Wednesdays at Western - 2017

Wednesdays at Western Online Catalog

June 14, 2017June 21, 2017June 28, 2017
July 5, 2017July 12, 2017July 19, 2017
July 26, 2017August 2, 2017August 9, 2017
Classes in Crested Butte  

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JUNE 14, 2017

The registration deadline for June 14th courses is Friday, June 9th.

BENEATH BLUE MESA RESERVOIR TOUR (FULL)
Dave Primus
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $45
Take a historical tour of the Gunnison River Valley west of town, imagining what was beneath Blue Mesa Reservoir before the dam was built in the early 1960s. Dave Primus leads this van tour with numerous stops and short walks, describing the history and telling the stories of early explorers and settlers in the valley. Handouts are provided showing historical maps and pictures. Participants must be capable of walking one mile on a good trail. Bring a day pack containing water, snacks, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection. Cost includes transportation to and from Western campus to hike site, handouts, and an organic sack lunch.

FUNCTIONAL POTTERY(Cancelled)
Veronica Wilde
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35**
Learn to make ceramic pieces that you can use every day! With a mix of hand-building, wheel throwing, and multi-media techniques items such as light switch covers, buttons, coasters and wall hangings are created! Wednesday, June 14th students create light switch covers.  **We found some cost savings and were able to reduce the original price of $50 to $35.  The printed catalog has the incorrect price. 

SKETCH JOURNALS (Cancelled)
Cheri Isgreen
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Explore ways to combine text with image using creative expression, visual design principles, and art techniques. Each week has its own topic. All levels welcome: beginners are given extra support to be successful, and advanced students receive design challenges to deepen their understanding. Classes need not be taken sequentially. Topic is Contour, Texture, and Form.

COCHETOPA DOME HIKE -so much fun!!!! 
Justin Lawrence
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $50
Hike to the top of Cochetopa Dome, a significant mountain to the Ute people. Along the way participants see culturally scarred Ponderosa Pine left from when the Utes still occupied the area as well as possible lithic scatters along the flanks of the Dome. Participants must be able to hike at altitude for 6 to 8 miles round trip through forests without trails with occasional steep rocky inclines. Hikers must be equipped with proper footwear and backpack with warm clothes, rain gear, water, snacks, camera, and other essentials for hiking at high altitudes. Closed-toe hiking shoes only (no sandals allowed. Trekking poles recommended. Cost includes transportation from Western campus to hike site and back along with a sack lunch.

JUNE 21, 2017

The registration deadline for June 21st courses is Friday, June 16th.

HIGH COUNTRY HIKE: ROCKY POINT (moving to a Fall date, TBD)
Karen Immerso
Time: 6:45am – 4:30pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $50
Join us on a local, full day hike to Rocky Point at 11,770'. This is the ridge divide between Spring Creek and the Taylor Canyon. The group’s primary objectives are to experience great views, a sense of accomplishment, a shared adventure and a greater understanding of the local topography and surrounding wilderness areas. The hike includes an elevation gain of approximately 1,600’ and connects with the Gunnison Spur of the Colorado Trail, includes off trail travel and is considered strenuous. Round trip approximately 8 miles. Participants are required to bring day pack containing 1-2 liters of water, appropriate footwear for hiking, wind and rain jackets, warm hat, layers of clothing, additional snacks, camera, and sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat as well as a walking stick or trekking poles (optional). Closed toe hiking shoes only (no sandals allowed. Cost includes transportation from Western campus to hike site and back along with a sack lunch.

BRINGING THE ART MASTERS ALIVE(cancelled)
Cheri Isgreen
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Do you love art? Bring it alive through creative discovery. Take a multi-media approach to exploring periods, movements, geography, and master artists through making art. Each session is a stand-alone class. Each week has its own topic. All levels welcome: beginners are given extra support to be successful; experienced artists are given design challenges to deepen their understanding. Emphasis is on creative expression and discovery. The topic this week is Line, Shape, Rhythm, and Collage. 

CRIBBAGE AND DOMINOES-cancelled
Barbara Klingman
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: TBD
Cost: $20
In Gunnison there are a few times when the rain, snow, wind or just darkness drives you inside. Would you like to engage your mind and socialize with your friends at the same time? Cribbage and ‘42’ are perfect games to know. They provide a mental challenge and do not take long to learn. Cribbage is an old English card game which is fun to play with 2, 3, or 4 people. ‘42’ is a domino game that is played with 4 people and is somewhat similar to a card game. Participants can also learn a version called “Moon”, played with only 3 players. The basic rules and strategy for each game are taught and practiced. After learning the basics, have fun playing a few challenge matches. Bring your cards, double six dominoes and cribbage boards if you like. Otherwise all materials provided.

