Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Abstract Art - Encaustic Monotype Workshop"
March 30-31, 2019
 

Abstract Art is a 20th-century movement characterized by the reduction of natural appearances into simplified forms; for example, constructing art on the basis of geometric shapes or intuitive gestures. The nonobjective art definition is the art that doesn’t depend on the appearance of the visual world as a starting point; the assumption is that art doesn’t have to be about anything other than formal elements: shape and color. This intense workshop is for artists who are motivated to learn more about creating expressive, simple yet bold and elegant encaustic abstract monotypes through several exercises and presentations about techniques and experimentation. Be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. Location: The Encaustic Art Institute
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jorge Luis Bernal
Cost: $395.00
Sponsor: Encaustic Art Institute
Website, email, 301-821-3999


"Painting with Plaster"
April 1, 2019
 

Painting with plaster will open your mind to a multitude of possibilities for both fine art painting and decorative applications. We begin with plaster on cloth and learn how to distress and crackle the surface. Acrylic paints work well with plaster and I will share several methods for embossing plaster. We will apply a transparent transfer and finish with adding shadows for depth and details to bring the image to life by adding paint highlights. You will come away with new information on products, techniques and composition and color. Tools required by students: paint clothes or apron, spray bottle for water. Products used in class: Modern Master, Papilio and Ampersand panels.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Art Fusion Event
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"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 8-12, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Mixed Media: Santa Fe Journal"
April 15-19, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + Materials: $35
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Santa Fe Painting Retreat"
April 15-19, 2019
 

This 5-day plein air painting retreat and workshop will focus on immersing yourself in painting and studying light and color in the New Mexico landscape. The week will include a day excursion to visit the Taos Art Museum and paint on the grounds of the Fechin House. There will be plenty of time each day to paint, with group critiques and demonstrations. During the demos you can chose to watch Kami paint, or paint beside her. Kami will share her unique painting perspective, knowledge and experience, and encourage you to develop as an artist. Evening dinners will include discussion of your painting goals with ideas on how to achieve them. Sunset paint outs will be a highlight of the week.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Kami Mendlik
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 15-19, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"One-on-One Landscape Painting Intensive"
April 22-26, 2019
 

This workshop gives you exclusive access to Master Artist Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert. Besides guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his studio, taking your art to the next level in this custom workshop. What's more, all your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day. For only $1400, you get five days with Michael plus six nights' lodging and all meals. Plus, you'll be in a quiet home near some of the best plein air painting spots that include lakes, mountains and more. Two hours from Albuquerque Sunport, one hour from Gallup.
 
Location: One hour from Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC
Cost: $1400
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Animal Artistry Through Appliqué: Fine Feathered Friends"
May 13-17, 2019
 

David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and by letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. During this workshop, David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A simple subject with a nice detail works best for his method. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options. This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: David Taylor, www.davidtaylorquilts.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Monoprint Collage: Beyond the Pretty Papers in Santa Fe"
May 13-17, 2019
 

If you have worked with a gel plate* you probably have loads of pretty papers and are wondering what to do with them. Or maybe you have tried monoprints with the gel plate, but are not sure how to get beyond the cool techniques. How do you make the leap from pretty papers to strong visual statements? We will begin with a technique refresher by layering colors, patterns, and texture, creating a spectrum of collage material. Then we will move on to combine our printed papers with painting, drawing, and overprinting to build images. This class is open to those with some experience with gel plate printing.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane Davies
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Santa Fe Journal II"
May 13-17, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + $35 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Janet Rogers, AWS - From Florals to Figures in Watercolor"
May 13-17, 2019
 

Loosen Up Your Watercolor Style with Janet Rogers, AWS. Janet shares her passion and joy for the fluid and unexpected nature of watercolor, featuring impressions of people, portraits and flowers. Her sensitive paintings are spontaneous, direct, and expressive. “I love the qualities of watercolor – its fluid nature. I love to watch the painting develop and to discover new color and composition. As a teacher, I would like to enable students to find their connections with watercolor in new and expressive ways.” Offered to all levels of watercolor ability. Workshop held at the Historical La Fonda Hotel on the Santa Fe Plaza.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $650 per person
Sponsor: Art Workshops of Santa Fe
Website, email, 505-890-5000


"Geologic Abstracts and the Paper Landscape in Santa Fe"
May 20-23, 2019
 

This workshop will be a combination of two of Carol's most popular workshops. First, you will learn how to turn photos of ordinary sidewalk cracks into beautifully textured, geologic abstract compositions. Please bring your printed photos of sidewalk cracks to class - Carol will also have photos for you to look at. The second part of the workshop will be devoted to making a landscape collage from papers created by you, the artist. You will learn to make a variety of papers to use in your landscape, including Tyvek, marbled paper, squeegee paper, multi layer monoprints, textured paper, embossed foils, and more. Let Carol show you how her "sandwich technique" makes composition easy.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Carol Nelson, www.carolnelsonfineart.com
Cost: $620 + $20 Materials fee
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Map Play in Santa Fe"
May 20-24, 2019
 

