Events

 

Threads of Renewal: Upcycled Block Printing Workshop

06/22/2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM MT
  • $60.00
Join us in an eco-conscious journey where art meets sustainability! In this workshop, you'll embark on a creative exploration of designing and block printing on upcycled clothing. Begin by tapping into your artistic instincts to sketch unique patterns and designs that breathe new life into old garments. Our local artist, Louisa Palmer, will guide you through the process of transferring your vision onto blocks and printing them onto carefully selected upcycled garments.
Discover the joy of transforming discarded pieces into wearable masterpieces, merging artistry with environmental mindfulness. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a first-time creator, this workshop invites everyone to contribute to a more sustainable and stylish world. Unleash your creativity, make a positive impact, and leave with not only a personalized garment but also the satisfaction of contributing to a more eco-friendly fashion landscape.

Costume Mask Making! Ages 8 to 11

06/24/2024 10:00 AM - 06/27/2024 03:00 PM MT
  • $350.00
Work with DAC's own Mr B, "The Master Mask Masker"  create outrageous Masks of your choice using a variety of three dimensional forms, mediums, materials and paints. 
Your Child MUST Be 8 Years Old and Over To Attend This Class.

Email Deena Carney, Visual Art Education Director, with any questions or concerns. Scholarships Available!

"That's So Durango!" 2024

07/05/2024 12:00 AM - 08/09/2024 12:00 PM MT
  • $45.00
Durango is forever a place of beauty, adventure, art, music, parking problems, flannels, dogs, and bikes!

The Durango Arts Center is pleased to invite all community artists to submit their work for the 2024 Community Art Exhibit, "That's So Durango!"  Opening reception, July 5th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Event ends August 9th. Please register here to show your work.  Limit to 3 pieces. Artwork that is not for sale or professionally presented and ready to hang, Will Not Be Accepted into this Exhibit.
Gallery event is free to the public. 
After registration, you will be contacted to set up a time to deliver your art to the DAC.   
Thank you for sharing your work!

Summer 2024 Musical Theatre Camp DYT JR COMPANY (3rd-5th grade) July 8-Aug 4 M-TH 9-12p

07/08/2024 09:00 AM - 08/04/2024 12:00 PM MT
  • $400.00
DYT JR Company members (3rd-5th grade) will be able to hone their performance skills with this 4 week musical theatre camp. JR Company members will spend the days working on theatre skills such as voice and movement techniques, terminology, character development, and memorization techniques all using stage games and theatre exercises. Students will put these skills into practice by rehearsing for a performance on the final weekend.

SHOW TBD

July 8 - August 4    Monday - Thursday     9am-12pm  

Performance dates - 8/2 and 8/3 @ 7pm and 8/4 @ 2pm     tickets available at durangoarts.org 

Summer 2024 Musical Theatre Camp DYT COMPANY (Middle School and Up) 7/8-8/4 M-Th 1pm-4pm

07/08/2024 01:00 PM - 08/04/2024 05:00 PM MT
  • $450.00
DYT Company members (Middle School and Up) will spend the days taking their theatre knowledge to the next level by working on voice and movement techniques, script analysis, theatre discussions, participating in theatre games and skill exercises, and adding to their performance tool belt. These skills will be put to the test by rehearsing for a full scale production on the final weekend. July 8th - August 4     Monday - Thursday     1pm-4pm  
Performance dates - 8/2 and 8/3 @ 7pm and 8/4 @ 2pm     tickets available at durangoarts.org 

SHOW TBD

Ink Drawing - The Botanicals of Colorado

07/12/2024 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM MT
  • $49.00
Join us for a relaxing evening of art, with an experienced instructor to give you guidance along the way. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy happy hour drinks, spend time with community artists, and most importantly, get comfortable with simple ink drawing techniques and enjoy the process of completing a drawing of the endless botanicals of Colorado! By the end of the evening your piece will be ready for matting. You will select a color and your piece will be ready to hang at the end of this wonderful program. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.

Figure Drawing Dynamic Dogs

07/13/2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM MT
  • $35.00
Get comfortable with simple drawing techniques and enjoy the process of Figure Drawing with Man's Best Friend! 

The La Plata Humane Society has agreed to provide our lovely dog "models" for the class. All supplies are included, and an experienced teacher will be there to give you guidance along the way. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy a happy hour drink, spend time with other artists, and most importantly enjoy the opportunity to sit, relax and draw a very patient dog.

Figure drawing is the practice of drawing from a live model in different poses. It trains your eye to see things that photographs just can’t capture. This makes you more perceptive in all of your work—The biggest reason to practice with live animals is because it has so much to offer. Mastering the animal form is about more than just shapes and muscles and bones.

