New Mexico Art League
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Adult Classes

Upcoming events

    • 09/07/2021
    • 10/26/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 3
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    This class will focus predominantly on earth, skies and water in the landscape. You will learn why the sky is blue, why sunsets orange and yellow, how shadows take on certain hues, how to capture atmospheric perspective, how to paint different types of clouds with an understanding of how they form, and how reflections in water are affected by undulations in the surface of the water. The principles of composition, color temperature, shadows, brush strokes, thickness of paint, edges, philosophies of painting and centers of interest will be incorporated. We will also explore the techniques of alla prima, multi-step painting, realism and impressionism. Instruction will be constructive and positive at the level you are comfortable with whether you are a beginner or a seasoned painter. The goal is for every student to deepen his or her knowledge about painting while enjoying the learning process. Students are welcome to work in oils, acrylic or watercolor. Expect to have fun. Plan on producing works you will be proud of.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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    • 09/07/2021
    • 10/26/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    In this class, we will be learning (or developing) techniques using “layered watercolor,” to produce three realistic animal portraits.  The course will cover various textures such as:  fur, mammal/reptilian “skin,” and feathers! We will also be “focusing on focal points,” emphasizing the areas of the painting we want our viewers to linger over, so we will spend some quality time developing realistic eyes, noses, etc.  The course will also cover creating believable “bokeh” backgrounds, appropriate animal-portrait compositions, and interesting color palettes with perfect neutrals for contrast.  As in my other classes, we will also talk about how to select the best photo reference for a stunning painting, aiming for as much “chiaroscuro” as possible.  Be prepared to paint your favorite pet, an exotic zoo animal, or that coyote you saw running past your tent while camping!  It’s sure to be a fun, exciting class as we dive into the world of animals, to express them in realistic watercolor. (Since we share this earth with close to nine-million animal species … there are endless possibilities!) 

    Please sign up earl; class size is limited.


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    • 09/07/2021
    • 10/26/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 2
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    Join artist, Sarah Siltala, in this 8-week class where she will share the modern materials and 21st century approach to create paintings using the time-tested indirect method inspired by Flemish and Venetian techniques. The classical indirect method makes it possible to paint realistic still lifes by separating all the different elements into individual steps. Drawing and composition, capturing correct value, and layering color are broken down separately so the painting evolves in a logical and easy to understand sequence. Students will practice glazing to create glowing, harmonious color in a still life. Learning about color and the properties of different oil paints, whether transparent or opaque, will help the artist achieve realistic effects and a luminous depth that cannot be attained in direct painting.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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    • 09/08/2021
    • 10/27/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 0
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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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    • 09/08/2021
    • 10/27/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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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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    • 09/09/2021
    • 10/28/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist, VASILI KATAKIS, in this uniquely designed course has been created specifically for artists wanting to expand their knowledge of perspective. Artists needs are unique and differ from those of architects and engineers who use traditional methods to learn perspective drawing. There will be no need for complex construction lines or mechanical devices. We will combine simple drawing techniques with basic design principles to create the illusion of depth. A sense of “correctness” will replace the need to be precise. While linear perspective is important, it’s only one component that contributes to the success of a good painting. Course topics will include: areal and intuitive perspective, light & shadow, composition, fixation points, foreshortening, Goldilocksʼ rule and more. Basic drawing skills will benefit the student. A perfect next step for beginners and intermediate drawing students ready to learn how to depict depth and space in their work.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/09/2021
    • 10/28/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    In this eight- session online course, we will explore figure drawing by studying a variety of paintings and drawings from the masters of Western art history. The class will build from the ground up, covering fundamental concepts and strategies that will help us analyze and draw from these masterworks.  Through practice, we will gain insight into how those artists that we admire understood and represented light and form through the language of drawing.  Ultimately, the lessons from this class will translate directly to the practice of drawing from life.  Though some material techniques will be covered, the goal of this class 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.

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    • 09/09/2021
    • 10/28/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    Join Maria online as she works from her home studio where she will demonstrate and lecture for one hour and look at student's work offering guidance and critique for the second hour. Maria will also be in contact with students via email. This class will focus primarily on bridging the gap between creating vibrant, luminous paintings from photographs by developing the skills to solve the shortcomings that photography presents as a source of ideas for paintings. Light, distance, perspective, atmospheric effects, composition, color and principles of design will be covered.  Students have the choice of working with their favorite medium: oil, pastel, acrylic or watercolor, using their own photographic material as reference. A great opportunity for turning joyful travel experiences into successful works of art.  Individual guidance and demonstrations will be given by instructor in order to help each student develop their own personal style.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/09/2021
    • 10/28/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 3
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    Come learn how to put some pizazz in your landscapes as we investigate the power of color, simplified shape and texture. Designed for both beginner and intermediate painters this class will explore expressionism as it relates to the landscape.  Alice will include numerous demonstrations, in and out of class assignments and lots of personalized guided instruction. We will also explore/review one, two and multiple point perspective. I will be working in oils but artists working in all media, watercolor, gouache, or acrylics are welcome and instruction using a variety of media will be provided. Check out Alice’s recent work at alicewebbart.com.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/11/2021
    • 11/06/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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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.


