View All News

In the News:

Ah Haa School: Announces Formation of Telluride Painting Academy and Fall 2013 Semester


Media Note: Images are available

 Ah Haa School for the Arts Announces Formation of

Telluride Painting Academy and Fall 2013 Semester

April 10, 2013 (Telluride, Colorado) – Ah Haa School for the Arts announces the formation of Telluride Painting Academy and the 2013 fall semester of intensives for emerging painters, current studio art majors, and beginners seeking to tap into their inner artists.

The inaugural semester for Telluride Painting Academy is scheduled for September 9 through December 7, 2013.   Students may progress through all four, three-week intensives, or select a combination to suit their artistic endeavors.  Taught by master teachers in a spectacular setting, this year’s curriculum includes courses in Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Printmaking, and Finding Your Voice in Painting.  Each Telluride Painting Academy intensive encompasses just over 67 hours of classroom time, or the equivalent of three college credits.

“Telluride Painting Academy’s focus is to help students find their unique voice as artists,” explains Judith Kohin, Executive Director at Ah Haa School for the Arts.  “Regardless of skill level, students are guided through one-on-one and group instruction, reading and research assignments, peer critiques, and in depth mentoring sessions with the instructor in order to explore what really moves them.”

Course fees for the 2013 fall semester are $1,800 per intensive, or $7,200 for the entire semester, not including studio fees. Housing may be arranged for an additional fee, and tuition assistance is available. More information and online application forms are available at or call 970-728-3886.

The nationally recognized instructors selected to lead the intensives during the Fall 2013 semester are Kathy Hirsh, Gregory Botts, Allyn Hart and Robert Weatherford.



Figure Drawing.  September 9 – 28.  Kathy Hirsh, Instructor

Drawing from her master’s in medical illustration and 10 years of experience teaching painting and figure drawing in the U.S. and China, Kathy Hirsh will instruct the Figure Drawing intensive. Through formal and structural studies of the human body, her students will work to find their own two-dimensional expressions of the human form and gesture using charcoal, graphite and ink.

Figure Painting: Drawing Into Painting. Sept 30 – Oct 19. Gregory Botts, Instructor

Gregory Botts, a highly collected figurative and landscape painter based in New York and New Mexico, teaches the Figure Painting: Drawing Into Painting intensive.  “Figure painting has always been the standard of what an artist achieved,” Botts explains. “A figure is what we look for, it has something to tell us. What does it look like for each of us? As this is our spirit.” Through both realism and expressionism, Botts’ students will evolve from drawing on paper with conté crayon into painting with acrylics and oil.

Printing Into Painting.  Oct 21 – Nov 9.  Allyn Hart, Instructor

Printmaker, painter and book artist Allyn Hart holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine arts and has taught drawing, design, sculpture, art appreciation and printmaking for University of Utah. Hart will teach the Printing Into Painting intensive. During her class, students will use simple printmaking methods to establish a unique vocabulary of personal images and symbols that resonate through their work.

Painting from Within.  Nov 11 – Dec 7.  Robert Weatherford, Instructor

Telluride Painting Academy’s artistic director Robert Weatherford teaches the Painting From Within intensive.  A prolific artist whose work may be found in many collections, Weatherford holds a master’s in painting from Claremont Graduate Art School and a master’s in Systematic Theology from Union Seminary in Manhattan. Operating from the belief that all important things in art must come from the deepest feelings about the mystery of being, Weatherford will guide students toward painting from a place that is not intellectual, but rather a place that moves their spirits. Focusing on one subject at a time, students will create a different painting each day.



Telluride Painting Academy classes are housed in a circa-1890s Rio Grande Southern Railroad depot turned art gallery, set next to the San Miguel River. Located within the Telluride Historic District, the thoughtfully renovated building provides the ideal space for painting, complete with 12-foot ceilings and plentiful light. Alongside no more than ten students at a time, students will spend their mornings with the instructor and their afternoons putting pencil to paper and brush to canvas.

Ah Haa School for the Arts is a dynamic center for the visual arts dedicated to inspiring discovery and nurturing creativity. Ah Haa School is located in Telluride, Colorado and  offers year-round classes, workshops, visiting artist programs, art trips and retreats, open studios, lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Beginners and skilled artists alike come through the school’s doors to learn something new, refine a skill, or revive a forgotten art. Ah Haa School was founded in 1990 by book artist Daniel Tucker. The prestigious American Academy of Bookbinding, a school of fine binding and book conservation, was founded in 1993 by Ah Haa School.  For more information on all of the Ah Haa School’s programs visit Ah Haa School for the Arts is a registered 501 (c) (3).


Media Contact:
Saverio Mancina
+1.646-684-3955 office
+1.202.468.7644 mobile