About the Teaching Artist

Celine Gordon is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from Barnard College in New York City with a B.A. in Art History and Architecture. She has taught art and design for the past several years, working with students from Albuquerque Public Schools, Indigo Moose, and Albuquerque Academy’s six-week summer session. Celine currently serves as Education Director for the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA). In 2020 she took part in Harwood Art Center’s SURFACE Emerging Artist exhibition. Celine takes a multi-media approach to art practice, but works primarily in drawing and printmaking.

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


Covid Policies

  • All staff and students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination to Harwood administration
  • Masks must be worn by all people on Harwood’s campus – both indoors and outdoors
  • Harwood Art Center shares a campus with Escuela del Sol Montessori School & follows all school-wide health and safety policies.


Class Description

From the tight, geometric grids of Channa Horwitz to the loose flowing gestures of Kandinsky, there are a large variety of points of view and ways of working behind abstract art. In this class, students will explore different ways of approaching abstraction by looking at case studies from art history as well as contemporary artists. We will examine the elements that enrich abstract works including, scale, texture, color, composition, and process in order to create a series of 2D abstract compositions.

This class will be open-ended and workshop style in order to help both new and practicing artists survey a variety of ways of working and creating.



This Harwood’s Art School class will be held indoors on our campus near downtown Albuquerque in a large open room which will allow for social distancing.


This class is scheduled for Saturday,  April 9th from 12pm to 3pm.


This class is appropriate for ages 16 and up (under 18 requires parent permission).

The class will be limited to a maximum of15 students.

All participants must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in advance of the class.

What to Bring

  • A face mask* – all staff and attendees are required to wear a mask while on campus (indoors and outdoors)
  • Watercolor or multimedia paper
  • Drawing pens or pencils–micron pens, Sanford EBONY pencils, or an .07 mm mechanical pencil are recommended
  • Choose a medium to add a minimum of 3 colors: watercolor, gouache, colored pencils, ink, acrylic paints, and artist markers will all work. Please select the best medium for your art practice.

* Recent research indicates that, unlike with previous variations of Covid, cloth masks alone are not sufficient for mitigating the spread of Omicron. As such, Escuela del Sol and Harwood Art Center are asking staff to wear either a respirator mask (such as an N-95, KN-95 or equivalent) or a surgical mask paired with a cloth mask. We are recommending the same for you all to help stop the spread of this new variant.

How Much

Harwood is committed to providing accessible classes to our community. All Art School classes this fall will be offered on a sliding scale with subsidized, at cost, and community support options.

Regular Registration Subsidized Registration Community Support Registration
register at cost subsidized amount for students who can’t cover the full at cost amount option to register for the class and help support another community member registering for the class
$40 $30 $50

If you are unable to contribute the subsidized amount, please reach out to Director of Education Dani Belvin at dani@harwoodartcenter.org to inquire about our limited scholarship opportunities.


If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Dani Belvin at dani@harwoodartcenter.org

Register Now

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Refund Policy

Class Fee refunds will only be issued for cancellations received by email (dani@harwoodartcenter.org) or EventBrite’s refund system at least one week prior to the start date of the class. The Class Fees will not be refunded if students 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.