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Adult Classes

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    • 09/09/2019
    • 10/28/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
    • 0
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    In this introduction to oil painting class we will focus on both the technical aspects of oil painting and the basics of strong composition, proportion, object placement, value, and aerial perspective. Students will learn to mix color first by working with a limited palette and then, as we progress, we will add more colors to our palette.  After focusing on both painting from life and painting landscapes from photographs, students will choose the subject of their final painting. If you wish to break into abstraction as this time then go for it! Instruction will include short demonstrations as well as individual instruction. This class is intended for beginners and intermediate students who would like to sharpen their painting skills.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/09/2019
    • 10/28/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 1
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    In this fun and inspiring class, students will push the boundaries of watermedia while exploring the vast and inspirational world of color. Using watercolor, gouache and acrylic, participants will first learn basic principles of color theory, and subsequently produce a series of exploratory, process-based artworks. In later projects, color harmony, color interaction, and the psychology of color will be examined, combined with personal style for inspiring results in individual mixed media works of art. All levels of experience are welcome.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/09/2019
    • 10/28/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
    • 4
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    Join Denali Brooke and learn how to loosen up while painting an expressive landscape in pastel. Influenced by the Impressionists, Denali is known for her exploration in color and gestural approach.  In this class you will learn how to paint a New Mexico landscape in a way that portrays the light and preserves the vibrancy of color that is typical of this region of the world.  Students will learn how to set up a strong composition with value studies and strengthen your understanding of value and color.  You will also improve your mark-making skills to create the various textures of the landscape.  You will work along with the instructor to paint skies, clouds, vegetation, trees, and rocks. All levels are welcome. Some experience with pastel is helpful.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/10/2019
    • 10/29/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 3
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    Learn the simple and effective techniques of how to incorporate variety of different tree, rock and flower forms into your landscapes. We will be exploring the structure, shape and mass of these elements in the landscape and ways to approach them employing the basics of perspective. Be sure to bring any references or photos you may want to use. Class will include daily exercises and demonstrations on initial drawing, composition and placement, as well as examples of related techniques. We will also focus on how to pick which details to include or exclude, how to add that bit of mystery into your work. There will be individual instruction for each student throughout the class as well as critique and class discussion. Please bring the materials you have and if you need suggestions about additional materials please refer to the supply list posted online. Carol will provide a watercolor paper workbook.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/10/2019
    • 10/29/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
    • 0
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    Join Nancy Goetz 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. We will be working creatively while learning to incorporate the core principles of drawing; composition, the exploration of line, value, texture, and creating the illusion of space. Students will also have the opportunity to try out a variety of mediums including pencil, pen, ink, and charcoal. Everybody will enjoy a great sense of accomplishment after completing several projects by the end of class.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/11/2019
    • 10/30/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 3
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    The objective of this class is to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary techniques painting, that will give them the solid background needed to develop their individual style. Class will progress to the introduction of traditional 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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    • 09/11/2019
    • 10/30/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
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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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    • 09/11/2019
    • 10/30/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    Join painter, Alice Webb as she unravels the mystery of the contemporary still life. Class will begin with viewing and discussing the differences and similarities in traditional and contemporary still life paintings. We will start by exploring what makes a traditional still life. Moving toward abstraction, we will begin rethinking composition and still life objects. Students will produce (3 or more) artworks that reflect their new understanding of the genre. The first class will be set up with a still life for everyone to paint. Students will be asked to bring objects for subsequent still life set ups. Instruction on linear perspective, composition and color will accompany lessons as well as technical assistance. Students are encouraged to work in the painting medium of their choice; watercolor, acrylic or oil. Some painting experience is helpful.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/12/2019
    • 10/31/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 5
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    This course is for those artists who feel that they have reached a point in their work where they are ready for a new challenge. Learning something new allows you to build on what you already know, bringing a sense of excitement, accomplishment and confidence. This class will enable you to build on your strengths, and identify things that might be holding you back. Vasili will help in assessing your work, giving you a framework to help jumpstart the process with one-on-one attention. The next step will present you with a deeper meaning of your own artistic identity. The classes will benefit those wanting to try out new techniques, design, interpretation, prepare for a juried exhibition, or simply break out of a creative rut. Students should bring their preferred materials to work with. All dry media are welcome. Intermediate students with painting experience are welcome. Please feel free to contact the instructor with questions, vasilikatakis2@gmail.com.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


