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Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • July 02, 2024
    • July 23, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 8
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    Basics of Abstract Painting


    Mohammad Bhatti

    Four Tuesday afternoons

    July 2, 9th, 16, 23rd

    1:00 - 4:00pm

    $220 Tuition/$180 members




    Whether you're a curious beginner or a seasoned artist seeking new inspiration, this class is for you to learn the foundational concepts of abstract art, introducing you to the dynamic interplay of color, form, and emotion. Through practical exercises and insightful tips, Basics of Abstract Art' encourages hands-on experimentation, guiding you to embrace spontaneity and cultivate your unique artistic voice. Learn how to break away from representational constraints, allowing your intuition and emotions to guide your creative process. The focus will be placed upon self-expression, color and form, composition and design, form and color, texture, negative space, intuition and spontaneity, personal interpretation, mediums and materials


    Supply List:

    Feel free to bring markers, charcoal, acrylic colors (Mixed Media)

    Brushes of your choice

    Glue, available stencils, or any texture material

    Gesso, canvas/card board or paper


    Light weight Drawing Board and masking tape




    • July 11, 2024
    • August 01, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 0
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    Chinese Brush Painting -

    Birds of Texas

    Peihong Endris

    Four Thursday afternoons

    July 11, 18, 25, and Aug 1

    1:00 - 4:00pm

    $220 Tuition/$180 members





    Birds give life to a painting of a rather static branch, or tree, and can, therefore, be painted in quiet, indistinct way. Alternatively, the bird can form the main element of the painting and, as such, will be required to demonstrate rather more of its own character.

    In this class, you will learn to use the basic brush techniques to paint the Birds of Texas (Goldfinch, Bluebirds, Warbler…), or you can bring pictures of your favorite birds and instructor will teach you to use minimum brushstrokes to express it.

     Click to see the supply list for this class:  Endris Supply list for Bird class.docx


    • July 20, 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • July 21, 2024
    • 3:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 0
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    Loose Florals and Waterscapes Workshop

    Rae Andrews

    Two-Day Workshop

    Saturday & Sunday

    July 20 & 21

    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

    $170 Regular Tuition

    $150 WAS-H Members Tuition


    Semi-Abstracted Florals:  Day 1 will be Fun! Rae will show students how she designs her close focus florals to be exciting, using a wet-into-wet approach. She discusses balance and imbalance, design, composition and how to use the light with a playful use of color and value contrast.

    Waterscapes:  Day 2 we will do a waterscape (small waterfalls) in a Landscape setting. Rae will concentrate on depth and how she leaves the white of the paper, a trademark process of hers.

     ** Rae’s loose style of painting will be a feature in this lesson using her method of working a painting in sections, to maintain the white of the paper.

    Students will work from photos involving waterfalls (close focus), rocks, foliage. Nothing too distant or panoramic, we want to bring the viewer right into the painting.

    Supply list:

    Paper: #140 Cold Press Paper either Arches or Baohong

    Brushes: Bring what you have. Recommended brushes are:

    • Silver Black Velvet brand especially the 3/8” Dagger (also called a Striper brush, (I use it in every painting)
    • #8 Round.( I also use this in all my works)
    • Wide Wash brush at least 2” and this can be synthetic.
    • A fine line Rigger or Liner brush approx. #2 or #3

    Paints: Professional artist tube paints. Daniel Smith (DS), Winsor Newton (WN).  Recommended colors are:

    Lemon Yellow (DS)

    Cadmium Yellow Medium (WN)

    Aussie Red Gold (DS)

    Quinacridone Coral (DS)

    Permanent Rose (WN)

    Permanent Magenta (WN)

    Permanent Sap Green (WN)

    Pthalo Green Turquoise (DS) or

    Turquoise (made by Lucas) almost the same as the DS Pthalo Green Turquoise

    Cobalt Blue (DS)

    French Ultramarine Blue (DS)

    Burnt Sienna (WN)

    ** These are just my favorite colors, however bring what you have already. If you are purchasing new colors, this list is a suggestion only.

