New Mexico Art League


 
 
 
 

 

Adult Classes

Upcoming events

    • 03/29/2017
    • 05/31/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 4

    In this class, the techniques of life drawing become a springboard into understanding and employing intuitive practices in your work.

    We’ll begin with the basics of drawing the human body, from anatomy and proportion, to compositional choices, to media and mark-making. 

    As the class progresses we’ll use the figure to investigate less traditional paths; simple exercises and experiments that blur the lines between representation and abstraction allowing us to uncover our innate understanding of line, form and color. 

    All skill levels are welcome to this enriching and expansive exploration. 

    Please sign up early:class size is limited.

    There will be no classes on April 19 and April 26.

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    • 04/03/2017
    • 05/22/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio and on location

    Painting directly from nature is a necessity for artists who want to advance their landscape painting skills, and springtime offers near perfect conditions for painting the New Mexico landscape en plein air! 

    If you have been wanting to work some outdoor painting time into your usual studio painting routine, consider joining us Monday mornings in the great outdoors. 

    This 8-week class is especially useful for artists who have had some experience oil painting en plein air and want to refine their skills through more one-to-one time with the instructor. 

    The class will meet in different locations, offering a variety of terrain and painting options — and all within easy driving distance of Albuquerque. There will be a review of plein air painting approaches in the initial studio meeting. The majority of sessions will meet in convenient outdoor locations, weather permitting. Plein air gear will be necessary for this class.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 04/03/2017
    • 05/22/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Drawing is the essential foundation of painting. 


    This 8-week course is specifically designed

    for painters wanting to revisit and hone their skills in the basic knowledge of the mechanics of drawing. 


    Through weekly exercises, students will learn to use the elements of drawing as tools and apply them effectively in their work. 


    The methods and concepts in some instances require in-depth technical explanations, but they are not to be missed. We will focus in particular on developing skills related to line, mass, figure-ground relationships, value, proportion and light. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 04/04/2017
    • 05/23/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Drawing is like a first language, basic and dealing with the absolute. This class will examine the bones of what constitutes a work on paper. 

    We will utilize the idea of abstraction of line, form, value, color and surface of non-figurative drawing practices. Sitting equally between vision and process, the class will explore the boundaries of volume, the illusion of 3-dimensions on a flat surface, the object quality of material and let determination and chance have their say. 

    Each week we will begin with a different simple process that is directional, serving as a catalyst to get the work going. We will work with both traditional wet and dry drawing media and mixed media as well to allow for experimentation. 

    This class will be challenging but really fun!

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    • 04/04/2017
    • 05/23/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 5

    In this fun and inspiring class, students will push the boundaries of acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, various new acrylic products, and mixed media to create experimental and unusual works of art. 

    We will explore projects in collage, image transfer, textual surface experimentation and more! 

    A materials fee of $30 (for specialized materials) should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting. Additional materials list can be found online. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 04/05/2017
    • 05/24/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 3

    The objective of this class is to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary techniques of drawing and painting that will give them the solid background needed to develop their individual style.

    The 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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    • 04/05/2017
    • 05/24/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    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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    • 04/06/2017
    • 05/25/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Discover why botanicals continue to be the subject for so many artists for hundreds of years. They are ideal for studying the transmission of light, shadow, color and for creating depth and mood. 

    Emphasis will be given in capturing the essence of a blossom and in recognizing abstract we find in nature. 

    The class will be painting singular blossoms, as well as floral still-life. Class will meet at BioParks’ Sasebo Japanese Garden, the Mediterranean Conservatory and in the studio. 

    Soft pastels and all other forms of dry media are

    welcome. 


    All levels of experience can benefit from this class. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 04/06/2017
    • 05/25/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 1

    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. 

    This is a great opportunity for your 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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    • 04/08/2017
    • 05/27/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    The urban landscape offers the challenge of incorporating more man-made objects compared to Mother Nature’s. We will explore the ways to adapt composition, rendering, perspective and other techniques used to create successful urban sketches. 

    The urban landscape includes both outdoor scenes as well as indoor scenes, such as hotel lobbies or your very own living room. 

    This course will conclude with the scale-up of one of your sketches into a refined drawing or full color painting. 

    Course topics will include: various sketching techniques, recognizing abstract patterns, Notan,

    intuitive perspective, the use of Mondrian tools, magic hour and more. The class will meet in the studio and at various locations in the metro area. 


    This class will benefit the beginning as well as the seasoned artist. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.




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    • 04/11/2017
    • 05/30/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 1

    Incorporating flowers in your landscapes is a beautiful way to add texture, color and life. 

    Learn the simple and effective techniques of how to work with a wide variety of approaches to florals in your compositions. 

    There will be daily demonstrations on initial drawing, composition and placement, as well as examples of related techniques. There will be individual instruction for each student throughout the class.

    Please be sure to bring a sheet of 140 lb. Arches paper to the first class meeting along with the materials you have. 

    If you need suggestions about additional materials please refer to the supply list posted online.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 04/14/2017
    • 05/26/2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 5

    Join Carol in exploring the many techniques in watercolor painting that will help you breathe life back into your work.

    Learn, step by step, how to use composition and design to express your vision and convey your personal style. 

    The class will cover a wide variety of watercolor techniques and instruction on how to effectively use materials. 

    There will be daily demonstrations and examples of the techniques that are being discussed followed by individual instruction for each student. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 04/17/2017
    • 05/22/2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 7

    Join artist John Meister for this six-week class on painting miniatures in oil from start to framed finish.

    This class will cover the difference between a “miniature painting” and a “small painting”, subject matter for the tiny format as well as the standards for “competition” miniatures. 

    Students will be introduced to a variety of materials, mediums, and painting techniques that are tailored to the miniature painter. 

    The last week will be devoted to framing some of the work. You will learn how to build your own scaled custom frames that will highlight your miniature paintings and take them to the next level.

    Some experience with oil painting is helpful. 

    Enrollment is limited, please sign up early.

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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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