The Art Base strives to have a variety of art workshops for all levels and different types of art practices from photography to watercolor, or from print making to journaling we have something for all kinds of creators and artists!

Find our current adult workshops on this page or have questions? Contact programs@theartbase.org.

The classrooms are located on the second floor (above the Art Base Gallery) at 174 Midland Avenue.

The door is located immediately to the right of the gallery entrance.

Olive and West Photography

with Shawna Miller

June 12, 2024
Wednesday 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
$25; scholarships available
This class is recommended for students with intermediate to advanced figure-drawing abilities. Supplies included.

Practice your skills in this fun class led by artist Shawna Miller. Drawing from a live nude model, participants begin by making quick, gestural studies before working towards more developed drawings.

with Deb Shannan

June 15, 2024
Saturday 9:30am – 12:30pm
$45 Scholarships Available

Using colors, lines, and shapes as a guide, we will take a short walk around Basalt and capture photo images along the way. After each walk, we will make a journal page using our printed photos as inspiration. Students will learn how to introduce constraints to their photographs, editing tips and tricks, different techniques for printing and displaying photographs, and more.

This class will meet each month, allowing participants interested in continuing the journey throughout the year to track seasonal changes through photo imagery, paint, collage, and writing.

All levels are welcome and all materials, including printing, are included. Please bring a cell phone or digital camera to class. We look forward to seeing you there!

PAINTING & BIRDING: Bullock’s Oriole
with Amy Beidleman & Rebecca Weiss

June 17, 2024
Monday, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
$75 Scholarships Available
All levels welcome, supplies included

Join us at the inspirational setting of Rock Bottom Ranch for an evening of birds and watercolor! The class will start off with a short birding outing with ACES Bird Guide Rebecca focusing on the Bullock’s Oriole and other resident birds, their behavior and how they interact with the environment. The students will then explore with Amy the various techniques, materials, and tools of watercolor to paint several perspectives of this variety of oriole and it’s unusual nest. Let your creativity fly!

with Joe Van Wyk

June 22, 2024
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm
(includes “The Mindful Photography Field Guide”)

No photography experience necessaryWhether you are an adventurer, a seeker, or a creative soul longing for inner peace and connection in a chaotic world, during this Saturday morning respite you’ll find keys to practical, everyday mindfulness. Using your smartphone, these practical, therapeutic techniques can help bring you back to sanity when you spiral into depressing, anxious thoughts. Each student receives a copy of The Mindful Photography Field Guide, filled with full color photos, practical how-to action items, engaging stories, and solid research. The Field Guide reveals time-tested practices you can use to recenter your mind, embrace the present moment, and experience the joy of living.

Author and photographer Joe Van Wyk will lead students through key steps from his newly released book, The Mindful Photography Field Guide: 15 Smartphone Photography Practices for Inner Peace.

with Curt Carpenter

July 20-21, 2024
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Some experience recommended. Supplies included. 

Learn how to carve and print a color reduction linocut. Progressive layers of carving and color printing result in rich, vibrant prints. By cutting away more and more of the block in between each color printing, the previous colors are revealed. By the end of the process, the block is sometimes “reduced” to almost nothing. Participants will go from designing their images and cutting blocks, to printing a limited-edition print series using non-toxic inks on rice paper by hand and on a printing press. Students will come to class with a simple ink drawing: 6.25″ W x 6″ H. Image transfer, carving, registration, inking, proofing, and edition printing will be demonstrated. Small class size (limited to 6) will allow for individualized attention. Some experience is recommended. Age 16+

with Sarah Peterson

September 9 – 13, 2024
Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Scholarships Available
All levels welcome

Create gorgeous paintings of an ethereal nature, of any subjects that capture your interest! Learn the technique of using wet on wet watercolor.  Sarah’s attention to individual students helps both novice and advanced artists excel in this versatile medium.

September 16 – 20, 2024
Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Scholarships Available
All levels welcome

Create gorgeous paintings of an ethereal nature, of any subjects that capture your interest! Learn the technique of using wet on wet watercolor.  Sarah’s attention to individual students helps both novice and advanced artists excel in this versatile medium.

Creations & Libations

On the 4th Tuesday of each month, our local LGBTQIA+ community comes together to socialize, make art, network, and have fun with or without an adult beverage. The class will feature a variety of projects in a variety of media. All levels are welcome. You will feel comfortable exploring creativity if you have no experience making art and have fun if you are an accomplished working artist, all in a safe environment, which is why Creations and Libations was conceived.

Click here to register.

Supplies for class projects are provided by the Art Base unless otherwise indicated in course description.

Please give as much notice as possible if you need to cancel a registration. Cancellations within 48 hours of class start are subject to cancellation fees up to the total cost of registration.

Scholarships are available for all Art Base classes. Applications can be found on the Art Base website in both English and Spanish. Complete the online form or email the completed application and any questions regarding scholarships to programs@theartbase.org.

Art Base supporters of $50 and higher receive a 10% discount on all classes & workshops for you and your immediate family for 1 year from the date of donation. Enter the discount code provided to you in your donation acknowledgment email when registering for classes. *Discounts may not be applied after a registration is completed. Discounts may not apply to off-site partner programs. For questions regarding donations and discounts, email: info@theartbase.org.

During classes and events at the Art Base, yours or your child’s image and/or likeness may at any time be captured by still photography, videography, or other photographic or electronic means. Unless consent is waived on the class registration form or the Art Base is notified in writing that you do not want your or your child’s imaged to be used, the Art Base reserves the right to use any such image, photograph, video, or the like for archival, social media, marketing, or other Art Base related purposes.