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Bones and Blossoms: O’Keeffe and You – G210941

This workshop is full. If you would like to sign up for the waitlist, please click the blue button. At Ghost Ranch, Georgia O’Keeffe found inspiration in the desert around her. Flowers and animal bones were among her favorite subjects—often in combination. Here is your chance to explore how the same subjects inspire YOU.

Refine your realistic drawing and painting skills with a week in residence at historic Casa del Sol, amid the spectacular landscape where O’Keeffe lived and painted. We will draw and paint desert bones and blossoms from life.

Instruction with daily demos will cover techniques in charcoal, colored pencil, and watercolor. Afternoons and evenings will include free time, guided nature walks, O’Keeffe-related video, stargazing, and camaraderie around the courtyard fire. Space is limited to 8, single occupancy only. Some drawing experience recommended. Join us!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This workshop is being held at Casa del Sol. Due to the closer proximity of guests in this space, persons with additional guest(s) not enrolled in the workshop will be lodged on the ranch side and will need a vehicle to commute between the ranch and Casa del Sol (2 miles). Upon registration, participants will receive a Materials List and Welcome Letter.

3:00 pm:          Check-in begins
5:30-6:30 pm:  Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm:  Free time 

7:30-8:30 am:    Breakfast
9:00 am-noon:   Class time
12:00-1:30 pm:  Lunch
2:00-5:00 pm:    Free time (Open Studio option; instructor drops in)
5:30-6:30 pm: Dinner
7:00-8:30 pm:  Guided nature walks & other (optional) activities

7:30-8:30 am:  Breakfast
10:00 am:        Checkout time

Cap: 8
Rates – week of September 19-25 (6 nights)
Includes 6 nights single occupancy lodging, meal package (arrival dinner through departure breakfast), course tuition

Private Bath – $1,565
Dorm/Communal Bath – $1,325 (limited # available)

Commuter (lunches & dinners included + tuition + basic Materials Fee) $775
Rio Arriba County resident – $675

Camping Rates
Tent without electricity with Meals – $995
Tent without electricity without Meals – $790
Tent/Small RV with Electricity or Full Hook-Up with Meals – $1,055
Tent/Small RV with Electricity or Full Hook-Up without Meals – $850

+Additional person(s)
Taking a course + meals – $815
Taking a course without meals – $615
Non Participant with meals – $225
Non Participant without meals – $25

During this Covid-19 period, participants are asked to bring their own supplies (hand sanitizer, water bottle) to limit touchpoint and sharing.



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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.

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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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  • Helen Byers
    Helen Byers

    Helen Byers is an award-winning artist and educator who has taught at Ghost Ranch since 2005. She has also taught at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (MA), the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, The O’Keeffe: Welcome Center in Abiquiu, Fruitlands Museums (MA), and Tin Mountain Conservation Center (NH). Her work has shown in international exhibitions of the American Society of Botanical Artists & the Horticultural Society of New York, Filoli Estates (CA), and with the New England Society of Botanical Artists at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, among other venues.


Sep 19 - 25 2021

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