Registration for Fall Classes Now Open!

Information about Class registration

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  • Non-members pay an additional fee, see each class for specific fees.
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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.

See Video with Highlights of Fall Classes HERE.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • September 01, 2021
    • October 06, 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 16
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Head, Hands, and Feet

    Ellen Orseck

    Six Wednesday afternoons

    September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6

    1:00-3:30pm Central Time

    $215 members/$275 non-members


    Heads Hands, and Feet are hard to draw but not impossible.  Using dry drawing materials, artists will examine how to draw hands, feet and faces.  Open to all levels. In this six-week course we will explore techniques to master the most difficult parts of figure studies.  

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Click Here for Supply List.





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    • September 07, 2021
    • September 28, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 3
    Register

    IN PERSON - Atmosphere

    Carla Gauthier
    Four Tuesday afternoons
    September 7, 14, 21, 28
     
    12:00 -3:00pm
    $180 members/$220 non-members

    Atmosphere – from fog to smog, mist and rain, dusk to dawn. If you’re painting landscapes or cityscapes, weather and the effects of light can give a simple composition a stunning effect. We will learn how to use relative values, neutral colors, and levels of detail to create a painting that has more feeling, and more depth. We will work on a painting or two together to gain knowledge, and then use that on individual paintings.

    Levels: Intermediate and Advanced

    Supply list:  Just bring regular painting gear supplies and tubes of paint including gouache (only if you already have them), brushes and good quality cotton paper in quarter sheet size – 11 x 15” or something close. You are welcome to use the back of old paintings for the exercises. I will bring supplies that I will share. Please also bring photos that have a sense of atmosphere that you would like to capture, and we will work on those as time permits.


    • September 07, 2021
    • September 28, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 17
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Watercolor Foundations - Essential Techniques

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Four Tuesday afternoons

    September 7, 14, 21, 28

    1:30-4:00pm Central Time

    $150 members/ $190 non-members

    Level: Novice and Beginner

     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.  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

    Week 4 – Maximizing control

    • Practicing fresh, bold applications and the art of good timing
    • Portrait painting using contrasting cool and warm colors

    Click here for Supply List


    • September 07, 2021
    • September 28, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 4
    Register

    IN PERSON -  Acrylic Painting – Beginners Only

    Laura Mossman

    Tuesday evenings 

    September 7, 14, 21, 28

    6:00-8:00pm

    $120 members/$160 non-members


    Never used acrylic paint before?  No problem!  This class is designed for those who have never used acrylic paints – and have little to no knowledge of basic art principals.  This class will introduce you to the materials used in acrylic painting, how to mix your paints, what are mediums, how do you use them and applying general art concepts to create your own acrylic masterpieces.


    You will make your own color wheel, color charts, and at least two abstract-style paintings by the end of the course.

    Level: Novice 

    Materials:  

    • Golden’s Modern Theory Color Mixing Set.
    • 5 brushes – Flat (#4); Flat (#8); Flat (#12); Round (#10); Filbert (#12)
    • Watercolor paper
    • Paper towels
    • Pencil

    #houstonarts #learntopaintacrylics #learntopaint #houstontx #thingstodoinhouston #thingstodoinhoustontx #houstonlearning

    • September 09, 2021
    • September 30, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 11
    Register

    IN PERSON - Flower Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Four Thursdays
    September 9, 16, 23, 30
    10:00am - 1:00pm
    $180 members/$220 non-members

    This class is designed for learning to paint flower and floral grouping (Flora and Fauna) in watercolor medium. The focus will be upon drawing and painting different shapes, color and individuality of each flower; and the use foliage as a background for flowers and leaves with transparent layering. The class will also learn the technique of Painting flowers, petals by 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 tracing paper to sketch in possibilities can help you to decide where and what value to make your negative shapes.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate

    Supplies needed:

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes (natural squirrel hair preferred)
    • A set of Watercolor paint of your choice, palette, (all related material)
    • 140 Lb arches sheet ¼ size paper or pads 10” x 15”
    • Tracing paper
    • Light weight Drawing Board
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc

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

    https://artistmohammadali.com/


    #artistmohdali
    • September 10, 2021
    • October 01, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 18
    Register

    IN PERSON - Intro to Urban Watercolor Sketching

    Ed Pettitt
    Four Friday afternoons,  
    September 10, 17, 24, October 1.
    4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    $180 members/$220 non-members

    Urban sketching is a form of reportage: drawings or paintings created on-site,

      as a spontaneous response to people, places or incidents. It is the act of placing oneself in a space, attempting to capture and interpret a particular moment in time. Though one can use any medium for urban sketching, pencil and ink drawings colored with watercolor are most common. In this class, we will discuss the history and methodology of urban watercolor sketching, examine different approaches and styles (such as postcard sketching, travel sketching, reportage sketching, mixed media, and Japanese etegami) and create our own urban watercolor sketches!

