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Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • 06 Sep 2018
    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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    ART FOR SENIORS

    WAS-H community outreach. Mary Rustay, Instructor, rustgeo@aol.com , 713-965-9393, 713-965-0812, ext. 1668. Carla Gauthier, Asst instructor. Each week a different color image is provided as a photo reference: still life studies, architectural, seascapes, landscapes, cloud formations wet on wet technique, contour drawing, portraits, etc. The class includes perspective, values, design, and many techniques.  Our class is very friendly and supportive as a group. All levels. No fee.  When registration is full, please add your name to the waitlist, and we will let you know when a spot opens.

    • 07 Sep 2018
    • 14 Dec 2018
    • 10 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77006

    OPEN STUDIO FOR MEMBERS - FALL 2018 

    Joanie Hughes, Facilitator. joan-hughes@comcast.net, 713-426-6767. 

    WAS-H members, come paint together from 10-2 pm on Fridays when no other workshops or classes are scheduled. See schedule below. We generally watch a DVD from an artist of renown,  discuss style and techniques demonstrated, paint with the techniques learned from 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.

    The Fall schedule for Open Studio is listed below. If a change is made, registered members will be notified via email.  (Join email list by contacting Joanie Hughes.)

    SEPT 7 –   Charles Reid          Watercolor Sketchbook

    SEPT 14 – Charles Reid          Landscape

    SEPT 28 – Soon Warren          Vibrant Watercolor, Painting Glass

    OCT 19  –  Michael Reardon    Light and Color in Cityscapes

    NOV 2  –   Thomas Shaller       Painting Cities with Light

    NOV 9  –   Arleta Peck              Pure Color Glazing 

    NOV 16 –  Open                       Open to paint on your own, 10am - 2pm

    NOV 30 –  Joseph Zbukvic       Watercolor Impressions

    DEC 7  –   Jean Pederson        Wet Glazing Watercolor Portrait

    DEC 14 –  Tom Lynch               Painting on Watercolor Canvas

    Please forward suggestions for artists to include in our study to Joanie Hughes, Open Studio Facilitatorjoan-hughes@comcast.net.

    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 30 Oct 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 6
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    PORTRAIT PAINTINGProf. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-4:00 pm 
    October 2, 16, 23, 30    $150

    This class is designed for learning the basics of portraits painting in watercolor medium. The focus will be upon painting faces, eyes, nose, lips, hair and backgrounds. We will learn to create human form, tonality, color values, transparent layering technique and coloring skills. Artists who are interested in portrait painting will enjoy peers critique sessions during regular demos in the class. Portrait painting itself is a fun for many reasons; it is thrilling and exciting as well as challenging when painting with watercolor.  The class will work individually as well as in groups. 

    Art supply list

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes:  # 02 - # 06  natural squirrel hair
    • Watercolor paints, professional grade (brand of your choice)
    • Watercolor palette and related painting supplies (water container, paper towels, etc.)
    • 140 lb. Arches paper (a few ¼ size sheets)
    • Light weight drawing board
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc.

    Note: Bring good quality portrait photos/prints (6x6 inches) of your choice as reference for drawing/painting.

    artistmohdali@yahoo.com     281-818-6893      Click here to visit his website.

    • 15 Oct 2018
    • 29 Oct 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 10
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    1-1-3-3 MODEL LAB

    Monday mornings 
    October 15, 22, 29.

    9:00am - 12:00 pm.  
     $30 members; $42 non-members


    Join us for an innovative concept in life drawing and painting.  The 1-1-3-3 Model Lab will be 1 model in 1 pose for 3 hours for 3 weeks in a row.

    This new format will allow our members to go from a sketch to a completed artwork in the three week period using any medium that can be cleaned with soap and water. If you are speedy and finish a piece quickly, you are encouraged to move to get a different angle to complete another piece as you please.

    Registration is for the three week session to ensure that the three weeks will be fully funded to pay the model.

    Leslie Wolf will be the primary monitor, but participation by members is encouraged. She is a WAS-H member and regular attendee at the WAS-H Model Lab that meets most Wednesday afternoons. Her idea is based on a similar lab that she loved in Chicago.

