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Adult Classes

Upcoming events

    • 01/08/2018
    • 02/26/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    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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    • 01/08/2018
    • 02/26/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 3
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    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, textural 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 below. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/08/2018
    • 02/26/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    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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    • 01/09/2018
    • 02/27/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    Take a journey, tell a story and make your paintings more romantic and exciting. Learn simple and effective techniques of how to incorporate a variety of flower forms into your landscapes. 

    We will be exploring the structure, shape and mass of these elements in the landscape and ways to approach them employing the basics of perspective. Be sure to bring any references or photos you may want to use. 

    Class will include daily exercises and demonstrations on initial drawing, placement, as well as examples of related techniques. Emphasis on design, composition and critique will help students advance in their skill with watercolor. 

    Please bring the materials you have and check the list of supplies posted online, Carol has added a few items. Each student will receive a spiral watercolor notebook to practice techniques that are presented. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/09/2018
    • 02/27/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 1
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    In this winter class, Cynthia will explain how to use value structure to create a successful painting. This method is different from “Light and Shadow” painting. It focuses on the richness of relative values as the heart of the painting, rather than the interplay of light and shadow. 

    It is essential for the student to understand value relationships, as they are key to creating the mood in a painting. Students will learn to take a complex visual problem and create order through the use of this solid value structure. This method creates a springboard for adding additional information so that each individual expresses themselves in a personal way. Two interiors will be set up, one for each month. 

    Class size is limited to 10 students so that each participant receives one-on-one instruction. A $35 model fee to be given to the instructor.

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    • 01/09/2018
    • 02/27/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 4
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    Join Denali for an in-depth exploration of drawing animals in pastel. Be inspired to capture the character of an animal or beloved pet through the immediacy and vibrancy of the medium. 

    Students will create preliminary studies of their chosen subject applying Denali’s dynamic gestural approach, and then complete a painting in pastel by the end of the eight weeks. 

    Learn how to most effectively work from photo references, compose a strong portrait space, create a variety of textures, and combine colors that best capture the essence of the animal. 

    Students will advance their knowledge of the elements and principles of design. 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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    • 01/10/2018
    • 02/28/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    The objective of this class is to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary techniques of 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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    • 01/10/2018
    • 02/28/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 3
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    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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    • 01/10/2018
    • 02/28/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    In this 8-week class we will begin with simple exercises that utilize both observational and

    invented processes to explore the basic building blocks of image making, line, form, color/

    value and surface. 


    Drawing can be fast, flexible and instructional; putting those

    tendencies into high gear will promote paintings that have the freshness and animation of

    a drawing but also the deep color, materiality and presence of painting. 


    Using the drawings as a 

    blueprint, catalyst, or test run, we will work the drawn images into oil or acrylic paintings that extend the original intention into full blown color studies. 


    This class will be both challenging and fun as you discover the infinite freedom of abstraction!

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/11/2018
    • 03/01/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    Pastel is the only medium where the artist draws and paints at the same time. This maybe why there are as many techniques of applying pastel, as there are artists using them. 

    This course will help develop your own painting techniques, while strengthening your drawing skills. We will explore the fundamental principles of form, value, composition, color and perspective, as well as the methods used to aid us in interpreting photographic references. 

    Topics will include: light and shadow, intuitive and aerial perspective, mark making, shaping, edging, blending and layering. The class will occasionally take place on location but is primarily in the studio. 

    Please sign up early, as class size is limited.

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    • 01/11/2018
    • 03/01/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    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. 

    A great opportunity for 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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    • 01/11/2018
    • 03/01/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    What cannot be said, can be expressed through the language of art. Take an adventure with your painting as a form of communication where you can create personally meaningful content. 

    This course is designed with the purpose of helping artists discover new sources of inspiration and new paths for expressing ideas in painting. 

    Together we will learn to guide ourselves into an inner world, where dreams, fantasies, memories, issues, and emotions can be interpreted through visual language. Within the context of composition, you will also learn to operate with formal elements, grouping together visual forms and symbols, while strengthening your technical skills. 

    Participants will be engaged in painting exercises, along with related discussions and writing practices. Artists may work in any desired medium such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, egg tempera or mixed-media. This course is best suited for artists who have some painting experience.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/12/2018
    • 03/02/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    If the idea of ‘Modern Art” holds any interest in observation and potential practice, this class could be what you’ve been waiting for! 

    In this eight-week combined studio/lecture class, we will discuss and then create artworks in the style of many of the most interesting and influential artists of the 20th century. 

    We will begin with Post Impressionism and end with Conceptualism with many side trips and digressions in between. . .Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Minimalism. Each of the 4 major art movements investigated will have 2 days each in which to have a lecture, do a preliminary drawing and then complete a color study in acrylic in the style of the art being discussed. 

    Aside from the “fast food” aspect of this class, covering so much territory in our limited time, it promises to be fun rollercoaster ride through some of the thoughts and practices of many of the major artistic directions in the last 100 years. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/13/2018
    • 03/03/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 2
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    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, 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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    • 01/27/2018
    • 03/03/2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    Good drawing skills are an excellent starting point for creating successful art, regardless of an artists's chosen medium. In this 6-week class we will explore the basics of drawing, using a variety of materials and techniques.

    Starting out with a fun mixed-media introductory project, we will then move on to drawings that work with line, value, composition, the figure and more!

    By the end of the course, students will have a greater appreciation for drawing, as well as a range of skills to better interpret the visual world. 

    This class is open to all students regardless of experience and skill levels. 

    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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