Fine Art Workshops
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3-Day Intensive Advanced Strategies Workshop with Ken Elliott and Paula Hansen
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Castle Rock, CO (Denver Metro)
Fri - Sun, May 27-29, 2022
Fri - Sat, 9:30 - 4 pm
Sunday evening after break, Photoshop Tools 4:30 - 6 pm
Open to artists at all skill levels and media
An indoor, fully immersive, three-day workshop. We made more room, from the original 6 to 9 artists now, $590. Workshop flyer
Questions? Contact Ken
Ken and Paula will discuss strategies for creating better artworks with a variety of common and creative tools. The workshop will focus on concepts for making better starts, compelling artworks, going to new places in your work, and how to make fine art. They will use informative videos and pass on strategies, some not the literature, but handed down from the very best teachers.
Together, they will be going deeper into the how-to of making more appealing artworks with a variety of ideas and tools. After the day's sessions, the group is invited to further discussions and dinner. After the Sunday session, Ken will present Photoshop techniques for taking your works to the next level and creating better pathways for finishing your artworks. You will be given a simplified Photoshop guide and have access to a large photo file of over 2000 inspiring artworks.
Ken and Paula will demonstrate painting using oil and pastels, if requested.In addition to making art works, Ken will talk about business and promotion, necessary tools for success in the marketplace.
There will be serious discussions, laughs, and your questions with more continuing after class hours. We will all come away with new tools to take your art to the next level. Ample time will be given to live problem solving, daily critiques and creative options.
3 immersive days / $590 per person.
Please note that Ken is available for group Workshops in your area or individually or groups up to three for the remainder of 2021.
Contact Ken to schedule a workshop in your area.
CDC covid guidelines will be followed.
Please inquire by email or 303-995-1611
About the Workshop
Ken comes from a background of working in the art gallery and ancillary art businesses for over 40 years. As an artist for 25 of those years, he can speak to the business and creative aspects of being a professional artist.
He studied with Wolf Kahn for a month at the Santa Fe Art Institute Master Class program, coming away with enough information for a lifetime. For decades he has been associated with a number of wonderful and successful artists. As a former gallery dealer, he has a great deal of experience and knowledge about past and present artists and their reasons for success. Having grown up in the arts with framing, gallery management and as an artist, he has much to offer to the hobbyist and professional artist.
I once had a teacher suggest to the class, “Don’t be an artist unless you can’t NOT be an artist."
I think I fall under that umbrella. When my sister and I were growing up, one of our favorite things to do was gather up rocks and scrape them on the sidewalk to see what colors they would make. We lived in Pennsylvania and the shale there made a whole palette from red-orange to sparkly gold to green and silvery blue. After we made the colors we would just sit and stare at them in delight.
For me, color is a primary language that precedes words - it’s my language of feeling and beauty. My interest as an artist has always been about light and color. After graduate school I studied with a master colorist named Henry Hensche. He was in his late eighties and he had spent his whole life devoted to color and his dedication was inspiring.
My inspiration comes from Nature. But, I am not focused on accurate representational images, I am more engaged in expressing my perceptions of the world and making them visible to others. I want to share a part of what it’s like to be me - using light and color to bridge the span that normally exists between us - so that you can see the world as I see it.
Being an artist is a huge blessing that I am grateful for every day.
Paula has a B.S. in Art and Math from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and an MFA from the Maryland Art Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
Pastel on paper, 9 x 12 inches
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Colors on the Diagonal
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
Exhibited: Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
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Among the Redwoods No.2
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
In the studio
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Here's a peek into Ken's Making it Fine Art Workshops.
Participants at my Castle Rock, CO home /studio
Other Workshop options:
(Depending on the location, a minimum number of students will apply to cover travel expenses)
One day group workshop:
$290. per person
Two-day group workshop:
$390. per person
Three-day group workshop:
$590. per person
Four-day group workshop:
$750. per person
1-3 days by arrangement
In the Workshop:
This workshop is open to artists of all skill levels. Ken will discuss strategies for creating better artworks with a variety of common and creative tools. The workshop will focus the strategies for making better paintings, going to new places in your work and how to make fine art. Much attention will be given to improving your own artworks and career.
