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Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • September 06, 2018
    • May 30, 2019
    • 32 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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    ART FOR SENIORS

    WAS-H community education outreach. Mary Rustay, Instructor,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, either online or by contacting Martin Butler, WAS-H's administrative assistant, at 713-942-9966 or at was-h@sbcglobal.net, and we will let you know when a spot opens.

    • January 04, 2019
    • May 31, 2019
    • 14 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77006
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    OPEN STUDIO FOR MEMBERS - SPRING 2019 

    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 Spring 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.)

    January 4

    January 11 - Design/Abstract -- John Salminen

    January 25 - Fog on the River -- Thomas Schaller

    February 1 - Cityscapes -- Michael Reardon

    February 8

    February 15 - Looking for Light -- David Taylor

    March 15 - Dramatic Complements -- Thomas Schaller

    March 22 - Acrylic Landscape -- Charles Harrington

    April 5 - Chinese Brush -- Jane Evans

    April 19 - Light and Color Landscape -- Michael Reardon

    May 3 - Acrylic: Watercolor Alternative -- Charles Harrington

    May 10

    May 17 - Perspective

    May 31

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

    • January 22, 2019
    • February 26, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 7
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    CHINESE ANIMAL ZODIAC: First Section: Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon - Peihong Endris

    6 week class: Tuesday mornings, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm         $225  

    What’s your animal sign? There has been a relationship between humans and the 12 zodiacal animals. It is believed that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the similar to the western astrology signs. The Chinese Zodiac, also called Sheng-Xiao, is a 12 year circle starting from rat to pig with a symbolic zodiac.  In this semester, Peihong will Introduce from Pig to Dragon of the Animal signs. You will learn to use very simple brush work to express each animal sign. Each technique will be hands-on and step-by-step instruction. You also can choose your favorite objects that would like to work with.

    Cost: $225 / $285 non-members
    Non-members: Save money! Sign up to be a WAS-H Member and get additional member benefits. Click here to sign up.

    Click here for Supply List.

    Contact the instructor at peihong1512@gmail.com for more information. Welcome all levels.  

    The second section of zodiac animals begins June 4.


    • January 23, 2019
    • February 27, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    FIGURE DRAWING & ANATOMY - CHIAROSCURO & SFUMATO - Carol Rensink

    Six Wednesday mornings, January 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 20, 27. 10:00am - 12:00pm.  
    $150 plus model fee

    Discover how chiaroscuro and sfumato techniques can be used to bring excitement to your drawings as well as help you create important studies to inform your paintings.  We will look at the work of contemporary and classical artists to see how they use these techniques and then work directly from models. Daily demos will feature these and other techniques you can use to analyze anatomy, perspective, composition and draw dynamic figures.  

    Intermediate level

    Model fee.

    Double your progress!  Bring your lunch and stay after class for the Wednesday Model Lab (no instruction) from 12:30-3:30.  Model fee $10/members or $14/non-members.      

    Carol Rensink
    crensink.art@att.net
    713-299-4136

    BASIC SUPPLIES:
    (Examples at Texas Art Supply)

    Pad of Newsprint Paper (“Smooth” only) 18” x 24”
         TA Item #73393 • Strathmore • Smooth 50 Sheets 18 In. X 24 In. 

    2+ Sheets of Pastel Paper in a Neutral Gray 19” x 25”
         TA Item  Strathmore 446-7 Artagain Steel Gray Pastel Paper

    Drawing Board min 19” x 25””…or masonite or gator board cut to size
         TA Item #45142 • Pacific Arc • 23 In. X 26 In. 

    2 Large Bull Clips to attach pad of paper to board
         TA Item #20986 • X-Acto Bull Clips • Size #4 , 3 In. Each 

    Large sticks, Willow Charcoal
         TA Item #17260 • Coates • 12 Mm - 14 Mm Extra Thick Box Of 4 

    Thin sticks, Willow Charcoal
         TA Item #17471  Coates Willow Charcoal Thin Sticks 25 sticks…or
         TA Item #33515  Coates Willow Charcoal 12 sticks ( a little thicker)

    Paper Wrapped - Soft - Charcoal Pencil
        TA Item #13625 • Prang • Soft

    Kneaded Eraser

    2+  Nupastel Sticks - white….or
    2+  Conté Crayons - white  2B
         TA Item #61695 • Conte • White 2B

    [Some additional supplies will be provided for experimentation.]

