New Mexico Pastel Workshop

This Spring (2009) Carol will not be teaching in New Mexico. Instead she’ll be there to paint, and to locate new places to take her students during future workshops. The next one will be held either in the fall1 of ’09, or in the spring of 2010. Information will be posted on this website.

In the meantime, please look through the forms and photos of previous workshops to get an idea of what they’re like.

Thank you!

Read more for the complete itinerary and other details.

2006 Pastel Workshop

2006 Registration Form

This year’s workshop will concentrate on the central part of New Mexico not very far from Albuquerque. Specifically we’ll spend a day painting at El Malpais National Monument — a fascinating combination of sandstone cliffs, black lava flows, and limitless vistas; another at El Morro — whose silver bluffs rising above the high desert floor were for centuries the landmark for travelers of the only constant seep and pool for miles around; and a third day at the Bosque del Apache – a famous bird sanctuary with waterways, lakes, trees, and shrubs that offer beautiful sights for the artist, as well as a haven for migrating birds. Then it’s back to Albuquerque, our starting point, to travel north to Abiquiu. (We’ll stop along the way to paint for a while in Madrid — an interestingly revived “ghost town”.) Georgia O’Keeffe’s home is located in Abiquiu, and we’ll be recognizing the Pedernal and other sites of her works as we drive to our painting destinations in the Ghost Ranch area.

There are at least two sessions a day: mornings and afternoons — about 2 hours working time on site for each session. Formats for on-site work is very informal: participants may decide whether or not they’d like to sit in on the prescribed “lesson for the session”, which takes place at the site. (These may include such topics as Rocks, or Skies and Clouds, or Composition, or Color — depending on what I think may be needed, or in answer to a particular request.) My emphasis often focuses on helping the participant to understand what is seen, then on translating the image to the working surface.

I believe my role is to assist persons to realize their own objective in painting, not to impose my own style or preferences. Consequently, instruction is individualized, and class sizes of not more than 10 or 12 allow me to make optimum use of my time with each participant within each 2-hour session. (Sometimes this involves jogging from person to person, but that’s good for me!)

  • Monday, May 1 — Meet in Albuquerque. Stay overnight at the Monterey Non-Smokers’ Motel; single rooms.
  • Tuesday, May 2 — Drive to the Bosque (pronounced Bos Key’) and spend the day. Break for lunch at the Owl, famous for it’s Green Chile Cheeseburger — that alone would be worth the trip! Back to the Monterey Motel.
  • Wednesday, May 3 — Drive to El Malpais for the day. Lunch break at the Cafecito in Grants. Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Express.
  • Thursday, May 4 — Drive to El Morro for the day. Will take lunch with us. Drive back to Albuquerque to stay at the Monterey overnight.
  • Friday, May 5  — Drive to Abiquiu. Along the way we’ll stop at Madrid to paint some very picturesque buildings and sites. At Abquiu, we’ll stash our things at the Inn and head out to paint. That night, dinner at El Farolito, and sleep at the Abiquiu Inn.
  • Saturday, May 6 — Drive to paint during the day, then back to Albuquerque in the evening to prepare for the next day’s departure. Stay at the Airport Comfort Inn.
  • Sunday, May 7 — Depart for home.


The cost of the workshop is $500. Persons who have taken workshops with me prior to this one may take a 20% discount. The workshop fee includes transportation to all sites, individualized on-site instruction, occasional evening crit sessions, and a one-time group pick-up at the Albuquerque airport if needed. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the motels listed, so that participants may make their own accommodations. Food is also up to the individual. Please refer to links for “Lodging Information” as well as “Supplies” needed.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required with registration to hold your place. It will be credited towards the workshop fee. To register, please download and print out the form: Registration Form.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call 607-273-1075.

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