Art and Cultural Goings-On in Taos and Northern New Mexico

January 2 - 21, 2019

Apprenticeship and Cultural Immersion at Ghost Ranch

Abiquiu: Ghost Ranch
Apprenticeship and Cultural Immersion at Ghost Ranch

If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing wide-open spaces, starry night skies, purple mountains, sage green mesas, and red rock formations, we invite you to January Term at Ghost Ranch.

An apprenticeship and cultural immersion experience, some say its like leaving the country without a passport. It includes cultural lectures and field trips to Santa Fe and Bandelier National Monument, as well as Ghost Ranch tours and offerings, culminating in the ultimate New Mexico cultural experience, a trip to the San Ildefonso Pueblo Feast Day Dances. Open to college and non-college students of all ages.

Arrival: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 ◊ Departure: Monday, January 21, 2019

While you study one subject intensively, you also immerse yourself in the multi-culture nature and stunning landscape of this 21,000-acre working ranch in Northern New Mexico.

All courses provide an intensive study of the subject you choose. Class sizes are small, usually 12 or fewer students per instructor, allowing for individualized instruction and easy student to faculty interaction.

The price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals for your whole stay together in a single rate.

Choose your course:

Micaceous Pottery: The Spirit of the Clay - The rich earth of this mysterious and sacred landscape is the starting point for this class. After thanking the earth and gathering the clay, you will learn how to prepare it and coil it into pots, then fire your pots in ways traditional to the Pueblo potter. Join in the rare opportunity to experience the potter’s relationship to the earth - and carry the earth of northern New Mexico back to your homes as micaceous pots. This workshop is taught by Clarence Cruz from Ohkay Owingeh pueblo. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, he has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Allan Houser Legacy Award, honoring pueblo potters.

Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition - This class is both a hands-on course in the basics of making silver jewelry and lapidary with stones and shell, and in the history of Southwest jewelry-making and its role in the culture and economy of local families and communities. In addition to time in the studio with a master teacher and guest artists, participants will interact with artisans from Santa Fe and the pueblos, tour museum collections, and visit historic Santa Fe Plaza where native makers have been selling their creations for generations. Leave Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition with wearable and sellable jewelry of your own making.

Beading on the Loom: The Art of Pueblo Style Beadwork - The art of loom beading beautifully captures designs that are created on paper and then strung on a loom. Let your mind design what you would like to see in your piece. Your beadwork attaches to soft deerskin fitted and molded to brass to create jewelry, tapestry and other treasures. This course includes hands-on instruction from beginning to end. Rooted in the context of Pueblo culture and craft, we will learn stitches such as the ladder, brick and peyote to create loomed art that will capture your inner spirit.

The Desert Light in Digital Photography in Color and Black & White - Are you ready for the possibilities of a Ghost Ranch photographic adventure? Explore and experience the natural beauty of the ranch and seldom seen places in northern New Mexico in a course for all who want to craft and hone their photography skills. This is both a field class and a studio class. Participants will hike to many landscapes by day and capture the stars by night. And then, make the most of your images apprenticing in the studio using state of the art techniques to edit and craft images that were coached in the field by the eye, intuition and perspective of a master teacher and artist, Kent Bowser of Santa Fe.

Rocks, Ruins, and Dinosaur Bones for Explorers - Hike amidst the geology, paleontology and archaeology of northern New Mexico. Enjoy field trips to view the spectacular geology of the Colorado Plateau, Rio Grande Rift, and Jemez volcanic field (the first week), the dinosaur quarries of Ghost Ranch (paleontology, the second week) and ancient village ruins of the Southwest (archaeology, the third week). Explore the ancient worlds of cliff dwellings and kivas and the primordial worlds of oceans, volcanoes, and Coelophysis and Effigia.

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