From January through November Sorrel Sky Gallery is hosting 1, 2 and 3-day workshops. Featuring painting, basketry and photography,
each artist will share their knowledge, their skills and their inspiration. Enroll now to learn something new,
refine your own abilities and feed your personal artistic passion.

Click Here to register or call us 970-247-3555 or 505-501-6555 or 866-878-3555 for more information.

Sharon Abshagen

Landscapes, Street Scenes and the Figure in the Landscape | DURANGO

Artist/Teacher: Sharon Abshagen **FULL**
When: March 17-19, 2017
Location: Durango 

Sharon Abshagen believes that “people become artists because they see the world in a different light.” She is passionate about painting from everyday life and hopes to aid aspiring painters to realize their passion as well. This workshop will focus on improving technique, taking the painting to the next level and learning how to self-critique. Weather permitting, the final day will be spent painting in plein air, incorporating newly-honed skills. Students must have a portable plein air easel. This class is designed for beginners to intermediate. REGISTER HERE

Mimi Bonkowske

Pine Needle Basket Making | DURANGO

Artist/Teacher: Mimi Bonkowske **FULL**
When: April 1 & 2, 2017
Location: Durango 
Cost: $350

Mimi Bonkowske’s masterful basket weaving conveys a sense of respect and honor for this ancient art form. Seeing herself as part of the cycle of nature, Mimi uses the gifts that the earth provides to “make beautiful, wonderful and useful things.” Blessed with both skill and art, she feels humbled and moved to pass on her knowledge and skills to others. Her hope is that this cycle will continue and this knowledge will never be lost. This workshop includes supplies and an instruction book. This class is designed for beginners. REGISTER HERE

Stephen Day

Building Confidence in Painting Landscapes | DURANGO

Artist/Teacher: Stephen Day **FULL**
When: April 7-9, 2017 
Location: Durango 
Cost: $250

Stephen Day paints almost exclusively from life, trying to capture the feeling and mood of the subject before him. His paintings have a fresh, spontaneous quality that reflect the constant state of change that is seen in nature and in ourselves. He believes that the best way to learn how to paint, is to paint and paint and paint. During this 3-day workshop students will paint at least 5 paintings. By doing this much painting, a great deal will be learned about color mixing, brushwork, drawing, edges and values, building confidence in new and known skills. This class is designed for beginners to advanced. REGISTER HERE

Peggy Immel

Elements of Landscape Painting | DURANGO

Artist/Teacher: Peggy Immel **FULL**
When: April 28-30, 2017
Location: Durango 
Cost: $300 - $200/2 days

Peggy Immel’s landscapes are inspired by her love of the outdoors. Each painting begins with an idea which generates a visual point of view. This 3-day workshop will use field studies, photographs and sketches to develop studio landscape paintings. Reference materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own. Topics covered will include subject choice, composition, values, color and light, linear and atmospheric perspective, edges and paint quality. Daily demonstrations will be in oil but other media are welcome. Weather permitting, the final day will be spent painting field studies in plein air. Students must have a portable plein air easel. This class is open to artists of all ability levels. REGISTER HERE

Robert Turner
Landscape Photography | DURANGO
Artist/Teacher: Robert Turner
When: September 28 - October 1, 2017 
Location: Durango 
Cost: $450 - $300/2days
Robert Turner has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years. He has shot on locations from the high Andes of Peru, to the streets of Manhattan, to the Anasazi cliff dwellings in Colorado. His has a profound belief in the value of wild places. This 3-day workshop will offer guidance on being in the right place at the right time, composition, and the use of low light for rich color and contrast control. Ideally, participants should have tripods and cameras with f-stop control. This class is designed for beginner to advanced. REGISTER HERE
Jane Chavez

Horsehair Basket Weaving | SANTA FE

Artist/Teacher: Jane Chavez **FULL**
When: January 14, 2017
Location: Santa Fe
Cost: $175

