New Mexico Art League




               
 
 
 
 
 

Since 1929 . . . Still Inspiring and Creating Artists!
 

Adult Classes

Upcoming events

    • 09/14/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11/02/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • South Studio

    Anderson, Heirlooms, mixed mediaWould you love to learn new ways to create dynamic, visually exciting art? 

    Come and learn the secrets of compositional design with all kinds of interesting materials in this playful, yet information-packed class! 

    Not only will you create visually stunning, colorful artworks, you will explore the visual vocabulary of design that all professional artists rely upon. Approaches will include unusual drawing methods, creative acrylic techniques, India ink experiments, and exciting collage applications. Students will come away with finished creative works as well as inspirational techniques applicable to future artistic adventures! All levels welcome. 

    • 09/14/2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/02/2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    BlazierAll successful art is derived from sound compositional choices. 

    This class will help familiarize students with the tools of composition necessary for conveying his or her expressive vision and intent for a given subject. Working in oils, weekly sessions will explore value, color, shape, line, space, texture and direction as they apply to landscape painting. 

    Each student will receive individual attention, based on his or her specific needs and skill level. Please feel free to contact Tom with any questions. tblazier@hotmail.com 

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    • 09/15/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11/02/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    Brooke, pastelJoin Denali on Monday mornings to experience her unique and dynamic approach to working with pastels. 

    This medium lends itself so beautifully to depicting the immediacy and spontaneity of life. Students will be inspired to work gesturally with a new energy that is part of painting the human figure in pastel. You will paint directly from a model and learn how to “feel and observe more” about the shapes and textures present as light falls beautifully across the figure. 

    Denali will include short demos, encourage individual expression, and explain gestural lay-in and observational painting, and finally 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 upearly as class size is limitedd

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    • 09/15/2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • 11/03/2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • Main Studio

    Rowland, Three Sisters, oilWhy are some paintings more intriguing to look at than others, even when the likeness is good, the proportions right and the colors match? 

    The goal of this class is to make pictorial composition easy to understand, remember and apply. You will learn tools to identify weaknesses and what you can do to make your paintings better. 

    Each class begins with a demonstration and lecture in order for the student to gain a better understanding of how to work with different aspects of composition. We will cover visual dynamics, tension, variation, balance, focal points, tonal values, contrast, patterns and more - all elements of design that create interesting paintings. 

    Students are asked to bring in a variety of items to compose with to explore the possibilities of a still life they will be excited to paint!

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    • 09/16/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11/04/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    Cole, Santa Fe, oilThe objective of this class is to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary techniques of drawing and painting, that will give students the solid background needed to develop their individual style. Class will progress on 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. For questions please contact Maria by email or call NMAL to register at 505-293-5034. 

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    • 09/16/2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/04/2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    Griffin OilStudents will learn how to paint in oils using the sound, time tested methods of the masters.

    Universal principles of design including the teachings of A.W. Dow and Edgar Payne, among others, will be presented and practiced. Color theory and its application to landscape painting will be highlighted. 

    The goal of the class is to confirm and help develop the skills, perceptions, and self-expression of each artist as they are met at their individual level of skill. “There are no mistakes and it’s never boring on the edge of the imagination which is only pure spirit out having a bit of fun.” —Hugh Romney 

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    • 09/16/2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • 11/04/2015
    • 8:30 PM
    • Main Studio

    Rowland, Composer, oilIn this class you will advance your painting from the literal replication of the model to an expressive and unique work of art using selection and intention, concepts known to great artists, past and present. 

    We will revisit the basics of portraiture and offer simplified techniques that will help to build confidence in this most rewarding subject. Manageable concepts of anatomy are presented that will add to the student's knowledge base.

     These will be integrated with classic principles of art: rhythm of application, design and composition, tones and values, shapes and forms, cool and warm colors and more as they relate to painting the portrait. 

    Students will have two sessions with each model for a total of four portraits. 

    And finally, we will discuss the magic of Fechin, Zorn, Sorolla, Repin, Sargent and others which will help students take the leap from merely copying, to actually applying the principles of these Masters. 

    Note:  a $40 Model Fee will be payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.