JUNE 28, 2017

The registration deadline June 28th courses is Friday, June 23nd. 

THE RAINBOW ROUTE: GUNNISON, MONARCH, AND MARSHALL PASS (2 spots available)
Duane Vandenbusche
Time: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $45
Follow the famous Rainbow Route: Highway 50 from Gunnison over Monarch Pass to Poncha Springs.  Stops include the historic Sargent’s Schoolhouse, Monarch Crest, the historic Maysville School, and the Mountain Spirits Winery. From Poncha Springs, the group returns to Gunnison via Marshall Pass where the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad first entered the Gunnison Country in 1881. This tour covers mining camps, ranching, narrow gauge railroads, skiing and social life. Learn about Parlin, Doyleville, Sargents, White Pine, Monarch, Garfield, Arborville, and Maysville and enjoy Pete Dunda and Polka music. Participants should bring a day pack containing  water, snacks, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection. Cost includes a light breakfast on campus, transportation, and a sack lunch.

SKETCH JOURNALS
Cheri Isgreen
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Topic is Moving from Symbolism to Creating Realistic Forms. Click here for  course description. 

HYPNOSIS FOR STRESS REDUCTION AND IMPROVED SLEEP
Jill Steele
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Taylor 117
Cost: $25
Stress has been described as a modern epidemic. Hypnosis is a natural, pleasant state of focused relaxation which can be used to reduce stress and improve sleep. Participants enjoy a nice, relaxing hypnosis session from which they emerge feeling relaxed and energized. Also included is a take-home pendant for self-hypnosis.

CREATIVE ACCORDION BOOKS
Renata Sieck
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $55
The accordion book comes to us from Asia. It was invented to accommodate scrolls that had become unmanageable because of their size and length. The accordion book is composed of a continuous folded sheet of paper and is often enclosed between two covers. It can be either be expanded outward and displayed or kept flat. Class participants create a decorative 6 page accordion book that highlights their favorite quote. Please bring a 6 to 20 word quote of your choosing; preselected quotes will be available to use. Accordion books are made of paper, canvas, and ribbon. No art experience necessary.

HAPPY DAYS SOCK-HOP AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Rita Bohn and Bob Wojtko
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: West Gym
Cost: $20
If you have taken a dance class from Rita and Bob then you know how much fun they are. If you have not had a chance to join Rita and Bob then this is a real treat for you. Come join Rita and Bob for an old fashion "Happy Days" sock-hop dance and ice cream social. No dance experience necessary. Family fun event for all ages. Cost includes ice cream.

JULY 5, 2017

The registration deadline for July 5th courses is Friday, June 30th.

A TOUR OF ABERDEEN QUARRY AND RICHARDSON ROAD
David Primus and Jim Barry
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $40
Take a tour with Dave Primus and Jim Barry southwest of Gunnison to the historic Aberdeen Quarry, built in 1889 to provide granite for the state capitol in Denver. Along the way, hike and see remnants of the Richardson Road, a freight wagon route built in 1874 to transport coal from the Richardson Coal Mine to Lake City. At Aberdeen, see the quarry and remains of equipment and the railroad spur, then take a short hike to the town site. Handouts are provided showing historical maps and pictures. Participants should wear hiking shoes and bring a day pack containing water, snacks, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection. Cost includes transportation from Western campus to hike sites and back, along  with a sack lunch.

BECKWITH PASS VIA LOST LAKE AND CLIFF CREEK
Barbara Klingman
Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: TBD
Cost: $50 
This is a beautiful hike through meadows and aspen and spruce forest. The approach trail is undulating reaching 9,956’ at the pass. Returning via the Cliff Creek trail will bring us down to 8,876’ with awesome views of the Ruby Range. Participants should be able to hike at altitude and be comfortable with round trip distance of 6-miles and an elevation change of approximately 1,200’. Participants should bring a day pack containing 2 liters of water or a hydration system of similar size, appropriate and comfortable hiking boots for on and off trail, wind and rain jackets, warm layers of clothing including a warm cap, additional snacks, camera, and sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat) trekking poles are also recommended.

BRINGING THE ART MASTERS ALIVE
Cheri Isgreen
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Topic is Shape, Still-life, Cubism, Postimpressionism, Georges Braque, and Paul Cezanne. Click here for course description.

