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    • 06/05/2022
    • 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. These sessions do reguire advance registration.. Sorry, no drop-ins.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. 

    Please sign up early; each group is limited to 12 artists.

    • 06/09/2022
    • 06/12/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • On location and in the Art League Studios
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     Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to work with master landscape painter Bill Gallen! In this workshop, we will take a systematic approach to synthesize the necessary skills and practice elements of Landscape Painting. We will work both in the studio and on location as conditions permit. Design and editing, color accuracy and the playful exploitation of the possible will be our field of inquiry. This class will be appropriate for all levels of experience. Covid vaccination is required.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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    • 06/09/2022
    • 07/14/2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    In this online drawing workshop, students will create one long term drawing and several quick studies over the course of six weeks.  The main project will be the deconstruction and deep analysis of a master portrait (TBD).  Students will begin the process with an exploration of the big picture in terms of structure and light, and will then subdivide their focus on the specific study of the features.  Supplemental studies from week to week, along with adequate time to recreate a master work will help to deepen understanding and enrich the overall drawing experience.  Both Perceptual and conceptual drawing strategies will be discussed and employed  during weekly instructor demos and student feedback to help reinforce the process.  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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    • 06/13/2022
    • 06/16/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 6
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    Join Ruth Andrews-Vreeland for a fabulously-fast-fun watercolor workshop where we will explore multiple aspects of realism in both still-life and portraiture, including the differences in painting soft cloth, flower-petals, or hair … vs. metal and glass.  Anyone who wants to learn how to paint in watercolor using multiple transparent layers for ultimate depth in their work will enjoy this class. 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, key techniques in creating the perfect neutral color, softening edges, creating “lost edges,” the importance of incorporating the background color into foreground shadows), and other important concepts for depicting realism in watercolor.  We’ll be working fast on a few small still-lifes and one-to-two small portraits.  These will be all be created using great photo references, some which will be provided by the instructor, and some by you, the student.  As the workshop progresses we will discuss composition, contrast of values, the essentials of a good initial drawing, how to achieve perfect chiaroscuro, and working from great vs. merely “good” (or even 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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    • 06/17/2022
    • 06/19/2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist, Susan Roden, in this fun, three-day workshop 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 two in-studio days and the 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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    • 06/20/2022
    • 06/28/2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    If you have every been even a little curious about books arts. . . this class is for you! We will explore this unique medium using various techniques which you can expand upon to make more complicated constructions based on these simple original forms. Each day we will look into a specific structure, creating models for reference, which could include: simple section pamphlet stitched books, whirlwind books, accordion books, flag books, scroll books, palm leaf books, tunnel books, etc. While making these samples we will discuss the use of various materials, different types of glues, and the basic rules of book building. In the second half of the course we will build a portfolio using book board, decorative paper and book cloth that can contain photos and drawings of your work. Finally, Mita will consult with you to help guide you on any projects of your own using the structures learned. When you finish this class you will have an extensive working knowledge of the materials, tools and the many types of artist book structures to incorporate into your own future projects. A materials fee of $30 should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 06/26/2022
    • 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. These sessions do reguire advance registration.. Sorry, no drop-ins.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. 

    Please sign up early; each group is limited to 12 artists.

    • 06/27/2022
    • 06/30/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Fresh, intentional paint strokes will be the order of the day, rather than over-analyzed perfectionism. Working with a palette knife pushes the artist to make direct and decisive strokes which in turn creates a strong and energetic painting. This workshop will be inspired by the modern exploration of painting commonplace objects in a mixed style of abstract expressionism and color field painting. Think Wayne Thiebuad and Richard Diebenkorn… Emphasis will be placed on seeing shapes and values as abstract forms and expressive color values.  Impasto paint quality will be easily achieved with use of the palette knife.  Each class will begin with a brief visual lecture and demo by the instructor followed by uninterrupted painting time during which students will complete one painting per day, alla prima

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 07/08/2022
    • 07/09/2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist, John Meister, for a two-day workshop on marketing yourself and your art. This workshop is designed specifically for artists and will approach the topics from that perspective. We will cover many ways that you can become a positive advocate for your art and effectively communicate that to others. General topics will include branding, presentation, marketing, and networking. Part of the class will focus on what you produce and why it is good to document it, means of pricing and presenting your work, and goal-setting for your art career. We will discuss various options for marketing your art, outreach to potential buyers, turning a buyer into a collector, and pursuing gallery representation. We will also demystify digital images and some of the technical jargon associated with submitting your work to exhibitions or for advertising. Whether your objective is to network to the art community, increase your sales and exposure, or find potential students, this course will provide you with ideas to increase your brand.  Effective marketing can increase the value of your own art, but it also increases the perceived value of the arts in your area! Whether or not you are interested in a full-time art career, you can be a constructive influence in our greater art community!  Students should bring note taking materials and any printed self-promotional material related to your art.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

    • 07/10/2022
    • 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. These sessions do reguire advance registration.. Sorry, no drop-ins.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. 

