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Learn from some of today's most significant working artists.

Notable national and international award-winning artists visit the Art Students League of Denver every year to teach master classes to ASLD members and students. We are indebted to the visionary support of the Olson-Vander Heyden Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting our Visiting Artists Series.

Tina Garrett | June 2019

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GARRETT

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In 2012, the Scottsdale Artists’ School awarded Tina the first of two merit scholarships and she began her practice of understanding oil painting. Tina is a sought-after teacher, leading painting and drawing workshops in the US and internationally. Her many exhibits include the Barcelona Museum of Modern Art Europe. Additionally Tina’s work is in permanent collections in the US, UK and the Netherlands.

Thursday, June 27 | 6–7:30pm
$5 per person

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WORKSHOP: Portraiture Starting Methods For Beginners

Ability: All

All levels welcome to participate in this comprehensive study of oil painting with ARC Associate Living Master, Tina Garrett, which will include open grisaille, accurate color wash and, Tina’s favorite, selective start. Students will gain understanding of form, value, temperature, edges and composition as well as color mixing, as Tina demonstrates how to control your palette for accurate values and color. Tina will share insights on posing the model, lighting and painting materials. Tina will demonstrate from the live model each morning, assist artists individually each afternoon, and discuss painting from photographs vs. painting from life.

Friday–Sunday, June 28–30 | 9am–4pm
$350 per person

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Sue Oehme | July 2019

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Sue Oehme is founder and principal of Oehme Graphics in Steamboat Springs (CO), one of the country’s leading fine print publishers. Susan received her BFA in printmaking and painting from the University of Michigan and continued her print education at NYU. Prior to her move to Colorado, she printed at Tyler Graphics (NYC) with artists Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell. She has taught numerous print workshops at institutions across the country including University of Denver, Boston University, Scripps College, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, Brandeis University and Northwestern University.

Thursday, July 18 | 6–7:30pm
$5 per person

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WORKSHOP: Watercolor Monotypes with Stencils

Ability: All

In this class, we will focus on non-toxic, water-based monotypes, printing from various substrates such as vellum, mat board and Plexiglas, along with additional stencil printing. We will work from a basic image size of 9 x 12 inches, and we will print onto various papers, mostly unsized or Asian.

Sue will also show examples of various watercolor monotypes at the start of the class. She’ll demonstrate vellum preparation and paint application and provide instruction regarding paper handling/soaking and using the press.

Friday–Saturday, July 19–20 | 9am–4pm
$350 per person

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Dawn Williams Boyd | August 2019

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WILLIAMS BOYD

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Dawn Williams Boyd’s artwork reflects her interests in American history as it affects and is affected by African American citizens, women’s identity and sexuality and politics. After more than 30 years successfully painting in oils and acrylics on various surfaces, in 2002 this prolific artist began to ‘paint’ with fabric instead of on it. Dawn’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions and the artist has participated in countless national and international group exhibitions such as “Soulful” at d’Art Center in Norfolk, VA, in February 2019, “Things That Matter” at the St. George Art Museum in St. George, UT, and “Fabric Flash: A Contemporary Textile Exhibition” at Chastain Art Center in Atlanta.

Friday, Aug. 23 | 6–7:30pm
$5 per person

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WORKSHOP: Embroidering Fabric Faces Made Easy

Ability: All

Students will learn elementary life drawing skills with a focus on the human face. Using basic geometric shapes to form facial features, each student will draw their own portrait (or that of a loved one from their own photograph or a fellow workshop member from a live drawing) in pencil on paper. Through observation students will learn to place, expand and modify these basic shapes in order to add emotion to their portraits. We will transfer the portraits on squares of flesh-colored cotton fabric and learn four basic embroidery stitches used to define the facial features — back stitch, satin stitch, blanket stitch and French knots. Students will take home a finished embroidered portrait which can be adhered to a new or existing project, such as a quilt, pillow, hand bag or clothing.

Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 24–25 | 10am–4pm
$300 per person

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Thank you to our sponsors:

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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Past visiting artists have included:

2019

Ephraim Rubenstein (February 2019) Faculty member from Art Students League of New York, Ephraim Rubenstein lectured and taught a 3-day intensive painting workshop entitled, Color Spot Oil Painting.

2018

Michael Godfrey (October 2018) Representational landscape painter Michael Godfrey lectured and taught a 3-day workshop entitled, The Orchestrated Landscape, in ASLD’s Artful Garden.

Henrik Bøegh (September 2018) A Danish master and one of the most prolific advocates of safe, non-toxic printmaking conducted two sets of 3-day workshops at ASLD focusing on intaglio (photopolymer and acrylic etching resists techniques).

Liene Bosquê (August 2018) Worked with the immigrant communities of the D3 Arts Creative District to make a ceramic tile mural in the Westwood neighborhood. At ASLD, Bosquê gave a lecture and guided an interactive walking art experience, capturing textures of the neighborhood in clay.

Gregg Deal (June 2018) Presented an Art and Activism lecture, facilitated a workshop entitled Multimedia Piece: Art That’s Personal and hosted our regular Friday Teen Studio Night with kids ages 14-17.

Wendy Shalen (March 2018) From Art Students League of New York, Shalen lectured on her career and held a workshop at ASLD entitled, French Inspired Master Drawings.

Archive

  • Beth Cavener (2015) gave a sold out lecture and demonstrated her monumental sized animal sculptures in person during a three day long demo.
  • Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, offered a lecture, and adult and teen workshops.
  • Erick Meyenberg, in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, offered a lecture pertaining to his installation work.
  • Jan-Ru Wan gave a week long installation workshop that concluded with a student exhibition.
  • Becky Yazdan discussed her abstract paintings and lead a workshop.
  • Gail Rieke– gave a lecture and workshop emphasizing her interest in traveling and journalling as part of her installation work.
  • John Balistreri demonstrated his  large-scale, clay sculpture techniques and lectured on his work utilizing 3D rapid prototyping technology to create unique ceramic objects.
  • Jenny Morgan lectured and taught a master class on the psychological self-portrait.
  • Bonnie Stahlecker  brought her bookmaking techniques to ASLD in partnership with the Guild of Bookworkers and lectured on the evolution of her books to sculpture.
  • Patrick Horsley  demonstrated his techniques in thrown and altered ceramic forms.
  • Bill Amundson lectured on his creative process and led a master class in drawing.
  • Jenny Dubnau taught a master class and lectured on her creative process in painting psychological portraits.
  • Del Harrow led students through exercises and experiments with new and old techniques in clay and slip-casting after an instructor-lead visit to the concurrent Marvelous Mud exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
  • Matt Brown introduced the Japanese Hanga Method in a woodblock printmaking workshop. See also Wood and Water article on Matt’s work.
  • Ricardo Mazal presented his unique artistic process which incorporates abstract painting along with digital photography and technology, monotypes, and video. See also Finding Meaning in the Abstract article on Ricardo’s work.
  • Jeanette Pasin Sloan who works in the great still-life tradition of Western art and takes a distinctly modernist approach to design and color.
  • Richard Notkin, whose teapots, ceramic sculptures, and tile murals are visual explorations into social and political commentary.
  • Chinese artist Yang Yang came to Denver with the Asian Arts Coordinating Council.
  • Zimbabwe sculptor Collen Nyanhongo.
  • VSA arts Colorado partnered with us to bring deaf Israeli artist Uzi Buzgalo to ASLD to present workshops.