JULY 12, 2017

The registration deadline for July 12th courses is Friday, July 5th.

THE GOLD – SILVER – RAILROAD LOOP – GUNNISON – CUMBERLAND PASS
Duane Vandenbusche
Time: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Meeting Location: Kelley 120, Western Campus
Cost: $45
Follow the circle of silver and gold: Ohio City to Tincup and beyond. Join Duane Vandenbusche on an informational drive through Ohio City to Tincup with multiple stops along the way. Stops include Ohio City and the four great gold mills, Pitkin, Quartz, Cumberland Pass, Tincup, the Abbeyville Dredge, Taylor Park Trading Post, Taylor Dam, Lottis Creek Campground, and Almont. This tour covers an array of topics including but not limited to towns, trams, mines and people. Participants should wear hiking shoes and bring a day pack containing water,snacks, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection. Cost includes transportation from Western campus to hike sites and back, along with a sack lunch.

PLEIN AIR WATERCOLOR FLOWER PAINTING
Gail Sovick
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Join us for an enjoyable day of creativity in the beauty and comfort of one of Gunnison's most outstanding backyards. In this workshop, participants follow a simple progression of steps to complete a unique and easy watercolor flower painting. No painting or drawing experience is necessary. All supplies included. Participants should bring drinks and a snack, sunscreen, and a shade cover if needed. Meet at the Gunnison Arts Center and carpool to a local destination to be determined closer to the program date.

SKETCH JOURNALS
Cheri Isgreen
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Topic is Understand Reflections. Click here for course description. 

SAWTOOTH MOUNTAIN HIKE
Barbara Klingman
Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $50
Look south of town and see the “sawtooth” profile on the horizon. Would you like to say, “I was up there once”? Then come join us. We drive through Gold Basin to the base of the mountain at 10,000”. From the van we follow some old cow trails and no trails to the top of the ridge, then along the ridge to the tooth. There are great views once you access the ridge. Participants should be able to hike uphill at altitude without difficulty and be comfortable with round trip distance of 6-10 miles and an elevation gain of approximately 2100”. Participants should bring a daypack containing 2 liters of water or a hydration system of similar size, appropriate and comfortable hiking boots for on and off trail, wind / rain jacket, light weight layer if weather changes, additional snacks, camera, and sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat) trekking poles are also recommended. Cost includes transportation from Western campus to hike location and back along with a sack lunch.

JULY 19, 2017

The registration deadline for July 19th courses is Friday, July 14th.

HIGH COUNTRY HIKE – GALENA MOUNTAIN
Karen Immerso
Time: 6:45am – 4:00pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $45
Join in on a local, full day hike to Galena Mountain at 12,580'. From Schofield Park, this off trail hike is a 1,500' steep uphill walk to Galena Lake at 12,080'. The summit bid depends on group interest, time & weather. The group’s primary objectives are to experience great views, a sense of accomplishment, a shared adventure and a greater understanding of the local topography and surrounding wilderness areas. Participants are required to bring a day pack containing 1-2 liters of water, appropriate footwear for hiking (no sandals), wind and rain jackets, warm hat, layers of clothing, additional snacks, camera, and sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat) as well as a walking stick or trekking poles(optional).  Cost includes transportation from Western campus to hike site and back along with a sack lunch.

PLEIN AIR PASTEL LANDSCAPE DRAWING
Gail Sovick
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Join for an enjoyable day of creativity in the beauty and comfort of one of Gunnison's most outstanding backyards. In this workshop, participants follow a simple progression of steps to complete a unique and easy landscape drawing. No painting or drawing experience is necessary. All supplies included. Participants should bring drinks and a snack, sunscreen, and a shade cover if needed. Meet at the Gunnison Arts Center and carpool to a local destination to be determined closer to the program date.

OLD, OLD MONARCH PASS TOUR FROM PONCHA SPRINGS
Bruce Bartleson and Dave Primus
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Cost: $45
Location: TBD
Many of you are probably aware of Old Monarch Pass that preceded the route taken by modern Highway 50. However, for many years, an earlier route was widely used that traverses up the South Arkansas valley through Maysville, Garfield, Monarch Park and up over the Continental Divide through what is now the middle of the Monarch Ski area. This is called “Old, Old Monarch Pass” and was an 1880’s stagecoach road; evidence can be seen of road construction that is over 130 years old.  This tour is especially designed for the Salida-Buena Vista, etc. area, leaving and returning from Poncha Springs. Participants can learn the history and geology of the east flank of the Sawatch Range, with special attention given to the original route of this now abandoned stagecoach road along with interesting sidelights into the people and events that developed this route. Participants should bring a day pack containing water, snacks, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection. Hiking shoes (no sandals) are required. Be prepared to spend a day at over 11,000 feet in the high mountains of Colorado.  Cost includes transportation and a sack lunch. 

