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  • Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines HERE.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • April 05, 2022
    • May 24, 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 7
    Register

    IN PERSON -  Basic Drawing 101

    Myke Venable

    Eight Tuesday mornings

    April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24

    9:00am-12:00pm

    $325 members/$405 non-members


    Using basic materials, students will explore the fundamentals of drawing. Through various hands-on activities and class discussions, this course will touch upon observation, shapes, volume, value, line, and texture. This class is intended for students with little or no previous drawing experience or those that want to sharpen their fundamental skills.

    Not a memberClick here to save money on this class by becoming a member!

     Instagram@MykeVenable

    Level: Beginner


    Supply List:

    • The Fundamentals of Drawing - Book (free PDF online)
    • CANSON - Mix Media - 9x12 Sketch Book, Smooth - NO TEXTURE
    • STAEDTLER - set of 12 graphite drawing pencils with a range from 6B-4H
    • PRISMACOLOR - Kneaded Eraser
    • PINK PEARL Eraser
    • PENTEL or HELIX - Eraser Caps (pack of 10)


    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.

    #MykeVenable #Fundamentals-of-Drawing #Drawing #Beginning-Drawing #Drawing-from- Sight #graphite-drawing

    • April 28, 2022
    • May 26, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 0
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    IN PERSON - Find Your Path

    Carla Gauthier

    Four Thursday afternoons

    April 28, May 5, 12, 26

    1:00-4:00pm

    $180 members/$220 non-members


    Do you want to push your painting, define your style, and create a body of work that is cohesive and personal? This will be a student driven class, with more of a coaching/critique vibe, helping each artist work towards a simple goal – to find their “path” whether it be realistic or abstract, portraits, landscapes, still-life based ... whatever it is that inspires you. This class is not a “how-to” class. We will discuss concepts, artistic principles that will help each artist regardless of their style and subject, and do demos that are spontaneous, responding to student problems and needs. Ideally we become a consistent group, whose input is varied and meaningful.

    Level: Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: Regular watermedia and art supplies.


    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 

    • Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • May 02, 2022
    • May 23, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 5
    Register

    IN PERSON -  Fundamentals of Flower Painting

    Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Four Monday afternoons

    May 2, 9, 16, 23

    1:00-4:00 pm

    $180 members/$220 non-members


    This class is designed for learning to paint flower and floral groupings in watercolor medium. The focus will be upon drawing and painting different shapes, color, and individuality of each flower; and the use of foliage as a background for flowers and leaves with transparent layering. The class will also learn the technique of painting flower petals by using flat and pointed brushes for blending color for obtaining soft edges. You may use tracing paper for transferring images of your choice if you prefer.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List:

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes (natural squirrel hair preferred, size #01 to #06)
    • Watercolor paint set of your choice, palette, and all related material
    • 140 lb. Arches paper (22x30" sheet, cut in quarters) or pads 10x15"
    • Light weight Drawing Board
    • Tracing paper
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc.
    Note: Bring good quality close up floral photos/prints (6x6 inches) of your own


    #artistmohdali

    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • May 17, 2022
    • May 31, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 25
    Register

    VIRTUAL: Watercolor Foundations - Essential Techniques

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Three Tuesday afternoons

    May 17, 24, 31

    12:00-3:00pm

    $135 members/$165 non-members

    The most important part about painting with watercolor is understanding the behavior of the pigment and surface.  In this online workshop, we will explore the watercolor fundamentals and techniques often forgotten or taken for granted, such as understanding gravity and environmental influence, and the importance of good timing for varied effects.   This is an excellent course for beginners and experienced painters alike.
    • Week 1 – Considerations of Color Theory, Value & Design

      • Construct color wheel and value scale
    • Week 2 – Getting to know the brush and flow of pigment

      • Practicing flat wash and gradient while controlling the water bead
      • Still life block in
      • A study in building value
    • Week 3 – Varied technique and fluidity

      • Practicing layered and dynamic color mixing
      • Using alternative tools (masking fluid, sponge)
      • Landscape painting using wet into wet and dry brush techniques

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate


    Click HERE for Supply List.


    http://www.jmbportfolio.com


    #watercolorfoundations #watercolorfundamentals #learningwatercolor #watercolortechniques #colormixing #colorpaint #colorworkshop #colorknowledge #coloraccuracy #watercolorpigment #watercolorhue #watercolortechnique #watercolortutorials #paintingworkshops #watercolorartworks #fluidpaintings #watercolourpaintings #watercolourtutorial #learningwatercolor #watercolorfun #watercolorpalette #watercolortutorial #watercolorstudy
    • May 21, 2022
    • May 22, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 9
    Register

    IN PERSON - Reflective Surfaces

    Monika Pate

    Saturday and Sunday

    May 21-22

    9:30am - 3:30pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members

    During this workshop we will explore how to create realistic textures of reflective surfaces. The subject of this workshop will include a simple still life with a silver object. The instructor will explain how to approach the variety of shapes, colors, and values of the subject and also provide step-by-step demonstrations.

