Dates: August 9-11
Location: Mantecón Studio, 123 A Camino Drive, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
 10:00am – 4:30pm
Class Size: 8
Cost: $950
Materials list provided upon registration

Welcome to “Beyond Likeness: Mixed Media Portraiture,” an exciting art class that invites you to embark on a creative journey into the world of expressive portraiture. This class will challenge you to break away from your conventional perceptions of the human face and explore new dimensions of artistic representation using mixed media techniques with acrylic paint.

In this innovative art class, we will delve into various prompts and exercises designed to push the boundaries of how we perceive and portray the human face. Unlike traditional portrait drawing classes, “Beyond Likeness” focuses on deconstructing the face and reconstructing it through layers of mixed media, collage, drawing, and painting. Our goal is not to capture the likeness of a particular face but to express the essence and emotions behind the face.


Exploration and Experimentation: This class encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and challenge your preconceived notions of facial representation. We will explore various techniques and approaches to create unique and expressive portraits.

Mixed Media Mastery: You will learn to work with mixed media in acrylic, incorporating collage, drawing, and painting to build layers of depth and complexity in your artwork.

Point of Departure: We will use photographic references as a starting point, but our aim is not to replicate them precisely. Instead, we’ll use them as inspiration to create imaginative and innovative portraits.

Multiple Creations: You will have the opportunity to work on both paper and cradled panels, allowing you to experiment and create multiple pieces. This process encourages creative exploration and discovery.

Layered Imagery: The course emphasizes the importance of building your artwork through layers, allowing you to evolve and refine your creations progressively.

Creative Conversation: Throughout the class, there will be ample time for discussion, critique, and the exchange of ideas with your fellow artists. Sharing insights and feedback is an integral part of the creative process.

Playful Mindset: The class encourages a playful and open-minded approach to art. We believe that action and experimentation are the keys to pushing your artistic boundaries and discovering fresh perspectives on portraiture. Our class mindset is all about play, exploration, and the discovery of reimagining the face. Together, we’ll step out of our comfort zones, leave behind our critical minds, and let action guide us forward. Join us in this exciting artistic adventure as we break free from conventional notions of likeness and delve into the boundless possibilities of mixed-media portraiture.  Let’s surprise ourselves and find inspiration in the process of reimagining the portrait.

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Dates: August 9-11
Location: Mantecon Studio, 123 A Camino Drive, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
Times: 10:00am – 4:30pm

If you are traveling by air, you can land at either Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF) or Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). Of the 2 options, SAF is definitely recommended as it is much closer to the workshop – the trip from ABQ to Santa Fe takes about a hour.

It can be hot during the day and cool at night so be certain to bring some layers. The studio is a large, beautiful space with gorgeous natural light, and is about it is about 9 miles out from the Square in Santa Fe. So if you rented a car – that’s great – but if not Uber or Lyft is a perfect alterative.


Upon registration you will be sent a list of materials for the workshop. Please note however that you do not need to get everything on the materials list in order to enjoy the workshop fully! If you have have even half of the supplies on the materials list, you’ll be just fine. You don’t need to go out and break the bank getting a ton of new supplies.


Your fee covers the workshop tuition. It does not cover any travel fees – such as airfare or car rental charges, for example. Additionally, while the teacher will be providing some materials, students are expected to purchase their own art supplies.


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