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2018 MidWinter Conference

  • January 16, 2018
  • 8:00 AM (MST)
  • March 03, 2018
  • 3:00 PM (MST)
  • Arapahoe Community College Arapahoe Community College Art and Design Center at 2400 W. Alamo Ave, Littleton, Co 80160


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Art Conference

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Arapahoe Community College
2400 W. Alamo St. Littleton, CO
Questions! Contact Lisa Adams

Marjorie Cranston

The CAEA MidWinter Art Conference focuses on the artist in each of us. It is a time for us to come together and make creative endeavors! Learn from leading artists from the state of Colorado. We will be featuring Altered Books, Large Organic Painting, Figure Drawing, Monoprinting, Ceramics, and Electrolytic Jewelry Etching.
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Located at  
Arapahoe Community College
Art and Design Center   
2400 W. Alamo Ave,  Littleton, CO 80160

On-site registration and breakfast opens at 7:30am. 11:00am door prize gathering with 1 hour lunch break to follow. Lunch WILL BE provided onsite.

Conference Cost
Early Registration: 

CAEA Members: $75 + on-site materials fee
Non Members: $100 + on-site materials fee

Early Registration Closes on February 21st.

After February 21st and On Site Registration:

CAEA Members: $90 + on-site materials fee

Non Members: $120 + on-site materials fee

Master Class Offerings

Marie Eve Gibbons  

PICTURE THIS… from Collage to Clay


PICTURE THIS DESCRIPTION *8:30 - 1pm Participants should bring a completed collage to class (8x10 or smaller), we will use this collage as inspiration to create a bas relief clay tile. When creating your collage stay loose with your ideas and let things that you choose from magazines come together from more of an aesthetic motivation that a hard themed advance idea. My suggestion is to sit with a pile of magazines and tear out pages with imagery that catches your eye, after accumulating a nice pile of your likes start to play as if putting together a puzzle, one that you don’t KNOW what the end image will be. Allow yourself to play, have fun. Think of fantasy or dream like images such as using the head of a bird on the figure of a person etc. Also, don’t limit your collage by thinking about the clay piece, just create with the images, be free, have fun!!! We will begin by sharing our collages, and discussing approaches to creating similar imagery in bas relief clay, followed by the creation of our bas relief tiles.

POST FIRED FINISHES ON CLAY *1:30-3:00 Marie will discuss and demonstrate using post-fire finishes on bisque fired, low fire white clay. Participants will have textured bisque test tiles to experiment on and experience some the techniques discussed

WRAP UP DISCUSSION and Q & A *3-3:30

Limit of participants: 15

Participant Materials 

Participants bring the following materials:

  • Completed collage- 8 x 10 or smaller
  • Acrylic Craft paints, variety of colors (2 oz bottles) and black (8oz bottle) brands: apple barrel, ceramacoat, anita’s, folk art — any brand will do
  • Bucket or two for black washing
  • Mr. clean type magic eraser sponges (can be store/generic brand)
  • Green scrubby pads (both these and the magic eraser sponges can sometimes be found in the dollar store) 

Claudia Roulier

Using Negative Space and a

Cliff Note Approach

collage/drawing/painting class

Having a newish twist on something old is always fun and helps you see things differently. I love negative space and that’s what we will work with. In this class we will use collage and drawing to create a subject and use the paint to create our background instead of our subject matter. You will need a cradled board or something with a hard tough surface in a size you are comfortable using. I have Modge Podge or you can bring your own matte medium gel to use to glue your back ground. If you have old maps, those make good collage material or an old newspaper or phone book are also good. Use any acrylic paint you like plus brushes and water container, bring a variety of colors of your own choice. Then any drawing or mark making pencils that you usually use, along with dry pastel and/or charcoal, colored pencils and eraser. We will work from a reference photo, high contrast animal, black & white printed on a piece of 8x10 or so paper. Animals are good because they are something everyone recognizes, has some sort of emotional feeling about and tests your drawing skills. I want you to concentrate on the cliff notes of the animal outline keeping it simple but conveying shape and bulk without relying on a lot of lines and shading, so a simplified form with a presence.

Participant Materials 

Artist will bring:

  • Modge Podge matte

Participants bring the following materials:

  • hairspray to fix pastel or charcoal
  • cradle board (at Michaels or Hobby Lobby probably the cheapest) or Meiningers.
  • acrylic paints, brushes, water container
  • drawing pencil, eraser charcoal and/or chalk pastels, colored pencil if you like
  • reference photo printed out in high contrast and black & white
  • workable fixative if you already have it
  • Maps, Tissue paper, Specialty papers for Collage
  • High Contrast Black & White imagery/resource to use
  • Matte Medium

Tony Ortega

Alternative Mark Making with Acrylics

In this workshop students will experiment with alternative marking making in acrylic painting. Students will learn new techniques and ideas to enhance their current painting style. Alternative mark making applications can include the following: collage, crackle medium, laser toner transfer, spattering, dripping, stenciling, etc.