    • February 04, 2019
    • February 25, 2019
    • 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

    Monday afternoons,
    February 4, 11, 18, 25

    12:30-3:30pm.    $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, 713-410-1075
      

    Supply List:

    • Plastic Watercolor Palette with a lid
    • Natural sponge
    • Gray watercolor pencil
    • yardstick
    • kneaded eraser
    • Brushes -- fewer good brushes is a better idea than lots of inexpensive brushes. There are many good brands. I prefer Stephen Quiller brushes but use others too. I will let you try out many of mine for you to decide from the first class.
      • #10 round   # 6 round
      • 1 to 2 inch flat wash brush
    • Paper -- Good paper is important. Buy smaller sized paper to start out with. A block of paper will keep you from having to stretch your paper. Arches, Fabriano are good brands. Most people buy cold press 140 weight.  Remember Art Supply on Main gives Wash members a discount and Hobby Lobby's 40% coupon is good for buying Fabriano paper or kneaded erasers etc.
    • Paint -- Less good paint is better than lots of student grade paint. Student grade has a lot of filler in it.  This list includes one warm and one cool paint in each of the three primary colors.  These are needed for successful color mixing.
      • Yellow: Winsor Yellow or Aureolin Yellow
      •             New Gamboge
      • Red: Permanent Rose or Rose Madder
      •          Cadmium Red or Winsor Red
      • Blue: Ultramarine Blue
      •           Cobalt blue

    _______________ To be added later______________________________

    • Burnt Sienna (winsor newton brand)
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Winsor Green and winsor blue......or Thalo blue  Thalo Green
    • Graflix Incredible Art Board from Amazon....used as a support and to stretch paper.....
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    • February 07, 2019
    • February 28, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    WARM AND COOL COLORS - Carla Gauthier

    Thursday afternoons
    February 7, 14, 21, 28
    1:00-4:00 pm  $150

    Red, Orange and Yellow are warm colors while Greens, Blues and Violets are cool. Simple enough, right? Well there's so much more to learn! That each and every color has a warm and cool version, that using them in a painting can create space and depth, that glazes of warms and cools can create a stronger focal point, that you might be able to make better decisions on which yellow, blue or red would work best in a given painting. Learn to understand your pigments, how to best use them to make your paintings stronger during this four-week class.    

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

    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.

    • February 11, 2019
    • February 25, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 2
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    1-1-3-3 MODEL LAB

    Monday mornings 
    February 11, 18, 25

    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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    • February 12, 2019
    • March 12, 2019
    • 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 
    February 12, 19, 26, March 12    $150

    Study portrait painting with Prof. Bhatti, the winner of the 2018 Annual Member Exhibit (with his painting "Mystic Connection, left). 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 – paper towels, 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.

    • February 19, 2019
    • March 19, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 10
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    BEGINNER LANDSCAPES AND SEASCAPES - Robert Ruhmann

    Tuesday evenings
    February 19, 26, March 12, 19
    6:00 - 9:00 pm 
    $150

    Come learn about landscapes and seascapes from this award-winning artist. Robert Ruhmann graduated from the University of Houston in 1991 with a degree in graphic communications.  Robert discovered fine art after graduating from college and has been creating paintings ever since.  He has participated in many art festivals throughout Texas.  Robert uses watercolors, oils, and acrylics.  His favorite medium is watercolor.  He loves to paint landscapes, rock formations, and seascapes. You might have seen him demonstrate his techniques of painting rocks and cliffs at a recent Paint-in. 

    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
    • February 22, 2019
    • February 24, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    AFRAID OF THE DARK? EXPLORING THE DARK SIDE - Carla Gauthier

    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
    February 22, 23, 24        
    9:30-3:30 pm           $150

    Have you ever been disappointed with the contrast and colors of a painting when you thought it had potential to be a strong finished work? Color dries lighter in watercolor, but it can also dry duller, and much more flat if you don't take the right painting steps. In this weekend workshop we will practice techniques and tricks to give your paintings strong contrast, with rich, varied color. We will demystify back-lit subjects, and work with edges to create velvety darks, and a strong sense of light.    

