Express your creative spirit with al fresco art classes

  • Choose from several techniques and classes
  • Learn how to turn natural materials into pigments
  • Paint landscapes from a scenic viewpoint on property

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The Experience

Allow your intuition to guide you as you express your creative spirit, learning techniques such as sensorial painting and Expressive Impressionism. Go further into the painting process by learn how to process dirt and sand into fine art quality "Earth pigments" and how to transform those pigments into watercolors during a full moon, eclipse or solstice painting class.

Al Fresco Art Classes

Sage fields where Bishop's Lodge guests can enjoy a picnic

Earth Pigments

Your art instructor will lead you through a guided outdoor meditation to get you in touch with the vibration of the living Earth before teaching you how to make watercolor paint from dirt and sand. Using "Leave No Trace" practices while natural materials are collected, your instructor will give a detailed explanation of each natural tool and material you will need. This experience aims to connect you with the biorhythms of the natural world.
  • 2.5 hours
  • May 26 - Lunar Eclipse
  • June 21 - Summer Solstice
  • July 24 - Full Moon
  • August 22 - Full Blue Moon
Painting Class at Bishop's Lodge

Traveling Artist

Sensorial Painting experience across a few areas in nature, atop mountains, during which you'll study how light behaves in diverse setting and develop the ability to convey the feeling of the place you're painting. A great experience for younger guests as wel as adults.
  • 3.5 hours
Santa Fe National Forest

Expressionist Landscapes

Learn techniques of Expressive Impressionism in order to create artful paintings of landscapes atop a scenic overlook on the Bishop's Lodge property. Local artist Barbara Meikle will share her vast knowledge of color, including how to evoke emotion on paper thorough the use of evocative color. The workshop begins with drawing in the pasture, a break for a picnic lunch under the trees and a new perspective. You'll complete the workshop with 1-2 5x7 paintings to take home as treasured mementos.
  • 3.5 hours
  • Includes picnic lunch and materials
  • 4 guests maximum | ages 10+

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