New Mexico Art League
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    • 12/04/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
    • 0
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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. Sorry, no drop-ins. 


    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.

    • 12/11/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
    • 0
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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. Sorry, no drop-ins. 


    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.

    • 12/18/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
    • 0
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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. Sorry, no drop-ins. 


    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.

    • 01/04/2023
    • 02/22/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 4
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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. 


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    • 01/04/2023
    • 02/22/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 5
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    Students will learn how to paint in oils using the time tested methods of the masters. Color theory and its application to landscape painting will be a central focus as Waid helps each student develop greater skills of observation. Meeting each artist at their individual level of skill, Waid encourages self-expression and individual interpretation of the subject while incorporating the fundamentals of composition, depth of field and balance in landscape painting.

    Class size is limited, please sign up early.

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    • 01/04/2023
    • 02/22/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Explore the soft world of fabric assemblage and sculpture with textile artist Molly Zimmer, where you will learn how to embrace the layered and textured nature of cloth. Using found fabrics, paper, thread, wire and paint, students will play with constructing flat and 3D artworks based on the subject of nature: gardens, flowers, animals, plants, landscapes, etc. Topics such as composition, texture, color and pattern construction will be discussed. This class is for those interested in mixed media, sewing, collage, 3D art, and spending crafty evenings with fiber enthusiasts. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/05/2023
    • 02/23/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 4
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    Join artist, VASILI KATAKIS, in this fresh look at trends in the world of pastel painting. Applying traditional techniques with a new approach takes pastel a whole new level.

    The goal of any painting is to stir the inner emotions of the viewer. Techniques range from traditional- to hyper-realistic. Understanding the principles and techniques in this class will allow you to paint with greater confidence, thereby giving you more freedom to compose and create. Some of the topics we will cover include- textured marks, fine line marks, blending/back-blending, background as unifier, color transitions, glazing layers. There is no limit to what we can achieve when combiningg traditional techniques with new ones. Please feel free to contact the instructor with questions, vasilikatakis2@gmail.com.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/05/2023
    • 02/23/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 5
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    Sometimes artists are faced with the dilemma of wanting or needing to work with more than one medium in a work of art. The choice to combine mediums can be the best solution! This class will focus on just such problem solving situations,  offering artists the freedom to fully develop their ideas into successful paintings. Students will have the opportunity to work from photographs as well as explore possibilities of combining multiple mediums to create works representative of their ideas.  We will also be exploring ways to revitalize paintings with new approaches to drawing and painting skills. Revisiting basic drawing and painting techniques will reinforce good habits. Emphasis will be placed on composition, shapes, value, light and shadow, distance, focal point, color and perspective, Students will be free to work from any other subject matter.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/05/2023
    • 02/23/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 6
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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 earl; class size is limited.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/06/2023
    • 02/24/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 9
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    This 8-week painting class will be an examination of some of the infinite possibilities of abstract image making. Whether you have experience working non-objectively or not, the class is about the seductive qualities and expressive potential of pigment, oil or acrylic. Linear concerns, color and value, form and surface treatments will be objectively manipulated as well as discussions about intent, atmosphere, narrative directions and or purely formal, pictorial issues. Working abstractly is deceptively difficult and amazingly rewarding since every decision that you make is coming from you, the responsibility and excitement of the unknown are yours. Don't fight the feeling, jump into the deep end of the art pool!


