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    • 02/25/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
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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.

    • 03/03/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
    • 3
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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.

    • 03/08/2024
    • 03/10/2024
    • 3 sessions
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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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    • 03/13/2024
    • 03/16/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    This workshop will be inspire students through the exploration of modern still life painting of ordinary objects. We will examine the beautiful simplicity and atmosphere of paintings by artists like Giorgio Morandi. His quiet yet distinct style with deliberate visible brushstrokes depends on capturing the essence of the objects in his compositions.  Emphasis will be placed on seeing shapes and values as abstract forms. Intentional paint strokes will define the shape of each object giving weight to and depicting the elegant form of a simple bottle perhaps or a bowl. Employing a limited palette will facilitate the creation of a complementary mood in each painting. Each class will begin with a brief visual lecture and demo by the instructor followed by uninterrupted painting time during which students will complete at least one painting per day.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 03/17/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
    • 9
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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.

    • 03/20/2024
    • 03/23/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Try something new! This workshop is an excellent opportunity to expand your watercolor repetoire: pouring watercolors! Tina Stallard will guide students in this unique painting process, starting with the preparation of your paper and drawings. The next step is the pouring of the paint in layers creating a vibrant painting surface. Students will then work back into the paintings creating more definition of the subject matter. We will work on an image that Tina will provide or you may bring your own. Please keep it to an 11” x 14” so we can complete the project in time. The pouring process does require a lot of masking in order to get all the beautiful colors you are seeking. It is important to be sure to bring the Pebeo brand of masking fluid as it works the best. Tina will share her knowledge and passion for this technique and the many beautiful contrasts and deep colors that it produces. It is full of wonderful surprises.

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

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    • 03/27/2024
    • 03/29/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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     A portrait can be more than a picture with a likeness. Instead of just creating a solid shape with information designating hair, eyes, nose, etc., it’s possible to see the painting as made up of visual elements – line, shape, value, and color – all in a relationship within the space of the canvas. This approach is not just about learning to “paint outside the lines,” but also about learning to see the information in a new and different way.  My workshop is based on years of experience teaching others how to recognize patterns, make comparisons, and interpret edges, color temperature, and shapes. There will be demonstrations, discussion, and presentations. This workshop is for artists interested in enhancing their drawing and painting skills, while also learning how to approach a painting in a more creative way. Instruction will be in oils and the class is for the intermediate to advanced painters. Pastels, water-based oils, and acrylics are permissible. www.carolynanderson.com

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 03/30/2024
    • 05/25/2024
    • 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 to 12 students.



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    NO CLASS APRIL 6

    • 04/01/2024
    • 05/27/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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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

    • 04/02/2024
    • 05/21/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join watercolor artist, Pamela Barcita, as she demonstrates her unique ability to create textures and effects that truly seem to capture a moment in time. Step by step, students will be introduced to new techniques while creating four different compositions; rust and patina – created with vintage or neglected items that tell their unique histories, reflection and transparency in water – creating a scene revealing what’s under, on and reflected above a waterscape,  snow – creating the telltale signs of passers-by in a snowy landscape and shadows – showcasing interesting shapes that become the surprising focal point of a composition. The results will be both beautiful and effective leaving students with a whole new set of techniques to apply to future paintings! Students at all levels are welcome.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 04/02/2024
    • 05/21/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join Waid Griffin in this 8-week class exploring the basics of drawing, from the beginning. Whether you are an absolute beginner or you simply want to brush up on the basics, this is the class for you! Learning to truly see what is in front of you is key to all successful drawing. We will be working from life to increase skills of observation and realistic rendering. Students will also be introduced to several different approaches to drawing while learning the core principles; composition, the exploration of line, value, texture, and creating the illusion of space. Class will be both eye-opening and fun as you  try out a variety of mediums including pencil, ink, and charcoal. Everybody will have a great sense of accomplishment after completing several projects by the end of the class.


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


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    • 04/03/2024
    • 05/22/2024
    • 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 app-lication 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 to 12 students; please sign up early.


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    • 04/04/2024
    • 04/07/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Acrylic pouring is a painting technique where acrylic paint is mixed with some pouring medium and then poured onto a surface in various ways. Sometimes colors are poured directly from individual cups and or combined and poured together. Ming will be using Golden High Flow acrylics on canvas or wood panels. She will guide you to pour on a small canvas first and work up to a medium canvases. Silver acrylic brushes are recommended for finishing touches. Ming will also demonstrate a pour on a large canvas. You are welcome to try it! “This style of painting is about freedom, creativity, and your imagination. It is about finding your inner spirit and letting it work for and through you. I like to free my mind first, I watch carefully how the color runs and blends, usually liking bright colors against dark colors.“  - Ming . The results are magical!

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


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    • 04/08/2024
    • 05/27/2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist/printmaker extraordinaire, Maria Lilly, for this fun adventure into the world of printmaking! The relief print is one of the oldest and simplest methods of printmaking and a brilliant way to create multiples of your artwork. This unique medium is very graphic and throughout history, in addition to fine art, has be used to make posters, cards, and book illustrations. Similar to the woodcut, a linocut has no grain which makes cutting and designing much easier. This class will focus on the black and white linocut, concentrating on creating light and shadow with different types of marks and lines. Students will create bold black and white prints (or color) which can include lettering if desired. There will be time to make two or three blocks resulting in 2-3 editions, as time permits. Students may add watercolor after the print is dry for extra depth and life, sometimes compared to a stained glass effect. You will be so happy with the results!

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


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    • 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
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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
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    Join VASILI KATAKIS in this in-depth study of an essential topic for all artists.  This uniquely designed course has been created specifically for artists wanting to expand their knowledge of perspective, and is open to all media. We will learn how to apply perspective principles to your compositions, creating the feeling of depth and mood. 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 drawing or painting. Course topics will include: light & shade, areal and intuitive perspective, fixation points, 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. All media accepted.


    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
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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
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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
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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
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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 8-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.



    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
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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

    • 04/28/2024
    • 05/26/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • On Location
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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 springtime weather. 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. 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 .

    Our destinations:

    • Elena Gallegos (restrooms available)
    • Placitas (no restrooms) We will meet at the Merc in Placitias
    • San Yisidro (no restrooms) - We will meet at the Home Depot in Rio Rancho (on 550) 
    • San Diego Canyon north of Jemez Pueblo - no restrooms  - Plenty of bushes everywhere We will meet at the Home Depot in Rio Rancho (on 550) 
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    Please sign up early; class size is limited to 10 students.

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    • 05/08/2024
    • 05/10/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    Cacti are botanical subjects that present all kinds of fun perspective challenges! Join Marjorie Leggitt in this 3 session workshop as she guides you to create a colorful composition of Opuntia, better known as Prickly Pear. Marjorie will help you to discover how these succulents conform to basic geometric forms and mathematical patterns. Then follow along with exercises that hone your observation and artistic skills as you develop a graphite perspective drawing. Through demos and exercises, learn how to combine the expressiveness of a pen with the subtle colors of watercolor. Discover non-traditional pen and ink marks to create unique textures and forms. Practice color mixing and watercolor layering to enhance the line work and capture earthy, luminescent colors. Learn about the principles of cast shadows from your own clay model. Apply your new skills to create a wonderful mixed media piece of art. Previous experience using watercolor is strongly recommended. 

    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  

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

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