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

    Just bring 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.

    • March 04, 2019
    • March 08, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 0
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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. 

    Supply list:

    -Paper; please bring a 9x12 pad of watercolor paper (Kiliminjaro from Cheap Joe’s works well) for value studies as well as good quality paper, half and quarter sheet size, for paintings. I use Arches and Kiliminjaro cold press and Saunders 140 lb. rough.

    -Paint; Tubes of paint, not the dried up cakes in pans.

      My palette consists of Neutral Tint, Paynes Gray, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Lemon. (*These are suggested colors, you’re welcome to 

    use what you have)

    -Palette;  must have good size mixing area.  The John Pike palette is wonderful.

    -Brushes;  Use what you’re comfortable with, but I typically use a squirrel hair mop brush for big early washes (Silver makes a good variety of Black Velvet round watercolor brushes available from many art supply venues), a size 14 or16 sable for the intermediate washes (Cheap Joe’s Pseudo Sable is a good option), and a smaller size 10 synthetic for detail work.

    -No. 2 pencil and kneaded eraser

    -Water container 

    -Household sponge and a natural sponge

    -Paper towels

    -Masking tape

    -Reference photos. I will have some for the students to use as well, but prefer they

      work off their own.

    Click Here to review our cancellation policy

    • March 09, 2019
    • March 10, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 3
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    IMPRESSIONISM: MARKS AND PATTERN - Susan Giannantonio

    Saturday and Sunday
    March 9-10

    9:30am-3:30pm     $100

    If you fancy the likes of Vuillard, Bonnard, van Gogh, Sargent, you might love a picture plane full of activity, or “pattern”. Learn how a playful approach to watercolor (and some unorthodox painting tools) can render a painting full of interesting shapes and marks.

    lucholiz@gmail.com281-347-9043,  www.susangiannantonio.com
    More info at
    susanteachespainting.blogspot.com 

    Supply List
    All your favorite watercolor materials and plenty of paper and/or canvas, small format (approx. 9 x 12” or 11 x 14”). You may stick with transparent watercolor or bring gouache, acrylics, watercolor pencils, etc. as you like. Regular supplies such as paper towels.

    If you have questions about materials, please contact Susan at Lucholiz@gmail.com for guidance

    • March 10, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama
    Register

    Join Susan Giannantonio for a free demonstration of WaterMediaGallery.com, a website dedicated to artists who wish to sell their work and, for a small monthly membership fee, artists receive 100% of their sale price.  Each artist creates a store and adds paintings, prints or watermedia merchandise as he or she wishes.  In this approx. 1 hour session Susan will walk you through the process of setting up your store.  Following the demo there will be a Q&A.  Want to watch a few how-to videos to prepare? Click https://watermediagallery.com/sellers/start-selling-videos/?v=7516fd43adaa and take a look.



    • March 13, 2019
    • April 03, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    TAKING THE NEXT STEPS TO PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - Robin Avery

    Wednesday mornings,
    March 13, 20, 27, April 3
    9:00am-12:00pm.    $150

    We’ve learned some basics and now we are ready to express ourselves on paper with glorious paints and perky brushes!   This is part two for those students who have basic knowledge of paint, brushes, paper and techniques and basic understanding of value.  We will focus on composing successful paintings while still learning basic painting skills.

    This is a beginner to intermediate class.
    robinavery47@gmail.com, 713-410-1075

      

    Supply List:

