Intuitive Painting Workshops

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Welcome to my workshops page.  Here you can sign up for one of my upcoming intuitive painting workshops or playshops.  You can read about my approach to intuitive painting here.  Check it out!    (You can learn more about my 3-4 day El Rito painting retreats here.)  

My Santa Fe workshops run from 10am-5pm and my “urban-oasis” studio is located on Second Street, mid-town Santa Fe. The studio has high ceilings, big windows, great ambience and lovely access to grass and trees for lunchtime. You will want to bring your lunch.

My Playshops happen somewhat spontaneously throughout the year and can be from 2.5 hours to all day long.  The wild card….

All materials are provided.  I use acrylic paints, large format –approximately 3′ x 4′.  If you’re new to intuitive painting these workshops serve as a powerful jumpstart to your creative process.  If you come to many of my workshops, you experience how each workshop helps you unfurl a little more, like peeling an onion.  

Magically, as you keep showing up in the studio–picking up the paintbrush–allowing yourself to adventure and explore, you build self trust, open to tremendous freedom,  and experience the joys and challenges of a creative life.  I look forward to seeing you in the studio!
Julie Claire

Creativity and Spirit

An intuitive painting adventure of a lifetime

Saturday December 1st, 2018 10am-5pm

Enjoy this full Saturday of creative exploration.  Playing with color and spontaneity, you will be guided through a process of painting that emerges from you spirit and connects you to your creative core.  You can think of this workshop has a glorious reset button. It’s not about the finished painting–it’s about refreshing your heart’s compass, and engaging your free spirit as you rediscover the gift of simply being you.
This workshop takes place in my Santa Fe Second Street Studio.

$155 Registration includes everything–art materials, digital photos, NM tax. 


4 Day Intuitive Painting Retreat happening April 2019 in El Rito, approximately one hour northwest of Santa Fe. (exact date TBA)

Read more here. 

Two days of painting to bring in the new year. Playing with color and spontaneity, you will come back into right relationship with your deeper self–a time for healing, play, transformation. You can think of this workshop has a glorious reset button. It’s not about the finished painting–it’s about refreshing your heart’s compass, engaging your muse and rediscovering the gift of simply being you.
The January 5th workshop takes place in my Santa Fe Studio.

The January 12/13 workshop takes place in my El Rito Studio.  El Rito is a charming Northern New Mexico village approximately one hour from both Santa Fe and Taos, close to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs and beautiful Abiquiu.  Given this workshop is in January, I recommend staying in the area. This is my home studio–very large, rustic and enlivened by a roaring wood stove.

Intuitive Painting Play-Shop “Quickie”

2.5 hours to pick up the paintbrush and play with color in ways that you usually don’t.

We had a wonderful time this summer–Stay tuned for future play-shops. 

All of us have creative tendencies.  Thank God! we do.  It’s what comes natural, what’s inside of us just ready to come out with half a chance.  Lovely! And yet….there comes a time when we are quietly hungering to experience something else–but get stopped when we dabble in new ways.  This is why I offer the Play-Shop experience.  This July Play-Shop will be focusing on PLAYING WITH COLOR IN NEW WAYS.  

  • Guided spontaneous explorations of color.  Woohoo–let’s play a little, shall we? Acrylics.   This is not a traditional art class–we’re leading with play, not “knowledge”.  

$60 includes all materials.  Hours  9:30 – noon. Julie’s studio on Second Street, Santa Fe.  

“It was a day out of time for me, an opportunity to focus on letting go of perfectionism and trusting risk in a safe and creative environment. I found it thrilling, satisfying, and a whole lot of fun!”


“My inside critical voice is LOUD. What I most feared was not liking what I created. The greatest gift of the workshop was the sacred nature of the process. The experience of being alone with myself, though surrounded by gentleness, in the quiet company of others, allowed me to savor the experience. Your photographs taken throughout the day provided me evidence along the way, that big things happened. I am grateful for your unusual gift of creating safety and belonging. I look forward to spending  more time in the studio.”

Janie Oakes

“Julie, A profound weekend for me…Your affirmation and stimulation of painting, poetry, music and group sharing are a powerful catalyst.  i saw the doors open and i stepped through.  Thank you.”

William C. Page