    Level: all

    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes until further notice.

    Note: This class will also be streamed in our Virtual Classroom, for those who prefer to attend online. Register for online at this link:  https://watercolorhouston.org/event-4466469

    Click HERE for your supply list.

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    • September 10, 2021
    • October 01, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • WASH Virtual Classroom
    • 20
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Intro to Urban Watercolor Sketching

    Ed Pettitt
    Four Friday afternoons,  
    September 10, 17, 24, October 1.
    4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    $180 members/$220 non-members

    Urban sketching is a form of reportage: drawings or paintings created on-site, as a spontaneous response to people, places or incidents. It is the act of placing oneself in a space, attempting to capture and interpret a particular

      moment in time. Though one can use any medium for urban sketching, pencil and ink drawings colored with watercolor are most common. In this class, we will discuss the history and methodology of urban watercolor sketching, examine different approaches and styles (such as postcard sketching, travel sketching, reportage sketching, mixed media, and Japanese etegami) and create our own urban watercolor sketches!

    Level: all

    Note: This class will also meet in person, for those who prefer. See class listings to register.


    Click HERE for your supply list.

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    • September 13, 2021
    • October 18, 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 2
    Register

    IN PERSON - Café Society

    Ellen Orseck
    Six Monday afternoons
    September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
     
    12:30 -3:30pm
    $250 members/$310 non-members

    From historic coffee houses to corner dives, cafes are great sites for observing patrons absorbed in conversation, architecture elements and objects.  Artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt and John Sloan explored Café Society to find the landscape, the figure study, and the still life all in one dynamic place.   

    This 6-week course will explore the subjects found there through a combination of preliminary sketches from life and photographic sources. Artists of all levels will be challenged in water media to discover their own interpretation of the unique imagery found in Café Society. 

    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    You may choose to work in either Acrylics or Watercolor.

    Click here for Acrylic Supply List 

    Click here for Watercolor Supply List


    • September 25, 2021
    • September 26, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 5
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Let It Flow: The Principles of Loose Watercolor Painting

    Ksenia Annis

    Saturday & Sunday mornings

    September 25 & 26

    9:30am - 12:30pm Central Time

    $90 members/ $110 non-membersLevel: Beginner & Intermediate

    The difficulty of paint control in watercolor can be very frustrating, or it can be used to artist’s advantage. In this class we will talk about very popular loose style of watercolor and discuss some technical aspects of working wet-on-wet and high-saturation paint. Students will be given some “loosening up” exercises. The second session will be dedicated to planning and painting a finished piece from instructor’s or student’s reference.

    Materials:

    •Cold press watercolor paper (at least 11x14): several sheets of 140 lb for practice and ½ sheet of 300 lb for the final work

    •Watercolor

    •Large white plate, tray or ceramic cups for mixing paint

    •Round and flat watercolor brushes (#4, 8, 12, 24 and 1”)

    •Flat goat hair hake brush (optional) - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009Z75RRA/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_81QYHVF20DG6Y14Y7EWN

    •An opaque white (ink or gouache)

    •2 water containers, paper towels

    #watercolorpainting #watercolorart #gouache #paintingwithgouache #impressionism #impressionistart #tummyrubbstudio



    • October 01, 2021
    • October 29, 2021
    • 5 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 6
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Painterly and Loose

    Erika M. Just

    Five Fridays

    October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    9:30am-12:30pm Central Time

    $200 members/$250 non-members


    You must never let the medium be in command; it must always be you who is the master of your painting, but ... still the final impression must remain that everything happening on the paper must have happened by accident.

    Learn the practices that help you create consistently painterly, free, and exciting watercolors, no matter what the subject matter.  In fact, the painting tells us what needs to be done, and we will be learning its language.

