Colored pencil class- student's Wood Duck 2016
Colored pencil class- Student’s Wood Duck

Join April’s art classes at pARTiculars in Lafayette! Registration is open for April-Aug. classes.  Check the pARTiculars website to sign up or call the gallery (#720-890-7888)

There are many class options such as Drawing, Colored Pencil, Sketching Outdoors, Exploring Color, and Composition all listed below!


Drawing What You See and Beyond”  Class

Adults & Teens: beginning and continuing
Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm

Session #1 : April 25, May 2, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Session #2: June 6th (Off site location TBA) June 13, 20, 27th
Session #3 Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29th
Session #4

Description: If you can sign your name, you can draw, but you must learn how like anything else. Basic drawing is the stepping stone to a better painting. Seeing differently is the key to a great drawing. Give your drawings and paintings more depth, better perspective, and master the secret of lights, darks, and shadows.       Bring a soft pencil (#2) and a 9″x12″ spiral bound sketchbook to the first class.

Cost: $130.00 per session (5 classes)  $ 104.00 (4 classes) Materials fee: $ 8.00 per session payable to instructor.

“Colored Pencils and More” Class

Adults & Teens: beginning & continuing students

Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00pm.

Session #1 : April 25th, May 2, 9, 16, 23rd

Session #2 : June 13, 20, 27th

Session #3:  Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29th

Session #4:

Description: Come join in a weekly group to draw using your favorite tools or learn the magic of drawing with colored pencils.  We will use Prismacolor or comparable pencils.  Learn to match, blend and layer colors to create a drawing of your own choosing.     Whether you are a beginner with colored pencils or have drawing experience, this is the place for you.

Bring whatever supplies you have to the first class and we will go over the materials you will need or email the instructor for a suggested supply list.

Cost: $130.00 per session (5 classes) $80.00 (3 classes) Materials fee: $8.00 per session payable to instructor.

“Develop your art skills for Teens” class



Session #1: May 3, 10, 17th

Session#2: June 14, 21, 28th

Session#3: Aug. 9, 16, 23rd


Description: Looking for more in depth art instruction for you budding artist?  Look no further!  As artist and art educator, April Christenson presents a structured art lesson each week for art techniques ranging from perspective and value shading to portrait tips

Bring a 9″x12″ sketchbook and a pencil to both sessions.  Other supplies supplied by the instructor.

Cost: $90.00 per session  Materials fee: $8.00 per session                                                Contact:



Adults and Teens: beginning & continuing  students

Wed. 10:00-11:30am

Session #1: May 10, 17, 24th

Description:  Take a mid morning break and join artist and art educator April Christenson for a class in designing the elements of your pictures.  Improve your drawings and paintings with an in depth study of composition.  Bring a 9″x12″ spiral bound sketchbook and pencils to class; also bring about 10 reference pictures of landscapes or plant/flower photos each week from books, magazines or your own photos.  It is highly recommended to print out your reference pictures on 8.5″ x 11″ paper for easier viewing and marking on as we work through different techniques to create different and exciting compositions.  Learn the limitless options for your artwork!

Cost: $80.00 per session           Contact:

Elements of Drawing: Sketching Outdoors, the big and the small of it

Adults & Teens, beginning to advanced

Wed. 10:00-11:30am

Session #1 June 14, 21, 28th

Description:  Join artist April Christenson for a class to work on tips and techniques for sketching the small things in nature and fitting the expansive landscape onto a small sketchbook.  We will start our class at an outside location in Boulder County, I will email students the location a couple days before the first class.  If weather is bad we will meet at the pARTiculars Gallery.  Bring a 9″x12″ sketchbook available at any art supply store and an assortment of pens and pencils: also bring a pad or folding chair to sit on.

Cost: $90.00 per session (3 classes each session


Elements of Drawing: Exploring Color in Landscapes & Botanicals

Adults and Teens, beginning to advanced

Wed. 10:00-11:30 am.

Session #1 Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23rd

Description:  Explore the wide world of color and the effects you can create.  Color, an important element, can make or break an artwork, help solve perspective problems, and set a mood in your artwork.  Email teacher for the supply list.  In addition bring in about 10 reference pictures of landscapes of plat/flower photos each week to work from- color photo copies from books magazines and your own photos.  We will cut and paste these images to create a color notebook.  We will also experiment with using color using our art supplies.  Learn the limitless color options for your artwork!


Cost: $120.00 per session Materials fee: $8.00 payable to instructor