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Member-sponsored special workshops. 

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  • 01 Apr 2022 4:18 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)

    Visit the Bluebird Studio for information on workshops held by PAPNM members: Peggy Immel, Mike Mahon and Chris Morel:

  • 25 Mar 2022 3:41 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)


    Workshop Dates: Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27, 2022 
    Location: Immel Studio, Taos, NM
    Fee: $375.00

    To Register:



    Phone: (617)876-0691

    This three-day workshop will focus on the unique aspects of capturing the winter landscape. We will examine winter’s influence on light, values, color and atmospheric perspective and will also touch upon design fundamentals such as composition and subject choice. During the first two days in the studio, field studies, photographs and sketches will be used to study and develop pieces that explore winter scenes. Reference materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own as well. Daily demonstrations will be in oil but other media are welcome. Weather permitting, our final day can be spent painting field studies in plein air.

    Once you are registered you will receive a supply list and recommendations for dressing for winter plein air. Students must have appropriate winter clothing as well as a portable plein air easel. This class is open to artists of all ability levels. The maximum number of students is 8. Proof of full Covid vaccination and boosters as needed is required.

    Winter Landscape PAPNM Web Notice.pdf

  • 21 Sep 2021 9:12 PM | Stephanie West (Administrator)

    Hello Friends,

    The tradition continues!!! The annual Fall Workshop has become a tremendous success. I wish to invite you to participate in this great plein air painting workshop. I will again teach my 3 day Plein Air workshop in the mountains outside of Taos NM, September 21-23, 2021.

    This workshop will take place in the heart of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 19 miles south of Taos. The workshop is for all skill levels from beginner to professional. We work outside all week.

    I will do demos to show you how to get started and then we will all get going. I’ll focus individually on helping you improve from whatever skill level you are currently at to the next level. We will touch on all aspects of painting outside: from choosing subject matter, composition, mixing colors, to seeing your subject and laying the paint down.

    All you will need to bring is a great attitude, a desire to learn to paint from nature and your supplies, of course (I’ll send a materials list to all those attending).

    September is the most beautiful time of year in northern New Mexico, with the turning of the Aspen and Cottonwood trees, crisp mountain mornings, perfect blue skies, mountain trout streams and endless subject matter.

    The cost of the workshop is $450 for 3 days with a $150 deposit to hold your space. There is lodging available in the area or take the 30 minute drive from Taos each day.

    Registration now open.

    Dates: Sept 21-23, 2021

    Price: $450 (Deposit: $150) Last day to cancel: August 21, 2021. Deposits cannot be returned after this date.


  • 23 Aug 2021 8:23 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Featured workshop instructors on Aug 23 and 24th: PAPNM Members, Michele Byrne,  Albert Handell, and PAPNM's 2019 Taos Plein Air Event Judge, Louis Escobar.

    Use this link to register for Michele's workshop: Click here. (Michele gets $25 if this link is used!!)

    Additional note: Convention registered attendees can see demos/discussions by Byrne, Handell and PAPNM Member, Joe Anna Arnett on other days.

    Click here for more Convention information. Scroll to the bottom for more registration information. Or download the full PDF.

  • 03 Aug 2021 9:00 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)


    TUESDAY AUGUST 3 THROUGH THURSDAY AUGUST 5, 2021, 10 AM TO 4 PM North Fourth Art Center, 4904 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107


    This three-day intensive workshop is designed to rapidly elevate your creative motivation, experience, and skills. The instructional focus is on the elements of design, composition, and painting techniques. Morning lectures and demonstrations with hand-out materials will be followed by immersive practice with individual attention to encourage your artistic growth and to strengthen your unique artistic voice.

    The setting for the workshop will be in a spacious, traditional art classroom with worktables, chairs, whiteboard, and projection system. Plentiful parking is available in the lot in front of the art center, which is also ADA compliant. Participants are responsible for bringing their own artist materials, easels, and refreshments. A detatiled supply list and daily agenda will be provided upon registration. All participants must comply with all New Mexico Department of Health and facility guidelines for safe and responsible gathering. More info is available at 19-traveler-information/.

    INSTRUCTOR: CARLA FORREST,, (505) 410-2444

    Award-winning contemporary artist Carla Forrest paints the New West in her spectral luminescent works, inspired by direct observation of nature and life. Honored as a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Arts Business Association, Carla obtained her Bachelor of Arts in studio art from State University of New York, Master of Science in Teaching Visual Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, and Doctorate in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies from the University of New Mexico. "I approach painting as an observer of the soul, enlightening the viewer about the presence, wonder, and dignity of nature and life. I want the viewer to value place and person in a space of spirit and heart and bring this illumination into their personal environments."

    $295 Early Bird Registration is now open through June 30th.

    Register at:

    $375 Full Registration will be charged from July 1 through July 31. Online registration closes on August 1st.

    After then, wait list and late registrations, if available, may be arranged by calling or texting Carla Forrest at (505) 410-2444 for an additional $25 late registration fee.

    A $25 cancellation fee will be charged for all refunds requested up to July 25. After that time, no refunds will be given.

    Contact Carla Forrest at (505) 410-2444 or for questions or alternate registration.

