Colorado Jewelry School Retreat at Silver Peak Studio
Jewelry Adventure School Retreat
Jewelry Adventure School Retreat
Jewelry Adventure School Retreat
Jewelry Adventure School Retreat
Jewelry Adventure School Retreat
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Jewelry Adventure School Retreat

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Learn how to metalsmith jewelry and enjoy the best of the Colorado outdoors all in one weekend!  No prior experience needed: at the end of the three days, you will walk away with two silver rings, a colorful pendant and pair of earrings, memories of the fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park, and new friends! Our retreat is limited to 5 students. 

Price includes *all* instruction, materials (including copper and silver), tool use, meals as described below (gluten, dairy-free, vegetarian options will be available),  and entrance and transportation to Rocky Mountain National Park. All you need to do is bring your positive, can-do attitude! We do ask that you participate all 3 days so you get the most out of the experience.  All participants will be required to sign a waiver and a photo/video release.  (Lodging/transportation for out of town participants is not included).

Here are the dates and location: 

September 25-27, 2021

Sat. & Sun.: 609 S. Taylor Ave Suite D Louisville CO 80027

Monday: Rocky Mountain National Park or surrounding area 

Daily schedule:

Saturday, September 25

8:30-9:00: Continental Breakfast (provided)

9:00-5:00: Intro to Metalsmithing with Liz (lunch provided)

Project: two textured sterling silver ring bands

5:00-6:00: Happy Hour at studio (provided)

Sunday, September 26

8:30-9:00: Continental Breakfast (provided)

9:00-3:00: Enameling 101 with Kenzie

Project: earrings and pendant

After class: optional Pearl Street tour

Monday, September 27

7:00: Meet at Park near Prana Apartments 550 Viridian Drive Lafayette to carpool and depart to Rocky Mountain National Park. 

9:00: trailhead/hike TBD

Picnic lunch will be provided

2:00: Depart RNMP

Check out our photos to see what you will be learning and making as well as a few photos from past land and water adventures. Questions? Please contact Jen today!  

About our team: 

Liz Covert, Intro to Metalsmithing Instructor

Liz Covert

Liz honed her skills while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in small metals and sculpture. Inspired by the world around her, she continued her education with a Masters in Cultural Studies. Liz’s extensive experience in metal work includes welding, blacksmithing, and a career in sculpture conservation. Her teaching background ranges from first grade art classes to private jewelry lessons and has spanned over a decade. 

Liz is the owner and creator behind Covert Metals, a one-woman metal working studio located in Denver, Colorado that has roots reaching from New York to Texas. Covert Metals emphasizes unique one-of-a-kind design that melds contemporary styling with hand-forged detailing. 

Some of Liz’s favorite things are printed books and sci-fi in all forms. When she’s not at the bench she’s outside hiking, running, or cycling. Liz also loves food in all forms and flavors, and especially likes to cook. Her work is a reflection of all the things she enjoys wrapped up in the importance of quality over quantity.

Kenzie Nelson, Enameling Instructor

Kenzie Nelson Instructor Silver Peak StudioKenzie has been enveloped by art and art making her entire life and loves nothing more than connecting with others through the act of creating. After taking an introduction to metalsmithing class in her first year of college, she became infatuated with the medium. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry making. She loves sharing her passion with others and has teaching experience ranging from K-12 art, museum education classes, as well as collegiate level metalsmithing courses.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in curated and juried exhibitions, most recently in The Feminist Art Museum’s Protest and Protect and the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Materials: Hard and Soft.

Some of Kenzie’s favorite things are colorful eyeshadow, animals, and coffee. Making art is her favorite activity, but she and also enjoys going to flea markets, gardening, and being outside.


Jen Lesea-Ames, owner of Silver Peak Studio:

A former personal fitness trainer and triathlete  (B.S. Exercise Science, UC Davis and M.S. Kinesiology, CU-Boulder) with over 18 years of teaching experience, Jen retired from her fitness and coaching career after receiving a diagnosis of hip dysplasia and underwent two major hip surgeries. Wanting more of a challenge after stringing beads for three years, she studied metalsmithing at the Denver School of Metal Arts (now called Denver Jewelry Studio) from 2012-2016. She decided to go full-time with her jewelry business in 2014 and opened Silver Peak Studio in July 2020.

She is the owner of Jen Lesea Designs, (2009-present); her jewelry is sold in over 30 stores, including Fallingwater Museum Store, the Denver Art Museum Gift Shop, and the national catalog Uncommon Goods. Her experience and work has landed her local and national press. Jen is an Accredited Jewelry Professional from the Gemological Institute of America GIA and she is currently pursuing her GIA Graduate Gemologist certificate.

Her fun and friendly nature is apparent in everything she does, whether its teaching metalsmithing, talking to art show patrons, or motivating people to try something new, like stand up paddleboarding!  

As the creative visionary behind Silver Peak Studio, it is her intention to provide a safe, clean, professional and FUN environment where students can grow in metalsmithing and their other interests, such as outdoor fun!

A few of Jen's favorite things: cats, pizza, and outdoor adventures.