Ken will demonstrate painting using oil and pastel. He will discuss the idea of making strong starts and keeping the way open for more interesting and dramatic finishes. Ken is a very hands-on teacher, so there will be some collaboration if you are open to it.
In addition to making art works, Ken will talk about business and promotion, which are necessary to be a successful artist in the marketplace.
There will be serious discussions, laughs, and your questions. We will all come away with new tools to take your art to the next level.
Attendees are invited to bring whatever they wish to paint with and work on. Bring works to start, works in progress, and finished works to evaluate. There will be a lot of conversation about the mental aspects of making good art by design and experiment. The mental aspect is the quickest way to get the breakthroughs to the next big success in your art. Ken will bring some finished works to share with the group.
Comments from some of the workshop attendees:
"I can't thank you enough for coming to Boulder! Thank you for your clear eye, your hard work, your beautiful color and your careful feedback. I'm now a different Painter...maybe a different person? I loved the weekend. And I can't wait until we get to soak up your love for the work, for Wolf Kahn, for COLOR -- yet again (note that I'm greedy). You are an amazing addition to our lives. M
Just a quick note to let you know how much I learned, enjoyed and benefited from your art workshop at Jacque Michele’s studio Jan.16-17. It was a groundbreaking eye opener for me in so many respects. At the end of the two days I felt like you had given me the tools to truly free up my art work and go wild with color and strokes. A very liberating experience indeed. It was such a pleasure to meet you and study under you. Hope we will be seeing more of you in Boulder
About the Workshops and Private Lessons:
These are indoor, workshops open to artists at all skill levels and in all media. They are full-day, art immersions that are very informative, casual and fun. Private lessons by request.
In these Workshops new artistic paths are offered and strategies for making fine art. It is an inspirational weekend with information that will last you for a lifetime.
The feedback from the Making it Fine Art Workshops has been very positive. People are saying they are getting much more than they expected and for many, a real boost to their careers. Some have experienced tremendous breakthroughs.
If you don't see a workshop convenient for you, please give me a call to arrange one close by with your group and friends. 303-995-1611.
Two-day formal painting and pastel workshops
If you are interested in joining or want me to teach in your area, please let me know and we'll plan a great event. Two-day workshops, $390. In the Workshops, we will be discussing strategies for making fine art and taking your art to the next level.
I have really enjoyed giving private lessons over the years as well. It is casual, focused and fun. There will be a big result. Give me a call and we'll discuss what works best for you.
I can provide airport transportation and accommodations for private lesson guests. Please inquire by email or 303-995-1611
A private lesson recommendation:
"Ken Elliott is an excellent host and a very accommodating art instructor who helped me clarify my goals and improve my skills. He offered productive review, practical methods and excellent business advice. I benefitted tremendously from our class and feel confident the quality of my work has moved to another level. Thank you Ken."
Rona Lynn Fitzpatrick
Ken Elliott Teaching Experience:
Beatrice Art Guild, NE
Anchorage Art Guild, AK
Colorado Pastel Society, CO
Colorado Springs and Grand Junction Chapters
Madden Museum art class with Casey Klahn, Denver, CO
North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA
Pikes Peak Pastel Society, CO
People are Saying About the Workshops:
"Thank you so much for the wonderful, thought-compelling workshop. You rekindled my love for making art. Your enthusiasm is contagious and felt throughout the room. You set up a stimulating environment that provided continuous visual images. Your generosity in sharing your own photos was much appreciated. I found you to be humorous, supportive and kind. I would recommend you as an instructor to anyone who would like to take their art to the next level."
"Yours was exactly the kind of workshop I had hoped it would be to give me the focus I needed. I can't thank you enough for coming all this way for such a small group...but I think you got the students who needed you the most!
