Drawing From Life, beginning 3 November

The human figure, the most complex and beautiful entity we know, contains all the aspects that we, as artists, struggle to learn. Explore the body from line, form, values, and planes, to gesture and anatomy. focus on drawing from visual experience rather than from mental images. Discover how to work from simple to complex through quick gestures and more extended, sustained, studies. Draw with us during this challenging and fun eight-week course.

Class rate: $250.00

Course times and dates: Mondays 10:00-Noon

9 January-27 February

Supply list:

18×24 inch newsprint pad

Sharpie pens fine point

Soft vine charcoal 5mm or larger

Kneaded eraser


white, red and grey conte

Toned grey paper

For the first class bring the first 2 items and we’ll discuss the rest

Plein Air Oil Painting

Plein Air painting will get you out in nature and capture the beauty of the Pikes Peak region. Students will meet at the Alvarez Gallery and Art School and then head to various locations in the city. Seasoned painters, beginners, and everyone in between are invited to this workshop to enhance your ability to capture the local landscape.

Tuesday 9 – 11 am location TBA

Drop-in – $45.00
5 classes – $145.00
Private lessons – $60.00/hr

Open Figure Drawing:

Thursday, 6:00-8:00 PM, 5 January-23 February

Mondays, 10:00-noon, beginning 3 November through 2022

Session rate: $15.00


Portrait Drawing in Charcoal

Portraiture is one of the most challenging subjects an artist could take on. This class focuses on making that challenge a little less painless. We will learn to work quickly and simply so as to capture a likeness more easily. 

Class rates: $250.00

Course times and dates: Thursdays 1:00-3:00, 5 January-23 February

Supply list: See supply list above for the Figure Drawing course


Please be advised:


We request that if you have had a fever, chills, cough, fatigue, have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 that you do not come to class. Stay home and get well.


Call (719) 337-2863 or email chrisalvarezpaintings@gmail.com for information or to sign up for classes.