    Reference materials, detailed information, and supply list will be provided to all of the registered participants prior to the workshop. Students are also welcome to work from their own reference materials if they prefer.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: Please bring your favorite supplies. For a suggested supply list, click HERE.


    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 


    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.

    #monikapate_art 
    • May 27, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 10
    Register

    IN PERSON -  “More Luminous Color Secrets and Techniques II

    Linda Southern Vanek

    Friday, May 27

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    $75 members/$85 non-members

    Want more luminous color in your paintings? This fun interactive class will include several demos and give you confidence in color and painting techniques, whether you are an experienced artist, or just beginning your watercolor journey. Learn the secret of creating luminous colors, mixing rich darks and colorful grays, and explore how gouache paint and its opaque qualities can enhance your transparent watercolors. “Luminous Color I” class is helpful, but not required to take this “More Luminous Color Secrets II” class. 

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: 

    • Watercolor paints (in tubes) List of suggested paint colors will be given prior to class. 
    • 4 sheets of “11 x 14” Watercolor paper, 140 lb. Cold press
    • Standard watercolor supplies and brushes 
    • Small set of watercolor pencils and crayons or Craypas (optional) 
    • Drawing will be provided for class painting, or you can bring something you would like to paint in class. 


    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 


    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • May 27, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 5
    Register

    IN PERSON - Paint Pouring Fun!

    Laura Mossman

    Friday evening 

    May 27

    7:00-10:00pm

    $50 members/$60 non-members,
    plus $25 Supply fee (for paint, boards, medium, tools, etc.)


    Bring your own refreshments: wine, drink, or snack and get ready to pour some paint!  Students will learn several techniques in paint pouring.  


     You will create up to six different pours during this class.  This class is fun – but messy!  Wear old clothes or bring an apron.  We will explore the dirty pour, the ring pour, the Dutch pour, the swipe and injection technique.


    No experience needed.  Just come and have fun!

    Level: Novice, Beginner

    Supplies: All supplies included but if you want to take your paintings home that night, you will need to bring your own cardboard boxes so paintings can lie flat.  This is not recommended because the paint will move while wet, but it is an option.

    Most students leave their paintings and pick them up after a few days.

    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes; however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 

    No one under 21 may attend this class.

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.

    #paintpour #thingstodoinhouston #houstonartevents #houstonartclass #montrosehouston #houstonart  #houstonpaintparty #houstondatenight  #365houston #houstonpulse  #houston365  #houstontx #myhouston  #htown  #explorehouston #houstonfun  #houstonfamily #houstonarts #learntopaintacrylics #learntopaint #thingstodoinhoustontx #houstonlearning


    • May 28, 2022
    • May 29, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 14
    Register

    IN PERSON -  Fixing and Finishing

    Carla Gauthier

    Saturday and Sunday

    May 28-29

    9:30am - 3:30pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members


    Half finished paintings, good starts that stalled out, or a painting problem that just you stymied…..learning to FIX and FINISH these is what this weekend is all about. You will learn lots of ways to regain your highlights, strengthen your shapes, punctuate with dark values, clarify your focal point, and create a unified finished painting. And along the way you will learn what a good painting needs which helps as you move forward with new work. We all have lots of these disappointing starts that we have kept … let's cross the finish line together!

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: Regular watercolor supplies PLUS paintings that you have not finished, whether they need a little or a lot of help.

    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • June 01, 2022
    • June 22, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 13
    Register

    IN PERSON -  Introduction to Watercolour, Part 2: Building Skills

    Alison Hendry

    Four Wednesday evenings

    June 1, 8, 15, 22

    6:00-9:00pm

    $180 members/$220 non-members


    Build using skills and techniques to learn to paint florals, animals, still life, and simple landscapes. Increase understanding of composition and values.

    Level: Novice, Beginner


    Supply List: Teacher will share detailed supply list later; all the materials from Part 1. 


    Please review our 
    Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.

    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 
    • June 02, 2022
    • June 23, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 1
    Register

    IN PERSON - Find Your Path

    Carla Gauthier

    Four Thursday afternoons

    June 2, 9, 16, 23

    1:00-4:00pm

    $180 members/$220 non-members


    Do you want to push your painting, define your style, and create a body of work that is cohesive and personal? This will be a student driven class, with more of a coaching/critique vibe, helping each artist work towards a simple goal – to find their “path” whether it be realistic or abstract, portraits, landscapes, still-life based ... whatever it is that inspires you. This class is not a “how-to” class. We will discuss concepts, artistic principles that will help each artist regardless of their style and subject, and do demos that are spontaneous, responding to student problems and needs. Ideally we become a consistent group, whose input is varied and meaningful.

    Level: Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: Regular watermedia and art supplies.


    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • June 07, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 29
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Feathered Friends - Magpie

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Tuesday, June 7

    12:00-3:00pm

    $50 members/$60 non-members


    Birds make for fascinating little subjects in paintings, yeah? They give us opportunity to express endless varieties of dynamic color and gesture. In this workshop, we’ll employ lively, fluid brush strokes while painting our bird in their natural context. The focus will be on design of color, value relationships, and edge quality – revealing how a well-planned execution can make a compelling painting. This particular bird is a great example to paint and learn how to mix deep rich blacks.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate

    Click Here for Supply List.

