Creative Arts Classes

Love the creative arts? We do too! Enjoy a range of arts classes covering everything from painting to photography!


ARTbar: Circle of Mountains

ARTbar: Circle of Mountains

ARTbar: Circle of Mountains

Come paint with us! Capture the beauty of the Colorado mountains with this unique painting.
You'll receive step-by-step instructions to create this acrylic painting on a 16 x 20 inch canvas. At Weehawken and Sherbino's ARTbar we strive to provide a positive, creative outlet in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Our hope is to inspire the community to discover their imaginative side and cross the bar into other dimensions of creativity. The classes we offer require no experience (and of course, liquid inspiration will also be available!). Open your door to creativity and give it a shot! $35 includes instruction, all materials, a drink AND you'll go home with your very own masterpiece!

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  • Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • The Sherbino Theater - 604 Clinton Street
  • $35 tuition. Ages 18+

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Make Your Own Llama

Make Your Own Llama with Tracey Mullis

A fun class to make a project using various fiber techniques.

People will receive a pre-felted (crocheted/fulled) 15" llama that they would stuff. Tracey will explain the process that went into making that llama and students will get instructions to make one at home. Then, they need to weave the blanket... she will show them how to make a small loom from cardboard (anyone can do it) and teach basic weaving. Finally, people will need to needle-felt the faces and other embellishments on their llama, so they get a quick lesson in needle felting.All of the supplies will be provided and the project would be complete after the 2.5 hour session.

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  • Saturday, September 21st
  • 1:00-3:30 pm
  • Ouray Countay 4-H Events Center Ridgway, CO 81432
  • $58 tuition, includes all materials

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ARTbar: Succulent Art

ARTbar: Succulent Art

ARTbar: Succulent Art

Come paint with us! Add a pop of color to your life with these giant succulents.
You'll receive step-by-step instructions to create this acrylic painting on a 16 x 20 inch canvas. At Weehawken and Sherbino's ARTbar we strive to provide a positive, creative outlet in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Our hope is to inspire the community to discover their imaginative side and cross the bar into other dimensions of creativity. The classes we offer require no experience (and of course, liquid inspiration will also be available!). Open your door to creativity and give it a shot! $35 includes instruction, all materials, a drink AND you'll go home with your very own masterpiece!

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  • Tuesday, September 10, 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • The Sherbino Theater - 604 Clinton Street
  • $35 tuition. Ages 18+

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The Physical Stuff of Your Life (and how to use it to gain access to the emotional stuff): A Generative Workshop

The Physical Stuff of Your Life (and how to use it to gain access to the emotional stuff): A Generative Workshop with Pam Houston

This will be a generative workshop in which we focus on all the ways the sensory details that surround us—the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures—can give us access to that much more elusive interior landscape we are always trying to access when we write.  

This will be a generative workshop in which we focus on all the ways the sensory details that surround us—the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures—can give us access to that much more elusive interior landscape we are always trying to access when we write. If we write those details all the way down to the bone. If we sit in the dark with them and let them distill up from the swamps of memory. We will focus on what I believe to be the real artistry of prose writing: the way we dip our ladles into the bottomless pot of metaphor soup of our lived and witnessed experience and pull out what we need; the way we pick up hunks of the physical world and bring them back to the page, translated into language. We will be aiming for work in which the language is always working in at least two ways at once, where metaphors dance between meanings like beads of water on a too hot grill. We will work toward demystifying some of the essential components of prose writing (image, metaphor, structure, dialogue, character, scene, among others) and turning them into comprehensible tools that are at our disposal. We will all, no doubt, be humbled in the face of languages unlimited possibility as well as its limitation. At the same time we will honor (and hope for) the inexplicable flights of creativity (and madness?) that take a good story and make it great.

Please come armed with pen, paper, or laptop, your vast memory banks, your active and engaged senses, and all the things you don’t even know you know.

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  • Monday, October 7th
  • 2:30-5:00 pm
  • Sherbin o Theater

    604 Clinton St Ridgway, CO 81432

  • $75 tuition, inlcudes reserved seat for Pam's reading at Open Bard Literary Series

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Nightmare Before Christmas Youth Theatre Workshop

Nightmare Before Christmas Youth Theatre Workshop

Join Weehawken for a 3 week fall session of youth theater in Montrose.

"Nightmare Before Christmas" is a theatrical adaptation of the Tim Burton's film, in which Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion. Let this favorite tale come to life on stage under the direction of Kathleen O'Mara. Students participating will experience a full audition, rehearsal and production process, curriculum includes voice, physicality, stage presence and design elements including stage, costume, and publicity.

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  • Dec. 3-20, Monday-Friday 4:00-6:00 pm (3:00-5:00 pm on Wednesdays)
  • MRD Field House

    25 Colorado Ave Montrose CO 81401

  • $225 for the 3 week session

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Homeschool Youth Theatre

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Youth Theatre Workshop

Self Esteem and Literacy Through The Arts specifically tailored for homeschool students.

