About the Teaching Artist

A Helene Wurlitzer Foundation fellow and international BP Portrait Award exhibitor, Natalie Voelker creates paintings that investigate complexity and transcendence in seemingly ordinary people. Her painting, “Davetta,” has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her work has been featured in multiple publications including the anthology, BARED, and the French-English magazine, VolUp. Voelker has produced commissioned works for the Harwood Art Center, 508 Mural Festival, the City of Albuquerque, and various private collections – both nationally and abroad. She has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin.

You can see more of Natalie’s work on her website>

Class Description

Paint a colorful oil portrait in this fun weekend workshop. Even if you’ve never painted a face before, this step by step, direct painting approach will get you off to a great start. Learn 2 ways to start an oil painting: the oil transfer method and a direct paint method. You’ll learn to draw a face with paint and to think in values (lights and darks), as well as colors. By pre-mixing a variety of vibrant skin tones, you’ll use both warm and cool tones to enhance dimension in the face. Come ready to learn, experiment with new approaches, and wield the brush boldly!

(You’ll create a portrait painting in this workshop. Also taking Portrait Painting PRACTICE in a Weekend is recommended, but not required.)



This class will be held indoors on our campus near downtown Albuquerque. 1114 7th St NW 87102


This two day class is scheduled for Saturday/Sunday,  November 19 – 20 from 10am to 5pm.


This class is appropriate for ages 18 and up

The class will be limited to a maximum of 18 students.

What to Bring

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    How Much

    Registration – Subsidized Registration – Regular  Registration – Community Support
    $135 $160 $195


    Covid Policies

    • If you are feeling ill do not come to this class
    • Masks are optional and encouraged indoors


    If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Ruby Rodriguez at ruby@harwoodartcenter.org

    Refund Policy

    Class Fee refunds will be issued on a case by case basis and requests must be emailed to Ruby (ruby@harwoodartcenter.org) at least one week prior to the start date of the class. The Class Fees will not be refunded if students request to withdraw from the workshop less than one week before the start date of the class or after the class has begun. If the class is cancelled by Harwood Art Center for any reason, the Class Fee will be refunded in full.