Cottonwood Center for the Arts

CCArts is located in downtown Colorado Springs

Design and create a circular book while learning watercolor technique and basic color theory working with a limited palette.

Jana L. Bussanich believes that function and beauty need never be separated. She has designed a circular book to serve as a reference for visual notes recorded by each student while mastering four basic watercolor techniques and color theory. Each book is a colorful reference for future watercolor paintings. Label techniques; add notes, inspirational quotes, and sketches to complete the project. No experience needed. All levels and ages welcome. Recommended for ages 12 years and older. Take watercolor technique and color theory classes from Jana L. Bussanich or one of her instructors, Leslie McCrea, or Mo Morrow at Cottonwood Center for the Arts located in downtown Colorado Springs. Classes meet weekly for two hours.

REGISTER NOW: TUESDAYS | OCT. 29, NOV. 5, 12, 19 | 10 AM TO 12 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: WEDNESDAYS | OCT. 30, NOV. 6, 13, 20 | 6 PM TO 8 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: TUESDAYS | JANUARY 7-28 | 10 AM TO 12 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: WEDNESDAYS | JANUARY 8-29 | 6 PM TO 8 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: TUESDAYS | FEBRUARY 4-25 | 10 AM TO 12 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: WEDNESDAYS | FEBRUARY 5-26 | 6 PM TO 8 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: TUESDAYS | MARCH 3-24 | 10 AM TO 12 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: WEDNESDAYS | MARCH 4-25 | 6 PM TO 8 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: TUESDAYS | APRIL 7-28 | 10 AM TO 12 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: WEDNESDAYS | APRIL 8-29 | 6 PM TO 8 PM | $100


INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUE + COLOR THEORY with Jana L. Bussanich

Prerequisite: Level 200 classes are for those who have completed a minimum of 8-12 weeks (2-3 four-week sessions) in the Watercolor Technique & Color Theory Level 100 class with instructor approval. Students in the Level 200 class will continue to practice and master the watercolor technique and advanced color theory while working with a limited watercolor palette. Course work also includes an introduction to necessary drawing skills and methods of transfer (grid drawings, use of graphite paper, etc.) along with how to evaluate and choose paints to meet your painting goals. Classes fill quickly. To guarantee your spot, sign up for one, two, or three 4-week sessions (or more) at a time.

REGISTER NOW: WEDNESDAYS | JANUARY 8-29 | 1 PM TO 3 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: WEDNESDAYS | FEBRUARY 5-26 | 1 PM TO 3 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: WEDNESDAYS | MARCH 4-25 | 1 PM TO 3 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: WEDNESDAYS | APRIL 8-29 | 1 PM TO 3 PM | $100


ADVANCED WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUE + COLOR THEORY with Jana L. Bussanich

Prerequisite: Level 300 classes are for those who have completed a minimum of 6-8 four-week sessions in the last 12 months with Jana L. Bussanich in the Watercolor Technique & Color Theory Level 100 class and/or 200 classes combined.

Course work includes continued practice in watercolor technique and advanced color theory working with a limited palette with the continued development of necessary drawing skills, composition and methods of transfer (grid drawings, use of graphite paper, etc.). This class is well suited for those who like to practice and paint independently between classes.

REGISTER NOW: THURSDAYS | JANUARY 9-30 | 10 AM TO 12 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: THURSDAYS | FEBRUARY 6-27 | 10AM TO 12PM| $100

REGISTER NOW: THURSDAYS | MARCH 5-26 | 10 AM TO 12 PM | $100

REGISTER NOW: THURSDAYS | APRIL 9-30 | 10 AM TO 12 PM | $100


SKETCH HUNTERS: INK AND WATERCOLOR
INSTRUCTORS: JANA L. BUSSANICH AND/OR LESLIE MCCREA

Join us for our new sketch series, offered Wednesdays, January 8-November 25, 2020. 

REGISTER NOW: CHOOSE 5 WEDNESDAYS | JANUARY 8-NOVEMBER 25 | 10 AM TO 12 PM | $110

Instructor-led walking tours, participants will make lose sketches and paint scenes of downtown Colorado Springs in personal art journals. 

Each tour starts offsite at Jana L. Bussanich Art Studio located at 218 W. Colorado Avenue, under the bridge. Arrive at 9:30 am to meet members of the group, enjoy morning coffee and instructor demonstration. Groups will depart on foot at 10:00 a.m., returning by noon. You may treat your registration like a five-session punch card: come consecutively OR to the sessions that work with your schedule (no refunds). Your punch card will be given to you at your first session.

New students welcome! This class is appropriate for all levels, beginner to advanced, ages 13 and older. Current watercolor technique and color theory students are encouraged to shift away from their usual practice and acquire new knowledge and skill during this summer course. This activity includes urban walking, stairs, sketching and painting outdoors or in local shops, libraries, parks, museums, and other public spaces. Bring a water bottle, wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. In case of inclement weather, the class will take place inside at Jana L. Bussanich Art Studio located at 218 W Colorado Avenue, under the bridge. 

MATERIALS
Bring Sketchbook (#140 cold press watercolor paper recommended), Fine-tip Permanent, MarkerWatercolor Paint Kit with a brush, water pot, and mixing tray. Other mediums like colored pencil and watercolor markers.