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Adult Art Classes

Weekend Classes

Contemporary Figure Painting in Oils with Michelle Chrisman

Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11 // 9a-5p

Quickly learn how to design bold paintings, capturing a simplified light and shadow pattern of the clothed figure and background shapes. Each session with start with small 25 stroke paintings, moving from 5 to 40 minute poses. Concepts of color and value will be explored through the large, bold shapes with thick strokes of paint. Participants will learn to pre-mix correct color values in order to paint quickly with decisive, intentional brush strokes.

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)
Materials: Students will be provided a supply list

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Ekphrastic Poetry with Chelsea Bunn

Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25 // 10am-1pm

Ekphrastic poetry focuses on works of art. In this workshop, participants will learn about ekphrastic poetry and writing techniques, explore examples of ekphrasis, and visit the Harwood galleries in order to use works of art to write their own ekphrastic poems. Sessions will include lecture, discussion, writing exercises, and instruction on using ekphrasis to generate new work. Participants will workshop the poems they write in class, receiving constructive criticm and feedback on their work.

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio
Class Fee: $90 /  $80 Harwood Members
Materials: Students will be provided a supply list

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Introduction to Mosaic Art with Jill Gatwood

Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8 // 10a-4p, 10a-1p

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: $100 /  $90 Harwood Members
Materials Fee: $35 (cash or check)

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BIOMORPHIA IV with Lea Anderson

Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22, 9a-4p

In this mixed-media workshop with all-new projects, 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 taken previous BIOMORPHIA workshops)

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio
Class Fee: $150 /  $135 Harwood Members
Materials Fee: $35 (cash or check)

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Telling Your Story with Harley Kirschner

Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6 // 9am-5pm

This class will explore the creative journal, using personal narratives, collage and mixed media to create work in a zine format. It will explore how black and white starkness can create dynamic texture through use of pattern, giving more weight to the written word. Students will experiment with handwriting styles, computer fons, stickers, transfers, and unlikely textural elements.

Location: Harwood's 6th Street Studio
Class Fee: $150 /  $135 Harwood Members
Materials: Students will be provided a supply list

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Plein Air Landscape with Michelle Chrisman

Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21 // 9a-5p

Join noted artist Michelle Chrisman for a weekend of plein air landscape painting, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Los Poblanos Historic Inn and lily pond, as well as some special locations in Corrales. Based on the principles of the French Impressionists and how light works in the outdoor world, this workshop will allow participants to tap into their inner poet and express the landscape in loose, painterly strokes of color!

This workshop will emphasize simplification of shapes, correct color values and light / dark patterns. Students will paint several small studies and two medium paintings each day. All skill level and painting mediums are welcome.

Location: Albuquerque, NM North Valley / Corrales Locales
Class Fee: $150 /  $135 Harwood Members
Materials: Students will be provided a supply list

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HARWOOD STORIES

Barbara Grothus

Former Harwood Artist


I remember when the Harwood was a big empty building and Friedje had recruited a few people from the community to brainstorm about what it might become. The art community was large; studio and gallery spaces were limited. A match was made, and as the space filled up, the vision evolved. Albuquerque United Artists had an office, and held exhibitions during the 1990s. In 2000, I collected burned relics from the Cerro Grande fire.The Harwood had a space available, and though I have always had my own studio (OK, those burned things were sooty), I rented a studio there while I worked on some ideas. Eventually, I had two shows about the fire The Harwood also awarded me an exhibition in 2005. That was a true honor. The place has been part of my life for the entire time it has existed as a “home for art and artists.

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