Your Place to Create!

“Art brings all people together, as it helps us to express ourselves in a necessary and even therapeutic way. Creativity is a calming, often challenging, and a peaceful process. Through my passion for Art and Art History and my wealth of knowledge in painting and drawing, I look forward to sharing this passion and experience with new students, and old, at Pikes Peak Artist Collective!”
– Erin Gillespie

Question about Erin’s workshops, what to bring etc? 
Email Erin at: gimmieshelter44@gmail.com
Question related to registration?
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Current Drawing & Painting Classes Offered by Erin Gillespie

Registration is Now CLOSED for the Fall Season
Registration for Winter Season Workshops Coming in November!

8 Week Fall Workshops; September 22nd to November 11th


  1. Portrait Painting in a Variety of Styles- Wednesday’s 9 – 11 AM
  2. Painting Contemporary Still Lifes- Wednesday’s 12 – 2 PM
  3. Painting Western and Southwest Arts- Wednesday’s 3 – 5 PM
  4. Drawing and Painting in the Styles of the Masters- Wednesday’s 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  5. Painting Contemporary Landscapes- Thursday’s 9 – 11 AM
  6. Drawing in Pen and Ink and Watercolors- Thursday’s 12 – 2 PM
  7. Exercises in Painting Techniques and Colors- Thursday’s 3 – 5 PM
Painting Classes

The Nature of Classes

Drawing & Painting Classes

My adult drawing and painting classes are designed for all skill levels and experience. I offer both drawing and painting classes focusing on landscapes, still-lifes, portraits, and figures. In these classes, we will study different artists weekly, then do assignments as a group, using various references.


The culture or environment I create in my drawing & painting classes is one of encouragement and support. I strongly believe in creating a positive and fun environment for students to learn, improve, and ultimately thrive and succeed in.

Way of Teaching

Although I choose to teach in a very laid back and relaxed manner, I also continually provide feedback and individual instruction to students. I strive to provide them with new and helpful knowledge and techniques from my Fine Arts background and education.

“Erin Gillespie is the finest arts instructor I know. She is incredibly creative, effective, and generous, freely sharing her talents and expertise. She makes learning new approaches and methods both challenging and FUN. So long as Erin Gillespie teaches, I will be one of her many dedicated students.”

– Karon

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