    Join me by Zoom in my studio in Austria! You bring the coffee and I'll bring the cookies.

    Level: Intermediate, Advanced

    Click here for Supply List.


    • October 02, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 14
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    IN PERSON - Strong Compositions and Design for Outstanding Paintings

    Linda Southern Vanek
    Saturday, October 2

    9:30am -3:30pm
    $75 members/$85 non-members

    A strong composition is a common element Jurors identify in all outstanding paintings!  Composition is the artist’s skillful arrangement that entices the viewer to journey through their story.  In this class, we will explore how Old Masters and current successful artists create dynamic compositions, and how you can apply this knowledge to “compose” and elevate your own paintings!  

    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

    Supply list:

    • Bring paintings you are working on, and/or any photo reference inspirations for a painting. Color photo and Black/White xerox of reference photo approx. 8.5 x 11”.
    • Watercolor paper 140 lb., or Yupo paper if preferred, watercolor paints, brushes, paper towels, and any other supplies you use. 
    • Tracing paper and pencil, eraser, sketch pad or notebook, color pencils (optional).


    • October 04, 2021
    • October 06, 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 0
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    Michael Holter: Watercolor Landscapes

    October 4-6, 2021, 9am - 4pm
    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.
    You will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings. Michael welcomes novice and advanced students, and tailors the experience to individual needs.
    See more of about Michael and his work at www.michaelholter.com.

    Supply List: 

    Watercolor Imp--Faces and Places Supplies 6 2020.pdf

    Click HERE for Cancellation Policy

    • October 04, 2021
    • October 25, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 22
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Watercolor Foundations - Essential Techniques

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Four Monday afternoons

    October 4, 11, 18, 25

    1:30-4:00pm Central Time

    $150 members/ $190 non-members

    Level: Novice and Beginner

     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.  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

    Week 4 – Maximizing control

    • Practicing fresh, bold applications and the art of good timing
    • Portrait painting using contrasting cool and warm colors

    Click here for Supply List


    • October 05, 2021
    • October 26, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 25
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Essential Drawing for the Painting Practice

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Tuesday afternoons

    October 5, 12, 19, 26

    1:30-4:00pm Central Time

    $150 members/$190 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:  Draw a collection of stand alone objects with a convincing mass 

    Week 2: Elements of Design

    Topics:

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

    Project:  Bringing our elements together to draw a stilllife 

    Week 3: Atmosphere

    Topics:  Detail effectiveness and illusion of distance 

    Project:  Drawing for a simple 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 

    Note: this is a repeat of September's class, but students are welcome to repeat the class in order to further develop their skills.


    • October 07, 2021
    • October 08, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 2
    Register

    Michael Holter: Watercolor Portraits

    October 7-8, 2021, 9am - 4pm

    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.    

    See more of about Michael and his work at www.michaelholter.com

    Supply List:  Watercolor Imp--Faces and Places Supplies 6 2020.pdf


    Click HERE for Cancellation Policy

    • October 10, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 4
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    IN PERSON - Order of Operations

    Carla Gauthier
    Sunday, October 10

    10:00am -4:00pm
    $75 members/$85 non-members

    Often a photo will be overwhelming – so much color and texture, so many shapes, but any subject can be broken down in a way that keeps the artist in control. Learn how to look at your photo and break it down into steps you can follow to a lovely finished watercolor. Use techniques that will empower you when you are working in your studio with your painting, whether it is a landscape, floral or portrait, no matter your style – abstract, impressionistic or realistic. The results will be unified and harmonious, with a strong focal point. We will do an exercise together to cement the ideas we learn. 

    Supply list:  Bring your regular watercolor supplies, along with a pencil and paper that is  about 11 x 15 (quarter sheet). We will paint an exercise painting together.

    Also bring a photo or two that you LOVE, BUT it is confusing to you how to proceed painting it. We will talk about your photos with the time that allows.

    Levels: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced


    • October 13, 2021
    • October 20, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 10
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Chinese Ink Art: The Basics of Chinese Brush Painting Techniques

    Peihong Endris

    Two Wednesday afternoons

    October 13, 20

    1:00-3:00pm Central Time

    $60 members/$80 non-members


    Chinese brush painting provides a wonderful opportunity to closely observe nature. One key element of this distinctive style is the influence the materials have on form and technique. Students will learn the difference between Chinese brush painting and western watercolor painting. Introduction to all materials such as papers, ink, and colors, learning to choose the right materials to work with your subjects. Learn to load and control the various  ink tones, using the right amount of moisture. Plus the basic brushstrokes. 

