Thur Class

Adult Art Classes

Kay Witherspoon


This is an adult art class for those 18+ through retirees, from beginners to intermediate working artists. Instructor Kay Witherspoon is a 30 year, award winning and signature member artist in two prominent international art organizations. She focuses on traditional realism and the means by which the profound beauty in our natural world can be recreated through oil painting. If you are interested in advancing your artistic drive while belonging to an enriching community of fellow artists then this is the class for you!

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


  • STUDENTS: Please email or text me photos of your artwork. An on-line class gallery will be launched early in 2018 to assist participating students in displaying and selling their work on the web to relatives, collectors, and dealers.


    “A warm welcome to new and returning students!


  • Thursday AM
  • 9:30am – 12:30pm
    *beginner and intermediate


    $110.00 – 4 weekly classes per month

    $25.00 – 1x annual studio fee for classroom supplies


    – Classes are on-going allowing new students to enroll at any time.

    – Doors open 15 minutes prior to class.

    – Class is designed primarily for beginners (have maybe had some drawing/painting experience and want to take up painting on a more or less regular basis) and intermediate painters (have taken classes and/or workshops and paint on a more-or-less regular basis) who want to learn, create finished paintings, and build friendships amongst a community of fellow artists.

    – Students are responsible for missed classes. There is no reduction in class fee due to absences.

    – Payment can be made by cash, check, credit card or PayPal.

    – Complimentary coffee, tea, and refreshments.

    Call or Text if you are interested in registering for a class or if you wish more information.

    Witherspoon Fine Art
    Adult Art Classes

    9760 Mayfair Street, Studio B
    Lone Tree, CO 80112

    Kay Witherspoon Fine Art



    First quarter, 2018 the focus is on painting sunsets using a workshop format. Students may choose to opt out and paint subject matter of their choice with my direction as required. Those choosing to follow the scripted agenda will complete a 16″ x 20″ sunset painting using plein air techniques and an loose realistic style following examples, demonstrations, independent guidance, and handouts. This is a great class for beginners as well as seasoned painters.

    Lesson 1: “Drawing is the necessary beginning of everything, and not having it, one has nothing.”-Giorgio Vasari

    We begin by drawing a basic outline to establish the composition – weight, visual path, patterns, balance, forms

    Lesson 2: “Drawing is the skeleton of what you do and color is its flesh.” -Nicolas Poussin

    We do not compromise the brilliance of the sky with a tonal underpainting, but set the scene with thinned color.

    Lesson 3: “White is poison to a picture, use it only in highlights.” -Peter Paul Rubens

    We continue to cover the white canvas with thinned darks in the shadowed foreground, creating a pattern that will direct the eye around and into the subject of the scene.

    Lesson 4: “The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing,” -Eugene Delacroix

    Now we establish the underpainting of the foreground in the warm and muted darks of an earth in shadows.

    Lesson 5: “To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.” ~ Dorothea Lange

    “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” ~ Ansel Adams

    “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci.”

    It is at this stage that I move from the image I’ve photographed to the image I saw in my soul, i.e. to the emotion that first captured my attention. I can now determine the title, the color scheme, and the brushwork.

    Each student is challenged to analyze their work, identify the strongest emotion they wish to depicted then determine the title and color harmony they wish to guide the completion.


    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.

    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 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.

    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
    Adult Art Classes
    9760 Mayfair St., Studio B
    Lone Tree, CO 80112
    (303) 588 0581

    I’d love to hear from you!





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