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Beginning Book Artist? Start Here!

There are a few spots left for Pam MacKellar’s workshop series. If you can commit three consecutive Saturday mornings in August, you’ll have a great bookbinding foundation at an affordable price, thanks to a warm and welcoming instructor. Register today!

Introduction to Book Arts with Pam MacKellar:
A series of three classes introducing the basics of bookbinding for artists

Members Only
Three consecutive Saturdays (August 4, 11, and 18, 2018), 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room)

This workshop series is designed for people who have no experience in bookbinding or those who would like to review some simple structures and techniques to use in their bookmaking. Knowing the basics will help you to express yourself artistically in a book format. You will complete 2-3 books at each session.

Week 1: Folding and Gluing. You will learn basic folding and gluing techniques, how to cover boards, basic bookbinding terms, following folding diagrams, and tools to include in a basic bookbinding toolkit. You will make an accordion book, a single-sheet book, and a diamond-fold book.

Week 2: Sewing. You will learn how to determine hole placement, make hole templates, punch holes for sewing, and follow basic sewing diagrams. You will make a 3-hole pamphlet, a 5-hole pamphlet, and Japanese stab binding.

Week 3: Non-Traditional Structures. You will learn two non-traditional structures using the skills you have already learned: a flag book and a skewer book. You will be encouraged to think about how to express your ideas using traditional and non-traditional bookmaking techniques.

Fee: $130 for the series, which includes the materials fee. Maximum students: 10. Tool list will be sent upon registration. To register, send a check for $130, payable to BAG, to
Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507. For more information, contact Laura Wait at

Few Spots Left: Inventing Your Own Alphabet

There are only a few spots left for this workshop, so register today!

Inventing Your Own Alphabet, a workshop with Randall Hasson

Members Only
Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm
New Mexico History Museum Classroom, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

The goal of this one-day workshop is to develop an approach to lettering skills and personal alphabets through the study of basic lettering principles. Participants will then experiment and refine individual lettering in class.

We will start the morning learning essential information about lettering tools and using them to make marks. We then begin construction of individual glyphs/characters that will eventually become our personal alphabet letters. Then we will create a cohesive plan for our alphabets by identifying underlying shapes and unique characteristics by analyzing size, weight, slope, and texture. With those elements identified, we will work on exercises using guide sheets and freehand, familiarizing ourselves with making these letters.

In the afternoon, we will build upon analysis of specific internal characteristics of students’ alphabets. We will try different tools to alter letterforms, then refine those forms even further, culminating in the creation of a final personal alphabet.

Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $80. To register, send a check for $80, payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507. For more information, contact Laura Wait at

Upcoming Albuquerque Art Workshops, 2018-2019

Annie Hooten has several well-known instructors coming to Albuquerque to teach workshops throughout 2018 and 2019.  For more information, contact her at, and follow her on Instagram at #hootenannieart & #hootenannieartworkshops.

Ingrid Dijkers
May 26 & 27, 2018
The Vintage Bark Cloth Journal
Personal Translations Journal

Tejae Floyde
July 21 & 22, 2018
Polymer Clay Mixed-Media Encased Hearts

Lisa Renner
September 14 & 15, 2018
Bird Peeps and Faux Enamel Disc Necklace

Orly Avineri
February 27 – March 2, 2019
Facial Expressions/Alternative Visual Journaling

Carol Simmons
Mokume Gane
March 30 & 31, 2019
Master Cane
April 6-12, 2019

Carol Simmons & Maureen Carlson
May 4-10, 2019
Floral Dreamscapes &

Doreen Kassel
Title TBA
September 21 & 22, 2019

Jodi Ohl
Title TBA
Dates to be finalized – likely 2020

Upcoming Workshops: Raven Art Center in Albuquerque

Upcoming workshops at Raven Art Center, 301 Washington Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108; call 505.204.1437 or email

Photo Album with Concertina Spine with Mita Saldana: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm.

Drawing Perspective – 101: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm. $39 (supply list emailed upon registration); $39 for one class or $99 for 4 classes; Spring Special – First class for only $25

Drawing Nature – 101: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 12  noon – 3 pm (Location TBA). $39 (supply list emailed upon registration); $39 for one class or $99 for 4 classes; Spring Special – First class for only $25

Movement, Meditation & Expressive Art: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10 am – 12 pm; Sunday, May 27, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm. Gentle Movement, Oracle Card Reading, Meditation & Expressive Art. Normally $39; Early Bird $29

Watercolor 101: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 2 pm – 6 pm; Saturday, May 26, 2018, 3 pm – 7 pm. Normally $45; Early Bird $39. All Materials Included

Watercolor 101 & 102: Sunday, May 27, 2018, 2 pm – 8 pm. $75; Early Bird $59

Painting Fearlessly: Friday, May 18, 1 pm – 3 pm; Friday, May 25, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm.  $39 per class or $99 for a set of 4 classes; Spring Special – only $25 each class. All materials included

Art Journaling: Saturday, April 19, 2018; 4pm – 7pm. $45 – Includes Art Journal and Supplies

Bullet Journaling – The Art of Organization: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm. Normally $45; Early Bird = $39. Includes Journal

Studio Space for Rent

Studio 11 is looking for an artist to share our evolving space. “We are a cohesive, easygoing group and hope to find a good communicator who is amenable to holding open studio hours, will help promote the space, and is ready to create some art!”

  • 12’ by 12’ space + shared space + large fenced-in outdoor space
  • Overhead florescent and track lighting + large front window
  • $300/month includes utilities + WIFI
  • $50 key deposit (refundable)
  • Located near the Second Street District, The Pantry, and Cerillos Road
  • Available May 1, 2018: Shown by appointment only; text Julie @ (214) 415-3291

RESTRICTIONS: No toxic materials, oils, solvents, pastels, or sanding indoors. & Facebook @ Studio 11: Creative Trade

Clay Out West Coming to New Mexico; Register Now

The four-day polymer clay extravaganza called CLAY OUT WEST will be held October 1-4, 2018 at the Isleta Resort & Casino. This event was previously held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was called Clay Carnival. Annie Hooten and Cynde Tagg of Albuquerque were asked by Donna Kato to co-host the event.
The national/international instructors will be:
  • Donna Kato
  • Leslie Blackford
  • Carol Blackburn
  • Julie Picarello
  • Shelley Atwood
  • Daniel Torres & Natalia Garcia de Leaniz
Attendees will be able to take a class from each of the instructors and come away with lots of polymer knowledge and finished items. The price of the event is $525, which includes all instruction, four lunches, one celebration dinner, and Kato Clay provided for each class. Registration is now open and limited to 80 attendees. Be sure to register early as this is an event not to be missed.