EDUCATION

EDUCATION programs are designed to be accessible to everyone and encourage creative expression and life-long-learning through all-ages visual arts workshops and outreach programs in partnership with local non-profits and Basalt schools.

YOUTH

Summer Art Camps are all-day/week-long programs designed to explore art fundamentals and community participation through hands-on art-making, gallery visits, and a final exhibition or event. Each week is themed-based and offers a creative art-making experience for all ages and abilities. For scholarship information, please download our summer camp scholarship form and send to abby@theartbase.org or call 970.927.4123.

Early Bird Discount!

Register before April 24 to receive a $25 discount on Summer Art Camps.* Prices below reflect both nonmember and membership early-bird discounts.

*Partnership summer art camps are excluded from this offer. 

 If you are interested in applying for an art camp scholarship

download an application here

descarga una aplicación aquí

Our priority deadline for scholarship applications is April 30. Applicants will be notified of their application status within 2 weeks following this date. Thank you and please email abby@theartbase.org or call 970.927.4123 with any questions.

ROCK ON!
June 15 – 19
Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$290 Members/$330 Non-members

Grades K – 3 (Ages 6 – 8)
A collaboration with Theatre Aspen*

 

Get ready to rock n’ roll during this theatre, music, and art camp. Design an original rock star character, create a prop instrument, and jam out to popular tunes with your bandmates. End the week with a rocking performance for friends and family. *Camp participants will receive a voucher to redeem at any Theatre Aspen summer performance.

TO THE BEACH
Sonya Taylor Moore
June 22 – 26
Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$265 Members/$315 Non-members

Grades 1 – 6 (Ages 6 – 11)
Scholarships Available

 

Travel to the coast and head to the beach for a week of mixed media madness. Design and produce printed beach blankets, decorate wearable flip flops, paint a seascape, construct a fish mobile, and make papier-mâché beach balls.

RIVERS OF CREATIVITY
Donna Hockman
June 29 – July 2

Monday – Thursday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$210 Members/$260 Non-members

Grades 1 – 4 (Ages 6 – 9)
Scholarships Available
A collaboration with the Roaring Fork Conservancy

 

Investigate and illustrate aquatic insects, create your own mixed media map of the local watershed, learn about and create artistic river dippers while exploring the riparian habitat of the Roaring Fork.

RED, WHITE & BLUE
Amy Fulstone
June 29 – July 2
Monday – Thursday, 9AM – 12PM
$100 Members/$150 Non-members
Ages 4 – 5
Scholarships Available

 

Spark your imagination and celebrate Independence Day by making your own festive 4thof July decorations. Design and build a booming instrument, tie dye a t-shirt and bandana and create a bedazzled stars and stripes painting.

POWERFUL POLLINATORS
Hilary Forsyth
June 29 – July 2
Monday – Thursday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$252 Members/$280 Non-members
Grades 5 – 8 (Ages 10 – 14)
A collaboration with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies  

 

Learn about the powerful interactions of pollinators and plants through science and art. Find out why birds, bees, bats, and beetles have such a special relationship with the plants they pollinate using all of your senses. Taste local honey, observe bees dance, and listen to them buzz while exploring this connection with mixed media art projects.

This class will be held at Rock Bottom Ranch, 2001 Hooks Spur Road, Basalt, CO. Register through ACES online at www.aspennature.org or over the phone 970.925.5756.

FANTASTIC FASHION
Madison Burke
July 6 – 10, 2020

Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$265 Members/$315 Non-members
Grades 1 – 5 (Ages 6 – 11)

Scholarships Available

 

Design, repurpose, embellish, decorate and model your own wearable art! Studying color, shape, line, and texture, as a budding young fashionista, you will learn illustration, pattern making, basic hand sewing, and beading techniques in this fabulous five-day fashion class. Students will agree upon a group theme and bring this vision to life in a final fashion show performance on Friday!

THE STORY OF THE FOREST
Derek Johnston
July 6 – 10
Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$315 Members/$350 Non-members

Grade 5 – 8 (Ages 11 – 14)
A collaboration with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

 

The forest ecosystems affected by the 2018 Lake Christine Fire have many stories to tell. Combining forest ecology and digital storytelling, focus on the regeneration/recovery of the forest ecosystems and the underlying climate-related stories we have in this valley. Walk around the burn zones and collect footage of the forest two years after the fire to share through digital storytelling.

