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!

Registration will close 24 hours in advance. If you miss this deadline, please call the Art Base and we can assist in registration if there is still room in the class.

Blizzard 03


Jennifer Roberts
July 17, 2021
Saturday, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
$85 Members/$100 Non-members
Scholarships Available
All levels welcome, Supplies Included

Learn different styles of bookbinding and use a collection of words, images, and ephemera to include in your very own handmade book. This class begins with an overview of bookbinding and moves into a brief overview of categories of bookbinding from pamphlets, accordions, side sewn and case bound. This class will focus on hands-on instruction in a Blizzard Fold book structure.

This non-adhesive, non-sewn format lends itself to creative expression with minimal need for tools. Through careful, measured folding, the cover and spine structure is created from a single sheet of paper. The folds within the spine offer a myriad of options for adding different types and weights of paper. Additional options for adding a hardcover and sewn sections, or signatures, will be shown.



Missy Prudden
In-Person, Rock Bottom Ranch
July 14, 5:30pm-8pm
Single Class: $75 Members/$85 Non-Members
Scholarships Available
All levels welcome Supplies and Journal Included
A collaboration with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Explore this artistic, scientific, and reflective practice to enhance and integrate your connection with nature through journaling.  This two-part workshop will ground you with basic techniques in observation, field notes, sketching, colors, page design, and reflective writing.  Begin to develop and practice your own style of journaling as you discover the ordinary magic in the natural world around you.


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

Mylar in progress


Susan Rubin
August 27-29, 2021
Friday – Sunday, 9:00AM — 3:00PM
Online | $200Members/$225Non-members
Scholarships Available
All levels welcome, supply list available below

Colored pencil presents a special challenge: mixing color directly on your drawing!  Using my workbook, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, learn the basics of color theory and colored pencil and develop a process for matching any color, any time. Two, three, and muti-color mixing will get you to the gorgeous greens, ravishing reds and luscious lilacs you’ve been missing. From tried-and-true exercises to matching a variety of colors in botanical subjects and creating shadows in living color, you’ll create your own, extensive color workbook to speed color selection and application for all future color work. Become a master of color mixing in just three days!

Susan Rubin’s workbook, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, will be used throughout this workshop. If you do not already own this book, please visit click here to purchase prior to the start of the class.

Peterson. Cardinal


Sarah Peterson
October 4-8, 2021
Monday – Friday, 9:30AM — 3:30PM
$450 Members/$500Non-members
Scholarships Available
All levels welcome

Practice the popular alla prima technique of using wet-on-wet watercolor adding the colors all at once, resulting in a fresh and translucent feel.

All supplies are provided unless otherwise indicated. Supply lists are posted under the course description.


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.


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.