Spring 2019 Course Offerings

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Drawing Skills

Instructor: Mary Tuck

  • Non-credit, $80 + $15 materials fee
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 30-Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
  • The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave., Crested Butte

Practice realistic drawing skills using graphite, charcoal and colored pencil. Learn how to “see” like an artist, while studying perspective, value and anatomy, using both indoor and outdoor subjects for inspiration. Study both black and white and color, learning skills to create realism, balance, focus and attention. Drawing pencil, charcoal set and sketchbook included. Visit crestedbuttearts.org for more information.

Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Making

Instructor: Mary Tuck

  • Non-credit, $60 + $50 materials fee
  • Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4-5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave., Crested Butte

Those new to PMC and those who've taken a class before are invited to join this two-day workshop. Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a crafting medium with the consistency of polymer clay, comprised of very small particles of silver. Instructor Mary Tuck guides the class through molding and shaping the PMC into beautiful pendants, earrings or bracelets. Intermediate students can choose to create a ring or hinged bracelet. The jewelry is then fired in a tabletop kiln, where binder in the PMC burns away and incredibly leaving 99 percent pure silver pieces of jewelry. Finish your piece by creating a patina, burnishing, polishing and finally assembling the silver into a wearable piece of jewelry. Visit crestedbuttearts.org for more information.

Pastel Painting Series

Instructor: Becky Chappell

  • Non-credit, $75 + $10 materials fee
  • Mondays, Feb. 11-25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave., Crested Butte

In this three-day class, create a series of pastel paintings with similar subjects that can be hung together in a collection. The instructor, pastel artist Becky Chappell, teaches how to bring each piece with an underpainting, using various materials. This method produces a rich quality in each work that can set the mood, feel and richness of the final piece—and the use of various materials for each underpainting produces exciting effects. The final series can be hung together as a grouping of related images. Open to all levels, including beginner pastel painters. Visit crestedbuttearts.org for more information. 

Application of Color Principles in Dynamic Drawing/Painting

Instructor: Don Seastrum

  • Non-credit, $145
  • Mondays, April 22-May 20 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m.
  • The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave., Crested Butte

Color is one of the fundamental elements of art and it is important for artists not only to be exposed to color theory, but also to understand how to apply that theory to their work. Participants investigate the Itten theory of color: hue, value, intensity, simultaneity, proportional application and how to apply those theoretical principles to studio work. Previous experience working with color principles is not necessary, as students are introduced to the use of basic tools, materials and the development of compositional applications. However, for those who have had a good deal of experience with color concepts and applications, instruction is individualized to provide more in-depth studies in the use of color in the participants selected media. Each student is encouraged to investigate her or his own vision of the world while gaining experience with color principles in their work. This workshop is not media specific; therefore, please select and bring your preferred media of expression. Most all media are appropriate; however, the facility where the workshop meets is NOT conducive to the use of oil paints. Visit crestedbuttearts.org for more information.   


Raptor Ecology

Instructor: Jeffrey J. Ewert

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Classes: Mondays, Jan. 28-Feb. 11 and Feb. 25-March 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Field trips: Saturdays, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Taylor Hall 200

Students study the anatomy, physiology, morphology and field identification of major Colorado raptors (Birds of Prey). This includes lectures of key points of major raptor groups: Falcons, Accipiters, Buteos, other occasional species and some select common owl species. Through both lectures and observations, each student learns to identify raptors, raptor habitat and niche. Students also learn how to properly record field observations in a field notebook as a part of the class requirements.

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Instructor: Jeffrey J. Ewert      

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Tuesdays, April 2-23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m
  • Paul Wright Lower Gym
  • Students should bring their own fly rod and reel, some rods are made available.

Learn the basic fundamentals of fly fishing including equipment, rods, rod weight, line types, leaders, tippets, flies and accessories. Learn the value and application of using waders, polarized sunglasses, vests, etc. Learn the use of all this equipment, including an emphasis on casting instruction, application and types of flies and knots, as well as reading waters for trout with emphasis on presentation to enable the student to begin to fly fish successfully on local waters. This enables the student to practice the art of fly fishing in some of the West's best fly fishing waters right here in the Gunnison Basin! 

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival Presents: Crested Butte Wildflower Identification, History & Geology

Instructor: Rick Reavis           

  • Non-credit, $95 + $15 materials fee
  • Sundays, June 2-30 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Crested Butte - 716 Elk Ave.

