The Southwest Montana Arts Council (SMAC) advocates, nurtures, and celebrates the arts and humanities in Southwest Montana. We promote education and participation in the arts, with a particular emphasis on the needs of children throughout our region. 

ArtSpace is a collaborative project of SMAC and Tendoy Fine Art Gallery. In the ArtSpace classroom, we offer a variety of creative classes and events for both adults and children, including a free monthly drop-in art activity. Our classes are taught by professional working artists, some of whom are also certified K-12 educators. We aim to provide the highest quality creative instruction, regardless of the age or skill level of the student. 

Unless otherwise noted, our classes will take place at 120 N. Montana St., in the classroom between Tendoy and SMAC. 

We're committed to offering a scholarship spot in each session for a student whose parents or caregivers are experiencing financial hardship due to the government shutdown or other circumstances. Please email us at for more details. 

After-School Class: Introduction to Drawing

Dates: Friday, February 8, 15, 22 


Instructor: Morgan Irons

Learn the basics of drawing in this three-week after-school class, for students aged 6-12. All materials will be provided.  

Enrollment limited to 15 students. 

Meets in classroom at 120 N. Montana St. 

Parkview students can take Bus 12, which drops off at the corner of Montana St. and Center St.

Questions? Email

Learn the techniques of Stained Glass with Jean James. During this 4-week class, students will learn to cut, foil, and solder glass, and will make a small piece of stained-glass art. Materials will be covered with the exception of individual tools students may want to buy. These materials may be purchased through Jean or online.  

Please call 406-660-2304 for more information about tools prior to January 17th, so that the instructor knows what to order. 

Jean is a seasoned stained-glass artist, working in the field for 37 years.  No experience is necessary, but intermediate or advanced students who want a refresher are also welcome.

Class meets in the ArtSpace classroom at 120 N. Montana St. from 6:30-9pm on 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, and 2/14. 

Learn the basics of using oil paint in this fun class! All skill levels are welcome and you will work along with the teacher each week on various projects designed to teach you about drawing, proportion, value contrast, composition and color harmony. This is an ongoing class and you may join in anytime. Please contact the instructor, Colleen Howe Cheney if you have any questions 406-925-9434. Students provide their own supplies. $105 for 4 classes (paid monthly).

Meets Wednesdays 10-12:30 in the ArtSpace classroom at 120 N. Montana St. 

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Sip & Paint is back!! Get together with neighbors, friends and family members to create a work of art to take home! Tendoy Fine Art provides instruction and supplies, and each class will be different.  Classes will be held the 4th Wednesday of each month. Registration fee of $27 includes instruction, supplies and food to munch and drink (you may bring your choice of beverages too) No experience required. Bring a friend and have fun!

First class will be January 23, 6:30-8:30.

Interested in teaching a class through ArtSpace? Please let us a know what you have in mind, and we'll be in touch. We prefer to host classes that are in line with our shared mission of providing creative programming to Dillon and surrounding communities. 

Classroom use is free for SMAC and Tendoy board members (pending calendar availability), and is available to non-board members with a SMAC membership. Email for more information on membership. 

Interested in volunteering with the Southwest Montana Arts Council? We'd love to have your help, either for one-time or ongoing assistance. Please let us know a bit about your interests and abilities, and we'll be in touch as the need arises. 

SW MT Arts Council