Gilpin County Community Center

Parks & Recreation

Adult Programs

All Classes Have Been  Postponed.
New Start Dates will be Posted when Reopening Occurs.

Register Here

To register for CSU Extension classes call (303)582-9106.


Includes 2-3 Weeks of Studio Time in Between Last Session 

Wednesday Mornings: 9:30am-12:00pm, 8 Week Session: 4/1- 5/20 


Saturday Mornings: 9:30am-12:00pm, 8 Week Session: 3/28 - 5/16

In the Spring we will be making wall pieces. We will construct a variety of wall hanging clay pieces, then hang an exhibit in the Multipurpose Room of the Community Center. Some of the many possibilities include tiles emphasizing shape, texture and color: silhouette pieces with functional references (vase, pitcher, ect.) abstract textural pieces; kinetic hangings; light sconces; narrative or thematic pieces; so many possibilities...Come with ideas!

Instructor: Steve Briggs

Session Fee: Resident: $120  Non-Resident: $140  (includes: class instruction, glazes, firings, extra studio time)

New Clay Fee:  $12.50/25lb (fire clay, lower-fire red clay, and white stoneware)  

Recycled Clay Fee:  $.30/lb

Thursday Evenings: 5:30pm-8:00pm, 4 Weeks of Instruction, Includes 2-3 Weeks of Studio Time in Between Sessions

Session 1- January 9, 16, 23 and 30: Throwing Intensive Cylinders 

Learn how to throw on the potters wheel (or better your throwing skills) with the first basic shape, the cylinder. The cylinder is the base shape for: Cups & mugs, vases & pitchers, bottles & canisters- First you start with a cylinder - and then you can take anywhere you want. All levels welcome

Open Studio Time: 1/31-2/19

Session 2- February 20, 27, March 5, & 12: Intensive Surface Decoration 

Learn surface decoration techniques for clay: underglaze, colored slips, stains and of course, Glaze! Learn to push the surfaces of your pieces to farthest parts of your style and imagination. Please bring 2 un-fired (greenware) pieces to the first class.

Open Studio Time: 3/13-4/1

Session 3- April 2, 9, 16, 23: Throwing Intensive Bowls and Plates

Learn how to throw bowls and plates on the wheel. We will play with small sizes and move our way up to larger sized pieces. Create the perfect bowl for dip, oatmeal ice-cream - or the perfect large centerpiece for fruit, pasta, or salad. Make a small plate for appetizers, or your favorite dinner plate - create a platter to serve your favorite dishes. (Yes this class is all about food presentation and making things to eat off of) All levels welcome

Open Studio Time: 4/24-5/6

Instructor: Gabrielle Gewirtz

Each Session Fee: Resident: $75, Non-Resident: $87.50  (includes: class instruction, glazes, firings, extra studio time)

Clay Fees: New clay:  $12.50/25lbs (fire clay, lower-fire red clay, and white stoneware)  

                  Recycled clay:  $.30/lb

Independent Study/Open Lab

A few spaces for Independent Study/Open Lab are available with the Clay Studio. They are offered to students with a high degree of ceramic knowledge and skill, who are able to work independently while using the facilities of the Clay Studio. 

Produced work will typically be fired along with regular class firings. Exceptions are unusually large or numerous pieces, in which case a firing fee will be accessed. 

These positions are not open to production potters.  Emphasis in the Clay Studio is on learning and exploration. 

Before working in the Clay Studio, all students must sign in at the Front Desk. 

Enrollment for Independent Study coincides with registration and duration of the regular eight-week classes. 

Fee:   Resident: $120, Non-Resident: $140

Studio glazes and glaze materials are included in fee. Clay is extra.  Packaged clay is sold through the Studio in both a white stoneware and a fireclay at $12.50/25lb. A recycled clay is also available at $.30/lb.  Participants must use only clay purchased through the GCPR. 

Dog Training

Dogs and their owners will learn and practice basic commands including sit, stay, heel, come, down, tricks, canine health, owner responsibility, dealing with bad habits and socialization.

We will be focusing on manners, socialization & general obedience with agility. Introduction & use of clickers.

Day: Thursdays

Time: 6:30pm-8:00 pm

Dates: None at this Time

Fee: Resident $60, Non-Resident $75

Location: Indoor Arena

Instructor: Casey Newman


Dates: Every first and third Thursday of the month

Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm

Cost: Drop-in fee to the Rec

ALL Stitchers wanted: sew, quilt, needlework, knit, crochet.... beginners welcome! Looking for Stitchers interested in getting together twice a month to finish those UFO's, learn something new, share your knowledge, get to know other stitchers. Bring your projects and show'n'tells!

CSU Extension Classes and Events

Call (303)582-9106 to register.

If you have property in Gilpin County, and have any of the following noxious weeds: musk, Canada, scotch or bull thistles, oxeye daisy, scentless chamomile, mullein, Chinese clematis, orange hawkweed, leafy spurge, wild caraway, and spotted or diffuse knapweeds, you can use our free weed-spray checkout program. If you don’t know how to recognize these weeds, take the class (above). The herbicide is low-toxicity, and you don’t need to use very much for it to be effective. We take a $100 fully-refundable deposit, and teach you how to use the herbicide and the sprayer (both included). You have three business days to work on your project. Call to reserve your best time in advance – 303-582-9106.

Save Some Money

Check out our Home Energy Audit Loan Kit for FREE to help you figure out ways that you can save energy and money in your home.  Kit features a kilowatt meter, an air leak detector (infrared thermometer) and thermometers for your freezer and hot water heater to make sure they're at the most efficient settings.

Improve My Home Forest Quality

Reforest, plant for wildlife, diversify or plant a windbreak with low cost seedling trees. .  Some species have already sold out, call for availability and for advice on what to plant.