A $10 Tip or Chew Toy is Required for our models and will go directly to the LaPlata County Humane Society. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.

The Summer Clay Club for Teens

07/15/2024 10:00 AM - 08/01/2024 03:00 PM MT
  • $475.00
The DAC Clay Club offers a vareity of open-studio ceramic projects including a weekly clay challenge! Learn the entire clay process of reclaiming, building, glazing and firing. Come join Mr B for 2 weeks (with a week in between for drying and firing) of clay and creativity!  Class Dates - Monday thru Thursday, July 15 - 18 and July 29 - August 1

This is a great program to help young artists find their confidence, all the while having fun and making new friends for years to come.
For questions, please email Deena Carney, at deena@durangoarts.org or Mr.B, at ben@durangoarts.org.

Scholarships are always available. 8 Classes. 

The Magic of Wheel Throwing

07/15/2024 06:00 PM - 08/19/2024 08:00 PM MT
  • $225.00
Mondays will become your favorite day of the week this summer with 6 weeks of learning and conquering throwing clay on the wheel! Come join us, and be exposed to a variety of techniques and skills used in creating clay masterpieces, with an experienced teacher to give you guidance along the way. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for students with previous throwing experience. All supplies, laughter, and inspiration included!

The Wonders of Watercolor

07/18/2024 06:00 PM - 07/25/2024 08:00 PM MT
  • $100.00
Join us for two relaxing thursday evenings of "The Wonders of Watercolor" with Sara Brandenburg to give you guidance along the way. Discover how watercolor painting can give you unexpected effects that can't be repeated, so that each painting becomes unique. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we enjoy happy hour drinks, and spend time with community artists wishing to explore and improve watercolor painting techniques.

Warhol and Wine - Moonrise

07/18/2024 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM MT
  • $50.00
In this fun-filled adult class, enjoy a glass of wine or other adult beverage, be exposed to variety of tips, tricks and techniques, as you create a One-of-a-Kind Painting of a Moonrise!

All supplies, laughter, beverage and an exceptional teacher, Mike Scieszka, are included in this very special class.

This is also a great venue for engagement and  bachelorette parties, baby showers, work parties, retirement parties and holiday events. 

Art of Glass: Stained Glass Bluebird or Cardinal

07/20/2024 02:00 PM - 07/21/2024 05:00 PM MT
  • $125.00
Create a brilliant work of art by the way of stained glass artistry! 
In this 2 day, 3 hours per day workshop, students will learn the basics of stained glass. Techniques being taught include: cutting, grinding, foiling, assembling, soldering, finishing, and the proper safety steps to take along the way. Students will have 2 pre-drawn designs, a variety of colors to choose from and leave at the end of the workshop with a completed Stained Glass Bluebird or Cardinal! 

Teens - Drawing, Oil Painting and Pastels

07/22/2024 10:00 AM - 07/25/2024 03:00 PM MT
  • $300.00
In this "open-studio" style drawing and painting class, teens learn to create artwork from their own inspirations. The instructor, Deena Carney, will guide students to reach their greatest potential while drawing and painting works of art they can be proud of. This is a great program to help young artists find their confidence, learn valuable life skills all the while having fun and making new friends for years to come.

Email Deena Carney, Visual Art Education Director, with any questions or concerns. Scholarships Available!

Threads of Renewal: Upcycled Block Printing Workshop

07/27/2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM MT
  • $60.00
Join us in an eco-conscious journey where art meets sustainability! In this workshop, you'll embark on a creative exploration of designing and block printing on upcycled clothing. Begin by tapping into your artistic instincts to sketch unique patterns and designs that breathe new life into old garments. Our local artist, Louisa Palmer, will guide you through the process of transferring your vision onto blocks and printing them onto carefully selected upcycled garments.
Discover the joy of transforming discarded pieces into wearable masterpieces, merging artistry with environmental mindfulness. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a first-time creator, this workshop invites everyone to contribute to a more sustainable and stylish world. Unleash your creativity, make a positive impact, and leave with not only a personalized garment but also the satisfaction of contributing to a more eco-friendly fashion landscape.

Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine! Ages 8 - 11

08/05/2024 10:00 AM - 08/08/2024 03:00 PM MT
  • $300.00
Art gives meaning to our lives and helps us understand our world. Join us for Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine and learn to make the world a better place through art! From bird feeders to found object sculptures this class will fill your imagination with creativity! This is a great program to help young artists find their confidence, learn valuable life skills all the while having fun and making new friends for years to come.

