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Columbus Day 10/13
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Italy Tour
Drawing from the Masters

9 Day Excursion February 17-25, 2015

The Sassi Italy Tours "Drawing from the Masters" course is a nine day art history, history, and drawing intensive which runs concurrently within Doug Sassi's renowned Italy tour. The focus is on both ancient and Renaissance Italian societies, their history and cultural values, and their continued influence on the modern West. We will visit the major museums of the greatest cities in Italy, discuss the history of the great Italian artists and their patrons, and draw directly from the available priceless cultural artifacts contained therein. The course aims to instill in the participant a sense of the long shadow cast on modern society by both ancient Italy and its Renaissance masters and to lend a perspective only available to those experiencing Italy’s treasures firsthand. This course will be of interest both to the casual traveler and the student of drawing and painting; we will instruct the participants on the value of examining the formal choices made by the artists of the High-Renaissance and offer a deeper examination of the historical and political underpinnings that moved their works. The direct observation of nature and of the great works of the masters is a highly rewarding and highly valuable journey into visual thinking and the basics of representation. It is open to all skill levels and both to aspiring artists and non-artists alike.

For more information here or:
Contact Tara Thomas

Gift Certificates

Hand-made gift certificates are available in any denomination and are good for any class of the recipient’s choice at Bemis School of Art. Purchase a great gift today at the administrative desk of Bemis or call 719.475.2444.

Guided Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the FAC Galleries! Choose from a variety of tour programs or have a custom designed tour. Available for adult and student groups. Contact us to help you plan your visit: 719.476.2444 or

Bemis Activities made possible by

Colorado Creative Industries

Sheila Fortune Foundation
Kinder Morgan Foundation
H. Chase Stone Trust
Deluxe Corporation
Northrop Grumman
The Hester and Edwin Giddings Foundation

Fund for the Arts

Kirkpatrick Family Fund


Bemis class

at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Who We Are
Bemis School of Art is a year-round facility at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, dedicated to arts education for all ages. Experienced artists and art instructors, large studios and limited class size create a motivational and supportive environment in which each student may explore his or her creative potential.

What We Offer
We offer courses for all ages and skill levels, including drawing, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, mosaics, jewelry making, art history, photography, and drama. New semesters begin each January, June and September; FAC members receive early registration privileges and $10 off each class. Browse the online catalog.

As part of the 2007 renovation and expansion of the Fine Arts Center, Bemis added seven new art studios, and a parking lot for students. The expanded museum offers students world-class permanent and special exhibitions from which to draw knowledge and inspiration.

From art class curricula to gallery tours, FAC educational programs follow the State of Colorado Department of Education’s Academic Standards. We strive to encourage student creativity and imagination as a strategy for educational success through the visual arts.

We offer courses for all ages and skill levels, including drawing, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, mosaics, jewelry making, art history, photography, and drama.

Browse the online catalog, or download the catalog for the fall semester.

Fall session
Registration now open!

You may fax, mail, or drop off completed registration forms at any time.

Free Family Adventure Days

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins)
Saturday, Dec. 13 | 10a - 1p
Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place

Spend the day with your family being creative and let us ignite your imagination with new adventures in art-making. Explore different themes with art materials and new techniques in the studios led by Bemis teaching artists. An opportunity for families to engage in hands-on art activities in a creative, community setting. All ages and skill levels welcomed.

**Special Note on Parking** A parking permit is not required for the Bemis lot during Family Adventure Day hours. Free parking is also available in the lot on Dale Street; walk through the FAC to access the Bemis School of Art building.

Built upon the foundation of the prestigious Broadmoor Art Academy, which was established in 1919, Bemis School of Art has since inspired and instructed thousands of aspiring artists. The school was incorporated into John Gaw Meem’s Art Deco-inspired Fine Arts Center in 1936 and later housed in its own adjacent facility. Read more

Birthday Parties at Bemis!

Now you can have a themed birthday party hosted at Bemis School of Art. Birthday parties are approximately 2 hours and include: 60-75 minute art lesson and 45-60 minutes for celebration

You can choose from a number of different activities, including:

    Drawing - pencils, chalk pastels and/or oil pastels
    Painting - watercolor and/or tempera
    Mask Making
    Mixed Media

FEES | There is a minimum charge of $200 for a group of 12 or less. For each additional child, there is a charge of $5 with a limit of 20 children.

*Minimum charge for clay art is $300. For each additional clay art lesson, there is a charge of $10 per child with a limit of 15 children.

Prices include supplies, art teacher, and classroom space reservation. Families are responsible for providing cake, refreshments, and decorations. We do not have sufficient refrigeration or freezers available.

Birthday parties can be scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Dates are subject to availability. Questions? Contact the Education Program Coordinator at 719.477.4345 or email Please allow 2-3 weeks advance notice when scheduling a party.

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