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Adult Classes

Upcoming events

    • 09/01/2022
    • 10/13/2022
    • 7 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 9
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    Join VASILI KATAKIS in this in-depth study of an essential topic for all artists.  This 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 five 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: aerial 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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    • 09/01/2022
    • 10/20/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 1
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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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    • 09/01/2022
    • 10/20/2022
    • 7 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 earl; class size is limited.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 15

    • 09/02/2022
    • 10/21/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 9
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    The concept of abstraction can be tricky to unravel. In this 8-week class we will begin with simple exercises that utilize both observational and invented processes to explore the basic building blocks of abstract image making, line, form, color/value and surface.  Drawing can be fast, flexible and instructional; putting those tendencies into high gear will promote paintings that have the freshness of a drawing but also the deep color, materiality and presence of painting. Using the drawings as a blueprint, catalyst, or test run, we will work the drawn images into oil or acrylic paintings that extend the original intention into full blown color studies. This class will be both challenging and fun as you discover the infinite freedom of abstraction!


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/03/2022
    • 10/22/2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 9
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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.


    PLEASE NOTE - THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 10 OR 17

    • 09/06/2022
    • 10/25/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 5
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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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    • 09/06/2022
    • 10/25/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
    • 9
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    Back by popular demand! Don’t miss your chance to with award-winning children’s book illustrator, Stacy Innerst. This class will explore illustration as a visual means to tell a story and to create concept-based imagery. Stacy will be working from his studio in Pittsburgh where he will demonstrate, lecture, look at student's work and offer guidance while you work in the comfort of your own studio. Class will cover the process of brainstorming, working with a concept, exploring the audience you might be trying to reach, creating sketches and finally the finished artwork. Most of all, you will have great freedom to explore different techniques and mediums that will be your’s to work with in the future. Students will primarily be painting with watercolor, gouache and ink but Stacy will include demos of acrylics and other popular illustration techniques and media as well. This workshop is open to students at all levels. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/06/2022
    • 10/25/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 6
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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 whether you are a beginner or professional. 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.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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    • 09/07/2022
    • 10/26/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 2
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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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    • 09/07/2022
    • 10/26/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 7
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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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    • 09/07/2022
    • 10/26/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 11
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    This is 8-weeks of fun! Join artist, Molly Zimmer, in this exploration of the limitless possibilities of watercolor and collage! Through painting, drawing, layering, composing, adding and subtracting, students will push the boundaries of their visual decisions to uncover fresh and interesting results! Watercolor’s non-toxic and versatile qualities combined with the immediate and bold properties of collage can create inspiring works of art. Color theory, composition, edges and texture will be discussed throughout the class as Molly introduces  watercolor and collage artists whose styles and techniques spark new energy and ideas for future creations!  Students are encouraged to search out their own images, papers, photos and watercolors that are ready to be recycled to incorporate into their work. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/08/2022
    • 10/27/2022
    • 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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    • 09/10/2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10/22/2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Art League Studios
    • 8
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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, Mallory Kucala, for a comprehensive 7-week course skill building course covering 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. Individualized guidance and constructive feedback will be given. 


    Please sign up early, space is limited.


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    • 09/12/2022
    • 10/24/2022
    • 7 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 10
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    Join artist/printmaker extraordinaire, Maria Lilly, for this fun adventure into the world of printmaking! One of the oldest and simplest methods of printmaking is the relief print. It is a brilliant way of making multiples of your artwork. This medium can be very graphic and can be used to make posters, cards, and book illustrations.  Relief print has also been the medium of many a fine artist.  Linocut is very similar to woodcut, but has no grain. This makes for easier cutting and designing. This class will focus on black and white linocut, with an added color. We will concentrate on creating light and shadow with different types of marks and lines to create works of graphic fine art. We will cut into a plate with an exacto and add color in different areas. Lettering may also be added. There will be time to make two or three blocks. We will also discuss chiaroscuro for those interested. This will require using two plates, with near exact drawings on each plate. Tracing paper, painters tape and two plates will be needed for this. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/16/2022
    • 10/21/2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 7
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    Join artist, Susan Roden, in this fun, 5-week class that will focus on learning techniques of how to get the most out of the medium of pastel while creating expressive compositions of the landscape. Individual instruction and demonstrations during the class and at least one in-field day will cover rendering compositions with positive/negative shapes and emphasis on complimentary colors. Students will learn to capture the movement of clouds applying energetic and varied strokes on location at a nearby site 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. This workshop is for artists at all levels.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    PLEASE NOTE - NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 30

    • 09/25/2022
    • 10/23/2022
    • 5 sessions
    • On Location
    • 5
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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 cool fall 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 in the morning between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM. 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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    • 10/07/2022
    • 10/09/2022
    • 3 sessions
    • 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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    • 10/27/2022
    • 10/30/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 0
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    This workshop will be, above all else, fun! Join Joan and dive into the wonderful world of abstract art, learning how to suggest rather than delineate. You will learn how to work intuitively without even realizing it. Joan will show students how to start by using shapes, line, and color, all while incorporating the neutrals for which she is so famous. Joan will address how to be selective with all the options on the table and in the studio. You will explore new mediums and try new combinations, pairing down to the essential choices. Students should bring fresh ideas to splash onto the canvas! Everyone will thrive in the informative and relaxed atmosphere, It is Joan’s belief that people are open to learning and creativity when they are having fun.  Beginning students will find encouragement and confidence, while more advanced students will benefit from her insightful solutions to their creative challenges. Joan teaches in such a creative and playful way that you can count on coming away with some truly exceptional results! By the end of the workshop you will be a creative, free-thinking artist! Please sign up early, class size is limited.



    • 11/02/2022
    • 11/05/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 9
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    Portrait painting from life is one of the most intimate disciplines in the visual arts; although it is also sometimes one of the most intimidating. Have you ever wondered what the secret is to capturing the likeness of your subject? Or maybe there are certain features of a portrait that you want to more proficiently create? In this four-day intensive course Colt will discuss the process of creating a portrait painting from observation while delving into how it is that the specific articulation of each feature culminates in a painting that depicts the likeness of the subject at hand. This course is an opportunity to learn about light, form, and the ins-and-outs of what leads to a successfully constructed portrait. Each student will spend the entire course going through the process of creating a single finished oil painting. Each morning Colt will demonstrate, break for lunch, then students will get each afternoon to work on their own piece, supplemented by one-on-one instruction.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 11/11/2022
    • 11/13/2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 7
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    “Color is a person’s signature, a personal form of expression and another sense an artist can use to communicate! I intermingle abstract shapes and color to energize my subjects, which include landscapes, still life's, and figures.”     

    - L. Escobedo


    Join us for this rare opportunity to work with Oil Painters of America Master Signature Painter, Louis Escobedo. Known for his extraordinary use of color, his dramatic compositions and fresh brushstrokes, Louis will instruct students through lecture, demonstrations and lots of hands-on guidance. Special attention will be paid to what you, as a painter, are striving to learn from this workshop; Louis will help you get there. Students should provide their own still life items to work from as well as photographs and/or use of iPads. COVID vaccination is required. 


    Please sign up early, enrollment is limited.


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

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