The WAS-H classroom & gallery are open at select times. Please read our COVID policy HERE prior to visiting in person. Our virtual classes and online shows continue, and are filled with opportunities for learning and exhibits.


Spring Classes Now Open for Registration!

Information about Class registration

  • Members must log-in to register for classes and workshops.
  • Non-members pay an additional fee, see each class for specific fees.
  • If enrolling as a monitor, click HERE for a complete list of duties.
  • Click HERE to review our cancellation policy.

NOTE: Parking is not available at the Menil Collection. Please use surrounding streets if the WAS-H parking lot is full.

  • Select classes will be in person at the WAS-H building. Read the current COVID policy HERE.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • March 16, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 04, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 8
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    VIRTUAL - The Critique Forum

    Ellen Orseck

    Eight Weeks

    Tuesdays, March 16 - May 04,

    10:00am-12:30pm Central Time

    $200 members

    This 8-week course is designed to help artists develop artworks that are recognized as a cohesive series or to offer guidance for a series already in progress.  Artists may come to the class with a previously developed concept or walk through the steps of developing a thesis for a body of work that holds together in theme, technique and concept.  Based on the needs of the group, the instructor will assign exercises to identify and narrow the artistic direction of each student.  A portion of each class will be spent looking at art historical examples to inform and inspire.  Equal time will be allotted for each artist to have their work reviewed by the class in order to glean aesthetic, technical and intellectual feedback.  The optimum goal is to create a body of work that holds together conceptually and will be ready for presentation either digitally or in an exhibition setting.


    As a reminder, there is no supply list for this class.

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    • March 19, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 14
    Register

    VIRTUAL - The Art of Ink

    Ellen Orseck

    Eight Weeks

    Fridays, March 19 - May 07,

    10:00am-12:30pm Central Time

    $200 members

    Fluid, opaque, transparent, and varied; ink is a versatile medium that artists have used for centuries.  Comprised of solvents, pigments, resins, and other materials, ink can be applied with a pen, a quill, a brush or alternative tools. This 8-week course will examine the history and practical application of ink as a fine-art-medium to be used alone or in conjunction with other water media.   Experts from Dromgoole’s Fine Writing Instruments, via Zoom, will work closely with the class to demonstrate alternative ways of using writing tools and inks in the painting process. 


    Supply List:

    Ball Point Pen Black Ink (Your choice of pen and brand)

    Brushes - best are natural bristles or synthetic squirrel. I like Princeton Neptune Series,

    Number 4 round, Number 12 round, Oval Wash and Aquarelle ¾. (29.87)

    Containers with lids for mixing ink – five of them

    Daniel Smith Walnut Drawing Ink  2 oz (9.67) or Walnut Drawing Ink 2.4 oz (10.91)

    Dr. Ph.Martin Bleed Proof white (9.44)

    Erasers-Kneaded Gum Eraser, Vinyl Erasers

    Liquid Ink Black 1-2 oz container, your choice of brand.  Select one:

                Daler-Rowney (6.43)

    Higgins (5.34)

                Liquitex (5.87)

                Sennelier (12.52

    Speedball (4.99)

    Liner Pens Black Sakura Micron, Sepia Sakura Micron Sets (8.99 each)

    Quink Black (11.93) - Amazon

    Gray Scale & Value Finder (Amazon, Dick Blick, Walmart, or Jerry’s Artarama)

    Paper Towels

    Paper -Strathmore Mixed Media Paper 11 x 14-inch, 140 lb White (11.93)

    Pencil Sharpener, and an X-acto Knife or retractable Utility Knife

    Pencils

    Razor Blade or X-acto Knife

    Speedball No.5 Artist Set – nibs and holder (15.28)

    Tombow Mono Sand Eraser (5.99) - Amazon

    Toothbrush for Splattering

    ​​​​​​Walnut Drawing Stick (9.35)

    Waterbrush Derwent or Any brand, round, medium 3 mm (9.99)

    Watercolor Supplies (Please contact instructor if you need a watercolor supply list)

    Windex and An Old Toothbrush for Cleaning

     

    Art Supply Sources:

    Art Supply on Almeda

    Daniel Smith

    Dick Blick

    Hobby Lobby

    Jerry’s Artarama (10% discount)

    Michael’s

    Target

    Texas Art Supply

    Walmart

     

    A virtual field trip and ink demonstration may suggest other materials to be introduced later in the semester.


