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Aspen Art Museum


Summer Workshops: Ages 4–5

2018 Workshops

Pocket Pieces
June 4–8, 9 AM–3 PM
Location: AAM Education Workshop
$240 Members/$300 Nonmembers

Make handfuls of lucky charms and personal pocket-sized sculptures in this workshop inspired by the little bitty objects found in our very own pockets! Whether kept for good luck or given away, these small pieces will be magnified in a surprising way at the end-of-the-week party.

Color Play
June 11–15, 9 AM–3 PM
Location: AAM Education Workshop
$240 Members/$300 Nonmembers

Let’s explore the play between color and sunlight! Taking inspiration from contemporary artist Larry Bell, students will create a bright array of mixed-media artworks using translucent materials such as water, vellum, and cellophane, illuminating every color of the rainbow.

Bug’s-Eye View
June 18–22, 9:30 AM–3:30 PM
Location: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
$240 Members/$300 Nonmembers

Make-believe in this drawing and painting workshop where young artists will magically transform into the bugs and birds that live by the shores of Hallam Lake. After discovering the natural world through these new perspectives (and costumes), artists will respond by creating new artworks in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

Pattern on Pattern
June 25–29, 9 AM–3 PM
Location: AAM Education Workshop
$240 Members/$300 Nonmembers

A preference for pattern is needed in this workshop! We’ll mix, match, print, and patch to create a visual explosion of two- and three-dimensional artworks that can be worn or displayed. The workshop will conclude with a celebration of our creations for family and friends.

Drawings with Friends
July 9–13, 9 AM–3 PM
Location: AAM Education Workshop
$240 Members/$300 Nonmembers

Discover the power of drawing together as we mark, smudge, and smear surfaces with expressive lines, shapes, and tones, producing a series of unique abstract works in various materials. Individual and collective portfolios will be shared with family and new friends we’ve made.

Nests and Nooks
July 23–27, 9 AM–3 PM
Location: AAM Education Workshop
$240 Members/$300 Nonmembers

Building is for the birds in this hands-on workshop where we will design and build take-home habitats out of natural and found materials for feathered friends. These unique sculptures will be both practical and beautiful homes for outdoor creatures!

Collaboration Stations
July 30–August 2, 9 AM–3 PM
(No Workshop on August 3)
Location: AAM Education Workshop
$192 Members/$240 Nonmembers

Many heads are better than one in this highly collaborative workshop where kids will problem solve and build temporary site-responsive artworks for public use. Documentation of our process will be shared with family and friends at the end of the week.

Find Your Place
August 6–10, 9:30 AM–3:30 PM
Location: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
$240 Members/$300 Nonmembers

Calling all naturalists! Bird watching, animal tracking, and mapping in and around Hallam Lake will inspire new drawings, paintings, and environmentally friendly assemblages: artworks that reveal our favorite places and creatively interpret the places that people and animals call home.

Paleo Prints
August 13–17, 9 AM–3 PM
Location: AAM Education Workshop
$240 Members/$300 Nonmembers

Dinosaurs, troglodytes, and the Dodo may be extinct, but they are alive and vibrant in this imaginative workshop. Looking to the work of artist Yto Barrada for inspiration, we will create a colorful series of real and imagined flora and fauna, creating our own version of prehistoric life.

Time and Location

Unless otherwise noted, most Workshops run from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the AAM Education Workshop.


Unless otherwise noted, tuition for a full-week Workshop is $240 for members, $300 for nonmembers. All tuition costs include a $50 nonrefundable registration fee.

To Register

Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited. To register:

CALL 970.925.8050 ext. 133

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.

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 Coordinator 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, the Education Coordinator 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.

Art Educators in Training Internship for Teens

This exciting internship and career-building opportunity is for highly motivated high school students who are interested in the arts and demonstrate a love for working with children. Through direct experience teaching in a workshop format, Art Educators in Training build outstanding leadership and communication skills. Click here for more information.


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.

Admission to the AAM is FREE courtesy of Amy and John Phelan.

AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.

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.

General operating support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.