    Please sign up early; each group is limited to 12 artists.

    • 07/11/2022
    • 07/15/2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    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.  AND WE WILL BE USING OUR NEW ETCHING PRESS! You will be so happy with the results!

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 07/17/2022
    • 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. These sessions do reguire advance registration.. Sorry, no drop-ins.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. 

    Please sign up early; each group is limited to 12 artists.

    • 07/18/2022
    • 07/22/2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist, Frank Fuchs, in this informative and fun 5-day painting workshop exploring the vast range of possibilities with the versatile medium of watercolor. Using photos and cut flowers as reference, students will create expressive botanical themed painting of still lifes or garden landscapes. Frank will present brief lectures and demos that focus on design and value, principles of composition, and color theory. During class, there will be time for everyone to paint together with Frank offering individual instruction and critique throughout the workshop.  Methods and materials will also be discussed. Students at all levels are welcome. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 07/25/2022
    • 07/28/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 6
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    Become enamored with indigo blue. With textile artist Molly Zimmer, students will explore modern and natural Japanese techniques for dyeing with indigo on fabric: including shibori tie dye techniques, rice paste resist stencils on fabric, block printing on fabric with indigo paste, and how to set up your own natural indigo vat. All skill levels are welcome. Students are encouraged to bring their own washed 100% cotton/linen fabrics to experiment with and image ideas for stencils and block printing.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 07/29/2022
    • 07/31/2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Splashing means Pouring in Chinese. Acrylic pouring is a painting technique in which acrylic paint is mixed with some type of pouring medium and then poured onto a surface in a variety of ways. Sometimes colors are poured directly from individual cups, and other times multiple colors are combined into one cup and poured all together. Ming will be using Golden High Flow paints to pour on canvas or wood panels. She will guide you through the pouring process on a small canvas first, followed by a medium canvas. She will also demonstrate pouring on a large canvas. You are welcome to try it, she will help you to complete a large painting. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 08/03/2022
    • 08/06/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join VASILI KATAKIS in this informative and essential class to help you push to the next level of painting.

    Do you find it difficult to look at your own paintings objectively? Do question whether or not your paintings are finished? Self observation is critical in artistic development, but artists are often so close to their own work they are unable to see it clearly. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with the tools you need to be your own constructive critic. The process of self assessment will include understanding your purpose in starting a painting, what approach you are using, how to develop your composition, visual dynamics and how to use the concept of color/contrast. Using these tools will help you work more confidently and take the next steps to becoming the painter you want to be. Please bring a sketchbook/notebook and pen to the first class meeting as well as one finished piece that best represents your work.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


    • 08/08/2022
    • 08/12/2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    The human figure is one of the biggest challenges in drawing and painting. This 5-day workshop is designed to progressively build the students understanding and proficiency of rendering and painting the human form from life. We will focus on: drawing fundamentals, layout and composition, working from simple to detailed, color mixing techniques, light and shadow values, handling edges, fine details, etc. Each student will spend the entire course going through the step-by-step process to create one finished oil painting from a live model, while developing their own individual style and technique.

    Each morning, Michael will conduct a demonstration, break for lunch, then students will continue to work on their own piece as Michael provides one-on-one instruction. If you want to grow your skills and understanding as a figure/portrait artist, this course is for you!

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 08/09/2022
    • 08/18/2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    The idea is to get you jazzed about painting, point you critically in the right directions and help you on an individual level with your painting. Focusing on the still life subjects of flowers and birds this class will be broadcast live from the studio of Teresa Oaxaca. There will be live floral and bird painting demonstrations with ongoing questions and answers. The Zoom class will feature multiple camera angles, one on the painting as it is created, one on the palette with brush/palette knife showing color mixing, as well as one on the visual reference. You will paint along from home. Several still life reference photos will be provided for you to work from in case you don't want to work from life. Painting from life from a home set-up that you make yourself is also a possibility. In addition to demonstrations and painting time there will be art talks and individualized critiques that will focus on materials, techniques, process and artistic vision. A studio tour of Teresa’s space and inspirational Q & A session will also be included.

    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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