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Fall Interterm Courses

ARTS 3966: Drawing and Painting in New Mexico

Drawing and Painting in New Mexico

ARTS 3966 - 4 credits

Dates: August 18 - 25, 2012
Days: Saturday - Saturday
Location: Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico
Instructors: Susan Meyer and Catherine Chauvin
Registration Deadline: July 16 or when course full (SPACE IS LIMITED)

Description: Discover the beauty of the land in Northern New Mexico. Be inspired by the forms and colors of the high desert. Days will be spent hiking and drawing and painting in water-colors, and evenings experimenting with new techniques, discussions, and critiques. Students will stay at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, the place where Georgia O'Keeffe first discovered New Mexico and did many of her landscapes and abstract paintings. We will visit her Spanish Colonial Adobe Home & Studio and spend a day in Santa Fe looking at galleries. Lodging at Ghost Ranch is "rustic" but with spectacular views of canyons, monumental rock formations, distant Mesas and painted deserts.

Students will explore the formal and expressive possibilities of drawing and watercolor painting using a range of materials and approaches.  The projects are designed to develop observational skills and an understanding of the visual language of line, shape, light and shadow and color found in nature.  There will be three sessions a day (morning, afternoon, and evening) working both outside and in the classroom.  Each session will focus on a different idea or media.  Students will create a final drawing or painting done independently all day on Friday, followed by a critique in the evening. There will also be a final reflective artist statement.

The class is open to all levels. Beginners are welcome and will get introductory instruction and individual attention. More advanced students will be able to work more independently. Art majors may also take it for Independent study at variable credits.

Approximate Travel Costs*:

Program Fee: $700 (Nonrefundable. Covers lodging, meals, and museum admission)
Cancellation Fee: $700 (Billed to student account in the event the student drops the course.)

*A car pool will be established for students

For more information, contact Susan Meyer at

To register, call Special Programs at 303-871-2360.