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CMU faculty build future arts culture through teen workshops

The Art Center is creating summer teen workshops at Colorado Mesa University beginning the week of June 10 and continuing until August 2. The workshops are available to teens ages 13-18. The sessions will be taught by CMU faculty and will offer a range of learning opportunities including drawing, painting, animation, screen printing, digital painting, cartoon art, manga and comic booking.

"Art at CMU doesn't happen in a vacuum and is done best when experienced within a larger community," said CMU Department Head and Professor of Art, Suzie Garner. "Working alongside The Art Center to foster the skills and talents of children in their teenage years is optimal. This is when young people are defining who they are and can often use art to assist in this growth while advancing the humanities."

Workshops will occur in CMU’s Fine Arts Building located at 1002 Bunting Avenue in Grand Junction. The sculpture workshop will be taught by local artist Pavia Justinian at The Art Center at 1803 N 7th Street. The collaboration between The Art Center and CMU will also introduce students to the University’s campus environment and facilities, offering a glimpse at what their future might look like when earning a CMU art degree.

"The Art Center board and staff should be celebrated for their collaborative approach to promoting the enjoyment and understanding of visual arts in western Colorado," said CMU President Tim Foster. "The connection to community runs deep when it comes to CMU's art faculty and their work with The Art Center is a huge part of sustaining a local culture that celebrates art."

The Art Center announced the following schedule and encourages teens to join their preferred workshop by contacting Keith Brewer at 970.243.7337.

June 10–14
Rebecca Woods
Ages 15-18

  • An introduction to the concept of 4D and Motion Design and the idea of the 12 Principles of Animation. Make paper zoetropes and paper phenakistoscopes that will be built from patterns and then be animated. Learn how to create stop-animation.

Screen Printing
June 17–20
Eli Hall
Ages 13-18

  • Introduce concepts and techniques of screen printing within Graphic Design and Illustration. Become familiar with industry tools, equipment and processes.

June 24–28
Rebecca Woods

  • An introduction to drawing from life. Learn how to draw things as you see them realistically, proportionally and in perspective, and how to apply these skills to your interests. Become equipped to draw from your imagination. 

July 8–12
Rebecca Woods 

  • Learn about color and how to paint using gouache and acrylic! An introduction to color theory alongside the process of painting from sketch to finished project.

Digital Painting
July 22–26
Brooke Safken 

  • An introduction to the tools, methods and concepts used to create digital paintings in Adobe Photoshop. No prior program experience required. Students will need a sketchbook and drawing materials. 

Cartoon Art, Manga and Comic Books
July 29–August 2
Rebecca Woods

  • Bring your characters and ideas to life by learning about the basics of cartooning and storytelling through sequential pictures.

The Art Center

Founded in 1953, the Western Colorado Center for the Arts is a community arts organization dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and related arts through studio art instruction, educational programs for children and adults, exhibitions, and the acquisition, care, and display of a permanent art collection.


Written by David Ludlam