    Contact: Leslie Wolf - LVWOLF800@yahoo.com

    Bring your favorite drawing and painting supplies -- anything from pen and pencil to watercolors to pastels to combining all of the above. No oil paints or solvents are allowed.  Only materials that can be cleaned up with soap and water may be used.

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    • 15 Oct 2018
    • 05 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 10
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    WATERCOLOR ON YUPO - Fontaine Jacobs

    Monday afternoons, October 15, 22, 29, November 5.
    1:00pm-4:00pm.    $150

    This will be a fun, new class for all levels. Yupo is a slick, synthetic paper that has wonderful lifting ability. With watercolor and the use of objects such as Q-tips, plastic embroidery grids, corrugated cardboard and other tools you will learn to create unusual textures with watercolor on Yupo. You really can’t go wrong. If you don’t like what you have created, simply wipe it back to the white of the paper and start over. So relax and discover the joys of painting on Yupo.
    fontaine@fontainefineart.com,  832-474-2882     www.fontainefineart.com  


    Supplies
     

    • A 10 sheet pack of Yupo74 lb 
    • A roll of Paper towels

    Watercolors:
    Basic 6 palette colors (You can use a limited palette if you want. I often paint with 2-3 colors): 
    Winsor & Newton brand

    1. Winsor Yellow
    2. Permanent Rose
    3. French Ultramarine
    4. Burnt Sienna
    5. Cerulean Blue

    6. Raw Sienna

    Water Container:
    One or more large water containers: an old gallon milk carton cut in half, a plastic butter container etc.

    Paint Palette:  
    A plastic palette with a lid. It can be rectangular or round

    Brushes: 
    If you can afford only one brush, buy a #8 round red sable watercolor brush. Otherwise buy the best synthetic or synthetic-blend watercolor brush you can find. Adding a round #4 and a 1″ flat would come in handy for detail work and large washes. Most manufacturers have starter sets that contain very usable equivalents.

    Optional objects

    • Q-tips
    • Plastic embroidery grids
    • Corrugated cardboard
    • Small Foam paint rollers
    • Palette knife
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Wear old clothes!
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    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 28 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    TAKING THE FIRST STEPS TO PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - Robin Avery

    Wednesday Mornings,
    October 17, 31, November 14, 28.

    9:00am - 12:00pm.    $150

    Do you want to learn to paint with watercolors? This will be a beginners’ class of four half days. You will learn about paints and their properties, types of brushes and their uses and  the different kinds of paper. You will also be introduced to the various painting techniques . We wiil  touch on as many components as there is time such as value, composition and the language of design. We will start out slow and build each week to a clearer and more fun path to painting.

    robinavery47@gmail.com, 713-410-1076
      

    Supplies:

    You may want to wait until after the first class to purchase the majority of the supplies.

    Minimal supplies:
    Three colors:   

    • Winsor Blue 
    • Winsor Red
    • New Gamboge

    Dinner plate(unless you already own a palette)
    140 lb. watercolor sheet or tablet. (9x12 is fine for the first round of exercises.)  
    a # 8 or #10 round brush….We will talk about brushes in the first class.

    Supplies if you already own them:

    • Aureolin  Yellow
    • New gamboge
    • Winsor Red or Cadmium Red
    • Rose Madder/Alizerin  crimson or Permanent Red
    • French Ultramarine Blue
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Winsor Green
    • Winsor Blue
    • Veridain Green
    • Burnt Sienna

    2 inch sponge brush from the Hardware or Paint store

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    • 18 Oct 2018
    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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    GETTING TO THE FINISH LINE - Carla Gauthier

    Thursday afternoons 
    October 18, 25, November 1, 8.

