Connecting Artists with the Community

Education is a major platform and priority at The Shoe Factory. All programs are innovative and engage not only the Artists in Residence in their creative process, but also the local community. Educational programs are designed to nurture the multifaceted relationships present between art, artists and the public. Our vision at The Shoe Factory is to create sustainable and impactful programming that meets the needs of the artists and the community while developing new learners who are invested in their education, their world and the transformative power of art.

The founders of The Shoe Factory are artists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. They have experienced first-hand the challenges that emerging and mid-career artists face as they develop their portfolios and build their enterprises. Their dream is to empower emerging artists as they take their professions to the next level and share the creative process to a broader community.

Are you interested in launching a new business in Pueblo’s creative economy? 

Or do you have an existing business and want to shake things up a bit for your enterprise and customers? Consider joining DBA for one course or the entire series to learn what the opportunities are for creatives in our local economy in Southern Colorado and beyond. Each class offers an opportunity to learn from thought leaders and to network with other creative entrepreneurs. Class leaders include Nicki Hart, Gregory Howell and Zach Wolfson among others.

The DBA Program is designed to showcase actual case studies from creatives in Pueblo and throughout Southern Colorado. The classes will be interactive and embrace engagement along with Q & A. The evenings are also designed as an opportunity to network with others. Our goal at The Shoe Factory is to empower all to be DBA: Pueblo Certified.

Each lesson is $10 if purchased individually or $90 for all 10 (10% discount). Classes are offered 10 consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning April 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Shoe Factory at 123 N Main Street (at 2nd) in Downtown Pueblo.

Once you have registered for the program, you will receive by email in advance of your first course, the necessary materials which will include the syllabus, expert/thought leader/instructor information, and any other important information deemed important for the class.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Gregory Howell at or 719.695.0645. We look forward to having you as part of the 2015 DBA Program.

Thank you.

Module 1
Be Yourself as Everyone Else is Already Taken
Instructor: Gregory Howell
April 22, 2015 | Vision
April 29, 2015 | Audience
May 6, 2015 | Exposure

Module 2
Your Brand is What People Say About You When You Are Not in the Room
Instructor: Nicki Hart
May 13, 2015 | Brand
May 20, 2015 | Promotion
May 27, 2015 | Social

Instructor: Zach Wolfson
June 3, 2015 | Video

Module 3
Swimming in the Hard Stuff
June 10, 2015 | Legal
June 17, 2015 | Accounting
June 24, 2015 | Build Your Creative Business in 24 Hours | Checklist & Wrap-up

To reserve your space in the DBA Program, register online below. The Shoe Factory is also offering two (2) scholarships for this program for qualified individuals. To request information about the scholarship, please send an email to Gregory Howell at and include the keywords DBA SCHOLARSHIP in the subject field. 

To purchase individual courses at $10.00 per lesson, please use this PayPal shopping cart. When you have selected a course, you can check-out or continue shopping by adding additional courses to your cart.
To purchase the entire DBA course series at $90(10% discount), please use this PayPal shopping cart:

K-12 Schools
The Shoe Factory’s educational programs provide a platform for Artists in Residence to work in collaboration with students and educators over several weeks in K-12 schools to implement an experiential curriculum that creates a body of artwork through a lens of contemporary society. Art empowers youth to become active interpreters within their own unique art practice alongside a professional artist both in and outside of the classroom.

8 Weeks of Art

Week One | Field Trip to The Shoe Factory
Tour of the Shoe Factory to visit with the artists in their working studios to see the process of creation. Students will be able to visit each space and not only see artists working, but also to learn from the artists.

Week Two | A Focus on Drawing with Oil Pastels and Watercolors
This class is the basic introduction to art elements using mixed mediums.

Week Three | The Essentials of Acrylics
Shoe Factory artists will step into color and painting with acrylics.

Week Four | 3-D Process and Mask Creation
Using wood, glue, metal wire and paint, the students will create simple yet fun three dimensional pieces.

Week Five | The Magic of Block Printing and Stencil Creation
By using a simple styrofoam plate, the students will draw into ink and burnish --- leaving a paper relief.

Week Six | Photography and the Andy Worthy Project
Using natural elements, the students will create two to three dimensional work to be photographed.

Week Seven | Animated Character Class
Students will paint large animated characters on surfaces or canvases.

Week Eight | Student Art Show
The Shoe Factory will host an art reception for the students to showcase their creations. Students will be able to invite family and friends.

Current Programs
Morton Elementary
Minnequa Elementary | Heroes Project

The Shoe Factory Young Artists
The Shoe Factory Young Artists is a collaboration between The Shoe Factory and instructors from Pueblo-based art institutions. Classes offer children (ages 3-5) and a caregiver the opportunity to explore making art together in inspired art spaces! Art projects will be based on a theme and a selected art technique.
Our library is a resource for research with an emphasis on the history of Pueblo and the Southern Colorado art scene. We gladly accept donations to support it's growth. 

We specialize in Colorado arts and artists, but books, monographs, catalogs, magazines, and reference materials are all welcome.

Throughout the year, The Shoe Factory will offer a wide variety of classes to the community.