2021

artsy & craftsy

Register for one of many arts and craft workshops at the studio and learn to work with new mediums, tools, and techniques. From simple projects to elaborate builds, workshops are designed for all ages and abilities. There is no limit to your imagination—come create with us! Check the calendar for upcoming workshops!

To create one's own world takes courage.
—Georgia O'Keefe

Matt Spurlin, PhD
Matt Spurlin, PhDBoulder Valley HS Teacher | UNC Adjunct Professor
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I met Joie in the doctoral program at the University of Denver.  She is perhaps the most talented person I’ve ever known.  She is a gifted writer, talented dancer, exceptional teacher, compassionate mother, skillful general contractor—a true renaissance woman. She is an artist in all that she does. But, her greatest gift is also her passion: creating learning experiences in which people discover who they truly are.  Learning from Joie is life-changing.
Andrea Nesteby
Andrea NestebyOpen Pathways Coordinator | Canon City High School
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Joie naturally thinks, designs and instructs content for teaching students who learn differently. It is second nature to Joie to constantly assess where her students are as they build skills and process concepts. She is agile and able to seamlessly shift or amend as needed for effectiveness. In addition, her creativity is boundless and infused in everything she touches. The skills I watch her expertly employ, and have always admired, are an essential part of her. Joie is a rare talent and a valuable instructor. I recommend you take the opportunity to learn from her.
Alexander Trosper
Alexander TrosperBattle Mountain HS Choral DIrector | PhD Candidate
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I can confidently express that Joie was by far one of my most influential coaches, teachers and mentors I have had in my life. She taught me a great deal about perseverance, how to push myself, how to be a teammate that helps build the people around you, how to strive for my personal best, but most importantly, she taught me to never give up. Joie supports the arts, education and community. I highly recommend working with her. She is a huge reason why I am the strong woman I am today.  
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Prepared wooden table top for epoxy resin on working desk in joinery shop

1-2 hour workshops

epoxy resin

Epoxy resin is a trending art medium that allows users to explore color, chemistry and creativity through the development of a simple coaster to a high-end river table. Whatever project you have in mind, get started with understanding and working with this medium in one of our epoxy resin workshops. See the calendar for workshop specifics. 

 

Recommended ages: 6+ (depending on the workshop)

parts of glass stained glass in the artist's workshop

2 day workshops (approx. 4-8 hours)

stained glass

From simple 2D creations to 3D terrariums, learning stained glass is a challenging yet rewarding process. Each workshop will be held over 2-3 days to properly gain the right techniques used in stained glass art. In the beginning class, students will receive basic tools to get started which can then be used in subsequent workshops. Plan for 2 days of classes with approximately 2-4 hours per day. 

 

Recommended ages: 14+

 

(Glass, lead, copper, glass cutting, and soldering irons are all a part of the materials, tools and techniques used for this class, so maturity and focus are a necessity. If you are pregnant or nursing, please wait to participate until you can safely do so.) 

Process of making a mosaic picture from ceramic tile. The man organizes with a tweezers a puzzle of ceramic elements to build a picture.

1-2 hour workshops

mosaic & tile

The world of mosaic and tile awaits and the possibilities are endless. Using prefab items, cut-glass or found materials, nearly anything can be embedded in a mosaic. Want to keep it simple? Create one of a kind tile coasters or trivets using acrylics and watercolor. Make stepping stones or large mixed-medium panels. Whatever you dream up you can make up using these methods and mediums. 


Recommended ages: 6+ (depending on the workshop)

Crate with different carpenter's tools on wooden table. Space for text

1-2 hour workshops

if you build it...

So much to build, so little time. Be on the lookout for random build and design projects or DIY workshops. If you have a special request for a DIY tutorial, send it along to our resident workshop elf. You never know what you can do until you try…


Recommended ages: Varies depending on the project.

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