Painted Turtle Studio offers classes in April

Painted Turtle Studio is having many different classes beginning in April. They are also offering private classes, so if you don't see anything you like, just give them a call. Studio hours noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

April 5 and May 3 - 6 to 8 p.m. - First Fridays - Have you been missing out on one of the best kept secrets in Mancos? A fun group of diverse people meet together the first Friday of every month to make art together at the Painted Turtle Studio from 6-8 p.m. The range from beginners to advanced artists. We all learn from each other and share ideas. We often bring food and drink to share while we create new, unique, magical and awesome pieces of art work. The event is free, with participants donating to the studio for materials used. Come try it out! You'll have a great time and likely will return over and over again.

ADULT CLASSES -

Adult classes begin Tuesday, April 9. They will also be on April 16, 23 and 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Photography 101: This class is offered to those that have no skills as well as those with some skills but are looking for a refresher class.  The focus will be on camera use, digital and film, as well as learning about the basic compositional components of taking better photographs.  We will also be take a day long field trip to practice what we have learned.  Learn new ways of seeing and framing the world.  This is a four week class plus one day field trip.  Cost: $120  (This class will be followed with a more advanced class this summer.) Taught by Sarah Allen.

FUN AND FUNKY HUMAN FIGURE:  In this class you will create a representational yet stylized human figure out of clay.  You will learn how to make satisfying facial features as well as simple bodies. We will learn and incorporate both the pinch and slab techniques in this process.  All levels are welcome and encouraged to join in this fun and creative class.  Even those with no clay experience will have a blast making these fanciful beings.  Post fired finishes will also be taught and applied to the fired figures. Taught by Kimberley Wilson Sheek.  Cost:  $65-85 (sliding scale).  Sign up soon, this class will fill up quickly!  Limited to 8 students.

CLASSIC CARTOONING: This class begins Thursday, April 10 and continues on April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Come learn specific tried and true techniques and the how to's of creating original animal and human cartoons.  You will be surprised how quickly you'll be drawing your own cartoons, not copies of others. Through practice, you will be able to draw cartoons that possess the likeness' of your pets, friends and family. NO prior experience necessary.  Ages 14+ Limited to 8 students.  Cost:  $50-70 (sliding scale). Taught by Kimberley Wilson Sheek.

WHEEL THROWN POTTERY: This class begins Friday, April 5 and continues on May 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. This class will be an introduction to wheel thrown pottery. You will learn the basics for getting started, making bowls, mugs and plates. Cost: $90-$110 (sliding scale). No experience needed. Clay and glaze firing not included in cost. Taught by Sarah Allen.

KID'S CLASSES begin on Thursday, April 10 and continue on April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

CLASSIC CARTOONING: Come learn specific tried and true techniques and the how to's of creating original animal and human cartoons.  You will be surprised how quickly you will be drawing your own cartoons, not copies of others. Through practice, you will be able to draw cartoons that possess the likeness' of your pets, friends and family. NO prior experience necessary. Ages 14+ Limited to 8 students.  Cost:  $50-70 (sliding scale). Taught by Kimberley Wilson Sheek.

WEEKLY KIDS' CLUB meets every Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:55. What a great way to make sure your child is able to receive a quality whole education. Study upon study has confirmed the importance of the arts in a child's learning experiences. Each month a new project will begin that lasts throughout a four to five week period (depending on the number of Wednesdays in the month). Classes will be offered in both two and three dimensional work. Both creativity and technical skills will be embraced and taught as a part of the curriculum. Students sign up on a monthly basis and are expected to attend each class on the day it is offered. Clean up will be from 4:50 to 5 p.m. Students must be picked up by 5 p.m. sharp. Ages 6 years + Tuition is $50 per month which includes materials. 

Painted Turtle Studio is located at 121 W. Grand Ave. You can contact them at 970-533-7136.