Download Classes/Workshops Brochure for Spring 2018 semester HERE

NOTE: Parking is no longer available at the Menil Collection. Please use surrounding streets if the WAS-H parking lot is full.

Members must login to register for classes and workshops. Please note non-members pay an additional fee for classes. See each class for specific fees.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • 05 Jan 2018
    • 18 May 2018
    • 14 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77006


    Diane Burch, Facilitator,   1(858) 945-5457. 

    WAS-H members, come paint together from 10-2 pm on Fridays when no workshops or classes are scheduled. See schedule below. We watch a DVD from an artist of renown,  discuss style and techniques demonstrated, paint in the style of the DVD or our own compositions, share ideas, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow artists.  

    No additional instruction is provided.  Bring your usual supplies, your lunch, and enjoy additional painting time after we eat together.

    Spring schedule of DVD's is listed below. If a change is made, registered members will be notified via email.

    JAN 5  Jeanne Dobie - Making Color Sing. Jeanne Dobie is an iconic watercolor instructor who championed using a variety of greens and utilizing mouse power. Disk 1: Shapes, pure color, and mouse power

    JAN 12  Jeanne Dobie - Making Color Sing. Disk 2: Greens should not look green, paper as part of the painting, and octanic color

    JAN 19  Jeanne Dobie - Making Color Sing. Disk 3: Dark partners, and Errors into assets

    JAN 26  Jack Ayers - How to Mat Your Paintings (interactive)

    (No Open Studio on Feb. 2)

    FEB 9  Soon Y Warren - Vibrant Watercolor Techniques: Painting Water

    FEB 16  Materials and Supplies for artists: Come try new papers, techniques, etc.

    FEB 23  Laurie Humble - Secrets in Watercolor: The Unifying Wash

    (No Open Studio on March 2, 9, and 16)

    MAR 23   Cheng-Khee Chee - Splash Color Technique, Part 1

    (No Open Studio on March 30)

    APR 6   Cheng-Khee Chee - Splash Color Technique, Part 2

    (No Open Studio on April 13)

    APR 20   Still Life Paint-in - paint your own style

    APR 27  Charles Harrington - Acrylic Landscapes, the Watercolor Way, Part 1

    MAY 4  Charles Harrington - Acrylic Landscapes, the Watercolor Way, Part 2

    MAY 11  Cheng-Khee Chee - Saturated Wet Technique, Part 1

    MAY 18  Cheng-Khee Chee - Saturated Wet Technique, Part 2 and Potluck Lunch

    (No Open Studio on May 26, holiday weekend)

    Please forward suggestions for artists to include in our study to Diane Burch, Open Studio Facilitator,, or Beth Graham, Education Co-Director,

    • 05 Feb 2018
    • 26 Feb 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 10


    Monday evenings, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:00-9:00 pm. $150

    In this class, further explore your understanding of the magic and joy of watercolors. Explore through multiple exercises this unique medium including materials, brush strokes, color, composition, and lots of tricks.  No critiques - just lots of fun discovering the potential of watercolors. Fred has taught watercolors for over 35 years to thousands of people and spends much of his time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

    This class is for a student who has already taken a beginner class. , 307-699-7743    Click here to visit Fred's website.

    Click here for downloadable supply list.

    • 06 Feb 2018
    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 5

    PORTRAIT DRAWING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday afternoons
    February 6, 13, 20, 27
    1:00-4:00 pm 

    This class is designed for students to learn to draw the human head in correct proportion and measurements, prior to painting faces in watercolor or any other mediaIn this drawing class you will learn the basic elements of drawing the human head, planes, contour, light and shade, drawing the eyes, nose, lips, and ears in various mediums such as: graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, Conte’ crayon, pastel and water color. This class is useful for all artists who are interested in painting portraits, and is helpful to take before Prof. Bhakti's Portrait Painting class. Intermediate to advanced.

    Supply List

    • good quality photos/prints of your choice for drawing
    • graphite pencils HB, 2B, 4B; 
    • charcoal pencil/stick, pen & ink, 
    • Conte crayon, 
    • pastels, 
    • watercolor paints, 
    • drawing sheet, 
    • drawing board,  
    • eraser, 
    • masking tape, 
    • sharpener   281-818-6893     Click here to visit his website.

    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 1


    Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25
    9:30-3:30 pm     $100

    This medium has endless possibilities with a variety of themes. Techniques and painting concepts will be stressed in successful mid-size and small paintings. Learn about the different tools for pen & ink. You will learn how to create delightful paintings with pen, ink, and watercolor.  Great for sketchbook travel.   Suitable for all levels., 713-426-6767  

    Click here to visit her website. 

    Click here for supply list.

