New Mexico Art League


 
 
 
 

 

Adult Classes

Upcoming events

    • 09/08/2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10/27/2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Main Studio and on location

    Artists think on paper, and each artist approaches a drawing or painting differently.

    Some research their subject ahead of time and make detailed sketches - while others work more spontaneously. Whether composing a still life, or selecting a landscape site, sketchbooks become valuable tools for reference back at the studio. 

    This class will help you develop the relationship between your sketches and your finished work. We will be journaling, visually and with the written word, regarding subjects in personal detail. 

    Sketchbooks can also take on a life of their own, becoming the work of art. We will discover how basic techniques used to record your thoughts can initiate “creative spark”. You will develop insights into the mechanisms of visual perception, and will also develop observational skills rooted in traditional drawing media. 

    Pen, pencil, collage and color wash are just a few tools that we will be using in this class. Topics covered will include: sketching techniques, perceptual drawing, gesture, notan, intuitive perspective, image development and just plain fun!

    Class will meet in the studio and at various locations in Albuquerque. Please sign up early: class size is limited.

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    • 09/09/2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10/28/2016
    • 3:30 PM
    • 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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    • 09/10/2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10/29/2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    Color and composition are key elements contributing to successful works of art. Regardless of medium, composition and color are essential in keeping the viewer engaged with your work. 

    This course will reveal how to build underlying layers of color that will support and interact with each other and the final layers of what, in landscape painting for example, is called “local color.” 

    With regard to composition, the course will explore the mechanisms behind the organization of visual elements, and how to apply them to create a cohesive and harmonious structure. 

    Course topics will also include: color temperature, color contrast, mass principle, unity, balance, rhythm, foreshortening, mood and atmosphere. 

    All art mediums are welcome! 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/12/2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10/31/2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • 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 individually 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. 

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    • 09/12/2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10/31/2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    This 8-week class fills a niche for artists who want to advance their skills in painting the landscape in oils. 

    Each session is designed to address challenges faced by studio and plein air painters. 

    Topics will include maintaining the artist’s vision for the painting from start to finish, interpreting greens, imparting atmosphere, mood and drama, and creating luminous skies. 

    Feel free to contact Tom with questions at tblazier@hotmail.com. 

    Please sign up early, class size is limited.

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    • 09/12/2016
    • 5:30 PM
    • 10/31/2016
    • 8:30 PM
    • Main Studio

    This course is a contemporary guide to traditional studio practices that are a must for anyone whose aim is to learn the essential techniques of oil painting. 

    Artists who are familiar with this medium may find some surprises among the range of methods and find some new inspiration. Using tools and materials, the artist will also discover some of the basic properties of color and composition. 

    Each of the techniques 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.

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    • 09/13/2016
    • 9:30 AM
    • 11/01/2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    Figures add life to your landscapes, leading your eye into the painting and creating a feeling of depth in your work. 

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

    There will be daily demonstrations on initial drawing, composition and placement, as well as examples of related techniques. Each student will receive individual instruction 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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    • 09/13/2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/01/2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • 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.

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    • 09/14/2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11/02/2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    The objective of this class is to acquaint students with the 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. 

    Each class 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. 

    For questions please contact Maria by email

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    • 09/14/2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/02/2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • 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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    • 09/15/2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/03/2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • 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 can be 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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    • 09/15/2016
    • 5:30 PM
    • 11/03/2016
    • 8:30 PM
    • 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. 

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3409 Juan Tabo NE,  Albuquerque                   Map It              Hours: 10 am to 4pm Tuesday - Saturday     
P.O. Box 16554, Albuquerque NM 87191                                                                                                  505-293-5034
                                                                 
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