Beyond Paint and Paper with Julia Cairns

Beyond Paint and Paper with Julia Cairns

In this fun workshop, we will explore the use of different materials to create a painting on board. Using acrylic paints, papers, fabric, block prints, reverse transfers and just about anything that is not glued down that should be. Bring your imagination and a willingness to break free from your ‘comfort zone’. Julia uses many different mediums in some of her paintings and although this may seem intimidating to many, it is actually suprisingly spontaneous and fun. We all possess an inner child and in this workshop we will allow it to shine forth. You’ll have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of mediums in a small (only four students) class size, so lots of individual attention. No experience is required, and sometimes this is a plus as you are open to new ideas and not stuck in habitual patterns of working. This is a class too for those of you who want to try something new with art. You will be encouraged and supported in your explorations of mixed media whether it is new to you or you have been painting for many years. Just bring your acrylic paints,your imagination and anything that you might want to put in/on a painting. Lunch will be provided and lots of english tea…

Julia Cairns is a successful artist/illustrator who lived for a decade in Botswana, Africa. She began painting the natural world and upon moving to the States in 1992 developed a more whimsical style of painting for which she is well known. Julia has illustrated 10 books for children and her paintings can be found in collections all over the world. Her work can be found on jigsaw puzzles, china ware, calendars, mugs, ornaments and fabric. She loves sharing her passion for painting and her bright, colorful technique with others. Julia encourages students to work with their imagination while using nature as inspiration.

Contact Name:
Julia Cairns

Contact Email:
[email protected]

Contact Phone:
505 466 1935

5687 New Mexico 41
Galisteo, NM 87540




Max. Attendees:


Julia was born in Oxford, England in 1959. She left home to travel at an early age, finding herself especially drawn to Africa. Although she did not attend art school, Julia realized her vocation in life was to paint, so she went to live in Botswana, Africa in 1983 and began what became a decade long creative endeavor to paint the flora, fauna and people of the place she loved. While in Botswana, Julia got the opportunity to paint 4 sets of postage stamps for the Postal dept. there. She was also invited to paint a portrait of the President, Dr. Quett Masire. Although she painted mostly landscapes, Julia developed a style that she used on greeting cards which is still recognizable in her current work today. In 1992, Julia married John Bulger, a student at UC Davis who was working on his Phd in animal behavior (baboons) in the Okavango Swamps (Northern Botswana). They moved to Davis so John could complete his degree and have remained in the U.S ever since. In the late 90’s, Julia began illustrating children’s books and has now illustrated 10 books for various publishers. Her most popular book thus far has been ‘We all went on Safari’ published by Barefoot Books. It has been translated into over 12 different languages. In June 2011 Julia’s latest book ‘A Full Moon is Rising’ was published by Lee and Low Books.

Julia’s work has been licensed on many products, from jigsaw puzzles to shower curtains and has been particularly popular in the form of quilting fabric (Cranston ). She continues to paint at her studio in Galisteo, NM and takes part in the annual Studio Tour there every October. In January of 2012, Julia travelled to India to train to be a yoga teacher, an experience that she captured in a series of Indian paintings. She lives in the small, historical village of Galisteo, just south of Santa Fe with her husband, two teenage children, and various critters.


“If you are spending some time in Santa Fe, don’t miss the opportunity to take a workshop with world-renowned artist Julia Cairns. Her bright, cheerful and often whimsical art is a delight in itself, but having Julia share her process is an experience you will treasure. Take a journey into a world of color, patterns and shapes and let Julia demonstrate her many tips and techniques. A master in watercolor, acrylic and mixed-media, Julia will inspire you to create your own works of art, whether you are a beginner or already an accomplished artist. Julia is a knowledgeable and patient instructor who strikes the right note between elucidating her own process and encouraging participants to adapt her techniques to develop their own personal forms of expression. Not to be missed!”
– Michele Dougherty Johnson

Related:  Testimonial: Art Workshops with Julia Cairns


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September 12, 2013

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