    • 05 Mar 2018
    • 09 Mar 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 0
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    Watercolor With Iain Stewart

    5-Day Workshop 

    March 5-9, 2018


    $650 for members

    $700 for non-members

    $100 non-refundable deposit

    Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist / illustrator and a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. His watercolors have been featured in numerous magazines.  He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele- a business he has run for the last 20 years. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama. 

    For more about Iain Stewart click here.

    Supply List: 

    The workshop coordinator will contact you closer to the workshop start date and provide a supply list along with any other pertinent details.



    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 28 Mar 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 16

    FAST FIGURE SKETCHING - NEW! - Ksenia Annis 


    Wednesday mornings

    March 14, 21, 28
    9:00am - 12:00pm

    This will be a three-week class to learn to sketch the human figure in 20 minutes or less. Each session starts with a demo sketching a live model. Then participants will practice various aspects of Ksenia’s sketching technique. Participants will be encouraged to work quickly and to experiment with various sketching materials and substrates. A model will be provided in each three-hour class. The lesson plan will include: 

    1. seeing the whole: positioning the figure on paper; 
    2. seeing the relationships: correctly placing various elements of the figure;
    3. filling in the darks: adding light and shadows to the figure;
    4. stepping back: checking the results and quickly making corrections;
    5. soften and unify: adding mid-tones;
    6. back to seeing the whole: refining the drawing and composition.  

    All levels. An additional model fee will be collected at the beginning of class, $5 per day per participant.      (936) 581-3065

    Supply list: click here.

    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14


    Friday and Saturday 
    March 16 and 17
    9:30am - 3:30pm

    Back by request. No matter whether you are a novice or professional painter, combining real plants with the magic of watercolor using these unique techniques will bring delightful results. They almost paint themselves. Join us!  Learn unusual and innovative methods of painting trees and botanicals.  Discover how much fun it is to allow nature to nearly paint itself!  All levels.


    Botanical Painting Supply List

    • Leaves.  Freshly cut plants with printable veins, cut within a few days of class and flattened in a heavy book, not a phone book or newsprint.  Bring book(s); do not remove plants from book(s) until the minute you use each piece in your painting.  Ferns and grasses, trees and bushes with prominent veining on their back side work best.  Also, interesting leaf shapes (outside edge shape) are also interesting and need not have veins.
    •  Masking or painter’s tape
    • Watercolor pencils (optional)
    • Rocks, flat glass marbles (floral arranging marbles), or weights for plants.  May be bought at most Dollar-type stores
    • A baggie of fresh grass from your yard
    • Watercolors
    • A pad of watercolor paper.  We will do multiple paintings.  Bring whatever size/weight of paper you prefer. I like d’Arches rough pads, 9 x 12”
    • Favorite watercolor brushes.  Especially a mop or round that holds a lot of paint/water
    • Spray bottle or mist bottle of water
    • Bottle of diluted dish detergent or shampoo.  Approx. 2 tbsp soap in 8-12 oz water.
    • White gouache (optional)
    • White acrylic paint or paint marker(s) (optional)
    • Paint cloths, rags or paper towels (I use terrycloth)
    • 03 Apr 2018
    • 24 Apr 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 11

    PORTRAIT PAINTING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday afternoons
    April 3, 10, 17, 24. 
    1:00-4:00 pm 

    This class is about learning the basic technique of painting portraits in watercolor medium. The focus of the class will be on learning the form, tonality, values, layering technique, and composition. Portrait painting is fun, exciting, and challenging, too.  The class will work as a group as well as on individual portrait study.     281-818-6893      Click here to visit his website.

    Supplies needed

    • 4-5 high resolution color prints 6x6” of people of your choice showing faces to shoulders
    • watercolor paints (tube or pan) and palette
    • pointed brushes #4 and #6 minimum
    • pencil HB with eraser & sharpener
    • paper towels
    • 1” wide masking tape
    • quarter sheet quality watercolor paper 140 lb (Arches)
    • thin drawing or plywood board about 15x20.”
    • 03 Apr 2018
    • 24 Apr 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20


    Tuesday evenings
    April 3, 10, 17, 24. 
    6:00 - 9:00 pm 

    Come learn about landscapes and seascapes from this new, award-winning artist. You might have seen him demonstrate his techniques of painting rocks and cliffs at a recent Paint-in. Come learn about this wonderful medium we love- watercolor!, 979-864-0155 

    Supply List:

    • Watercolor Paints:

    Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Sap Green, Van Dyke Brown, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Crimson Red

    • Mixing Tray or Plate
    • 2 Sheets of Watercolor Paper, 22" X 30"
    • Watercolor Brushes - bring whatever you have (prefer Simmons @ Texas Art Supply, but any brand is o.k.)
    • Water Container
    • Natural Sponge
    • Photograph of Landscape
    • Paper Towels or Toilet Tissue

    • Watercolor Board
    • Toothbrush
    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 26 Apr 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    FABULOUS FLOWERS - Carla Gauthier

    Thursday afternoons, April 5, 12, 19, 26
    1:00-4:00 pm.  

