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Drawing from Nature – G190923

Workshop ID: G190923
Dates: September 8 - September 13
Price: $550.00 - $1,285.00

Join in this exciting course to draw natural subjects in fine detail. Plant or pollinator, feather, stone, or bone—the choice will be yours. Through in-depth demonstrations and individualized instruction, Helen will guide participants in the delights (and challenges) of drawing from life as well as with magnification and photo reference. We will practice techniques on paper using graphite, colored pencil, and/or watercolor to achieve desired effects. A supplies list will be sent to registrants. Some drawing experience helpful, but not required. All levels welcome.

This workshop is part of Ghost Ranch Masters Week: Making Magic in the Magic Place

September is one of the best and brightest months to visit the Ranch! It is only fitting we offer classes this week by some of our most beloved instructors. They have not only formed and informed students, but they have also served and sustained Ghost Ranch for decades. They are thrilled to share their deep experiences in their artistic mediums and their knowledge of Ghost Ranch and its environs. Let them mentor you on your journey of learning and exploration in your own artistic expression. Whether your art is manifested on paper or canvas, in clay or on the trails, we are sure you will love the magic we create, individually and in community, this week.

Featured photo, Owl Feather: watercolor on paper, copyright Helen Byers 2013.

Owl Feather: watercolor on paper


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,285.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,225.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$995.00
Camping RV$700.00
Camping w/Electricity$670.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$550.00
Helen Byers

Helen Byers is an award-winning artist and educator who was born in Brazil and grew up in Mexico and the California Bay Area. She earned graduate degrees in English at UC Santa Barbara and later

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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