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Oils and Pastels: In the Studio G220625 with Natasha Isenhour

In this week long immersion, Oils and Pastels: In the Studio, 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 with oils or pastels as your medium. If you use watercolor or acrylic, you are certainly welcome although Natasha’s expertise and explanation is geared toward oil and pastel.

The landscape at Ghost Ranch provides infinite challenges with the quickly changing light, varied textures and shapes, and is full of color both to inspire you and to teach you to be a better painter.

Oils and Pastels: In the Studio – We will be working, in studio, to raise your skill level and to learn tips and tricks for better compositions and for better overall conveyance of your subject. So much of the process of learning to “see” is being able to articulate what it is that causes you to react to the beauty of a scene or a still life.

Natasha Isenhour will teach you how atmosphere, big shapes and composition, temperature and color all play a part in expressing that reaction in your painting.
Each day will begin with discussion about the reference we will be concentrating on for the day. After you begin working Natasha will go around to each participant individually to help you toward creating your
best work.

Photo references of the local landscape are provided. You can paint from the printouts provided, or if you have an iPad or tablet that you can bring, that works great for your
reference. Bring a few references of your own for later in the week if you wish.

This class requires at least minimal experience with the medium of oils or pastels, but all levels of skill are most welcome to attend. You will be “starting where you are” once we get settled into the first painting of the class. In this highly nurturing environment where the only competition you will have is the last painting you painted. Natasha looks forward to meeting each one of you on this journey.

$625 plus lodging and meals, ranging from $684 (dorm) to $1,074 (private bath). See options by using the “Register Now” button. Camping available.

At this time masks are optional in indoor spaces. Proof of covid vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of arrival at Ghost Ranch. Both policies are subject to change. Sample: Lodging options for 6-night workshops range from dorm-style $684 to private bath $1,074 which includes room and meals for the first person occupying the room. If you are sharing the room with a family member or trusted travel companion, the second occupant should register for their workshop separately and choose the "commuter" or "2nd+ person sharing a room option" in lieu of a lodging option. This will help ensure that all participants are included in meal counts, and placed in the correct workshop in order to receive the pertinent follow-up information.


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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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  • 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 05 - 11 2022





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