For questions, please email Mr. B, at ben@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available.

Ink Drawing - The Botanicals of Colorado

08/09/2024 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM MT
  • $49.00
Join us for a relaxing evening of art, with an experienced instructor to give you guidance along the way. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy happy hour drinks, spend time with community artists, and most importantly, get comfortable with simple ink drawing techniques and enjoy the process of completing a drawing of the endless botanicals of Colorado! By the end of the evening your piece will be ready for matting. You will select a color and your piece will be ready to hang at the end of this wonderful program. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.

Figure Drawing Dynamic Dogs

08/10/2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM MT
  • $35.00
Get comfortable with simple drawing techniques and enjoy the process of Figure Drawing with Man's Best Friend! 

The La Plata Humane Society has agreed to provide our lovely dog "models" for the class. All supplies are included, and an experienced teacher will be there to give you guidance along the way. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy a happy hour drink, spend time with other artists, and most importantly enjoy the opportunity to sit, relax and draw a very patient dog.

Figure drawing is the practice of drawing from a live model in different poses. It trains your eye to see things that photographs just can’t capture. This makes you more perceptive in all of your work—The biggest reason to practice with live animals is because it has so much to offer. Mastering the animal form is about more than just shapes and muscles and bones.

A $10 Tip or Chew Toy is Required for our models and will go directly to the LaPlata County Humane Society. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.

The Wonders of Watercolor

08/15/2024 06:00 PM - 08/22/2024 08:00 PM MT
  • $100.00
Join us for two relaxing thursday evenings of The Wonders of Watercolor with Sara Brandenburg to give you guidance along the way. Discover how watercolor painting can give you unexpected effects that can't be repeated, so that each painting becomes unique. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we enjoy happy hour drinks, and spend time with community artists wishing to explore and improve watercolor painting techniques.

Warhol and Wine - I Love DRO! (Durango)

08/15/2024 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM MT
  • $50.00
In this fun-filled adult class, enjoy a glass of wine or other adult beverage, be exposed to variety of tips, tricks and techniques, as you create a One-of-a-Kind Painting of I Love DRO!

All supplies, laughter, beverage and an exceptional teacher, Mike Scieszka, are included in this very special class.

This is also a great venue for engagement and  bachelorette parties, baby showers, work parties, retirement parties and holiday events. 

DAC Member's Exhibit 2024

08/16/2024 12:00 AM - 09/28/2024 12:00 AM MT
  • $45.00
The Durango Arts Center is pleased to invite all members to submit their work to the 2024 Member Gallery Exhibit!  Opening reception on August 18th.  Events ends September 28th. Please register here to show your work.  
Limit to 5 pieces. Artwork that is not for sale or professionally presented and ready to hang, Will Not Be Accepted into this Exhibit.  After registration, you will be contacted to set up a time to deliver your art to the DAC.   
Gallery event is free to the public. 
If you initiate a new membership or membership renewal for this event, you will receive a free drink ticket at the opening reception!  

Thank you for sharing your work!

Art of Glass: Stained Glass Feathers

08/17/2024 02:00 PM - 08/18/2024 05:00 PM MT
  • $125.00
Create a brilliant work of art by the way of stained glass artistry! 
In this 2 day, 3 hours per day workshop, students will learn the basics of stained glass. Techniques being taught include: cutting, grinding, foiling, assembling, soldering, finishing, and the proper safety steps to take along the way. Students will have 2 pre-drawn designs, a variety of colors to choose from and leave at the end of the workshop with a completed Stained Glass Feathers! 

Threads of Renewal: Upcycled Block Printing Workshop

08/24/2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM MT
  • $75.00
Join us in an eco-conscious journey where art meets sustainability! In this workshop, you'll embark on a creative exploration of designing and block printing on upcycled clothing. Begin by tapping into your artistic instincts to sketch unique patterns and designs that breathe new life into old garments. Our local artist, Louisa Palmer, will guide you through the process of transferring your vision onto blocks and printing them onto carefully selected upcycled garments.
Discover the joy of transforming discarded pieces into wearable masterpieces, merging artistry with environmental mindfulness. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a first-time creator, this workshop invites everyone to contribute to a more sustainable and stylish world. Unleash your creativity, make a positive impact, and leave with not only a personalized garment but also the satisfaction of contributing to a more eco-friendly fashion landscape.

