The Arts Council presents a variety of events throughout the year, at the Coconino Center for the Arts and in other venues around Flagstaff. At the Center, you’ll experience art exhibitions, compelling concerts, and more. Around Flagstaff, we host performances on downtown Flagstaff’s Heritage Square, concerts in the idyllic setting at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and Navajo Rug Auctions at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Upcoming Events

Apr
20
Sat
Travel Memories in Watercolor Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Travel Memories in Watercolor workshop with Pieter Schaafsma, Saturday April 20, 2019. One of the most rewarding ways of recording your travel memories is through the use of a small sketchbook, a pencil and watercolor kit.  Join watercolor artist Pieter Schaafsma who will teach simple techniques to organize a travel sketchbook, basic tools and how to use them to capture your experience with basic pencil sketches and watercolors.  This half-day workshop is a perfect way to learn the basic techniques for learning to use a travel sketchbook. Students can expect a demo on what has worked for Pieter and group instructions on how to develop a concept and apply color in your sketchbook.

Pieter Schaafsma is an artist and designer who has been traveling around America and Europe with his wife, Keith, for over 20 years  On every trip he has used a sketchbook through pencil sketches and watercolors. Pieter studied Landscape Architecture at The University of Arizona where he was taught to use sketchbooks to record his ideas and paint the scenes that he has seen.

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*No materials fee; Students should purchase an 8×5 Moleskin or Pentalic watercolor sketchbook and a basic set of watercolors like Prang or Dewent Academy plus two brushes: Filbert #4 and Angle Shader 1/4.

 

Apr
21
Sun
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Shawn Skabelund

Every Sunday, March 17- May 5, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for non-members. *Drop-ins Welcome* Sessions are open to the public every Sunday, 3-6pm, through May 5th. 

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Shawn Skabelund will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Moderator Shawn Skabelund holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

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Member fee: $130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

Apr
22
Mon
Intermediate & Advanced Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a weekly Figure Drawing Workshop led by Shawn Skabelund beginning Monday, March 11, 2019! This Intermediate level workshop consists of 7 three-hour sessions drawing from a live model. The sessions will be held in the gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Monday evenings, 6-9pm

Nothing can be more enjoyable, yet at the same time more demanding, than drawing from the figure. It takes total concentration and can be very taxing by the time a particular session comes to a close, but as one concentrates, one wonders where the time has gone by.

In this Intermediate course, students will create three complete compositional figure drawings by using a variety and combination of materials and mediums. Using the figure shape as a compositional device, students will be given three specific assignments to work out, for three, six hour long finished drawings.

This is an opportunity to study and receive personal instruction in figure drawing from award-winning artist, Shawn Skabelund.  Shawn holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

NOTE: This course is for those who have completed Beginner Figure Drawing with Shawn Skabelund or another instructor

Registration
 

Member fee: $165

Non-member fee: $175

If you have questions about this session, contact Elizabeth Vogler at (928) 779-2300 x109.

 

Apr
28
Sun
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Shawn Skabelund

Every Sunday, March 17- May 5, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for non-members. *Drop-ins Welcome* Sessions are open to the public every Sunday, 3-6pm, through May 5th. 

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Shawn Skabelund will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Moderator Shawn Skabelund holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

Register Now

Member fee: $130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

May
5
Sun
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 5 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Shawn Skabelund

Every Sunday, March 17- May 5, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for non-members. *Drop-ins Welcome* Sessions are open to the public every Sunday, 3-6pm, through May 5th. 

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Shawn Skabelund will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Moderator Shawn Skabelund holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

Register Now

Member fee: $130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

May
11
Sat
Modern Free-Form Embroidery Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn to embroider your jeans, your knitting, and anything else you’d like to stitch on! We’ll explore crewel and sashiko styles in this workshop focused on free-form embroidery with thread and wool yarn. Sample different techniques and materials, and learn tips for planning and transferring designs. Come prepared to experiment, have fun, and begin to develop your own personal embroidery style. You’ll leave with plenty of ideas and techniques to help you add unique decorative stitching to your next project.

Experience: All levels/no experience necessary

Materials fee Includes felt for practice stitching, the instructor’s stash of yarns to use in class, and embroidery needles to take home. Students should bring: Any garment or textile you would like to add embroidery to. Optional: Any yarns or threads you would like to incorporate into your stitching, and anything that inspires a design you would like to embroider: photos, materials from nature, words, etc.

Tasha Griffith has been a lover of handmade goods since she was a child. Her mother made most of her clothes and she had access to tools and materials at a young age. Today Tasha is a skilled craftsman specializing in felting, knitting, embroidery, and more. She believes that the key to a more sustainable, empowered, and grounded life can be found by using your hands to make things. In her classes, students gain a strong understanding from her tutorials and cultivate a connection to their projects. Her style of education uses hands-on experimentation and a supportive environment. The goal of Tasha’s workshops is to make sure every person leaves with a new set of skills and ideas that they can enhance and share with others.