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    • April 05, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 26, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 26
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Watercolor from the Start - Part 1
    Susan Giannantonio

    Monday evenings
    April 5, 12, 19, 26

    6:30-8:00pm Central

    $100 members/$140 non-members


     Watercolor from the Start
     Explore watercolor basics, whether you’re beginning or getting back in the groove. Supply Lists for either tight budgets or for splurging—your choice


     Playful paint-alongs each week


     4 weeks: Exploring materials


    Week 1 Exploring Color

    Samples, charts, color wheel

    Limited palettes: Favorite Combinations

    Paint - Along


    Week 2 Painting Materials

    Paper

    Brushes and Other Painting Tools

    Paint - Along


    Week 3 Shortcuts to composition. Getting to the painting part more quickly

    Tracing, graphing

    Copyright issues & copying others' work

    Paint - Along


    Week 4 Making Marks

    Tools for marks & textures

    Looking at Masters

    Paint-Along

    Note: Please note that registration will close January 30 at noon central time. Please register early.


    More details:  www.susangiannantonio.com

    Supply List:

    GiannantonioBeginnerWatercolorSupplyList.pdf


     

    • April 08, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 29, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 4
    Register

    IN PERSON - Portrait Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Thursdays,  April 8, 15, 22, 29
    9:30am - 12:30pm
    $180 members/$220 non-members

    This class is designed to learn basic techniques of portrait painting in watercolor medium. Class demos will help you to learn portrait painting skills, techniques, and applying tone values. In many ways, portrait painting is a fun class. It is exciting, full of artistic challenges as well as giving you confidence in working with the loose brush and in understanding light and shade.

    Click HERE for supply list.

    https://artistmohammadali.com/Save
    • April 08, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 27, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 30
    Register

    VIRTUAL -   Watercolor/Watermedia Fast & Loose
    Susan Giannantonio

    Thursday afternoons
    April 8 - May 27 - 8 sessions

    1:00-3:00pm 

    $225 members/$305 non-members

    Are you tired of looking at realistic depictions of your painting subject? Do you love other painters’ work because of its fresh, bold strokes? The goal of this class is to paint A LOT.  We will have many timed, quick sessions including blind contour painting and drawing.  Our objective is to see how gestural our marks will become once we get out of our own way! If you prefer to work with acrylics, inks or gouache in this class and paint in a thin watercolor style, join us!

    More details:  www.susangiannantonio.com

    Supply List:

    Giannantonio_fast_loose.pdf


    • April 12, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 14, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 0
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    IN PERSON: Designing Nature Watercolor Workshop -Don Andrews  

    April 12-14, 2021
    $250

    Seasoned artists and teachers will tell you that their biggest breakthrough came when they began applying design concepts into their paintings. Early in our painting life we all struggle to copy nature as we see it. Painting becomes a lot of work with little reward. What's missing is an understanding of design. Design concepts are logical, learnable, and once you have them they'll be evident in every painting you paint.

    See more of about Don and his work at www.donandrewsstudio.com

    Don Andrews Workshop Materials List 

    • April 17, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 18, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 4
    Register

    IN PERSON - Wood Texture and Dry Brush

    Les McDonald, Jr.
    Saturday & Sunday,
    April 17 & 18
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    Texture is a major application in most of your paintings. You will find that Dry Brush applies to much of your painting. Instruction on types of texture and dry brush will be approached.  All levels welcome.

    Click HERE for supply list.