Having trouble distinguishing larkspur from monkshood or fleabane from tansy aster? Would you like to know how to find elusive fairy slipper? Interested in identifying over 100 species of native plants and flowers? Then join us on this wildflower identification adventure. Students will learn about the unique geology of the Crested Butte area (WHY we have such amazing flowers) along with a bit of local history, then spend four sessions in the field studying the fine points of wildflower identification. This course serves as initial training for new Crested Butte Wildflower ID guides during the 2019 Wildflower Festival. Wildflower identification book included in course fee. 


Getting Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Professional Voice-Overs 

Instructor: Jenny Marcotte                                                     

  • Non-credit, $40
  • Wednesday, March 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Have you ever been told that you have a great voice? This exciting class explores numerous aspects of voice-over work for television, film, radio, audio books, documentaries and the internet. All the basics are covered, including how to prepare the all-important demo, as well as how to be successful and earn great income in this exciting field. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and to hear examples of demos recorded by professional voice actors. Class participants even have a chance to record a commercial script under the direction of our Voicecoaches.com producer! This class is informative, lots of fun and a great first step for anyone interested in professional voice acting.

Environmental Science

Growing Food in a Cold Climate

Instructor: Susan Wyman                                                                                                                  

  • Non-credit, $90  
  • Thursdays, Feb. 21-April 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.                                                                                                                                               
  • Taylor Hall 229 

Learn to grow your own vegetables and overcome the challenges of our cold climate and short growing season. Join Master Gardener Susan Wyman and other gardening gurus to learn what vegetables to plant and when. Learn about seed starting, transplanting, direct sowing, frost protection, pest management, amendments, compost teas, worm composting and more. Field learning at Gunnison Gardens will be announced during course. For more information about Susan Wyman, please visit gunnisongardens.com.      

Exercise & Sport Science


Foam Rolling as Self Massage

Instructor: Eva Paul, LMT

  • Non-credit, $60 + $20 material fee
  • Tuesdays, Feb. 5-March 12 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 117

This six-week class will introduce you to the foam roller from the perspective of massage, incorporating neuromuscular techniques and the concept of functional fascial lines in the body! Mindfulness and body awareness are strong components incorporated to trigger your body to return to a parasympathetic state of rest and repair. Don’t be intimidated; this is a class for beginners and advanced students alike!

American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid

Instructor: Tami Maciejko

  • Non-credit, $120
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 (CPR/AED) and Wednesday, Feb. 20 (First Aid) from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Paul Wright Gym 132 

Price includes ARC card. This is American Red Cross CPR for the workplace. Practical skill on Resusci Anne and a written test are included. Students receive a certification from the American Red Cross upon completion of both the written test and skill evaluation. This is American Red Cross First Aid for the workplace. Both written and skill tests are administered. Students receive a certification from the American Red Cross upon completion of both the written test and skill evaluation. No refunds after Feb. 6, 2019.     

Lunchtime Yoga with Leia

Instructor: Leia Morrison

  • Non-credit, $200
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 29-April 25 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. (No class March 3-March 28)
  • Gunnison Arts Center Dance Studio   

Instead of meeting your friends for lunch, meet them at yoga! Take a break from your day and spend lunch with us. Enjoy a 60-minute, flow-style class designed to provide you with that extra energy to get you through that afternoon drag and keep you invigorated throughout the day! Prior yoga experience is helpful but not mandatory. Yoga mats and props provided for you. Please wear comfortable clothes. For more information about Leia Morrison, visit rockymountainyogini.com. 

Foreign Language

Spanish For Advanced Beginners

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • Non-credit, $70
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 30-March 13 from 6:45 to 8 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 229  

This seven-session class is for advanced beginners and intermediate Spanish Language Learners interested in reviewing and expanding their vocabulary, gaining a greater understanding of grammar, speaking conversationally with other adults in an active and fun learning environment. The class includes activities, speaking practice and some homework assignments. Opportunities for interaction with native speakers may take place. No text required; hand-outs will be used. A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary available at the Bookworm.                             

Spanish For Never-Ever and Beginner Spanish Learners

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • Non-credit, $70
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 30-March 13 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 205 

This seven-week session is an introduction to the Spanish language. It introduces students to basic vocabulary and conversation with other adults in an active and fun learning environment. It is designed for the beginner second language learner who has never studied Spanish or wants to review from the very basics. The class includes activities, speaking practice and some homework assignments. Opportunities for interaction with native speakers may take place. No text required; hand-outs will be used. A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary available at the Bookworm.      

