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Oil Painting: Finding Your Voice Through Color and Technique – G210615

In this week-long immersion with your inner artist, in one of the most inspiring settings in the nation, you will enhance your understanding of recording what you see in your own voice using oil paint as the medium.

This landscape is ever changing with the light and season, and is full of color and opportunity for learning to paint!

We will begin by getting familiar with the tools of the trade before settling in to painting. So much of the process is learning to “see” what it is that causes you to react to the beauty of a scene or a still life. I will teach you about atmosphere, big shapes and composition and how these things come together to make a beautiful painting.

Weather cooperating, we will journey out to discuss what you are learning in the field where you will see how nature makes, and breaks the rules! I will supply you with photo references of the local landscape. You can paint from the printout provided, or if you have an iPad or tablet that you can bring, that works great for your reference.

This summer class is for all levels of ability. You can “start where you are” once we get settled into the first painting of the class. I will teach you how to get started with a painting which can be the hardest part. I will work with you both as a group and individually to help you leave the ranch a better painter than when you arrived.

Cap: 8
Rates – week of June 6-12 (6 nights)
Includes 6 nights single occupancy lodging, meal package (arrival dinner through departure breakfast), course tuition + basic Materials Fee

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

+ Additional person(s) in the same room
Taking a course -$815 (includes meal package + tuition + basic Materials Fee)
Non Participant – $230 (includes meal package + conservation fee)

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) Sharing a Campground Space
Taking a course without meals – $615
Non Participant with meals – $225
Non Participant without meals – $25

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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 refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

  • During Covid-19, all rooms will have a private bath. Semi-private and Communal/dorm types will be assigned a bathroom for each person.
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), 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


Jun 06 - 12 2021

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