About Us


Santa Fe Painting Workshops believes in the importance of small, personalized art classes that are tailored to students’ learning goals. We believe you make your best work when you feel supported, inspired, and are given a multitude of techniques and tools with which to create. We offer classes in a sun-lit studio offering beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, a much more inspiring location, we believe, than the hotel conference room art workshops. Students feel comfortable asking questions and requesting one-on-one assistance from the instructor because the class is small and intimate. We get to know each other, learn from each other’s process, and rejoice in each other’s successes. We are here to teach, learn, share, laugh, and paint our hearts out!

About the Instructors

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Andrea Joy Cermanski is an artist and educator who has taught Art for over 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. A painter for 20 years, she was featured in E. Ashley Rooney’s Contemporary Art of the Southwest, has exhibited in Feminists Under Forty, a show curated by Judy Chicago, and had her first solo show, Meditations on Nature, in October of 2011. A world traveler, Andrea taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, and English and Art in Kolkata, India through the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. She has shown her work on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, Tubac, AZ, and currently shows her work at Gallery Arlo in New Orleans and Pez Gordo Gallery in Los Cabos, Mexico. Andrea teaches the Abstraction and Special Topic Workshops, and also does Virtual Mentoring.


Ellen Sklar Abbott is both an accomplished artist painting in oils, watercolors, acrylics, and gouache, and a working illustrator with a degree in Design. She began her studies with Florence Quater, director of the Quater Art School, an atelier in Tucson, Arizona, who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. Beginning at the age of 15 she worked her way through the atelier for the next five years studying every aspect of classical and academic art, including sculpture and anatomy. Following studies with Quater, she studied Fine and Commercial Art at the University of Arizona, Fashion Institute in NYC, Monserrat, and the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences. She has attended David P. Curtis’s workshops and classes in Essex, MA from 2007-2012. David Curtis is a master painter and a student of the Boston School of Painters. Ellen teaches the Landscape and Special Topics Workshops.