Curtis Center for the Arts Instructors

Meet the instructors of the Curtis Center for the Arts!  All of the classes at the Curtis Center are instructed by professional artists, staff and certified teachers who strive to provide the best educational experience for all artistic levels.  Learn about the instructors, view their artwork and find out what classes they are teaching.

Aimee Deneweth - Aimee Deneweth, M.S. is an award-winning painter and owner of the Scarlet Owl Studio in Denver. She also maintains a weekly art blog called Colorful Connections. Aimee’s favorite part of teaching is helping other artists grow and reach their creative goals. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado and is a member of OPA, Art Students League of Denver and PAAC. To learn more about Aimee visit her website at

Class: Oil Painting: Fresh N' Colorful

Aimee Deneweth - Park Willow

Arts on Fire - Arts on Fire is Highlands Ranch’s fun and friendly paint your own pottery studio where there is never a studio fee! We also offer glass fusing, and canvas painting. To learn more about Arts on Fire visit their website at

Arts on Fire will be one of our special guests at Art in the Park and Spring Break Art Camp in 2021

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Behnaz Ahmadian - Behnaz Ahmadian is a self-taught artist based in Highlands Ranch, CO. She was born in Iran and raised in the United States. She is an Artist, Interior Designer and Art Instructor. After becoming an Interior Designer, she was inspired to create her own line of colorful pieces of art. Her sense for color and pattern, creates pieces that are truly unique. To learn more about Behnaz visit her website at

Classes and Workshops: 

Youth Art Classes - Art Journaling for Kids and Teens, Colored Pencil for Kids and Observational Drawing for Kids

Adult Art Workshops - Art Journaling, Colored Pencils, Zendoodle

BA - My Imagination

Candace French - Candace French is a professional Mixed Media Artist who blends brilliant colors, textures and light. With an ever-expanding range of mixed media, Candace is inspired to create and teach art for the joy of it and to bring joy to others. Her work is in private and public collections throughout North America. To learn more about Candace visit her website at

Classes and Workshops: 

Adult Art Classes - Exploring Abstract Acrylics and Introduction to Oil and Cold Wax

Teen Art Classes - Exploring Acrylics for Teens, Landscape Painting for Teens and Teen Summer Art Studio

Candace French with Teen Summer Art Studio

Christian Dore - Born in Ken, England in 1970, Christian Dore spent most of his childhood living abroad.  At the age of 13 he returned home to settle in the small village of Shorne in Kent.  At age 18 years of age he was accepted into the Kent Institute of Art and Design before continuing his education at the prestigious Bournemouthe and Poole Collage of Art.  His career began as a motion graphic artist for the BBC as well as MTV and Nickelodeon.  After accepting a designer’s position in Colorado, it was there that his artwork truly flourished.  After moving to the Colorado foothills, it was here that Dore’s work evolved into the work that is owned in private collections throughout the world.  Dore’s work explores the Impressionism of the lush environment around him.  He takes the expressive qualities of color and mixes them with a somewhat whimsical narrative to capture his feelings. Learn more about Christian by visiting his website at

Classes and Workshops: Abstract Colorado Sketching and Painting

Christian Dore

Curtis Center for the Art's Christian Dore shared his experience of the Colorado fires and how he expressed his feelings through his art on 9News.

Christa MacFarlane  - Christa is an artist for life and an art teacher for more than 20 years. As a native Kansas gal, she obtained her BFA degree majoring in design at the University of Kansas. Currently, Christa is a professional artist and leads artistic workshops throughout the Denver area. "A life without the ability to express myself through the arts is not an option; it’s a must. I am continually reminded to abandon fear, to live abundantly and to find beauty in all things" - Christa. She does this by pursuing what she is passionate about__ making art and walking alongside others as they experience the creative process. Learn more about Christa by visiting her website at

Class and Workshops: Artist Mentoring Workshop, It Begins with Drawing and Versatility of Acrylics

