Curtis Center for the Arts Instructors

Meet the instructors of the Curtis Center for the Arts!  All of the classes at the Curtis Center are instructed by professional artists, staff and certified teachers who strive to provide the best educational experience for all artistic levels.  Learn about the instructors, view their artwork and find out what classes they are teaching.

Aimee Deneweth - Aimee Deneweth, M.S. is an award-winning painter and owner of the Scarlet Owl Studio in Denver. She also maintains a weekly art blog called Colorful Connections. Aimee's favorite part of teaching is helping other artists grow and reach their creative goals. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado and is a member of OPA, Art Students League of Denver and PAAC. To learn more about Aimee visit her website at http://scarletowlstudio.com/

Classes: Beautiful Blooms: Painting Abstracted Flowers and Exploring Oil Painting

Aimee Deneweth

Anita Mosher Solich - Anita Mosher is an American impressionist trained primarily in the Russian school of painting. Originally from Kansas City, Anita first studied art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum when she was-six years old. She paints in her Denver studio and her work has been featured in articles numerous times in Southwest Art magazine including “Artist to Watch” in 2001 and in American Art Collector and Western Art Collector. To learn more about Anita visit her website at http://www.anitamosher.com

Class: Painting Colorful and Expressive Barnyard Animals in the Russian Impressionist Style

Anita Mosher

Arts on Fire - Arts on Fire is Highlands Ranch’s fun and friendly paint your own pottery studio where there is never a studio fee! We also offer glass fusing, and canvas painting. To learn more about Arts on Fire visit their website at http://artsonfirestudio.com/

Arts on Fire will be collaborating with the Curtis Center at the following programs: Art in the Park, Spring Break Art Camp and Pee Wee Art

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Candace French - Candace French is a professional Mixed Media Artist who blends brilliant colors, textures and light. With an ever-expanding range of mixed media, Candace is inspired to create and teach art for the joy of it and to bring joy to others. Her work is in private and public collections throughout North America. To learn more about Candace visit her website at www.candacefrench.com

Classes: Exploring Alcohol Inks (adult/teens), Exploring Mixed Media, Exploring Pouring Acrylics (adults/teens) and Painting Aspens with a Palette Knife

Candace French

Christa MacFarlane  - Instructor, Christa MacFarlane, has been an artist for life and an art teacher for more than 15 years. As a native Kansas gal, she obtained her BFA degree majoring in design at the University of Kansas. Christa says, “A life without the ability to express myself through the arts is not an option; it’s a must. I am continually reminded to abandon fear and to be who I was created to be by pursuing what I am passionate about__ making art and walking alongside others as they experience the creative process.” Producing her own artwork with meaning connects her to the natural world. Inspiring others through the creative process brings her joy! To learn more about Christa visit her website at www.ChristaMacFarlane.com

Class: The Basics of Painting with Acrylics

Christa MacFarlane

Christian Dore - Born in Ken, England in 1970, Christian Dore spent most of his childhood living abroad.  At the age of 13 he returned home to settle in the small village of Shorne in Kent.  At age 18 years of age he was accepted into the Kent Institute of Art and Design before continuing his education at the prestigious Bournemouthe and Poole Collage of Art.  His career began as a motion graphic artist for the BBC as well as MTV and Nickelodeon.  After accepting a designer’s position in Colorado, it was there that his artwork truly flourished.  After moving to the Colorado foothills, it was here that Dore’s work evolved into the work that is owned in private collections throughout the world.  Dore’s work explores the Impressionism of the lush environment around him.  He takes the expressive qualities of color and mixes them with a somewhat whimsical narrative to capture his feelings. Learn more about Christian by visiting his website at www.christiandore.com

Classes: Abstract Colorado Landscape Painting (adults/teens) and Sketching an Abstract Form of the Colorado Landscape (adults/teens)

Christian Dore

Cliff Austin - Cliff was born in 1956 He has lived for over 50 years in Denver and Aurora CO. After what I considered two incredible years, I graduated from the Rocky Mountain School of Art in 1980. My love of drawing began in 1976, as I studied Technical Illustration at The Denver Institute of Technology. I quickly found out this type of drawing was not enough to satisfy my love of drawing, and after working as a patent draftsman/illustrator/office manager in a small drafting shop… I wanted more. My employer casually remarked, “go to art school” and the path to being an artist was forged. He shows in Arts at Denver Fine Art Gallery Denver, Aar River Gallery Westminster, Majestic Fine Art Gallery Idaho Sprgs, Cornflower Boutique in Frisco CO, Mary Williams Fine Art Gallery in Boulder CO. Cliff works in Littleton at his private studio and teaches there also. To learn more about Cliff visit his website at http://www.cliffaustin.com/

Classes: Beginning/Introduction to Drawing and Landscape Workshop: Oil or Pastels from Photographs

Cliff Austin

David Lukens - David Lukens earned an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BFA from the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver. David's work had been featured in numerous juried exhibitions regionally and nationally. Having taught art for over a decade, his enthusiastic approach to teaching art has encouraged many students to continue to explore the joy of studying and practicing art and experience the distinct sense of fulfillment in being an artist. To learn more about David visit his website at www.davidlukensart.com