    1:00pm-4:00pm.    $150

    Often, we leave a painting unfinished because we have reached a point where we can't find a solution - sometimes it is composition weakness, sometimes a drawing problem, sometimes it is a value issue, or a lack of focal point. Let's finish them! This will be a collaborative class where we discuss possibilities, try new techniques and finish with a variety of media that get the job done. And by working with old paintings, we will also be learning about what a successful painting needs - which will help your next painting! 


    carla.gauthier@yahoo.com,  281-384-2473     www.carlagauthier.com  

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

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    • 18 Oct 2018
    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14
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    INTRODUCTION TO SILVERPOINT - Laura Spector

    Thursday evenings 
    October 18, 25, November 1, 8.
    6:00 - 9:00 pm.  
     $150

    Silverpoint is one of the oldest drawing methods, dating back to the early Renaissance. Some of the first examples of silverpoint drawings come from the 14th century when it was commonly used in manuscripts. Artists such as Leonardo DaVinci, Raphael, Rembrandt and Cennini often employed this method of drawing with metal to create highly archival works, many have lasted over 500 years. This 4-day workshop will simplify the silverpoint process. Students will learn the basics of how to prime and tone paper, create various marks using silver tips and explore how contemporary artists are experimenting today with this re-discovered material. The workshop subject matter will be small objects observed from nature, patterning and how to include other water-based mediums to create a finished artwork.

    To see how the silverpoint shines in the light, click here for a video.

    Contact: Laura Spector - lauramakesart@gmail.com

    Click here for a supply list.

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    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    Sunday Art Jam: 

    Luminous Layers - Acrylic Pours 

    with Salli Babbitt

    Sunday October 21st, 10:00am - 1:00pm 

    $50 members and $55 nonmembers (includes all supplies)

    Discover the freedom of abstract acrylic art in this Sunday Art Jam!  Professional Houston artist, Salli Babbitt, has been teaching encaustic and abstract techniques for over 20 years and is excited to bring her techniques to WAS-H.  In this workshop you'll be asked to step outside of your comfort zone and learn to layer colors in an expressive and luminous way, creating several pieces using different pour techniques.  Registration includes a $24 supply fee.  

    PLEASE DO NOT  bring your own supplies.  Salli will provide the supplies so that you will have a more successful result and can experience what she uses before deciding whether you want to invest in more art supplies.  For more information about Salli and her work, please visit her website, 

    http://www.sallibabbitt.com/


    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    SHADOWSCarla Gauthier

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    October 26, 27, 28
    9:30 - 3:30        $150
    Many painters say that their subject matter is "light" - the way it makes us see beauty in the simplest of subjects. But you can't have light without SHADOWS! Let's learn all we can to heighten the sense of light in a painting, by strengthening the colors, values and edges of the way we paint shadows. This class will have you looking at your photo references in a whole new light!

        

    carla.gauthier@yahoo.com, 281-384-2473    www.carlagauthier.com

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

    • 31 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20
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    Sugar Skull Watercolor Painting Workshop

    Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Nicole Peralta

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    6:30pm - 8:30pm

    $35 members, $40 nonmembers

    All supplies included 

    Curious about the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos [Day of the Dead] and the beauty of the sugar skull? Join Nicole Peralta at WAS-H this October 31st and learn more about this celebration! In a fun and accessible way, Nicole will teach you the significance of sugar skulls and the symbols utilized in ofrendas “an altar for a deceased loved one”. You will leave with a sugar skull watercolor painting, yummy treats, and exciting information about this cultural tradition. 

    Please register before October 26th, 2018.   


    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    BEGINNING WATERCOLOR ACADEMY  
    Beginner Painting: Controlling the Water
    (Allison Hendry)

    Saturday Afternoon, November 3
    12:00pm-5:00pm.    $50

    This class is part of five stand-alone, but sequential classes for beginners to watercolor, held once a month on Saturday afternoons (after the monthly gallery take-in) except for October and March, when we have our major exhibitions.

    So, I’m ready to paint, but the paint doesn’t work the way I want it to. Learn how to create washes, graduated washes, glazes, working wet-in-wet, and all about the importance of water to paint ratios (no math), and controlling the water.

    Contact: Alison Hendry  <alipush7@aol.com>

    Supply List:

    sketchbook, palette, tubes of paint, brushes, good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, board to support paper, masking tape.

