Workshops – 3 Days

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

All Workshops 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
No Registration Required for Free Public Demos – Various Times

Pastel Society of New Mexico Workshop:
Paul Murray

April 2-4, 2020 Thursday-Saturday
Free Demo Wednesday April 1, 10 am 

Where Colors Meet

There are wonderful things which happen when two colors meet.  As artists it’s our job to decide what to do when this happens.  In a lot of instances it’s not just about two colors.  All kinds of useful and powerful things can be applied at the intersection of hues and values.  Knowing what’s possible when colors meet will add excitement and “life” to your paintings.  It’s not rocket science or magic — just techniques and information which can make all the difference in an artwork.

Supplies List…

Pastels:  Approximately 200 colors, weighted towards landscape. Half hard (Rembrandt, Nupastel, Girault, Holbein) and half soft pastels (Great American, Sennelier, Terry Ludwig).
Paper:  At least six sheets specifically made for pastel.  Be sure it has a good “tooth” for applying pastel. 
Size:  from 9 x 1″2 to 12 x 16” 
Gloves in a Bottle cream for hand/finger protection.
Charcoal and or Pastel Pencils for drawing/sketching.

Registration & Cost Upcoming

New Mexico Watercolor Society Workshop: 
Bud Edmondson

April 9-11, 2020 Thursday-Saturday
Free Demo Saturday April 11, 10 am

Paint Like the Pros: How to turn ordinary watercolor paintings into award winning works of art!

Charles “Bud” Edmondson

Bud as been an active part of the New Mexico art scene since moving in 1994. His entire working career has been art related. He worked as a commercial illustrator for thirty five years. He owned his own studio and worked with clients such as World Book Encyclopedia, Motorola, and Sunbeam. Even while working as an illustrator, Bud was active in the fine arts, showing his paintings in several Chicago and Wisconsin galleries and teaching night classes at Northeastern University. He decided, years ago, to devote himself to full time painting and which prompted his move to Albuquerque.

He now maintains a studio with The Artist Studio, a group of twelve artists who share studio space. He paints, teaches 3 or 4 classes  a year and does several workshops a year. Bud is especially adept at watercolor and pastel. “These two media allow me to combine draftsmanship with spontaneity,” he says. He is a firm believer in painting on location, “I can get the real feel of a place”. Most of his larger works, while conceived on location, are finished in the studio.

Bud has been honored with signature membership in the New Mexico Watercolor Society, the Pastel Society of New Mexico and the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Bud has been an award winner for years. He was one of the very first artists to be selected as a “Local Treasure” by the Albuquerque Art Business Assoc.

Cost of Workshop is $235.00 per student to be paid in full at registration. Workshop is limited to 14 students on a “first come, first served” basis, with registration opening in November 2019 to NMWS members, all others January 1, 2020. Once enrolled, if you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund only if your space in the workshop is re-filled.

Register online at
Any questions please call: Ray Prudhomme 505-296-0273
or Debbie Misgen 505-417-7582

Rio Grande Art Association 
Oil Workshop: Natasha Isenhour

April 16-18, 2020 Thursday-Saturday
Free Demo Saturday, April 18, 10 am

Before you can make a great oil painting, you have to start with good bones.  This workshop will begin by discussion of the oil painting medium itself.  Extenders, brands of paint, surfaces, brushes and anything else you would like to know about your tools of the trade.  From there I will discuss with you, using examples, tips and tricks to successful compositions and how to best tackle your layout for a successful painting.  The rest of the workshop will be dedicated to making your art.  I will be going from artist to artist to help you with your unique issues.  Commonly I will address the class with what I’m about to explain so people can tune in to how I answer your specific need if they wish.  There will be a lot of one on one time throughout the three days.  The last few hours of the last day I will be doing critiques.  Each artist chooses one painting for the critique.  It can be one you bring from home or one that you do in class.   No pressure, just a relaxed helpful overview to help you raise the bar for yourself.  I do not seek to teach you to paint like me, rather, my workshop goals are always to have you leave a better version of your artist self than when you arrived.

Strong, moody, sensitive and light-filled, are adjectives often used to describe the work of Natasha Isenhour. Painting in both oil and pastel, she is known for her striking still life paintings and atmospheric, representational landscapes. Natasha paints full-time on location and in her studio in New Mexico. Living only minutes from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, she finds limitless inspiration readily available. Her style explores local color while incorporating a slight contemporary edge, allowing her mark-making to control the impressions of mass and delicacy.

Isenhour is a Distinguished Pastelist and past President of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, Signature Member and current Vice President of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and is an Associate Member with Distinction of American Women Artists. Her work has been featured in numerous solo gallery and museum shows as well as group shows throughout the US and abroad.  Most recent recognition is an invitation to show in the prestigious Cowgirl Up! 2020 Invitational. Natasha participates in numerous plein air events throughout the year and has garnered extensive recognition and numerous awards along the way. 

Natasha Isenhour enjoys long standing representation with:
RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
Ventana Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Cobalt Fine Arts, Tubac, Arizona
Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Natasha’s Supply List Click Here

Registration & Cost Upcoming