Art Workshops in Taos, Spring 2019

It’s impossible to list all the options for hands-on art workshops in Taos (and beyond) this spring – March through June. There are many. Below are a few handpicked to illustrate the variety. You’ll find even more possibilities listed on BeyondTaos Art Workshop Calendar.

Literary Workshops

Three names to remember for writing workshops in these parts: SOMOS, Mabel Dodge Luhan House, and Ghost Ranch.

Author, Summer Wood, at a book signing for “Wrecker”

March 9
Publishing eBooks and Audio Books
TAOS: SOMOS Salon and Bookshop, 1-2:30pm. Learn how to create audio and e-books of your manuscript with Brian Allan Skinner. $20 members, $25 general.

March 10-16
The Faraway Nearby: An Art and Writing Workshop
TAOS: Mabel Dodge Lujan House, 6-days/nights. A watercolor and journal workshop about the transformative power of art with Julia E Morgan. All-inclusive from $1950.

Between March 15 and April 13
Ghost Ranch Writing Workshops
ABIQUIU: Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center. Your writing will open and flourish at Ghost Ranch’s inspiring writing workshops this spring:
March 15-18, Writing for Self-Discovery with Kelsea Habacker
April 4-8, Tenets of Novel Writing with Lisa Doctor.
April 7-13, Icon Writing with Christine Simoneau Hales

Saturdays, May 4-25
Place by Place. A New Kind of Nature Writing with Jim O’Donnell
TAOS: SOMOS Salon and Bookshop,  8:00am to noon. This 4-week course redefines traditional definitions of nature and nature writing. $220 members, $250, general.

May 28-June 2
Truth and Beauty: A Poetry Workshop
TAOS: Mabel Dodge Lujan House, 6 days. Ellen Bass and Marie Howe lead participants in crafting poems that reflect the inextricable marriage of truth and beauty. $1900-3000 all inclusive.

Drawing and Painting Workshops

Plein air painting in Taos. Photo by Paula Valentine.

Through April 28
Ghost Ranch Guest Artists Weeks
ABIQUIU: Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, Four full-week workshops, all-inclusive (room, meals, instruction), $1465.
March 14 – March 18, Beginners: Find Your Inner O’Keeffe and Find Yourself
March 24 – March 30, Outdoor Landscape Painting in the Footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe
April 7 – April 13, Icon Writing
April 22 – April 28, Outdoor Landscape Painting in the Footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe

April 26-28
Surface Design Extravaganza with Leighanna Light
TAOS: Private studio in Taos, three days, 9:30-4:00pm. You will learn surface design techniques for paper, fabric and metal, and use them to create a one of a kind handmade book. Tuition: $395

April 20-26
Exploring Visual Language with Lisa Pressman
TAOS: Mabel Dodge Lujan House, 6 days. Using mixed media and non-traditional approaches, participants expand their personal visual language and mark-making skills. $2100-2600 all inclusive.

May 10-18
Creativity Rediscovered: Point Zero Painting with Michele Cassou
TAOS: Mabel Dodge Lujan House, 8 days. For those who want creativity to become a part of their life and who are searching for what is authentic in them. Beginners are welcome. $2095 all inclusive.

May 17-20
Nature’s Impressions: eco dyeing and bookmaking
TAOS: Private studio in Taos, four days, 9:30-4:00pm. A four-day retreat focusing on bookmaking, eco dyeing, soldering and surface design with Leslie Marsh and Leighanna Light. Tuition: $975

June 2-8
Ghost Ranch Drawing Workshops 
ABIQUIU: Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, 6 nights/7 days, $1540 all-inclusive. Choose from four sketching workshops utilizing pointed pen, watercolor and journaling. Multiday workshop pricing includes room, meals, instruction and access to Ghost Ranch amenities. Small classes. Enriching location.

June 9-23
The Taos Experience: Bren Price Watermedia Workshop
TAOS: Touchstone Inn, 7- or 14-day retreat. This will be a life-changing art-intensive. We will create a Crucible of Creativity; we will eat, live, work, and play together. Rates depend on length of stay and single vs double occupancy.

June 14-16
Morphed, an assemblage workshop
TAOS: Private studio in Taos, three days, 9:30-4:00pm. Create a unique sculptural piece while learning to arrange, build, connect, alter, paint, drill, carve and torch with Thomas Ashman and Leighanna Light. Tuition: $600.

June 23-28
Design Outside the Lines with Diane Ericson
TAOS: Mabel Dodge Lujan House, 6 days. A sewing and fiber experience and a journey of discovery into the art of creating. Guest instructor Bettina Mutzuhn. $500-3000 all inclusive.

Recurring Art Classes

Photographer Jim O’Donnell shoots petroglyphs near the Rio Grande. Photo by Gak Stonn.

Wednesdays, all spring
Taos Print Photo Workshops 2019
TAOS: Full day photography excursions throughout northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Small groups and private workshops guided by Gak Stonn and/or Jim O’Donnell. $300-450 per person.

Daily, all spring
Throw and Fire Pottery Classes
TAOS: Taos Clay Studio, daily 10:30am and 2:00pm. Students will glaze a pot made by a local artist and fast fire those pieces in our raku kiln. While the kiln is firing get your hands dirty on the potter’s wheel. $125 individual, $175 couple.

Health and Spirituality Workshops

Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu is site of several spiritual retreats

April 7-12
Greening Your Creative Spirit
TAOS: Mabel Dodge Lujan House, 6 days. Sketch, paint, draw, write and create a unique artist book with Sharon Zeugin and Carolyn Scarborough. $945-1650 all inclusive.

May 21-23
Listening for the Heartbeat of God
ABIQUIU: Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, 3 days/2 nights. A midweek retreat with the acclaimed spiritual teacher John Philip Newell and Cami Twilling. $560-1100 all-inclusive.

June 15-21
Yoga, Creativity and Self Care with Natalie Miller
TAOS: Mabel Dodge Lujan House, 8 days. Natalie is a yoga instructor and coach based out of Takoma Park, Maryland. $2500 all inclusive.

Guided Tours

Angelisa Murray, owner and guide at Heritage Inspirations

Daily all spring and summer
Heritage Inspirations Half-day Taos Tours
TAOS: In and around Taos, beginning at 9:00am or 1:30pm. Choose between Active, Cultural or Immersive Art guided tours crafted by owner/guide Angelisa Murray. $125 per person.

By reservation all spring and summer
Heritage Inspirations Full-day Taos Tours 
TAOS: In and around Taos and northern NM.  Choose between six adventures led by experienced guides. Abiquiu, High Road to Taos, Taos Pueblo, and more! Tours leave from El Monte Sagrado in Taos; variable pricing.

Find Workshops In and Around Taos

BeyondTaos Taos Art Calendar

Taos Calendar – art, music, health, workshops in and around Taos

Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center

SOMOS, a place for words in Taos

Mabel Dodge Luhan House

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