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Adult Classes

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    • 04/01/2024
    • 05/27/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 3
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    Join watercolor painter, Dave Cook, in this 8-week class exploring techniques of sketching in watercolor to create colorful compelling images of the New Mexico landscape. You will learn how to apply basic composition principles and loose brushstrokes to improve your artistic skills. By studying light values and practicing simple watercolor techniques, your self-confidence will increase as you learn how to achieve striking high contrast sketches. The beauty of transparent watercolors and simple textures can produce amazing impressions of nature, and capture the unique beauty of our nearby surroundings.



    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.


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    NO CLASS MAY 6

    • 04/09/2024
    • 05/28/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Our health is important to us as we pursue our favorite pastime. That means learning to paint without paint thinner. Dick will lead students through traditional oil painting techniques using oil paints or water soluble oil paints. We will cover how much and which oil media to use, how much and when to use water, how to clean bushes safely and painting in plein aire vs in the studio. This class is really about going back to basics and simplifying our lives. There are so many colors and palette choices to choose from. How do we decide? By limiting our palette we have fewer choices to make when mixing colors which simplifies the process. Also it is much easier to understand how to mix paint by looking at paint rather than talking about “color theory”. This all makes the learning process fun. In the first class I will condense the toxic free painting methods and the limited palette to help us all understand and move forward to working on your own paintings (using your own photos or laptop) as soon as possible. I prefer talking and demonstrating for a short time then having students follow me initially. After that, plan on using some new paints and techniques to produce works you will be proud of. This class is focused on painting in oils, but students working in acrylics or watercolor are welcome.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.


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    • 04/10/2024
    • 05/29/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 3
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    The objective of this class is to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary techniques in drawing and painting that will give them the solid background needed to develop their own individual style. Class will progress to the introduction of traditional drawing and painting techniques and fundamental principles of design including composition, perspective and color. Classes will begin with a short lecture and demonstration, after which students will explore these techniques working from still life arrangements or their own photographic material.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students. 


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    • 04/11/2024
    • 05/30/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 3
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    The class will focus on giving students the opportunity to develop their ideas into paintings by first reinforcing basic drawing and painting techniques which make it easier, to create strong works by exploring all the possibilities of combining multiple mediums. There will be short lectures on painting procedures to facilitate and speed up the painting process from beginning to end. Emphasis will be placed on creating works representative of the individual student preferences with new approaches to basic painting and drawing techniques in order  to revitalize works and bring them closer to the envisioned idea. Students will be able to work from their own photographs, sketches or imagination. Class is suitable for all levels, instructor will work with artists individually to help them develop their own style and works that depict the images the artist visualized.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.


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    • 04/11/2024
    • 05/30/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 4
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    This class is designed for those who have a strong desire to paint but are not sure how to begin. Students will learn the basic tools of painting in either oil or acrylic beginning with how to set up your palette and the basics of composition. We will learn to mix color by working at first with a limited color palette and then, as we progress, adding more colors. Proportion, object placement, value, shape and perspective are a few of the elements of art that will be covered.  After focusing on both painting from life and painting landscapes from photographs individual students will choose the subject of their final painting. If you are interested in trying abstraction as this time then go for it! Instruction will include primarily individual guidance along with demonstrations. You will be surprised at how much fun it is to learn to paint! Please sign up early; class size is limited.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.


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    • 04/12/2024
    • 05/31/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 0
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    Tired of drawing the same old apples and oranges?  How about creating a shape or presenting a color relationship that has never been seen before? This 8-week class will examine the infinite possibilities of abstraction using various dry drawing materials and water based paint and/or through the painting mediums of oil or acrylics.  Each student will have the option to decide what materials to use and when. The exception being the homework assignments which will always be done on paper. Class can be as structured or as open as desired to enable the creative voice to have its say.  Students who prefer more structure will work on in-class assignments while others may choose to treat the class as an open studio, pursuing individual projects. Contemporary artists as well as artist from history will be discussed to remind us of what is happening and what has happened, renewing our connection to world culture. Class critiques will provide a window into ideas, process and intent. This class will be both challenging and fun as you discover the infinite freedom of abstraction! 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.



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    • 04/19/2024
    • 05/31/2024
    • 7 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 2
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    Have you ever wanted to have a clear picture of how to start, execute and then finally finish a pastel? Join Susan Roden in this 7-week class to learn each step necessary to create a successful landscape painting.  Coupled with techniques, composition, and lessons focusing on the impact of color, Susan will guide students through the sometimes tricky processes that are essential to creating strong works of art. We will cover the basics of this dry, vibrant medium and engage in in-depth discussions, demonstrations and individual instruction. Class will take place in the studio for 5 sessions and, weather permitting, 2 sessions in the field working on location. This class is designed for artists at all levels.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.