    • April 24, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 25, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 7
    Register

    IN PERSON - Cityscape/Landscape Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Saturday & Sunday, April 24 & 25
    9:30am - 3:30pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    This class is designed to learn basic techniques of Cityscape/Landscape painting in watercolor medium. Class demoes will help you to understand color value, form, and space such as painting sky, clouds, mountain, water, trees, bushes etc. The focus of the classes will understanding of shapes, perspective, color and composition techniques. Bring good quality photos of landscape or cityscape of your own choice as reference for painting.

    Click HERE for supply list.

    https://artistmohammadali.com/Save
    • May 03, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • WASH 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 20
    Register

    REFRESHER COURSE FOR PREVIOUSLY TRAINED WORKSHOP MONITORS

    Beth Graham, president@watercolorhouston.org

    Monday morning, May 3, 2021

    10:00-11:00 a.m.

    No fee for refresher course, but use your current monitor code to register.
    For vaccinated members only due to the health needs of the instructor.

    This course is an update for previously trained workshop monitors, focusing on the new Audio-Visual system. Monitor code is changing for the Summer Semester! Update your training to receive the new code.

    Workshop Monitors are those members 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, kitchen & clean up tasks, and more. 

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

    One spot per each in-person class & workshop will be available for registration at the reduced monitor 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.

    NOTE: You must show proof of vaccination when you arrive at class.

    • May 03, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 24, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 39
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Watercolor from the Start - Part 2
    Susan Giannantonio

    May 3, 10, 17, 24

    6:30-8:00pm Central

    $100 members/$140 non-members


    Watercolor from the Start

    Explore watercolor basics, whether you’re beginning or getting back in the groove. Supply Lists for either tight budgets or for splurging—your choice

    Playful paint-alongs each week


    4 weeks: Creating Simple Paintings


    Week 1 Simple Landscape Textures

    Practicing Landscape Marks

    Paint - Along


    Week 2 Simple Flower Textures

    Look at Masters

    Merging Colors

    Green Mixes

    Paint - Along


    Week 3 Depicting Water/Seascape

    Waves, Reflections

    Skies

    Paint - Along


    Week 4 Wrap-up

    Values

    Looking at Masters

    Review


    More details:  www.susangiannantonio.com

     Supply List:

     

    • May 04, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 25, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 11
    Register

    VIRTUAL - The Peony - Gong-bi
    Techniques (detailed style)

    Peihong Endris

    Tuesdays
    May 4, 11, 18, 25
    1:30 - 4:00 pm
    $150 members/$190 non-members

    The Gong-bi technique, founded approximately 2000 years ago during the Han Dynasty, uses highly detailed brushstrokes that delimits details very precisely and, opposite of a free style, without independent or expressive variation. Together, we will study this technique with its focus on delicacy, precision, detail, and patience. Welcome all levels.


    Supply list:

    1. Two sheets of 20”x15” boards as wooden or Plastic Corrugated (Michael’s care Plastic Corrugated sheet 20” x 30”, to make two sheets)

    2. A roll an inch masking tape or Blue tape.
    3. One 2.5 or 3 inch flat soft bristles as sheep hair brushes.

    4. A box of Chinese Marie's colors (https://www.jerrysartarama.com/maries-chinese-watercolor- painting-set)

    5. 2-5 sheet of Non absorbency rice paper, We called Shimming size Shuen or Cicada Wing ( on orientalartsupply.com the shimmer size Shuen called P14BP and Cicada wing Size Shuen called P14C. Amazon called MEGREZ Chinese Japanese Calligraphy Practice Writing Sumi Drawing Xuan Rice Paper Thickening Without Grids 100 Sheets/Set - 34 x 68 cm (13.38 x 27.77 inch), Shu (Ripe) Xuan

    6. 2 small and one large combinations brush as surrounding with white sheep hair and inner with brown hard briskets. One fine tip brushes for detailed lines work.

    7. A bottle of Sumi-e ink. Couple of porcelain dishes as your old dish or any kind of trays. A roll of paper towel. A wash container.

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    • May 05, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • WASH 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 20
    Register

    TRAINING TO BECOME A WORKSHOP MONITOR

    Beth Graham, president@watercolorhouston.org

    Wednesday morning, May 5

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    $10 fee
    For vaccinated members only due to the health needs of the instructor.

