Miniature Art Workshops 2022 (1 DAY)

Events at the Hispanic Arts Building,
New Mexico Expo Fairgrounds, Albuquerque

All Workshops 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

These workshops are $50 each or all 3 for just $125. A non-refundable $25 deposit is due with your registration per workshop. Cash or check only, made payable to Bardean, LLC. Balance will be collected at the workshop. Workshop size is limited to 16 attendees. A supply list will be sent to those that registered closer to the workshop dates. If you need further information contact Barbara Lohbeck at

Approaching Miniatures – Juan Wijngaard

Monday, April 4

An introduction to choice of materials and mediums. Different approaches to solving the problems set by reproducing an image from life, photos or the imagination. For this workshop the emphasis will be on the use of gouache and/or watercolor. Participants will be asked to bring an image or object they wish to paint as a miniature. 

Juan was born and raised in Argentina. His family moved to the Netherlands when he was a teenager. He later moved to England were he attended the Royal College of Art and became a children’s book illustrator. In 1989 Juan moved to California and he and his family moved to New  Mexico in 2004, where Juan started painting for its own sake full time, slowly but surely moving away from illustration.

Modernizing Landscapes for Miniatures – Rémy Rotenier

Wednesday, April 6

The class will be given images of landscapes. We will work on creating a miniature by rendering what we see in a more abstract way. Composition will be important, the use of color, and a general “look” that we will discuss individually! Basically, recreating what we see in simple forms:  having textures, value and depth in mind. With tracing paper, we will understand what forms we are looking at. The student will then make decisions, scale it down and paint it as a 6” x 4” painting on French grey paper.

From the precision of his traditional European jewelry painting techniques, he started painting miniatures several years ago and has received 8 awards from Masterworks New Mexico and one international award. His astoundingly detailed miniatures are rooted in imaginative interpretations of historic works of art, sometimes celebrating iconic artists or based on social commentary.

Rémy Rotenier is a Paris born jewelry designer, gemologist and award-winning painter. He studied art and prepared for the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and received a bachelor’s degree in jewelry design from l’école du Louvre. 

Supply List for students to bring with them to the class: Pencils, erasers, and their choice of watercolors.

Supplies provided in kit by Rémy Rotenier: Tracing Paper, Staples Premium Color Laser & Copy Paper (98 Bright, 32 LB), French Grey Paper, a square of blotting paper and 1-2 Rolled Paper Stumps.

Wire Sculpting & Negative Space – Gary Chaffin

Wednesday, April 13

Looking for something different? An art form that gives you a new perspective? You will learn basic techniques for 2D and 3D sculptures. This will be a fun and exciting experience exploring the possibilities working in wire and negative space. All skill levels welcome. Materials and tools are provided. Not limited to miniature scale.

Gary is an award winning wire sculptor since 1974. He participates in juried art shows nationwide and conducts workshops for children and adults.