*To properly prepare for the class, participants must bring their own iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone with a working camera. We expect that participants are familiar with their own device and bring it in a sturdy, protective case along with a charger. PLEASE make sure to have a video editor app downloaded on your device prior to class such as iMovie. A list of applications to download will be emailed in advance of the start date.

This class will be held at Rock Bottom Ranch, 2001 Hooks Spur Road, Basalt, CO.

Register through ACES online at www.aspennature.orgor over the phone 970.925.5756.

MAGIC, TROLLS, & FAIRY TALES
Marge Dye
July 13 – 17
Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$265 Members/$315 Non-members

Grade 1 – 6 (Ages 6 – 11)
Scholarships Available

 

Imagine an enchanted place where trolls, unicorns, elves, fairies, dragons, ogres, and magical creatures exist. Imagine and create a stuffed character, construct a home for your fairy and gnome friends, and compose your own fairy tale. Craft magic potions that will bring sea serpents, mermaids, and other mystical creatures to life.

FOOD AND FARMERS: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY (Overnight)
Summers Moore
July 13 – 17

Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$400 Members/$445 Non-members

Grades 5 – 8 (Ages 10 – 14)
A collaboration with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

 

Using the livestock, vegetables, and backdrop of Rock Bottom Ranch as your models learn what makes a good photograph and tell stories of the world around you. Tell the story of Regenerative Agriculture at the ranch from farm to table. This week will culminate with the opportunity for photographers to sleep over at the ranch on Thursday night and prepare a healthy, seasonal dish in the RBR kitchen or over the fire!

Overnight details:
Monday Wednesday: 9:30AM – 3:30PM at Rock Bottom Ranch
Thursday: meet at Rock Bottom Ranch at 9:30AM ready with all overnight gear
Friday: pick up at Rock Bottom Ranch at 12PM

Children will need their own sleeping bag and pad, essential clothes for the overnight. Some kids will bring their own tents to share. ACES provides healthy, kid-friendly dinner and breakfast. Overnight details and gear questions will be worked out at the beginning of the week.

*To properly prepare for the class, students must bring their own iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone with a working camera. We expect that Students are familiar with their own device and bring it in a sturdy, protective case along with a charger. A list of applications to download will be emailed to participants in advance of the start date.

This class will be held at Rock Bottom Ranch, 2001 Hooks Spur Road, Basalt, CO.

Register through ACES online at www.aspennature.orgor over the phone 970.925.5756.

PIÑATA PARTY
Marge Dye
July 20 – 24
Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$265 Members/$315 Non-members

Grade 1 – 6 (Ages 6 – 11)
Scholarships Available

 

Experience the vivid colors and expressive styles of Latin American artists. Creativity soars while constructing a bold Papier-mâché piñata. Explore bold textiles, sculpt with clay, and build surreal collage and mixed media creations.

ART IN THE GARDEN
Jeanette Bullock
July 27 – 31
Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$265 Members/$315 Non-members

Grades 1 – 5 (Ages 6 – 10)
Scholarships Available

 

Cultivate a love of nature and connection to plants in this workshop designed to spruce up your garden or outdoors. Fabricate a colorful upcycled birdhouse, an eye-catching windsock, a unique garden totem, personalized rock art, and clay stepping stones. Visit the Edible Garden in Basalt and help the Town update their herb placards by creating original paintings that will be permanently installed in the garden.

ANIMAL ART
Madison Burke
August 3 – 7
Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$315 Members/$350 Non-members

Grades 1 – 2 (Ages 6 – 8)
A collaboration with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

 

Paint, draw, and sculpt your favorite furry and feathered pals of Rock Bottom Ranch!Make new farmyard friends and learn about the different habits and behaviors of the RBR animals and wildlife. Practice painting and drawing your favorite furry or feathered pal, and then bring it to life through sculpture!

This class will be held at Rock Bottom Ranch, 2001 Hooks Spur Road, Basalt, CO.

Register through ACES online at www.aspennature.orgor over the phone 970.925.5756.

ANIMATION, LEGOS, DESIGN
Tilly Swanson
August 3 – 7
Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$265 Members/$315 Non-members

Grades 4 – 8 (Ages 9 – 14)
Scholarships Available

 

Produce your own action-packed movie using stop motion animation. Let your imagination soar while creating characters, sets and props using Legos, paper cutouts, and clay. Showcase your creative story with a final Claymation movie.