The Magic of Wheel Throwing

08/26/2024 06:00 PM - 09/30/2024 08:00 PM MT
  • $225.00
Mondays will become your favorite day of the week this summer with 6 weeks of learning and conquering throwing clay on the wheel! Come join us, and be exposed to a variety of techniques and skills used in creating clay masterpieces, with an experienced teacher to give you guidance along the way. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for students with previous throwing experience. All supplies, laughter, and inspiration included!

Figure Drawing Dynamic Dogs

09/14/2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM MT
  • $35.00
Get comfortable with simple drawing techniques and enjoy the process of Figure Drawing with Man's Best Friend! 

The La Plata Humane Society has agreed to provide our lovely dog "models" for the class. All supplies are included, and an experienced teacher will be there to give you guidance along the way. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy a happy hour drink, spend time with other artists, and most importantly enjoy the opportunity to sit, relax and draw a very patient dog.

Figure drawing is the practice of drawing from a live model in different poses. It trains your eye to see things that photographs just can’t capture. This makes you more perceptive in all of your work—The biggest reason to practice with live animals is because it has so much to offer. Mastering the animal form is about more than just shapes and muscles and bones.

A $10 Tip or Chew Toy is Required for our models and will go directly to the LaPlata County Humane Society. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.

Art of Glass: Stained Glass Fall Leaves and Pumpkins!

09/21/2024 02:00 PM - 09/22/2024 05:00 PM MT
  • $125.00
Create a brilliant work of art by the way of stained glass artistry! 
In this 2 day, 3 hours per day workshop, students will learn the basics of stained glass. Techniques being taught include: cutting, grinding, foiling, assembling, soldering, finishing, and the proper safety steps to take along the way. Students will have 2 pre-drawn designs, a variety of colors to choose from and leave at the end of the workshop with completed Stained Glass of Fall Leaves and Pumpkins! 

The Dark Side of the Mind

10/04/2024 12:00 AM - 11/02/2024 12:00 PM MT
  • $45.00
The Durango Arts Center is pleased to invite all local artists to submit their "Spooktacular" artwork for the 2024 Community Art Exhibit, "The Dark Side of the Mind",  A Terrifyingly Creative Event!  Opening reception October 4th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Events ends November 2nd. Please register here to show your artwork.  Limit to 5 pieces. Artwork that is not for sale or professionally presented and ready to hang, Will Not Be Accepted into this Exhibit.
Gallery event is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, although they are not required. 
After registration, you will be contacted to set up a time to deliver your art to the DAC.   
Thank you for sharing your work!

Figure Drawing Dynamic Dogs

10/12/2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM MT
  • $35.00
Get comfortable with simple drawing techniques and enjoy the process of Figure Drawing with Man's Best Friend! 

The La Plata Humane Society has agreed to provide our lovely dog "models" for the class. All supplies are included, and an experienced teacher will be there to give you guidance along the way. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy a happy hour drink, spend time with other artists, and most importantly enjoy the opportunity to sit, relax and draw a very patient dog.

Figure drawing is the practice of drawing from a live model in different poses. It trains your eye to see things that photographs just can’t capture. This makes you more perceptive in all of your work—The biggest reason to practice with live animals is because it has so much to offer. Mastering the animal form is about more than just shapes and muscles and bones.

A $10 Tip or Chew Toy is Required for our models and will go directly to the LaPlata County Humane Society. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.

Art of Glass: Stained Glass Angels or Fairies

10/19/2024 02:00 PM - 10/20/2024 05:00 PM MT
  • $125.00
Create a brilliant work of art by the way of stained glass artistry! 
In this 2 day, 3 hours per day workshop, students will learn the basics of stained glass. Techniques being taught include: cutting, grinding, foiling, assembling, soldering, finishing, and the proper safety steps to take along the way. Students will have 2 pre-drawn designs, a variety of colors to choose from and leave at the end of the workshop with completed Stained Glass Angel or Fairy! 

The 2024 Gift Gallery

11/08/2024 12:00 AM - 01/04/2025 12:00 PM MT
  • $85.00
This year's annual winter market is going to be bigger and better than ever but we need YOU and your beautiful work. We are seeking all media: Jewelry, 2-D and 3-D art, pottery, textiles, mixed media, hand-made clothing and toys for children, children's books by local authors/illustrators, and art that makes great gifts for everyone! The Durango Arts Center is pleased to invite all community artists, jewelers and crafters to submit their work for the "2024 Gift Gallery", Opening Friday, November 8th 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Event ends Januray 4th, 2025. Gifts for men, teens and children greatly appreciated. 

Please register here to sell your work. After registration, you will be contacted to set up a time to deliver your art to the DAC.   

