Art Workshops mission statement is to provide the best quality
art instruction available to our participants of all skill
levels. Instructors work tirelessly to create an agenda that
meets the needs of a wide range of skills and interest. Most of
the workshops offered are suitable for "all levels."
It does not mean that the workshop will be a primer but that the
material will be valuable and well suited to all students. The
following are a "Top Ten" list of things to do to have
the best experience possible.
10. Drink lots of Water. Cloudcroft is located at a
stunning 9000 feet above stress level. The altitude can cause
mild headache and fatigue the first few days. One way to prevent
this is to come to the mountain well rested and hydrated. Drink
extra water the days prior to your arrival and continue through
your stay. It may be inconvenient when traveling but it is well
worth it to feel your best.
9. Be prepared. Carefully study the supply list and
make the required purchases for materials needed for the
workshop. If you have questions contact the instructor and visit
with them. You can find the contact information on the artist
website. If you are unfamiliar with certain materials play
around with them before you arrive. YouTube is an excellent
source for demonstrations. Cheap Joes, Dick Blick, Daniel Smith
and others all have great customer service people who are there
to answer questions on products, paper and applications. Be
8. Come with an open mind and heart. Cloudcroft is a
lovely little village in the cool pines of New Mexico. There are
wonderful activities like hiking, biking, shopping and site
seeing in the area. There are several grocery stores in
Alamogordo, 16 miles down the mountain, as well as a movie
theater. Visit the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce website or go
in person and get first hand information to meet your vacation
needs and interest.
7. Choose your lodging to meet your needs. Cloudcroft
has many options for lodging. There are 3 Bed and Breakfast,
several hotels, one historic full-service lodge with a
restaurant and golf course, condominiums and home rentals.
Explore your options with a realtor, on the internet or through
the Chamber of Commerce. There are also numerous campgrounds in
close proximity for tents, trailers and motor homes. Make it a
vacation of your dreams.
6. Communicate. If you have questions about the
workshop policies, registration or the facilities please send us
an email, give us a call or drop us a note. The partners at CAW
are always available to answer your questions or help you find
your answer. If you have a question about the class, instructor,
supplies or what will be covered please contact the artist.
5. Expect to be Wowed! The instructor will have for
you a 5-day course intended to expand your knowledge and
expertise. You have come to experience their agenda for you.
Trust that whatever your skill level there will be great amounts
of information and techniques for you to explore. No one will
master skills or create masterpieces in the time allotted. It is
a workshop to experience and take home and make your own in your
studio. Sit back, relax and let the instructor guide you. Listen
intently, take notes, and learn from the instructor as well as
4. Have Fun! Do your best to leave the concerns of
life at home behind. You have worked hard to get to Cloudcroft
and deserve to enjoy it to the fullest. Turn your phone to
vibrate or better yet leave it off and immerse yourself in the
world of art.
3. Be Fearless and without Ego. This was quoted by a
wonderful artist, Rich Gallego, and is relevant to having a
great workshop experience. Come knowing that you have nothing to
fear. The instructors, partners and fellow participants are
supportive and a safe place to explore and learn. There is no
need to be concerned about how others will perceive your work
since everyone is there to try new things. Each participant is
at a different place in the journey! No fear, No ego.
2. Check and Double Check. Keep your confirmation
information and double check the dates and other info for
accuracy. We try our very best at accuracy but really appreciate
you helping keep things straight. We have an orientation on
Sunday night before the workshop where you can meet the class,
instructor and have most questions answered about the facility
and area. Itís a great time to bring in supplies and be ready
for the next morning. It is optional.
1. Know How Appreciated You Are!!! The partners of CAW
and the artist value you beyond measure. We know the effort and
sacrifice you make to come to Cloudcroft Art Workshops and we
are committed to helping you have a good experience. We love art