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427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
United States



CREW Students… Research prior to workshop selection is encouraged! Follow provided links (coming soon!) and explore on your own to learn more about these topics and their inspirations. Think beyond the lab and consider what each particular workshop and technique can add to your own work, both now and in the future. Your unique artistic perspective is valued, and the lab is a place for creative experimentation without judgement. Welcome to CREW; we’re glad to have you!

– Chelsea

Instructor: Cass Mullane
February 27 + 28 | 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

This class is a contemporary approach to watercolor and ink.

Through the reductive use of materials, process, and repetition, each student will have the opportunity to create a unique contemporary Visual Story. You will begin by doing several small experiments utilizing a base of watercolor "Thumbprints." Then develop your own Visual Story with the addition of illustration in ink. These Visual Stories can be studies of form, shape, and line, or the expression of an event, thought, or emotion, ranging from abstract to representational. As your final project, you will tell your Visual Story on a large-scale sheet of watercolor paper.


Instructor: Alison Van Wyk Irwin
March 5 + 6 | 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Whether whimsical or realistic, large or small, sculpture today is well within reach of any artist as a medium and means of creative expression. Using time-honored techniques such as armature and build-up, and modern sculpting tools and materials, students will bring their ideas to full 3-D reality! An overview of materials will be provided as well as a discussion of their relative merits and limitations tailored towards the student’s desired project. Upon completion of this workshop, students will have at least one finished sculpture and increased confidence to work with the new media available for today's sculptors.


Instructor: Ladyfingers Letterpress
April 9 + 10 | 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

With origins in calligraphy and traditional type design, hand-lettering is gaining popularity among designers and illustrators alike. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of hand-lettering as you learn to draw Serif, Sans Serif, and Script alphabets. We will explore basic typographic elements such as tracking, kerning and spacing while covering the basic structure of letterforms and typography. These tools and methods will then be applied to create dynamic hand-lettered layouts that may include (but are not limited to) favorite song lyrics, inspirational quotes, favorite phrases and sayings, etc.


Instructor: Hilary McCandless Beard
April 30 + May 1 | 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

During this workshop we will expand on the basic hand building techniques of coiling, pinching, and slab building. Each student will choose one technique on which to focus, and design two or more multi-piece works which may be built using their chosen method and displayed together as a cohesive set, series, or collection.
Class discussions will include the basic elements and principles of 3-D design, and students can expect to create pieces both sturdy in construction and visually interesting. Focus will remain on construction techniques as well as design, and pieces will be fired unglazed to cone 5-6. Students are encouraged to pursue projects that lean more toward the 'visually striking' end of the ceramics spectrum than the 'food functional' end, or, for those interested in tableware, to think of their set as a 3-D 'sketch' for future projects.