    Click HERE for Reference Photo.

    http://www.jmbportfolio.com

    #learnwatercolor #figurepainting #figureinwatercolor #onlineartinstruction #liveartdemo #portraitpaintingdemo #accessibleart #zoomartclass #watercolorartsocietyzoomclass

    • June 07, 2022
    • June 21, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 14
    Register
    IN PERSON -  Digital Art: Leverage your iPad to create art and to plan a painting

    Diann Zimmerman
    Tuesday afternoons
    June 7, 14, 21
    1:00 - 4:00pm
    $120 members/$150 non-members


    Learn how to leverage your iPad to help with your paintings.  You will learn how to use drawing apps and photo-editing apps to create outlines from a reference photo, and you’ll be introduced to several apps to help discover many ways to paint from a reference photo, and you’ll even create digital art! 

    You will leave with many ideas and tools to help you with your art.  

    Learn something new -- it will be a fun class!

    Level: Novice, Beginner

    We won’t use any paint or paper in this class.  This is a digital class – all work will be done on your iPad.  

    All you need to bring is:

    • iPad
    • Apple pencil (or another brand of stylus pencil that is compatible with iPad. You can use your finger to draw, but it is frustrating, trust me, I’ve tried.
    • Download SketchesPro app prior to class. It costs $5.99. Link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tayasui-sketches-pro/id671867510 (there is a free version, but it does not include all the tools needed.)
    • Eagerness to learn something new!


    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • June 11, 2022
    • June 12, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 18
    Register

    IN PERSON - Wood Texture with Drybrush and Kittens

    Les McDonald, Jr.

    Saturday and Sunday

    June 11 - 12

    9:30am - 3:30pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members


    This workshop will concentrate on wood texture using a drybrush application. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, in almost every painting you do there is usually an area that requires a drybrush technique. This will be demonstrated in a number of techniques. Some masking will be applied

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: 
    Please bring what you have and your favorite supplies. 

    I will be send you a list of paint colors and materials I will be using.


    Also, bring your Pebeo Drawing Gum; the small bottle is just fine.





    Ruling Pen (Texas Art Supply). The ruling pen will be used to get the straight lines in the barn doors. I will be demonstrating how and where to use your Ruling Pen.

    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 


    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • June 14, 2022
    • June 28, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 26
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Essential Drawing for the Painting Practice

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Tuesday afternoons

    June 14, 21, 28

    12:00 - 2:30pm Central Time

    $115 members/$145 non-members

    Level: Novice, Beginner, and Intermediate

    With the exception of other mediums that lend themselves well to the direct painting approach, watercolor is best suited to a bit of pre-paint planning and design.

    A basic understanding of drawing is essential to any painting program. In this class we will learn the constructive principles of drawing, and apply them to develop space and form in still-life, landscapes, and the portrait, specifically tailored for the art of painting.

    Week 1: Tools and principles

    Topics:

    • Understanding the range of pencils, erasures, and blenders.
    • Hand positions and control of the pencil
    • Using helpful guides and optical measuring for building simple and complex shapes

    Project:  From a photo provided - Draw a still-life 

    Week 2: Elements of Design

    Topics:

    • 1 and 2 point perspective
    • The importance of line, shape, space, value

    Project:  Drawing a simple urban landscape

    Week 4: Anatomy for the Portrait

    Topics:

    • Understanding the individual features
    • Construction of features and measurements for the head 

    Project:  Drawing a simple portrait 

    Click here for supply list.

    #drawingforpainting #watercolorunderdrawing #onlinedrawingclass #drawingtutorials #onlinedrawingtutorials #workingwithpencil #pencilbasics #drawingfundamentals #learningart #constructingform #artworking #graphiteartwork #workingwithpencil #artlearning #skillsindrawing #skillswithgraphite #skillswithwatercolor #makingmarks
    • June 18, 2022
    • June 19, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 19
    Register

    IN PERSON - Miniatures: from the Middle Ages to Modern

    Caroline Graham

    Saturday & Sunday
    June 18-19

    9:30am - 3:30pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members

    2-day gouache workshop -- and we will have to add gold leaf!!!
    Taking our inspiration from Persian,Turkish, and Indian miniatures to create our own 21st century version. See how the art of Central Asia changed from the time of Genghis Khan to the Mughal Empires of India, and discover how Rembrandt was inspired by their works in the 1500’s.

    Level:  Beginner,  Intermediate, and Advanced

    Bring:
    140lb cold press Arches, your watercolors, a tube of designer’s white gouache, and photos of landscapes, dogs, cats, and family members.

    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes however, during classes, masks may be removed while stationary at your workstation. 

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • October 03, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • October 06, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama St. at Mandell, Houston


    • March 06, 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • March 09, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama St. at Mandell, Houston


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