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    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 11
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    CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING: THE GIANT PANDA - Peihong Endris

    Tuesday mornings, November 6, 13, 20, 27  
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm         $150   

    In this lesson, the focus will be the unique features of the giant panda. The panda is found only in China. Apart from its rarity, the panda has an exquisite form with starkly contrasting black-and-white fur. Bamboo is its main diet. In this section, you will learn the uniqueness of brush work, with 4 weeks of instruction, and practice each week, the participants will have much better grasp of important minimal brushstrokes to delineate subjects. Welcome all levels. 

    E-mail peihong1512@gmail.comor call at 713-206-3668 for supply list.

    Click here for supply list.

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 5
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    LANDSCAPE PAINTINGProf. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-4:00 pm 
    November 6, 13, 20, 27     $150

    In this class you will learn the step by step landscape painting, basic technique, color mixing and values. The focus of the 4 classes will be to learn painting - skies, trees, water, mountains and textures like rock, wood and stone. Each section starts with simple studies and progresses you through to more challenging examples. Creating an illusion of distant background, middle and foreground with transparent layers and especially painting wet on wet is the fun part in watercolor medium.  


    Art supply list

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes:  #10 or 12 round, and a 3/4" flat brush. (natural squirrel hair)
    • Watercolor paints, professional grade (brand of your choice)
    • Watercolor palette and related painting supplies (water container, paper towels, etc.)
    • 140 lb. Arches paper (a few ¼ size sheets)
    • Light weight drawing board
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc.

    Note: Bring simple shaped photos/prints of landscapes- cityscapes, seascapes, beaches, streets (6x6 inches) of your choice as reference for painting.  You can also download free images from:  www.pixabay.com

    artistmohdali@yahoo.com     281-818-6893      Click here to visit his website.

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14
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    ROCKS - Robert Ruhmann

    Tuesday evenings
    November 6, 13, 20, 27. 
    6:00 - 9:00 pm 
    $150

    Rocks are nature’s strength. They are history and a message of endurance.  Rocks have their own local color, and they mirror the changing light around them. Rocks can be realistic or they can be abstract.  Come learn about painting rocks from WAS-H's award-winning rock painter, Robert Ruhmann.  In this series of four classes, he will teach you everything you need to know to make your own powerful rock paintings.

    raruhmann@gmail.com, 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

    Optional:
    • Watercolor Board
    • Toothbrush
    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 11 Nov 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 6
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    PAINTING GLASS AND CRYSTAL OBJECTS IN TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR - Monika Pate

    Saturday and Sunday
    November 10-11
    9:30 - 3:30        $100

    Painting glass and crystal could be quite challenging. Join Monika Pate to learn how to simplify the process and create the illusion of glass or crystal in your watercolor paintings. The instructor will provide step-by-step demonstrations every day, and explain the techniques. Students will also receive individual attention. Reference materials will be provided , however the participants are also welcome to bring their own resources if they prefer.


    Please contact Monika with any questions at map352@gmail.com

    Click here for supply list

    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 03 Dec 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 10
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    FLOWER PAINTING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Monday afternoons, 1:00-4:00 pm 
    November 12, 19, 26, December 3    $150

    Join Professor Bhatti for his bold take on flower painting! This class is designed for learning to paint flower and floral grouping in watercolor medium. The focus will be upon drawing and painting the different shapes, color and individuality of each flower as well as to the use the foliage as a background for the flowers and leaves with transparent layering. The class will also learn to paint a watery mix of color against some of the petals, using flat and pointed brushes to pull the mix out from the flower so the color blends into the white paper without creating a hard edge. 

    You will need a No. 10 or No. 12 round and a 3⁄4″ flat brush. Using your tracing paper to sketch in possibilities can help you to decide where and what value to make your negative shapes

    Art supply list

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes:  You will need a No. 10 or No. 12 round and a 3⁄4″ flat brush. (natural squirrel hair )
    • Watercolor brand of your choice, palette, (all related material)

    • 140# Arches (a few ¼ size sheets)
    • Light weight drawing board
    • Tracing paper
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc

    Note: Bring simple shaped photos/prints of flowers-leaves (6x6 inches) of your choice as reference for drawing/painting.

    artistmohdali@yahoo.com     281-818-6893      Click here to visit his website.