Participant Materials 

Artist will bring:

I can bring a few tools for scraping the paint but I will not have enough for every student. 

Participants bring the following materials:

  • *two to three 14” x 18” masonite boards or panel boxes (Masonite can be purchased at Lowes or Home Depot)
  •  2B pencil
  • *Water container (small bucket)
  • *12” x 16” disposable pallet paper or your own pallet
  • Kneaded eraser and Gum eraser
  • 1 roll of white artist tape or blue painters tape
  • *Small bottle of Acrylic Matt medium
  • *Small spray bottle Small sponge
  • Scissors Strait edge or ruler
  • paper towels
  • small container of white gesso 8 to 16 oz.
  • paint shirt or apron
  • Sand paper (fine grit)
  • Old tooth brush
  • Exacto knife and blades
  • Old plastic cards (expired credit cards),
  • plastic scraper
  • Old window squeegee
  • *Variety of Brushes: bring lots of brushes! A few suggestions on sizes, # 6, #8, #10 filberts (hog hair or nylon hair) # 2, #4, #6 brights (hog hair or nylon hair) small house paint brush
  • Acrylic Paint set or bring what you have such as primary and secondary color (For example: Titanium whiteYellowCadmium red lightAlizarin CrimsonGreenBlueblue blackPurple Orange)

    Michael Cellan &

    Mary Lynn Baird

    Whimsical Monoprinting Clayprints

    There is nothing like this process. You start a clay print by building a slab of clay in a wooden frame then allow the clay to become leather hard. Colored slips are applied and textures are embedded and carved into the surface of the clay. Then a substrate of polyester is placed over the design and hand pressure is applied with a wooden pizza roller and metal spoon. A thin layer of colored clays adhere to the substrate. The print is permanently bonded to the surface which becomes a multi-colored, archival, monotype distinguished by its velvety surface and rich color. 

    Limit of Participants: 10

    Participant Materials

    Artist will bring:

    • Everything

    Participants bring the following materials:

    • Apron

    • Good Pastel Chalks


    Amy Bailey


    Creating Color through Anodization
    of Titanium and Niobium

    Learn how to create color on metal through anodization. This process can only be done on titanium or niobium. A wide range of color can be achieved through using a rectifier. Participants will learn different applications of using color through imagery, patterns or texture. Since titanium and niobium can not be soldered, various cold connections will be shown to complete pieces of wearable jewelry. This is a workshop that does not require any prior metalsmithing /jewelry experience. Open to all skill levels.

    Limit of Participants: 10 

    Materials fee $15.00- packet with both Titanium & Niobium and any other materials needed for the workshop.

    Participant Materials 

    Artist will bring:

    $15.00 packet

    Participants bring the following materials:

    • Jeweler’s Saw, Needle Files, and Sand Paper if you already own them. Otherwise, those things will be available for general class use.

    Marjorie Cranston

    Pastel Landscape Painting


    Limit of Participants: 10 

    Participant Materials 

    Artist will bring:

    Soft Pastel landscape or subject of your choice painting. All levels welcome.

    Participants bring the following materials:

    1.    Soft pastels set- Sennelier, Unisom, Art Spectrum, Ludwig or similar
    2.    Sanded paper- or your choice - La Carte color Sand- larger sheets
    3.    Easel Hardboard for pinning Art
    4.    Pins
    5.    Way to transport finished pieces


    Lisa DiMichele

    Screen Printing

    Learn how to process a screen for printing onto paper and fabric. The image/s will be hand drawn or created digitally using Photoshop. We will cover what makes a good image for screen printing, how to make a screen, how to transfer an image to a screen and how to print the screen onto different materials. 

    Participant Materials 

    Artist will bring:

    Participants bring the following materials:

    1. Screen for printing, no larger than 10" x 14". Speedball is a good brand.

    2. Transparencies 

    3. Paint markers or black sharpie markers

    4. Ink 

    5. Paper and t-shirts 

    6. Clear packing tape 

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    **To receive a Members Discount you must be logged into the site, login button is at the top right of the web page


    Contact us at:

    EMAIL:     •      ANSWERING SERVICE: 1-719-422-3599
    Colorado Art Education Association  
    P.O. Box 4955
    Greenwood Village, Colorado 80155

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