Adult Art Classes

Spring 2017 Classes

Contemporary Figure Painting in Oils with Michelle Chrisman

Saturday & Sunday, February 25 & 26, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Learn to design powerful paintings using the clothed figure to carve background shapes and shadows. Each session will start with small 25 stroke paintings, moving from 5 to 40 minute poses. Participants will move quickly to produce decisive and intentional brush strokes. Concepts of color and value will be explored through large, bold shapes with thick strokes of paint.

On the second day, participants will move to longer poses and larger canvases, still maintaining a contemporary approach. All levels of painter are welcome.

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio
Class Fee: $150 / $135 Harwood Members
Model Fee: $30 (cash or check)

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Introduction to Screen Printing with Isaac Trujillo

Saturdays & Sundays, February 4, 5, 11, & 12, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Have you ever wanted to learn screen printing? Now you can! Learn the ins and outs of screen printing with artist and printmaker Isaac Trujillo. This class will provide participants an understanding of the basic principles of printmaking and how to translate their previous art practices through the printmaking process. Concepts of mono type printing, ink slab techniques, stencil methods, mixing ink and ink modifiers will be explored. Participants will also explore the linocut and woodblock methods.

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio
Class Fee: $150 /  $135 Harwood Members

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Mosaic Art with Jill Gatwood

Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 10:00am - 2:00pm / 10:00am - 12:00pm

In this hands-on class, you'll learn about design, cutting tiles, adhesives and grout. With your new skills and experience, you'll have the confidence to move onto all kinds of mosaic projects on your own. No artistic ability or experience is required. All tiles, tools and other supplies will be provided in class.

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio
Class Fee: $90 /  $75 Harwood Members
Materials Fee: $35 (cash or check)

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Women Exploring Self-Expression with Natalie Voelker & Alexis Kaminsky

Saturday, March 18, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Have you found yourself stuck, frozen by your own inner critic or fear of what others might think of your creative endeavors? We’ve all been there. In this workshop we will write, draw, paint, and talk. We play with different modes of self-expression because we know that they each engage unique aspects of our creative selves. Our goals are simple: (1) creating a space where individuals feel free to express themselves and (2) supporting each other to move from self-criticism to acceptance.

The writing practice led by Alexis Kaminsky is modeled on Natalie Goldberg’s process developed in Writing Down the Bones. In that process, we write, read, and listen, practicing non-judgement and non-attachment.

The visual art component, guided by Natalie Voelker, centers on expressive self-portraiture. Participants use 2D mixed-media layering techniques to build up a unique, free-form expression of self, rooted in process and exploration.

Previous art or writing experience not required. Please bring your own notebook and pen/pencils for the writing portion of the workshop. Art supplies provides but participants are welcome to bring additional acrylic paint and/or collage materials.

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio
Class Fee: $60 / $50 Harwood Members
Materials Fee: $16

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The Gilded Page with Julia Lambright

Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 9:00am - 5:00pm

A fun, two-day workshop for anyone interested in applying gold to their painting or calligraphy.

Participants will learn and explore a number of decorative techniques using patent gold leaf and golden paint. At the end of the workshop, everyone will leave with a gilded page.

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio
Class Fee: $150 / $135 Harwood Members
Materials Fee: $25

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Biomorphia II: Microcosmic Discovery with Lea Anderson

Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2, 10:00am - 5:00pm

More Biomorphia! All new projects! In this mixed-media workshop, we will creatively respond on an instinctive level to a certain kind of beauty found deep within in the intricate, complex, and micro-processes of nature. Cells, fungi, diatoms, amoebae, pollen and other fascinating natural forms will serve as stimuli while we explore, invent and discover biomorphic worlds of our own design. Artists will come away with several artworks and samples using all kinds of engaging and inspirational techniques! (Open to all experience levels; you do not need to have previously taken BIOMORPHIA-Part I)

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio
Class Fee: $150 /  $135 Harwood Members
Materials Fee: $25 (cash or check)

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Artistic Development Workshop & Critique with Leo Neufeld

Saturday April 22, 1:00 – 5:00pm

Receiving constructive feedback about your art can greatly improve your skills and take your work to the next level. Join Leo Neufeld, a contemporary realist landscape and portrait painter with over 30 years of teaching experience, for this critique style workshop. Tap into Leo’s extensive knowledge and expertise by bringing up to 5 of your current paintings or drawings to class for discussion. Leo will give insight into what makes an artwork successful, covering an array of art concepts and philosophies. The workshop will end with a visit to Leo’s studio where he will examine his own work for the participants.

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio & Leo Neufeld's Studio
Class Fee: $60 /  $50 Harwood Members

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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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