    Miscellaneous:

    2B pencil and eraser

    ** If you have a white Charcoal Pencil or white watercolor pencil that can be handy as well (optional)

    Paper Towels (Rae uses Viva) and/or Kleenex

    Each student will get individual and personal attention and gentle guidance with their work.

    ** Bring reference photos if you have some, Rae will also have some to share. Have either hard copy photo of the flower or use a device with a big enough screen to see it.

    For the floral study you will need clear close focus studies mostly for the shape of the flower. Try not to choose a too complicated flower. Rae suggests Calla Lily, Tulips, Poppies, Camellias, or similar open flowers.

    For the waterscape, bring photos of water tumbling over rocks to bring the viewer right into the painting.

    • July 27, 2024
    • July 28, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 6
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    Weekend Workshop

    Les McDonald

    Two-Day Workshop

    Saturday & Sunday

    July 27 & 28

    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

    $170 Regular Tuition

    $150 WAS-H Members Tuition


    Let's paint a dynamic sky.  This will be a sunset over water using a wet-on-wet technique.  We will blend several colors from light to dark to create this dramatic scene.


    Student Supply List - July 2024.doc










    • July 30, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 6
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    Watercolor Boot Camp for Beginners


    Cheryl Evans

    One Day Workshop

    Tuesday, July 30

    9:30 am- 3:30 pm

    $85 Regular Tuition

    $75 Member Tuition



    Watercolor Boot Camp will get you started with all the tools and techniques you need to set you on the trail for a successful journey as a watercolorist.


    We will learn all the basic techniques (wet-on-wet, flat wash, graded wash, radual wash, gradual wash, dry brush, lifting), color mixing and application and special effects.  We will investigate materials and supplies.  


    In the afternoon we will put all the watercolor tools together to create a finished painting that will have you saying, "Wow, I did that!"


    The goal is to get you started on the right foot and build your confidence.


    Art Supply List for Watercolor Boot Camp for Beginners – Cheryl Evans

    Graphite Pencils:     #2

    Watercolor brushes – 1in. flat

    #8 round

    #10  or #12 round

    Watercolors of any brand (tubes)

                New Gamboge

                French Ultramarine Blue

                Cerulean Blue

                Alizarin Crimson

    palette,  with large mixing area

    140 Lb. Arches  ½ sheet for the finished painting 15x22


    Light weight Drawing Board large enough to hold the ½ sheet paper (22x15)

    Masking tape or blue painter’s tape

    Sketchbook or note pad for notes




    • August 01, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • WASH 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 18
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    TRAINING TO BECOME A WORKSHOP MONITOR

    Laura Mossman, Artist Liaison

    Thursday, Aug 1
    11 am - Noon
    $10 fee



    A workshop monitor receives a 50% discount on classes/workshops in exchange for completing tasks related to helping the teacher.  One of the tasks is using the audio/visual equipment.  This class will go over all the duties related to being a class monitor and will go over how to use the equipment.  The class takes about an hour.

    • August 02, 2024
    • August 30, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 20
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    VIRTUAL:  Zentangle

    Lori Morris

    Five Friday mornings

    August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    9:00 - 11:00am

    $150 members/$200 non-members


    Throughout these virtual workshops, participants will learn to draw botanical and organic tangles along with other tangle patterns to create an inspired piece of art. Join me as we engage in this mindful activity and achieve a satisfying sense of creative accomplishment. Let's tangle together! 

     

    August Zentangle

    • August 2nd  Pokelily Stained Glass on a Phi Zentangle Tile 
    • August 9th – Tangle Jenjellies on aTraditional Zentangle Tile
    • August 16th - Whimsical Tangled Owl on a Traditional Zentangle Tile 
    • August 23rd  Tangle Bloomerz on a Traditional Zentangle Tile 
    • August 30th – Foundabout and other Botanical Tangles on a White Zendala, Colored Pencils Optional.

