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Sketch the Painted Desert – G190733

Workshop ID: G190733
Dates: July 21 - July 27
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

If working outside overwhelms your ability to make art from life, this class is perfect. With toned paper, conte crayons, charcoals, we will sketch and paint the landscape of Ghost Ranch en plein air. You will take home 10-15 finished pieces, as well as a box of your own supplies.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Juliana Crownover

Juliana Crownover is an award-winning pastelist who has been painting in pastels for over 20 years and teaching for 10 years. She has a BA from Austin College in biology, art, and environmental studies. A


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Sketch the Painted Desert

Instructor: Juliana Crownover

Start Date: 7/21/19, End Date: 7/27/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 7/21/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: If working outside overwhelms your ability to make art from life, this class is perfect. With toned paper, conte crayons, and charcoals, we will sketch and paint the landscape of Ghost Ranch en plein air. You will take home 10-15 finished pieces, as well as a box of your own supplies. Do you want to grow as an artist? Take your art skills and practice to a whole new level by taking one of my one week-long Ghost Ranch workshops. Follow in the footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe and walk and study in the painted desert. Ghost Ranch is a retreat center where you live on the ranch and meals are included and delicious, which frees your mind and schedule up to make art and new friends.

Learning Outcomes: Learn to see, and then transfer that vision to paper. I want you to learn to enjoy the art of sketching, and how to use charcoal, blending stomps, and value. I want you to walk away confident with the tools and the knowledge so you can take them to wherever life takes you, and make wonderful art while you are there!

Course Schedule:

Our class will meet Daily: 9-noon and 7-8:30
Everyday we will spend time in the classroom and on location. I will teach a concept, demonstrate that concept, and you will try it out.

Instructor Background: Juliana Crownover is an award-winning artist who has been painting for over 30 years and teaching for 15 years. She has a BA from Austin College in biology, art, and environmental studies. A member of the Southwest Pastel Society, she describes her passion this way: “In my own art, I use light and color to bring out beauty in everyday life, whether that is a trail I have hiked 100 times, or my son hanging laundry on a line. In that way I use my art as a reminder of where to find beauty all around us, and to slow down in our daily lives so that we may see it. In my classes I strive to create a balance that allows enough freedom so that students can create their own art, and enough direction to ensure success. Aside from the end-goal of finished art, I think the process should be enjoyed, and I work hard to create an environment that allows for that.”

Provided Materials: Paper, drawing board, and a variety of tools to make marks..

What to Bring: Sun hat, sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle, your work ethic, and your willing spirit. Phone App: notanizer $2 9ios and android

FAQs: Q: What if I am not an artist? A: This class is perfect for you!

Q: Will it require a lot of hiking? A: Mostly just walking around the campus, not too strenuous.

Testimonials: “Sharing her most results-oriented techniques, she empowers her students to approach their work with individuality, renewed confidence, and fresh perspective. Juliana also infused personal narratives about her artistic practice, gave hands on demonstrations, and exposed us to traditional and contemporary approaches to image making. She meets each individual where they are and successfully teaches beginning students to advanced level artists with grace and enthusiasm.” – Colleen McCormick Metzger

“This class is a joy, whether you are a beginner or an experienced pastel painter. There is a good balance of instruction and painting. Juliana cares about her students and their growth as artists. Her coaching is very helpful.” – Barney

“I learned to force myself to sketch first. I enjoyed painting outdoors and felt I channeled Georgia O’Keeffe a little bit. I loved bonding with the other painters and I think my painting improved. I learned to use white to make far off depth. I learned to think more about value. I learned to force myself to sketch first. I connected to an inner mediation appreciating the landscape of the desert.” – Patricia

“Pushed and expanded my artistic abilities. Doing art with such an inspiring and talented and good spirited group was truly a joy for me! Juliana, you have been the best, in many ways. I have learned a lot from you and so admire your passion and skill as an artist in your own right. I found each of the three classes that I attended to push and expand my artistic abilities AND I thoroughly enjoyed all of the plein air and outings that the classes engaged in.” – Jenny Purcell

“Brings out the best in each of us. I thought our course at Ghost Ranch was a perfect amount of instruction, Plein air, and studio time. There was plenty of time to work. The field trips were inspiring and gave us the opportunity to organize our materials to travel. I loved your choices of locations even though painting at Ghost House was so special! I learned more about perspective, value and color! Thank you for working with me on the Value Viewer. It has helped me using the grid and getting the dark values in place. Great tool! We had a wonderful group of artists in our class. I hope my path will cross theirs in the future! Thanks for bringing out the best in each of us. We all were unique in our paintings. Looking forward to taking another course from you! Your passion for art is contagious!” – Debbie Gatlin Adams

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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