    PDF for printing: Carla_Forrest-Advanced-Oil-Workhsop-2021.pdf

  • 02 Jun 2021 9:00 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)


    10 AM - 1 PM 

    $160 + tax

    2601 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505

    Build your confidence and move onto the next level with your paintings in this studio painting class with Anita Louise West occurring over four Wednesday’s.  By working with Ms. West, a lifetime of painting experience is available to you to help you advance your paintings on three major  levels: Content, design and techniques.  Each class will have a short demo and individual help at the easel.  We will explore how to paint in pastel, water media and oil as well as materials old and new.

    During each class, you will learn how to maximize your use of the elements of art: shape, value, line, texture, and color. Each of these will be explained as well as demonstrated at every class session.  Using the principles of design to increase your painting’s impact will be explained and so much more.   

    Bring your materials (paints, brushes, palette, surface and photos or sketches to work from) easels are supplied.  This class is open to students working in all media and all levels are welcome.

    Max Students: 10

    Artisan adopts CDC mask guidance and City of Santa Fe recommendations.
    Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask at Artisan.
    ~ As of May 17, 2021

    • Max Students: 10
    • Bring Your Own Materials
    • No Refunds after May 29th
    • Please park on Maclovia Street between Artisan and Autozone – Please DO NOT park directly behind our building

    Artist Statement:

    Ms. Anita Louise West has had a passion for painting from an early age. She graduated with a BA in Art from Missouri University. Ms. West went on to study at the Kansas City Art Institute on scholarship and earned a teaching certificate at the graduate level at UMKC. Teaching in public schools in Kansas, California and Texas, she continued to study and paint using oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel. 

    Landscape painting on location helped to simplify the subject matter and paint without hesitation, and study the changing conditions of weather and light outdoors. 

    Anita’s fluency in all mediums and subject matter helps facilitate her students’ growth.

    Having been a professional painter and business owner since 1989, Anita moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1993 where she was introduced to the national art world. She painted and taught workshops throughout the United States as well as Spain, France and Canada. 

    Returning to her childhood dream of painting in New York in 2007, Anita studied at the Art Students League with Mary Beth Mackenzie, Daniel Greene, Nelson Shanks and Richard Schmid. This experience in the studio helped her appreciate figure and portrait work as well as Plein Air painting. Co-author of Painting the Landscape in Pastel, Ms. West is capable of explaining and simplifying the materials and methods of painting in all mediums. To register,  please visit:

  • 01 May 2021 1:00 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    “Verdant Vale”, En Plein Air Oil on Panel by Carla Forrest

    Contact: Carla Forrest

    Carla Forrest Fine Art Studio & Gallery
    404 C-5 San Felipe NW
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104

    Press Release

    For Immediate Release

    Open Studio and Gallery Re-opening

    Albuquerque, April 28, 2021:  Starting May 1st Carla Forrest Fine Art Studio & Gallery will host open studio on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm and Second Sundays noon to 4 pm. Private studio visits and lessons can be arranged by appointment. Studio visitors can enter a raffle to win an original oil painting! A portion of artwork sales will be donated to the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico's wildlands and wilderness areas.

    Workshops and Instruction

    Carla is planning an advanced oil painting workshop focusing on impasto techniques, hopefully to be held this summer, as well as mentor paint-alongs and artists' ateliers covering targeted topics, such as "The Art of the Commission". Currently she is looking for a venue since several locations are no longer available. The next atelier will be held on Saturday May 29, 9 am to Noon. This 3-hour paint-along in oil, acrylic, or gouache will take a collaborative approach in discovering one’s artistic voice. Proteges will follow Carla’s demonstration of painting an outdoor scene or still life set-up for a few steps at a time. She will provide individual mentorship to encourage your artistic growth. Attendees are responsible for bringing their own artist materials and refreshments. Sessions meet at her studio in Old Town Albuquerque, unless other local arrangements are made, compliant with New Mexico health orders. Additional sessions for up to 6 people will be scheduled in 2021 on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings either outdoors or indoors. Contact Carla at if you are interested or visit her website for more information..

    Nationally recognized for her contemporary paintings with vibrant color, Carla studied art and design at State University of New York and Rochester Institute of Technology, and currently is represented by Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights.

    Press Release-FORREST-2021-0428.pdf

  • 26 Feb 2021 8:20 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Zoom Individual Saturdays during Feb.

    SAT. MORNING DEMO (Feb 6): "Sunlight in Rome" - 12" x 9"

    You can sign up for the next Demonstration of a cafe scene on Sat. Feb 13th here...

    Or for future workshops click here.

  • 28 Jan 2021 4:33 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Online Individual Critiques (anytime)

    More Information: Immel OnlineDigitalCritiques.pdf

    Color and the Winter Landscape (ZOOM):

    Workshop Dates: Friday, February 19 Sunday, February 21, 2021

    More Information: :Immel ColorandTheWinterLandscape Zoom021921.pdf

    Perspecive for Painters (ZOOM): 

    Workshop Dates: Friday, March 19 Sunday, March 21, 2021

    More Information: Immel PerspectiveForPainters Zoom031921.pdf

    Workshop in Taos - Fall

    Workshop Dates: August 16 - 20, 2021

    More Information: Immel-Plein Air Taos Immel Aug 2021.pdf

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