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Vail Today: Art at the Amphitheater offered in Vail through September (video)

By Tricia Swenson | Vail Today

Let the magnificent mountain vistas inspire you to release your inner artist. Art at the Amphitheater provides the perfect setting for creativity and fun.

Alpine Arts Center is excited to offer art programs in Vail Village at a discounted rate of $20 per participant, courtesy of Town of Vail. Classes include all materials and step-by-step instruction. During the summer, classes are held outdoors at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

"The response has been great because it's a program that both locals and visitors can participate in. The locals have something to hang in their home and the visitors have a momento of their trip here," said Robin Nash, who is an art instructor for the program.

You don't need to be an artist to participate since it is open to all ability levels. The instructor takes you from a blank canvas to putting your signature on your finished painting.

"We guide the class through each step and remind them that everybody brings their own style and that no two paintings ever look alike and that's part of the fun of it," said Nash.

Laurie Rumery of Champagne, Illinois took the class last year and liked it so much this summer she brought along her daughter, Anne and Anne's boyfriend, Drew Whiting. "I think it's really fun, I don't feel self-conscious that my painting doesn't look like the instructor's example, it's still fun," said Anne Rumery.

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"We watch the show, "The Joy of Painting" with Bob Ross. We've never actually tried his techniques before but it's very soothing to watch him talk and make his happy little trees," said Whiting.

Happy trees, flowers, clouds and mountains are all a part of the unique creations found after the class is done. Along with instruction, cupcakes are served and you may purchase wine or beer to get your creative juices flowing. Classes are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month and run through Sept. For more information go to http://www.alpineartscenter.org.