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Plein Air for the Colorist Painter – G201013

Based on principles of the French Impressionists who first took their studios outdoors to paint en plein air, this course covers the simplification of shapes, correct color values, light/shadow patterns, and well-designed composition. Our outdoors will be in the places O’Keeffe painted, so be guided by her words “A Painting is good if it is good in the abstract sense.” Expect demos, individual instruction, and group critiques as well as an end-of-week art show.
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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Welcome to autumn at Ghost Ranch - a festival of color and creativity. Whether you choose to paint with brushes or fire or thread or write with a pen or a computer, let the hues of the ranch and the companionship of your colleagues inspire your pages and projects. All workshops meet every morning. Students in writing workshops will have afternoons to reflect, discuss, create and attend various talks. Fine art courses will have studio time. Participants from all workshops are welcome to attend readings and concerts in the evenings. In 2020, our artist in residence will be Cornelius Eady, a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet, who has set his poetry to song, with the Cornelius Eady Trio. Eady’s songs tell the story of passing time, the Black American experience and the blues in the style of Folk and Americana music.

During this Covid-19 Pandemic Period, full refunds will be given as requested for workshops scheduled through May. This period may be extended or refunds considered per request. Please consider leaving your funds on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay. Or, consider donating a portion to help us through this unique business period.

Traditional Policy: 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 – see below.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

 Workshops always 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..

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
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
    • 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 in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two 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.


  • Marian Berg
    Marian Berg

    Marian has loved creating art since childhood. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and the University of New Mexico. She became enchanted with the land and people of New Mexico forty years ago and has been joyfully painting them ever since. Marian is an award-winning artist and works in several mediums, primarily oil painting and fused glass. She especially enjoys exploring new places and painting them on site. Marian has been a plein air painter in New Mexico for several years and regularly exhibits with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, the NM Art League, and the Tortuga Gallery in Albuquerque. Her work can be seen at marian-berg.pixels.com

    She has enjoyed teaching the Outdoor Landscape Painting class with Michelle Chrisman at Ghost Ranch and looks forward to her sharing her knowledge of expressive painting techniques. Marian is currently licensed as a K-12 Art Educator and is also a Registered Nurse. After returning from a life changing experience in Haiti volunteering with survivors of the devastating earthquake of 2010, Marian finished her graduate work in art education. With the generous support of the New Mexico Art League and private donors, she started the Art Heals Project. This outreach project provides art experiences for hospitalized children, especially those with contagious and/or life-threatening illness. Since 2013, she has visited thousands of children in their hospital rooms to facilitate art projects with them. She was designated a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association in 2015, an award for artists who excel in the arts and give back to their communities. Marian believes that art making is a healing and life-affirming process.

  • 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 is also a participating for her third year 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 six galleries in the Southwest, including Joe Wade Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Wilder Nightingale Gallery in Taos, New Mexico & Casa de Artistas Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Oct 04 2020 - Oct 10 2020


Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am


$775.00 - $1,540.00
Make O'Keeffe part of your New Mexico experience

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