Karen has been 'creating art' since she was in high school; her first One-Person Show was in 1968.  Following the mentorship of her high school teacher, she majored in Art Education at Arizona State University.  She worked in the Cosmetic industry for six years, and moved to Saudi Arabia where she worked for ARAMCO (oil company) in their training department.  It was there she became re-interested in creating art, entering shows and doing commissions.  After returning to the States, she began teaching art at the elementary level, then at Columbine High School where she stayed for eleven years and earned her Master's degree.  She is now in her seventh year of teaching Art at Sheridan High School, and is Co-President of the Pastel Society of Colorado.  She now concentrates on painting with soft pastels, and enters many state and regional shows.  She is also active with the Purple Raven Artists.  Her work is currently on display at the Hannah Gallery in Fredericksburg,Texas, and in the Bitfactory Gallery on Santa Fe Drive in Denver.  She and her husband currently live near Conifer, Colorado.  Karen has three grown children and two grandsons.

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Chalk Pastel Workshop: Shape, Value, and Composition, ages: 13 & up

With Karen Spotts, Pastel Artist and Instructor

This workshop will introduce the pastel artist to constructing pastel compositions from photographs or pictures.  The emphasis will be on loose shapes, finding values, and learning basic pastel application/techniques to create an interpretation of the scene of choice.  Participants will take home a “nearly” finished painting, with knowledge on how to finish their creation at home.

Bring a happy face and a desire to try something new!

4 student minimum/ 10 student max.   

Thursday, October 5th, 6:30-8:30 pm

$40 + materials listed below

Each participant should have a basic selection of soft chalk pastels (or may use a student grade set of 12 provided in the studio) and 2 sheets of pastel paper of one’s choosing (Can be found at Guiry's, Menningers, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels), at least 9x12, but no larger than 14 x 16 (may also be purchased the day of the workshop for an extra fee).

Participants should also bring a photo or two, preferably that he/she has taken and printed out to  8-1/2 by 11 size (just on regular printer paper) or magazine photos that we can use for subject matter.  Anything, really, that one wants to ‘play’ with!  (Printing it out on a printer is just easier to deal with since it will be larger, and can be drawn on.  The resolution isn’t an issue, can be crude quality.)  If you don't have a specific image in mind, some will be provided to choose from during the workshop.

Other recommended items include an apron and a sketchbook (any size). Sketch Paper and pencils will be provided in the studio for those that don't have their own.

*Park on S. Curtice Street or in designated spots in back with access from Nevada St. or the alley off of Powers. Please do not park in Tavern/Smokin Fins lot.