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

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

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. 

Methods for Abstraction is formatted with a variety of project prompts to choose from–students who have taken this class before are welcome to join us again.



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


This class is scheduled for Saturday,  February 18th from 12pm to 4pm.


This class is appropriate for ages 18 and up.

The class will be limited to a maximum of 15 students.

What to Bring

  • 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.
  • If you are new to art making and need guidance on what materials to select please feel free to email celinegordon@gmail.com

How Much

Registration – Subsidized Registration – Regular  Registration – Community Support
$85 $110 $135


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.