New Online Workshops Coming Soon

Designed for all skill levels, the courses will be divided into modules by topic, and will include video discussions and demonstrations as well as pdf downloads full of practical information.
In the privacy of your own studio, Julie will encourage you to experiment with new tools and exercises to free your creativity and cultivate your own artistic voice, without self-conscious judgment and fear of failure.

New Online Workshops Coming Soon!

Designed for all skill levels, the courses will be divided into modules by topic, and will include video discussions and demonstrations as well as pdf downloads full of practical information.
In the privacy of your own studio, Julie will encourage you to experiment with new tools and exercises to free your creativity and cultivate your own artistic voice, without self-conscious judgment and fear of failure.

New Online Workshops Coming Soon!

Designed for all skill levels, the courses will be divided into modules by topic, and will include video discussions and demonstrations as well as pdf downloads full of practical information.
In the privacy of your own studio, Julie will encourage you to experiment with new tools and exercises to free your creativity and cultivate your own artistic voice, without self-conscious judgment and fear of failure.

We welcome your feedback! Let us know what you would like to see, and sign up to be the first to hear when the workshops go live!

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“Dive Into Abstract Painting”

We are in the process of creating an online course version of our signature workshop, Dive Into Abstract Painting.

This workshop is perfect for beginners who feel lost, overwhelmed and fearful about starting their creative practice or for painters with some experience who could use a refresher in basic principles.

Together we will explore what basic materials to have on hand, setting up your studio, how to get and stay loose, finding your artistic voice, and certain of the elements of abstract painting including color value, mark making, and composition, as well as various ways to start and move through a painting to the end.

Our focus is on you learning to trust your creative intelligence, which will lead to you to approach your painting practice with confidence and joy.

About The Instructor

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

“Up To The Mark: An Abstract Intensive With Emphasis On Mark Making”

Develop your own unique marks and painting vocabulary in this  abstract acrylic workshop. We will work on archival paper and, for those who like, unstretched canvas, using conventional and unconventional mark making tools and drawing media, such as different kinds of graphite, charcoal, inks, markers and the like, as well as acrylic paint.  Via guided exercises you will practice a variety of marks and learn how to create a work rich with history and depth through the process of layering these marks with acrylic paint.  This class is suitable for beginning and intermediate painters.  No experience with acrylic paints is necessary. 

About The Instructor

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

 

 

“Boldly Abstract”

 

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. 

We also share our extensive knowledge of the art business with you, covering such topics as the mechanics of running your own art business, applying to galleries, staying organized and juggling social media and marketing, as well as the ins and outs of participation in art fairs.

About The Instructors

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

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.

“Go Big!: Paint Large Workshop”

Would you like to paint larger but you’re afraid to make the leap?  In this workshop you will explore the creation of non-objective paintings on a surface larger than you ever have before and discover the thrill of making larger, bolder marks on a bigger surface.  We will  use large paper and unstretched canvas as well as acrylic paints and a variety of drawing tools.  Through a series of guided exercises as well as independent exploration, you will enter this exciting new land. 

About The Instructors

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

James Koskinas is a painter, writer, actor and  co-creator of the film, “The Twilight Angel,” as well as a play, “Even if The Mountains Burn.”  He attended the College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland, California and has more recently studied with artists like Bob Winston, Robert Burridge, and Dean Howell. James Koskinas

 

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Custom & Private Workshops

Julie offers custom & private workshops tailored to your individual needs and goals and can base a curriculum based on what you want to accomplish. Schedule your private workshop for a half day, full day (6 hours) or multiple days.    Contact Julie to discuss a workshop for yourself or a small group.  

For the time being, these workshops will only be available via Zoom or a similar video conferencing platform.

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