    • 09/12/2019
    • 10/31/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 4
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     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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    • 09/12/2019
    • 10/31/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    The focus of this eight-week class will be on technique, repetition, and a growing awareness of the dance between ink, brush and paper.  Using traditional methods we will learn how to grind ink, and skillfully handle brushes. We will practice the five main strokes of brushwork and apply those strokes to painting The Three Friends; bamboo, pine, and plum. There will also be discussions about composition, the many shades of grey, dry brush, wet paper, and how to be efficient yet spontaneous with each stroke. The final project is a scroll you will paint, mount and hang, using the skills you have learned.  All painting levels welcome.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


    A materials fee of $50 will cover all materials that includes an ink stone, ink stick, Happy dot brush, practice paper and all materials for the scroll. All materials will be available for each class.

    • 09/13/2019
    • 11/01/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    This eight-session mixed media painting class will have students experimenting with a variety of different materials and processes including printmaking, ink resist, woodburning, and collage (with the possibility of utilizing text, personal photos, natural objects, and more). Using oil or acrylic paint as our primary medium, we will create pieces that deal with the interpretation of memory, constructing a visual narrative, and how to effectively communicate our ideas and stories. Each session will include a demonstration/hands-on instruction, as well as thoughtful discussions and constructive critiques of finished work. 

    All skill levels are encouraged and welcome in this fun and informative class! Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/14/2019
    • 11/02/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 5
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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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    • 09/14/2019
    • 11/02/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
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    Interested in studying art in college or becoming a professional artist one day? Join artist, Nancy Goetz, for a comprehensive 8-week course building a successful art portfolio. Students will have fun exploring multiple painting, drawing and design projects, finishing with several successful pieces that could be included in a portfolio for admission to a university art program. We will be looking at works by masters throughout art history related to each project. Come ready to ask questions, share ideas and learn. This is a no pressure environment where all levels are welcome. Individualized guidance and constructive feedback will be given.


    Please sign up early, space is limited. 


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    • 09/17/2019
    • 11/05/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
    • 0
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    This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to paint in watercolor using multiple transparent layers for ultimate depth in their work. 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, juxtaposition of 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). Painting subjects will be a few small still lifes created first from still-life models and photos. We will also explore the fundamentals of composition, contrast of values, the essentials of a good initial drawing, how to achieve perfect chiaroscuro and working from great vs. bad photo references. 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 personal work, using transparent layers.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 10/11/2019
    • 10/13/2019
    • On location
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    Perhaps you’ve learned the basics of painting and you are looking for new inspiration or maybe you have a newly discovered love of painting and you want to work toward making real progress with solid instruction. We invite you to join J. Waid Griffin for three amazing days of painting in the spectacular landscape surrounding Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Pecos, New Mexico. Waid will apply his vast knowledge of landscape painting and guide you through every step toward creating great paintings plein air. Students will receive personal instruction each day on the beautiful grounds of the Monastery with access to studio space for critique and additional painting time in the evening. The lessons will cover many aspects of the process of on location painting such as: how to SEE, how to analyze and depict the light source(s) and how to select your subject. The tuition includes all costs; your room and meals, so all you have to do is eat, sleep, and paint!


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 11/04/2019
    • 11/08/2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Main studio and on location
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    Join Frank in this week-long workshop exploring methods and materials for urban landscape sketching in watercolor. We will begin by learning how to handle watercolor as a sketching tool while studying value and compositional design. We will practice quick on-site sketching and watercolor painting techniques each day as we meet on location (at pre-determined destinations) as well meeting back at the studio for lectures and demonstrations. Students will be encouraged to complete a series of quickly executed sketches/paintings both on-site and in the studio using photos as reference. Principles of composition, color theory, methods and materials will be discussed. Frank will present options for creating your personalized watercolor travel kit. Individual instruction will be given to each student.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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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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