    • Plastic Watercolor Palette with a lid
    • Natural sponge
    • Paper towels
    • Gray watercolor pencil
    • yardstick
    • kneaded eraser
    • Brushes -- fewer good brushes is a better idea than lots of inexpensive brushes. There are many good brands. I prefer Stephen Quiller brushes but use others too. I will let you try out many of mine for you to decide from the first class.
      • #10 round   # 6 round
      • 1 to 2 inch flat wash brush
    • Paper -- Good paper is important. Buy smaller sized paper to start out with. A block of paper will keep you from having to stretch your paper. Arches, Fabriano are good brands. Most people buy cold press 140 weight.  Remember Art Supply on Main gives Wash members a discount and Hobby Lobby's 40% coupon is good for buying Fabriano paper or kneaded erasers etc.
    • Paint -- Less good paint is better than lots of student grade paint. Student grade has a lot of filler in it.  This list includes one warm and one cool paint in each of the three primary colors.  These are needed for successful color mixing.
      • Yellow: Winsor Yellow or Aureolin Yellow
      •             New Gamboge
      • Red: Permanent Rose or Rose Madder
      •          Cadmium Red or Winsor Red
      • Blue: Ultramarine Blue
      •           Cobalt blue

    _______________ To be added later______________________________

    • Burnt Sienna (winsor newton brand)
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Winsor Green and winsor blue......or Thalo blue  Thalo Green
    • Graflix Incredible Art Board from Amazon....used as a support and to stretch paper.....
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    • March 14, 2019
    • April 04, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 2
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    GETTING TO THE FINISH LINE - Carla Gauthier

    Thursday afternoons 
    March 14, 21, 28, April 4
    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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    • March 17, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • WASH 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 12
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    TRAINING TO BECOME A WORKSHOP MONITOR

    Beth Graham, bethgraham52ca@gmail.com, 281-415-4674


    Sunday, March 17     1:30 -3:30pm
    $10 fee

    Workshop Monitors are those who have taken this training to be certified to do the tasks required to assist teachers during a class or workshop.  Trained Monitors receive a 50% tuition discount when serving as workshop monitor.  

    Topics include opening & closing security gates, monitoring the locked door for arriving students, operating AV technology, clean up tasks, and more. 

    Help  our wonderful teachers focus on instruction and working with students, and save yourself some money!

    One spot per class & workshop will be available for registration at the reduced tuition. Only those who complete this training and can handle the AV equipment successfully will be provided a code and then be able to register as monitor.

    • March 18, 2019
    • March 25, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20
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    COUNTRY WINDOW -- Les McDonald

    Two Mondays,  March 18 and 25
    9:30am-3:30pm.     $100

    This two-day workshop is offered to teach proficiency and control for your painting.  Daily demos, with step-by-step explanations of the concepts and technique will be provided. Details for incorporating elements of realism and technique will be taught and demonstrated. Within the workshop, each person’s goals will be identified so their achievements may be met. Les will provide lots of one-on-one help. Students love painting with Les!

    All levels. 

    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.

    Click here for supply list.


    • March 19, 2019
    • April 09, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 13
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    FLOWER PAINTING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-4:00 pm 
    March 19, 26, April 2, 9        $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 – paper towels, 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.

    • March 23, 2019
    • March 24, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 18
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    BOTANICALS! - Susan Giannantonio

    Saturday and Sunday
    March 23 and 24
    9:30am - 3:30pm
    $100

    Plant material can enhance and almost paint your painting for you!  Join us as we utilize the shapes, textures and patterns of leaves, plant material and natural elements to create paintings that celebrate the beauty of the garden.

    lucholiz@gmail.com281-347-9043   www.susangiannantonio.com

    NOTE: Unusual supply list!

    Supply List:

    • Leaves.  Plants with printable veins, flattened in a book (not phone book, you need them to be weighted, flat). For best results, keep the plants flat in the book until the moment you use them in class.  Ferns and grasses, trees and bushes with prominent veining on their back side work beautifully.  Also, interesting leaf shapes are lovely even without veining.
    •  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.  
    • 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. 
    • White gouache (optional)
    • White acrylic paint or paint marker(s) (optional)
    • Paint cloths, rags or paper towels (I use terrycloth)
    • March 29, 2019
    • March 31, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14
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    LET'S DRAW AND PAINT THE MODEL - Liz Hill

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    March 29, 30. 31
    9:30am - 3:30pm         $150

    Join Liz in drawing and painting directly from the model. 3 days, 3 models each morning,, work out problems in the afternoon. Your paintings will be very fresh and you will find yourself doing exciting sketches, as well as finished pieces. Questions, contact Liz at Lizhill4u@aol.com , or call 713-252-7726. Bring all watermedia supplies. 


