New Mexico Art League



Adult Workshops

Upcoming events

    • 10/06/2017
    • 10/08/2017
    • 3 sessions
    • On Location in the Pecos at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery
    • 0

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    Perhaps you’ve learned the basics of painting and you are looking for new inspiration or maybe you have a newly discovered love of painting and you want to work toward making real progress with solid instruction. 

    We invite you to join J. Waid Griffin for three amazing days of painting in the spectacular landscape surrounding Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Pecos, New Mexico. Waid will apply his vast knowledge of landscape painting and guide you through every step toward creating great paintings plein air. 

    Students will receive six hours of instruction each day on the beautiful grounds of the Monastery with access to studio space for critique and additional painting time in the evening. 

    The lessons will cover many aspects of the process of on location painting such as: how to SEE, how to analyze and depict the light source(s) and how to select your subject. 

    The tuition includes all costs; your room and 3 meals per day, so all you have to do is eat, sleep, and paint! 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

    Materials List

    • 10/23/2017
    • 10/27/2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 5

    This is a watercolor workshop for all skill levels, however, previous watercolor and drawing experience is very beneficial to gain the most from this workshop. 

    There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. 

    We will begin each day with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. The daily demonstration will be different each day so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. 

    My preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting with a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. 

    Each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed. There are no requirements as to what subject the student paints or what size they prefer to paint. 

    Please sign up early: class size is limited.

    Materials List

    • 11/06/2017
    • 11/10/2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Main Studio

    Alla Prima, Italian for 'at first attempt’, is a style of painting that has become fashionable since artists such John Singer Sargent and Richard Schmid exemplified how beautiful it can be. It is basically an oil painting done in one sitting while the paint is still wet, also known as 'wet into wet'. 

    Using this as our parameter, each day the class will paint a portrait of a different model. The instructor will demo most mornings in order to guide students with what they will work on for the day and will help students at their easels throughout the rest of the day. 

    The first two days the palette will be limited so as to focus on drawing and fleshtones. The third day will be devoted to color study. And the final two days we will

    combine the two approaches to produce portraits that have form, anatomy and color. 

    Students will leave the workshop with 5 alla prima portrait paintings, a greater understanding of the principles and methodology that paintings are built with, and having learned how to economize and simplify our 'seeing' in order to finish a portrait in one day.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

    Materials list

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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