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Autumn Plein Air Oil and Acrylic a la Palette Knife with Michelle Chrisman G2201018

Paint on location at the ranch and paint in our own studio space from plein air studies. Plein Air Oil and Acrylic a la Palette Knife emphasis will be on a colorist approach, using the palette knife in oils for expressive abandon. All levels of painter are welcome, as well as first time palette knife painters. Instructor will do demos followed by a lot of individual instruction, and group critiques throughout the week.

6 Nights – $625 plus lodging and meals, ranging from $684 (dorm) to $1,554 (private bath-2 room suite) See options by using the “Register Now” button.


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Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

Ghost Ranch Scholarship Request

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Ghost Ranch scholarship. The typical scholarship amount is $100-350. We are able to grant more scholarships in the winter, spring and late fall seasons than we are in the summer months. 

You will receive a copy of your scholarship form after you submit it and should hear back from Ghost Ranch about your application within a 10 working days. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Robin Keck, robingk@ghostranch.org.



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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

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  • Michelle Chrisman
    Michelle Chrisman

    Michelle Chrisman is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York City and she studied painting at the Art Student’s Leagues of New York City and Denver, CO. Michelle has been an outdoor “Plein Air” Landscape Painter in the Taos and Abiquiu / Ghost Ranch areas for many years. She was featured in the 2008 & 2015 issues of “Southwest Art Magazine” as a noted Plein Air Painter of Northern New Mexico and the West.

    Michelle is a Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. She has participated for three years in the juried, annual event, “Cowgirl Up! ” held at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona, highlighting the “Best Women Artists of the West.” Michelle’s work can be seen in New Mexico at The Signature Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Wilder Nightingale Gallery in Taos, Weems Gallery, Albuquerque.


Oct 16 - 22 2022



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