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.


Covid Policies

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

Class Description

Paint an oil portrait in a weekend!

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!



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


This class is scheduled for Saturday October 7th & Sunday October 8th : 10am-5pm


This class is appropriate for ages 18 and up

What to Bring

There is a compiled a list of materials for this class at dickblick.com: https://www.dickblick.com/lists/blicku/0X8H8XGB8IVD4.

2 copies of your photo reference – self-portrait photo recommended but not required. Printed in color, at the same size as the surface you’re painting on. Bring multiple options if you’re not sure what you’d like to paint.

oil paints:

1. burnt umber

2. cadmium red(or similar color)

3. cadmium yellow(or similar color)

4. naples yellow(hue)

5. yellow ochre

6. french ultramarine, or cobalt blue, or prussian blue(or similar color)

7. permanent alizarin crimson or permanent rose or magenta

8. titanium white


1. viridian green or sap green

2. cerulean blue

3. any other colors you love

linseed oil or any other oil medium you like.

surface to paint on – 8×10 or 9x12ish, Arches Oil Paper or stretched canvas or flat panel

board to adhere your painting surface to – if you are using paper. A drawing board or Ampersand Hardboard Panel or masonite or similar. Make sure it is larger than your painting surface.

palette Paper Pad or glass palette or roll of wax paper

painter’s tape – 1 or 2 inches wide.

palette knife – Blick Painting Knife style 132 or similar (for mixing paint colors).

brushes – at least 1 small filbert bristle brush (such as Princeton 6600FB or Silver Grand Prix extra long flibert 2, or similar) and variety of soft or bristle brushes (such as Princeton Real Value Brush Set 9130 from Blick or similar).

2 jars with lids – One holds solvent while you’re painting; one serves as a “dump jar” to hold used solvent.

Gamsol – at least 8 oz of Gamsol or other odorless mineral spirits Gamsol strongly recommended for safety.

cotton rags and/or paper towels – rags recommended, old cut up tshirt works great. Optional

Saf flower oil – handy for cleaning and protecting brushes. grocery store version is ok.

How Much

Registration – Subsidized Registration – Regular  Registration – Community Support
$140 $165 $190


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.