BEADING & BRACELETS
Chad Webb
August 10 – 12
Monday – Wednesday, 9:30AM – 3:30PM
$170 Members/$220 Non-members
Grades 1 – 5 (Ages 6 – 10)
Scholarships Available

 

Design and personalize your own jewelry using leathering, macramé and beadwork. Practice beading techniques that have been around for centuries, the art of riveting, leather dyeing, and hand grooving leather patterns and designs.

Thank you to Oriental Trading for helping to supply our summer camps with an assortment of art supplies!

MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS
To receive a discount on classes, you must be a member of the Art Base. Annual memberships to the Art Base start at $50. In addition to discounts on all workshops for you and your family, you will receive invitations to all opening receptions and art talks. Memberships expire one year from date of purchase.

WHAT TO BRING
Art supplies are provided for all Summer Art Camps. Please pack a lunch, water bottle and two snacks for your child. Please dress your child for mess, and bring a hat, and sunscreen, as we will be spending time outdoors.

REGISTRATION POLICY
To cancel a registration and receive a refund, notify us at least 10 days before the start of your workshop, we will refund your payment less a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 10 days of the start of the workshop. 

WAIVER/PHOTO RELEASE
Parents will complete a waiver/photo release on the first day of class. To print this out and complete ahead of time, please go to theartbase.com/education/summer art camps. Your child’s photo or video may be used by the Art Base, unless you otherwise specify on the waiver/release forms. Forms will be distributed prior to the start of the class or click here to download a fillable .pdf that you can complete and email to abby@theartbase.org.

WAITLIST
Please let us know if you would like to be placed on a waitlist for a sold-out class.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Art Base strives to provide scholarships to all students and families who demonstrate financial need. Our scholarship application form is available in both English and Spanish. To apply for a scholarship, please download an application heredescarga una aplicación aquí and submit your completed application to abby@theartbase.org.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
Summer internships are offered for those entering 8th grade and beyond who are interested and committed to learning and working in the visual arts. Internships are individually designed to the meet the needs of the intern, the Art Base programs and the administration. Internship responsibilities include teaching assistance, event support, studio maintenance, administrative duties and independent projects. Successful candidates will have a passion for the arts and enjoy working with students of all ages. If you are interested in pursuing an internship at the Art Base, please download application form here o aplicación en español and email completed applications to abby@theartbase.org by May 13, 2020.

Afterschool Art Clubs teach students the elements of visual art such as, line, shape, form, space, texture, value, color, perspective, and composition. Students create several original pieces of artwork including drawings, paintings and/or sculptures and in addition to learning artistic technique, students engage their imaginations.

Our classes are month-long and ongoing classes with a final project complete at the end of the month. Participants will enjoy learning and working with new mediums and techniques to create art.

Using a variety of different art materials, children will create sculptures, paintings, drawings, and mixed media artwork based on a monthly theme! The instructor will meet the participants at the Basalt Elementary School flagpole immediately following school and pick up will be at the Art Base. Parents are welcome to drop off their child, and the Aspen Community School and Aspen Country Day School’s buses both drop off very near the Art Base. 

SOLAR SYSTEMS – Suspended
Liz Waters
April 7, 14, 21, 28
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:30PM
Ages 6 – 12
FREE

Celebrate our Planet Earth this month with art projects to explore the solar system. Use glow-in-the-dark paint to represent our galaxy, glue resist for moon phases, and 3D mixed media art projects that will take you out of this world.

TREEHOUSE DREAMING – Suspended
Marge Dye
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:30PM
Ages 6 – 12
FREE

Design and plan your very own dream tree-house and make it come to life. Explore different elements of architecture and spend time drafting your perfect getaway to make it come to life using cardboard, paint, tissue paper and nature items.

Design and Build Skateboards – Suspended
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:00PM
Ages 11-13
$90 Members/$100 Non-members
Scholarships Available

 

Students will have a unique opportunity to build a skateboard. Using tools, students will use a template to shape to board, and then using a variety of supplies in order to complete this creation! At the end of the month, we head over to the skate park to put this art into action!

INSECT INSPECTION – Suspended
Liz Waters
May 5, 12, 19, 26
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:30PM
Ages 6 – 12
FREE

Get buzzin’ this month with insects! Create sculptural bugs living in the Roaring Fork Valley, paint whimsical critters flying in the sky, and use STEAM to make your very own bristlebot!

