About Kaleidoscope

We're excited to roll out Kaleidoscope, a grant program funded by The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado and designed to bring art to local underserved participants from ages 12 to 120!

We have an awesome lineup of local teaching artists that will help participants explore different creative techniques. And thanks to the generosity of these teachers donating their time, and the grant funded materials, we're able to offer these workshops at no charge, plus  provide all supplies.


PSAC Member Benefit
While Kaleidoscope is designed for underserved students and seniors in our community, when space allows, we will add two spots in each workshop for PSAC members.  Detailed descriptions are below. 


If you are a PSAC member and you would like to join one of the workshops, email the workshop 

Name and Date to info@ps-artscouncil.org.
These spots are based on availability and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Workshop Descriptions

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Paula Miller- November 13th 

Title: The Creative Process 


All creative efforts involve a level of fear and anxiety. Whether it’s cooking, painting or working in our garden, we expose our creative efforts to others' opinions. And that can be pretty scary! This abstract art workshop is designed to help students address the fear that comes with creativity in a judgment free and playful space. Through instruction, inspiration, encouragement and laughter, participants will explore a variety of abstract techniques, play with fun painting brushes and tools, and experiment with several processes and textures. 


Number of participants: Up to 10 

Time for attendance: 4:00-6:00 

Location: High School Art Room B11


Janet Ford  - December 11
Title: Joyous Journals


We all see things that make us smile.  Why not record these precious moments by starting your own Joyous Journal?  In the Joyous Journal class each student will receive their own small journal.  You will be shown how to create a small drawing using an art pen then add color with watercolor pencils.  We will watch the colors come alive when a tad of water is added.  You can then add writing to your journal to describe what you feel or see.  It’s that simple!

Besides learning how to start your own journal, you will learn a bit about drawing placement on a journal page, drawing using shapes and shading, and color mixing.  These art skills will be used to create your Joyous Journal, but will also help you with your future art work.  

Note: Students are encouraged to bring a photo of something that makes them smile, but can also draw from fun photos we provide.  


Number of participants: 15 

Date:  Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Time for attendance: 4:00-5:30 

Location: High School Art Room B11


Susan Martin Serra- Jan 8 & March 12

Title: Ceramic Mugs


In this two-part workshop you will be guided through the process of making a beautiful and useful mug. Session I: you will use wet clay, a pattern, clay stamps and various clay tools to form the basic mug shape with sides and a bottom. You can put a handle on your mug, or make it with no handle. Session 2: After you make your mug, it will be left to dry for about one week and then it will go into one of our kilns to be fired to “bisque” which will make the clay hard and durable enough for you to be able to apply iron-oxide (this solution will make all the stamped impressions really show up) and then you can glaze your mug. You will brush the glaze onto it in three separate layers and leave with us to dry well. Once it is completely dry, we will fire it a second time. Pick-up of finished mugs: Once the kiln has cooled and we can unload it, your mug will be ready for you to come and pick-up!


Where: Belvedere Arts Workshop located at 2363 Eagle Drive 

When: Session I - January 8th, 1-3pm Session II - March 12th, 1-3pm 

Number of Participants: 10


Casey Crow- February 12

Title: Movement and Dance 

Details TBA


Michelle Turney: April 9th 

Title:  Pathway to Pastels


Beginner lesson in the use of pastels!  Learning to layer, blend and finally detail a painting. Through instruction, inspiration, encouragement and laughter, participants will explore a variety of pastel techniques, play different colors and tools, and experiment with several processes and textures.


Number of participants: 5-15

Time for attendance: 4:00-5:30

Location: High School Art Room B11


Kathleen Steventon: May 14th 

Title: Palette Knife Oil Painting with Soul 


This short course introduces palette knife oil painting techniques for artists of all ages and levels of experience. Pagosa Springs artist Kathy Steventon will introduce her palette knife techniques, and demonstrate just how easy they can be for everyone. Palette knives create texture and movement in a painting, and loosen up the style of artists using them. Steventon will include in her workshop how her connection to universal consciousness helps her in the studio, and how powerful that can be to enhance her work. Participants are asked to bring a photo to work from to this workshop.


Number of Participants: up to 10.

Time for Attendance: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Location: High School Art Room, B11


Diane Davis: Summer -Dates, time and location TBA

Title: Fantastic Felting 


If you are a PSAC member and you would like to join one of the workshops, email the workshop 

Name and Date to info@ps-artscouncil.org.  These spots are based on availability and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.