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Three-Day Artist Workshop with Nancy Begin & Susan Hanssen: The Art of Simplification Part 2 – Eliminating the Unnecessary to Let the Necessary Speak

February 11, 2020 9:00 am
February 13, 2020 4:00 pm
1740 Calle De Mercado Suites B & D, Las Cruces NM 88005   View map


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ARTIST WORKSHOP:  The Art of Simplification:  Eliminating the Unnecessary to Let the Necessary Speak

Level:  Intermediate – Advanced

This workshop  will build on the principles that Nancy and Susan covered  in  their “Art of Simplification” in February 2019.  It is not necessary to have attended the prior class.

$250 for 3 – day workshop with expert teaching artists Nancy Begin, NWS and Susan Hanssen, NWS

Supply list, below.

DAAC Members receive 20% discount

From workshop leaders Susan Hanssen and Nancy Begin:  Please come join us for an action packed three days of sharing ideas, making new creative choices and to celebrate the freedom the 20th Century has provided to all artists.  We will be moving ahead with the Art of Simplification of your image.  In the process, what element are you willing to focus/change:  color, shape, space, scale, value, in order to create a stronger more powerful and personal image.  Also, to encourage you to explore a new approach to your work, we will present each day a series of sliedes ie., “The Emancipation of Color” which reveals the struggles and magnificent achievements of the early artists of the late 19th -early 20th Century.  These brave and committed artists gave us the unchallenged gift of how personal Color choice allows “Color to do all the talking”. Matisse


LOCATION:            Dona Ana Arts Council, Arts & Cultural Center

1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite D, Mesilla, NM     (575)523-6403


Tuesday, February 11, 2020   9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12          9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 13           9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

14 – 16  Participants



Intermediate and Advanced artists.



  1. Any water based medium such as watercolors, watercolor pencils/crayons, liquid acrylics, gouache * ( please bring black and white gouache), inks. The only exclusion is water based oils because of the drying time.
  2. .Plenty of watercolor paper of your choice. I like 300 lb. Arches hot press but whatever is comfortable for you.
  3. All sorts of brushes, watercolor, maybe some old acrylic brushes, shapers, scraping tools such as credit cards, palette knife, sticks, forks.
  4. Masking tape, tracing paper, paper towels, water container, small piece of sandpaper
    (120 grade) pencils, sketch pad
  5. References, of your choice (landscape, figure, still life etc.) also, a single object, something rather small ( i.e. special shell, kitchen tool, toy etc.)
  6. And finally, plenty of energy and willingness to explore some new ideas. We will provide plenty of support and encouragement to help you “simplify) and in turn strengthen your art.
  7. Suggestion to bring your own lunch.
    See you in February, Nancy Begin and Susan Hanssen
    (Any questions please call 575-528-8455)