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Kay Witherspoon


Art Classes

Art instruction serving Denver, Littleton, Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, and Parker, Colorado

Witherspoon Fine Art Philosophy

Why Realism? I encourage viewers and those interested in taking my classes to not only review my own work but to read The Philosophy of ARC (Art Renewal Resource) by Fred Ross. Excerpts from his essay follow:

“Fine art at its best has the power to move one to tears, or grab your sensibilities and rivet you in the moment with an overwhelming sense of beauty and excitement. People often report the sensation of cold chills going up and down their spine. It may be the rare work that accomplishes this, but for those who have had this experience, many have credited it as the stimulus that set them on a personal lifetime quest; whether as an artist, collector or art historian. Other human activities can create a similar experience, whether in poetry, literature, dance, theatre, or music, but it is the experience of beauty in fine art and beauty and its relationship to fine art that is the focus of my essay.”

If you are interested in my art and in the possibility of taking atelier style classes from me, then in all probability “you are one of the millions of art lovers who in the 21st Century are disillusioned with the Modernist paradigm which for more than a century has been the dominant way the concept of art has been taught and presented in nearly all institutions of higher learning throughout the world…The new Realism movement,” writes Fred Ross, “now has thousands of artists. That is a staggering turn-around from the handful who were working 30 years ago. There are many upscale art galleries in major cities throughout the world who concentrate on art with images from the real world. ARC Living Masters™ and Associate Living Masters™ have taken great strides forward in reclaiming our century’s long heritage in Realist fine art…Just half way through the second decade of the first century of this the third millennia, we are truly at the very beginning of a new era that celebrates the beauty and poetry of the human soul.”

I am a student of great masters, striving as you no doubt are, to create beauty, feed my soul, and fulfill my simultaneous roles as Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, and neighbor. Wow! What a life! I hope you will join in, learn, laugh, build friendships, and create beauty with us.

Witherspoon Fine Art

Witherspoon Fine Art was founded in 1998 in Littleton, CO. In 2004, it relocated to Douglas county, Colorado, 1 block north from the new CU South Campus. My fully owned 1800 sq. ft. townhouse studio/gallery was specifically purchased new for use as my private art studio & gallery. I am a retired high school art instructor with duo MA’s in counselor education and marriage and family therapy. I have been teaching classes and working as a professional artist since 1997; am a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) and the American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA), as well as an associate member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) and Oil Painters of America (OPA); (see ARTIST). I use a mentor instruction style that meets each student where they are while still utilizing formal instruction techniques.

My classes are for students of all levels who want to focus on practicing the classic atelier art principles of composition, design, color, perspective, mood, techniques, etc. Animal subjects and landscapes are the specialized focus. However, students are encouraged to work on subject matter of their choice (subject to a review with the instructor) as they are more likely to be emotionally excited about it and to do well with it. I employ: class demonstrations and those personalized to the individual student; periodic and optional class painting projects;and discussions with handouts on color theory, art principles, and composition.

Witherspoon Fine Art classroom is located in a finished two-car garage with superb lighting; storage cabinets, counter and sink; padded carpeting; easels and taborets. Students enjoy free coffee, tea, refreshments and amenities.


Kay Witherspoon Fine Art

“A warm welcome
to new students!

I and our continuing students strive to create a relaxed, enjoyably creative, challenging and fulfilling learning environment.”

~ Kay Witherspoon

Instruction ~ Studio ~ Gallery

9760 Mayfair Street, Studio B
Centennial, CO 80112


Thursday Mornings ~ 9:30 – 12:30
Friday Mornings ~ 9:30 – 12:30 Start Jan. 5, 2018
Private classes by appointment

* Doors open 15 minutes prior to class for set-up.
* Classes are on-going allowing new students to sign up at any time and as space allows.

$110.00 for 4 weekly classes
$60.00/hour for private lessons
$25.00 annual studio fee for classroom supplies

* Students are responsible for missed classes
* Complimentary refreshments include coffee, tea, and various treats.

Reservations: Class size is limited to 7 students. Student reservations are contingent upon receipt of payment of $110.00 one week prior to the first class. Space is not reserved nor guaranteed without payment. Payment can be made by cash, check, PayPal, VISA or MC..

Private Lessons: Private lessons are available by mutual arrangement for a fee of $60.00 per hour.

Class cancellations: Classes that are cancelled due to bad weather, the unavailability of the instructor, or unforeseen act of God will be rolled over to the next scheduled class time.

(PLEASE DO NOT BRING TURPENTINE! Odorless, less toxic solvent is provided for the student’s silicoil brush cleaning tank. It is recommended that student’s leave this in your taboret drawer and keeping a separate one at home for painting at home. The lids leak and disasters can occur in transit and cause damage or you may forget to bring it with you to the next class. PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR TANK AND YOUR PALETTE.)

The annual material fee of $25.00 covers the: use of furniture and equipment; taboret, chair and easel; odorless paint solvents, specialized soap and brush cleaners, instructional hand outs, paper towels, brush or pigment samples, heat/air conditioning, lights, repairs and maintenance issues, electricity, and specialized lighting.


Hi Kay,
Wonderful day today! I had my Buffalo displayed at my desk at work. A girl walked by today and asked if she could buy it, she just loved it. She asked how much I wanted and I said … ~ Deena B.

I wanted to thank you for everything that you have done and do for me. Without monkey and my snow leopard paintings would not have turned out as amazing as they did. You are an amazing person and an amazing teacher! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ~ Amy I.

Dear Kay,
Although I have had the desire to paint most of my life, it wasn’t until I attended your classes that I was able to complete a painting as I envisioned it should be.  You helped me to understand composition, values, and the subtleties of color mixing.  As one of your students, I gained the confidence that I had previously lacked.  I probably learned more about painting in my first year with you than all my years of taking art classes and studying with other artists.

What I found to be the most valuable about your classes was learning how to get the colors right.  More than capturing form, you taught me to combine colors that brought my paintings to life.  You helped me to understand the use of warm and cool colors, about reflective light, and how to achieve softly-diffused edges to create distance.  You teach techniques that normally take an artist a lifetime to master. ~ Tee M.

I can’t tell you how much we (Nik and I)  enjoy your class, the comradery, the comfort that we feel.  Nikki and I go out of our way to make sure we don’t miss a class.  It is not just the painting but the friendship and kindness that just oozes from everyone!  It is such a nurturing experience!!!! ~ Debbie G.


Witherspoon Fine Art
9760 Mayfair St., Studio B
Centennial, CO 80112

(303) 588 0581

I look forward to hearing from you.

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