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate

    Supply List:

    1.Brushes: one small and one large combination brushes (the bristles at inner shows brown color and surrounding with white bristles). One large wolf bristled brush (the bristles show brown color). One pointed detail brush.

    2. Chinese Sumi-E ink.

    3. Couple of white porcelain dishes or palette.

    4. A paint mat.

    5. A roll or a pad or oriental rice paper or couple of sheets Best Shuen paper, or a pad of “Hahnemuhle” Sumi-E paper.

    6. Two paper weights, such as rocks.

    7. A water container for washing brushes.

    8. A box of Chinese watercolor, 12 or 18 tubes.

    9. A roll of paper towels.  

    Sources for supplies:

    • Art Supply on Almeda Rd., 5301 Almeda Rd. Houston TX 77004 Tell:713-652-5028 
    • Texas art supply 
    • www.jerrysartarama.com
    • www.orientalartsupply.com 


    • October 13, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 15
    Register

    IN PERSON - Pouring Party!  BYOW

    Maureen Seeba

    Wednesday evening 

    October 13

    6:00-9:00pm

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


    No need to know what you’re doing!  Have fun, gain confidence and let loose with fun abstract art!  

    Bring your own wine or soda to enjoy while we make some magic. No one under 21 may attend this class.

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced








    Materials needed:

    • Five (5) 6x6 inch canvas boards
    • Paper towels/babywipes
    • Artists’ tape – inch wide
    • Full size foam core or cardboard to carry your work home (the following day)

    #pouringparty #pouring #acrylicpouring #funwithpaint #winedown


    • October 14, 2021
    • November 04, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 12
    Register

    IN PERSON - Portrait Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Thursdays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4
    10:00am - 1:00pm
    $180 members/$220 non-members

    This class is designed to learn and practice basics of portraits painting techniques in watercolor medium.  The focus will be placed upon drawing skill, painting technique, application of color and values studies. Good quality photo references are preferred to paint portraits; and subsequently, the class will learn to paint eyes, nose, mouth and ears in detail. The instructor will be conducting painting demos and individual attention to help learning the application of watercolor medium. To get the most out of this class, each student will be encouraged to practice in the class room as well as at home. This class is good for basic to advanced levels students.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate

    Supplies needed:

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes (natural squirrel hair preferred)
    • A set of Watercolor paint of your choice, palette, (all related material)
    • 140 Lb arches sheet ¼ size paper or pads 10” x 15”
    • 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.

    https://artistmohammadali.com/

    #artistmohdali


    • October 14, 2021
    • November 04, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 14
    Register

    IN PERSON - Happy Art! (for the true beginner)

    Diann Zimmerman
    Four Thursday afternoons
    October 14, 21, 28, November 4
     
    2:00 -4:30pm
    $150 members/$190 non-members
    plus $25 Supply Fee

    Want to make FUN, HAPPY art?  

    This class is for the true beginner!   

    • No drawing skills needed – you can trace from outlines provided
    • No watercolor skills needed – you will learn the basic techniques and will do paintings each week to reinforce what you learned
    • No need to buy paint or brushes – this is included with the class (and you may keep them so you can continue your art journey)
    • No need to buy paper for in-class work (of course you will likely want to buy some to practice at home!)
    • Homework? Yes, there will be homework, but it will be FUN!

    Learn something new.   

    We will start simply, and gradually add complexity each week.  You will be surprised what you will create at the end of 4 weeks!

    Level: Novice, Beginner

    Supplies:
    Paint and brushes provided (which you can keep!)   

    Watercolor paper provided for in-class practice/paintings

    All you need to bring is:

    • Regular #2 pencil
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Paper towels
    • Eagerness to learn something new!

    If you want paper to practice at home, Diann recommends 100% cotton paper, 140 lb cold press.  Brands:  Arches, Fabriano, Stonehenge, Fluid 100







    • October 14, 2021
    • November 04, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 13
    Register

    IN PERSON - Happy Art! (for the true beginner)

    Diann Zimmerman
    Thursday evenings
    October 14, 21, 28, November 4
     
    6:00 -8:30pm
    $150 members/$190 non-members
    plus $25 Supply Fee

    Want to make FUN, HAPPY art?  

