If you are looking for me to show you how to copy someone else's painting (aka "paint by sip" class), then I'm not your teacher. Want to find your unique artistic voice with a knowledgable, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher with all kinds of tricks in her bag? I'm your lady! 

santa fe painting classes

I follow the "I do, you do" approach so that each step is clear, easy and manageable. I teach you some of my favorite signature techniques that I save for you because, hey, you showed up! I also drop knowledge gems during the class about color theory, composition, and other design principles so you're not out there flailing your arms in unknown art land. You leave the class with an almost or totally finished painting that will make you think you've been studying art for years. Hey, almost 30 years of painting and 20 of teaching have taught me something, and that's how I can take you from wherever you are to someone who understands key principles about art-making so you can go home and keep working confidently. 

I'm all about approaching painting with an attitude of experimentation, play, fun, and child-like wonder. 

we're meant to work together if...

  • You Are Not Interested in Copying Someone Else's Painting (aka "Paint and Sip")
  • You Want to Start or Improve your Painting Skills
  • You Have No Idea Where to Start or Feel Stuck in Your Practice
  • You Think You Don't Have What it Takes to Make Great Art
  • You Have a Soft Spot for Learning New Things
  • You Are Not Interested in Copying Someone Else's Painting
  • You Want to Start or Improve your Painting Skills
  • You Have No Idea Where to Start or Feel Stuck in Your Practice
  • You Think You Don't Have What it Takes to Make Great Art
  • You Have a Soft Spot for Learning New Things

what i provide

  • Acrylic Paint & Mediums
  • Brushes & Palette Knives
  • Apron & Neoprene gloves
  • 16" x 20" Canvas
  • Refreshments

Let's work together!  

Sound like your style?

2 hours  | Learn how to paint abstractly with my step-by-step method I developed from many years of painting. I demonstrate my favorite acrylic abstract painting techniques that create unique effects in your painting, and how to create texture in your pieces with acrylic mediums. Learn color theory, composition, and mark-making in this information-packed class! Students work on one canvas painting and go home with a finished piece. This workshop is customized to you and your group as I teach you how to find your own artistic voice and style. All supplies included, just show up!
Private $295   | 2 Students $350

2 hours | Family painting classes are a fabulous way to spend the day with your loved ones and return home with unforgettable keepsakes. I have been teaching art to children aged 12-18 for fifteen years, and my sons have been getting their own lessons since age 2, so I am at ease helping people of all ages explore creativity. I use only non-toxic acrylic and/or tempera paints depending on ages of the child. Taking an art class in Santa Fe with me will be the highlight of your family’s trip, and you will be able to display your creations once you return home!  $425  | 2 adults and up to 3 kids

Learn how the fundamentals of representational drawing can lead to compelling abstract paintings in our January 2023 4-week series.
Week 1:  Drawing Exercises & Fundamentals of Realism
Week 2:  Figure Gesture Drawing/ How to Create Deep Space/ Begin Abstract Painting
Week 3:  More Drawing Skills/ How to Create Deep Space 2/ Continue Abstract Painting
Week 4:  Finish Abstract Painting

DETAILS: 4 classes/once per week | 3 hours each class (12 hours total of instruction) | Class size- Up to 6 students. Bring a sketchbook, pack of art pencils & eraser. All paints, aprons, and canvas included.

Watercolor, Gouache & Graphite Classes

2 hours | Graphite is a truly magical, often overlooked medium. With the right approach, it can provide one of the simplest and fastest paths to self-expression of all the media. In this class, Dexter Wayne demonstrates a multitude of techniques he has developed from decades of experience working with graphite. We will work with a variety of tools and surfaces – some familiar, some new and surprising – to create stunning effects. Dexter’s teaching style is encouraging and dynamic, aiming to boost confidence along with skills. Each student will complete 1 or more pieces to take home with them. All levels of artistic experience can be accommodated and all materials are included.

2 hours | Dexter’s approach to teaching watercolor, gouache and ink painting, developed over decades of studio work, is aimed at inspiring and promoting the unique voice of each student. He shares a variety of techniques and tools to get students into the zone of self-expression and creation while boosting skills and confidence. We work on a variety of surfaces to experience the diverse array of effects each offers. Students have the choice of focusing on abstract, landscape or plein-aire watercolor painting. Each student completes 1 or more pieces to take home with them. For all levels, and all materials are included.

Private $295
2 students $350
3-5 students $425
6-8 students $625

I was able to take an Abstract Graphite Painting class with Dexter on my recent trip to Santa Fe. With Santa Fe being such an artistic community, there were a lot of offerings to choose from; I ultimately went with Dexter’s class because I wanted to try something new and different. Dexter showed me there’s a wide (and really interesting!) range of applications for graphite besides drawing.  Having gone in with my extent of graphite expertise being #2 pencils, I was thrilled I got to leave with two finished pieces that I didn’t know I had it in me create. Highly recommend this class!

"Dexter gave me lots of ideas for how to continue working with graphite!"

Not at all. I have been teaching absolute beginners how to paint for 20 years. In fact, I love working with beginners so I can witness the process of them being mesmerized by the painting process.

DO I NEED ANY ART EXPERIENCE? I KNOW NOTHING!

Nope. I provide aprons, paint, brushes, canvases, easels, painting mediums, palette knives, and many more amazing tools to paint with. Just show up!

DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN SUPPLIES?

Downtown parking can be tricky, but I have a lot! Just pull into my lot and park on the right. You can park me in. If my lot happens to be full (rare), you should be able to find street parking on East Alameda or Delgado streets.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

There are many options to choose from!  I come to the table with 28 years of painting and 20 years of teaching experience, so you are in good hands with me. I would also recommend checking out my artwork to see if you like my style. If so, then I'm your lady! If not, bring a reference image or email me what you would like to work on and I will make it happen.  

why should I take your class?

Not at all! It is a water-based medium that has no smell (unlike oil paint). Clean up is easy with soap and water. However, if you get acrylic on your clothes, be sure to wash it with a wet rag immediately because it will dry permanently. But worry not, I will give you a big apron.

Is acrylic paint toxic?

Yes! Dexter teaches watercolor, graphite and gouache.  I incorporate charcoal, natural pigments, oil crayon and even collage into my artwork. I also teach encaustic in my home studio which is 15 minutes from downtown.  Between the two of us we cover a lot of mediums!

Do you teach other mediums besides acrylic?

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