Workshops, Classes & Mentoring

Please see below for a listing of classes and workshops offered.This page is updated as new classes and workshops are scheduled. Mentoring sessions are available and meet in my studio in Albuquerque unless other arrangements are made. Please contact me at with questions.

Nocturne Painting in Oils Class

Meets Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. April 5 - May 24, 2018

New Mexico Art League, 3409 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque, NM
Cost: $235 (members), $255 (non members)

Register online at the NMAL website 

“Cold-hearted orb that rules the night

Removes the colours from our sight

Red is gray and yellow, white

But we decide which is right

And which is an illusion.”

— Graham Edge, from The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed

Paint the magic light, mood and mystery of twilight time, including the sunset, darkness of night and moonlit subjects. This 8-week class will challenge students to “see” and paint color and values of low light subjects. Most sessions will be in the studio, with outdoor painting an option, if the class is agreeable. There will be demonstrations by the instructor, and students will use photo references of their choosing. Experience painting with oils is required for this class. 

Other Instruction topics (currently not scheduled)

Clouds & Sky in the Landscape

This workshop or 8-week oil painting class will introduce students to the relationship between sky and ground and explore ways to impart luminosity in skies, strengthen compositions through effective placement of cloud shapes and enhance mood with creative use of color. Sessions will meet in the studio. Some observational time will be spent outside. It is advised that students who take this class have a grasp of art fundamentals.

Composing the Landscape

All successful art is derived from sound compositional choices. This workshop or 8-week studio class will familiarize students with the tools of composition necessary for conveying his or her expressive vision and intent for a given subject. Weekly sessions will explore value, color, shape, line, space, and direction as they apply to landscape oil painting. Students can expect individual attention based on their specific needs and skill level.

Refining the Landscape

This workshop or 8-week workshop focuses on the process of seeing and painting the landscape in ways that enable artists to convey their intent quickly and effectively. Studio sessions will include distilling the visual complexity of nature to a few compositional choices, use of limited color palettes and values, and the economy of brush strokes.The instructor will give attention to common challenges that face many plein air and studio painters such as, establishing and maintaining the intent for a painting from start to finish; properly assessing greens in the landscape and interpreting them with pigment; and rendering skies that are luminous and compositionally interesting.​

Painting the Landscape en Plein Air

This workshop or 8-week class is for artists who have experience painting outdoors and would like to hone their skills through more one-to-one time with the instructor. The first part of the course will be a review of approaches to oil painting en plein air. The majority of the sessions will meet outdoors, weather permitting.


Is it required that students use only oil paints in your classes and workshops, or are other mediums allowed?

Occasionally other mediums are acceptable, but the use of oils is strongly recommended. My instruction focuses largely on general principles of composition and design, thus much of the instruction is useful with any artist mediums.

Is art experience a prerequisite for taking your classes and workshops?

Having a foundation in drawing and composition will enable students to get the most from my instruction. My students generally have some experience, but there is a full range of experience and backgrounds. I try to help students according to each one's level of experience and skill.

Student Comments

Here is a sample of responses made anonymously by students when asked what was most helpful about Tom's classes and workshops?:

"Instructor is very kind. Honors each student. Takes time for personal attention."

“Clear concepts and objectives presented.”

“Thoughtful approach – really enjoyed the demos.”

“Tom knows how to break down the work into a step-by-step approach and proceed methodically. It was helpful to hear the basic concepts reinforced when looking at specific paintings.”

“Learning new techniques & actually seeing how to do them as well as doing it ourselves. Appreciated the handouts and actual discussion of painting.”

“The talks and info given was then translated into the paint exercise. New techniques for me were used that I will definitely put to use.”

“The class was excellent! I liked (having) a specific list of goals for each class; the critiques, as well as the homework.”

“The individual attention as I worked out a difficulty.” 

“The demos were brilliant.”

“I loved this class!”