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SHY RABBIT PhotoShop Basics a must-do for artists

There are still spaces open for the January sessions of PhotoShop Basics and Photograph Your Work at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, instructed by professional artist D. Michael Coffee.

No previous experience is required. Dates and times as listed below.

Are you struggling to understand PhotoShop well enough to simply adjust or resize your images, or to add text?

Are you an artist that would like to take control by doing your own photography?

Then these introductory classes are perfect for you, and will provide just the information that you need without being overwhelming.

Participants have commented:

“Michael manages to de-mystify PhotoShop like no one else. A great intro class for artists of anyone interested in learning the basics!”

“If you do your own photography, Michael’s Photoshop class is a must-do to really understand sizing of images, pixels, file sizes, etc., along with the various adjustments of images, and the ability of adding text.”

“Without Michael’s excellent classes and teaching, I would never have understood what a pixel is, and would still be paying $85 an image to have a professional shoot my work for me. Thanks Michael!!”

WORK-Shops @ SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious and comfortable 1,000 square-foot mixed media studio.

Coffee has been teaching these classes since their inception in 2007, and continues to draw in new and repeat students from throughout the country. 

For additional information on Coffee, please visit

PhotoShop Basics

This introductory PhotoShop course will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Course fee: $90; includes use of studio equipment as needed.

PhotoShop Basics 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

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 workshop will enable you to do that, and more.

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.

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

This comprehensive course will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days. Course fee: $195; includes use of studio equipment, computers, CD and misc. 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.

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, and depth of field, image/file formats, image cropping, and image correction.

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

This introductory printmaking course will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days both days.

Course fee: $235; includes all necessary course materials, inks and paper.

Printmaking without a Press utilizes a unique hand-pressed printing process called “Reductive Ink,”™ designed and developed nearly 25 years ago 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.

Printmaking without a Press 1 is also designed for those with traditional printmaking experience, and is geared to enhance existing skill levels in preparation for intermediate and advanced classes, if desired.

Coffee’s monotypes have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the country and are included in dozens of national and international private and public corporations.

For additional information on Coffee’s work, and to view his biography and resume, visit

Ceramics from the Potter’s Wheel I

This introductory potter’s wheel course runs five consecutive Saturday mornings, March 3-31, 10 a.m.-noon, and includes optional studio time, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Glazing date to be determined.

Course fee: $275; includes use of all required studio equipment, studio tools, misc. consumable materials, 25 lbs. of stoneware clay (additional clay can be purchased for $20 per 25 lbs.), studio glazes, bisque and glaze firings, and open studio time.

Each participant will also be provided with a basic starter toolkit to keep for his or her own use after this course is completed.

This introductory course is designed for novice and experienced potters alike.

It is the perfect opportunity for beginners to jump-start their introduction to working on the potter’s wheel, and will establish good working fundamentals and principals that will provide a foundation for continuing work on the wheel.

Participants will be exposed to the concepts of wedging, centering, opening, pulling and shaping forms, trimming and finishing, and glazing. The ideals of form and function and general aesthetics will be discussed, as well as how these ideals can be incorporated into simple objects for use.

Instructor D. Michael Coffee has been a professional ceramist for 15 years. His experience includes teaching college and private master courses; consulting; extensive studio work; kiln design and construction; firing expertise; and overseas ceramic study.

Coffee’s functional and sculptural ceramics have been shown in numerous solo, invitational and group exhibitions, and are included in hundreds of prestigious public and private collections throughout the world.

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. Credit card payment accepted.

Online registration is also available for all workshops at

For more information on SHY RABBIT, please visit

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 daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at no charge. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

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