"The Workshop was amazing. It made me get out of my way in terms of a different painting method and expanded my vision. Also, the friends I made from that weekend are wonderful. My eyes were opened and I can't go backward from that."
"Thank you for sharing all your stories. I think you have a great way of helping people grasp and put into practice the principles of manifesting. Cheers!"
Anita Mosher www.anitamosher.com
"Thank you so much for lighting up our lives and our paintings at this past weekend’s workshop! I loved hearing about your time with Wolf Kahn, your thoughts on painting, the beautiful demo, and of course the great feedback you provided us on our own paintings. You really reignited my desire to paint freely. I hope to spend another weekend painting with you sometime soon."
"Thank you for our workshop! It was a great two days. You are an amazing host and instructor, (two things that don’t always work together). You pulled something from each of us and it was wonderful to be a part of it. Thanks to the moon and back."
"So, when my friend, Ken Elliott, told me he was co-teaching a workshop on color with Casey Klahn, I immediately said sign me up! Ken's work is simplified impressionist landscape with an emphasis on bold color like reds and yellows. Casey's work is influenced by the cloudy days of the northwestern part of the United States, and his paintings are simplified, abstracted landscapes. Casey uses subdued colors like blues and purples. Both artists' style and color sense are so dramatically different than mine that I knew I would be challenged by this workshop. And indeed I was! I have to smile when I see the work I produced in this workshop. It's so unlike my usual work."
Lee McVey website
I so enjoyed meeting you and being part of the workshop. You got me on fire!!!!!
"Wow! My weekend of private lessons was fabulous! While I was there I stepped into a whole new world that my soul was calling for. Wonderful conversations, a beautiful time with great art everywhere and artistic success!"
"Thank you so much for including me in the wonderful weekend workshop at the Castle Rock Artist "Retreat" :D I found all of you to be a delight and am so happy to meet each of you! Ken, you are a wonderful teacher & inspiring person!! The one day with you in your B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L home & "artist sanctuary" was "exactly" what I needed on so many levels !!! Thank you for your generosity, great color sense, sharing of your artful knowledge & supply resources. I came away with a renewed art spirit and also w/some new artistic ideas for applying paint to the canvas! Very inspiring indeed!
Jeannie Paty website
"When I signed up for a painting workshop, who knew that it would be so much more. Thank you Ken. For your kindness, generosity of spirit, and sharing your knowledge and skill of painting with us. And thank you to everyone for making our time together a magical weekend which will be cherished. Fortunately the universe provided me with what I needed, whether I knew it or not."
"Your workshop changed my whole outlook on what I might be able to do with my art career and gave me the confidence to really go for it. It was also huge from a creative standpoint, helping me focus on color and having that be the lead/primary solution to my paintings as a colorist and abstract artist - but also from the manifesting angle it was my introduction to the whole idea and what set me on my course as a professional artist."
Kirsten McGannon website
"It was a fabulous workshop! I know we all had a lot of fun and really enjoyed having you here. We would love to have you come back again next year!"
"Just wanted to thank you again for a very inspiring, informative, and fun workshop. I worked LARGE today!
"Thank you for all your inspiration!"
"Hey, I DEFINITELY recommend this! SIGN UP for Ken's class! Take your art further than it's ever been!"
"You are a wonderful, vibrant instructor!"
"Thanks SO VERY MUCH, Ken, for such a fun, informative, and energetic workshop. Your enthusiasm is contagious. What a wonderful weekend!!"
"You are so gracious. Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop and ALL that you shared. It was a great weekend."
"Love the class, you are a great teacher!"
"I feel so enriched and on fire to paint big and glowing colors. If you ever get a chance to study with Ken Elliott, I highly recommend him. If you need help getting to his workshops just read his book Manifesting 123"
"Great class Ken! Thank you for all the good tips and inspiration. So glad you came to Houston."
A good time was had by all! Thank you!
Barbara, Workshop organizer and attendee
"Thank you Ken for a awesome workshop, picked up some new tools to advance forward. Looking forward to using those tools. I had a great time meeting everyone and working together."