Studio Arts Boulder partners with other local for-profit and non-profit organizations to support programs in other studio art forms. The "studio arts" include any creative discipline requiring a substantial investment in equipment, facilities, safety precautions, and instruction which are beyond the means of most individuals. While painters can work on a canvas almost anywhere, the studio arts are difficult to practice alone. They require a communal and collaborative environment to bring works of art into being.
Use of glass as a medium for two- and three-dimensional pieces that range from functional mosaics to non-functional sculptures. Specific approaches include working glass at room temperature with "cold working" and stained glass; working glass at high temperature with a torch flame (lampworking), glass beadmaking, and glass fusing.
The creation of art objects for functional or purely artistic expression whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. Natural fibers can be from animal or plant sources, such as wool, silk, linen, and cotton. In addition to weaving, fiber can be used to create structures through knotting, twining, plaiting, coiling, pleating, lashing, and interlacing.
Making original artworks by printing, normally on paper, but also on wood, cloth and even clay. While the process is capable of producing multiple "prints" of the same piece, each print is considered "an original" since it is not a reproduction of another work of art. Techniques include lithography, letterpress, silkscreen, etching, wood block, digital and photomechanical processes.
The process of working with metals to create functional and non-functional artwork such as jewelry, tools, sculpture, and furniture. Metal art and art blacksmithing is typically made by various techniques of forming (casting, deforming, forging, extruding, bending, stamping), cutting (machining, turning, threading, grinding, filing), and joining (welding, brazing, soldering, bolting, screwing).
The process of making hand-built furniture, sculpture, and other types of art by building, carving, turning, or joining something using wood. Decoration techniques such as chip carving, wood burning, and marquetry (inlaying) make wood an excellent artistic medium. In addition, wood offers complexity in the grain of each species, which often shows even when the medium is painted.
Check out these amazing local studio art organizations...
Ambrosia Glass Art
Angelo Ambrosia and Dee Crouch create beautiful functional and decorative pieces in their Longmont studio. They also provide special workshops in the art of glass blowing.
Shuttles, Spindles, & Skeins
In addition to their retail store, which is full of beautiful materials, looms and other supplies, Shuttles offers classes in weaving, spinning, knitting, crafts and other special workshops.
Artists Renate Mairie, Sam Cikauskis, & Chris Blume provide custom printing services along with workshops and shared print studio space.
Boulder Metalsmithing Association
BoMA is a membership organization that provides workshops, public demos, and studio time for professional metal artists.