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Travel Watercolor Sketching – G190614

Workshop ID: G190614
Dates: June 2 @ 12:00 am - June 8 @ 12:00 am
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

Using simply a small watercolor journal, pen, and small case of watercolors, travel to various locations and learn about the art of the travel sketch. We will start in and around the ranch with specific lessons to help you see finite and gradually build to a full landscape on the last day. The locations may include El Rito, Los Ojos, Echo Amphitheater and Taos.


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
Deborah Rubin

"Why do I love to teach at Ghost Ranch? Fab students, fab staff, fab food, and FABULOUS scenery!" Deborah Rubin paints in watercolor and occasionally acrylic and gouache. She has been pushing the boundaries of photo-realism


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Travel Watercolor Sketching

Instructor: Deborah Rubin

Start Date: 6/2/19, End Date: 6/8/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 6/2/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: This is a fun class for everyone who wants to learn how to do travel watercolor in a small journal. No one fails. You don’t need straight lines, color accuracy, or perfection. In fact, the sketches are more charming when they are not perfect. You will build on “learning how to see” starting small and by day 5 be able to do a large scene. We will travel to various small villages, Echo Amphitheater, and finally a full day in Taos.

Learning Outcomes: The goal of this class is to get students to a point where they can pack a small bag with a journal, paints, and 2 brushes in their suitcase and travel the world recording their observations. It’s much better than taking a million pictures on their camera or smartphones!

Course Schedule:
Day 1: AM indoors working from some small photos to get the feel of the sketching. PM outdoors at Ghost House and the corral.
Day 2: El Rito
Day 3:AM Los Ojos, PM Tierra Amarilla and Echo Amphitheater
Day 4: Taos
Day 5: AM indoor critique and finish any sketches. PM a final sketch using objects to create a “Ghost Ranch scrapbook”

Instructor Background: I’ve been an artist my whole life. BFA in design from University of Illinois. Graduate coursework in painting at University of Minnesota (no degree). I’ve been exhibiting since 1969. I’ve been teaching since 2003. I tell my students when I’m teaching, it’s all about them. When I’m in my studio, it’s all about me. A very nice balance.At the moment, I have a show opening April 1st, Cityscapes, at RMichelson Gallery in Northampton, MA.. On May 30 -Jun 1, I will be giving a talk and two demos at Paseo del Norte Gallery in Taos, NM

Provided Materials: I will have a big water jug for painting when we travel. Camp chairs are at the Ranch. All other supplies are the responsibility of the student.I will have extra journals and pens for sale and miscellaneous equipment for students to use if they are shorthanded. (brushes, tiny water containers, etc.)

What to Bring: small watercolor notebook. Sizes vary from 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 to 5×8 give or take an inch. Moleskin watercolor journals are high end, Strathmore 400 series is mid-range, and Canson is on the cheaper end. There are many to choose from. Please, no bigger than 6×8. Small travel watercolor paint set or cobble together your own colors and tiny palette. Make sure to have basic colors and no more than 6 or 7. A daily pill case can be converted into a small set:2 blues, 2 yellows, 2 reds, black. The lids are used for mixing. Only 2-3 brushes. Small rounds(#3, #6) and a bigger round, #9 or #10. Black permanent marker, fine point – .03 or .05. Tiny container for water, small rag. Tote bag are carrying case for all.

Q: Will you have time in the afternoon to do other activities? A: Yes. Often, we are finished between 2 and 3pm so you can book a trip.

Q: Is it hot? A: It can be. Bring a hat and suncreen. And water bottles.

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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