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SHY RABBIT begins 2010 with workshop lineup

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops announces its workshop schedule for January through March 2010.

This is the perfect opportunity to sign up for one of SHY RABBIT’s very popular workshops, or to give one as a holiday gift.

Classes are designed for novice and experienced artists alike, and are also geared for individuals that are simply interested in expanding their creativity in a fun, relaxed and nurturing environment.

WORK-shops @ SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios, and are instructed by professional artist and ceramist, D. Michael Coffee. 

Testimonials by previous workshop participants include:

“Taking these classes is a big step because I have been intimidated by creating art in the past. But Michael’s relaxed approach and encouragement has changed my attitude.”

“Thank you. Michael was such an inspiring teacher for me. I really appreciate the attention and care he showed me while there.”

“As always, thanks for a great couple of classes. The printmaking is an amazing process. Well taught and well supported. Clay has also been very rewarding. Michael’s teaching method and hands-on experience makes clay enjoyable, with marginal frustration, and an opportunity to create some pretty okay stuff even as a rank amateur and beginner.”

“I enjoyed the print making class so much. Michael does such a good job of teaching and sharing his knowledge — all without making anyone feel inept!”

“Hello guys, amazing class … I will not say ‘as usual,’ but it is true. Great students, great energy, and some real fun art and new techniques. I want to thank you both.”

“Just another heartfelt thanks for getting me up to speed on the ways of the art world ... and for the hand holding in the process. I feel so proud of myself for learning and doing new things!”

For additional information on instructor D. Michael Coffee, visit

For more information on any of the workshops offered at SHY RABBIT, visit and click on the Workshops link at the top of the page.

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Visa & M/C payment accepted.

Online registration is now available for all workshops.

Workshops currently scheduled for 2010 include:

Basic Ceramic Techniques and Hand-Building I–(Introductory)

January 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Course fee: $215.

This two-day introductory workshop focuses on hand forming, texturing and assembling clay, all without the use of a potter’s wheel or other equipment. Students are introduced to coil, pinch, and slab methods of construction, preparing them for continuing work in ceramics if desired.

Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel I-(Introductory)

This course runs five consecutive Wednesday evenings, Jan. 27-Feb. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Course fee: $275. Glazing date to be determined.

Open studio time is also included in the course fee.

This five-week introductory course is designed for novice and experienced potters alike. Participants will learn the concepts of wedging, centering, opening, pulling and shaping forms, trimming and finishing, and glazing.

Printmaking without a Press I-(Introductory)

March 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Course fee: $215.

This two-day introductory workshop utilizes a unique hand-pressed printing process called

“Reductive Ink”™, designed and developed by professional artist D. Michael Coffee.

Printmaking without a Press is high in content and uses inexpensive, low-tech materials that can be easily used in a home studio environment. It is designed for those with or without printmaking experience.

Workshop fees include all necessary course materials. Ceramic workshop fees also include a toolkit that participants may keep for future use.

Intermediate and advanced levels are also offered for all WORK-shops @ SHY RABBIT, for those interested in continuing their art education.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio & Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard. The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.