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Painting Big in Abstraction

Creating larger paintings can seem overwhelming, but this course will teach you the detailed steps to success in your endeavors. Karen Mosbacher, an international award-winning gallery artist, will work side-by-side with you, in and out of the classroom, to guide you on how to become proficient at painting on a large scale. This 8-week course will enrich your studio practice. This class price includes a 30in. X 40in. stretched canvas. Adults

Art Car Project

Have you ever seen an art covered car driving around town and wished you could create mobile art? Well now's your chance to learn the steps to creating art on wheels. We will walk through creating a design, sanding, prepping, and the best part – spray painting. The design we create together will allow everyone working on the car to put their own creative stamp on this exciting group project! Let's make some mobile art together. 16-Adult

Create Your Own Tarot Deck

Interested in tarot? Are you a beginner or a seasoned reader? In this class, you will learn about the art history of tarot cards, their various systems of symbolism and interpretation, as well as basic image-making techniques to create your own deck of tarot cards using a medium of your choice. 16-Adult

Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Learn traditional painting techniques, fundamental techniques of drawing, and a bit of color theory in this fun introduction to acrylic painting. Explore paintbrush techniques like blending, dry brush, layering, and so much more. Give your paintings a breath of life! Ages 6-9

Exploring Watercolor

Discover the unrivaled and endless possibilities of watercolor. Build a repertoire of skills from choosing proper materials, to creating brilliant colors, radiant blends, shadow, and light, all while incorporating traditional and experimental techniques. No need for natural talent, just come with the desire to learn the limitless possibilities of this magnificent, versatile medium. 16-Adult

ArtTrax: Painting I

Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. The emphasis is not on producing a finished work of art but rather on developing the basic skillset through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed or expected. The courses proceed sequentially, each lesson building upon what was previously presented. 16-Adult

In-Person: Military Artistic Healing

Discover techniques to inspire creative skills and gain greater self-awareness. Explore possibilities, develop your creativity, and gain personal insight in working with a variety of controllable mediums. Visits to the Fine Arts Center’s museum galleries using visual thinking strategies will increase group cohesion. Adults

Enchanted Textures of Taos, New Mexico

Taos’ light, color, and culture have inspired modern artists for over 125 years to create inspirational and memorable paintings. Taos is especially stunning in the autumn with glorious textures and colors. Professional artist and instructor Martha Mans will concentrate on watercolor and gouache painting with a special small presentation about how she creates her casein paintings. We will visit a different location each day with a demonstration by Martha to encourage you to try water media techniques designed to help you hone your painting skills. Martha will take great care in making sure your experience as a painter in Taos is rewarding. She will work with each of you in the group and as an individual painter. You can expect her to help you work out your individual painting challenges and develop better ways of seeing subject matter to create more dynamically designed paintings. Adults

Portraits in Oil

Inspired by Rembrandt’s palette and layering techniques, this class will provide a solid foundation for developing portrait painting skills and/or expanding and enriching your current practice. Informed with the instructor’s years of personal development and experience, the approach is a simple, step-by-step process designed for minimal anxiety and a solid foundation to continue to expand your skills confidently after the class ends. Non-toxic alternatives to the traditional mixing mediums and paints will be covered. As the course ends, adding one’s distinctive mark to these fundamental oil painting techniques and color palettes will be discussed and implemented. Adults

Faces: Tips & Tricks

Work on understanding head and face painting and drawing in this two-day workshop. Over the weekend, students will learn proportions of facial anatomy and discover planes and angles of the face and head. Draftsmanship and design of space will also be covered. Learn the tricks for correct portraiture working with drawing the first day, and mixed media the second session. Adults

ArtTrax: Painting II

Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. The emphasis is not on producing a finished work of art but rather on developing the basic skillset through practice and repetition. No prior knowledge or experience in the medium is needed or expected. The courses proceed sequentially, each lesson building upon what was previously presented. 16-Adult

Meditation Mondays

Learn about the meditative art of mandala making! Mandalas represent the spiritual journey of the universe and have been known to aid in meditation for centuries. You will be introduced to the basics of creating a mandala using acrylic painting techniques. 16-Adult

Basics of Oil: Hands

Whether you’re just getting started or never have oil painted before, you will see notable improvement throughout this six-week intensive course focusing on hands! Painting the same thing repeatedly is the fastest way to build skills and confidence. Through demos, light homework, exercises, and final projects, your progress will be astounding! 16-Adult

Magic Door Painting

The image of a doorway is a very captivating idea–such curiosity of what might be inside! The drama of a portal serves as a fun project. Bring in your own reference material or work from the one provided. Dramatic shadows and bold color create a striking painting suitable for display. The project will be a finished acrylic painting on a small canvas. Which portal will your door open? Adults

Semi-Private Time to Finish

Gather up your unfinished paintings–whether oil, acrylic, art journal, or mixed media–and focus on completion. The instructor will be available for individual attention and guidance on next steps and how to finish your work. It will be a small group of artists enjoying community and sharing the rewarding process of finishing our pieces together. Adults

Seeing Correctly = Great Drawings

Gain the confidence of knowing YOU can render images accurately and with dramatic realism. For many, the main obstacle to overcome in drawing accurately is seeing correctly instead of generalizing. Break the habit of looking only once. Begin to see things as shapes of dark and light, and the result becomes beautiful artwork. Adults