Home Upcoming Events Jan Term: Connecting Eyes, Heart, and Hand: A Painting Intensive with Natasha Isenhour – G230112

Jan Term: Connecting Eyes, Heart, and Hand: A Painting Intensive with Natasha Isenhour – G230112

This is a comprehensive overview for learning intuitive and artistic techniques to combine what you observe (eyes) with your emotional response (heart) in order to express it with your hand. Develop your skills as a pastel painter in this three-week intensive where you will dig deep in how to convey your subjects using this intuitive approach and your unique voice. This workshop is for aspiring artists who want to learn the key priciples od a successful painting using the medium of pastels. Composition, temperature, and value are universal principles applicable to all 2D mediums.

We will also explore materials, methods, and techniques that help you represent your subjects. This is all to assist you in painting in your own voice instead of a formula that seeks to teach all students to paint in a prescribed way. Through demonstrations, discussion, and abundant studio time, you will learn your personal path to being the one-of-a-kind artist you are. Each week will build upon the previous one so that by the end of the three weeks you will have multiple paintings you are proud to take home with you!

Bring a notebook for the sole purpose of taking down information while in class (you will reference back to your notes as we progress). Bring an open mind and open heart, and prepare to have a great time!


  • $3,952 Dorm-style lodging – single occupancy-restroom outside your room $1,368, $1,800 tuition, $100 materials fee, $684 meals package
  • $4,484 Private bath lodging – single occupancy $1,900, $1,800 tuition, $100 materials fee, $684 meals package

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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.

Our scholarship funds for 2022 have all been committed. Scholarships will be offered again for programs beginning in January 2023.


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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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  • Natasha Isenhour
    Natasha Isenhour

    New Mexico artist, Natasha Isenhour, paints full-time on location and in her studio in New Mexico. Working in both oil and pastel, her style explores local color while incorporating a contemporary edge.

    Isenhour participates in numerous juried and invitational plein air events throughout the year garnering extensive recognition and awards along the way. After a decade of teaching both privately, publicly and at the university level, she has created a following of students and is now concentrating her teaching efforts to select groups and organizations in order to focus more time on studio work. Represented by galleries throughout the west, Isenhour has been featured in solo gallery and museum shows, as well as juried group exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.
    To see more of her work, go to http://www.NatashaIsenhour.com


Jan 03 - 22 2023



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