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    • 04/20/2024
    • 06/01/2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 2
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    Do you love to paint and draw? Are you interested in studying art in college or becoming a profes-sional artist one day? Join artist and teacher, Susan Roden, for a comprehensive, skill building course covering many areas of study in two and three dimensional art. Students will have fun exploring multiple painting, drawing and design projects, and finish with artwork that could be included in a portfolio for admission to a university art program. As well as making your own work, you will look at and learn from artists of the past and present to fuel your own unique art. Come ready to ask questions, share ideas and create. This is a no-pressure environment where all levels are welcome. Individual guidance and constructive feedback will be given. 


    Please sign up early, space is limited to 12 students.


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    NO CLASS MAY 4

    • 06/02/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
    • 12
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     The New Mexico Art League holds Sunday Life Drawing Sessions each week with either a clothed or nude model.

    We will begin with quick warm-up poses so artists can capture the figure in motion and move to extended poses during the 3 hour session. These drawing sessions are open to artists of all levels. Artists should bring their own materials and drawing surface. Easels and drawing benches are provided for your use. 



    These sessions do require advance registration.  


    Please check your calendar! Payment is not transferable or refundable.

    Please sign up early; each group is limited to 12 artists.

    Payment must be made at the time of registration in order to hold your place. Without payment your place will be cancelled.

    • 06/03/2024
    • 06/07/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • On Location and in the Art League Studios
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    This workshop is designed to introduce students to the unique characteristics of painting with gouache. Starting in the studio, Cynthia will demonstrate  and share techniques unique to this versatile medium. Weather permitting, we will work on location to capture the light in the New Mexico landscape and return to work in the studio to complete work started in the field. Gouache is a perfect medium for plein aire painting with fast drying times. Basically an opaque watercolor, gouache acts very differently from oils or acrylics. It is not a difficult medium and that simplicity makes it exciting to work with. Students will be encouraged to paint in smaller formats with the goal of completing two pieces each day. Color characteristics of gouache will be studied and developed thoughout the workshop. The emphasis will be on learning, having fun, and developing skills to paint with this incredible medium. Each day will start with a short discussion and demo, then students will paint for the remainder of the class with one on one instruction from Cynthia. We will wind up the workshop back in the studio to view our week's worth of painting! Amazing!


    Please sign up early: class size is limited.


    • 06/08/2024
    • 06/29/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    This portrait workshop is designed for artists working in either oils or pastel. Susan will work with and teach in both mediums. For the first part of each class Susan will answer any questions from the group before she illustrates lessons on different ways to approach portraits through screen share. She will show masterworks of past and present artists to discuss different lighting and painting techniques. This should inspire and give the class examples of how to use the different mediums to achieve various effects and moods. The second half of each class will focus on Susan demonstrating her approach to working from a photo. She will offer the same photo references to the class so they can paint along as she demonstrates, or have the option of painting it as homework during the week. Students are encouraged to email their homework images during the week for Susan to give her suggestions advice to each student throughout the workshop. Susan will do a pastel demo for the 1st and 3rd class and an oil demo for the 2nd and 4th class.


    Students at all levels are welcome.

    • 06/09/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
    • 12
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     The New Mexico Art League holds Sunday Life Drawing Sessions each week with either a clothed or nude model.

    We will begin with quick warm-up poses so artists can capture the figure in motion and move to extended poses during the 3 hour session. These drawing sessions are open to artists of all levels. Artists should bring their own materials and drawing surface. Easels and drawing benches are provided for your use. 



    These sessions do require advance registration.  


    Please check your calendar! Payment is not transferable or refundable.

    Please sign up early; each group is limited to 12 artists.

    Payment must be made at the time of registration in order to hold your place. Without payment your place will be cancelled.

    • 06/10/2024
    • 06/12/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist, Pamela Barcita, as she demonstrates her unique techniques with this unusual surface. Step by step, students will be introduced to new tools and surfaces while creating their own imagery. We will be working with clay-coated board called *Scratchbord as well as *Claybord.  

    Students will practice with the various tools and learn techniques to create fine lines, bold lines, soft surface removal and other methods. 