    Workshop Monitors are those members 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, kitchen & clean up tasks, and more. 

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

    One spot per each in-person class & workshop will be available for registration at the reduced monitor 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.

    NOTE: You must show proof of vaccination when you arrive at class.

    • May 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 27, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 8
    Register

    IN PERSON - Portrait Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Thursdays,  May 6, 13, 20, 27
    9:30am - 12:30pm
    $180 members/$220 non-members

    This class is designed to learn basic techniques of portrait painting in watercolor medium. Class demos will help you to learn portrait painting skills, techniques, and applying tone values. In many ways, portrait painting is a fun class. It is exciting, full of artistic challenges as well as giving you confidence in working with the loose brush and in understanding light and shade.

    Click HERE for supply list.

    https://artistmohammadali.com/Save
    • May 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 16, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 10
    Register

    IN PERSON - Cityscape/Landscape Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Saturday & Sunday, May 15 & 16
    9:30am - 3:30pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    This class is designed to learn basic techniques of Cityscape/Landscape painting in watercolor medium. Class demoes will help you to understand color value, form, and space such as painting sky, clouds, mountain, water, trees, bushes etc. The focus of the classes will understanding of shapes, perspective, color and composition techniques. Bring good quality photos of landscape or cityscape of your own choice as reference for painting.

    Click HERE for supply list.

    https://artistmohammadali.com/Save
    • May 22, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 23, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 6
    Register

    IN PERSON - Water, Water Everywhere: How Do I Paint That?

    Les McDonald, Jr.
    Saturday & Sunday,
    May 22 & 23
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    There are so many ways to approach the subject of painting water in watercolor art, but sometimes, the simplest approaches are the best. 
    Water is almost always moving, changing, always different. It can act as a mirror, reflecting its surroundings back at us, or it can be opaque and impossible to read; it can be calm or whipped up by weather, deep or shallow.
    Water looks lighter and warmer (less blue) as it approaches the shore. Dry brush created broken edges give impression of fluidity.
    Water is transparent; you can see through it and hence see objects in it.

    Click HERE for supply list.

    • October 04, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 15
    Register

    Kim Minichiello Bold and Dynamic Watercolor Workshop 

    October 4-6, 2021

    Go beyond what many consider to be traditional watercolor techniques by using bold color, interesting compositions, and unique subject matter. Kim will show you her approach to designing a painting for a more dynamic composition, and how to get values to read giving your 2-dimensional work more 3-dimensionality. This workshop will also cover the many nuances and differences in papers, types of brushes and pigments. Learn how to mix grays and neutralize colors, as well as the secret to successful watercolor painting, by understanding pigment to water ratios and viscosity.

    In this workshop you will be working on two 12” x 12” paintings,  a yellow bromeliad and the water lilies.  With these works Kim will emphasize the importance of working with color temperature and how she utilizes this property of color in her work. 

    Skill level: Beginner to intermediate.

    See more of about Kim and her work at www.kimminichiello.com

    Supply List:

    WASH Bold Dynamic Supply List.pdf

    • October 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 08, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 16
    Register

    Kim Minichiello: Achieving Textural Effects In Watercolor Workshop 

    October 7-8, 2021

    As a former Walt Disney Imagineer, working on the design of Disney Theme Parks worldwide, to tell a particular story, Kim had to make the new look old.  She carried that same love of vintage time worn objects telling stories through my artwork.  Join her as she shares her techniques for achieving texture in watercolor. For an oil or acrylic painter, texture can be achieved by applying thick paint in an impasto manner.  In watercolor, texture must be achieved to look three dimensional on a two dimensional surface.  In this workshop we will work on a number of technques to achieve texture in your work and then will paint a rusty, vintage gate.   She’ll share a variety of techniques that she uses in my work to give passages in watercolor interesting variety, as well as, imply texture on worn and aged surfaces.  

    See more of about Kim and her work at www.kimminichiello.com

    Supply List:

    WASH Texture Workshop Supply List.pdf

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