Art + Trip, 2020 = April in Taos, New Mexico

"Exploring Visual Language"
+ Workshop 
 April 18—24, 2020 
Workshop Instructor:
Artist - Lisa Pressman   
7 Day, 6 nights at the amazing Mabel Dodge Luhan House,
in Taos, New Mexico
with a 5-
Day Workshop that includes Art Excursions

This is an exceptional opportunity for advanced painters to retreat, learn and share their perceptions and responses to the environment of Taos, New Mexico. We will stay at the incomparable Mable Dodge Luhan House and absorb its structures and surrounding landscape. This location has inspired many artists, writers, dancers and others who celebrated the arts in the early to mid 20th century. We will explore and create in this place that nurtured the work of such luminaries as Georgia O’Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Ansel Adams, John Marin and others in the very home that provided both haven and inspiration for so many creative souls.

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House, also known as Big House, was the home of writer and arts advocate    Mabel Dodge Luhan  and became a haven for artists and writers of the early twentieth century. The house is one of the earliest examples of   Pueblo Revival style in Taos. It was declared a   National Historic Landmark  in 1991. 

all inclusive price:
$2,600.00 - Private Room with bath

$2,100.00 - Shared Room, per person

This is an chance for artists to be immersed  in the beauty, sights, textures and sensations
of Taos, New Mexico - and to allow your impressions to soak into your creative work. 

Workshop tuition, lodging with breakfasts and lunches, first night wine reception,
 five gourmet dinners at the "Big House," visit to the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church,
that Georgio O'Keeffe memorialized in many paintings, a field trip to Abiquiu, NM
with a tour of 
 the Georgia O'Keeffe Home/Studio and a private tour of O'Keeffe's painting spots to Ghost Ranch

 -- all included in one price - Read more & enroll

 For Advanced Artists:
Lisa Pressman
  will guide you in the use of non-traditional approaches to drawing and painting while you receive inspiration from the layers, textures and sensations of Taos, New Mexico. Using mixed media, participants will expand their personal visual language and mark-making skills. Experience new ways of seeing, while enjoying a  fresh engagement with intuition, freedom, and interaction with the unique qualities of this place – Taos; the
high desert and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House and grounds.

Plan to uncover new notions of the expressive elements of drawing and painting.  Materials will include drawing media, water media as well as R&F pigment sticks, oil paint and cold wax. Enjoy sessions of exploration and process rather than production.

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In the Studio

Spring Blossoming in Taos

Dining at Mabel Dodge Luhan House

Outside the Studio

Georgia O'Keeffe Home in Abiquiu, NM

Plaza Blanca Abquiu, NM 

      Your Options:  

$2,600.00 - Private Room with bath
$2,100.00 - Shared Room, per person (must have a room-mate for this option)

What is included:

  • 7 days in Taos, NM with a 6 night stay at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House
  • 5-day workshop-retreat with artist instructor Lisa Pressman
  • Studio basic support materials, a selection of materials for experimental work, 12 oz of Cold Wax Medium and Gambsol Solvent 
  • Morning Mindfulness Sessions
  • Evening Salons and Presentations
  • Access to the studio 24 hours 
  • Gourmet breakfasts and lunches with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options
  • First night wine reception and 4 gourmet dinners at the "Big House"
  • Explorations of Taos; the town, visit to the San Francisco de Assisi Mission church - memorialized by Georgia O'Keeffe, a field trip to Abiquiu and tickets to the Georgia O'Keeffe home - studio and a visit to Ghost Ranch
  • A time to remember!

What is not included:

  • Transportation to Taos - (see Getting There)
  • Personal Art Supplies 



  • Registrations are made with a 50% down payment, with balances due no later than February 1, 2020

  • Registrations made after February 1, 2020 must be made with payment in full. 

  • We highly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent or insurance company in the event of a medical emergency.      


  • A full refund is made when a student registers for a workshop that is canceled or already full at the time of registration.  If the payment was made through paypal, refunds are generally credited within 2 to 3 days.  If the payment was made by check, CMA will send a check back to the purchaser within 10 business days, as long as the original purchase check has cleared. 
  • We are unable to make full refunds if you must withdraw from the trip. However, if cancellation is  before January 31, 2020, 
    we will credit you up to 50% of your payment toward other CMA program or workshop within the calendar year. 
  • We strongly advise that you purchase trip cancellation insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip. Please contact a travel agent or your insurance agent for assistance.