Learn with Julie Schumer: Where the Pavement Ends Workshops

Workshops in Santa Fe with Julie Schumer

Composition with Yellow and Orange IV

“Loosen Up!  Paint Large!”

2 Day Abstract Art Intensive
March 23 and 24, 2019, 9:00 to 4:00.  Cost $350.  Materials list will be provided.  Some materials will also be provided.  Maximum 4 participants  FULL

Are you a representational painter who would like to shake up your work?  Are you a non-objective painter afraid to push your boundaries and really cut loose?  Does the blank white canvas, panel or paper cause you to freeze up?  Are you a first time painter or someone who hasn’t picked up a brush in years? I will guide you through a series of structured, loosening up exercises, using both painting and drawing tools to help you with these issues.  You will work rapidly, intuitively, and expressively, gaining confidence in your artistic choices.  We will explore different ways of mark making to give your paintings a unique signature and consider the creation of harmonious color palettes.  There will be free painting time for you to experiment with the tools I have shown you.  Those who desire will have the space and opportunity to paint large! Bring your artistic passion, the willingness to try something different and gain a new perspective on your creative process. All levels welcome.


Julie Schumer Abstract Landscape Holding My Own

Holding My Own
-Julie Schumer

“Boldly Abstract”

A 3 day Non-Objective Painting Workshop with Cat Tesla and Julie Schumer in Santa Fe, New Mexico
August 4, 5 and 6, 2019,  9 AM to 4:30 PM
$875   Bring a friend and save $50 each

For more information, and to register, click here>>

Explore and develop your personal voice in the inspirational environment of Santa Fe. Through a series of guided exercises we will cover composition, color, value and how to work on multiples at the same time. Find your own signature with different mark making tools and learn how your marks enliven your paintings. You will learn how to harmonize any palette, move from analysis paralysis to painting success and to trust your artistic choices. There will be plenty of time for independent exploration.

Free Spirit
-Cat Tesla


This intensive 3 day workshop is for all levels of artists who have experience using acrylic paint.

At the end of day 3, join us and fellow artists for a no host dinner to celebrate your success.





Cat Tesla is an award winning international artist with gallery representation in the U.S. and U.K.  She provides a unique perspective to abstract painting in a supportive environment.  Formerly a genetic counselor, she has been a professional artist for 22 years.

Learn with Julie and Suzanne Jacquot: Living Your Wild Creativity Workshops

Workshop Leaders: Suzanne Jacquot and Julie Schumer

Get wild with us! Bring your courage, curiosity, and love of creating for these 3 day intensive abstract acrylic workshops.  Explore, delve, learn to trust yourself and get wildly creative.  You will be guided through a series of structured loosening up exercises, incorporating both painting and drawing, using acrylic paint and a variety of drawing tools in the creation of non-objective paintings.  You will gain courage, build trust in your artistic choices, grow your skills of design, explore your own inner painting language and nurture your creative spirit.  There will be plenty of free painting time as well.  Come prepared to rediscover the art of play and tap into your inner wildness.  All levels welcome.

The Santa Fe workshops will include a walking tour on Friday afternoon to see Abstract Art in selected galleries, will emphasize the power of color, and is an all new workshop for those who participated in our September, 2017 3 day intensive.

Collaborative Painting by Julie and Suzanne
50″ X 38″, Mixed Media on Paper


“Get Wild, Paint Big”

4 Day Abstract Art Workshop with Julie and Suzanne Jacquot
May 17-20, 9:30-4, Sebastopol, California, in Suzanne’s new studio!


“Cut Loose!  Get Bold!  Find your Marks!”

4 Day Abstract Art Workshop with Julie and Suzanne Jacquot
Sept. 13-16, 9:30 to 4, at Julie’s studio in Santa Fe.

For more details on the workshops, and to register, see www.livingyourwildcreativity.com


Sign up for workshops, or let me design a custom workshop for you or your group. 
Do you have a group of artists wanting to take a workshop together in your city?  Use the form below to contact me with your location and group size for pricing. I am also available for private instruction.
Let me me know what dates and times are best for you.
I will contact you for payment information and to answer any  questions you have.
You may cancel 30 days or more before the workshop for a full refund.

Workshops you are interested in:
Abstracting the Figure
Loosen Up! Paint Large!
Individual Instruction
Custom Group Workshop

Watch videos of Julie at the September, 2017 Santa Fe workshop

Watch videos from our 2016 workshop

Participants say:

Julie’s workshop was informative, inspiring, and helped build my confidence and momentum–which was exactly what I needed.
I enjoyed learning the loosening up techniques to help get started when faced with a blank canvas and not sure where/how to start; and also had fun exploring with new paint and drawing tools that produced surprisingly great results. The walking tour of galleries, experimenting with color and painting large were additional highlights of the weekend. Julie is a wonderful guide, a gracious host and very generous in sharing her extensive knowledge. I loved getting wild and re-igniting my creative spirit. Look forward to taking another workshop soon!
-Rose H. Faissal

I did Julie’s Abstract workshop in May and had the most wonderful time. The space was an artist dream workspace. She introduced us to new tools and new techniques which helped push me to explore my art making in a new way.
Julie was an informed and encouraging teacher. And a pleasure to get to know better as I have long been an admirer of her work. I recommend her workshops with highest acclaim!
-Robin Hamaker

“Fortunate indeed are those who take a class from Suzanne Jacquot and Julie Schumer. This is not the usual experience, where there is normally one platform, or one focus. They both have crafted, as a team, new approaches to content: tools, colors, size, composition. Yes, these are the “under layers”, just like any other class you might have taken. But it goes far beyond that.
Meeting you at your level, their skills are intuitive. And this is in a class room with others!! I don’t know how they do it, but I felt as if I was getting individualized instruction. I learned to “build” personalized layers with each day’s class, within myself, and I became confident of my creativity, and how I express it.”

-Sarah O’Hala

“Where the Pavement 

Julie Schumer painting workshop

Ends” was a valuable artistic experience that I would highly recommend. The painting and drawing exercises designed by the instructor are created to benefit artists of all levels.”
-Amy Longcope

“The workshop was a life changing event for my husband and me, who were first time painters. After a few guided exercises, we quickly developed our own styles and gained a feeling for painting. James and Julie’s mentoring approach provided a safe and stress-free environment that allowed us to feel comfortable opening up and letting loose our creative side. We especially enjoyed painting together on the same piece. It was a unique challenge that allowed us to learn how to combine our different styles in a cohesive and collaborative manner.”
-Violeta Hammond

“Where the Pavement Ends” was an experience that I believe has taken my approach to painting to a new level. This experience is comparable
to a spiritual break through for me in the sense that once a realization or understanding happens, it can never be un-learned. I have been
liberated from some old habitual boring patterns that no longer serve me and this workshop experience has added new approaches and spaciousness to my process. Thank you James!”
-Laura Tarnoff