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We offer a variety of classes this fall and winter.  Classes will be held at Generous View Studio, located at 1803 South Foothills Highway, Boulder.  Enjoy a light-filled open studio with fabulous views of the Flatirons while you let your creative side explore!    

Workshops and Classes

Register for Workshops

To register for workshops, please email us at artists@springboardvisualarts and let us know the workshop(s) you want to attend.  We will then email you an address to send your check or money order to and, if needed, a materials list of items you may need to bring. 

If you are interested in a workshop that says "Through BVSD Lifelong Learning, please go to  http://bvsd.org/lll/Pages/default.aspx and search on "Elaine Riley".  Register through Lifelong learning and payment and cancellation  will be through Lifelong Learning according to their policies and procedures.  

We prefer to have payment before the day of the workshop. Your payment will not be processed until the day of the workshop. If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible.  Cancellations four days prior to the workshop will be given a full refund. Past four days, you will be refunded 50% of the tuition cost.  Material fees are to be paid in cash or check on the day of the workshop.  If you have any questions regarding registration or cancellation, please feel free to contact us at artists@springboardvisualarts
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  1. Morbi nunc odi
    Zen Line Drawing
    February 10, 17, & 24 through BVSD Lifelong Learning.
    Zentangle® inspired, Zen Line Drawing opens techniques of design and drawing. Using pen and paper to create lines that become 3-D, move, and inspire is meditative and exciting all at the same time. You do not have to know how to draw or have any skills in art. It looks difficult, but when designs are deconstructed and then recreated, it all becomes amazingly simple. The only thing needed to enjoy this art form is a desire to do so. It’s a great way to distress, focus, and meditate all at the same time you are creating a unique piece of art. In this class, you will learn how to create cards, tags, framed art, journal covers, and more. Put your mark on a one-of-a-kind piece of art with Zen Line Drawing.
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    Soul College
    January 23, 30, and February 6
    Three part workshop. More details coming soon. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest information delivered directly to your email.
  3. Morbi nunc odi
    Springboard Journal
    TBD 9:30-12:30 $50 + $15 material fee
    Springboard journals are created by taking the front and back of a book, removing the insides (and saving for future projects), inserting a binding and pages to make your own journal for writing, collage, mixed media projects or whatever you want to use it for. The process is fun and full of creativity. Learning new techniques for creating this journal will open unlimited opportunities for gifts, special occasions, travel journal, plant/bird journals, sketch books. So many projects that you can use for your Springboard Journal. For more photos of this journal, please click on the Gallery tab above.
  4. Morbi nunc odi
    Blizzard Books
    To be Determined
    Make a journal for encouragement, goals, moments, a trip, dreams, or whatever is on your mind. By folding the binding and inserting pages it becomes a unique journal of your own. Part one is making the journal. Part two is making the pages, background, collage, finding words for the pages, and/or creating found poetry or words to help you stay on track, document your life or travels, or words of encouragement for your internal journey. This class will give you techniques for this journal as well as for other journals you may want to make. Paint, stencils, photos/magazine pictures, stamps, texture and more will all be a part of your journal. Freeing and exciting, creating for fun, and no experience necessary to create a journal you will love!
  5. Morbi nunc odi
    Springboard Altered Deck of Cards
    Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 9:00-2:00 $85.00 +$20 material Fee
    Using a regular deck of 52 playing cards, we will create writing prompts, motivational quotes, one-word reminders, collage, or whatever you would like to help you go through each week for a year to grow in your art, your life, or your passion. The cards will be transformed with paint, stamps, stencils, texture plates, and more. The techniques you will learn will help you create dramatic and one-of-a-kind backgrounds for visual journaling that can be used in a variety of artwork from greeting cards to canvas. This workshop will help you to open your mind to different ways of working with mixed media and to play with art and products, which will free your hesitations to see yourself as an artist. You will go home with an inspiring deck of cards you will look at every day. Come play with us!
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    Art Journaling
    To Be Determined
    Mixed media is artwork created using a mixture of mediums like paint, watercolor, colored pencils, stencils, college, drawing, stamps, found objects, photos, collage, and so forth to create work in textures, contrasts, and layers. In this class, you will learn techniques to use all of these and more. We will start with a blank journal and create your record of days, dreams, thoughts, observations or whatever your mind might lead you to. No rules, no judgments…. just fun!! Through layering and other techniques your Art Journal will turn in to a work of art telling your life story. You do not have to be an “artist” or have any prior experience with mixed media to create work that is unique and beautiful.