Painting by Amy Beidleman

Painting with Coffee

The idea of painting with coffee usually starts with accidentally dipping your brush into your coffee instead of the painting water - an "a-ha" moment! Come join Amy Beidleman at Hallam Lake ready to discover how instant coffee works quite well to give paintings the spectrum of values needed to make a painting pop! No drawing or painting skills necessary. Paint a coffee cup, mug or both while learning the elements of watercolor technique. Learn various techniques to create texture, layering for a wet look and lifting to create steam. You will never look at coffee the same way again. Ah - smell the coffee as your learn how to watercolor paint!

Materials will be provided!

Amy Beidleman is a local artist and owner of a greeting card business. The love of the outdoors is evident in Amy's paintings. She is intrigued by the transformation of a blank piece of paper into a place she hopes the observer would like to go for a moment. Painting watercolor for more than just a hobby was always a dream of Amy's until in 2010 when a friend offered to sell the cards in her Aspen store. Now Amy has her cards in over 40 shops. She also teaches art workshops, sells her paintings in art shows and online, and does commission work for businesses and individuals as well as volunteer as the Water Media Curator for the Aspen Chapel Gallery. For over 20 years, Amy was CFO of a couple local banks which gave her a strong financial background to start her own business. She is mostly self-taught, continuously studying and taking classes. Amy has been in Aspen since 1978. She and Neal have two children, Finn and Reed. Amy supports a number of non-profit organizations through the creation of artwork and donations of cards.
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WHAT TO BRING: Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear to be inside and outside for the day. Pack lunch, water, snack, sunscreen, hat etc. Bring ANY and ALL art materials that seem appropriate for the workshop. A few weeks before the class we will e-mail you a materials list if it's supplied by the instructor.

HOW TO GET THERE: Please bike or walk to ACES whenever possible! We understand that you'll need to drive to ACES for certain classes - 6am birding classes, photo field trips, etc. However, when you can, make it a personal challenge and see if you can drive fewer times than last year! Parking at ACES is limited.
$35.00 Members
$40.00 Non Members
Hallam Lake
5:30pm - 7:30pm Our apologies, but we're unable to access availability for this class.
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