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Calling all artists, tinkerers, engineers, craftspeople, D.I.Yers and members of the MAC community and beyond!

The MAC (Manitou Art Center) is undergoing a creativity explosion and we are looking for community members who love to make stuff, learn to make stuff or simply talk about making stuff over a beer. A $50 per month individual membership gets you access to WOODshop, METALshop, fSTOPshop (darkroom), DESIGNshop (3D printer & Boss 100w Laser Cutter), PULPshop, co-working space, conference room & technology, wifi, classroom with facilities.

Coming real soon:
THREADshop (looms, industrial sewing machines and dye lab under the auspices of the Textiles West experts)
INKshop (Printmaking)

Access from 5am to 2am 7 days a week.

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MACshop Tour including Safety & Orientation for Prospective & Current Members

Park at the Manitou Art Center parking lot or in the surrounding area

MACshop at The Manitou Art Center will be conducting a Safety & Orientation program each day for prospective and current members, from Monday May 1st to Sunday May 7th. Come and join us to familiarize yourself with the newly configurated spaces and learn about MACshop rules and regs for members. We collaborate with artists, arts organizations and other talented people to create a place where you can put your mind to work and make your artistic risk-taker, the doer and the maker of things! Please see our membership page (https://manitouartcenter.wildapricot.org/page-1075236) to sign up for use of our workshops. An individual membership is $50 per month and this entitles the member to use these workshops and their facilities between the hours of 5am to 2am. Some equipment such as the 3D printer and the laser cutter, require specialist training and certifications before use. TECHshop (3D printer, 16" x 30" 100W Laser Cutter)PULPshop (papermaking)WOODshopMETALshopTHREADshopPRINTshop (darkroom)

Life Drawing Sessions @ The MAC $7 Wednesdays 6pm to 9pm

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Life Drawing every Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm in E11 Creative Workshop at the rear of the MAC. All levels welcome. Bring your own paper, materials and adult beverage. Unguided session. Some weeks multiple poses, other weeks long poses. No need to RSVP Questions? [masked]

MACshop Tour including Safety & Orientation for Prospective & Current Members

Park at the Manitou Art Center parking lot or in the surrounding area

MACshop at The Manitou Art Center will be conducting a Safety & Orientation program each day for prospective and current members, from Monday May 1st to Sunday May 7th. Come and join us to familiarize yourself with the newly configurated spaces and learn about MACshop rules and regs for members. We collaborate with artists, arts organizations and other talented people to create a place where you can put your mind to work and make your artistic risk-taker, the doer and the maker of things! Please see our membership page (https://manitouartcenter.wildapricot.org/page-1075236) to sign up for use of our workshops. An individual membership is $50 per month and this entitles the member to use these workshops and their facilities between the hours of 5am to 2am. Some equipment such as the 3D printer and the laser cutter, require specialist training and certifications before use. TECHshop (3D printer, 16" x 30" 100W Laser Cutter)PULPshop (papermaking)WOODshopMETALshopTHREADshopPRINTshop (darkroom)

Introduction to Buddhism through Painting

Manitou Art Center

Students complete one 16 x 20 painting. They also take home a handbook on Buddhism foundations and drawing practices in traditional foliage design. Students learn about the foundations of Buddhism through study of the Five Buddhas. Students choose one of the Buddhas for their final composition. For more information on the course and this form of art, students can go to himalayanartschool.com. Students must register for this course at the MAC. The classes are on Saturdays from 1PM to 4PM. There are 16 classess.Feess are due on a monthly basis. Everyone paints at their own pace, generally it takes four months of class to finish the painting. We will continue class until it is finished on a month to month basis. Classes are paid month by month. We will schedule time to make up absences at the students’ discretion. Each Saturday Session cost is: MAC members: $25 Non members: $30 Materials fee: $13 Materials fee covers cost of paint, canvas, palettes, rulers and tape. Students must purchase their own paint brushes sketch book and pencils. Register at https://manitouartcenter.wildapricot.org/event-2961506 ___________________________________________________________ At Manitou Springs Art Center (MAC) artist Chelsea Beach will be introducing the public to Paubha art (traditional Buddhist art of Nepal). Chelsea studied under master artist Lok Chitrakar for three and a half years and taught for two and half years at Chitrakar’s school in Patan, Nepal, known as Simrik Atelier. Chelsea also taught traditional painting at Kathmandu University for two years. Chelsea will begin her demonstration with background information on Paubha art history, her study in Nepal, and her teacher Lok Chitrakar. Then she will teach a sample lesson on drawing as well as demonstrate the process of traditional painting. The word Paubha means, "divine in flat form." Through the study of Paubha art, an observer versed in the symbols, images, and philosophy can read the paintings like a text. Furthermore, the images in the paintings are used as visual aids for visualization meditations. The paintings are not only beautiful on the surface but provide the deepest insights into our own conscious experience. In the Chitrakar tradition courses emphasize the philosophy of Buddhism and do not teach religious practice.

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Introduction to Buddhism through Painting

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