An art quilter’s most valuable asset is his or her creativity. In this workshop you’ll find creative thinking exercises. Beginning with an exercise related to the seven principles of design --work instinctively with color – explore creativity through experimentation. All works are small, enabling you to develop ideas quickly and freely. You will create paper map-like collage compositions through a series of quick "hands-on" exercises and subsequently make fabric constructions. The goal of this class is to allow you to create little spontaneous works that can become the basis for a final small quilted art map. You will develop these pieces using freehand scissor cutting, layering of varied fabrics, and other techniques to create an interesting work of art.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Valerie Goodwin
Cost: $870 + $10 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"3-Day Art Retreat"
June 7-9, 2019
 

This is summer art camp for adults. We create art, friendships and learn exciting new processes and techniques. A lot of action happens in these days. It’s like a semester of art school but even more fun. All supplies are provided, and the class size is limited to 8 participants. We can take impromptu side journeys because whatever we may need is at hand. The small class size makes for a lot of individual attention. I will be incorporating some of the exercises from my book, Awakening Your Creative Soul, into the experience.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $600
Website, email


"Neutrals, Edges, Color & Value"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Neutrals enhance your paintings, edges provide sensuality, color adds excitement and value hold the painting together. Successfully combing these elements guarantees a painting will be dynamic. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment t inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. Limited to 10 artists. This workshop will fill fast. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Abstracting The Figure"
August 26-30, 2019
 

Have you ever wanted to take the essence of the figure and present it in a way that is ssensual and thought provoking? When you are abstracting the figure you don't have to worry about anatomy but are more concerned with shape, value and color. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. This workshop will fill fast. Limited to 10 artists. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Art and Spirit in New Mexico"
September 1-7, 2019
 

Melissa Harris, internationally published artist, author (99 Keys to a Creative Life) is known for her loose, expressive style. She holds an MFA in Painting and a Fulbright Grant in painting. With over 30 years teaching experience, Melissa helps you to bring soul into your watercolors. She will help you build a solid foundation including color, composition and paint handling - or help you refine existing skills. Daily demos individual instruction. No previous experience necessary. You may simply sketch in watercolor in your journal. Experience the beauty of Taos, New Mexico in its best season. Meditate and paint plein air at sacred sites to connect with the spirit of the land and encourage your creative visions to emerge.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $1,800 - $2,100
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Visual Abstraction"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Translating everyday images into stunning abstract designs. Never be without a design from which to create an abstract painting. Taking images you see on your daily walks or in your home...dissecting them into shapes and value to produce abstract paintings that sell. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. This workshop will fill fast. Limited to 10 artists. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Folk-Art in Santa Fe: Creating with Hand Dyed Wool and Textural Fabrics"
March 1-6, 2020
 

Join me in Santa Fe for six days of Folk-art bliss. We will spend our first day getting acquainted with the beautiful surroundings and culture of Santa Fe and spend the afternoon at the Museum of International Folk-Art, home to over 130,000 folk-art inspired objects from over 100 countries. During our visit to the Folk-Art museum we will gather ideas and become inspired to continue on the journey to creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art. For the next five days, I will guide you through the design process, specifically, how to choose color, layering and embellishing so you learn how to make an idea come to life, so you will have the confidence to finish your folk-art original.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sue Spargo, www.suespargo.com
Cost: $1,170
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Rock On"
March 9-13, 2020
 

From tiny pebbles to mighty mountains, from smooth and round to sharp, faceted and jagged, rocks surround our world and make up much of the raw material of our planet. In this class we will look at images and actual stones to discover the rich variety of this extraordinary element, and using these as a basic design source, you will build a richly colored and patterned quilt top. Your design may be based on small multiple pebbles, soaring monoliths, ancient symbolic monoliths, or exquisite gemstones. Emphasis will be on shape, color, texture and line. You may choose to piece, applique, fuse and stitch in a variety of fabrics of your choice to create an individual quilt top.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Rosalie Dace, www.rosaliedace.net
Cost: $875
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Santa Fe Journal"
March 9-13, 2020
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. (And yes, Jane CAN teach you to draw, even if you haven't drawn since third grade.) Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, farmers market treasures, and in Santa Fe’s museums to imbue our special journal with a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, and collage in our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, JaneLaFazio.com
Cost: $850, Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Santa Fe Journal II"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. (And yes, Jane CAN teach you to draw, even if you haven't drawn since third grade.) Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, farmers market treasures, and in Santa Fe’s museums to imbue our special journal with a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, and collage in our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, JaneLaFazio.com
Cost: $850, Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Qulting: Jumpstart Design and Creativity"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

Each day starts with a different exercise in color and composition. You will work mostly in a 12 inch square format. These exercises can then be a start of a larger piece, if desired. Composition with Line and shape will be explored as well as addressing negative space, soft and hard edges, abstraction of realistic inspirations, etc. Critiques of work will be held each evening.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust, www.katiepm.com
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Fabric Images in Santa Fe"
April 6-10, 2020
 

Learn Susan’s innovative layering/collage method using your own photo as inspiration to make a quilt that pops! Patterns and templates will not be used. This five-day format is ideal for expanding on each student’s unique design. Susan will introduce different aspects of the quilt collage approach each day, using her own quilts as examples. Fabric selection and how it relates to the subject matter, construction, backgrounds and borders, quilting and finishing for display will be discussed.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Susan Carlson, www.susancarlson.com
Cost: $1,170
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


 

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