    Supply List:

    PAINT- any Watermedia you generally use. I prefer watercolor along with opaque paint, but acrylics painters bring either. 

    PAPER- you will need lots of inexpensive drawing paper and any watercolor (sheets) paper you have. 2 sheets

    DRAWING- pens, pencils, inks, colored pencils, watercolor crayons. Bring any or all of these. I use a lot of the colored pencils and crayons.

    Regular supplies such as paper towels.

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    • April 02, 2019
    • April 23, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20
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    ROCKS - Robert Ruhmann

    Tuesday evenings
    April 2, 9, 16, 23. 
    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
    • April 08, 2019
    • April 22, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 15
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    1-1-3-3 MODEL LAB

    Monday mornings 
    April 8, 15, 22

    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. Bring regular supplies such as paper towels. 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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    • April 11, 2019
    • May 02, 2019
    • 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
    April 11, 18, 25, May 2

    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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    • April 12, 2019
    • April 14, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 11
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    CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING - SOUTHERN CHINA LANDSCAPE - Peihong Endris

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    April 12, 13, 14
    9:30-3:30 PM      
    $150  ($180 non-member)

    Learn the concepts of Chinese ink art and explore brush painting techniques in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. Chinese brush painting also provides a wonderful opportunity to closely observe nature. One of the important factors contributing to the evolution of the distinctive style of traditional Chinese painting has been the close relationship between the materials used and their influence on artistic forms and techniques. In this workshop we will learn a simple composition of Southern landscapes. Each technique is demonstrated by the instructor and students receive individual attention adapted to their particular skill level and interests. Beginners are welcome. Click here for a supply list. Welcome all levels.

    Click here to visit the artist's website.  


    • April 16, 2019
    • May 07, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 7
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    LANDSCAPE PAINTINGProf. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday afternoons
    1:00-4:00 pm 
    April 16, 23, 30, May 7     $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 - paper towels – etc.

    Note: Bring simple shaped photos/prints of landscapes- cityscapes, seascapes, beaches, streets, farms, mountains, meadows (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.

    • April 26, 2019
    • April 28, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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    SHADOWSCarla Gauthier

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    April 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.

    • May 01, 2019
    • May 29, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20
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    AMERICAN CULTURE TODAY: THE DYNAMIC STILL LIFE - Ellen Orseck

    Five Wednesday mornings

    May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    9:00am - 12:00pm  

    $190 

    Contents of a backpack, objects on a bathroom counter, a partially eaten dessert are all fair game for a still life.  By examining the objects around us in our everyday life we shine a lens on American life in the 21stCentury.  This still life watercolor class will be devoted to the study of photorealism as a way to see the society in which we live.  We will take inspiration from artists who did the same type of exploration in the 19thand 20thcenturies. Wayne Thiebaud, Janet Fish, Ralph Goings, Paul Cezanne, Andrew Wyeth, among others.  In class, artists will perfect their skills to compose, light and shoot their still lives.  From images they shoot, artist will learn how to crop the images and transfer them to paper.  

    eorseck@gmail.com, 713-781-8008


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    • May 02, 2019
    • May 30, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 22
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    CAPTURING REFLECTIVE OBJECTS - Ellen Orseck

    Five Thursday Evenings

    May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    6:00pm - 9:00pm  

    $190 

    One of the greatest challenges for watercolor artists is to capture the complexity and vitality of reflective objects.  Metal, glass, and water all pose different artistic problems.  This course will explore how artists historically have approached those trials and offer tips for mastering those techniques effectively and beautifully.

    eorseck@gmail.com, 713-781-8008



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    • May 07, 2019
    • May 28, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 22
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    THE NOCTURNAL LANDSCAPE - Ellen Orseck

    Four Tuesday mornings

    May 7, 14, 21, 28

    9:30am - 12:30pm  

    $150  

    Glowing streetlights, reflections from car lights on a rainy night...a single farm window shining in the night sky -- discover the beauty of light in nighttime landscapes. Learn how to capture the richness of the darker side of the palette. Night time imagery presents the artist with the potential for drama, romance, mystery, and high contrast.  

    eorseck@gmail.com, 713-781-8008


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    • May 09, 2019
    • May 30, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 21
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