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Abiquiu Art Project



Georgia O’Keeffe wasn’t the only artist who fell in love with Abiquiu. The dramatic natural environment and the rich cultures have captured the hearts of some of New Mexico’s best professional studio artists.

Now you have the chance to work with these artists in their studios. Debra Fritts, Joseph Hall, Walter Nelson, and Frank Shelton have each designed a one-day workshop that allows you the personal attention and creative indulgence you need to explore your favorite medium.

  •  Sculpture – Debra Fritts
  •  Abstract Metalsmith – Joseph Hall
  •  Paint, Photography, Sculpture – Walter Nelson
  •  Paint and Form – Frank Shelton 
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Helen Byers                               Animal Portraits in Pastel Pencil / Draw Your Pet

Two Day Workshop
Galeria Arriba
November 16 and 17
10am - 4pm 6 hours/day

$160 per person
(All skill levels welcome)

Sign up here :
Call: 505-685-4378

Animals have their own unique features and expressions (as any pet owner knows!). Using photos of a fur-bearing pet or wild animal for reference, here’s your chance to create an original portrait that captures its personality. Drawing with pastel pencil on toned paper, Helen’s demos and individualized instruction will guide you in rendering accurate proportions, challenging textures such as fur, and more.

**Please note: materials are not included. You will find a downloadable link to the materials list once you have registered.

Helen Byers attributes her fascination with animals to having first studied them as an infant born in Brazil. This award-winning artist and educator has lived near Abiquiu since 2018. Her background includes book illustration, art journalism, college-level teaching of art and literature, and a career as an educational writer and editor. Since retiring from educational publishing she has focused on natural science drawing and painting. She has taught at Ghost Ranch since 2005 and at numerous other locations in the West and in New England. For more about her work and slideshows from her courses, visit her website at