Unleash Your Creativity in 2024 at the Boulder JCC

Unleash Your Creativity in 2024 at the Boulder JCC

Setting some benchmarks for yourself for 2024? They don’t have to be about losing weight, running a 5K, or eating healthier; consider enriching your mind through adult art classes at the Boulder JCC!

Creating art offers a therapeutic outlet, allowing individuals to express emotions and reduce stress,  while providing a constructive break from routine. For some, it’s an opportunity to develop a new skill or rediscover a passion in a social setting that facilitates meaningful connections, combating from isolation.  

“There are many classes where adults can express their creativity at the Boulder JCC,” said Arts, Culture, and Education (ACE) Director, Joy Alice Eisenhauer. “We want to offer a variety of options that you can’t take in other places, like our new Introduction to Botanical Drawing class and Weaving Open Studio Hours.”

The weaving workshops offered at the Boulder JCC are led by Instructor Sara Goldenberg White, who has been teaching along the Front Range for over a decade. Her passion started during her graduate study at Colorado State University and she continues to teach a variety of fiber techniques while sharing her love of weaving with others. 

“I thoroughly enjoy both Sara and the fellowship I have with other weavers. The Boulder JCC is such an inclusive place.” said one of the participants in a 2023 weaving class. 

“The students really enjoy working on their own projects, but together, so they can turn to each other for support and friendship,” said Eisenhauer. “In 2024 we will be offering Weaving Open Studio Hours to offer the space and time for people to be together and work on their projects.” 

The ceramics program brings diversity to ACE programming, where different hand built projects are introduced each month by Lafayette based artist, Rita Vali. “I love working with clay, which is so wonderfully tactile and responsive. I strive to create joyous pottery that successfully combines fresh modern form with bold graphic patterns,” said Vali . “I am inspired by the richness and diversity around me – landscape, textiles, geometry, botany, the microscopic world.”

“As always, Rita’s style of teaching allows for creativity while providing just enough structure to have a comfortable beginning,” said a participant in Rita’s “Berry Bowl” class at the Boulder JCC. 

One exciting offering in 2024 is an Introduction to Botanical Drawing class taught by Michael Campbell. In addition to teaching at the Boulder JCC, Michael is an artist Instructor at the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at the Denver Botanic Gardens. His work has been exhibited both in the United States and in Ireland.  

“This is going to be a great class for first-timers,” said Eisenhauer. “Michael is an experienced instructor and will provide step-by-step directions to quide everyone to a successful creation. No experience is needed and all materials will be provided.”

All Boulder JCC programs are open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation. You do not need to be Jewish to participate. There is no membership requirement to participate in Boulder JCC programs.  

Advance registration is always encouraged for programs at the Boulder JCC as our visual arts classes have limited capacity. For registration support call 303-998-1900 or contact Acy Jackson acy.jackson@boulderjcc.org

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