Painting Horses workshops at ranchlands
Thank you Ranchlands, Sue Johnson, & Julie Nestor for the use of your photos.
The Painting Horses Workshops are more than a class—they are an experience. Students get a taste of ranch life and enjoy time with the people and animals that make Zapata special. All participants stay at the same location, sharing meals and evening activities and getting to know each other on a personal level.
For an additional fee, students are invited to bring a spouse or friend (non-student). While you’re involved in the workshop, your spouse or friend can enjoy ranch activities.
These workshops focus on drawing and painting horses with a strong emphasis on formal foundations. Each day is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Mornings focus on seeing and studying from life. Activities include sketching, painting, and sculpting live horses to help students reach a deeper understanding of equine anatomy and to provide tools to better observe. In the afternoon, students work on conceptual and formal exercises, including composition and color to emphasize the importance of good drawing and design, as well as the power of intention. Evenings include a presentation about an art topic. There are also demonstrations and individual critiques.
Classes are kept small to allow for ample one-on-one time with the instructor. Space is limited to 8 at Chico Basin Ranch and 12 at Zapata Ranch.
This is an intense artistic experience for students who are eager to learn and work hard, and all levels are welcome. However, it is recommended that students have a basic drawing foundation, equivalent to at least 150 hours of instruction (self-taught or formal).
cost: $3,150, includes all meals, lodging, and instruction
Jill's demonstration was packed! She did a wonderful job of conveying/demonstrating her process. I went home inspired. Not only is Jill an awesome painter, but she is a confident and articulate teacher. — Sue Johnson
It’s a wonderful workshop learning experience. I ALWAYS learn so much from Jill. I appreciate the time and analysis put into its planning. I especially loved the full immersion of art study, exercises and horses. I found it to be full of substance, the best kind of art workout. I also find Jill’s lectures to be so valuable, and I greatly benefit from her shared knowledge of years of study and execution of art. —Connie Sayas
I wrote more notes and learned more from Jill in 5 days than I did in 4 years of university. I wish I was kidding. The generosity Jill demonstrates in sharing her gifts, knowledge and time are invaluable. She has a knack for tailoring her critiques to her students as individuals so that we are better equipped and more aware of how each mark is relevant and has purpose. She fosters an environment of learning for all levels, from beginner to professional. My joke at the end was ... You have imparted invaluable advice, not only with how one should approach our art making, but how one should engage in our daily lives... — Crystal Beshara
Chico Basin Ranch
May 17-22, 2020
Accommodation will be provided in the new Ranchlands Camp situated on the prairie with Pikes Peak as a backdrop. The camp is fully hosted with camp cook and attentive staff. Enjoy an outdoor hot shower and relax in camp before supper. Enjoy gourmet meals in the open air dining room, down time around the fire, or taking hikes out of camp to the lake. There is no better way to connect with your surroundings than to sleep under the stars in your private and comfortable Denver Tent Company tent, tastefully furnished by Filson. Camp staff will ensure your kerosene lantern is lit as dusk falls.
22500 Peyton Highway South
Colorado Springs, CO 80928
Space is limited to 8
For more detailed information about Chico Basin Ranch visit
September 6-11, 2020
Zapata Ranch is located near Colorado's Great Sand Dunes. The lodge is the original ranch homestead built in the 1800s. Once the ranch's main house, this log structure has been beautifully remodeled to incorporate a roomy and attractive indoor dining area. All rooms are in top order and beautifully decorated along with large, comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Activities will include photo opportunities (of horses running and on a bison tour).
5305 Highway 150
Mosca, CO 81146
719.378.2356 or 888.5.ZAPATA (927282)
Space is limited to 12
For more detailed information about Zapata Ranch visit http://www.zranch.org/