    This class is for the true beginner!   

    • No drawing skills needed – you can trace from outlines provided
    • No watercolor skills needed – you will learn the basic techniques and will do paintings each week to reinforce what you learned
    • No need to buy paint or brushes – this is included with the class (and you may keep them so you can continue your art journey)
    • No need to buy paper for in-class work (of course you will likely want to buy some to practice at home!)
    • Homework? Yes, there will be homework, but it will be FUN!

    Learn something new.   

    We will start simply, and gradually add complexity each week.  You will be surprised what you will create at the end of 4 weeks!

    Level: Novice, Beginner

    Supplies:
    Paint and brushes provided (which you can keep!)   

    Watercolor paper provided for in-class practice/paintings

    All you need to bring is:

    • Regular #2 pencil
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Paper towels
    • Eagerness to learn something new!

    If you want paper to practice at home, Diann recommends 100% cotton paper, 140 lb cold press.  Brands:  Arches, Fabriano, Stonehenge, Fluid 100








    • October 15, 2021
    • October 17, 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 12
    Register

    IN PERSON - Limited Palette II

    Carla Gauthier
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    October 15, 16, 17
     
    9:30am -3:30pm
    $200 members/$230 non-members

    If you have taken Choosing a Limited Palette and are wanting to refine what you have learned, this is the class for you! We will begin with a quick review of the first class, but will dig a little deeper, learning about specialized pigments, triads, quadrads, and the emotional pull colors have. We will learn how to utilize these things to make paintings that have more punch and color personality.

    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

    Supply list:  Your regular painting gear, and bring along your tube colors, you may consider sharing or borrowing them in this class. Bring paper to work on, both scrap and good quality, quarter sheet size – 11 x 15”, or close to that.

    And bring a few photographs – ones that you can feel specific emotions when you see them, and we will try to use colors outside your comfort zone to create a color scheme that really picks up those feelings.


    • October 15, 2021
    • November 05, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 20
    Register

    IN PERSON - Intro to Watercolor Mapmaking

    Ed Pettitt
    Four Friday afternoons,  
    October 15, 22, 29, November 5

    4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    $180 members/$220 non-members

    Maps are all around us, from our GPS to the blueprint of our homes to the mental maps that guide us through the obstacle course of life. Maps orient us, guide us, and inform us, and they can tell a rich story of people, place, and culture. In this class, we will explore different kinds of representational and metaphorical maps as well as their components, including cartouche, compass rose, legend, symbols, and more. We will practice sketching and adding watercolor to a variety of maps and students will gain an appreciation for mapmaking as a tool for urban sketching, personal reflection, ethnographic study, and decorative illustration. No mapmaking experience is needed and all levels of artists are welcome, including first-time beginners!

    Level: all

    Note: This class will also be streamed in our Virtual Classroom, for those who prefer to attend online. You can register for the online version at this link: https://watercolorhouston.org/event-4466416

    Due to the on-going pandemic, masks are required at all in-person events/classes until further notice.

    Click HERE for your supply list.

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    • October 19, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 15
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    IN PERSON -  Water Media Playtime - Test drive art goodies!

    Diann Zimmerman

    Tuesday, October 19

    9:30am-3:30pm

    $75 members/$85 non-members

    Have you ever wanted to try out different goodies in the water media family?


    Here’s your opportunity to experiment, play, and have fun with a variety of watercolor supplies.  You bring paper and brushes and test drive these goodies! 


    Try out brands and art tools you have never used before.  Create small paintings, color swatches, and have fun!  


    There will be a drawing at the end of class and the winner will receive Schmincke travel set of 8 half pans with water tank. (Retail price $154)  And every attendee will receive a goodie bag of art goodies.  