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    • 09/17/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11/05/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    katakisSketching ranges from a process to be enjoyed, in and of itself, all the way to the “thoughts” for a finished painting. You will discover new ideas, methods and techniques designed to enable the beginner and advance the seasoned artist. 

    This course will show how sketch artists “see” what they will sketch, and the techniques used to capture what was seen. Ultimately, you will learn how to sketch any subject you like, using any tool you want. Course topics will include: seeing abstract patterns, using the “cone of vision,” squinting and counting, defining edges, line weight, understanding short-cuts to perspective and more. This class will occasionally take place on location but is primarily in the studio. Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

    A $5 materials fee will be collected by the instructor at the first class.

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    • 09/17/2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/05/2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • South Studio

    PaintingJoin Nancy as she explores the basics of oil painting!

    Painting from direct observation, students will learn how to handle oil paint using a variety of brushes and tools, while learning design, composition, color and perspective. 

    The class will consist of demonstrations and short lectures along with studio work. You will experiment with impasto, knife painting, blending, scumbling, color mixing and more! With each passing week, students will gain skill and confidence benefiting from individualized attention in a comfortable instructional situation. Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 09/18/2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/06/2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    Join Waid in this informal approach to depicting interior space! Artists have found interiors to be an enduring source of inspiration, initially for statements characterizing formal settings, and then, with the use of the camera, for statements of a more personal nature. 

    The modern artist sees with an “impromptu” eye in order to capture a moment in time with natural light filtering through windows and/or with artificial light emanating from light bulbs. The artist must produce an atmosphere very different from the light and space of a landscape. 

    Using the rich vocabulary of paint, you will learn to conjure environments saturated with atmosphere, deep surface and yet painted as though they are “off-the-cuff”. The paintings from this class will be produced from “life” or “studio set-ups”.

    Please sign up early as class size is limited. 

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    • 09/19/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11/07/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    katakisUnderstanding the principles of perspective provides the artist with a way to render three dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface. 

    This is one of the most dramatic effects an artist can accomplish. Designed to enable the beginner and advance the seasoned artist, this course will address the underlying principles of linear perspective and simplified techniques for obtaining its benefits without the need for cumbersome construction lines or mechanical devices. Course topics will include: isometric perspective, areal and intuitive perspective, Mondrian tool, clock angle tool, Goldilocks’ Rule, foreshortened circles and more. T

    his class will occasionally take place on location but is primarily in the studio. Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 09/19/2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/07/2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Main Studio

    BrookeThis class will help you see with a fresh perspective and help you make leaps in accurately rendering the essential elements of any subject. . . . with color!! 

    When an artist renders something with the correct tools for proper alignment and arrangement of form, the creative experience becomes one of enjoyment and ease. 

    When one lets go of conceptual ideas or notions about the subject, perceptual understanding takes over and is experienced as a sense of freedom.

    Color can be simple in its application! 

    Beginning with 2 complementary colors, we will work on the transition between monochromatic drawing and finding values that relate in color. We will experiment using primarily pastel but we will also explore the mediums of ink and watercolor. 

    Denali will teach you how to draw with quick gestural strokes and notations that lead to a better drawing experience of any subject in a short period of time. 

    Beginning to advanced artists, plein air or studio painters, are welcome. This class is perfect for learning and enhancing your sketches; quick value studies; and journal entries. 

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    • 10/02/2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • 10/23/2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Studio

    Levenson drawingThis class will offer an instructive overview of the materials, techniques, and concepts for successful portrait drawing. 

    We will cover the fundamentals of constructing the head with the values of light and shadow and principles for creating the illusion of space and volume on a 2 dimensional drawing surface.

     Students will learn to create a likeness while exploring new ideas for portrait composition. We will also explore techniques and tips on materials and the drawing process. 

    Working from a live model, Shana will teach through demonstration and individual attention. 

    Students will have ample time to work during class and benefit from constructive feedback from the instructor. Please sign up early, space is limited. 

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3409 Juan Tabo NE,  Albuquerque                                       Map It                                  P.O. Box 16554, Albuquerque NM 87191
                                                               
                                                                   (505)293-5034
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