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A35 Enchanted Textures of Taos, New Mexico

This plein air water-media workshop takes place in and around the historic town of Taos, New Mexico. In 1915, Taos became famous as the home of the Taos Society of Artists and has remained an artist’s mecca ever since. Our instructor Martha has also become enchanted with New Mexico, and uses its light and textures as the subject of her watercolor and oil paintings. The chamisa, sage, and cottonwood trees against the rugged mountains and mesas make up the enticing landscape of northern New Mexico that she paints.

In autumn, the textures and colors are especially glorious. This will be the environment that will inspire your paintings. Martha will instruct in how to use water-media, including transparent watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, to paint on-site in picturesque Taos. Improve your paintings with a greater understanding of elements of design, including rhythm in landscape, the art of leading the viewer through your paintings in a way that maintains interest, and add strength to your design using light, middle values, and rich darks. Learn how to achieve rich color by understanding the paint-to-water ratio.

Tentative agenda:

Sunday, September 27 arrival and hotel check-in. 5:00pm – Painting Taos film, review workshop schedule and painting information with 15 minute demo for following day. 6:00pm Welcome dinner.

Monday, September 28 – Friday, October 2. Morning through early afternoon – paint, paint, paint. 3:00 – 6:00 Demo for next day followed by happy hour and group critique. Dinner on own.

Saturday, Oct 3 departure.

*Travel & lodging not included. Additional information will be provided after registration is complete.

Level II-IV

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Instructor: Martha Mans

FAC Member Price: $460

Non-Member Price: $475



Class Dates:

September 28, 2020 – October 2, 2020


9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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5 sessions

Class Categories:

Level II, Level III, Level IV, Painting - Watercolor


Bemis School of Art

818 Pelham Place

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More information about travel dates, lodging, etc will be emailed to you closer to the start of the workshop. Please note, travel & lodging is not included in class cost.

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