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Contact info

214 E. Vermijo Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USStudio Address

Concrete CouchOrganizational Affiliation

About the Artist Facilitator

Caitlin Hannigan recently returned to Colorado Springs from China, where she taught history for four years. Caitlin is Education Director at Concrete Couch and your facilitator for the Military Arts Connection. 

As the Concrete Couch Education Director and an Arts Instructor with the organization, Caitlin will teach the basics of welding, mosaic and community builds projects. Caitlin traditionally teaches history but loves exploring her artistic side and is excited to have you along on an artist’s journey, where she will teach you how to explore your artistic side and some basic skills that will allow you to continue creating.

Assistants:

Working with Caitlin will be other staff. Steve Wood is our executive director, and has been involved in all the military programming we have run, and is the lead instructor on welding programs. Christine Flores is our Community Coordinator, and takes the lead on mosaic and design projects.

Our mission at Concrete Couch is to work with community groups of all ages to create public art, build community, and to create environments and experiences that humanize our world. Concrete Couch is passionate about working with military folks for service and art, connecting them to efforts in the Colorado Springs community and investing in our local military community. Over the past 20 years, Concrete Couch has collaborated with the military on approximately 20 projects. Concrete Couch has run an annual 15-day program at Mountainside Elementary (for 12 consecutive years and counting!) which incorporates literacy and engineering and the participants built a giant marionette puppet based on a beloved book. Concrete Couch built a tile-covered art bench at Ironhorse Park with veterans, active duty personnel, and local kids; and ran a 2 year pilot project called “Fine Day Out” which involved a weekly activity of outdoor education or active community service.

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  • Virtual and/or remote Experiences available.

MY EXPERIENCES

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About this Experience

In this class you will learn mosaic basics and then stretch your skills to a bigger project. The course begins with a mosaic trivet. After learning the basics of composition, tile placement, mortar and grout application, you’ll develop a larger mosaic with the facilitator.

Projects could be a larger flat piece or even a three dimensional object with a mosaic finish! A small mosaic sculpture, a yard ornament, a picture frame and more! Our team of community builds experts will help you come up with the perfect project to create and mosaic in the remaining classes!

You can choose to do this project remotely and we will deliver supplies and provide virtual lessons and consultations to guide you through your build.

You can also choose to do this project in-person at our community site, Concrete Coyote, in southeast downtown Colorado Springs.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
All Ages
Venue:
To be agreed upon
Located at:
1100 S. Royer St.
Colorado Springs
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Build your own Mosaic Creation (3 Sessions)

About this Experience

Veterans and family members are invited to come to the Manitou Art Center for a Fab Lab Session. Sessions meet every Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

In a 1.5 hour session you can learn how to use wood shop tools, and build a small wood project. You can try welding, and create cool items with steel. Also, you can try your hand at a basic ceramics project, learning how to create tiles, hand holds, or other items. You can learn how to glaze and load a kiln all in one convenient location!

Limit to 2 families per session due to Covid-19 protocols!

 





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Individual
Age:
All Ages
Venue:
Manitou Art Center
Located at:
515 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs
Date(s):
Wednesdays
Time(s):
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Fabrication Lab at Manitou Art Center

About this Experience

Help Concrete Couch on a community art project outside on Concrete Coyote. Using recycled and donated materials you can help build a fun, artistic, and useful project that will be used by the community for years to come! 

Past projects have included Ironhorse Park Mosaic and Concrete Art bench, the Great Pumpkin mega mosaic sculpture on Vermijo and Nevada, welding disc golf baskets, building sheds and kiosks at Concrete Coyote (the Couch’s community park at 1100 South Royer, 80903), and working at community gardens.

This workshop is held in-person at an outdoor venue (1100 S. Royer Street, 80903). If not vaccinated please wear mask for this workshop!





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
All Ages
Venue:
Concrete Couch Community Park
Located at:
1100 S. Royer St.
Colorado Springs
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Community Workshop
Level:
Experience Level 1 Beginner
Experience Level 2 Intermediate
Type:
Individual Individual
Group/ Public Group - Open to Community
Group/ Private Group - Military/Veteran Only
Age:
All Ages All Ages
Youth Youth
Adult Adult
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