Instructor: Trish Murtha
Collage and Stencil Creations
Wednesday, May 17, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Have previously made artwork you’d like to re-work into something new or create a new and fresh abstract? We will use acrylics, handmade rice paper stencils, printed stencils, and gel medium to refurbish or create new creations.
Instructor: Pat Saunders-White
Cut Glass Watercolor
Friday, May 19, 1 – 3 pm
Not as hard as it sounds! We will create the look of cut glass with watercolors. A blossom or two and stems will shine through the puzzle pieces of glass when we are through! Instructor: Trish Murtha
Demented Derma with Korma Crackle
Wednesdays, May 31 and June 7, 10:30 am – 1 pm
Push your experimental limits with a new medium in this two-session class. Several effects can be achieved with this clear paint on a variety of surfaces. See as it dries and creates a “crackled skin” over paint. Using ink, watercolor, and acrylic as our base, the surface becomes rich and fascinating with the crackle. Instructor: Pat Saunders-White
Friday, June 2, 1 – 3 pm
A rocky creek bed cuts through a summertime aspen grove in our finished work. We will have a lot of room for shapes, texture, glazes and final “calligraphy” for details. Several great techniques for painting rocks and boulders in watercolor.
Instructor: Trish Murtha
Friday, June 9, 1 – 3 pm
Watercolor and pen and ink sketches are the perfect touch for small originals and for adorning a garden journal or original notecards. We will use watering cans, flower pots, geraniums, and more as our inspiration.
Instructor: Trish Murtha
Impasto Palm Trees
Tuesday, June 13, 1 – 4 pm
Impasto painting applies layers of thick paint for a rich effect. Create your own impasto paradise while learning to paint palm trees with acrylic paint and palette knives. Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Plein Air at McCreery House
Wednesday, June 14, 10 am – 1 pm
746 Washington Avenue, Loveland
Join us at the historic McCreery House and draw inspiration from their magical garden. All you need to bring is a snack/lunch and an easel or lightweight folding table. The Museum’s instructor will meet you there with the rest of your supplies. We will spend a beautiful summer day re-creating this amazing summer garden. Instructor: Trish Murtha
Ball Jar Bouquet
Friday, June 16, 1 – 3 pm
A popular, charming favorite in watercolor, a wildflower bouquet, looks like it was just “plopped” from field to Ball Jar©. Instructor: Trish Murtha
Plein Air in the Park
Tuesday, June 20, 1 – 4 pm
700 South Railroad Avenue, Loveland
We will meet at the bridge at Fairgrounds Park to set up and paint what we see in this beautiful setting. Our inspirations can come from the river, trees, distant mountains, or much more!
Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Tuesday, June 27, 1 – 4 pm
Looking for a new way to document your favorite vacation or a recent vacation? Bring in postcards, souvenirs, tickets, maps, or other paper memories of a recent trip, and you’ll learn how to record them with the help of watercolor journaling. Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Textures with Eggshells
Tuesday, July 11, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Save those eggshells for an alternative art medium! Bring them to class, and we will smash them up and use them in our artwork by creating a textural base. We will use eggshells, spray paint, shoe polish, and more for a unique textured outcome. Instructor: Pat Saunders-White
Tuesday, July 18, 1 – 4 pm
Take a break from the summer heat and pretend to be a kid again at summer camp! We will use (gloved) fingers & acrylic paint to create a colorful textured Impressionistic piece of fun art. Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Painting Workshop with Artist Sally Elliott
Thursday, July 20, 1 – 4 pm
Give your creativity a boost as you learn experimental techniques in watercolor and gouache using your own personal imagery. Elliott’s esteemed career includes many years of experience as a painting instructor, most recently on faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Instructor: Sally Elliott
Swirling Cyprus Trees
Tuesday, July 25, 1 – 4 pm
With the influence of Van Gogh, we will look at photos of cypress trees and create a magical landscape with colorful pastels. Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Tuesday, August 8, 1 – 4 pm
Your summer garden should be in full swing! Looking at fresh veggies, fruit, and flowers, we will create a mini botanical series of watercolor paintings. Feel free to bring something from your own garden to inspire all of us!
Instructor: Mary Giacomini
Photography Workshop with Artist Ronda Stone
Saturday, August 12, 8 am – 12 pm
Explore the unique challenge of photographing a model in and around water. The first two hours will be devoted to taking photographs. Then, the 10 best photos from each participant will be used for discussion and critique. Open to photographers of any level and artists who specialize in different mediums but wish to explore the limitless potential of photography. Instructor: Ronda Stone
Tuesday, August 15, 1 – 4 pm
Soon enough, fall will be here and those Aspens will be changing! In this class, learn some tricks of aerial perspective to paint an acrylic scene of the Rockies with Aspen in the foreground. Instructor: Mary Giacomini