    Spring has sprung! What better subject to celebrate the season? Let's study the structure, the strength and shapes of individual flowers, so that we can simplify them in our paintings. Then we will use that simplicity to our advantage and leap into composition, color and energy of this subject matter. We will work on exercises together, and explore possibilities with your own photos.,  281-384-2473  

    Just bring regular supplies like your palette, tubes of paint including gouache, brushes and good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, and maybe masking fluid, masking tape.

    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 19


    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 13, 14, 159:30 am-3:30 pm -  $150   

    Chinese landscape is represented by just two characters – mountain and water. These really do describe the essence of most Chinese scenery- the majesty and rugged strength of the mountains contrasts with the fluid nature of waterfalls and lakes. Learn fundamental exercises of brush techniques. Using Chinese brush painting tools and techniques we will paint a landscape in spring. Peihong gives hands–on, step by step attention to each student’s work. All skill levels. , 713-206-3668 

    Click here for downloadable supply list.

    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 29

    Mandalas & Movement 3

    Friday, April 20, 6:30pm - 9:30pm 

    $20 WAS-H members

    $25 nonmembers

    It's back! The Watercolor Art Society of Houston will host it's third "Mandalas and Movement" workshop/event on Friday April 20, 2018. Join WAS-H and experience a unique collaboration of Houston creatives, artists, and yogis. In combining art and yoga, we will answer the question: 'What is a Mandala and how does it relate to the human experience?' A special Mandala-themed Vinyasa flow will be taught by yoga teacher Allison Zarlkovsky, and the Mandala workshop will be lead by WAS-H Development Director Haley Bowen. 

    Wear clothes to move in, bring a yoga mat and water!

    All art supplies are provided by WAS-H

    Parking available on site and at 1617 W.  Alabama St.

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 16


    Saturday & Sunday
    April 21 & 22
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm


    Reflections of an artist -- creating imaginative self-portraits that show character and personality through the use of various water media. Rembrant, Van Gogh, Picasso, to name a few, all painted self-portraits.

    This workshop will explore the use of value, color, line, texture, and pattern using watercolors, inks, watercolor pencils and crayons, and acrylics. Participants are encouraged to give themselves artistic license to express their “inner selves.”, 713-410-1076

    Supply List        Teacher will have extra supplies to share

    Watercolor Paper
    Favorite Watercolor paints
    Watercolor brushes
    Sheet of Vellum or good tracing paper
    1 sheet Mesa or Rice paper
    Mat Medium
    Cheap brush
    Light Gray acrylic
    Watercolor pencils and crayons
    Acrylic inks
    Waterproof (bleed proof) pens or marker
    3 clear acetate sheets (like the red ones, but clear @TEXAS ART) or transparencies thick enough to draw on
    Mirror large enough to see your entire face …makeup mirror 
    Permanent black markers- fine and medium
    5-10 black and white copies of head shots of your face in different positions (8 1/2 x 11)
    Scotch Tape
    Bring an Ipad or Iphone if you own one

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 19

            FAST FIGURE SKETCHING - Ksenia Annis

    Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29
    9:00am - 3:00pm


    Get started on figure sketching or fine-tune your skills - these two full days of class will be filled with live model drawing using fast sketching techniques that Ksenia will demonstrate. With over 6 hours of instruction and practice each day the participants will have much better grasp of important components - positioning the figure on paper, outlining, separating light and dark and adding just the right amount of detail. An additional model fee will be collected at the beginning of class, $5 per day per participant. All levels., (936) 581-3065

    Supply list: click here.

    • 14 May 2018
    • 15 May 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 15


    Monday and Tuesday
    May 14 & 15
    9:30am - 3:30pm


    This class will give you a solid foundation in the use of materials, techniques, color theory, composition, and design. Joanie always gives demonstrations and hands-on attention to each student's work. There will be completed paintings each day. Haven't painted in a long time? Come to this workshop as a refresher and get those brushes wet!, 713-426-6767. Click here to visit her website.  

    Click here for supply list.

    • 23 May 2018
    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 15

    COLOR THEORY - Ellen Orseck

    Six Wednesday mornings

    NEW Dates

    May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27

    9:30am - 12:00pm  


    Navigating color has often been a hit or miss intuitive proposition for painters.  Learning about color can open your work to new possibilities of expression.  Together we will master a clear understanding of hue, saturation, tint, shade, analogous, harmonious, and complimentary color and so much more.  Beyond the realm of primary and secondary colors are the rich and evocative varieties of tertiary colors - neutrals, grays, and blacks created from mixing primaries and secondaries. This course will cover the theoretical elements of color from Newton, Goethe, Itten and Albers and put them to the test with demonstrations and exercises that will bring you skill and confidence when exploring the psychological and aesthetic nature of color., 713-781-8008

    For supply list, click here.  


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