SEW WHAT? – Suspended
Madison Burke
May 6, 13, 20, 27
Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:30PM
Ages 6 – 12
FREE

Learn the basics of thread and needle sewing to make a school of fish! Design and paint your own fabric, trace and cut each template, sew together and stuff! These unique school of fish will hang to make a magical mobile for your front porch or bedroom.

Are you surviving middle school? Is middle school hard? Come express yourself at Art Funk! This class is social and fun and will focus on healthy, creative expression. Class will be held once a month for 5th and 6th graders and once a month for 7th and 8th graders in the Basalt Middle School art room. All supplies will be provided.

ART FUNK
Jeanette Bullock, MS, ATR
5th – 6th Grade, March 4, 2-4:30 PM
7th – 8th Grade, March18, 2-4:30PM
Ages 10-13
FREE
*Class will take place in the BMS art room

In-Service camps offer creative art-making opportunities for a wide range of ages and interests. Each camp is designed to match the season or holiday surrounding the camp date during winter. Students will use a variety of media to capture the magic of winter in the Roaring Fork Valley.

HEART-FULL TREASURES
Pam Porter
February 14, 2020
Friday, 9:30-3:30PM
$65 Members/$75 Non-Members
Scholarships Available
Ages 6-12

 

 

Spend the day of love decorating beautiful heart boxes with patterned papers, colorful buttons, handmade flowers and found objects. After the artmaking is complete, fill your box up with other Handmade Heart-Full Treasures. You will LOVE this Valentine’s Day class!

Fall Break Art Clubs are one-day art camps that focus on the season or specific theme. As an alternative to other activities, or for working parents, these camps offer creative art-making opportunities for a wide range of ages and interests. Students will use a variety of media to create original artwork to take home.

Holiday Art Clubs and Winter Wonderland classes focus on the winter landscape and offer creative art-making opportunities for a wide range of ages and interests. Students will use a variety of media to capture the magic of winter in the Roaring Fork Valley.

SPRING ART CAMPS

Spring one-day art camps are designed as an alternative to skiing, or for working parents. These all-day art classes for kids focus on the the theme of nature and spring to offer creative artmaking opportunities for a wide range of ages and interests. Students will use a variety of media to capture the magic of winter in the Roaring Fork Valley.

FREE FAMILY CRAFTERNOONS
Dana Higbie
All Ages

February 23, 10AM-noon | Winter Wonderland
May 24, 10AM-noon | Looking to Summer

Visit the gallery and participate in art and craft making for the whole family. Bring your children and join in on the fun! Crafternoons will begin again in January.

Register online, in person at 99 Midland Avenue in Basalt, or by phone 970. 927. 4123. With questions, please email info@theartbase.org.

ADULT

Week-long and weekend classes are offered year-round and include painting and drawing, sculpture, mixed media, and journaling with images. All abilities are encouraged, no experience is required!

2016-03-09 20.09.07SUPPLIES
All supplies are provided unless otherwise indicated. Supply lists are posted under the course description.

REGISTRATION POLICY
To cancel a registration and receive a refund, notify us at least 10 days before the start of your workshop, we will refund your payment less a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 10 days of the start of the workshop.

MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS
To receive a discount on classes you must be a member of the Art Base. Annual memberships to the Art Base start at $50. In addition to discounts on all workshops for you and your family you will receive invitations to all opening receptions and art talks. Memberships expire one year from the date of purchase.

ART, HEALING & HOPE (Ages 15 – adult): Online
Sheri Gaynor, LCSW, Expressive Arts Therapist
April 5
9:30 – 11:30AM
FREE (limited to 12 participants, register online

Experience the power of community in an art class designed for healing, FUN, alleviating stress, and decompressing! Explore your creativity while making connections and drawing insight from within. All experience levels are welcome. The focus is on PROCESS, rather than the end result. Please bring your own sketchbook or journal (journals are available for $15 at the Art Base during class).

SUNFLOWER IN WATERCOLOR (online)
Amy Beidleman
April 15
Wednesday, 3 – 5PM
$30 Members/$40 Non-members
All levels welcome, supplies included

Using the sunflower as a muse, explore the various techniques, materials, and tools of watercolor applied to a drawing—either freehand or stencil.