    Then, students will create their own unique designs and compositions using these newly discovered techniques. 


    image by David Moreno

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 06/13/2024
    • 06/16/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Don't miss this fun exploration in this beautiful printmaking medium! Join, Maria Lilly, to learn how to create one-of-a-kind monotype prints, using ink and/or oil paints. Extra drying time will allow you to work back into your prints. Traditional oil painting process can be used or experimental techniques are possible… dark and light field printmaking or drawing are options. Students will be encouraged to make intuitive choices and experiment with marks and patterns. The process will still involve painting on a plate directly and making a print from it. And we will be using our wonderful etching press! 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 10 students.


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    • 06/17/2024
    • 06/21/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 2
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    Don’t miss the wonderful opportunity to work with Santa Fe based artist, Toby Hall, in person!

    In this five-day oil painting workshop, students will work from direct observation to develop a figure painting.  The course will begin with the analysis of the global light effect via a quick, abstract "poster study" exercise.  From there, students will begin by blocking-in the drawing foundation for the figure before transitioning to painting directly on a toned ground.  Both perceptual and conceptual drawing & painting strategies will be discussed and employed during instructor demos and student feedback to help reinforce the process.  Though some material techniques will be covered, the goal of this workshop is for us to focus on ideas that will help us grasp the visual experience as it applies to nature and the human form.   

    Please sign up early, as class size is limited to 10 students.

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    • 06/22/2024
    • 06/23/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Keeping a sketchbook/journal is near and dear to many artist’s hearts. And making your own sketchbook makes it that much more wonderful! Join Mita, bookbinder extraordinaire, as she takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a journal using the Coptic binding which allows the book to lay flat when open, an important feature for sketching and journaling. We will begin with creating paste paper designs for the covers and move on to constructing your sketchbooks on the 2nd day. Mita will discuss the use of various materials, different types of glues, and the basic rules of book building using book board, decorative paper and book cloth. By the end of this weekend workshop you will not only have created your own amazing journal/ sketchbook but you will also have a taste of the fantastic artform of bookmaking and a working knowledge of the materials, tools and the types of book structures that you can incorporate into your own future projects. So fun!

    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.


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    • 06/24/2024
    • 06/28/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 5
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    This 5-day workshop will focus predominantly on clouds and skies in the landscape. The principles of composition, color temperature shadows, brush strokes, thickness of paint, edges, philosophies of painting and centers of interest will be incorporated. You will learn why the sky is blue, why sunsets orange and yellow, how shadows take on certain hues, how to capture atmospheric perspective, and how to paint different types of clouds with an understanding of how they form. Interspersed will be lessons on how to avoid muddy colors, how to maximize the impact of the colors you use and which combinations of color please the eye. We will also explore the techniques of alla prima, multi-step painting, realism and impressionism. This course will be flexible and tailored to the students needs giving ample time to work on paintings in class. Dick will demonstrate techniques on a regular basis and whenever requested. Instruction will be constructive and positive at the level you are comfortable with. The goal is for every student to deepen his or her knowledge about painting while enjoying the learning process. Expect to have fun. Plan on producing works you will be proud of. Painting experience is recommended. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students. 


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    • 07/08/2024
    • 07/12/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 0
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    This painting workshop will include multiple ways of utilizing and developing abstract ideas about image making in a weeklong session. Abstraction has a unique way of allowing the artist to use real and imagined forms, colors, surfaces and compositions that access both the subjective and objective sensibilities. Works can be inspired by the essence of a memory or a new image that is nothing more than being completely itself. Absolute freedom and systems that give active support to that freedom. It will be fun, a lot of work, and you might even learn something that you didn’t know you needed to know, if you know what I mean! Dress for mess, bikini’s optional, sensible shoes a must. Surf’s up! Some previous experience with either oil or acrylic suggested.  


    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.



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    • 07/16/2024
    • 07/19/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    This course teaches how to use watercolor and photography to create quick colorful sketches of wild animals. You will learn how to see contrasting shapes & desirable animal positions to take better photos. We will review basic guidelines to develop compelling compositions and great sketches. We will visit the zoo and photograph the animals in their environment, then work in the studio to convey personal impressions of your favorite animals. You will learn to improve and apply brushstroke skills to capture and utilize the beauty of transparent watercolors. 

    We will have regular instruction and demonstrations, with generous class time for student painting and individual constructive critique. This course is helpful for students at any level, although prior drawing and painting experience is recommended. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.


