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>

How Much

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


Covid Policies

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

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.

Class Description

2 days packed with exercises to get you ready to paint a portrait.

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, November 11th & November 12th, 10am – 5pm


This class is appropriate for ages 18 and up

The class will be limited to a maximum of 18 students.

What to Bring

  • There is a compiled list of materials for this class at dickblick.com: https://www.dickblick.com/lists/blicku/J1KFP7LQW64XA.

    3 different photo references – self-portrait photos recommended but not required, printed in

    color, 8x10ish, or on an ipad (not on phone please)

    oil paints:

    1. burntumber

    2. cadmiumred(orsimilarcolor)

    3. cadmiumyellow(orsimilarcolor)

    4. naplesyellow(hue=okay)

    5. yellowochre

    6. frenchultramarine,orcobaltblue,orprussianblue(orsimilarcolor)

    7. permanentalizarincrimsonorpermanentroseormagenta

    8. titaniumwhite


    1. viridiangreenorsapgreen 2. ceruleanblue

    3. anyothercolorsyoulove

    linseed oil or any other oil medium you like.

    6 surfaces to paint on – 8×10 or 9x12ish, Arches Oil Paper or canvas pad or flat panels or

    similar. Arches Oil Paper pad recommended.

    board to adhere your painting surface to – if you are using paper or canvas pad. 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.


If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Ruby Rodriguez at ruby@harwoodartcenter.org