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Summer session begins June 9.
FAC member registration begins April 14 and non-members April 28.

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Questions? Call 719.475.2444

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Holidays and Closures

Easter 4/20
Independence Day 7/4

Youth Documentary Academy

Application deadline extended to April 20, 2014.
Apply here for training program.

Birthday Parties

"It really could not have been more enjoyable. It was easy and efficient for me, the kids loved it, the other parents were quite impressed, and most importantly, my daughter was ecstatic."

To schedule call 719.477.4345 or email

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


Deluxe Corporation

Sheila Fortune Foundation

Pikes Peak Community Fund
Fund for the Arts


Kirkpatrick Family Fund



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, download the PDF for the Winter/Spring semester, or download the PDF for the Summer semester.

Winter/Spring session
Sign-ups continue through April

Summer session
FAC member registration now open
Non-member registration begins April 28

Non-members may fax, mail, or drop off completed registration forms at any time, and these registrations will be processed in order of receipt beginning on the public registration date.

Free Family Adventure Days

Celebrating Earth
Saturday, April 26 | 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.


May 17 | Chihuly: Color and Pattern (Chihuly Rediscovered)

Sept. 13 | Western: Spurs and Boots (Drew Dominick: Remington Works)

Dec. 13 | Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins)

**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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