Explore and develop your personal voice in the inspirational environment of Santa Fe. Through a series of guided exercises we will cover composition, color, value and how to work on multiples at the same time. Find your own signature with different mark making tools and learn how your marks enliven your paintings. You will learn how to harmonize any palette, move from analysis paralysis to painting success and to trust your artistic choices. There will be plenty of time for independent exploration.
This intensive 3 day workshop is for all levels of artists who have experience using acrylic paint.
At the end of day 3, join us and fellow artists for a no host dinner to celebrate your success.
Cat Tesla is an award winning international artist with gallery representation in the U.S. and U.K. She provides a unique perspective to abstract painting in a supportive environment. Formerly a genetic counselor, she has been a professional artist for 22 years.
A 2 hour private workshop is $190 plus tax, a 3 hour private workshop is $285 plus tax and a full day (6 hours [3 hours in the morning, an hour for lunch and 3 hours in the afternoon) is $570 plus tax. Contact Us to arrange a workshop designed just for you!
Do you have a group of artists wanting to take a workshop together in your city? Let us design a custom workshop for you or your group. Contact us with your location and group size for pricing. We are also available for private instruction. Let us know what dates and times are best for you. We will contact you for payment information and to answer any questions you have. You may cancel 30 days or more before the workshop for a full refund.
Workshop Videos and Testimonials
Watch videos of Julie at the September, 2017 Santa Fe workshop
Watch videos from our 2016 workshop
Everyday of the workshop was an eye opener. After experiencing the tools and techniques, I am confident I now can go paint big. Great to work in community. It is great benefit to have two teaches each with their own unique perspectives. -A Rogone
I LOVED Julie's 2 day "Paint Big, Paint Loose" class in her Santa Fe studio. Julie had prepared me in advance not to expect any masterpieces nor any finished paintings. Having this expectation prior to arriving at class allowed me just to play, experiment, move big and have fun. And have fun I did have. The exercises, some of which I had never done, were enjoyable as was the free painting time. Julie was generous with her expertise, supplies and encouragement and gentle in giving suggestions. LOVED this class. Thanks, Julie. -Lynne P.
Julie's workshops are amazing. She helps you unlock your spark and push past your boundaries into new territory. Loved every minute. -Diane Semper
Julie's workshop was informative, inspiring, and helped build my confidence and momentum--which was exactly what I needed. I enjoyed learning the loosening up techniques to help get started when faced with a blank canvas and not sure where/how to start; and also had fun exploring with new paint and drawing tools that produced surprisingly great results. The walking tour of galleries, experimenting with color and painting large were additional highlights of the weekend. Julie is a wonderful guide, a gracious host and very generous in sharing her extensive knowledge. I loved getting wild and re-igniting my creative spirit. Look forward to taking another workshop soon! -Rose H. Faissal
I did Julie’s Abstract workshop in May and had the most wonderful time. The space was an artist dream workspace. She introduced us to new tools and new techniques which helped push me to explore my art making in a new way. Julie was an informed and encouraging teacher. And a pleasure to get to know better as I have long been an admirer of her work. I recommend her workshops with highest acclaim! -Robin Hamaker
"Fortunate indeed are those who take a class from Suzanne Jacquot and Julie Schumer. This is not the usual experience, where there is normally one platform, or one focus. They both have crafted, as a team, new approaches to content: tools, colors, size, composition. Yes, these are the "under layers", just like any other class you might have taken. But it goes far beyond that. Meeting you at your level, their skills are intuitive. And this is in a class room with others!! I don't know how they do it, but I felt as if I was getting individualized instruction. I learned to "build" personalized layers with each day's class, within myself, and I became confident of my creativity, and how I express it."
“Where the Pavement Ends” was a valuable artistic experience that I would highly recommend. The painting and drawing exercises designed by the instructor are created to benefit artists of all levels." -Amy Longcope
“The workshop was a life changing event for my husband and me, who were first time painters. After a few guided exercises, we quickly developed our own styles and gained a feeling for painting. James and Julie’s mentoring approach provided a safe and stress-free environment that allowed us to feel comfortable opening up and letting loose our creative side. We especially enjoyed painting together on the same piece. It was a unique challenge that allowed us to learn how to combine our different styles in a cohesive and collaborative manner.” -Violeta Hammond
“Where the Pavement Ends” was an experience that I believe has taken my approach to painting to a new level. This experience is comparable to a spiritual break through for me in the sense that once a realization or understanding happens, it can never be un-learned. I have been liberated from some old habitual boring patterns that no longer serve me and this workshop experience has added new approaches and spaciousness to my process. Thank you James!” -Laura Tarnoff