In-Person Painting Workshops & Retreats

“Dive Into Abstract Painting” Workshops 2024

In 2024 I am offering 6 live workshops in my Santa Fe studio. Each workshop will be geared toward what you need/want to work on in your own painting practice. The atmosphere is relaxed and supportive. We will have some structure with assigned exercises designed to get you going but the focus will be on me helping each participant individually with their painting issues. Consider it as a mini residency! Each workshop is limited to 3 participants so I can give everyone the personalized attention you would expect in a one-on-one private workshop and so that everyone will be comfortable and have adequate space to paint larger than they might ordinarily.

Each workshop will be 3 days and will involve discovering/strengthening your unique creative voice, overcoming fears and roadblocks, learning new approaches to increase your creative confidence, ways to loosen up and get unstuck and discover new perspectives and criteria, and knowing when to stop on a painting.

We will meet each day from 9:30 to 4:30. The cost of the workshop is $900 plus New Mexico sales tax. A materials list will be provided upon payment of the workshop fee along with a questionnaire asking about your painting practice, painting journey and current needs. We will work with acrylic paint and mark making tools. Basic studio supplies are included. If you would like me to provide your materials, there is a fee of $125. However, please bring your own brushes.

The dates for 2024 are:

May 17-19 (SOLD OUT)

May 31-June 2 (ONE SPOT LEFT)

July 19, 20 and 21st

August 2, 3 and 4th (SOLD OUT)

September 27-29 (SOLD OUT)

October 4-6 (SOLD OUT)

Please contact me to register.  A waiting list will be created for each workshop as needed.  I look forward to helping you with your creative practice!

Note: A full refund less an administrative fee of $100 is provided if cancellation occurs 60 days or more before the workshop.  If cancellation is less than 60 days before the workshop, there will be no refund unless your space can be filled.

All workshop participants are required to be vaccinated for COVID or have a negative test result the day before the workshop starts. Do not attend the workshop if you are sick.

Custom & Private Abstract Art Workshops in Santa Fe 

Julie offers custom private or individual small group abstract painting workshops.  Schedule a half day, full day or multi day painting experience.  Julie will tailor the workshop to fulfill your individual needs and goals.  Focus on exactly what you need to elevate your painting practice to a higher level.  Whether it’s Igniting your creative passion, taking risks, or accessing your inner boldness you will gain inspiration and new skills to continue with at home.  If you are new to abstract painting, explore the fundamentals with Julie.  Beginners are welcome!

You will work with Julie either on Zoom or in her large, comfortable well-equipped studio in midtown Santa Fe, just steps from the famed Meow Wolf exhibit space and 15 minutes from the downtown Plaza.


The cost of Julie’s custom private individual or group workshops depends on the amount of time you would like to book and the number of participants.  Contact Julie for a quote of the cost of a personalized workshop experience for you or your small group.


About Santa Fe

Santa Fe is the perfect place to recharge or explore your painting practice.  Not only does the city enjoy over 300 days a year of sunshine in brilliant cobalt blue skies along with moderate temperatures, but its history, architecture, award winning cuisine, stunning natural beauty and light of the area and its surroundings plus its overall undefinable mystical quality makes it a unique vacation destination as well as an artist’s haven.  Come reconnect to your creative self!


Santa Fe is accessible by car, train or via air.  You can fly into either the Santa Fe airport or the Albuquerque International Sunport, an hour away.  Rental cars are available at both locations as are shuttles, private car service and Uber.  There are many lodging options ranging from high end multi star resorts to more modestly priced hotels, motels and vacation rentals.

For further information, check these websites:  Santa Fe Travel and Tourism,  Trip AdvisorAirbnb.  Click here to obtain a Santa Fe Visitor’s Guide.

Conde Nast Traveler has an excellent article about Santa Fe. Read Here>>

Contact Julie to discuss a workshop for yourself or a small group, or use the form below.



What people are saying 

“Julie inspired me to really move outside my wheelhouse which made me find so many new discoveries about myself!  The small group of 3 of us students was perfect and we all worked together well and had so much more of Julie’s guidance than if it was a larger group.  I certainly would recommend this exciting course to anyone who wants to advance their art practice. 

The 3-day workshop I took with Julie Schumer in her studio in Santa Fe was nothing short of excellent. Julie’s exercises were challenging and fun and left plenty of time to experiment and explore paint, tools and gestures. Except for being bone-tired by the end, I would have welcomed another day with Julie! 

She is professional, engaged, interested and one of the most likeable people I have ever met. Julie continued to offer her expertise during a dinner outing with her husband and the other participants. In a short time, I have been stretched and inspired more than I thought possible.”
-Kristine S.

“I enjoyed a three-person workshop in Santa Fe guided by artist Julie Schumer at the end of March. I worked on a large unstretched canvas and large 30”x44” pieces of paper. Substrates that I don’t use very often. The workshop was fun and productive. Having such a small group makes a huge difference in one’s ability to push their work further. Julie is talented, generous and meets you where you’re at and helps you to actually take steps to meet your heart’s desire rather than to fall into old habits.”
-Lori R.

“Painting with Julie was so helpful, she was able to access both my strengths and also where I needed extra attention! She helped me through my ‘stuck’ stages, by using less color and simplifying! She teaches with much ease and grace which helped me loosen-up and expand…BOLD moves!”
-Carmen P.

“My private weekend workshop with Julie was transformative.  She geared our time together to my specific needs and I feel like I really pushed through on my work!”
-Robin S.

“My private painting session with Julie was a very worthwhile experience that far exceeded my expectations. Julie is a generous, knowledgeable and encouraging instructor who introduced me to some new materials and helped me meet all of my goals.”
-Diane S.