Class is in this winter at Durango Arts Center

The Durango Arts Center will offer a range of classes and workshops for adults this winter. Classes will begin Tuesday and conclude in late February or March.

All classes will be held at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., and Arts Center members will receive a 10 percent discount on classes.

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Classes include:

Pastel Painting the Landscape, taught by Amy Grogan, Tuesdays Jan. 17 through Feb. 14:Geared for students with some previous drawing experience, the focus will be on the stunning landscape of our region working from photos indoors. Although a basic understanding of color theory is helpful, students with limited experience will be welcomed. Cost is $125 plus materials for five classes.

Beginning Block Printing, taught by Grogan, Thursdays Jan. 19 through Feb. 9: Students will explore the techniques of speedy cut-block printing including designing and carving images, color-mixing inks, hand-cutting paper and printing without a press. Smaller prints and custom cards will be the focus. Cost is $50 plus a $20 materials fee for four classes.

Beginning Drawing, taught by Christine Trout, Mondays Jan. 23 through Feb. 27: This class works through a well-refined sequence of steps that teach the skills of drawing and seeing. By developing the “artist’s eye” and hands, students will build confidence in creating depth on a two-dimensional surface. No drawing experience needed. Cost is $100 for five classes and includes all materials.

Drawing Workshop, taught by Trout, Tuesdays Jan. 24 through Feb. 28: For intermediate to advanced students, the goal of this class is to support students in their growth of drawing skills and techniques. There will be new lessons as well as an opportunity for each student to explore and develop their skill and interest individually. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing and Drawing 2 or a solid background in drawing. Cost is $100 plus materials for five classes.

Beginning Acrylic Painting, taught by Trout, Thursdays Jan. 26 through March 8: This class introduces students to the techniques needed to have a successful painting. Students will explore color mixing, controlling color and keeping colors clean, and learn how to see a color portrayed successfully in art. The goal is to complete two paintings, one on paper and one on canvas. Prerequisite: Color Theory and Beginning Drawing or a solid background in both. Cost is $150 plus materials for six classes.

Intermediate Acrylic Painting, taught by Joan Levine Russell, Fridays Jan. 20 through Feb. 17: This class is a continuation of beginning painting with more in-depth techniques and color explorations. Prerequisite: Beginning Acrylic Painting or previous painting experience. Cost is $125 plus materials for five classes.

Beginning Basket Weaving workshop, taught by Karen Aldrich, Feb. 4: Students will learn how to make a basic basket. Techniques learned will give students a good foundation for making many other kinds of baskets. Class is limited to six people. Cost is $50 plus $10 for materials.

Handmade Cards for Valentines, taught by Pat Senecal, Feb. 11: Learn to create pocket cards to hold a small gift, origami cards in which to place pictures, and pop-up cards with your own character. Cost is $15 and includes materials.