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Adult Classes and Workshops at El Paso Museum of Art

The El Paso Museum of Art announces classes and workshops for adults ages 15 and over. The classes range from January to March 2010. Learning opportunities include acrylic painting, portrait painting, watercolor, drawing, life drawing and clay explorations. Please call (915) 532-1707 x 27 for more information.

Please call (915) 532-1707 x 16 to register or visit

For Adults 15 and over (unless otherwise noted)

Saturdays, January 9 – February 13

Acrylic Painting, 9:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Wayne Huber

Cost: $47.00 for Museum Members/$59.00 for non-members

Students will learn the elements of design and composition to create still life paintings. The instructor will provide techniques that utilize the qualities of acrylic paint to render effects similar to both watercolor and oil paint. Beginning and intermediate students are welcome. Instructor will provide a supply list if needed.

Beginning Portrait Painting, 9:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Nestor Valencia

Cost: $47.00 for Museum Members/$59.00 for non-members

Masterworks from the Museum’s own Kress collection will be the inspiration for the class. Students will learn the principles of using oil-based paints and explore techniques using color value and design. On occasion, live models will be used for subject matter.

Painting with Printmaking: Art of Collagraphy, 1:30-4:00pm

Instructor: Oscar Moya

Cost: $47.00 for Museum Members/$59.00 for non-members

Collagraphy is a printmaking process in which materials are applied to a rigid surface such as cardboard or wood. The resulting print is a collagraph, and may incorporate found objects, drawing, painting, and/or relief techniques. Students will learn to make their own collagraph plate and use a printmaking press. At the end of the course, students will have completed their own unique edition of ten or more collagraph prints.

Watercolor Painting, 1:30-4:00pm

Instructor: Ron Fritsch

Cost: $47.00 for Museum Members/$59.00 for non-members

In this beginning and intermediate class, students will focus on principles of design, color, composition and technique. Desired effects will be achieved through proper use of tools and paint. Classes will be held outdoors when weather permits, and supply list will be provided by instructor.

Sundays, January 10 – February 14

Drawing Fundamentals, 1:30-4:00pm

Instructor: Manny Guerra

Cost: $47.00 for Museum Members/$59.00 for non-members

This class will be geared toward beginning artists, and those who would like to improve their drawing skills. Subject matter will cover drawing from the still life, shapes, shadows and organic forms. Students will learn techniques using pencil and charcoal as the medium.

Thursdays, January 7 – February 11

Clay Explorations, 6:00-8:30pm

Instructor: Michelle Murphy

Cost: $54.00 for Museum Members/$68.00 for non-members

Students will explore the creative possibilities of clay using the methods of pinch, coil, slab and wheel-throwing. Products at the end will include imaginative, practical and whimsical items.

Life Drawing, 5:30-8:30pm


Sessions continue through the end of March

Cost: $5.00 per session for Museum Members/$10.00 per session for non-members

For students ages 18 years old and up. Students will practice life drawing skills in this self-guided, self-paced class. Easels, paper, pencils, charcoal and pastels will be provided or you may bring your own drawing supplies. Beginning and advanced students welcome. Please be advised: live nude models are the focus of this drawing class. No visitors allowed, and no photography of any kind permitted. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. Price is per session.

Sunday Workshops

February 21 & 28

Retablo Painting – Part 1 & 2, 12:30-4:30pm

Instructor: Isadora Stowe

Cost: $60.00 for Museum Members/$76.00 for non-members

Students will learn the elements of design and composition in drawing and painting to produce one-of-a-kind retablos. Inspiration for personal retablos will be taken from the borders that exist within us as well as those in the physical environment. Beginning and intermediate students are welcome.

Saturday Workshops

March 6 and 13

Drawing and Prints – Part 1 & 2, 9:30am-2:00pm

Instructor: Ouida Touchon

Cost: $60.00 for Museum Members/$76.00 for non-members

Students will explore the art of printmaking in a two-day studio workshop. Through use of compositional elements such as stenciling, easy-cut carved plates, digital transfers and chin colle collage, students will create one-of-a-kind handprints to take home.

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