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    • 07/22/2024
    • 07/26/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 5
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    Would you love to learn new ways to create dynamic, visually exciting art? Come and learn the secrets of compositional design with all kinds of interesting materials in this playful, yet information-packed weekend workshop! Exploring the limitless potential of collage and mixed media, artists will make their own set of unique, colorfully-textured collage papers and experiment with an exciting array of mixed media collage techniques. Bring your own images, patterned papers, fabric scraps, etc. to use or share. Layering, tearing, and surface development combined with exciting materials such as acrylics, found objects and ink will inspire creative play and pure FUN!  Students will come away with new ideas for material possibilities and conceptual inspiration. Students at all levels are welcome. All materials provided for a materials fee of $40 per student. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 07/29/2024
    • 08/02/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist, Susan Roden, in this 5-day workshop and be immersed within nature while capturing the colorful palette of flora with pastels. We will be on location at Los Poblanos, in private and public gardens and the emphasis will be on how-to select visual imagery for developing successful compositions, observation of natural lighting of the sun and the cast of shadows, with in-depth discussion of the basics of this vivid medium. We will be painting in garden settings, both public and private, for three of the five days with the remaining two in the studio for final development of your artwork. This workshop is designed for artists at all levels with individualized attention and demos led by Susan Roden. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.


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    • 08/05/2024
    • 08/08/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Brush up on your painting sklls with the versatile and luminous medium of watercolor. Still life is a beautiful art form whether approached as an abstract or as photo realistic. Join artist, Tina Stallard, in this 4-day workshop exploring techniques that will help you take your still life paintings to a whole new level. Tina will focus on different ways to create depth and visual appeal in your work. We will cover backgrounds techniques, dramatic lights and darks and how to make a strong arrangement out of your subject material. You are welcome to work from a photo of your own or one that I provide to practice these ideas.  On the last day, if time permits, students may bring in a painting that is in need of some help and we will apply some of the techniques that we have just learned.  The class will include demos, painting time, and individual instruction with each student. All levels are welcome.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 12 students.


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    • 08/09/2024
    • 08/11/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Do you love the outdoors and want to make art inspired by nature . . .while you are on the trail? This 3-day workshop is designed for those who love the outdoors and would like to infuse their art practice with a fresh perspective. These art adventures, during the first 2 days, will include short hikes and creating art on location. We will be stop along the way with drawing exercises incorporating natural materials with our limited art materials all to inspire you to be resourceful and look at things differently. This experience is to get you outdoors, experiencing nature with a new perspective and while stretching the potential of your materials. We will meet at two different mountain trails (easy to moderate) within 20 minutes of Albuquerque. Please allow time for travel and parking. Pack your materials and supplies in a backpack and you are ready to go. Keep in mind ease of set up along the trail, all while staying in the moment of natural inspiration. The final day will be spent in the studio where we will examine the results of the experiential art adventure looking for how it might influence future work or series. Mary Beth has been an artist and hiker for many years and incorporates “outdoor studios” in her own practice. This is going to be great! 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 08/14/2024
    • 08/17/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Join John Reger for this 4-day workshop offering an in depth study of the fundamentals of academic ‘long-pose’ life drawing. Perfect for all artists, beginners or advanced, we will focus on developing an understanding of the classical tradition of realistic figure drawing. Students will be introduced to the manual, procedural, and analytical techniques of a refined, articulate, realistic approach to pencil drawing. Presented with an immersive drawing experience, students will progress with the most effective learning tool,  the multi-level experience of drawing itself.  Participants will be introduced to a refined, articulate drawing style in which drawings are built up methodically through a succession of linear and tonal stages: (1) the envelope:a simple, foundational shape encompassing the whole figure, (2) the block-in: the complex, abstract shape of the figure, (3) the contour: the specific, linear description of the silhouette of the figure, (4) drawing on the inside: the tonal description of the form of the body within the confines of the contour.  The focus is on patience, craft, observation, and understanding of drawing principles. You will be amazed at what you can learn in 4 days! 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.



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    • 08/19/2024
    • 08/23/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Are you a tree lover AND an artist? Then this workshop is for you! Trees, which have been a venerated subject matter in art for centuries, will be our primary focus as we investigate a variety of materials and methods for art making. Exploring color, composition and form in a dynamic way, students will discover multiple ways to create beautiful tree images. We will incorporate traditional monoprint making processes, painting techniques and collage with contemporary materials like stencils, spray paint and modeling as we explore the many ways to render trees. Class includes a lecture and demon-strations as well as hours of fun painting trees. Students at all levels are welcome.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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Gallery Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday - Saturday  505-293-5034

3409 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111     Map It  

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