Adult Art Classes

Weekend Classes

Plein Air Painting The Autumn Landscape
with Michelle Chrisman

Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Whether you are a regular outdoor landscape painter or a beginner, this class is for you! Simplification and good design is the key to your success, and this workshop will keep you grounded in the elements that will make your paintings powerful: simplified, well designed shapes, accurate color values, exciting color temperature shifts and visual passages that will bring poetry to your work. There will also be an emphasis on the use of spectral light, and how the French Impressionists used this to convey the luminous affects of outdoor, autumn light. You will create 2 paintings and several small studies each day. This workshop will equip you with everything you need to have an autumn of painting success!
Location: Los Poblanos
Materials: Supply list provided upon registration
Class Fee: $150 / Harwood Members $135

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Sugar Skulls: Meaning, Making, and Decorating
with Shelle Sanchez

Saturday, October 25, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Spend an afternoon immersed in exploring sugar skulls as an art form and a traditional act of remembrance for Dia de los muertos. This workshop includes: background on the traditions of sugar skulls, a simple process for mixing sugar and icing, practice creating sugar skulls with molds, time and inspiration for decorating sugar skulls, and guidance on caring for your intricate creations so that they last for years. This workshop is great for adults and kids (ages 8+).
Location: Harwood's 6th St. Studio South
Materials: A materials fee of $10 per individual or $15 for parent + child is payable  to the instructor at time of the workshop (check or cash).
Class Fee: $35 ($45 with child) / Harwood Members $30 ($40 with child)

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"Carte Blanche" Collage Workshop 
with Lea Anderson in conjunction with Central Features Gallery

Saturday & Sunday, December 13 & 14, 9:00am - 4:00pm
In this inspiring workshop, students will explore the limitless potential of collage through layering, tearing, mark-making 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 and materials such as acrylics, watercolor, crayons, pastel, ink, etc. will also be available. You are welcome to bring your own images, patterned papers, fabric scraps, etc. to use or share, although all necessary materials will be provided for your convenience. Participants will come away with several finished pieces and a broad range of ideas for further exploration!
Location: Harwood's 6th St. Studio South
A materials fee of $25 is payable to the instructor at the first session and includes all materials (check or cash).
Class Fee: $150 / Harwood Members $135

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This workshop is presented in conjunction with Central Features Gallery exhibition "Carte Blanche" (November 7 - December 20) located in downtown Albuquerque. This incredible contemporary collage exhibition features new works by contemporary visual artists who use collage to push the boundaries of representation, abstraction, and appropriation, defying continuity and challenging expectations.
We encourage workshop participants to experience the “Carte Blanche” exhibition before / after the workshop for further inspiration!


John Garrett
John Garrett


I seem to have known about Harwood Art Center since I moved to Albuquerque in 1996. I have always enjoyed seeing the exhibits there and visiting the studios when they are open to the public. I have taken a couple of classes there, and this last year I have taught a class there myself. This last spring I also had an exhibit of my wire sculptures and wall works at Harwood. I am pleased to contribute work which supports the work of the [Harwood] Art Center.

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