BRINGING THE ART MASTERS ALIVE
Cheri Isgreen
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Topic is Space, Value, Color Temperature, Wet-into-Wet Washes, Pop Art, and Jasper Johns. Click here for course description. 

JULY 26, 2017

The registration deadline for July 26th courses  is Friday, July 21st.

BATIK PRAYER FLAGS WORKSHOP
Gail Sovick
Time: 9:00am – 12:00noon; 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Meeting Place: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
In this fun and easy workshop participants learn how to stamp and design patterns on fabric and use colorful dyes baths to create a custom set of prayer flags to use as home decor. The morning session is dedicated to learning how to stamp and dye the fabrics and the afternoon session involves finishing the pieces and sewing them onto a cord to hang. Most of the day is spent outside on the GAC courtyard, so dress appropriately and bring a water bottle and sunscreen. No experience is necessary. All supplies included. 

MINERAL TRIANGLE TOUR – GUNNISON, CRESTED BUTTE, AND TAYLOR PARK
Duane Vandenbusche
Time: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Meeting Location: Kelley 120
Cost: $55
Take a historical journey through Gunnison Valley’s Mineral Triangle: Gunnison, Crested Butte, and Taylor Park, with renowned local historian Duane Vandenbusche. First, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Almont Resort while hearing the highlights of Almont’s beginnings. Next, travel to Crested Butte and take a chairlift ride to the top of the ski area and enjoy Pete Dunda playing his accordion while you dance to great polka music. At 11,000’, Dr. Vandenbusche presents the history of Gothic, Crested Butte, and the East River Valley. Stop at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum followed by lunch in the park in Crested Butte. Then, journey over Jack’s Cabin Cutoff on the way to Taylor Park Dam. A final stop is made at Harmel’s Ranch Resort in Taylor Canyon for more story-telling before returning to Western. Participants should bring additional snacks and drinks. Wear appropriate footwear for light hiking and clothing for inclement weather. Participants must be able to walk and travel at elevations of over 11,000’. Cost includes transportation, breakfast, chair lift ride, admission to the museum and a sack lunch. 

SKETCH JOURNALS
Cheri Isgreen
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Topic is Moving From Symbolism to Creating Realistic Forms.  Click here for course description. 

August 2, 2017

The registration deadline for August 2nd courses is Friday, July 28th. 

GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF THE UPPER GUNNISON VALLEY 
Bruce Bartleson
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $45
The geology of the upper Gunnison valley has some of the most interesting geologic features and history in the entire United States, if not the world. This tour features several stops and short hikes to learn about our complex history and how it relates to our human history and development. Special attention is paid to the Crested Butte/Gothic area. Participants should bring a day pack containing water, snacks, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection.  Cost includes transportation along with a sack lunch.

HORSEMANSHIP AND RIDING
Fred Stinson, Kendall Butts, Tyler Roos 
Time: 10:30am – 2:00pm 
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $75
Saddle up with experienced guides to explore the West Elk Mountains. Participants are introduced to the grooming and saddling of their horses. Then they journey into one of the most spectacular areas of the Rockies on a scenic two-hour trail ride. Participants should wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and bring gloves, jacket, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, water bottles, and snacks. Participants must be able to sit on a horse for two hours at elevation of 8,000-10,000’. Sack lunch provided.

BRINGING THE ART MASTERS ALIVE
Cheri Isgreen
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Topic is Texture, Rhythm, Movement, Contrast, Emphasis, Negative Space, Form, Collage, and Folk Art. Click here for course description.

AUGUST 9, 2017

The registration deadline for August 9th is August 4th.