Christa MacFarlane

Cliff Austin - Cliff was born in 1956 He has lived for over 50 years in Denver and Aurora CO. After what I considered two incredible years, I graduated from the Rocky Mountain School of Art in 1980. My love of drawing began in 1976, as I studied Technical Illustration at The Denver Institute of Technology. I quickly found out this type of drawing was not enough to satisfy my love of drawing, and after working as a patent draftsman/illustrator/office manager in a small drafting shop… I wanted more. My employer casually remarked, “go to art school” and the path to being an artist was forged. He shows in Arts at Denver Fine Art Gallery Denver, Aar River Gallery Westminster, Majestic Fine Art Gallery Idaho Sprgs, Cornflower Boutique in Frisco CO, Mary Williams Fine Art Gallery in Boulder CO. Cliff works in Littleton at his private studio and teaches there also. To learn more about Cliff visit his website at

Classes and Workshops: Beginner and Intermediate Watercolor, Introduction to Drawing for Beginners, Landscape Painting in Pastels from Photographs, Live Model Quick Sketch and Watercolor and Gouache Journaling

Cliff Austin - Beginner and Intermediate Watercolor

Janet Anderson - Janet Anderson’s life journey has been a meandering one. Formerly an attorney and devoted stay-at-home mother, Janet is now a full-time professional artist whose representational landscapes and figurative oil paintings reflect the beauty of remote, quiet places and moments of intimate connection. In her short time as a full-time artist Janet has received national recognition for her work, having had paintings juried into prestigious national shows including those sponsored by Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society. An avid outdoors-person, Janet is drawn to landscapes as her primary subject matter. She collects many of her reference photos from hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and skiing trips. In recent years, Janet has significant time painting en plein air, enjoying the beauty of nature while pursuing her passion for painting. To learn more about Janet visit her website at

Class: Exploring Landscape Painting

Janet Anderson Landscape Painting 1

Jen Starling - Jen focused seriously on ballet and modern dance throughout her childhood and adult life. She has a BA in Performance Art from the University of MD and danced professionally for many years. She dabbled in visual art from a young age but has very little formal training. In May 2015 she took an art class that awoke her creative nature, and propelled her into the world of two-dimensional art. No stranger to discipline, she has dedicated herself to learning from Denver’s most accomplished artists, a demanding studio practice, and managing her business, “Jen Starling Art”. In addition, Jen has an elementary teaching license, and has taught youth and adults in numerous settings for the last twenty years. She currently teaches youth art classes at the Art Student League in Denver CO. To learn more about Jen visit her website at 

Classes: Introduction to Acrylic and Oil Painting

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Julia Rymer - Julia Rymer is an artist and art educator with over 10 years of teaching experience for both kids and adults. Her classes encourage expression and exploration of process while learning the fundamentals of painting and design. She holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, and an BFA in Painting from the University of Denver. Her abstract paintings are deeply influenced by a childhood spent in the Colorado environment, and she is happy to call it home. To learn more about Julia visit her website at

Classes and Workshops: 

Youth Art Classes: Printmaking for Teens and Watercolor for Kids

Adult Art Classes and Workshops: Abstract Fundamentals and Introduction to Acrylics


Lauren Brant - Assistant Cultural Arts Coordinator, Curtis Center for the Arts

For over ten years, Lauren Brant has worked for the Curtis Center for the Arts as the art education programmer.  Lauren received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Visual Arts with an emphasis in art history from the University of Northern Colorado.  Lauren oversees all the art classes at the Curtis Center for the Arts and teaches the youth art classes at the center as well as teaches art appreciation and art history at Rocky Mountain School of Design and Red Rocks Community College.  If you have questions about classes, please contact Lauren at or 303-708-6112.

Follow Lauren on Instagram at #curtiscen and #lilwellsart and check out the Curtis Center for the Art's Facebook page to see how-to art project videos for kids!

