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Setting and writing down goals for ourselves is an important practice if we are serious about success. I have found that writing down goals helps me be more accountable, thus increasing my chances of success. As your trusted painting teacher, I would like to suggest that you make 1-3 goals that relate to you as an ARTIST. Being a teacher for over 20 years, I can confidently say that making SPECIFIC goals is important and yields to better results. Below are a few methods to write specific goals for yourself.

Painting Tips

How to Set SMART Art Goals


Acrylic painting is a popular medium for artists of all levels because it is versatile, quick-drying, and easy to clean up. Further, acrylic is a forgiving medium that can easily be covered over. Here are some acrylic painting techniques to experiment with.

Painting Tips

11 Acrylic Painting Techniques

Learn to Use Color Better by Studying Van Gogh Not many people could deny the fact that Van Gogh was an amazing colorist. He was a master of creating contrast with color and texture, and also used color symbolically, which we know from his letters to his brother Theo. My background in Art History has […]

Painting Tips

Van Gogh and Color

Bring together your top clients and colleagues for a unique hands on art experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Painting classes at Santa Fe Painting Workshops offer corporate teams a unique opportunity to interact creatively, take risks, develop trust and form bonds with colleagues

Travel Tips

Team Building Art Classes

Have you ever gotten stuck while making your artwork?  You are not alone: this happens to every artist, regardless if you are a beginner or a seasoned artist.  The traditional definition of artist’s block is when an individual is out of ideas, uninspired, and unmotivated to do or complete their creative work.  Unfortunately, artist’s block is a common thing, and while it can be frustrating, I believe it is also an opportunity for growth.

Painting Tips

How to Move Through Artist’s Block Quickly

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"I was looking for an experience beyond the typical tree painting class and Andrea’s class was perfect! I’ve taken many art classes and am a relatively experienced painter, but my mother was more nervous about being “let loose” to paint whatever she wanted to. During our class, Andrea handled both our desires wonderfully. Giving us mediums, techniques and suggestions whenever we needed them. We could have brought in reference photos, (or wine lol) but being surrounded by Andrea’s work was inspiration enough. We both walked away really feeling like we created something memorable and unique in just two hours. 

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"Andrea is an accomplished artist, and her teaching style is appropriate for all levels of artists. Our granddaughter is very proud of her finished painting. We had a wonderful time, and we created some great family memories, along with some interesting paintings. We all agreed that we can’t wait to do it again. It was a great family activity."

"We created some great family memories, along with interesting paintings."

"My son and I had an amazing weekend in Santa Fe and the best ending to it was taking our abstract painting class with Andrea. From the minute we walked in, we were in a warm and welcoming environment. Its clear Andrea loves what she does and that she was born for teaching art. I had no experience and felt a little inhibited, but with her guidance and support it was an extremely positive experience and I certainly learned a lot."

"It is clear Andrea loves what she does and was born for teaching."

"Andrea Cermanski has all the skills of a good teacher. She's knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, and gives precise and helpful instruction to each individual student, allowing him or her to discover their hidden artistic talents."

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"I did a private class with Andrea and it was so wonderful!! Andrea is an amazing artist and she is also a great teacher!! Thorough, patient and just a fun person to be around! I really wanted a basic introduction to how to use the paints, mediums, brushes, palettes, etc. I got that and so much more!! She even helped me with the anxieties I was having around painting. I left feeling inspired, and way more confident! Ready to go home and explore. I look forward to another class after I have played some on my own. Highly recommend!"

"I left feeling inspired, and way more confident!"