The VanCo School of Art welcomes homeschoolers of Northern Colorado to our art classes. We offer classes specifically for home school students and encourage community around friendship and art fostering an artist community for these children.
Owner and teacher Coleen grew up in an art community in Boston at Acorn Gallery School of Art and loved how the atmosphere encouraged creativity and expression. She worked along side kids who enjoyed this type of home away from home, a comfortable place to create.
“I was inspired by the kids around me. They were strong and believed in themselves because of the encouragement from our teachers and peers. It was truly a magical experience and the only time during the year I felt at home in the art world, like I belonged. Acorn gave me what my school and local community wasn't, a place to believe in myself as an artist. ” said Coleen when reminiscing about her days at art school.
This type of experience and engagement is especially important for kids who have the artistic ability, but just need a little guidance, encouragement and a place to create and be inspired!
This atmosphere is what VanCo embodies. Students learn classical ways of painting and they also develop the skills to create beautiful pieces from their imagination and from still life.
We welcome you to come and try a drop-in class. You can try any class or one specifically with other homeschool students. If you're interested in signing up for a class, call the school at (970) 430-5113.
We started Summer Camp with a bang here at VanCo!
Our first week of summer art camps began with introduction to oil painting. Students first exercise was a value scale and then grisaille painting. A couple students painted the Apple & Pear as they learned various techniques and how to control oil paints while advanced students worked on still lifes.
The second week of camp was full of messy fun with sculpting. Our kids brought odds and ends from home and made recycled master pieces. This maybe the most fun anyones had with "garbage". Next project was paper mache´ letters and then continued with paper mache´ sculptures varying from penguins and giraffe to a life size golf club! The camp wrapped up with exploring clay. Messy messy fun!
Printmaking camp took place the third week of June. Our students first created monotypes and then used styrofoam to cut designs and create prints like the popsicles print pictured below! We then cut rubber blocks to create stamps. We had ideas from ice cream cones to foxes. It's amazing to see how the kids create such different and wonderful things!
We ended June camps with bookmaking. Our students learned how to bind their own books using variety of stitches and how to make different styles of books like accordion and flip books. We're looking forward to July's Plein Air painting camps. If you're interested in learning more about our camps in July or August, feel free to contact us. Space is still available!
Boston University educated in Art, the owner and instructor at VanCo enjoys teaching the arts. Not only does she run the school, but she also runs CoCo Artist Studio in Old Town Plaza and has a traveling wine and painting class, Vino and VanCo.