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PhotoShop, photography and printmaking workshops at SHY RABBIT

Registration is currently open for March and April workshops at SHY RABBIT. Dates and times as listed below. These workshops include PhotoShop Basics, Photograph Your Work, and Introductory Printmaking without a Press 1.

Classes are kept small for individualized attention and will fill quickly, so don’t delay. No previous experience is required for any of the following classes.

Workshops at SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious and comfortable 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios, and are instructed by professional artist D. Michael Coffee.?

A participant in the recently held Feb. 5-6 session of introductory Printmaking without a Press 1 made the following comments at the conclusion of the class:

“Shy Rabbit is certainly an interesting and inspiring place offering the public so many different art forms not only to view but to learn from and eventually come to greater knowledge and appreciation of.

“A collection of prints, paintings, sculptures, pottery and ceramics displayed in the most attractive ways in an area which I would describe as a small museum.... or the “gem” of Pagosa Springs.

“Since this was my first attempt at taking an art class of any kind, I cannot comment on Shy Rabbit’s complete program. I can only guess!

“But, I can certainly offer my sincere opinion of February’s ‘Printmaking without a Press 1’ class, and especially its teacher!

“I must applaud Michael and spread the word to whoever will listen, that taking a class with him is indeed an encouraging, uplifting, and truly ‘wonderful’ experience.

“His patience, understanding and total willingness to help is what has motivated me to continue on an artistic path I never would have expected to enjoy so much.

“I have never considered myself an ‘artiste’....but with Michael’s encouragement and his wonderful philosophy toward human beings and the existence of their inner artist....I look forward to the next class, to see you again, and to be inspired by one of the greatest if not, ‘the greatest’ teacher I have ever had!

“Thank you so much.”

• PhotoShop Basics — six spaces left.

This introductory PhotoShop course will take place on Saturday only, March 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Course fee: $90; includes use of studio equipment as needed.

No previous experience required. This workshop is also designed for those with PhotoShop experience and serves as a great refresher course.

This valuable and fact-filled workshop will cover the general principles of PhotoShop manipulation specific to the needs of artists.

The information provided is also applicable to those that would simply like to learn more about PhotoShop for their own personal use.

Instruction will focus on image/file formats, image sizing, cropping and image correction.

It will cover accepted practices for submission requirements to juried competitions, publications and newspapers (both online and hardcopy). The preparation of images to be used in promotional materials and website use will also be discussed.

• Photograph Your Work — five spaces left.

Are you an artist who would like to start taking your own high-quality, professional pictures for documentation purposes and/or for presentation to galleries or online sales sites?

This two-day class will enable you to do exactly that and more.

This comprehensive two-day course will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Course fee: $195; includes use of studio equipment, computers, CD and miscellaneous consumable materials, as needed.

No previous digital photo experience required.

Photograph Your Work is a high-content, digital photographic workshop that is designed to expose artists to the methods necessary to capture, manipulate, save and send digital images of their work for use in the development of their professional careers.

The information provided is also applicable to those that would simply like to learn more about photography for their own personal use, such as with the documentation of antique or fine art collections for insurance purposes.

This comprehensive “low impact” digital photo workshop is designed for artists that understand the importance of taking control of the presentation of their work.

This workshop will focus on lighting, exposures, depth of field, image/file formats, image cropping and image correction.

Utilization of “off the shelf,” inexpensive alternatives to pricey photographic equipment will be at the core of this workshop.

Photograph Your Work will cover the general principles of photographing both 2-D and 3-D works of art, with an emphasis on the accepted practices for submission requirements to juried competitions, publications and newspapers.

The preparation of images to be used in promotional materials and websites will also be discussed.

D. Michael Coffee will present the material through both lecture and demonstrations.

Participants may bring up to three 2-D or 3-D pieces of their work to be photographed as part of the “hands-on” portion of the workshop.

Participants’ photos will be evaluated, corrected (if necessary) and saved to CD to be retained by the workshop participant for their personal use.

The techniques and processes that resulted from Coffee’s methodical trial and error over the course of the past 25 years in the documentation of artworks are the basis for the material to be presented in this valuable workshop.

• Printmaking without a Press I — four spaces left.

This introductory printmaking course will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Course fee: $235; Includes all necessary course materials, inks and paper. No previous experience required.

This two-day introductory workshop utilizes a unique hand-pressed printing process called “Reductive Ink™,” designed and developed by D. Michael Coffee.

Participants will be introduced to the basics of this unique printmaking technique and will learn how it can replicate traditional printmaking processes without the use of harmful chemicals or expensive printmaking presses.

Students are provided with a materials list and are encouraged to advance at their own pace by practicing this remarkable printmaking technique in the privacy of their own home.

Workshops are also designed for those with traditional printmaking experience and are geared to enhance existing skill levels in preparation for intermediate and advanced classes, if desired.

For a full course description or for more information regarding these or any of the workshops offered at SHY RABBIT, visit

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Visa and Mastercard payment accepted.

Online registration is also available for all workshops at:

For more information on SHY RABBIT, please visit

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SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard, and west of the City Market complex.

The 4,000-square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

SHY RABBIT is currently open winter hours, Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge — and evenings by appointment. Ample parking is available in front of the building.