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/06/2023
    • 02/24/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 10
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    Join artist, Susan Roden, in this fun  8-week class creating expressive compositions of the landscape with an emphasis on complimentary colors to achieve soft and subtle to blazing hues. Individual instruction and demonstrations will focus on learning varied executions during the five in-studio days and the three in-field days and cover rendering compositions, utilizing positive / negative shapes, and how-to create impactful paintings. Students will learn to capture movement by applying energetic and varied strokes on location, with weather permitting that Susan has scouted out. The basics of this dry vibrant medium, ranging from painting surfaces, types of pastels, and varied techniques will be discussed in-depth. These classes are for artists at all levels. Please sign up early; class size is limited.This workshop is for artists at all levels.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/07/2023
    • 02/25/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 2
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    This class is for intermediate artists who want to go to the next level. If you are asking yourself “Where do I go from here?”, this class will give you the direction you are seeking. Alice will be working with each student individually to determine how to build on your strengths and how to turn weaknesses into assets. Together you will clarify your visual voice and understand how your personal creative vocabulary is already apparent in your work. Alice will encourage an investigation of the imagery, color choices and composition you are presently using and guide you to a strong individual path in your painting.  Please bring your preferred materials. All media, charcoal and pencil, pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors, are welcome. Check out Alice’s recent work at alicewebbart.com.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.



    • 01/07/2023
    • 02/25/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 9
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    Do you love to paint and draw? Are you interested in studying art in college or becoming a professional artist one day? Join artist and teacher, Susan Roden, for a comprehensive skill building course covering many areas of study in two 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.


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    • 01/09/2023
    • 02/27/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 0
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    Join watercolor painter, Dave Cook, in this 8-week class exploring several different approaches to producing beautiful and compelling landscapes. We will compare realism, abstraction, and expressive experimentation to discover the unique versatility and beauty of transparent watercolors. Youwill also find how to use elements of good design that are critical to successful work, and be introduced to simple and helpful drawing and painting techniques that will increase self-confidence and produce immediate results. You will learn how to use sketchbooks with valuestudies and color sketches to help create successful paintings. We will study the effects of composition, light, atmosphere, color temperature and contrast on the mood we want to create, and the story we want to tell. We will enjoy learning and exploring together to discover the creativity within and ways to express it. Instruction will be individual and through demonstrations.This course will be useful to artists at any level, and there will be time for individual painting and positive critique.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/09/2023
    • 02/27/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist/printmaker extraordinaire, Maria Lilly, for this fun adventure into the world of printmaking! Drypoint etching is a printmaking technique that is closer to drawing as opposed to carving with woodcut and linocut. Rembrandt, Picasso, Goya and Mary Cassatt were just a few artists that enjoyed this method. A scribe is used to draw the image onto the plate. Ink is then applied with a spatula or knife. Next, we take tarlatan or cheesecloth to wipe the ink down to the drawing. The print is then made with slightly damp paper and put through the press. Variations can be made on this process using different tools and inks. Prints can be water colored when dry.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/10/2023
    • 02/28/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 5
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    This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to paint portraits in watercolor using multiple transparent layers for ultimate depth in their work, with the goal of painting more realistically. Students will learn the basics of handling watercolor paints and brushes, and explore a variety of techniques: glazing, layering, methods for saving the white of the paper, juxtaposing color, key techniques in creating the perfect neutral color, softening and/or losing a few edges, the importance of incorporating the background-color as foreground-shadows, and others. Our portraits will be painted from carefully selected photos, instructor’s choice first, then photos provided by students, learning the importance of working from great, vs. bad photo references. We will also touch on the basic fundamentals of composition, contrast of values, the essentials of a good initial drawing, and how to achieve perfect chiaroscuro. Several technical demonstrations will complement your studio work. The goal of this class is to give students the basic tools necessary to begin their own realistic portrait work.

    Please sigh up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 01/10/2023
    • 02/28/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 3
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    This studio class 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. Jeff 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. 