Classes: Painting Basics and Portrait Painting

Still Life by David Luckens

Janet Anderson - Janet Anderson’s life journey has been a meandering one. Formerly an attorney and devoted stay-at-home mother, Janet is now a full-time professional artist whose representational landscapes and figurative oil paintings reflect the beauty of remote, quiet places and moments of intimate connection. In her short time as a full-time artist Janet has received national recognition for her work, having had paintings juried into prestigious national shows including those sponsored by Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society. An avid outdoors-person, Janet is drawn to landscapes as her primary subject matter. She collects many of her reference photos from hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and skiing trips. In recent years, Janet has significant time painting en plein air, enjoying the beauty of nature while pursuing her passion for painting. To learn more about Janet visit her website at www.janetandersonfineart.com

Class: Fundamentals of Painting

Janet Anderson

Julia Rymer - Julia Rymer is an artist and art educator with over 10 years of teaching experience for both kids and adults. Her classes encourage expression and exploration of process while learning the fundamentals of painting and design. She holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, and an BFA in Painting from the University of Denver. Her abstract paintings are deeply influenced by a childhood spent in the Colorado environment, and she is happy to call it home. To learn more about Julia visit her website at http://www.juliarymer.com/

Classes: Abstract Experimentation, Color Play: Mixed Media Painting for Kids and Color Theory: Basics and Beyond

Julia Rymer


Kay Gross - Kay Gross grew up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains surrounded by aspen trees and waterfalls. She realized her passion for glass art while she was in the middle of her art teaching career.  Mesmerized by the beauty and fluidity of glass, which reminded her of mountain streams and translucent glass-like lakes, she began experimenting in the glass field and teaching it to her young students. Today, her glass work reflects the dynamic play of color, tone and nature of the Rockies, where she still spends much of her time. Collaboration with her husband, who works in steel, provides the right mix of both mediums to produce one-of-a-kind sculpture.  Kay has been teaching glass to all ages of students, from 5th graders to seniors for over ten years. Her vision and passion inspire her students as they are exposed to the fluid nature of fused glass, in a safe and fun atmosphere. To learn more about Kay visit her website at http://www.fireforgeartglass.com

Class: Beginning Glass Sculpture

Kay Gross

Kevin Weckbach - Denver born Kevin Weckbach had studied at the Art Students League of Denver for the last decade, and is represented in galleries from Wellfleet, Massachusetts to Texas. Kevin balances his career as a painter with illustration. His work is very sophisticated in the intellectual structure, the brush work and how Weckbach leads the viewer with color. Yet the work has spontaneity and freshness and conveys much with simplicity. Truly an exciting and talented artist. To learn more about Kevin visit his website at http://kevinweckbach.com/

Classes: For the Love of Color and How to Become a Master Painter

Painting by Kevin Weckbach

Lauren Brant Assistant Cultural Arts Coordinator, Curtis Center for the Arts

For over ten years, Lauren Brant has worked for the Curtis Center for the Arts as the art education programmer.  Lauren received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Visual Arts with an emphasis in art history from the University of Northern Colorado.  Lauren oversees all the art classes at the Curtis Center for the Arts and instructors the youth art classes at the center as well as teaches art appreciation and art history at the college level.  If you have questions about classes, please contact Lauren at lbrant@greenwoodvillage.com or 303-708-6112.

Classes: Art Trending for Kids, Black and White, Collage Portraits, Pee Wee Art, Spring Break Art Camp and Soaring High with Art

Lauren Brant

Little Red Hen Studio - Little Red Hen Studio is a unique creation location or “maker studio” for arts, crafts, sewing, mixed media, wood sign making and all things creative and crafty! Our focus is on kids, but not to worry – we bring out the kid in adults too! We offer drop in / drop off anytime creating (no appointment needed), classes, camps, workshops, birthday parties, adult parties, fundraisers and special events. We guide and teach various art techniques and assist each creator through their project emphasizing their own creative ideas, imagination and self-expression – not every project needs to look the same! Art is more than just a pretty picture, it is about communication, problem solving, critical thinking and learning basic techniques to fully express your inner artist boosting your self-esteem and reconnecting with your soul. Creativity has no age limit or skill level, nor do you need to be an “artist” to make a beautiful project. If you think you are not “artsy” we are here to plant the seed of creativity and watch it grow. Our mission is to CREATE! Learn more about Little Red Hen by visiting their website at http://littleredhenart.com/

Little Red Hen will be collaborating with the Curtis Center at the following Programs: Art in the Park, Spring Break Art Camp and Pee Wee Art

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Maggie Stewart - Maggie Stewart is a professional artist, Colorado native, and owner of Mama’s Belly Inc., a company specializing in bronze belly bowls. She creates work in many mediums including silk, photography, stone, and found objects. Maggie has taught for over twenty-five years in a variety of museums, art centers and schools. She and her husband have a studio in Denver where they often collaborate. Maggie sells her art worldwide.  For more information about Maggie visit her website at http://maggiestewart.com/

