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.


Covid Policies

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

Class Description

Outdoor landscape painting requires a strong foundation in the principles of plein air painting used by the french impressionists. The plein air painting method incorporates the use of large simplified shapes, correct color values, strong light / shadow pattern, color temperature shifts, and hard & soft edges. In this outdoor workshop, students will paint several small studies and two medium paintings per day. Learn how to approach painting in a direct and decisive manner with a fresh approach.

***Materials list will be emailed to students upon registration***




Tiguex Park downtown off Mountain Road across the street from the Albuquerque Art Museum, on the South side of the park.

We will meet along the ditch bank at Anderson Field Open Space. Exact directions to this location will be handed out on Saturday.


Saturday, April 1 & Sunday April 2, 10a – 5p


This class is appropriate for ages 18 and up

What to Bring

Materials list will be emailed to students upon registration

How Much

Registration – Subsidized Registration – Regular  Registration – Community Support
$135 $160 $185


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.