    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 19
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    WATERCOLOR MAGIC - Fred Kingwill

    Monday evenings, 
    Nov 12, 26, Dec 3, 10
    6:00-9:00 pm.          $150

    In this class, learn or refresh 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. Beginners welcome!

    fredkingwill@gmail.com , 307-699-7743     Click here to visit Fred's website.

    Click here for downloadable supply list.

    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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    BRINGING YOUR WORK TO THE NEXT LEVEL - Carla Gauthier

    Thursday afternoons, November 15, 29, December 6, 13.
    1:00pm-4:00pm.    $150

    Every artist yearns to give their paintings a degree of sophistication and polish that will push their work to the next level. That requires a few things - recognizing where you are at, deciding exactly what kind of paintings you wish to create, and finally, what steps and techniques, when consistently used, will get you there. That is a different path for everyone, but technical exercises along with personal coaching will help your focused direction take root. There will be homework to help you see your progress quickly. Join in to see where your work can go!


    carla.gauthier@yahoo.com,  281-384-2473     www.carlagauthier.com
      

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

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    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WASH - 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20
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    SUNDAY ART JAM 
    Paints~ What's In Your Tube?

    Back by popular demand, this Sunday Art Jam  is a day all about our paints- the pigments used to make them, their properties, how they interact, and the many different paints by different manufacturers. What are the names and aliases of the “best” single pigment paints? Why and what are those numbers are on the tubes?  What do I need to know about transparent, opaque, staining, and granulating? Are there dangerous combinations? Get the research-based answers in one spot on one comprehensive handout, and then explore with paints of all types at stations for hands-on experience. You will leave with over 60 swatches of the "best" single pigment paints (provided) plus some of the most highly recommended convenience paints (multiple pigment tubes), which can later be glued into a journal if you wish. You will also have the opportunity to explore mixing with the various paints. 

    Beth Graham, previous Education Director, facilitates this Art Jam. 

    Please bring these supplies: paper, brushes, water container, paper towels, any tube watercolor paints you want to compare or play with.

    • 24 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • 25 Nov 2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20
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    GO A LITTLE CRAZY - Susan Giannantonio

    Saturday and Sunday
    November 24-25
    9:30 - 3:30        $100

    When you play with your art materials and truly enjoy the process, the joy will show up in your artwork.  We will explore collage, acrylics/mediums, papers and ephemera on both canvas and paper.  Abstract compositions will consider both intuitive and classic design principals.

    NOTE: You may have noticed this workshop is on Thanksgiving weekend.  We are trying something new.  Put away those leftovers and come have some fun with your friends at WAS-H!  You know you will be tired from shopping or sitting around the house by then!  Round out the weekend with some creativity -- you might even come away with the perfect holiday gift for that special someone.

    lucholiz@gmail.com, 281-347-9043   www.susangiannantonio.com


    Supply List
    Bring:
    • Junky hardware brushes or designated acrylic brushes (not watercolor brushes!)
    • Paper towels
    • Printer paper, 20-30 sheets
    • A few sheets of printed newspaper
    • Letters, manuscript, ephemera
    • Array of pencils, pastels, pens, markers  
    • Array of acrylics: inks, fluid, tube, heavy body.  A few colors.  If you don’t have one or more of these, bring what you have.  
    • Required: white acrylic.  Golden is the most opaque (best coverage)
    • BUY 3 new colors of tube acrylics—find 3 new favorites and splurge!
    • Mat medium
    • Gloves if you care
    • Apron or old clothes
    • Alcohol --whatever kind you like to use while painting with acrylics :-)
    • Water squirt bottle
    • Palette, plate, plastic lids, etc. to try various paints & mediums
    • A few canvases either 11x14 or 16x20
    • Tablet or pile of cheap watercolor paper OR old paintings (dogs) to paint over
    If you have these, bring:
    • A rubber eraser, rubber or soft print block + block carving tool set IF you have one
    • A few stencils
    • Stamps
    • 01 Dec 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 2
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    BEGINNING WATERCOLOR ACADEMY  
    Color and Value (Jan Shrader)

    Saturday Afternoon, December 1
    12:00pm-5:00pm.    $50

    This class is part of five stand-alone, but sequential classes for beginners to watercolor, held once a month on Saturday afternoons (after the monthly gallery take-in) except for October and March, when we have our major exhibitions.