Workshop: American Sign Language Class for Parents, Early Childhood Teachers and Caregivers 

Instructor: Karen Immerso                           

  • Non-credit, $95
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Taylor Hall 229

This workshop is for adults who interact with infants and small children whose words and speech are in the making; for Parents, Early Childhood Teachers and Caregivers who might like to use a signed language to help children as they communicate in the world. The three-hour session is designed for parents (or soon-to-be-parents) raising young families as well as early childhood teachers and caregivers who are looking to incorporate core creative use of signs for instruction in a pre-school or day care setting.


The History of Colorado

Instructor: Duane Vandenbusche

  • Non-credit, $100
  • Thursdays, Jan. 31-April 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Crested Butte Community School

The class covers the exciting history of Colorado from the earliest days and includes Mesa Verde, Spain, fur trades, exploration, Gold Rush, silver camps, narrow gauge railroads, ranching, farming and sustainability, polka music (with Pete Dunda), water and Recreation. Slide shows are also featured on early day skiing, narrow gauge railroads and ranching.                                                           

Original Ski Tour

Instructor: Lisbeth Carter

  • Non-credit, $60
  • Sunday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • University Center 
  • Must own or rent light touring skis, boots and poles.

Ski into History. Spend the day ski touring on and around the historic Pioneer Ski area trails. Your guide will provide instruction with ski terms and technique, as well as an introduction to the legendary ski areas of our Upper Gunnison Valley. Weather permitting, participants will enjoy their noon meal outdoors.        



Beginner Guitar

Instructor: Jesse Irons

  • Non-credit, $200
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 30-March 13 from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 101
  • The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Student must provide their own guitar.

Want to learn to play guitar? Designed for beginners only, this class starts with the basics and educates students about the history of the guitar and its diverse styles of music. The class smoothly transitions into learning how to play the guitar. Basic music theory principles are taught and students are shown how to apply them to the guitar. Students also learn how to tune the guitar, play chords and get their hands and fingers comfortable with actual guitar playing. Participants also learn strumming patterns, how to read fake sheets, music tablature and start playing songs. 

Intermediate Guitar

Instructor: Jesse Irons

  • Non-credit, $200
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 30-March 13 from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 101
  • The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Students must provide their own guitar. 

Student must provide their own guitar. Can you play a little guitar? Want to learn more? This class helps students progress in that endeavor. Students learn open position chords, key signatures, strumming patterns, barre chords, hammer-on/pull-offs and using a capo. The course then focuses on scales, chord structures (root, 3rd, 5th), major and minor as well as extensions (7th, 9th, etc.). Progressions and theory are discussed. Students must have some previous guitar experience.

Advanced Guitar/Bass: Modal Theory and Improvisation

Instructor: Jesse Irons

  • Non-credit, $200
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 30-March 13 from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 101 
  • The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Student must provide their own guitar.

Do you want to expand your musical knowledge and technique? This class will focus on the art of improvisation as well as advanced theory and technique. Topics include: modes, legato, tapping, sweep arpeggios, speed picking, harmonics and more. Students must have a solid grasp of the instrument. Bass guitarists are welcome.     

Personal Interest


The Vision Workshop

Instructor: Carla Fanciullo, Certified DreamBuilder Life Coach, Registered Occupational Therapist, Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Practitioner

  • Non-credit, $30                                                                                                                                  
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 229                                                                                                     

During this interactive workshop, the facilitator will guide participants to identifying a “vision” or a “design” for your life based on growth signals that life provides. Participants will be encouraged and guided to use their imagination to create a life they love living. Participants will learn to eliminate fear, doubt and worry and move towards goals with confidence.    

Beginning Ballroom Dance

Instructors: Bob Wojtko and Rita Bohn

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Mondays, Jan. 28-March 11 from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Paul Wright Lower Gym

In six one-hour classes, you will learn social dance steps to waltz, fox-trot and East Coast swing. Studies show dancing is good for you on many levels—good for your body and your mind—and it’s fun! Ask about scholarships for veterans, their immediate family and seniors.

Beginning Country Western Couples Dance

Instructors: Bob Wojtko and Rita Bohn

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Mondays, Jan. 28-March11 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Paul Wright Lower Gym

In six one-hour classes, learn the basic dance steps to country two-step, country waltz and country swing. This course provides a strong foundation on which you can build your knowledge of steps and moves. Ask about scholarships for veterans, their immediate family and seniors.

Professional Development


Grant Writing

Instructor: Maryo Ewell

  • CEU 1 ($125) + Course Fee ($90)
  • Non-credit, $90
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 26-March 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 205

Take the mystery out of grant writing! In this course, students are given what they need to prepare an effective project grant proposal for a nonprofit organization. Participants learn how to research funding sources, write effective project grant proposal, budget and understand vocabulary common to grant writing.     

