Today, Brett and Lauren Andrus announced they are starting an art school in the Ivywild School.
The co-owners of the Modbo and S.P.Q.R. galleries will offer classes for adults (which Brett already teaches in S.P.Q.R., one of which I attended), as well as teens and elementary-age children. Brett will continue teaching adult classes, while other local artists will instruct courses for the younger set, which will include at-risk youths, homeschoolers and kids with advanced art skills. However, anyone is welcome to sign up.
In addition, they hope to also add weekend seminars on art history, art marketing and the like. ModboCo won't focus as much on art exhibits; that duty falls to Holly Parker, who's working as an independent curator for Ivywild.
They hope to begin classes in August, after the rest of Ivywild is on its feet, and to coincide with the beginning of the school year.
Brett says the move is a big step for the pair, but with the growing popularity of their art classes (which includes beginning to intermediate courses on drawing and painting), this will allow them to offer more. He also adds that it may help fill a void left by FutureSelf, which folded in 2011.
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation will serve as the school's nonprofit umbrella, though Brett hopes to be able to launch the school as its own entity in the future.
As for the galleries downtown, they will continue to host exhibits, performances and concerts. For more information on the school, visit themodbo.wordpress.com.