New Mexico Art League


 
 
 
 

 

Adult Classes

Upcoming events

    • 09/05/2017
    • 10/31/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Learn the simple and effective techniques of how to incorporate variety of different tree, rock and 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, 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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    • 09/05/2017
    • 10/31/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Careful and key observation rather than simply looking is essential to successful flower painting. In this class, students will create multiple small oil studies, to closely examine the characteristic shapes and forms of the particular flower covered each week. Included in this study class are flowers and especially colors related to fall - Sunflowers, Chrysanthemums, Asters, Pansies, etc.

    Each class will begin with a demonstration and lecture in order for the student to gain a better understanding of how to 'sculpt' the flower on your canvas. Discover how to simplify your flower using basic geometric shapes and forms of cones, spheres and cylinders, as well as light. Learning to see a flower in this way will markedly improve your broader painting abilities. 

    This class will involve homework to be brought and critiqued from the previous week’s flower. These studies will form reference material for progressing on to more complex floral paintings. 

    Flowers will be provided. Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/05/2017
    • 10/31/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Join Denali on Tuesday evenings 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 

    We will paint directly from a model, first in charcoal,

    to define lights and darks, and then moving to color, learning 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 up early;class size is limited.


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    • 09/06/2017
    • 11/01/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    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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    • 09/06/2017
    • 11/01/2017
    • 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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    • 09/06/2017
    • 11/01/2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Main Studio

    In this 7-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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    • 09/07/2017
    • 11/02/2017
    • 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, 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 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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    • 09/07/2017
    • 11/02/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio

    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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    • 09/08/2017
    • 11/03/2017
    • 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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    • 09/09/2017
    • 10/28/2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio and on location

    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 learn to accomplish. This course will continue to explore the principles of perspective and how the artist can apply them, accurately depicting an object in space. 

    Special attention will also be given to shadow, theory and aerial perspective. We will also explore methods to aid in interpreting photographic references, as well as ways to refine our drawings approaching a finished piece. 

    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 the subject of perspective but will primarily meet in the studio at the Art League. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/10/2017
    • 10/15/2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Main Studio

    The most astonishing fact about Chinese brush painting is that each brush stroke is a defining move creating a part of the painting that is neither improved upon nor corrected. 

    Chinese brush painting is meant to be more than a representation of an object; it is also a symbolic expression. Rather than looking at the subject as you paint, you bring

    it forth from your mind and heart. 


    No sketch is prepared and no model is used; the artist paints with rapid, mentally constructed strokes transporting a 'mind image' to paper. Ming will give step by step instruction and demonstrations using Chinese brush and inks. 


    Each class will cover a new subjects including peony, orchids, pine tree, camellia, wisteria, grapes, bamboo, lotus blossom, roses, chrysanthemum, plum blossom, landscape. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 09/11/2017
    • 10/30/2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Join Michael Ottersen, in this 7-week class, exploring the basics of drawing, from the beginning! 

    The simplicity and directness of drawing is what makes it such a valuable tool that every artist should continue to develop. It’s also what makes drawing fun! 

    Learning to see and realizing that the more you look, the more you see, is endlessly exciting. Working from still life set-ups, a model, and from your imagination, students will explore line, form, the illusion of light through value. 

    By the end of this course students will enjoy a great sense of accomplishment after completing vast range of different approaches to drawing; all inspiration for creating future works of art! 

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

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    • 09/11/2017
    • 10/30/2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Explore the limitless potential of collage through layering, tearing, markmaking and more! 

    While creating a series of unique works, contemporary and historical collage artists and techniques will be introduced for further exploration and discussion. 

    A plethora of exciting papers as well as materials such as acrylics, watercolor, crayons, pastel, ink, etc. will also be available. 

    Bring your own images, patterned papers, fabric scraps, etc to use or share. Participants will come away with several finished pieces and a broad range of ideas for further exploration. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 09/11/2017
    • 10/30/2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Drawing is the essential foundation of painting. This 7-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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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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