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Past Leisure Learning Courses

Fall 2017
Color in the Taos Landscape: Monoprint & Painting Workshop
Study color and contrast in the Taos landscape with artist Suzanne Wiggin. She will guide you in the creation of monoprints. Using plexiglass plates and a limited palate of inks, you will create a personal “monoprint sketchbook” of the breathtaking landscape surrounding the Doel Reed Center for the Arts. Once you have your sketchbook, you will explore the range of colors in the in the landscape through oil painting. You will come away with a deeper understanding of color in the Taos landscape.

Instructor: Suzanne Wiggin was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where her family has been for generations. Forty years ago she moved to Taos, New Mexico, as a teenager. Taos Valley has had a profound impact on her artistic vision. The land with its storms and clear light is the focus of her paintings and monotypes. Her education includes a Masters of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Bachelor of Art Education from the University of New Mexico. Her work has been exhibited widely and is represented by Winterowd Fine Art of Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Summer 2017
Ecology & Visual Landscape of Northern New Mexico
Active learning to interpret and to artistically represent the variety of landscapes in northern New Mexico. The instructors will lead interactive discussion about what they see in the landscape, why the landscape elements are there, and how to think about the elements in a visual way. Participants interested in the science may choose to collect samples of plants, soil, or rocks, and participants interested in art may choose to make drawings of the landscape. 

Instructor: Dave Engle, Professor Emeritus & Marty Avrett


Art & Literature in New Mexico Post 1940
Since the end of the Great Depression, the visual and literary arts in the Southwest have been characterized by the increasing emergence and critical acceptance of diverse perspectives and voices. We will look at the visual arts in New Mexico from the Taos Moderns on, examining representative works in local museums and galleries. We also will read and discuss works by late modernist and contemporary writers, including Hispanic and Native American authors. Part of each day will be devoted to discussion, another part to excursions.

Instructor: Ed Walkiewicz, Professor Emeritus, English

Taos Photography & Solar Printmaking Workshop
Explore Taos by taking photographs in some of its most scenic settings, using your cell phone or point and shoot camera. Then discover how to transform your photos into a solar print. Even if you have no artistic background, you can design and create prints using this method.

Instructor: Jennifer Lynch, Master Printmaker,

Fly Fishing (Beginning & Intermediate)
Beginners will learn about the skills and equipment needed to to become a fly fisherman- basics of the fly rod and reel, fly casting, pond and stream ecology, matching the hatch (identifying what fly to use when), knot tying, fish identification, ethics, rules and regulations and safety. Intermediates will have a review of skills. Both groups will get the chance to put their skills to the test in local ponds, lakes or rivers.

Instructor: Marc Harrell

New Mexico Food & Culture
Corn, beans, chile, chocolate.  Explore the fascinating history of these American ingredients and their contributions to the distinctive culinary culture of New Mexico. We will taste, cook, and explore Native American, Spanish, and contemporary New Mexican food and food culture.

Instructor: Carol Moder, Director Doel Reed Center for the Art

Fashion Studies
This leisure learning class will study innovation and tradition in fashion through the lens of the unique culture and setting of Taos, NM. Participants will explore fashion from theoretical, practice, and personal perspectives. Beginning by considering the topic of fashion studies, we will explore Martha Reed’s merging of the Pueblo Indian clothing traditions, particularly pleating, with fashion trends of the mid-20th Century. Participants will also have an opportunity for hands on work, dyeing and creating a silk scarf with the arashi shibori method.

Instructor: Mary Ruppert-Stroescu