YOUR AH HAA MOMENT: SUMMER 2012

Tempus fugit.

So do ideas.

Long before the snow stopped flying, ideas were flying as the staff at the Ah Haa School for the Arts focused on building a robust summer schedule. During Telluride’s festival season, the school becomes a playground for young and older alike.

For the young, there will be drawing, painting, papier mache, creating a superhero, clay, screen printing, jewelry-making and more, close to 150 classes in all, or about a 15 percent increase over last summer’s already packed scheduled.

For adults, Ah Haa plans to offer about 50 courses, among them, Speed Decorating with Emmy-nominated TV personality, author and decorator, Jill Vegas. (That’s June 14 – June 16.)

June – September, painter/teacher Robert Weatherford continues his ever-popular Painting From Within, with more of an emphasis on expressing one’s feelings and less on on the technique of working in acyrlics.

Cool courses for the warmer weather feature popular returning instructors such as Flair Robinson, Rebecca Crowell, and Susie Billings.

Plein Air artist instructors plan to, ahem, make an impression too: Jeanne MacKenzie, Deborah Paris, and Barbara Churchley.

Classes in career development include product photography, indesign – the trifold brochure, and how to run an etsy site.

Savor a cooking class featuring chef/owner Chad Scothorn of Cosmo. Eliza Gavin of “221” instructs on appetizers and wine pairing.

Every Saturday morning, from June – September, nine – noon, there will be an Open Studio, with materials for collaging, simple ceramics, and painting available for all to explore on their own.

Tuesday nights, June – September, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Ah Haa hosts an Open Ceramic Studio.

Wednesday evenings, June – August, 7 – 9 p.m., is all about “Canvas & Cocktails.” Grab your friends and coworkers, or make it a unique date night and join the Ah Haa for an evening of entertaining art instruction. You will go home with your own painting, and hopefully a new found talent you’ll want to continue to explore. BYOB.

The theme of this year’s Ah Haa auction, which accounts for roughly 1/3 of the school’s overall budget, is Joie de Vivre/Cirque d’Ah Haa. The happening takes place Friday, July 20. Donated work from regional artists will be on display at the school three week before, starting July 2.

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to marketing director Lauren Metzger talk with executive director Jodi Pounds.

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