$52 members/ $60 non members (Plus $15 materials fee)

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May
18
Sat
Seeking Sponsorships Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Seeking Sponsorships for Non-Profits with  Jenean (Merk) Perelstein

May 18, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a new workshop on Seeking Sponsorships for Non-Profits with local leadership guru, Jenean (Merk) Perelstein. Jenean knows how to help get out of your own way and take the necessary steps to attaining financial success for your non-profit business. It can be overwhelming to build new connections and gain funding through sponsorships. In this half day workshop you will learn how to fundraise, communicate effectively, how to ask the right questions and who to ask, find sponsors, and much more.

If you are a mission-driven non-profit business owner, board member or volunteer and are ready to break through whatever barriers are in your way to secure more sponsorships, than this workshop is for you! Jenean will help you define your workplace culture and keep your environment positive, productive, and profitable. Gain a holistic approach to solving problems and honing in on the skills needed as a professional to ensure sustained success.

In this half day workshop we will dive into what it takes to build powerful financial connections for fundraising and gaining sponsorships.

We’ll discuss topics such as:
– the concept of fundraising and how to make it feel accessible
– communicating your offer effectively
– who and how to ask
– making connections/ friendraising
– tiered asks and how they can offer benefits
– how to recognize your sponsors

Jenean Merkel Perelstein is an expert in behavior change and method cultivation. As a sociocultural anthropologist she has learned and implemented strategies that have made many organizations fortunes. Her ideas have spanned all the way from the markets of India to the boardrooms across the United States.

Not only is Jenean a Business Strategist, U.S. Patent holder but also a speaker, CEO, and an author. As the writer and creator of Internal Alchemie: The Welcoming Abundance Blueprint and Stand In Your Own Strength, her tools are accessible to all business developers. Her anthropology background allows her to see behaviors that usually are unnoticed and hold organizations back from reaching their goals. She mentors organizations and gives workshops on how to develop a workplace culture, gain leadership abilities, and achieve a higher level of profitability and positivity.

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Member fee $70 |  Non member fee $75

https://standinyourstrength.com

Jun
3
Mon
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Frederica Hall

June 3- July 22, 2019
Monday evenings. 6-9p

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers.

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

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Member fee:
$130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

Jun
9
Sun
Dive into Natural Dyes w/ Tasha Griffith @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 9 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Dive into Natural Dyes w/ Tasha Griffith

Learn everything you need to know to begin working with natural dyes or to switch your creative practice from chemical dyes to use colors from nature. We’ll cover the best practices to get vibrant colors on animal and plant fibers, using dyes from our local area, as well as those from the kitchen and around the world. We’ll bust myths, dig into science, and get creative for truly amazing, nuanced colors using sustainable methods. You’ll leave with samples of all the colors we make, and a solid foundation to begin your own explorations.

Experience: All levels are welcome/no experience necessary.

Materials included with the fee: $25 (Includes all dyes, mordants, sample yarns, propane for burners, etc.)

Students should bring:

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes which you don’t mind getting dye on. We’ll be working outside and it may be hot, so bring water, a sun hat, and whatever else you need to keep yourself comfortable.
  • Rubber gloves
  • Notebook
  • Optional: A skein of undyed yarn (up to 4 oz) to dye for use in your own projects. This can be either animal fiber (wool, silk, alpaca, etc.) or plant fiber (cotton, linen, hemp etc.), but must be all natural (no synthetic fiber content).
  • A waterproof container to take wet yarn home in.

Tasha Griffith has been a lover of handmade goods since she was a child. Her mother made most of her clothes and she had access to tools and materials at a young age. Today Tasha is a skilled craftsman specializing in felting, knitting, embroidery, and more. She believes that the key to a more sustainable, empowered, and grounded life can be found by using your hands to make things. In her classes, students gain a strong understanding from her tutorials and cultivate a connection to their projects. Her style of education uses hands-on experimentation and a supportive environment. The goal of Tasha’s workshops is to make sure every person leaves with a new set of skills and ideas that they can enhance and share with others.

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$65 for members
$75 for nonmembers
$25 materials fee

Jun
10
Mon
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Frederica Hall

June 3- July 22, 2019
Monday evenings. 6-9p

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers.

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

Register Now

Member fee:
$130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

Jun
17
Mon
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Frederica Hall

June 3- July 22, 2019
Monday evenings. 6-9p

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers.

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

Register Now

Member fee:
$130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

Jun
24
Mon
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Frederica Hall

June 3- July 22, 2019
Monday evenings. 6-9p

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers.

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

Register Now

Member fee:
$130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session