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T1 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—experience this inspiring environment for yourself! Martha will provide instruction in water-based media, including transparent watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, while you paint on-site in picturesque Taos. Improve your paintings with a greater understanding of elements of design, including employing rhythm in landscape painting and leading the viewer through the painting by providing a point of interest. Add strength to your composition using light, midtones, and rich darks. Learn how to achieve rich color using paint-to-water ratio.

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

Level II-IV

Instructor: Martha Mans


Class Dates:

September 27 – October 1


9 a.m.–6 p.m. MT

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6 sessions


Bemis School of Art

818 Pelham Place

Additional Info




This is a traveling course. More information regarding optional limited lodging and an itinerary will be provided after registration and closer to the workshop date.

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