From Life Drawing with Art of Modeling, to crocheting with Tangle Turtle Arts, to basket weaving with Pretty Nice Creations, the Firehouse has many fun classes for adults!

“Tangled Hearts” (age 11 and up – grown ups too!)

2 hr|$40

January 23, 2022, 10:00 AM

We will be creating a Tangled Heart using the Zentangle method. After learning a few new tangles and filling out a heart shape, you will be able to take home your creation! (for age 11 and up) $40 for the 2 hour class. Please bring your own supplies (I will have some available for purchase, too) Materials will be provided. To register, please go up to the first section and sign up! “The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns (tangles). It is a proven method for mindfulness, fosters self-esteem, focus, relaxation, and stress reduction. And it’s fun! People of all ages and skill levels around the world now create Zentangle Art.” – Founders Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas.

Zentangle: Keepsake box- Tangle Turtle Art

2 hr|$40

, 2022, 10:00 AM
After a quick Zentangle refresher, we will decorate a keepsake box (i.e. photo box). Sorry about the picture, I am working on a box for you! $40 for the 2 hour class. Materials will be provided. “The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns (tangles). It is a proven method for mindfulness; fosters self-esteem, focus, relaxation, and stress reduction. And it’s fun! People of all ages and skill levels around the world now create Zentangle Art.” ~ Founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas

Crochet Journey #1 – Learn to Crochet

2 hr|$ 40, $ 80, or $120
February 6, 2022, 1:00 PM Sign up…

Crochet Journey #1 teaches the basics of crochet. A chain stitch, a single crochet , increasing, decreasing, and how to read a pattern . This is the first – of four – classes to complete a project. You can enter the Journey at any time, depending on your crochet knowledge. Please communicate with Instructor before class (artistbettina@yahoo.com) $40 for each 2 hour class. Or $120 for the whole – 4 class – Journey. Materials for class #1 will be provided.

Crochet Journey #2 – Review & begin simple project

February 20, 2022, 1:00 PM Sign Up…

Crochet Journey #2 will review the basics of crochet and get you started on a simple project, like a scarf, a pencil case, or some kitchen cloths, for example . This is the second – of four – classes to complete a project. You can enter the Journey at any time, depending on your crochet knowledge. Please communicate with Instructor before class (artistbettina@yahoo.com) $40 for each 2 hour class. Or $120 for the whole – 4 class – Journey. Please bring your own materials for this class.

Crochet Journey #3 – work on project

March 6, 2022, 1:00 PM Sign up…
We troubleshoot. Learn about picking up dropped stitches, increases, and decreases, any other learning needed to complete specific projects. This is the third – of four – classes to complete a project. You can enter the Journey at any time, depending on your crochet knowledge. Please communicate with Instructor before class (artistbettina@yahoo.com) $40 for each 2 hour class. Or $120 for the whole – 4 class – Journey. Materials for class #1 will be provided.

Crochet Journey #4 – complete & finish project

March 20, 2022, 1:00 PM Sign Up…
Crochet Journey #4 teaches you how to bind off, sew in the ends, block, and even sew together. So you can finish your project and take it home! This is the fourth – of four – classes to complete a project. You can enter the Journey at any time, depending on your crochet knowledge. Please communicate with Instructor before class (artistbettina@yahoo.com) $40 for each 2 hour class. Or $120 for the whole – 4 class – Journey.

Calligraphy class: Thank You Note Card (13 yrs. and up)

2 hr|$40
February 20, 2022, 10:00 AM
We will learn how to measure out our card, and explore the Italic Alphabet. You will take home a finished Thank you Note Card, or two. $40 for the 2 hour class. Card making materials will be provided. Please bring your own pens/nibs, Markers, Ink pens, and Ink

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Zentangle: Renaissance Tiles- age 11 and up, adults too- Tangle Turtle Art

2 hr|$40

, 2022, 10:00 AM

Alcohol Ink Creation Class 

Jan 08, 2022, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Learn to create abstract pieces of alcohol ink artwork. This intro class includes the creation of ceramic coasters and magnets.
Jan 22, 2022, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Use pine needles and waxed linen to weave together a baskets using our step by step instructions/demonstration. All materials will be provided. The class is $40 and includes supplies.