Figure Drawing Dynamic Dogs

11/09/2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM MT
  • $35.00
Get comfortable with simple drawing techniques and enjoy the process of Figure Drawing with Man's Best Friend! 

The La Plata Humane Society has agreed to provide our lovely dog "models" for the class. All supplies are included, and an experienced teacher will be there to give you guidance along the way. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy a happy hour drink, spend time with other artists, and most importantly enjoy the opportunity to sit, relax and draw a very patient dog.

Figure drawing is the practice of drawing from a live model in different poses. It trains your eye to see things that photographs just can’t capture. This makes you more perceptive in all of your work—The biggest reason to practice with live animals is because it has so much to offer. Mastering the animal form is about more than just shapes and muscles and bones.

A $10 Tip or Chew Toy is Required for our models and will go directly to the LaPlata County Humane Society. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.

Art of Glass: Stained Glass Christmas Ornaments

11/16/2024 02:00 PM - 11/17/2024 05:00 PM MT
  • $125.00
Create a brilliant work of art by the way of stained glass artistry! 
In this 2 day, 3 hours per day workshop, students will learn the basics of stained glass. Techniques being taught include: cutting, grinding, foiling, assembling, soldering, finishing, and the proper safety steps to take along the way. Students will have 2 pre-drawn designs, a variety of colors to choose from and leave at the end of the workshop with completed Stained Glass Christmas Ornaments!

Make a Menorah out of Clay!

11/26/2024 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM MT
  • $50.00
In this fun-filled, muddy, adult class, enjoy a glass of wine or other adult beverage, and create a Ceramic Menorah using slab-building techniques! Be exposed to variety of ceramic techniques, as you create a One-of-a-Kind Ceramic Menorah, just in time for Hanukkah! 
All supplies, laughter, beverage and an exceptional teacher, Ben Dukeminier, are included in this very special class. By the end of the evening your piece will be ready to be left to dry. You will select a glaze which will be applied to your ceramic piece when fired or you can glaze it yourself (how fun) at a later date. Pieces will be ready to use by Hanukkah, December 7th! Look for an email telling you when you can pick up your One-Of-A-Kind Menorah.  
$50.00 Per Participant

Our Own Lives - 2025 Exhibit

04/11/2025 12:00 AM - 05/10/2025 12:00 AM MT
  • Free
You must be part of Our Own Live to Register.
Exhibit Entries must arrive at the Durango Arts Center no later than Saturday, April 5th, 2025 - 5:00 PM
Grand Opening - Friday, April 11th, 2025 - 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Exhibit will run Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Exhibit will close and be taken down Saturday, May 10th, 2025 at 5:00 PM
Thank you for sharing your Artwork!

The Magic of Wheel Throwing

06/17/2024 06:00 PM - 07/08/2024 08:00 PM MT
  • $190.00
Mondays will become your favorite day of the week this summer with 4 weeks of learning and conquering throwing clay on the wheel! Come join us, and be exposed to a variety of techniques and skills used in creating clay masterpieces, with an experienced teacher to give you guidance along the way. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for students with previous throwing experience. All supplies, laughter, and inspiration included!

2024 Summer BART - "Caring For our Community through Creativity" - Ages 11 to 17

06/17/2024 10:00 AM - 06/21/2024 03:00 PM MT
  • $300.00
During this program we will be exploring our community in Durango and how we can give back as creatives. During this week, students will be learning a plethora of art skills from a variety of different guest artist instructors. We will take some of those skills to paint a Mural to help beautify our community. Students will also take these skills and will focus on finding the value in another man's trash as we travel down the river trail finding materials to turn into found object sculptures. During this trip, we will explore the local art and learn how it helps make a difference in our society.

During each day, the students will also have the option of taking a creative break to learn circus skills so they can exercise both their body and minds.

This is a great program to help young artists find their confidence, learn valuable life skills all the while having fun and making new friends for years to come.

For questions, please email Mr. B, at ben@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available.
BART offers young people, ages 11 to 17, regardless of expression or identity, the opportunity to experience art, leadership and art-based opportunities.

Duality — A Solo Exhibition & Augmented Reality Experience By Artist Tad Smith

05/24/2024 12:00 AM - 06/29/2024 12:00 AM MT
  • $45.00
The Duality Exhibition will communicate the relationship, interconnections and perceptions of oneself. Exploring the seen and unseen. This exhibit observes Duality through a range of media, materials, technology and techniques. An interactive experience and opportunity to establish a shared identity and sense of belonging among diverse groups. 

Opening reception on May 24th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM,  Events ends June 29th. Join Us! Gallery event is free to the public.