    • 09/13/2021
    • 10/25/2021
    • 7 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 5

    Join artist/printmaker extraordinaire, Maria Lily, for this fun adventure into the world of printmaking! The monotype is one-of-a-kind, and one of the simplest and most direct methods of printmaking. Also a brilliant way to create a background for your mixed media artwork. We will begin the class working with dark field monotypes, using fun and creative techniques to remove the dark ground creating the light areas of the print. Students will be encouraged to make intuitive choices and experiment with marks and patterns. Next we will explore the unlimited possibilities working on light field monotypes with watercolors, gouache and gum arabic. This process involves painting on the plate directly and making a print from it. We will also try our hand at trace monotypes which allows students to create a print of a favorite drawing or photo by tracing it onto the plate. You will be so happy with the results! Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/13/2021
    • 11/01/2021
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
    • 0
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    Back by popular demand! Join Lea this fall to learn new ways to create dynamic, visually exciting art! Discover the secrets of compositional design with all kinds of interesting materials in this playful, yet information-packed class! Lea will be working from her home studio where she will look at student's work offering guidance and critique for the first hour and demonstrate and lecture the second hour. She will also be in contact with students via email during the week between classes for questions that might arise. Students will enjoy exploring the limitless potential of collage and mixed media; layering, tearing, and surface development combining a plethora of exciting materials such as acrylics, found objects, ink, and more. Gather your own images, patterned papers, fabric scraps, etc to use. Participants will come away with several finished pieces and a broad range of ideas for further exploration.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/26/2021
    • 10/31/2021
    • 5 sessions
    • On Location
    • 2
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    Let’s paint outside on Sundays! This 5-week class we will bring landscape painters together in new locations in the area during New Mexico’s spectacular fall. We will spend four days at different spots painting in nature.  The fifth day is reserved for any finishing touches and a group critique and will meet at the Art League studio in the morning between 9 Am and 12 Noon. Days  on location will start with a demo and a short talk by Alice Webb focussing on information on how to create a dynamic composition, accounting for value, how color theory applies to the landscape and atmospheric perspective. Students will have the rest of the time to paint as Alice checks in with each student to work with them individually. All mediums are welcome: oils, acrylics, pastels and pan or tube watercolors. Since we will be outside for several hours please be sure to use sunscreen and wear a hat. If you have a painting umbrella, that’s great. Also bring water, a snack and a folding chair if you want to sit during demos and breaks. Restrooms may not be available but trees and bushes will be .

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 11/01/2021
    • 11/05/2021
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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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 the simply clothed figure and background shapes. Each session will start with small 25 stroke paintings, moving from 5 to 45 minute poses.  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.  On the second day, students will move to  longer poses and larger canvases, while still maintaining a contemporary approach.  All levels of painters are welcome.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 11/06/2021
    • 12/11/2021
    • 6 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    Having objective eyes on your work in progress can be very helpful and sometimes result in just the right direction to enable the artist to forge ahead. Assessments of abstract work allows the artist to gain insight and different perspectives. In this 6-week critique based class, students will present finished or works in progress for review each week. Suggested weekly abstract projects will be outlined by the instructor. Artwork will be submitted digitally to the instructor each week to be included in a Keynote presentation for best viewing for the entire class. Abstraction is about respecting the past, being in the present and creating a future. Let the art discussion commence!

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.



    • 11/12/2021
    • 11/14/2021
    • 3 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 1
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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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    • 12/06/2021
    • 12/10/2021
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    In this workshop you will advance your painting from the literal replication of the model to an expressive and unique work of art. We will revisit the basics of portraiture and offer simplified techniques that will help to build confidence in this most rewarding subject. Manageable concepts of anatomy are presented that will add to the student's knowledge base. These will be integrated with classic principles of art: rhythm of application, design and composition, tones and values, shapes and forms, cool and warm colors and more as they relate to painting the portrait. And finally, we will discuss the magic of Fechin, Zorn, Sorolla, Repin, Sargent and others which will help students take the leap to applying the principles of these masters.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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

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

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