    Why are some paintings so stunning in their use of colors and some just seem bland? We share the secrets of how artists use color effectively. Learn about and practice color wheels, color mixing, color value, warm/cool colors, complementary colors, neutrals, and limited palettes.

    Contact: Jan Shrader -  jshrader1214@sbcglobal.net



    Supply List:

    sketchbook, palette, tubes of paint, brushes, good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, board to support paper, masking tape.

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    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 18
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    HOLIDAY CARDS WITH GOLD LEAF - Susan Giannantonio

    Sunday, December 2
    10:30am - 3:30pm    $50 

    Here's a fun one-day workshop where we will create holiday cards and discover the tricks of gold leaf as you decorate your cards or small paintings.  First, we will use our imaginations to create a winter forest collage or painting on a few greeting cards or small watercolor papers.  Then we will experiment with gold leaf under Susan's playful guidance.

    The photos are some of the cards made in last year's popular workshop.

    Class will be over in time to attend the December Gallery reception downstairs. (There is no member's meeting or demo in December.)

    Susan Giannantonio, lucholiz@gmail.com, 281-347-9043  Click here to visit her website.

    Supplies: 

    • Package of any plain white greeting cards (watercolor paper not necessary) or watercolor paper to fold into cards.  Size is up to you.
    • A few junk mail advertisements or catalogs. 
    • Small selection of acrylics (any type): especially green, blue, white, red. 
    • Small amount of matte medium. 
    • Cheap brushes to apply acrylics & matte medium. 
    • Sheets of gold leaf i.e. ArtMinds Ready Leaf Gold sheets. 
    • Glue for gold leaf i.e. 2 oz Speedball Metal Leaf Adhesive Size. 
    • Soft (good) watercolor brush, ½ - 1” flat for applying gold leaf. Do not use this with the adhesive!

      • 08 Dec 2018
      • 09 Dec 2018
      • 2 sessions
      • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
      • 19
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       GET THE FIGURE YOU WANT! Capturing proportions fast while sketching Ksenia Annis

      Saturday and Sunday
      December 8-9
      9:30 - 3:30        $100


      In this class Ksenia will share her techniques for quickly and effectively capturing proportions while sketching a human figure – no measuring required.  Students will work from a live model and most of the time will be dedicated to practical work. Ksenia will demonstrate her sketching methods and share some ideas on:

      • how to overcome the fear of a blank page;
      • how to lay a good foundation for your figure sketch and get correct proportions and composition from the very start;
      • how to quickly evaluate your work during sketching and fix problems on the go.

      Students will be encouraged to experiment with various surfaces and media. All levels.


      Please contact Ksenia with any questions at ksenia@tummyrubb.com
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      • 15 Dec 2018
      • 16 Dec 2018
      • 2 sessions
      • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
      • 20
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      LANDSCAPE WITH OLD BARN -- Les McDonald

      Saturday & Sunday, December 15-16, 9:30am-3:30pm.     $100

      This workshop will be an exercise painting a landscape featuring a big red barn with a tree and surrounding details. It may look complicated, but it’s NOT. The barn and background are actually pretty simple. The tree on the left looks like a lot, but I’ll show you have to simplify that easily. Demos, with step-by-step explanations of the concepts and technique will be provided. You will have the option of working from their own subject matter or from my photo materials.  This is the photo we will be working from.  

      All levels. 

      Alternate view:

      les@lesmcdonald.com, 713-977-4729.  www.lesmcdonald.com  
      PS: You are welcome to come by my studio anytime if you have a question or a problem. Just give me a little notice.

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      • 05 Jan 2019
      • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
      • 10
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      BEGINNING WATERCOLOR ACADEMY  
      Beginner Composition and Design Principles
      (Linda Southern Vanek)

      Saturday Afternoon, January 5
      12:00pm-5:00pm.    $50

      This class is part of five stand-alone, but sequential classes for beginners to watercolor, held once a month on Saturday afternoons (after the monthly gallery take-in) except for October and March, when we have our major exhibitions.

