The Urban Art Retreat in Santa Fe NM
The Colors of the Southwest
Join me for five days of painting in Santa Fe New Mexico
June 26-30, 2018
Only three spots left!
The bold, bright colors of the Southwest will be our focus in this five day Urban Art Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We will use the beautiful city of Santa Fe and the surrounding countryside as our inspiration. Retreats are geared to both beginning and advanced artists. You will love the stress-free environment! The emphasis is on working at your own pace under my guidance. Loosen up, have fun and be prepared to paint a lot!
Mornings A quick talk and demo over coffee and then you are off to a location, either in town or in the country, making color studies and sketches.
Afternoons Return to the hotel studio and work from our sketches. I'll do a short demo and work with you individually.
Evenings You're on your own for dinner (except for the Friday night no-host group dinner). Grab something to eat and come back to paint into the night if you like. The hotel studio is open until 11 pm. Or spend the evening sightseeing, getting the best margaritas, or listening to a mariachi band on the plaza!
- Color mixing
- Abstract composition from sketches
- Acrylic techniques
- Using your abstract "eye" to compose strong paintings.
- You are encouraged to be loose and bold in your approach.
Arrive Monday 6/25/18. Welcome and orientation cocktail hour in hotel lobby.
Tuesday morning: Sketching and gallery walk on Canyon Road. Tuesday afternoon: Painting in the studio.
Wednesday morning: Sketching and lunch on the Plaza. Wednesday afternoon: Painting in the studio.
Thursday: All day trip to Abiquiu to visit the home and studio of Georgia O'keeffe (optional. See details below) or stay in the studio and paint, uninstructed.
Friday morning: Sketching outdoors (Tent Rocks or Cochiti) Friday afternoon: Painting in the studio Friday evening: Group no-host dinner TBA.
Saturday: Wrap up final paintings and group critique in the hotel studio. Studio closes at 2 pm.
Depart: Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
Four days of instruction both in the studio and on location.
All paints, mediums and gels are provided.
Students are responsible for their own surfaces to work on (canvas, paper, masonite, etc). See suggested materials at the bottom of this page. Limit sizes to no larger than 16" x 20".
Students are responsible for their own lodging, transportation, meals and extracurricular activities.
Students are also responsible for shipping or transport of their finished paintings.
Thursday day trip to Abiquiu - Georgia's home and studio: Optional. $65.00. Payment for this tour TBA. We will carpool to Abiquiu. Cars and riders will be organized when registration is complete.
Planning your trip
The Retreat is being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Santa Fe. Students can reserve rooms at a discount by calling the Marriott directly. Students may choose to stay at another location as well.
Airports: Albuquerque (ABQ) Santa Fe (SAF)
Plan to stay an extra day to visit the Santa Fe Opera. This stunning opera has an open proscenium to the desert. Truly spectacular. I already have my tickets for Madame Butterfly!
Did you say food? Tamales, green chili stew, sopapillas, street tacos. Bring your stretch pants. :-) I'll give you the low down on good spots!
$250.00 non-refundable deposit to holds your spot!
There are 10 spots available on a first- come, first-served basis.
Please review my Class Policies page for information on cancellations and refunds. You will receive a complete list of materials, maps and other information upon registration.
Balance due April 1, 2018 for the Urban Art Retreat Santa Fe 2018.
If your balance is not paid by April 1, you may forfeit your deposit and your space will be given away.
Dates: June 25-30, 2018.
Please review the Class Policies. By registering you are agreeing to these policies.
What students say:
"Tesia is a terrific, natural-born teacher. She inspires and guides with both humor and warmth." Claudia -Murrieta, CA
"I’m so excited to have yet another big go at learning from you. I so treasure your knowledge, exuberance & fun teaching style." Jeanie - Oakland, CA
"Tesia loves what she does - and it shows. Her positive attitude and encouragement are priceless. I love it when she teaches different techniques - it sometimes feels like magic and Tesia is the best "magician" in town." Hagit, Lafayette
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These are suggested materials only. Bring whatever you like as long as it's no larger than the size in the description above.
It's a great idea to bring one suitcase with clothes and the other suitcase with art materials.
All paints, mediums and gels are provided.
Surfaces: You will need two to five surfaces per day. I suggest you bring 1-2 Canson Mixed Media Pads or Strathmore Acrylic Pads These are extremely durable and work well. Watch this video for information on mounting paper to canvas. This video is part of my online classroom. If you are not enrolled, you must enroll to watch it but it's free! Please be sure all surfaces are no larger than 16" x 20".
Brushes: You will need at least one 2" brush. I prefer Purdy Brushes. They are durable and inexpensive. If you buy from the hardware store don't buy a cheap chip brush. Bring an assortment of good artist-grade bristle brushes. I like both the Princeton Series 5400 and the Robert Simmons Signet Series
Other Tools: I love the Catalyst Blades for mark making. And you should have a couple of palette knives too. For a palette I suggest freezer paper or a palette pad. A sketch pad, pencil and smartphone camera are essential! Exacto knife and scissors are essential as well.
Shipping/Traveling with completed work: Once the Retreat is over you will need to either ship your work home or carry it home in your suitcase. Make sure your surfaces/completed work fit inside your second suitcase unless you plan to ship your work. If you are shipping your work be sure to allow extra time after the Retreat to pack it up and get it to the shipper.