    Here is what you can test drive: 

    • Watercolor paints: Schmincke, Sennelier, Rembrandt, QoR, Holbein, Old Holland, Winsor & Newton, MaimeriBlu, Isaro, Derwent Inktense, Daler Rowney, Mission Gold, Kuretake
    • Water soluble pens/markers:  Sennelier Ink Brushes, Tombow Grayscale, Derwent paint pens, W&N watercolor markers, SAI markers, Staedler pens, Poetique markers
    • Liquid watercolor:  Schmincke Aqua Drops, Dr. Ph Martin Hydrus
    • Liquid acrylic:  Schmincke acrylic inks, Golden High Flow, Liquitex 
    • Cartridge fountain pens with waterproof and water-soluble ink
    • Water soluble pencils:  CaranD’Ache Museum Aquarelle, Derwent sketching, Derwent Inktense, Derwent Graphitint, Faber Castell, Cretacolor, Art Graf blocks
    • Water soluble pastels:  CaranD’Ache Neocolor
    • Special effects:  Brusho (pigment crystals that explode like fireworks when activated with water)


    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    The supply list is short:

    • Lots of watercolor paper
    • Brushes
    • Mixing palette
    • Paper towels
    • A sense of adventure!


    • October 20, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 8
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    IN PERSON - Acrylic Paint-a-long: Flowers in a Vase

    Laura Mossman

    Wednesday evening 

    October 20

    6:00-9:00pm

    $50 members/$60 non-members

    Level: Novice and Beginner

    One 3-hour session

    Each student will create a bouquet of flowers in a vase.  This is a step-by-step class, using acrylic paints.

    Materials:  All supplies included

    #houstonarts #learntopaintacrylics #learntopaint #houstontx #thingstodoinhouston #thingstodoinhoustontx #houstonlearning

    • October 23, 2021
    • October 24, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 14
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    VIRTUAL - Impressionism with Gouache

    Ksenia Annis

    Saturday & Sunday morning

    October 23 & 24

    9:30am - 12:30pm Central Time

    $90 members/ $110 non-members

    Level: Beginner & Intermediate

    Learn from the revolutionary art movement of Impressionism! In this class we will study paintings by Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet to understand their interpretation of form and use of color concentrating on their florals. As you know, the best way to study a painting is to copy it, which we will, but not with oils as the originals but with gouache. We will discuss the properties and application techniques of this versatile water medium, which is suitable for a wide variety of styles and subjects. In the second part of the class students will attempt to apply what they learned to their own original painting with the help of the instructor.

    Materials:

    1) Artist or Designer Gouache (check the label), a set of Reeves gouache is fine (should be available in Michaels). If you like gouache and would like to try a professional brand, buy individual tubes by Winsor & Newton or M. Graham.

    If the label on your paint says Artist or Design Gouache, your watercolor brushes will be fine to use with those. We will need 1/2" and 1/4" flats and No. 4 and 6 rounds.

    2) You can also paint with Acrylic Gouache (Holbein's brand Acryla or Arteza), just keep in mind that these paints will not re-wet after they are dry, so do not use your watercolor brushes for those.

    3) Any type of watercolor paper (Canson XL or other inexpensive brand is fine, hot press works best), or illustration board. Size 9x12 or 11x14, not bigger.

    4) Plastic or ceramic plate or a disposable palette (e.g. Gray Matters) for mixing colors, water containers, paper towels, drawing board.

    DO NOT SQUEEZE YOUR PAINT OUT BEFORE YOU ARE READY TO PAINT! Gouache has to be fresh out of the tube for best results.

    #watercolorpainting #watercolorart #gouache #paintingwithgouache #impressionism #impressionistart #tummyrubbstudio
    • October 23, 2021
    • October 24, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 15
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    IN PERSON - Flower Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Saturday & Sunday
    October 23-24
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    This class is designed for learning to paint flower and floral grouping (Flora and Fauna) in watercolor medium. The focus will be upon drawing and painting different shapes, color and individuality of each flower; and the use foliage as a background for flowers and leaves with transparent layering. The class will also learn the technique of Painting flowers, petals by 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 some tracing paper to sketch in possibilities can help you to decide where and what value to make your negative shapes.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate

    Supplies needed:

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes (natural squirrel hair preferred)
    • A set of Watercolor paint of your choice, palette, (all related material)
    • 140 Lb arches sheet ¼ size paper or pads 10” x 15”
    • Tracing paper
    • Light weight Drawing Board
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc

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

    https://artistmohammadali.com/

    #artistmohdali
    • October 25, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 19
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    IN PERSON -  How to Mix Harmonious Color

    Maureen Seeba

    Monday, October 25

    9:30am-3:30pm

    $75 members/$85 non-members





    It’s not color theory, it’s color reality!

