Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Drawing Classes at Ghost Ranch

Drawing the Landscape:  A Meditative Journey  

August 24 – 30, 2015 at Ghost Ranch,  Abiquiu, NM

Special Ghost Ranch Promotion for this class: 
Early Bird Registration 15% discount if registered before July 1, 2015
Use On-Line Code:  G15A843–earlybird 

 “When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself.”      --Eckart Tolle

landscape by Marie Dixon
Drawing can be a contemplative practice in observation, a way of fine-tuning the eye to see.  Through the use of colored pencils, explore what fascinates you in your environment, be it a cottonwood tree, or the wind swept mesas.  Experiment with different approaches to landscape, how to describe its essence through quality of line, contrast of light and shadow, texture, color, and composition. Discover connections with your own interior landscape. This is a safe and supportive environment for those with no previous art experience.   There is no such thing as an awful line!  Those who think they cannot draw will discover they can.

Moon Landscape by Jan Boydstun

Drawing As Meditation:  Sharpening the Eye to See

July 6 – 12, 2015  at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, NM
Now Full!

 A human being is essentially a spiritual eye.  Whatever you really see, you are that.                           --Rumi

India Ink landscape by Sarah Webster
Drawing is a practice in observation and focus; a way of fine-tuning the eye to see.  Come learn the language of line, shadow, shape, form, and texture.  From the horizon line to a blade of grass, we will explore different approaches to drawing and how the pencil can articulate what we observe. This is a safe and supportive environment for those with no previous art experience.   There is no such thing as an awful line!  Come with a sense of wonder and play.  

Leaf Drawing by Emily Flores

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Master Classes on Value and Shading Techniques in Tapestry


Remnants of The Dream  detail 
©1996 Elizabeth J. Buckley
Thursdays February 5, 19; March 5, 19, 2015 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Elizabeth Buckley's studio Albuquerque, NM

In this Master Class we will focus more in-depth on the correlation between value and shading techniques.  We will work with designing and weaving the illusion of three-dimensional form and creating depth of space, whether it be a portrait, a landscape-based composition, or abstract layers and planes. 

During each class, we will work with design concepts on paper and at the loom, as well as focus on questions that come up and address any technical issues.  In between sessions will be your opportunity to continue weaving and playing with ideas.  What you will end up weaving will be either a series of studies, or you can choose to focus on further developing one tapestry design. 


Saturday, June 7, 2014


Tapestry In Process with Bobbins                          photo credit:  Lany Eila

Master Classes In Tapestry Technique and Design
Thursdays Oct. 16, 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Drawing for Tapestry:  Thursdays Oct. 30, Nov. 13, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Elizabeth Buckley’s studio in Albuquerque, NM

The Master Classes provide the opportunity for in-depth study of tapestry technique and design, formatted to provide time at home in between sessions to weave and to develop ideas generated during each class.  Expanded to all day, to allow even more time for design explorations, group critiques and discussions as well as individual attention at the loom.  We will continue going deeper into how to synchronize technique with design principles around gradations, illusory space, line quality, as well as use of color.

Accompanying the Master Classes will be two drawing classes, focused specifically on drawing for tapestry.  We will further explore the use of the pencil to create shaded areas, a sense of planes and three-dimensional form, and drawing as if we were weaving. 

Teaching Fee for all classes:  $428.00 (sales tax included)
Materials Fee:  $32.10 (sales tax included) for art supplies and weft yarns
Deposit:  $100.00 non-refundable to hold place
                due ASAP or by July 31, 2014
Balance due of $360.10 by September 15, 2014

To Register:

Supplies to bring for Master Class in Tapestry:

Warped portable looms minimum of 8 inches wide, 9 -10 epi with 12/9 or 12/6 cotton seine twine.
   Suggested looms: Shannock, Mirrix, Hagen, Copper Pipe  (a few looms available to rent)
Sketches, your own photos of ideas you have for tapestry
Glue stick
Sharpie markers
Hand beater
Bobbins, if you use them
Portable table lamp (optional)
Sack lunch

Supplies to bring for Drawing for Tapestry:

--sketchbook--no smaller than 5" x 7".  An 8" x 10" or 8.5" x 11" would be a good size.  The paper needs to be plain, with no lines, medium weight (60 or 65 pounds), lightly textured. (good brands are:  Strathmore, Canson, etc.) A spiral binding also is good.
--file folder
--notebook for taking notes
--pencils:  ebony, a soft white, HB, 2B, 4B 9B
--erasers:  kneaded or white polymer
--pencil sharpener (small, portable)