TAG: Colorado artists

Photograph of artist Carlos Frésquez with his artwork in the background.
Lesson Spark

The Magic of Discovery

Carlos Frésquez is a local artist who participated in the Cuatro[4] series of installations. Find out how he was inspired early on to make art. 

Carlos Frésquez, exploring identity and place through his work, remembers his first experiences with art. His kindergarten teacher made art magical and let him discover color mixing.

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Collage made of colorful images on paper
Art Exploration

COLLAGE WITH GLUE, PAPER AND TISSUE

In this self-guided exploration, young children will make artists' choices about which shapes, colors, and placement to use. 
  • Collect scraps of colorful paper (tissue paper, patterned paper, cardstock, computer paper) and place them in a basket in an art area. Encourage children to tear or cut pieces in various sizes.
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Hadley Hooper, Tableau, 2016. Theater flats, paper, wheat paste, Ikea chairs. © Hadley Hooper.
Art Exploration

Seeing Texture

Inspired by the whimsical installation, Tableau, created by Hadley Hooper, this printmaking exploration invites children to discover textures and patterns of different tools and materials as they reveal colorful ink prints! 

Prepare an art center with Styrofoam trays, printing ink or paint, rollers, paper, and a mixture of tools and materials that create imprints, such as:

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Artist Melanie Yazzie
Lesson Spark

Collecting Things

As seen in her interview, artist Melanie Yazzie is never at a loss for ideas because she collects objects and images for a wall of inspiration in her studio. 

In my home studio space, I collect a lot of sort of knick-knacks from different places, and I’m really inspired by antiques, different really special objects and the collecting of those objects and special things.

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View of the site-specific installation, Tableau, by Hadley Hooper.
Exhibition

Tableau

On View through August 20, 2017

This installation of larger-than-life immersive illustrations by Hadley Hooper was inspired by theater stage sets. More

Horsing Around
Lesson Plan

Horsing Around

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

In this lesson children will investigate elements of Rodeo-Pickup Man and participate in activities related to the painting. They will explore sound, color, and their imaginations; and will make their own paintings to share with the class.

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Who’s Got Your Back?
Lesson Plan

Who’s Got Your Back?

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Rodeo-Pickup Man and find information that allows them to compare and contrast the roles of people who provide safety across cultures and throughout different time periods.

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Where It’s At
Lesson Plan

Where It’s At

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine Rodeo-Pickup Man and use clues to determine the elements of story structure apparent in the painting, paying particular attention to setting. Students will then create a setting for a story of their own.

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Travis Ogden in shop
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Travis Ogden

The Naja Tool & Supply, Inc. was opened in 1976 and has become the largest resource of tools and supplies in Colorado.

In the early nineties, Travis Ogden was teaching metalsmithing at the Front Range Community College, where on his way to class he would buy supplies from the Naja. Eventually, he started working at the store, and in 1998 he took ownership. More

Jesse Mathes working
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Jesse Mathes

Jesse Mathes’ art has been inspired by her time as a traveler and, more recently, her role as a mother.

A Colorado native with degrees in metalsmithing and jewelry, Jesse Mathes creates large-scale pieces using various metals that act as body adornments, ranging from corsets to collars, inspired by her travels in France. More

10 Colorado Made Items Denver Art Museum Shop Dariya Bryant
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Buy Local This Holiday: 10 Colorado-Made Items That Make Great Gifts

In search of great holiday gift ideas? The Shops at the Denver Art Museum feature a variety of items that are made locally—what better way to support the arts and the local economy at the same time. Here is our staff's list of ten Colorado-made items we think you'll like:

1. Hammond's Chocolates: Handcrafted old-fashioned quality candy made locally for more than 90 years. Try the Cinnamon Coal Candy to get in the holiday spirit ($5), Toffee Brittle bar for something familiar, or Sweet N’ Spicy for an adventurous chipotle twist ($3). More

Joe Korth 3D printer
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Joe Korth

Joe Korth's unique work is inspired by looking around at everyday objects and finding hidden imagery in his surroundings.

A self-taught jeweler, Korth works almost exclusively with silver and gold, with much of his work featuring a Korean technique called Keumboo. This ancient technique uses heat and pressure to bond pure gold sheets to pure silver. More

Thread Studio Artist Profiles
Blog: Meet the Artist

Thread Studio Artist Profiles

This series introduces some of the fiber artists who conduct demonstrations in the Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio. More

DAM Artist-in-Residence Linda Aguilar Knows Basket making
Blog: Meet the Artist

DAM Artist-in-Residence Linda Aguilar Knows Basket making

Linda Aguilar is not a typical basket maker. Her horsehair baskets combine traditional Chumash Indian basketry techniques with non-traditional materials. Think bingo chips, beads and sequins, and even bits and pieces of credit cards. Actually, nothing about Linda is typical. Not the way she learned to weave, her teaching style, or her apple pie—all of which are extraordinary. More

Call for Proposals: Summer Installation at the DAM
Blog: Making & Doing

Call for Proposals: Summer Installation at the DAM

Exciting news for anyone who loves designing, tinkering, hammering things together, museums, and people: The DAM is looking for Front Range area architects or artists to design a sculptural installation for Martin Plaza next summer. During the summer of 2014, the DAM will be showcasing several exhibitions and programs related to the idea of sculpture. This outdoor project is meant to complement the museum’s offerings, while also adding a knock-your-socks-off, interactive feature to the larger Civic Center complex. More

Seen in Passing
Exhibition

Seen in Passing

Photographs by Chuck Forsman
Nov 17, 2013–May 25, 2014

“Some people think they have to go to exotic places or the far ends of the earth to find excitement. I’ve always liked the idea of finding interest at home; just walking around the block can be an experience.” – Chuck Forsman More

A Moment in Time: Here
Exhibition

A Moment in Time: Here

Feb 10, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

Denver-based painter Rick Dula, who photographed the Hamilton Building throughout its construction, created hyper-realist painting A Moment in Time: Here in 2009. It appears to peel back the interior walls of the building to expose its steel girders and underpinnings, and reveals the angular skeleton of the structure, which opened in 2006.

Popular with museum members and volunteers, the artwork originally was on view in 2009 and 2010 in the exhibition Embrace!

See Dula and his team create the artwork on-site in the 10-minute timelapse video below. More

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