Recreation & Outdoor Education

Leadership at The Edge: Advanced Leadership Practices for Collaboration and Innovation

Instructor: Paul Duba

  • ROE 510, 1 credit ($125) + Course Fee ($155) + Materials Fee ($15)
  • Non-credit, course fee ($155) + Materials Fee ($15)
  • Thursday, Friday, Friday, Friday, Friday, April 18-26 and May 3-10
  • Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • ICELab

Leadership that enables the highest performance in teams is an invitation instead of a directive. This course will help you crack the code for leading groups that can face uncertain and complex challenges. You will learn how to create space for a team to lean into—and persist in solving—problems that don’t have an easy answer, ones that require creativity, resourcefulness and innovation. This advanced leadership curriculum is for business, industry, banking, hospitality, education, civic and non-profit leaders. From newly promoted managers to established leaders, this highly interactive class will help you understand and expand your reach as a leader.

Alpine Skills Course

Instructors: Irwin Guides, Dave Bumgarner

  • Non-credit, $225 Course Fee + $15 Extended Studies Fee
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Crested Butte - Irwin Guides

Day 1: Rock Skills Day - Utilize our local rock-climbing crag, Taylor Canyon, for the day. Focus on placing and using both natural, passive and active rock-climbing protection, building anchors, basic rope work and rappelling techniques. Ascend a 5.4-5.8 level multi-pitch climb to put all the skills to use and practice.                                                                                                                                                                                 
Day 2: Snow Skills & Tying It Together Day - Travel into the heart of the Elk Mountains and work on the basic skills of snow climbing. We will utilize locally dependent trailhead, road and climbing conditions to keep approaches to a minimum (< 1 hour). We will spend the day climbing snow on one of the areas local 12,000-13,000-foot peaks and practicing the techniques of self-arrest, proper crampon and ice-axe use, snow anchors, rope work and belayed snow climbing and will involve a local mountain climbing objective that will utilize both the climbing skills of rock and snow techniques to summit a local peak. The focus of the day will be in the participants putting to use their new skills in various easy technical snow and rock-climbing terrain to carry out a self-guided alpine climbing objective. Instructors will continue to offer guidance and be a team member ultimately responsible for safety while allowing participants to "self-guide" their climb.  

AMGA SPI Prep Course

Instructors: Irwin Guides, Karin Pocock                                                                       

  • Non-credit, $250 Course Fee + $15 Extended Studies Fee
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23-24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Crested Butte - Irwin Guides

The standard SPI is not a rock-climbing course. It’s designed as an instructor-training course. The prep will give a glimpse into the SPI course but offer more skills based knowledge to give the ability to feel confident to pursue the SPI.                                    

Whitewater Skills Course

Instructors: Irwin Guides, Dave Bumgarber                                                              

  • Non-credit, $650 Course Fee + $30 Extended Studies Fee  
  • Monday through Friday, May 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Paul Wright Gym 17

Whitewater skills development course designed to prepare someone to enter into the whitewater industry. Professionalism is key and having the correct knowledge is paramount. This course is based on ACA (American Canoe Association) curriculum for Level IV Whitewater Kayak. Level IV Swiftwater Rescue & Paddle Raft. Will obtain ACA card in each of the categories at the end of the week.                                                                                                        

Wilderness First Responder Recertification

Instructors: Irwin Guides, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor

  • ROE 397, 1 credit, $80 + $345 Course Fee
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 19-21 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Crested Butte - Irwin Guides 
  • You must possess a current (unexpired) WFR certification of at least 70 hours to re-certify through a WFR Recertification course.

The 24-hour Wilderness First Responder Recertification course refreshes and updates topics covered in the WFR course and it just so happens to take place in the coolest mountain town in Colorado! You have to recert your WFR, so why not do it someplace you will actually enjoy? Students must register for this course with Irwin Guides, 970.349.5430, info@irwinguides.com and for college credit through Western Extended Studies. For information about this course, visit nols.edu. For more information on obtaining college credit, visit western.edu/outdoorprograms.      



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make changes when warranted. Participants will be notified if
classes are cancelled and will receive a full refund. Checks
that are returned for non-payment are assessed a $17
service charge.

Dropping a Course

Dropping a course will result in a refund if they occur prior
to the week before the start date (unless otherwise
specified). Non-attendance or non-payment does not
constitute a drop. Full refunds are not given after the last
day to drop. All drop requests must be in writing to the
Extended Studies Office.