About the Teaching Artist

Sandra’s vibrant paintings are expressionistic renderings of the landscape, inspired by the high desert of NM where she has painted for 30 years. As a veteran teacher, she has developed a method of teaching watercolor that is loose and free and takes full advantage of the medium and happy accidents. She has enthusiastically shared her technique with students at Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe Community College and UNM, CE. Trained in the basics at the Art Institute of Chicago, she has enhanced her skill through extensive plein air painting and experimentation. Her work was featured in the 2018 poster of the Santa Fe Studio Tour and she is a Signature Member of the NM Watercolor.

Class Description

While this beginner workshop covers the basic techniques of watercolor, it emphasizes FREEING methods, such as, mixing colors on paper, working wet-on-wet, tilting, and lifting in addition to working with brush and palette. Instructional techniques include mini demos, mock-ups, sequential student exercises, and plenty of one-on-one mentoring. We will take advantage of the beauty of NM for inspiration, focusing mainly on landscape elements for exercises. This course is geared toward brand new beginners as well as those with some experience who wish to loosen up or get reacquainted with the medium. (supply list will be shared following registration).



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


This class will take place over three weekends on Saturdays.

Saturday October 21st: 12p – 3p

Saturday October 28th: 12p – 3p

Saturday November 4th: 12p – 3p

*There will be opportunities for breaks


This class is appropriate for ages 18+ 

What to Bring

The supply list will be emailed students within a week of registration

How Much

Registration – Subsidized Registration – Regular  Registration – Community Support
$100 $125 $150


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.