Broadmoor Galleries Art Academy
Ezra Tucker, Thomas Blackshear and Dean Mitchell

Painting Academy

This All-Inclusive 6 Day Resort Package Includes a 6 Day, 5 Night Stay (Students may bring a guest or travel companion to stay at no extra charge*) at The Broadmoor, Receptions with Thomas Blackshear & Ezra Tucker at the Beginning and End of the Workshop Featuring Guest Artist Dean Mitchell, 4 days of Painting Instruction from Thomas & Ezra and Breakfast & Lunch on the Days with Classes.** *Student’s Guests will enjoy Room Accommodations however Workshop Events are reserved for the Students only.
*Student’s Guests will enjoy Room Accommodations however Workshop Events are reserved for the Students only.
**All Classes are Limited to 14 Students.
Course Description
Through their extensive background in commercial illustration and museum fine art Blackshear and Tucker have acquired a wealth of artistic techniques and processes which they will shares with students. Conveying an in-depth look at the whole process of creating a finished and realized painting, from the idea stage, exploring composition, color harmony, balance, tone, and depth to bring a piece into its final stage. Included is a great behind-the-scenes look at ideas, rough sketching, drawing, transferring the drawing to canvas, color roughs, acrylic washes for under-painting and more! Also is a look at lighting, posing, and photographing models. Thomas and Ezra will be sharing their thought processes for creating masterful art. These techniques that can be incorporated by students into their own individual styles to reach all new levels of creative expression, giving them the tools to discover their artistic voice.
Schedule of Events
Nov 6
Opening evening guests are invited to gather for a reception with the Ezra and Thomas at the home of John Marzolf, Gallery Owner, and Director of the Broadmoor Galleries Art Academy, located a short distance from The Broadmoor in the Historic Broadmoor Community. Heavy hor d’oeuvres, cocktails, and refreshments will be served during this intimate reception from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Get to know the artist and your fellow students before an enchanting Week of Art!
Nov 7
The first full day of the workshop begins with breakfast with the artists from 7:30AM-9:00AM followed by a preliminary orientation with a discussion on inspiration, subject, and exploring concepts between 9:00AM-12:00PM. A lunch break with the artists takes place from 12:00PM-1:00PM, then an afternoon class continues 1:00PM-5:00PM with research and rough sketching, beginning to translate concepts into art under the guiding tutelage of Blackshear and Tucker – all on the scenic grounds of the 5-Star, 5-Diamond Broadmoor Hotel.
Nov 8
Start the day with breakfast with the artists from 7:30AM-9:00AM, then more painting instruction from 9:00AM-12:00PM, as your pieces will begin in their fundamental forms, discussing style approach and using lighting while posing and photographing models. A lunch break with the artist will take place from 12:00PM-1:00PM, then an afternoon class proceed from 1:00PM-5:00PM with more instruction from Ezra and Thomas, learning to visualize and translate your concepts into 2-dimesional masterpieces.
Nov 9
Today’s workshop will find pieces starting to gain more form and structure. Once again, the day starts with breakfast with Ezra and Thomas from 7:30AM-9:00AM, then students will convene with the artists for another day of painting lessons with the morning session from 9:00AM-12:00PM followed by lunch 12:00PM-1:00PM afternoon classes from 1:00PM-5:00PM continue as the artists teach more techniques and processes to realizes your vision. Thomas’ and Ezra’s goal is to give students the basic tools and ability to take her teachings home and be able to make finished works with the confidence reinforced by the lessons learned. This evening Dean Mitchell, Thomas Blackshear and Ezra Tucker will lead a Lecture and Seminar on Historical Black Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, 2nd Floor Screening Room from 7-8:30PM .
Nov 10
Begin the day with breakfast from 7:30AM-9:00AM, prepare yourself for Blackshear’s and Tucker’s instruction as they solidify lessons from the week, the first portion of the class takes place from 9:00AM-12:00PM, followed by a lunch break with the artist from 12:00PM-1:00PM, then finishing up pieces from 1:00PM-3:00PM. Then between 3:00PM-4:00PM enjoy an intimate guided tour by Ezra, Thomas, and Guest Artist Dean Mitchell of the 3 Person Painting Exhibit at Broadmoor Galleries. During this exclusive access to the show, prior to the opening at 4PM, the artists will talk about their pieces and how they relate to the techniques and philosophies discussed over the workshop. Workshop attendees are invited and welcome to stay for the opening reception from 4-8PM.
Nov 11
Today National Museum Artists Thomas Blackshear, Dean Mitchell and Ezra Tucker will be available for a Q & A with students, providing critique and guidance, reviewing students’ progress, and providing consultation from 9:00AM-12:00PM. The last morning session provides the perfect opportunity for the students to reflect upon the week of art lessons, hopefully gaining an unprecedented experience and making lifelong connections. Students will be liberated after 12:00PM for travel or other adventures!

For More Information Contact

John Marzolf



Broadmoor Galleries Broadmoor Hotel

1 Lake Cr Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 577-5744 

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

1 Lake Circle Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906