DRAWING & PAINTING WORKSHOP IN SANTA FE, NM (OCTOBER 19-27, 2017) ——— Sold Out! Join the Waiting List


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Learn the fundamentals of composition in figure or still life – Click here to Join the Waiting List


Drawing Class (October 19–21)

9am – 4:30pm (lunch from noon to 1:30pm)

This class will focus on capturing the gesture in the figure. While we will emphasize shorter poses, the longer poses will allow students to take their drawings further without losing the gesture or line quality. The drawing instruction will help in the painting class where achieving a good gesture will give the figure presence in a room environment.

Drawing Demos

There will be a drawing demonstration on the evening before class begins to orient students to the power of the gesture and how that translates to the clothed figure as well. There will be at least one other demonstration on subsequent evenings of the drawing workshop. During class, however, instructors will help students individually with critiques and demonstrations on the margins of students’ work. This class will help students animate their clothed figures in their own work.

Painting Class (October 23–27)

9am – 4:30pm (lunch from noon to 1:30pm)

The figure students will focus on composing the clothed and nude figure in an environment. We are encouraging students to paint larger and take their starts to completion. However, there will be flexibility for students to do numerous “interior studies” instead, but all will be encouraged to do more than a portrait by putting the model in an environment.

The still life students will focus on the importance of getting an idea in the set up. Students will then learn what it means to continue to paint that idea as they develop the painting.

No matter which subject matter you choose, all painting students will begin to understand what it means to paint the concept in oil.

Painting Demonstrations

All the instructors will do demonstrations to help further explain what they are teaching during class hours. The first demonstration will begin the night prior to the first class to orient students to the week. Then the week will be full of dual and individual demonstrations on painting still life, portrait and the figure. Learning happens more easily when students see the instructor tackle the same problems that they have struggled with in class.

Accommodations and Meals

For those students staying at The Lodge—an updated Southwestern hotel sitting atop a hill overlooking Santa Fe—classes will be just moments away each morning after enjoying a complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. Beverages and snacks will be provided throughout the day in a break room for the students’ convenience and comfort. The hotel also has a hot tub and two fireplaces—one outdoors and one in the lobby—for the students’ use, as well as frequent shuttles to Santa Fe’s historic downtown plaza. Students can either bring their own lunch, drive to many nearby luncheon places or take the shuttle to nearby shopping malls for lunch, which will be from noon to 1:30pm every day.

To reach the reservations department of The Lodge, call (505) 992-5858 or (888) 563-4373. To receive the group rate, reference the group code ‘B05F15’ or ‘Bright Light Fine Art’.

Click on the following to book your reservation online at The Lodge.


All instructor demonstrations will be held after class in the hotel’s stage-lit theatre from 5 – 7pm, maximizing working time in class as well as giving students the rest of the evening to enjoy the great restaurants and sights in town. The exact schedules will be announced about a month before the workshop begins.

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