Feb 05, 2022, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Join Rachel Courtney and Dana Steiner for a block painting class. Use blocks, cutters and brayers to create a reusable relief print of your own creation. All materials will be provided and the class is $40 at Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501. RSVP at prettynicecreations.com/event. Students will have the opportunity to make 2 designs on 4×6 lino. Bring any sketches you may need to complete them, they can be cut into smaller sizes, you can draw straight on to the lino, or free cut the designs.

Feb 26, 2022, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Felted soaps are a functional soap with an artistic scrubby built in! When your soap is spent you will be left with a little wool felted pouch that you can poke a hole in and add new soap, use it to hold potpourri, air plants or coins.

This class is geared toward beginners but fun for felters of any experience level.

This class includes an unscented goats milk soap, wool and tools to complete a single felted soap. All tools and supplies will be provided for class use. $40

YOUR INSTRUCTOR- RACHEL COURTNEY
Rachel Courtney has been interested in designing and creating art from a young age. She has been making hand-made jewelry, blankets and scarves for decades and recently started painting. She started crocheting in 2000 and has been making blankets for Project Linus ever since. She launched her Etsy store for Pretty Nice Creations in 2010 and has grown her online selling from scarves and blankets to a wide variety of crafts and graphic design work. She enjoys giving crafting classes – alcohol ink, jewelry making, painting and more.

Rachel received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications in 2003 and a certificate in digital graphics technology in 2004. Her love of the simple beauties in life led to the founding of her graphic design company, Pretty Nice Creations where she can share her designs with the world. Beyond her graphics and textile work, Rachel is an accomplished photographer and marketing expert who helps local businesses grow their reach online and off.

The Firehouse is proud to offer a socially distanced life drawing session coordinated with Art of Modeling.

Short Sit- Dry media only: the Firehouse provides chairs and tables, BYO easel and supplies (newsprint and vine charcoal is available if you forget your supplies).

In this two-hour session poses vary from short gestures to 15 or 20 minute studies in an open-studio format. This is not an instructor-led class: artists are invited to practice their craft in their own style.

Sign up here!

MONDAYS- 6pm-8pm- In the Main Gallery

Members- $12
Non-Members- $15

Image: Brandy Coons

All artists are responsible for cleaning their area after class. For distancing reasons, each person will need a separate table or must bring their own easel. No materials will be provided or shared. Space is LIMITED.

Classes are socially distanced and for ages 18+

Discount pricing for Firehouse Artist members, space is limited. Doors close 5 minutes after class start and open 15 minutes before.

Art and Creative Business Workshop

Art & Creative Business Workshop 

Dec 15th 10:30-12:30

Dec 22nd 10:30-12:30

Cost: $25 members/$35 non-members

Max 10 people

Are you struggling with the ins and outs of starting or continuing a successful art business? Do you wish you could ask someone basic questions to help you avoid hours of research and banging your head on your desk in frustration? Questions like how to use square/credit card payments, how to approach retail stores and galleries, wholesale vs consignment vs shops vs booths, sales tax, business registration? Or just give you tips on local groups and opportunities happening in your community?

This workshop is customized to meet you at whatever stage you’re in with your art or creative business. The class size will be a  max of 10 people in a similar situation to yourself. This provides the opportunity to learn from and lean on your fellow classmates and their experiences. 

I’ll spend time ahead of the class gathering info and research before the class starts to answer your questions and provide resources to help you get started. If you still want more one-on-one help after the class I’m offering art career counseling starting at $150/mo or on demand sessions for $75/hr. 

Fill out the questionnaire below to complete your registration and help me prepare answers and information for you ahead of the class! I look forward to meeting you!

Questionnaire:

  1. What do you need the most help with? What are you hoping to get or take away from this class?
  2. What stage are you in with your art business? Contemplating starting a business, Just starting out, A year or so into it, Several years but looking for help with digital/marketing aspects, etc. 
  3. Name of our business and website or social media page. 
  4. Is there anything else you need help with our want to know about?

About the instructor:

Amanda Maldonado, aka Coy Ink, is a local artist and graphic designer. She has 3 years of experience owning and running her small art business, Coy Ink, and 7 years as a graphic designer. She now offers classes and consulting to artists and small businesses resources to help them thrive in a demanding digital world.

You can contact Amanda directly at hello@coyinkstudio.com.