Classes: Art in the Park, Cookies and Canvas, Pee Wee Art, Spring Break Art Camp and After School Art for Kids (Let It Snow, Spring into Art, Take Flight and Textured Art) 

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Maggie Stewart - Maggie Stewart is a professional artist, Colorado native, and owner of Mama’s Belly Inc., a company specializing in bronze belly bowls. She creates work in many mediums including silk, photography, stone, and found objects. Maggie has taught for over twenty-five years in a variety of museums, art centers and schools. She and her husband have a studio in Denver where they often collaborate. Maggie sells her art worldwide.  For more information about Maggie visit her website at

Youth Art Classes: Altered Books for Teens, College and Found Objects for Teens, Discovering Pollock for Teens, Embossing Metal for Teens, Spring Break Art Camp and Teen Summer Art Studio

Adult Art Classes and Workshops: Altered Books, Art Bags, Ceramics and Ceramic Vessels, Discovering Pollock, Paper Bag Journals, Papier Mache Animals, Silk Dying Pillows

Maggie Stewart - Silk Painting

Michael Dowling - Michael Dowling was born in Denver in 1972 and grew up in Colorado. He began drawing at a very young age but didn’t begin to study formally until the age of 24. After several years of study in studio practices, Michael sold the business he owned and moved to Florence Italy to focus on making art and expanding his skill. He completed his studies at Il Instituto de Art, Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in 2002 with focuses in studio practice and contemporary theory. While in Florence, Michael studied under the duo Rosenclaire (Rose Shakinovski & Claire Gavronsky) who continue to be his mentors and advisors. To learn more about Michael visit his website at

Class: Figure Drawing

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Contemporary artist Michael Dowling blends classical techniques and deep storytelling with black paint, humor and a bit of swagger in Beauty and the Dark Side from Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

Pop Culture Classroom - Pop Culture Classroom delivers innovative pop culture-based resources to educators, administrators, parents, and community members to create educational engagement with students. To learn more about Pop Culture Classroom go to 

Class: Comic Creations

Comic Creations

Renee Reese - Renee Reese is a professional watercolor artist, modern calligrapher, and greeting card designer whose passion is sharing art with others. Her inspiration comes from walks on Colorado trails, colors of the seasons, and gardens great and small. Expressing these inspirations through sketching, watercolors or a calligraphy pen is pure joy, but teaching it doubles those joys. Her goal is to encourage beginning and seasoned artists alike to enjoy the process of painting and lettering and allow the pleasures of creating to become life-long habits. Currently she spends her time teaching workshops and private lessons, expanding her Hopscotch Art line of greeting cards, accepting painting and lettering commissions, and always, always creating. To learn more about Renee visit her website at

Class: Casual Watercolor Online and Watercolor 101 Online

Renee Reese - Aspen Shadows

Rick Brogan - Rick Brogan has been painting full-time for over 20 years and has worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and production designer.  Although Rick Brogan was born in Montana, he has enough ties to Colorado to be considered a native. His credentials and attention to details have helped him create an enviable niche in the art world. With a master’s degree in Art from the University of Denver, he worked as an animator in Hollywood, an illustrator for Martin-Marietta (now LockheedMartin), an Art Director in the Denver area and a free-lance artist. His work is included in many collections, including the Xcel Energy collection.

Classes: Drawing and Sketching and Watercolor

Rick Brogan Sketch 1

Roese Ramp - Meet C. Roese Ramp, photographer who specializes in documenting events and the daily life of families and those moments in life that you want to be unforgettable.  To learn more about Roese visit her website at

Youth Art Classes: Art in the Park and After School Art for Kids (Create Like Frida, Face Off, Lowbrow Art, Perfectly Picasso, Robots, Creatures and Aliens)

Roese Ramp - Cell Phone Photography for Teens

Victoria Eubanks - Victoria Eubanks brings thirty years of graphic sensibility and design experience to her art studio. She has been teaching encaustic workshops since 2009, her enthusiasm and passion for the medium is evident. Victoria serves on the board of directors at Arts Students League of Denver, Recent recognition includes a coveted Best of SAM award, Best in Fine Art award from the Castle Rock Chamber 2017, and Featured Artist for the 2017 Fine Art Market at the Arvada Center. Victoria has twice curated the biannual WAX Stories juried exhibition in Denver, 2015 and 2017. She is a long-time member of the MIX Co-op at the Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver and a founding member of EXPAND artists, who exhibit together. She is a member of the Encaustic Arts Institute in Santa Fe, NM and the International Encaustic Artists. To learn more about Victoria visit her website at

Workshops: Basic Encaustic Techniques, Expanding Your Encaustic Techniques and Gelli & Wax: The Perfect Combo

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