ONLINE ART, HEALING & HOPE (Ages 15 – adult)
Sheri Gaynor, LCSW, Expressive Arts Therapist
May 10
9:30 – 11:30AM
FREE (limited to 12 participants, register online

Experience the power of community in an art class designed for healing, FUN, alleviating stress, and decompressing! Explore your creativity while making connections and drawing insight from within. All experience levels are welcome. The focus is on PROCESS, rather than the end result. Please bring your own sketchbook or journal (journals are available for $15 at the Art Base during class).

Creativity Club

Creativity Club is a monthly art program for adults and young adults with developmental disabilities offered in partnership with Mountain Valley Development, Ready for the World and Ascendigo.

In 2017, 12 participants honed their focus and creativity skills while gaining self-confidence and independence through participating in artmaking activities that emphasized experimentation and self-expression, not strict project
outcome.  The Art Base provides this program free of charge.

ART, HEALING & HOPE
Sheri Gaynor

Every Second Sunday of the Month
9:30-11:30AM OR 12:30-2:30PM

Free (limited to 12 participants)
Register above in Adult Workshops section (space is limited)

Experience the power of community in an adult art class designed for healing, FUN, alleviating stress and decompressing! Explore your creativity, while making connections and drawing insight from within. All experience levels are welcome and the focus is on PROCESS, rather than the end result.  Please bring your own sketchbook or journal. Journals available for sale for $15 at the Art Base during class. Register for each class under the adult workshop section.

TEEN

The Claudette Carter ARTmentors is a program for high school juniors who are considering the arts as a career. Mentees are paired with professional artist mentors who help them learn firsthand what it takes to become a working artist. Mentees are introduced to the full cycle of the artistic process, from concept, creation, to promotion of the artwork, culminating in an exhibition at the Charles J. Wyly Gallery.

2019 mentors + mentees:
Mathew Jinks/Aidan Ziets, Basalt High School
Andrea Wendel/Sarah Teague, Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Summers Moore/Jesenya Lopez, Roaring Fork High School

2020 Application Process
The application period to apply for an art mentorship will be open from November 7 – December 2, 2019. Applications will be reviewed and mentees will be notified of their acceptance the week of December 16. Mentees should plan to attend a program meeting with a parent/guardian and mentor in January. You may email or drop off your complete application in person to Abby Gierke, abby@theartbase.org.

2020 Claudette Carter Art Mentorship Application

The Art Base provides a variety of internship opportunities year-round, with the majority offered in conjunction with the summer workshops.

Summer internships are offered for students entering eighth grade through  college who are interested and committed to learning and working in the visual arts. Internships are individually designed to the meet the needs of the intern, the Art Base programs and administration. Internship responsibilities include teaching assistance, event support, studio maintenance, administrative duties and independent projects.

Successful candidates will have a passion for the arts and enjoy working with students of all ages.

Click Here for more information and to download an application.

Haga clic aquí para obtener más información y descargar una aplicación.

Please contact us for details, info@theartbase.org

Register online at theartbase.org, in person at 99 Midland Avenue in Basalt, or by phone 970. 927. 4123. With questions, please email info@theartbase.org.

REGISTRATION POLICY

To cancel a registration and receive a refund, notify us at least 10 days before the start of your workshop. We will refund your payment less a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 10 days of the start of the workshop.

Please register early

By registering early, you help to insure minimum enrollment, plus you don’t miss out on the class that you want to take. If we must cancel a workshop, you may receive credit toward a future workshop, or you may receive a full refund. $25 Early Bird Discount is available if you register one month prior to the start date of the class!

Membership

An annual membership to the Art Base is tax-deductible. Memberships include classes at the member price for a full year. Members receive all email updates and invitations to our events and exhibitions. Membership also includes admission into the Art Base’s annual open and summer membership picnic.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Art Base strives to provide scholarships to all students and families who demonstrate financial need. Our scholarship application form is available in both English and Spanish. To apply for a scholarship, please download an application heredescargar una aplicación en español and submit your completed application to info@theartbase.org.

INTERNSHIPS

Internships are offered for students entering 8th grade and beyond who are interested and committed to learning and working in the visual arts. Internships are individually designed to meet the needs of the intern, the Art Base programs, and administration. Internship responsibilities include teaching assistance, event support, studio maintenance, administrative duties, and independent projects. Successful candidates will have a passion for the arts and enjoy working with students of all ages. If you are interested in pursuing an internship at the Art Base, please download and submit your completed application o aplicación en español to abby@theartbase.org.