About the Teaching Artist

Michelle Chrisman has been making her living as a full-time oil painter and instructor for over 25 years. She is a Plein Air Painter of the New Mexico landscape, a contemporary figure painter and a still-life painter. Michelle’s work is represented by The Signature Galleries in Santa Fe, NM & Scottsdale, AZ, in Taos by Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Weems Gallery & Romero Street Gallery in Albuquerque. Michelle is a Contemporary Colorist/Expressionist oil painter grounded in the Principals of Impressionism – how light works in the natural world.


Class Description

Outdoor landscape painting requires a strong foundation in the principles of plein air painting used by the french impressionists. Hit the ground running this season! Get Re-Grounded in the essential basics of how to see and construct the outdoor world of light, shadow & spectral color. Refresh your toolkit of how light works in the outside world to create your strongest paintings this season! We will do 2 paintings per day. A Step-by-Step Tutorial & Supply List will be provided upon registration.


Location TBD. Details will be sent out no later than week prior to June 1st. Please note this workshop will not take place on Harwood campus.


Saturday June 1st 9a – 5p and

Sunday June 2nd 9a – 5p

*there will be a scheduled break halfway through the session


Adults (18 and up) only. Suitable for beginners, practicing artists, and educators

What to Bring

PAINT LIST: Basic Limited Palette Colors (required): White; Cadmium Yellow Medium; Cadmium Orange; Alizarin Crimson; Ultramarine Blue; Thalo Green. Indian Yellow by Gamblin.
Optional Colors for “Full Palette Theory & Colorist/Light Approach: Brilliant Yellow Light (by Richeson); Brilliant Yellow Pale (by Williamsburg); Alizarin Yellow & Alizarin Orange (by Williamsburg); Transparent Orange & Indian Yellow (by Gamblin); Cadmium Lemon; Cadmium Red Light; Permanent Magenta; Permanent Rose; Brilliant Pink; Quinacridone Violet & Rose;
Cobalt Violet Light; Cerulean Blue; Sevres Blue (by Rembrandt); Shiva Yellow Citron (by Richeson).
Gamblin Galkid Gel in tube- for immediate quick dry under-painting. Res-n-gel for paint consistency, extension of paint & impasto (comes in tube) by Weber (very important).
Palette- French Easel or paint box on tripod w/ a plastic box palette w/1/8th”glass inside that seals & keeps paint fresh (Suggested: French Easel by Mabef (Italian) with a Richeson wood Palette, painted white on bottom with glass cut to fit inside). Paper Palettes are OK also. Glass is best for oil painting, and easy to scrape with flat razor scraper.
Gamsol Turpentine & Painter’s Can with screen enclosed for pigments to fall to bottom or metal cup. Roll of Viva paper towel and small trash bags.
Paint boards – Bring 2- small panels, 6×8 or 5×7 in addition to your choice of larger panel sizes: 9×12, 11×14, 12×16. Gessoed boards or canvas panels are fine. Stretched canvas lets light through which distracts.
Brushes: “Brights or Flats.” Bring only 3 new brushes. Since sizes vary per brand, be sure 1 brush is 1 inch wide, one is 1⁄2 inch wide, and one is 1/4th inch wide- clean, new brushes only.
Palette Knife- (IMPORTANT)- #11 “Plus” from Italy with a tapered rounded end.
Painting Gloves- (suggested: purple non-latex gloves from Walgreens or Ace Hardware).
View Finder (at art store) or order online: “Viewcatcher.”
Wet Painting Boxes or Pizza Boxes to carry your beautiful wet paintings home!
Small Sketchbook & Pen & 3 mid-gray markers (30% gray, 60% & 80% grays) for small value studies & note taking. (IMPORTANT).
Black Sharpie pen. UMBRELLA to attach to your easel or to secure into the ground for shade (like the“ShadeBuddy” umbrella that goes into the ground)


How Much

Registration – Subsidized Registration – Regular  Registration – Community Support
$165 $190 $215


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.