“Automatic drawing and painting as a means to expand one’s creative reach”, Sunday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In partnership with Willowtail Springs

DAN ROTHBrief synopsis: Automism is a term used to describe a process wherein the artist suppresses conscious control over the making process, allowing the unconscious mind to have great sway. This workshop will explore experimental autonomic drawing and painting as a means to expand creative approach.

About the instructor:

Dan Groth is a long-time Durango resident, originally from Longmont, Colorado, with a degree in anthropology from Luther College. Groth works in pen-and-ink, watercolor, collage, and various printmaking styles, and explores concepts of time, landscape, the unconscious, and narrative. His surrealist, illustrative style has a dream-like quality, but with a subtle humor about it. His Willowtail residency in 2015 allowed him to explore the landscape with numerous plein-aire excursions, as well as further develop his collages, which use experimental watercolors as raw materials.

View his work at dangroth.com

Reserve your seat now $60 + Materials

Scholarships are available. Contact Peggy, 970-560-0333.

“We’re All Storytellers: A creative non-fiction workshop”, Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In partnership with Willow Tail Springs

DAVID HOLUBWillowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center presents “We’re All Storytellers: A creative non-fiction workshop” with instructor David Holub on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For this workshop, each participant will submit one manuscript of no more than 10 pages to be read and critiqued by David Holub in advance. During the workshop, we will discuss the elements of what makes for successful writing in the genre, such as what makes for a good story, voice, structure, organization, conflict, tension, etc

About the instructor:

David Holub is editor and creative director for DGO, an alt-weekly Durango. A writer, performer, and former writing professor in Connecticut, David appeared at the Raven Narratives storytelling series last year as well as wrote and performed an original, autobiographical one-man show, “We Are Broken and We Are Whole.” His writing has appeared, in print or online, in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Orion, AGNI, the Christian Science Monitor, American Book Review, and others.

Reserve your seat now $60 + Materials.

Scholarships available. For questions call Peggy Cloy, 970-560-0333.


“Slow Down and See”: A Photography Workshop, Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In partnership with Willowtail Springs

DEBORAH SUSSEXDescription: Artist & photographer Deborah Sussex will help participants, of all skill levels, explore a contemplative approach to creating images. A series of exercises will be offered to engage the senses, analyze light and consider the issues of a well-conceived photographic composition. Digital images will be loaded onto a computer for sharing and group reflection.

Materials for the photography class:

1) Bring any type of digital camera.

2) A jump or external hard drive to save and transfer images for projection and review.

3) Notebook and pen.

About the instructor:

My life as an artist is, yet again, in an exciting new chapter now living in the Four Corners region. Teaching has become an integral and rewarding aspect of my creative life and I treasure the experiences of watching others grow in their own artistic process.

As a photographer and pastel painter, I can offer my students a valuable combination of ways to look, see and express their impressions of the world. With a tendency towards the impressionist and abstract, I encourage a direction motivated with loose and thoughtful intention.

Scholarships available. For questions call Peggy, 970-560-0333.

“Drawing: Choose Your Story Make Your Mark” – Materials Exploration, Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Crystal Hartman

Saturday June 3rd, 2017 at 10am – 4pm with an hour for lunch.

Workshop Description

With the waxing of summer this workshop will activate our awareness and expression through the exploration of mark-making tools, techniques and storytelling. We will experiment with pencil, ink, chalk, collage, fibers, paint, paper, time and found objects. We will discuss and consider perspective, line, contrast, color and imagery as symbolism and metaphor in our creative work and the stories we share. We will generate creativity and build confidence in visual expression.

*Students are encouraged to bring sketchbooks and send questions and/or specific material requests before class…

About the instructor

Crystal Hartman is a studio artist and jeweler creating whimsical, carnal, sculptural delights on paper and canvas, in wax, metal, light and sound. Her artwork has been shown at locations such as the Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago and the Center for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona Spain. Her illustrations can be found through Dancing Girl Press (Chicago) and Open Country Press (Missoula, MT) and have been featured in Art Jewelry Magazine, CutBank Literary Journal, Interrupter Art and Literary Magazine, and DGO Magazine. Her sculptural jewelry is represented locally at Studio &, Durango and Gold Mountain Gallery, Telluride.

Reserve your seat now $60 + Materials

Scholarships are available. Contact Peggy, 970-560-0333.

Herb Walk-About and Evening Lecture with Instructor/Author Tammi Hartung, Tuesday, June 20

In partnership with Willowtail Springs

Willowtail Springs Nature: Herb Walk-About

Tuesday June 20th, 2017

Morning (2 hour) Walk-About 10am – 12pm at Willowtail
Evening Lecture at Mancos Library 5pm

Join Tammi Hartung for an enjoyable and informative walk on the grounds of Willowtail Springs. Tammi will be sharing how to use many of the plants that grow in the Willowtail wild spaces and gardens. FYI: Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, bring sun protection and water to drink. Also, paper, pen and a camera.

About the instructor

Tammi Hartung is an enthnobotanical herbalist and an organic farmer of more than 38 years. She and her husband, Chris, own Desert Canyon Farm in Canon City, CO where they grow more than 800 varieties of certified organic plants. Tammi speaks internationally and is the author of four books; Homegrown Herbs, The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener, Growing 101 Herbs That Heal and her newest book, Cattail Moonshine & Medicine. She blogs at desertcanyonfarm.wordpress.com

Cost is $25 for the walk and lecture.

Scholarships are available. Contact Peggy, 970-560-0333.