Jane Chavez’ interest and passion for basket weaving reaches back to her childhood. Initially weaving using pine needles, she later turned to horsehair after a moment of inspiration while brushing her own horse’s tail. The longer strands afforded her with even more opportunities for creativity. For over 20 years she has been using her basketry to tell unique stories and preserve a historic art form. This workshop will provide insight into the foundation of basket weaving, as well as its intricate nature. This class is designed for beginners to intermediate. REGISTER HERE

BJ Briner

Abstract Landscapes and Images From Thought | SANTA FE

Artist/Teacher: BJ Briner **FULL**
When: March 24-26, 2017
Location: Santa Fe
Cost: $350 - $125/per diem

BJ Briner works and lives in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, surrounded by inspirational scenes. Her paintings reflect the bold lines, soft hues and pastoral settings of the natural elements she sees each day. BJ’s imagery can be seen as an abstract interpretation of seasons, contrasts in lighting and color. Her goal, hope and desire for this workshop is “to fill the ‘soul hole’ of each student.” This class is designed for beginners to intermediate. REGISTER HERE

Michael Lewis

Landscapes and Portraits | SANTA FE

Artist/Teacher: Michael Lewis **FULL**
When: April 1 & 2, 2017
Location: Santa Fe
Cost: $250

Michael Lewis sees his canvas as his resume, with the last six months being the most important, as they express growth and direction. A signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and a founding member of Plein Air Painters of the West, he often paints smaller plein air studies which he then enlarges and refines in his studio. He believes that continuous production results in continuous growth. This workshop will help students learn to be much looser with their brush strokes, where to place accents on a painting and how to simplify objects of interest. This class is designed for intermediate to advanced. REGISTER HERE

Martha Kellar

Still Life Painting | SANTA FE

Artist/Teacher: Martha Kellar **FULL**
When: April 8 & 9, 2017
Location: Santa Fe
Cost: $200 - $110/per diem

Martha Kellar has worked as a professional artist since 1979. Initially painting in only pastels, she began using oils in 1989. She now works mostly in that medium to create still lifes, figurative works and landscapes. From her earliest memories, she has loved, and has been challenged by, drawing and painting. Her hope is to share this love, her methods and ideas with others. This workshop will focus on oils, as their forgiving nature is an ideal medium for practicing new concepts and techniques. Students will be aided to better visualize their composition with the intelligent use of light, form and color. This class is designed for beginner to intermediate. REGISTER HERE

Kevin Red Star

Learning the Acrylic Layering Technique From a Master | SANTA FE

Artist/Teacher: Kevin Red Star **FULL**
When: April 21-23, 2017
Location: Santa Fe
Cost: $600

Kevin Red Star paints with bold lines, vibrant colors and a deep respect for his Crow heritage. His imagery is contemporary yet historical in nature. With over 100 exhibitions to his credit across the U.S. and abroad, including one-man shows in Paris, Berlin, Tokyo and Peking, Kevin’s work can be found in permanent and private collections around the world. He has an enormous amount of experience, skill and artistry to share. This 3-day workshop will focus on layering with acrylics using tipis as the inspirational subject matter. REGISTER HERE

Poetry In The Landscape | SANTA FE

Artist/Teacher: Robert Rohm
When: November 5-7, 2017
Location: Santa Fe
Cost: $350

Known for his ability to capture the poetry of light, Robert Rohm has decades of experience painting, teaching and lecturing. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Oil Painters of America and the Outdoor Painters Society. This workshop will assist students in transforming details into scenes reflective of the brilliant colors found in the clear, bright light of the Southwest. This 3-day class is designed for intermediate to advanced. REGISTER HERE














Click Here to register or call us 970-247-3555 or 505-501-6555 or 866-878-3555 for more information.  We require a 50% minimum deposit to reserve a space. The final payment is due two weeks prior to the workshop. We accept credit cards, cash, and checks.


If you need to cancel your reservation, please notify us 30 days prior to the workshop.  There is a $50 cancellation fee. We cannot offer a refund after 30 days.  If a workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will receive a full refund.  We are, however, not responsible for additional costs – i.e. transportation or accommodation expenses.


Sorrel Sky Gallery has teamed up several inns and hotels in both Durango and Santa Fe to offer discounted accommodations.  Please call the gallery and we can provide you with a list of the inns and hotels.