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

Portrait Painting PRACTICE in a Weekend (Oils):

In this weekend workshop you will learn and practice some of the painting skills needed to paint engaging, representational portraits in oil. Starting with facial features and proportions, you’ll learn to think in planes versus lines. We’ll also explore the expressive potential of values and learn how to use them to create thoughtful and intentional compositions. We’ll explore mixing a variety of skin tones and learning how to manipulate warm and cool tones to enhance dimension. By the end of the weekend, you’ll know how to draw with paint – no more depending on a pencil! This is a skills-building workshop with a strong emphasis on process over product. Come ready to learn and have fun!

(This workshop is skill building only; if you would like to complete a portrait painting, also sign up for A Portrait Painting in a Weekend.)



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,  October 29 – 30 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

  • Materials List will be emailed to registered participants once it becomes availailble.

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.