Ah Haa: Fall Painting School

Ah Haa: Fall Painting School

Telluride Painting School announces merit scholarships, discounted housing for 2016 classes.


Every fall, the Telluride Painting School brings visiting artists to the Ah Haa School for the Arts to teach a series of three two-week painting intensives.

This year is no exception.

But there is more.

The Telluride Painting School expanded access to its classes with a new merit scholarship program and deeply discounted student housing. Moreover, in its fifth year of programming, TPS has enriched its curriculum by inviting acclaimed artist Ying Li to curate the 2016 season. 


The Telluride Painting School has always strived to provide supportive, exciting opportunities for its students, allowing them to push deeper into their creative practice. Now some of those students qualify for substantial financial assistance in addition to the rare opportunity to work with accomplished, acclaimed artists and professors in an intimate environment.

In 2016, the Telluride Painting School intends to award up to 12 merit scholarships. These scholarships are for students who demonstrate exceptional levels of skill, conceptual capabilities, and commitment to their craft – as well as financial need.

TPS Merit Scholarships may cover up to the full tuition cost of a class, plus studio or model fees. TPS Merit Scholarship forms can be found online at ahhaa.org. 

TPS students coming in from out of town can take advantage of the school’s discounted housing option for the duration of their classes. Students will be housed in a shared condominium within walking distance of the school.  Scholarship applicants are eligible for housing, as well. For more information, visit ahhaa.org. 

For 2016, returning TPS instructor Ying Li has selected two noteworthy NYC-based artists to join the TPS faculty: artist and professor John Goodrich and Ron Milewicz.

Li returns to Telluride for her second year to kick off the Telluride Painting School 2016 season with her class “The Figure and the Natural World,” October 3-14. (The class is sold out.)


Goodrich joins the Telluride Painting School to teach “Plentiful Nature: Observing and Composing,” October 17-28.

The course is designed to help students learn to re-create the full energy of nature from direct observation. Goodrich will guide his class to concentrate on the way colors and forms animate impressions of light, weather, space, and weight, mimicking the masters, from traditionalists such as Corot and Innes to modernists like Matisse.

The Bowery Gallery, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Kouros Gallery, and Lori Boostein Fine Art in New York City have all exhibited Goodrich’s work. He teaches studio classes at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, Haverford College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College.



Finally, TPS 2016 wraps up with Milewicz who will teach “Painting From Observation,” October 31-November 11, designed to help students capture the human form working from a live model.

Specifically Milewicz will teach how working from observation can be an act of deep creative invention, one in which color, light, and movement serve as metaphors for the physical and emotional experience of life. Truly “seeing” involves both rational analysis and an opening up to an intuitive understanding of the motif. In Milewicz intensive, students will learn to develop a unique and intelligent pictorial response to an image as it evolves on canvas.

A Brooklyn native, Ron Milewicz studied art history at Cornell University; he received his master’s degree from from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. Milewicz  attended the New York Studio School (1990-1994), where he currently teaches. He lives and works in Queens.


All Telluride Painting School classes take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and offer 24-hour access to the painting studio between classes. Each TPS instructor offers free open-to-the-public artist talks at the Wilkinson Public Library during their stay. 

Tuition for each TPS Intensive course is $1,000, plus a studio fee. Each class also has a materials list, which can be found at ahhaaorg. 


Classes are held in Ah Haa’s Daniel Tucker Gallery, 300 S. Townsend Avenue.

Registration is open and Merit Scholarship information and applications are available online. For complete information and registration, go here or call 970-728-3886.

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