New Mexico Art League


 
 
 
 

 

Adult Classes

Upcoming events

    • 01/09/2017
    • 02/27/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    The classical indirect method makes it possible to paint realistic still life by separating all the different elements of creating into individual steps. 

    Drawing and composition, capturing correct value, and layering color are broken down separately so the painting evolves in a logical and easy to understand sequence. 

    Students will practice glazing to create glowing, harmonious color in a still life. Learning about color, and the properties of different oil paints, whether transparent or opaque, also aids the artist in achieving realistic effects and a luminous depth that cannot be attained in direct painting. 

    Sarah will share the modern materials and 21st century approach she uses to create paintings using the time- tested indirect method inspired by Flemish and Venetian techniques. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/09/2017
    • 02/27/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    John Constable said the sky is the "chief organ of sentiment" in the landscape. Regardless of whether the sky or the land is the subject, artists should be aware of the important role the sky plays when planning a painting. 

    This oil painting class will introduce students to the relationship between sky and ground and explore ways to impart luminosity in skies, strengthen compositions through effective placement of cloud shapes and enhance mood with creative use of color. 

    Demonstrations will be done in oil. Sessions will meet in the studio. Some observational time will be spent outside. 

    It is advised that students who take this class have a grasp of art fundamentals. Please contact Tom at tblazier@hotmail.com with questions. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/10/2017
    • 02/28/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Learn the simple and effective techniques of how to incorporate architectural elements into your landscapes.

    We will be exploring a variety of structures and ways to approach them employing the basics of perspective.

    Be sure to bring any references or photos you may want to use from your travels. Class will include daily exercises and 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 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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    • 01/10/2017
    • 02/28/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio


    In this class we will create expressive portraits in watercolor using photos as reference. We will begin with watercolor as a sketching tool to explore compositional design and value in creating a likeness. 


    Individual instruction will be given to each student. Students will be encouraged to complete at least one portrait in this 8 week session. 


    Principles of composition, color theory, methods and materials will be discussed. Each class will start with a short lecture and demonstration. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/10/2017
    • 02/28/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Discover the amazing versatility of acrylic paint and related mediums while investigating multiple styles and applications.

    Students will make several paintings from start to finish, practice color mixing, and experiment with acrylic mediums to create exciting effects. Color theory, color harmony, and color psychology will be explored. 

    This comprehensive class is perfect for both the beginning artist or for more experienced artists interested in exploring a new medium! 

    A materials fee of $20 (for specialized materials) should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting. See below for additional materials.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/11/2017
    • 03/01/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    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.

    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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    • 01/11/2017
    • 03/01/2017
    • 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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    • 01/11/2017
    • 03/01/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Join Denali on Wednesday evenings to experience her unique and dynamic approach to drawing the figure. You will be inspired to discover your unique mark making in a medium of your choice. 

    Monochromatic (values in black & white) drawing will be employed as you work directly from a model. In addition to learning about how to render the figure in an anatomically correct way, you will learn how to “feel and observe more” about the shapes and textures present as light falls beautifully across the figure. 

    Although an emphasis will be placed on drawing in charcoal, you will be encouraged to experiment with graphite, graphite putty, printer’s ink, and water miscible oil paint. Color is optional. 

    Denali will include short demos, encourage individual expression, and explain gestural lay-in and observational painting. She will discuss ways to preserve the energy of a painting as the artist strives to refine and finish a painting. 

    Artists working at all levels are welcome although some experience in drawing would be helpful. 

    Please sign up early as class size is limited.

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    • 01/12/2017
    • 03/02/2017
    • 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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    This class will explore the different ways pastel color can be used. The unique nature of the pastel medium makes it different from wet media because all of the effects are instantaneous, as there is no waiting for pigment or glazing to dry. 


    This characteristic allows for greater flexibility and a deeper understanding for the methods used in exploring color. The class will apply color on various grounds: textured, sanded and toned. 


    Topics include: color notan, color study, color interaction, local color, broken color, color mixing, finished work, and establishing your own palette.


    Techniques include: texturing, toning, strokes, feathering, layering, scumbling, shading, blending, and underpainting. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/12/2017
    • 03/02/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio


    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, elements of 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 turning joyful travel experiences into successful art work.


    Individual guidance and demonstrations will be given by instructor in order to help each student develop their personal style. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/12/2017
    • 03/02/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    This class welcomes all levels, novice to experienced, from the curious to those looking to push their art practice further. We’ll take a step-by-step approach to the abstract form, exploring its history and its technical foundations in composition, line, value and color. And we’ll have a lot of fun painting.

    Assignments will stretch the creative muscles, encouraging students to discover new paths to intuitive expression and spontaneity. We’ll also investigate the surprising sources of abstraction, from processes, to unloosened imagination, to taking inspiration from our everyday lives. 

    Arden will provide guidance, technical support, and in-depth critiques of your work. Any type of painting media is welcome in the class, but those just starting out are encouraged to use acrylics. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/13/2017
    • 03/03/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio


    Join Carol to explore 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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    • 01/14/2017
    • 03/04/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Understanding the principles of perspective provides the artist with

    tools to render

    three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface. This is one of the most dramatic effects an artist can accomplish. 


    This course will continue to explore the principles of perspective and how the artist can apply them to accurately depicting an object in space. Additional emphasis will be given to shadow, theory and aerial

    perspective. 


    Methods used to aid in interpreting photographic references will be explored, as well as ways to refine our drawings to produce a final painting. Course topics will include: intuitive and aerial perspective, one- two- and three-point perspective, dividing space, ellipses, and more. 


    This class will occasionally take place on location

    to allow a better understanding of perspective but will primarily meet in the studio at the Art League. 


    Sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/14/2017
    • 03/04/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio


    Oil paints have been most artists' first choice for hundreds of years and are easy to use once you learn the basics. This course is a contemporary guide to the traditional studio practices that are a must for anyone whose aim is to learn the essential materials and techniques of oil painting.


     Artists who are familiar with this medium may find some surprises among the range of methods and hopefully some new inspiration. From tools and materials, you will also discover the foundations of color and

    composition. 


    Some of the painting methods will be presented as an individual project and will allow participants to explore their own visual language. Painting methods will include: underpainting, fat over lean, alla prima, scumbling, oiling out, grisaille, impasto, palette knife painting, sgraffito, and more. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/15/2017
    • 03/05/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Join printmaker, Mary Sundstrom, to explore a wide variety of printmaking techniques without a press, or pulled by hand. 

    We will start by experimenting with the mark-making possibilities of embossing as well as stamps and stencils.

    Students will learn about inking, layering and registration while discovering the unique processes and signature relief marks of both colographs and linotypes. 

    Mary will also give instructions on making your own burin (engraving tool), as well as exploring the use of tools like rolling pins, spoons and brayers. We will finish with the mega-fun gelatin plate monotype. 

    Students at all levels are welcome to join this printmaking adventure! 

    A $15 materials fee will cover all materials necessary for the class and should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting.

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