Students explore the wonder of literary work through the arts as they rehearse and perform an original adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Using the original text from Dahl's famous work, students design their performance based on their favorite characters taken from the literary classic.

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  • September 16-October 9, 12:00-3:00 pm
  • MRD Field House

    25 Colorado Ave Montrose CO 81401

  • $245 tuition for the session

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Tu y Yo Espanol-You and Me Spanish

Tu y Yo Espanol-You and Me Spanish

Open to moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and more! Come alongside your child, age 3-7, and have fun learning Spanish by being active( and silly)! 

Through motions, songs, dance, games and TPRS(Total Physical Response Storytelling) you and your young child will learn basic conversational phrases and vocabulary you can practice in your day to day routines throughout the week. Come enjoy learning the Spanish language with new friends, while enriching those social and emotional skills! Great for young homeschooled children!

  • Montrose Field House

    25 Colorado Avenue

  • $38/month

    Runs 10:30-11:30 am

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Fix It, Don't Rip It with Celeste Nossiter

Fix It, Don't Rip It with Celeste Nossiter

Sunday, September 22nd in Ridgway, 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Ouray County 4-H Events Center

Now that you know how to knit, what do you do when you find a mistake? Don’t despair, learn how to fix it!

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Casting On and Binding Off with Linda Borof

Casting On and Binding Off with Linda Borof

Saturday, September 21st in Ridgway, 10:00 am-12:30 pm at Ouray County 4-H Events Center

We will briefly review basic casting-on and binding-off methods. We will learn some new techniques and discuss when they can best be used.

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Telling Stories Through Songs with Sarah McQuaid

Telling Stories Through Songs with Sarah McQuaid

Telling Stories Through Songs with Sarah McQuaid

What is it in a story – whether it be a fairytale, a historical event or a recent news item – that makes it worthy of a song?

A strong image? A phrase that resonates? An added layer of metaphorical meaning? Is there a message we’re trying to deliver? What are the elements (chronological, geographical, thematic) of the story and how will they determine the structure of the song we write? Does the story have a climax? A repetitive theme? A dramatic twist? Who tells the story? How do we turn a straightforward narrative into poetic lyrics that the listener will remember and want to hear again and again?

Sarah McQuaid has presented guitar, songwriting and music business workshops at music schools, festivals, arts centres, private homes and other venues in the UK, Ireland, the USA, Netherlands and Germany. She has also given presentations and workshops at primary and secondary schools in the UK, Ireland and USA. Below are descriptions of some of her most popular workshops and school presentations, followed by comments from attendees and letters of recommendation from school staff.

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  • September 12, 4:00 - 5:30pm
  • The Sherbino Theater - 604 Clinton Street
  • $45 tuition. Ages 18+

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Anyone Can Weave with Pamela Schultz

Anyone Can Weave with Pamela Schultz

Saturday, September 21st in Ridgway, 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Ouray County 4-H Events Center

Come discover the joys of weaving in this introductory class.

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Needle Felting with Linda Balas

Needle Felting with Linda Balas

Needle Felting with Linda Balas

Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibers to form a more condensed material.

Wool fibers have scales which when rubbed against each other catch and lock into place to create a denser material called felt. Linda Balas is a self taught fiber artist, who loves to share what she has learned.

 

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  • Sunday, September 22nd
  • 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Ouray County 4-H Events Center in Ridgway
  • $43 tuition, includes materials 

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Celeste's Colorplay

Celeste's Colorplay

Saturday, September 21st, 1:00-4:00 pm at Ouray County 4-H Events Center

Feel intimidated by choosing colors? Do your projects look better in your inner vision than in real life? Throw out the rule book and everything you've learned in the past!

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Karate

Karate

Karate

We offer unlimited monthly classes, with tuition due the 1st of the month. Mondays in Ouray, 5pm all ages and the same schedule on Thursdays in Ridgway, students may attend either or both! You may purchase a monthly pass or a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month at a discount. Payment is DUE on the 1st of the month without exception. Drop-in available at $20 per class, due AT THE TIME of class.
  • 1 hour: $48 one month / $44/mo for 3 mo / $40/mo for 6 mo / $36/month for 12mo
  • 1.5 hour: $68 one month /$65/mo for 3 mo / $60/mo for 6 mo / $54/month for 12 mo

And now offering KARATE in MONTROSE!

Saturdays starting at 10:30 am and Wednesdays starting at 5 pm at MRD Field House Summit Room (25 Colorado Ave) . Mixed levels for the first hour (10:30 - 11:30) with youth (5-14) AND adults. After the first hour, youth head out and advanced (appx. ages 14+) students and adults stay for the remaining 30 minutes. Multi-month discoutns available by phone only. NO Drop-Ins available!
  • 1 hour: $48 one month / $44/mo for 3 mo / $40/mo for 6 mo / $36/month for 12mo
  • 1.5 hour: $68 one month /$65/mo for 3 mo / $60/mo for 6 mo / $54/month for 12 mo
  • June-September (Ridgway)
  • Ouray & Ridgway
  • June-August (Montorse)
  • MRD Field House - 25 Colorado Ave

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Alchemy of Mixed Media with Lauren Mantećon

Alchemy of Mixed Media with Lauren Mantećon

Alchemy of Mixed Media with Lauren Mantećon

The combination of mixing, additive and reductive as well as the chemistry of all can sometimes be daunting.

