About the Teaching Artist

Sandra’s vibrant paintings are expressionistic renderings of the land and nature forms, inspired by the high desert of NM, especially Ghost Ranch and the Jemez Mts., where she has painted for 30 years. She has developed a method of using watercolor that is loose and free, taking full advantage of the medium and happy accidents. Trained in the basics at the Art Institute of Chicago, she has expanded her skill through extensive plein air painting and experimentation. Her work was featured in the 2018 poster for the Santa Fe Studio Tour and she is a Signature Member of the NM Watercolor Society. She has exhibited in Chicago and New Mexico for 30 years and currently shows her work at the Yucca Galley in ABQ. Over the last 10 years, she has enthusiastically shared her technique with students at Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe Community College and UNM CE.


Class Description

Loosen up, have fun with watercolor. Experiment with freeing techniques (i.e., dropping paint into wet areas, mix colors on the paper by tilting, creating shapes by lifting as well as using the brush. Try out credit cards for moving and mixing paint. Interact with happy accidents (they can all be that). Learn to use cropping as a way to improve composition. Teaching techniques include guided exercises, mini demos, mock-ups and one-on-one mentoring. This course is appropriate for beginners who want to learn about the luminous effects one can get with watercolor as well as more experienced painters, who want to loosen up or just get back to the medium.



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


This class is scheduled for two Saturdays.

Saturday February 4th: 12-4pm

Saturday February 11th: 12-4pm


This class is appropriate for ages 18 and up

What to Bring

Watercolor Pigments: The Basic 5

Preferred Brands: Winsor Newton is great but “Student grade” brands that are good quality and affordable, in tubes are fine. Preferred brands include Cotman and Van Gogh followed by Da Vinci and American Journey. Van Gogh highly recommended. Start with the small .5 ml tubes

Basic 5

Yellow: Indian yellow or gamboge (Cotman or van Gogh)

Red, alizarine crimson (Cotman or Winsor newton or Van Gogh)

Blue, Colbalt (Van Gogh or Cotman)

Green sap green, (any of the above brands)

Orange vermillion ( orange Van Gogh or Cotman)

Great Optional Colors

Blue: Indigo, Cerulean Blue and/or French Ultramarine , purple oxide

Two or three good size brushes

1 or 2 round brush, size 12, and 10 preferred or 9 ok. Flat brush size 11 or 10 optional.

One sheet of arches 140lb cold press paper. Available at Artisans.

White plastic palette with 6-9 wells to store paint in and a flat surface to mix paint on.

Misc. Small spray bottle, tissues, container for water.


    How Much

    Registration – Subsidized Registration – Regular  Registration – Community Support
    $95 $120 $145


    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.