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    • 01/10/2023
    • 02/28/2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 7
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    Join artist, Michelle Chrisman, to learn methods and techniques of how to quickly design bold paintings, capturing a simplified light and shadow pattern of costumed dancers. Based on the principles of the French Impressionists, "How light works painting from life," this class will emphasize the simplification of light/shadow patterns, the figure in relationship to the environment and how to create a successful painting combining knowledge and passion! We will explore how to create movement with lost and found edges and stay loose to infuse your paintings with mood and movement of the dancer and the excitement of visual poetry. Students will enjoy the color and and gesture of the subjects inspiring quick, gestural, expressive paintings. Concepts of value and color value will be explored through large, bold shapes with thick strokes of paint. Students will learn to quickly pre-mix correct color values in order to paint quickly, with decisive, intentional, large brush strokes. Painters at all levels are welcome.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 02/01/2023
    • 03/01/2023
    • 5 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
    • 9
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    Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to work with award winning botanical illustrator and artist, Marjorie Leggitt. Joining you from her studio in Boulder, Marjorie will share her approach to painting botanicals in watercolor. Working with live specimens, start with the basics to learn how to capture the botanical shapes and forms. Demos and exercises help you to create a color palette, specific to your flowers. Have fun as you learn the various ways to use wet washes and more controlled layering. Using a "color to value" method apply transparent layers to build rich luminous colors. Come away with a new appreciation and approach to watercolor painting, and a beautiful flower portrait.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited


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    • 03/10/2023
    • 03/12/2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 2
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    Join encaustic artist, Carolyn Berry, in this fun and experimental workshop where the sky is the limit! Encaustic wax is a versatile medium made from beeswax, damar resin and powdered pigments that can be used for traditional painting techniques as well as a way to add texture, layer and join mixed media materials together.  We will explore experimental techniques of painting, drawing, collage, stenciling, photo transfer, wax fusing and surface manipulation. Be inspired to create artwork with a unique surface using melted wax and pigments. Using magazine images, photo images and found collage materials students will achieve successful and personal imagery in this creative medium. No previous art experience is necessary only an adventurous spirit.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 03/15/2023
    • 03/18/2023
    • 4 sessions
    • On location and in the Art League Studios
    • 10
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    Back by popular demand!

    Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to work with master landscape painter Bill Gallen! In this workshop, we will take a systematic approach to synthesize the necessary skills and practice elements of Landscape Painting. We will work both in the studio and on location as conditions permit. Design and editing, color accuracy and the playful exploitation of the possible will be our field of inquiry. This class will be appropriate for all levels of experience. Covid vaccination is required.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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    • 03/20/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03/24/2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
    • 11
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    Let’s study color with objects rather than color charts! Experience the magic of color mixing as you fine-tune your innate color sense by painting a single-color subject. Your goal in this class is to become familiar with the expressive qualities of hue, saturation, value and temperature when it comes to each color. Every class will tackle a different color and it’s properties. Just because a subject is white, doesn’t mean you paint it white. The same principle applies to all colors on the color wheel. Our first class will be devoted to white, the second - yellow, the third - orange, the fourth - red, the fifth – purple, the sixth – blue, the seventh - green, the eighth - brown/black. Have some fun when you collect and compose same color still lifes for these studies. Please limit your compositions to three objects as this is an alla prima class, and we will be moving to a different color and a new still life each week. My goal is to take the fear away from mixing color, so you will use it more freely and meaningfully in your future work. Make sure you bring a good palette knife. You will be using it as much or more than your brushes. This class will be conducted at the Art League with masks and social distance regulations.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 03/29/2023
    • 04/01/2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join Ming for this innovative 4- day class, she will demonstrate and lecture and look at student's work offering guidance and critique. Students will enjoy this delightful journey breathing life into your work with a spontaneous Western interpretation into a traditional Chinese painting technique - PoMo. Blending black Chinese ink with the three primary watercolors on Ma (mulberry paper) creates images unique to the artist's spirit of the moment. Ming will give a demonstration of the unique features of Splash Ink, and explain the materials used in the  random and controlled pouring. Students will experience splashing ink on rice paper. After the piece has dried, everyone will separate the sheets to see the resulting abstract and learn how to listen to the color.  She will explain various ways to finish the painting, special effects, such as salt, alcohol, etc. 

    You will finish your painting with a group critique. Ming's website: www.mingfranzstudio.com.

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

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

Mailing address: P.O. Box 16554, Albuquerque, NM 87191                              

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