ALPINE TUNNEL
Justin Lawrence
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $45
Travel up toward the Alpine Tunnel outside of Pitkin, Colorado, near the Continental Divide. Along the historic Denver, South Park & Pacific railroad route, the group stops to discuss the construction and operation of the rail line which ran intermittently from 1882-1910. The upper road was recently blown out due to avalanche, so this year the tour includes a 2.1 mile hike along the road to the top. Upon arriving, the group explores the structures
related to the Alpine depot, with a short walk to the tunnel itself. For those with a bit more stamina, a short trail leads to the top of the Continental Divide where participants can take in the views and see the eastern side of the rail line as it descends Chalk Creek towards Mt. Princeton. Participants must be able to hike at altitude for 4.5 miles round trip on a rocky shelf road with a mild incline and be equipped with proper footwear and backpack with warm clothes, rain gear, water, snacks, camera, and other essentials for hiking at high altitudes. Closed-toe hiking shoes only (no sandals allowed). Trekking poles recommended. Cost includes transportation to and from hike site, sack lunch, and handouts.

SKETCH JOURNALS
Cheri Isgreen
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $35
Topic is Using Pattern and Repetition. Click here for course description. 

OLD, OLD MONARCH PASS TOUR FROM GUNNISON
Bruce Bartleson & Dave Primus
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $45
Most people know that there is an old Monarch Pass besides the modern one on Highway 50. However, did you know that there is also an old, old Monarch Pass over the Continental Divide, dating back to the early 1880s, when it was a stagecoach road? This tour follows the historic stagecoach and automobile routes over Monarch Pass. Evidence is seen of construction that is over 130 years old. Stops are made at various places to discuss historic and geologic features. Participants can see where Old Monarch Pass joined the original stage coach road and tour the original road over Black Sage Pass into Gunnison (sometimes called the Rainbow Route), used by early automobiles. Stops are made at various places to discuss historic and geologic features. Participants must be able to moderately hike at high altitude and be comfortable traveling in elevations of over 11,000’. Participants should bring a day pack containing water, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection. Cost includes transportation from Western campus to all hike sites and back along with an organic sack lunch.

HYPNOSIS FOR IMPROVED ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Jill Steele
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Meeting Location: Taylor 117
Cost: $25
More and more athletes are using hypnosis to improve their performance. This is because so much of athletic performance is in the mind. The subconscious mind functions like software running in the background of a computer, and it is responsible for fulfilling both positive and negative thoughts about ourselves and our performance. In this course, participants learn how to deliver positive thoughts to their subconscious mind and
anchor their athletic performance to a state of success and confidence.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 10,000 FEET
Fred Stinson, Kendall Butts, Connor Clark with Tenderfoot Outfitters
Time: 8/9 at 1:00pm – 8/10 at 12:00noon
Meeting Location: University Center Parking Lot
Cost: $225
Experience a western-style horseback tent camping experience in the spectacular West Elk Wilderness on this overnight adventure with Tenderfoot Outfitters. On your 2 hour/6.5 mile ride to the 10,000’ base camp, enjoy bubbling mountain streams, scenic high mountain lakes, breathtaking views, wildlife, and magnificent summer wildflowers. At camp, delicious cowboy-style meals are prepared and served in a spacious dining tent. The first-class camp includes a latrine facility as well as roomy 12x15 wall tents equipped with cots, mattresses, pillows, and solar lighting. This trip is all-inclusive, but participants may bring their own sleeping bag. All meals are included and there is fresh spring water in the camp. Bring water and snacks for ride in. Participants should wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and bring gloves, jacket, hat, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Bring extra layers for cool mountain night temperatures and any inclement weather. Participants must be able to sit on a horse for two hours at elevations of 8,000-10,000’ A current fishing license is required for those that desire to fish. Participants may bring their own rods and must bring their own lures or flies. A limited number of spinning rods and reels and a couple of fly rods are available at camp. A detailed gear and packing list is available through Extended Studies. Participants are asked to complete a Client Biography and Tenderfoot Outfitter’s Liability Release.

AN EVENING AS FRED ASTAIRE OR GINGER ROGERS
Karen Immerso
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Meeting Location: Gunnison Arts Center
Cost: $20
In this fun two hour workshop, instructor and dancer Karen Immerso takes students on a 1930s tap adventure. Complete with tall white gloves and black top hats, students learn to dance like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Dust off your tap shoes or find new ones, and enjoy the music, movement, and rhythms that come along with this dance form. Open to all levels of tap dancers ages 16+. Students must provide their own tap shoes. Gloves and top hats provided!

~The following courses are offered in Crested Butte~

June 14, 2017

The registration deadline for June 14th courses is Friday, June 9th. 

