Thursday nights at the Museum have long been a highlight of the week for Longmonters — not only for the diverse musical events and talks and lectures, but also for the Art & Sip sessions that tempt participants into trying something new and creative.
This fall, the adult Art & Sip classes will go virtual starting this week.
The Art & Sip series, which will run through Nov. 19, starts Thursday with the first of three sessions on watercolor painting. Sessions will be led by the Museum’s own Leigh Putnam, who will share new techniques aimed at inspiring both beginners and experienced painters. The theme of the first class is “Rainbow Leaves,” and Putnam described it as the perfect way to “let the watercolor paint guide us as it mixes and swirls.” “Forest Mushrooms” will follow on Sept. 17 and “Night Sky in the Woods” will close out the watercolor workshops on Sept. 24.
Next up Putnam will present three sessions on painting with acrylics and will again share different styles and techniques for all levels of participants. The acrylics series starts Oct. 8 with “Golden Fall Aspens,” in time to capture the changing fall colors. The next class on Oct. 15 will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Stephen Long’s expedition to map what is now known as Longs Peak. The Oct. 22 class takes a completely different turn with “Geometric Abstract.”
To celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, on Oct. 29 Art & Sip participants will learn how to create traditional stone art; how to paint sugar skulls (calavera), marigolds (cempasuchil) and monarch (monarca) stones; and the history and significance of each in Day of the Dead celebrations.
The final three Art & Sip sessions will celebrate Christmas and the holidays in a bohemian style. The first session on Nov. 5 will teach participants how to make wreaths that can be styled multiple ways for a seamless transition from the fall to winter holidays. The Nov. 12 workshop will feature three techniques to create garlands perfect for hanging on a hearth, a tree or any other spot in the home. The last holiday session on Nov. 19 will instruct attendees in three techniques to make ornaments and how to make snow globes.Art & Sip sessions will be offered via WebEx and will start at 7:30 pm. Workshops cost $30, or $85 for a three-session bundle or theme. Supplies are extra, and artists can provide their own or purchase a custom supply kit from the Museum.
Register and learn more about Art & Sip and other fall events on the Museum website or by calling 303-651-8374.