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Summer Workshops

Summer Workshops 2020

Summer Workshops at the Aspen Art Museum use art on view as a starting point for unique, creative art-making opportunities for a wide range of ages and interests.

Professional artists and educators guide participants through concept and material exploration. Each Workshop develops an understanding of contemporary art through fun hands-on projects, gallery explorations, and off-site excursions that culminate in a student exhibition, performance, or party. Small class sizes encourage making friends and developing individual expression, and each week culminates with a party celebrating the students’ final performance or exhibition.

4–5 Years

June 15–19: The Art is Alive at ACES SOLD OUT
Did you know that plants can be art, too? This workshop draws inspiration from the works of Kelly Akashi and Maren Hassinger. Participants will create sculptures using various materials that range from plants to plaster.

June 22–26: Flora Fauna at ACES
Plants and animals move in the same circles. Making art about life cycles and the circle of life can be so fun and informative. Hallam Lake is the perfect place to create art about plants, animals, and the planet they are a part of during the AAM and ACES collaboration.

July 6–10: Hands, Shoulders, Knees, and Art
Move, play, and create! Your digits and limbs can be the best subjects to teach you about art. Use this chance to sculpt, draw, paint, and create art that is all about you and the body that moves you around this world.

July 20–24: Playing with Nature at ACES
Nature lends itself to fun and games and the opportunity to create playful art. Hallam Lake serves as the magical backdrop for pretend play and the creation of art.

July 27–31: Everyday Art
Get ready to find artistic inspiration in everyday objects! From photography to sculpture, participants will gain a new lens through which to view the world around them.

August 3–7: Let’s Move! at ACES
Squirm like a snake and bounce like a bunny all around Hallam Lake! This workshop combines art and animals, gathering inspiration from Rose Wylie’s piece Lorry Art.

6–8 Years

June 15–19: It’s a Jungle in Here SOLD OUT
Lions and tigers and elephants in Aspen?! Based on the work of Rose Wylie, participants in this class will work together to transform the Education Workshop at the Aspen Art Museum into a jungle!

July 13–17: Primary Color Play
Red, blue, yellow, and so much more! What can you make from the primary colors that serve as the basis for all the colors you see in the world? Everything! The sky is the limit with this workshop inspired by the works of Barbara Kasten.

July 13–17: Me in the Mountains (at the TreeHouse in Snowmass) Registration Coming Soon!
Picture yourself making art while breathing in the fresh mountain air! This Aspen Ski Co collaboration allows young artists to make art inspired by the beautiful scenery of Snowmass and the rugged activities it has to offer.

July 20–24: Standing Too Close
In this multimedia workshop, participants will practice changing their perspectives by experimenting with how they look at and create art. Zoom in and zoom out to make your own masterpieces!

July 27–31: Break the Rules SOLD OUT
Let’s break the rules and the molds. Kids will be able to develop their art concepts and ideas to create masterpieces that are unique and look at everyday life in a whole new light. Parents be warned: this workshop may bring out the independent side of your adventurous artist.

9–11 Years

June 15–19: Extra! Extra! Art All About It!
Newsprint makes a dynamic media for a young artist. Take this opportunity to make headlines and follow in artist Rose Wylie’s footsteps to create art that is black, white, and full of color!

June 22–26: Construction and Destruction
Demo day! Sometimes it takes a few tries to get it right. Let’s create and destroy until we find the perfect design to photograph, frame, and display in the art show at the end of the week.

June 29–July 3: Stop Motion Animation
Create a tiny world and bring it to life frame by frame. We will explore the magical world of stop animation by watching inspiring shorts and telling our own stories using found objects, puppets, clay, paper, and more!

August 10–14 Sew with the Flow
Beverly Semmes is known for her elaborate designs and excessive use of luxury fabrics. Drawing on her designs for inspiration, participants in this workshop will create garments from the beginning design phase through the final presentation with a fashion show in the AAM galleries.

12–14 Years

June 29–July 3: Figure Drawing
In this workshop, participants will learn how to draw the human form in various mediums. Even if it sounds intimidating, you might surprise yourself. Go figure!

July 20–24: Suffragette Teen Design Challenge
This year we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote and the monumental suffragette movement. The AAM is fortunate to welcome several accomplished female artists to gain inspiration for our teen design challenge, which celebrates feminine energy and all the strength and creativity it provides!

July 27–31: Dress for Excess
Beverly Semmes is known for her elaborate designs and excessive use of luxury fabrics. Drawing on her designs for inspiration, participants in this workshop will create garments from the beginning design phase through the final presentation with a fashion show in the AAM galleries.

High School (Grades 9–12)

July 13–17: Identity in Art
Whether you express yourself through your favorite medium or experience another artist’s work as a mirror, art can be a tool to get to know yourself. Join us in the pursuit of self-knowledge in this weeklong workshop exploring the intersection of art and identity.

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In order to be confirmed for a Workshop, an Emergency Contact and Release form must be completed and signed. Payment covers Workshop costs and materials; participants need to bring any snacks and lunch to the Workshop.

Unless otherwise noted, workshops for 4–5 year-olds begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12 p.m., and all other Workshops for ages 6 years and up begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Nonmember tuition is $150 for 4-5 year-old Workshops and $300 for 6 years and up workshops. AAM Members receive a 20% discount.

Waiting List
There is no charge to be placed on a waiting list for a Workshop that has reached maximum capacity. If a space becomes available, the AAM Education staff will contact the first individual on the waiting list in the order of their application and give twenty-four hours for them to officially register before moving on to the next person on the list.

Cancellation Policy
Thirty days prior written notice is required to receive a refund on Workshop registration costs. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within thirty days of the start of the Workshop. Please note that tuition includes a $50 registration fee that is nonrefundable. If the AAM is required to cancel the Workshop, AAM Education staff will contact each participant individually and fully refund the registration cost or reallocate the enrollment to another Workshop. Workshop registrations cannot be transferred to another person.

The Aspen Art Museum is pleased to offer need-based scholarships for children and residents of the Roaring Fork Valley. A scholarship application is available for download here.

AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.
Admission to the AAM is FREE courtesy of Amy and John Phelan.
Support for Education Workshops is provided by the Melva Bucksbaum and Mary and Patrick Scanlan Education Workshop Fund. Scholarships for AAM Workshops are funded by Cari and Michael J. Sacks.
AAM exhibitions are made possible by the Marx Exhibition Fund. General exhibition support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Visiting Artist Fund.