CREATIVE CONNECTIONS WITH LANDSCAPE
Molly Murfee and Ivy Walker
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Meeting Location: TBD
Cost: $75
Outdoor immersion, writing, visual art and an approach of stillness and observation set the stage for participants to actively investigate their relationship to nature and settle into it, rather than rushing through it. Capitalizing on the beauty of an early spring hike, and coupled with nature-inspired creativity, engage in a conversation with the earth through all the senses. Reflect, journal and make art with the land through a series of visual, written and sensory exercises designed to deepen connections with the land by slowing down and truly noticing. Local artist and certified Nature Connected Coach, Ivy Walker, and environmental writer Molly Murfee, lead this exploratory half day adventure in the gorgeous backcountry of the area. Bring a journal or notebook, writing utensils and day hiking gear. Participants must be of moderate hiking ability on a variety of terrain. Art materials provided. May
include carpooling.

June 21, 2017

The registration deadline for June 21st courses is Friday, June 16th.​

PAINTING ON SILK
Mary Tuck
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Meeting Location: The Art Studio, Center for the Arts  
Cost: $95
Using resist and an array of vibrant permanent dyes, paint on a 52-inch hemmed silk scarf.  Start by stretching and pinning the scarf on an elevated surface.  Then learn how to either use basic shapes to paint your favorite wildflowers, landscapes, or designs on the silk or use a tie dye technique to capture the colors and vibrancy of the Colorado summer.  Finish by adding accent colors to the background and ironing to set the color. Your silk scarf will be ready to wear home!  Cost includes silk scarf and use of art products. 

July 5, 2017

The registration deadline for July 5th courses is Friday, June 30th.

BECKWITH PASS VIA LOST LAKE AND CLIFF CREEK
Barbara Klingman
Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Meeting Location: TBD
Cost: $50 
This is a beautiful hike through meadows and aspen and spruce forest. The approach trail is undulating reaching 9,956’ at the pass. Returning via the Cliff Creek trail will bring us down to 8,876’ with awesome views of the Ruby Range. Participants should be able to hike at altitude and be comfortable with round trip distance of 6-miles and an elevation change of approximately 1,200’. Participants should bring a day pack containing 2 liters of water or a hydration system of similar size, appropriate and comfortable hiking boots for on and off trail, wind and rain jackets, warm layers of clothing including a warm cap, additional snacks, camera, and sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat) trekking poles are also recommended.

July 19, 2017

The registration deadline for July 19th courses is Friday, July 14th.

PLEIN AIR WATERCOLOR
Suzanne Pierson
Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm
Meeting Location: The Art Studio, Center for the Arts Cost: $75 
Join local watercolor artist, Suzanne Pierson, to paint watercolor en plein air. Learn wash, perspective, and color techniques, while creating small watercolor sketches – either realistic snapshots or an impression of a subject. Be enticed by fun, new tips and demos resulting in your own wondrous paintings expressing your personal visions of the surrounding mountain landscapes and flowers.  Suzanne creates a fun and easy atmosphere where everyone can take something successful away.

July 26, 2017

The registration deadline for July 26th courses is Friday, July 21st. 

TRAVEL JOURNALING
Judith Cassel-Mamet
Time: 9:00 - 1:00pm
Meeting Location: The Art Studio, Center for the Arts Cost: $95
Whether your travel involves a passport, simply heading down the block, or backpacking or biking many miles, it is exciting to capture the adventures. Artist Judith Cassel-Mamet shares simple techniques for creating satisfying travel journals filled with pages that help you remember your unique experience. Let's prepare pages, work with collage and mixed media, and try some crazy techniques with common materials (hint: coffee and wine!). We take the chance to "travel" into Crested Butte and gaze at the magnificent scenery to practice capturing your moments on paper. No sketching or art experience necessary; this class is for any level adventurer. All materials are provided, including a small 4x6 sketch pad, however, you are welcome to bring your own journal.  Judith also teaches you how to pack light with your art supplies, so you are prepared to record any adventure!

August 2, 2017

The registration deadline for August 2nd courses is Friday, July 28th.

PLANT WALK: WILD EDIBLES AND MEDICINE
Briana Wiles
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Location: Rooted Apothecary
Cost: $20
Take a plant walk alongside herbalist, forager and author Briana Wiles. Discover the edibility and medicinal uses of plants you adore or trample over every day.  Briana’s will discuss her book, Mountain States Foraging. If you would like to purchase her book in advance of the walk it is available in her store Rooted Apothecary located in Crested Butte. Participants need to bring a day pack containing water, snacks, wind/rain jackets, and sun protection. Cost includes transportation. 
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