Classes: Ceramic Hand Building, Encaustic and Shellac, Fun with Furniture, Mixed Media for Teens, Mixed Media Sculptures, Papier Mache Dogs (adults/teens), Pop Art Soft Sculptures (kids), Silk for Mother’s Day, Spring Break Clay & Sculpture Camp and Valentine’s Day Sculptures

Belly Bowls by Maggie Stewart


Michael Dowling - Michael Dowling was born in Denver in 1972 and grew up in Colorado. He began drawing at a very young age but didn’t begin to study formally until the age of 24. After several years of study in studio practices, Michael sold the business he owned and moved to Florence Italy to focus on making art and expanding his skill. He completed his studies at Il Instituto de Art, Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in 2002 with focuses in studio practice and contemporary theory. While in Florence, Michael studied under the duo Rosenclaire (Rose Shakinovski & Claire Gavronsky) who continue to be his mentors and advisors. To learn more about Michael visit his website at https://www.mdowlingstudio.com/

Class: Figure Drawing

Micheal Dowling

Pop Culture Classroom - Pop Culture Classroom delivers innovative pop culture-based resources to educators, administrators, parents, and community members to create educational engagement with students. To learn more about Pop Culture Classroom visit their website at http://popcultureclassroom.org/

Programs: Creating Comics with Pop Culture Classroom and Game On! Design Your Own Board Game with Pop Culture Classroom

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Renee Reese - Renee Reese is a professional watercolor artist, modern calligrapher, and greeting card designer whose passion is sharing art with others. Her inspiration comes from walks on Colorado trails, colors of the seasons, and gardens great and small. Expressing these inspirations through sketching, watercolors or a calligraphy pen is pure joy, but teaching it doubles those joys. Her goal is to encourage beginning and seasoned artists alike to enjoy the process of painting and lettering and allow the pleasures of creating to become life-long habits. Currently she spends her time teaching workshops and private lessons, expanding her Hopscotch Art line of greeting cards, accepting painting and lettering commissions, and always, always creating. To learn more about Renee visit her website at https://www.hopscotchart.com/

Classes: Beginning Watercolor Adventures, Casual Watercolor, Coffee and Canvas, Cupcakes and Calligraphy and Weekend Watercolor Flowers,

Renee Reese

Rick Brogan - Rick Brogan has been painting full-time for over 20 years and has worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and production designer.  Although Rick Brogan was born in Montana, he has enough ties to Colorado to be considered a native. His credentials and attention to details have helped him create an enviable niche in the art world. With a master’s degree in Art from the University of Denver, he worked as an animator in Hollywood, an illustrator for Martin-Marietta (now LockheedMartin), an Art Director in the Denver area and a free-lance artist. His work is included in many collections, including the Xcel Energy collection.

Classes: Drawing and Sketching and Watercolor

Rick Brogan

Stephanie Hartshorn - Largely self-taught, Stephanie has had the good fortune to study over the years with a select list of established painters that have inspired and encouraged her course. As her work continues to evolve, she emphasizes abstracting details to create a kinetic realism. A fifth-generation Coloradan, her subjects fall into diverse camps. First, the West where she grew up around an iconic landscape of barns, fields, and crisscrossing power lines. Second, the West that grew up around Route 66. Living just a stone’s throw from Denver’s storied Colfax Avenue, Stephanie finds continual challenge in capturing and contextualizing the signs and sights from the bygone motor-hotel era. To learn more about Stephanie visit her website at www.studiohartshorn.com

Class: Great Composition: The Art of Arranging

Afternoon Repose Stephanie Hartshorn

Susan J. Maxwell - I have always been involved with art and it's many avenues. I have a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. I worked as a Graphic Designer and a technical illustrator for 15 years. I decided I wanted to share my love of art with students. I received my certification in teaching and have been teaching since 2001.  In the last several years I have been creating art using mixed media and print making. To learn more about Susan visit her blog at www.maxwellperiwinkle.blogspot.com

Class: Creative Printing Techniques

Geli Print

Victoria Eubanks - Victoria Eubanks brings thirty years of graphic sensibility and design experience to her art studio. She has been teaching encaustic workshops since 2009, her enthusiasm and passion for the medium is evident. Victoria serves on the board of directors at Arts Students League of Denver, Recent recognition includes a coveted Best of SAM award, Best in Fine Art award from the Castle Rock Chamber 2017, and Featured Artist for the 2017 Fine Art Market at the Arvada Center. Victoria has twice curated the biannual WAX Stories juried exhibition in Denver, 2015 and 2017. She is a long-time member of the MIX Co-op at the Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver and a founding member of EXPAND artists, who exhibit together. She is a member of the Encaustic Arts Institute in Santa Fe, NM and the International Encaustic Artists. To learn more about Victoria visit her website at VictoriaEubanksArt.com

Class: HOT ART: Basic Encaustic Techniques

Victoria Eubanks