    • Why can’t you get that exact shade of purple you’re thinking of?
    • Why would artists want to use Hues?
    • How to create color harmony in a painting;
    • Red trees vs. green trees
    • Learn to make believable color without relying on matching the color in a photograph;
    • How to match color in a photograph;
    • Learn the benefits of using a limited palette as we complete small landscapes or still lifes using an array of color strategies!


    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate

    Materials:  

    • One half-sheet of at least 140 lb. watercolor paper 
    • Assortment of brushes (at least one that is ½-inch)
    • Artists tape
    • Paper towels
    • Palette or palette paper or freezer paper (to mix color)
    • PAINTS [Recommended-QoR Watercolors]:  
       --Quinacridone Magenta PR 122 or Quinacridone Red PV 19   
       --Cadmium Yellow Light   PY35  or Benzimadazalone Yellow
       --Pthalocyanine Blue     PB15  ¬or  Primary Cyan PB 15:3
       --Transparent Red Oxide  PR101
       --Ultramarine Blue PB29
       --Yellow Ochre  


    colormixing #learncolor #howtomixcolor #paintwithcolor #purplecow #colorbasics #watercolormixing #bestcolor #mixcolor
    • October 26, 2021
    • November 02, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 9
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    VIRTUAL - Chinese Ink Art: The Waterlily Pond

    Peihong Endris

    Tuesday afternoons

    October 26, November 2

    1:00-3:00pm Central Time

    $60 members/$80 non-members


    Chinese brush painting provides a wonderful opportunity to closely observe nature. One key element of this distinctive style is the influence the materials have on form and technique. In this section you will learn to use Chinese brush painting techniques to paint the waterlilies, frogs. 

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Supply List:

    1.Brushes: one small and one large combination brushes (the bristles at inner shows brown color and surrounding with white bristles). One large wolf bristled brush (the bristles show brown color). One pointed detail brush.

    2. Chinese Sumi-E ink.

    3. Couple of white porcelain dishes or palette.

    4. A paint mat.

    5. A roll or a pad or oriental rice paper or couple of sheets Best Shuen paper, or a pad of “Hahnemuhle” Sumi-E paper.

    6. Two paper weights, such as rocks.

    7. A water container for washing brushes.

    8. A box of Chinese watercolor 12 or 18 tubes.

    9. A roll of paper towels.  

    Sources for supplies:

    • Art Supply on Almeda Rd., 5301 Almeda Rd. Houston TX 77004 Tell:713-652-5028 
    • Texas art supply 
    • www.jerrysartarama.com
    • www.orientalartsupply.com 


    • October 28, 2021
    • November 18, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 27
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    VIRTUAL - Exploring Abstracts in Acrylics and Mixed Media: In Route to Self-Discovery

    Susan Giannantonio

    Four Thursday afternoons

    October 28, November 4, 11, 18

    1:00-3:00pm Central Time

    $120 members/$160 non-members


    Non-objective and abstract, intuitive painting.  We will begin with a demo of how to prepare surfaces (i.e. gesso application), set up an acrylic palette and look at types of substrates (paper, canvas, board, even old paintings!)  Through progressive assignments, experience many ways of putting marks and paint onto surfaces with exercises to help the artist loosen up and play. The object is: 1) discover styles, marks, colors that YOU love and 2) make note of those discoveries as you evolve your own style. 

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Supply List:

    • Sketchbook, approx. 9 x 12”. I use Arteza Watercolor Sketchbooks from Amazon
    • Gesso
    • Old paintings or large sheets of 90 lb or heavier paper to gesso
    • Large gesso brush (may be cheap hardware brush) 2” or larger
    • Drafting tape 1” or 2”  (I prefer tan or white)
    • Stay wet palette OR a tray, parchment or deli paper, a towel or shop towels
    • You may use acrylics that are fluid, heavy body, or ink or a combination
    • At least 2 yellows, 2 reds and 2 blues
    • White acrylic or you can substitute gesso
    • Black acrylic or gesso
    • A variety of markers, oil pastels, pencils, charcoal, paint crayons, Crayola crayons, whatever you have on hand
    • Putty knife, stick, old credit card, palette knife
    • Collage material/ephemera
    • Matte, gloss or gel medium

    Contact Susan with questions