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workshops & classes
Taking a class or a workshop is an ideal way to use your Taos visit for self-enrichment. Consider signing up for a pottery workshop or a photo excursion led by a prominent New Mexico photographer. Learn to blow glass. Take a creative writing workshop.
ARTS, CRAFTS & POTTERY CLASSES
If working with your hands is more appealing than wielding a painter’s brush, Taos offers a wide array of handcrafting workshops from which to choose. Whether it’s throwing and firing a pot, dyeing and spinning your own yarn, or simply learning at last to knit, there are friendly instructors in a vast range of disciplines to introduce you to or refine these skills under sway of the of the creative energy of the Taos Valley. Immerse yourself.
TAOS CLAY POTTERY WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
offers multi-day workshops are designed for serious ceramic students of all ability levels and cover a broad variety of construction, glazing and firing techniques, many taught by notable regionally and nationally recognized ceramic artists
WEAVING SOUTHWEST CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
This premier outlet for regional tapestry yarns and supplies has been a long-standing tradition in the weaving community in Taos. Lessons focus on contemporary tapestry design and are taught by third-generation owner Teresa Loveless.
SAX STONECARVING WORKSHOP
Mark Sax workshops were founded with the goal of providing a format for the best instructors in the field to share their knowledge with students. The teacher-student ratio is small; each 7-day workshop is limited to 18 participants.
WOMENS WELDING WORKSHOPS WITH CHRISTINA SPORRONG
Christina is a performance artist and metal sculptor. Introductory course is in the MIG(GMAW) and ARC(SMAW) welding processes, Oxy-Ace cutting, as well as basic metallurgy, metal fabrication tools and an intro to the art of Blacksmithing.
If you’ve always told yourself "one day I’ll pick up an artist’s brush," there is no better time than right now. Why not plan a vacation around one of these interesting painterly seminars or workshops? Choose your medium – watercolor, acrylic, oils, electronica – and get started on expressing yourself through art. These instructors welcome everyone from beginner to professional with valuable tips and tools. Bring your inner artist to the fore.
ARTS AND CARAFE
Arts and Carafe offers unique way to let loose, laugh and find your inner artist! Our talented teachers will guide you step-by-step to recreate a beautiful painting while you enjoy local wines. We'll provide all the ingredients you'll need
GWEN FOX ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
This workshop is for professional artists, beginning artists and creative souls. Gwen’s Watercolor, Fine Art Collage and Mixed Media Workshops brim with life, color and camaraderie.
TAOS ART SCHOOL
Courses on creativity, field trips to Canyon de Chellly and the Four Corners area for plein air painting and photography, equine sculpture, even the Artist in the Kitchen featuring an appreciation of Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe.
STEPHEN KILBORN WORKSHOPS
Well known for his colorful individually-made tableware and pottery, Stephen is also an accomplished watercolorist and acrylic painter. Stephen is starting to teach small groups of 1 to 4 people for one- or two-day workshops.
RICHARD ALAN NICHOLS WORKSHOPS
With a rich foundation in traditional impressionism, this personable, internationally recognized artist schedules workshops and private classes throughout the year.
FECHIN ART WORKSHOPS
Honoring the memory of impressionist Nicolai Fechin, these workshops attract instructors of both national and international reputation. Workshops are limited to 20 students and advance reservations are required.
Taos’ painterly, sublime landscapes, ethereal light and wealth of natural subjects from wildlife to crumbling adobes are a photographer’s dream. So naturally, some of the best professional nature photographers in the country make the Taos area their home and they are eager to share their expertise, special places and techniques for capturing and creating the perfect shot with you.
DEYOUNG PHOTO WORKSHOPS
Michael DeYoung is a landscape and adventure photography mentor and workshop instructor with a successful commercial photography career. We offer private instruction, mentoring, and workshops in New Mexico, Utah, and Alaska.
GERAINT SMITH PHOTO TOURS
Photo Tours and Three Day Workshops Individualized and personalized full day or half day Year Round Photo Tours with Taos photographer Geraint Smith.
Writing is the oxygen that fuels Taos’ spirit. Long known as a colony of visual artists, one of her well-kept secrets is just how influential this region has been as a part of the literary consciousness of the nation. Authors such as Mabel Dodge Luhan, D.H. Lawrence, Frank Waters, John Nichols and Mirabai Starr nurtured their talents here and produced widely-recognized works of enduring fame and quality.
TAOS TOOLBOX WRITERS WORKSHOP
A two-week Master Class in Science Fiction and Fantasy, this "graduate" workshop is designed to bring the professional writer of science fiction and fantasy writing to the next level.
SMU-IN-TAOS CULTURAL INSTITUTE
Taos Cultural Institute courses give you two-and-a-half days of in-depth, hands-on exploration of topics that reflect the unique cultural richness of Northern New Mexico.
SOMOS WINTER & SUMMER WRITER SERIES
These literary evenings invite writers to read from their recent work, pairing up-and-coming writers with nationally and internationally recognized authors. The eight-week programs take place January/February and July/August of every year.
MABLE DODGE LUHAN HOUSE 2016 WORKSHOPS
Former home of arts patron and author Mabel Dodge Luhan, her house is a mecca for the creative soul, and throughout the year workshops and retreats are scheduled for writers from all walks of life – from beginner to professional.
THE HELENE WURLITZER FOUNDATION OF NEW MEXICO
The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the country. The Foundation keeps a low-profile and serves as a haven for painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, composers, photographers and film.
Taos has it's own unique flavors with an emphasis on green and red chile, called Christmas! Experience a hands-on cooking class with a renowned Taos Chef to learn the art of New Mexican cooking and World wide cuisine.
COOKING STUDIO TAOS
Cooking classes with Chef Chris Maher, past recipient of six 4-Diamond Culinary Awards and a James Beard recognized chef. We discuss, assign, cook and then sit down and enjoy what we have prepared together and talk some more.