      Discover the secrets of master artists as we learn how strong composition and creativity sets great artwork apart from ordinary paintings!   Learn how the elements of design contribute to a strong composition, and help creativity to flow.  Bring your own photos or drawings to see how to make them into more dynamic paintings.

      Contact: Linda Vanek  linda@creationworks.com


      Supply List:

      sketchbook, palette, tubes of paint, brushes, good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, board to support paper, masking tape.

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      • 14 Jan 2019
      • 16 Jan 2019
      • 3 sessions
      • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
      • 6
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      Creating Watercolor Portraits from PhotosMichael Holter

      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
      January 14, 15, 16: 9:30 - 3:30

      $300

      Many artists have an unnatural aversion to painting people, yet we know there is an attraction to the human form when viewing a painting. Not only does including people in artwork add interest and connection to the viewer, it takes the same skills as painting a landscape or still life. The method Michael demonstrates and instructs you in will take you through the necessary steps to achieve your goals and give you tools to create a well-structured representation while still allowing for the expressive use of color and brushstroke.   

      Michael's workshop will include insightful discussion of important aspects of figurative work such as composition and capturing a mood. You will spend time on exercises designed to heighten your techniques. There will be real-time demonstrations as well as high-speed video demos of Michael working in his studio. Students of all levels and interests will enjoy Michael's personal and up-front style of teaching as well as his inspirational approach to his work. Students will leave prepared and challenged to move on to a new level of confidence in painting portraits in watercolor.  

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      • 17 Jan 2019
      • 18 Jan 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
      • 0
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      Landscape in Watercolor - Michael Holter

      Thursday, Friday
      January 17, 18: 9:30 - 3:30

      $200

      This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.

      We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.

      Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques.

      Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating  landscapes and show you several high-speed video demonstrations. 

      And you will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings.

      Michael welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.

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      • 02 Feb 2019
      • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
      • 4
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      BEGINNING WATERCOLOR ACADEMY  
      Order of Operations
      (Carla Gauthier)

      Saturday Afternoon, February 2, 2019
      12:00pm-5:00pm.    $50

      This class is part of five stand-alone, but sequential classes for beginners to watercolor, held once a month on Saturday afternoons (after the monthly gallery take-in) except for October and March, when we have our major exhibitions.

      ***Note: This class is for beginners.  It is NOT for students who have already taken a class with Carla. Please save those spots for the beginners taking this series.***

      Award-winning artist Carla Gauthier will conclude our five-part series with a lesson on how to go from an inspiration to a painting. How to break down the subject matter into manageable parts, painting in sequential layers, from soft edges to harder details. This class will give you the confidence to get out and paint on your own.

      Contact: carla.gauthier@yahoo.com,  281-384-2473     www.carlagauthier.com
        

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

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      • 04 Mar 2019
      • 08 Mar 2019
      • 5 sessions
      • 1601 West Alabama
      • 13
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      Painting Stronger Watercolors 

      March 4-8, 2019

      Workshop information from Andy: There seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor. I hear it from my students all the time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings, and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important. Painting loosely doesn't just happen, it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. However, there are techniques that can speed up this process. In my workshop, we’ll discuss ways to simplify a scene into larger shapes that will help you paint more boldly. Value studies are emphasized from the outset. I will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures. By the end of the class, each student should have enough information to help them on their path to painting impressionistic watercolors.

      Andy began painting watercolors in the mid 1990’s, is largely self-taught, and has studied with such well known watercolorists as Skip Lawrence, Eric Weigardt, Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic. His watercolors first gained recognition after winning an international competition through American Artist magazine in 2005.  His paintings have appeared on the cover of American Artist’s Watercolor magazine and in International Artist, Watercolor Artist, Plein Air and American Art Collector magazines.  His award-winning paintings are in collections on 4 continents and he has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. 

      He served as president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004-2006, was elected a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and is now serving as their president.  He remains the only watercolorist invited to exhibit in the annual ‘Wild Side’ Exhibition, a show of works done on Catalina Island by some of the top landscape painters in the country.  His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition, the High Winds Medal at the 2015 AWS Exhibition, and the Painters Award in the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 2012 Waterworks Exhibition. 

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