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Parker joins partnership to bring in art instructors

Art Students League of Denver offers boost to programming starting in January


Parker Arts has partnered with the Art Students League of Denver to expand opportunities for its art students to study with national and local instructors, beginning in January. Parker’s executive cultural director, Elaine Mariner, says this will “fill a gap in our programming.” She cites national touring programs in the theater, professional stage shows, professional art in the galleries … and is proud of the “nationally recognized professional artists living in Parker.”

Lorenzo Chavez and Kristine Iltis, who have been teaching at PACE, are also among the more than 200 well-known artists who teach at ASLD and registration will be through the school this year. Parker artists will be eligible to become ASLD members ($55 a year) and pay a reduced price for classes if they wish — and enroll in additional classes at the busy school at 200 Grant St. in Denver.

The ASLD, which describes itself as modeled after the Art Students League in New York City, is housed in Denver’s old Sherman School and its Annex. Built in 1893, (annex in 1920) and a national landmark, it houses classrooms and exhibit space for students and instructors.

Labeled “Richardson Romanesque,” its mellow stone walls invite the artist inside to explore and create. Volunteers plant and maintain gardens filled with native perennials, which invite a painter’s focus, and the school features ongoing events and exhibits.

Chavez, who paints mostly with oils and pastels, will teach ”Fundamentals of Landscape Painting,” a six-week class, held on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon at PACE, from Jan 22 to Feb. 26, with a cost of $171/member and $207/non-member. In the spring, Chavez will offer a four week session: “Painting Landscapes Outdoors,” from April 30 to May 21, with a cost of $114/members and $138/non-members. Basic skills in drawing are needed for both. See the ASLD website for materials list.

Born in New Mexico, Chavez lives and works in Parker, has exhibited internationally and especially in the western U.S. He maintains a studio in Parker’s Old Schoolhouse.

Kris Ilitis, who has taught oil painting at PACE, will offer “The Wonder of Watercolor” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 2. She says she will offer a “non-traditional Impressionistic approach … helping you to paint outside the lines.” Some basic skills in drawing needed — and she reminds artists to “bring your lunch.


If you want to study painting at PACE

A materials list is found at the Art Students League of Denver website. To register, call 303-778-6990 or visit the website at asld.org.


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