Santa Fe is deemed a UNESCO Creative City for good reason: we are home to a plethora of cultural goodies, such as the galleries on Canyon Road, Meow Wolf, SITE Santa Fe, The International Folk Art Market, and Indian Market, to name just a few. We also have hundreds of artists that offer classes in their area of expertise. Further, we JUST got rated in the top 10 Cities for Art Lovers in the WORLD (2022) by Travel+Leisure magazine! Yes, you heard right: we are right up there with Venice, Berlin, Austria and San Francisco. If you have done the search, “art classes near me,” and didn’t come up with much, then it might just be time to book your flight to Santa Fe to take that art class!
Santa Fe has art workshops offered in a wide variety of media and disciplines. From writing to plein-air drawing to culinary arts, Santa Fe offers a class in almost every creative pursuit. Here is a list of art retreats and workshops I recommend:
Dexter Wayne has one of the most unique art styles that I have seen. He is masterful at creating abstract watercolor/gouache paintings, and uses graphite like none other.
Andrea Cermanski teaches abstract acrylic painting to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced artists. With her 28 years experience painting and 20 years of teaching experience, she makes painting classes fun, approachable and inspiring.
Chef Tanya Story teaches these culinary classes in her professional kitchen, in beautiful Santa Fe county with its open space and beautiful views. I took a culinary class with friends, and we made fish steamed in clay bowls that we made ourselves, chocolate tamales, and other yummies. Highly recommended!
People from all over the world take classes at Santa Fe Workshops. I took 2 photographic workshops, and both were taught by professionals in their fields. From fashion photography to capturing the Southwest landscape, Santa Fe Workshops is definitely a gem in our community! Many of the courses are week-long, so if you are looking for a shorter photo class, check out my recommendation below
Photography: Photo Creative Workshops
Some of the most famous names in Native Art have come out of IAIA. With a beautiful campus and state-of-the-art studios and equipment, IAIA is perhaps the best art school New Mexico has to offer. They also have a museum in downtown Santa Fe that is the country’s only art museum that exhibits and collects work from progressive Native American artists.
SFCC offers credit and non-credit classes. Their art studios are amazing and well-equipped, and they still offer film photography. Highly recommended!
Make Santa Fe is an amazing non-profit that offers tools, resources and classes in a community studio setting. Their goal is to be a hybrid between art, industry, craft & science. The digital and technological equipment available for use is without parallel in the city. According to Make Santa Fe’s mission statement, “MAKE Santa Fe is, in part, motivated by the emerging maker movement that leverages digital technologies to remake manufacturing and job skills while simultaneously reconnecting us to our roots in creative problem solving.” Pretty amazing. Check them out.
SFAI mostly focuses on artist residences and cultural exchanges among artists. They offer a wide array of art talks and programs. SFAI is “an independent arts organization forging critical inquiry and cultural exchange among artists, creative practitioners, and the broader community. We support and amplify dynamic artistic practices that engage complex social issues, inspire individual transformation, and inform collective action.” Impressive, huh? Give them a visit for sure!