I have been a painter for over twenty years. Within that time I have incorporated a variety of materials into my art practice. Some years one technique might dominate another- but I do seem to work best when I have more than one material or texture in dialogue with another on the surfaces I choose to use.

Together in a relaxed environment we will work from the ground up with many options to play and explore with. Dry, wet, mark making- hand made gesso, joint compound, mediums, acrylic paint, oil sticks, cold wax. There is not a formula or a linear procession, but there are a few tricks and guidelines along the way to quickly enhance the development of your authentic. Discussions on the philosophical and personal relationship to your working process will all be part of the workshop interplay. Risk taking is encouraged.

Some experience suggested.

A material list will be provided. Canvas or odds and ends you may have considered using in art but never sure just how. Bring uncompleted works as well. Informal discussions and critiques will concentrate on the practical and outrageous, challenging all our pre-conceived methods of working, thus expanding the technical and aesthetic considerations that inform an art practice.

Lauren Mantecon- MFA has been a practicing visual artist and educator for over twenty years Currently living in Santa Fe, she is a former professor of art from the University of Portland, Oregon and teaches workshops on the creative process throughout the country. She is currently represented by Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH and Hilton Head, SC and Imogen Gallery in Astoria, OR.

Registration is $225 and does not include materials. Supply lists will be supplied to all enrolled prior to class start.

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  • October 12 & 13, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Weehawken Ridgway - 1075 Sherman Street
  • $225 tution. Ages 18+

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Creative Nature and Landscape Photography: Concept, Capture, and Process with Michael E. Gordon

Creative Nature and Landscape Photography: Concept, Capture, and Process with Michael E. Gordon

Creative Nature and Landscape Photography: Concept, Capture, and Process with Michael E. Gordon

Nature and landscape photography transcends "pretty postcards" when made by creatively engaged photographers who understand their motivations, subjects, and tools.

My goal is to provide you with the inspiration, knowledge, and hands-on learning to help advance your creativity and photography skills with an emphasis on nature and landscape photography. This workshop is suitable for all experience levels and offers a unique blend of philosophy, field work, and classroom instruction in beautiful settings. We'll cover photographic fundamentals; precision exposure and capture; image aesthetics; special tips and techniques; and conclude with an overview of post-processing basics using both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Join us at Weehawken Ridgway Sept. 21-22, 2019 for a weekend photogrpahy workshop with Michael Gordon. Registration is $295.

Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer best known for his black and white Desertimages which, says Broughton Quarterly, portray “ stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate relationship with the natural world results in quiet images of depth and discovery.

Michael's fine art prints are held internationally in the private collections of the United States EmbassyKaiser PermanenteMilken Family FoundationThe Wilderness Society, and many others. His photographs have been published in and on the covers of magazines, calendars, brochures, annual reports, textbooks, music CD’s, and newspapers, including Arte FotográficoBackpackermagazine; View Camera magazine; Rangefindermagazine; Broughton QuarterlyT-MobileUSDA Forest Service; Brooks/Cole, and many more. Michael’s work has been awarded by the International Photography AwardsPrix de la Photographie Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards.

His love for and commitment to the preservation of imperiled California landscapes is a cornerstone of his work. He earned the President's Gold Volunteer Serviceaward in 2008 for twenty years of volunteer service and has served on the Board of Directors for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Associationand Mojave National Preserve Conservancy. His photographs have been instrumental in the campaigns of The Wilderness SocietyCampaign for America’s WildernessPew Charitable TrustsNational Parks Conservation Associationand others, and have helped to shape wildfire management, renewable energy policies, and to advance Wilderness and National Monumentdesignation and expansion. In early 2015, Michael was a featured on-camera Death Valley expert in an NHK Japan full-length documentary film.

Michael owns and operates Death Valley Photo Tours, is co-founder of Visionary Photography Workshops, and leads workshops for The Los Angeles Center of Photography. He lives in an historic 104-year-old bungalow in Long Beach, California, with his wife Shauna, and their menagerie of rescued animals (including Mojavethe dog). www.michael-gordon.com

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  • September 21-22, 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Various Ouray County locales
  • $295 tuition. Ages 16+

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610 Arts Collective

610 Clinton Street, Ridgway CO 81432

The Sherbino Theater

604 Clinton Street, Ridgway CO 81432

Montrose Field House

25 Colorado Avenue, Montrose CO 81401

Weehawken Ridgway

1075 Sherman Street, Ridgway CO 81432


It’s important to know that some classes may be held in other locations that may not be listed above. Locations will be specified accordingly in class descriptions.

Our staff is  located at 610 Arts Collective.

Mailing address

PO Box 734, Ridgway CO 81432
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