Tinsmithing Courses:

Basic Tinsmithing: Students will learn the elementary techniques of designing, cutting, punching, and embossing tin in the northern New Mexico style.

Tinsmithing I: Students will study the basic techniques of punching, embossing, cutting, and designing in the traditional northern New Mexico style.

Tinsmithing II: Students will study advanced techniques of punching, embossing, cutting, and designing in the tinsmithing tradition of northern New Mexico. Your projects will include nichos, columns, sculpture, and chandeliers.

About the Instructor:

Rita V. Martinez a third generation Spanish Colonial artist is a master at "tinwork", "retablo painting", and "bulto making". Her artwork is at many museums, including the Museum of New Mexico, the Denver Art Museum, and the Tuscon Art Museum, the Fort Garland Museum. She is a member of the "Spanish Colonial Art Society" of New Mexico.


Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.