    Links to a video recording of each session will be provided, should you miss a class or want to review a session. Links remain available for 120 days.

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate


    Click HERE for Supply List.


    #zentangle #lolomoczt39

    • August 02, 2024
    • August 23, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 6
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    Exploring Watercolor:  Textures, Techniques, & Color Secrets

    Linda Vanek

    Four Friday Afternoons

    Aug 2, 9, 16, 23

    1 pm - 4 pm

    $220 Tuition/$180 Members 


    Join us as we explore ways to paint, create texture, and mix luminous color!   This is a great class for Novice & Beginner artists or anyone wanting to enhance their painting skills &  create luminous color in their paintings.

    Level: Novice or Beginner

    Art Supplies for Class

    • ·       One Sheet of 140 lb. Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper
    • ·       A painting board for watercolor paper and masking tape
    • ·       Paper towels, water containers, and Watercolor paints
    • ·       Small & Medium round watercolor brushes(1) each
    • ·       ½” Flat brush and 1” flat watercolor brush (1) each
    • ·       Regular kitchen sponge
    • ·       Notebook for notes on color, etc.

    PAINTS: Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors (Introductory Watercolor, 6 tube set, or equivalent.  The colors in the set you will need are:

    Hansa Yellow Light, New Gamboge, Quin Rose, Pyrrol Scarlet, Phthalo Blue (GS green shade) and French Ultramarine.  These are all in the Daniel Smith set from Amazon or other art stores.  If you already have a professional brand of watercolor paints, you may use them. 


    • August 06, 2024
    • August 27, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 8
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    Drawing Fundamentals

    Myke Venable

    Four Tuesday Mornings

    Aug 6, 13, 20, 27

    9 am - Noon

    $220 Tuition/$180 Members 


    This class will allow you to develop, practice, and refine your drawing skills! Students will explore the fundamentals of drawing through various hands-on activities and class discussions. This class will touch upon observation, shapes, volume, value, line, and texture. This class is intended for students with little or no previous drawing experience or for those who want to sharpen their fundamental skills.

    Level: Novice or Beginner

    Supply List:

    1 - Sketch Book - CANSON Artist Series 9x12 in.

    1 - STAEDTLER 12 graphite pencil set (6B-4H)

    1 - STAEDTLER - 2 hole pencil sharpener

    1 - PENTEL - Block Eraser

    1 - PENTEL - Eraser Caps



    #drawing #drawingfundamentals #mykevenable #drawwhatyousee #gettingtothebasics

    • August 06, 2024
    • August 27, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 7
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    Painting Pets

    Mohammad Bhatti

    Four Tuesday Afternoons

    Aug 6, 13, 20, 27

    1 pm - 4 pm

    $220 Tuition/$180 Members 


    "Want to learn the basic techniques used to create beautiful portraits of your favorite dogs and Cats with watercolor?  This class is for you!

    Class will begin with a demonstration. Students will pick a reference photo and begin their own journey.  The demo will show you some techniques to make painting your pet fun. You’ll work with a loose brush and apply your understanding of light and shade and using values to make your painting pop.  While this class is appropriate for the beginner, intermediate and advanced painters will also benefit.


    Graphite Pencils:      HB, 2B (preferable)

    Watercolor brushes ( # 02 to  # 06) preferably natural squirrel hair )

    Watercolor paint of your choice, pallet,

    140 Lb arches ¼ size paper


    Light weight Drawing Board

    Eraser – masking tape – 

    Note: Please bring good quality close up photos/prints (6x6 inches) of pets- or download from free website, http://www.pixabay.com.


    • August 08, 2024
    • September 05, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 6
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    Find Your Path

    Carla Gauthier

    Thursday Mornings

    Aug 8, 22, 29, Sept 5

    (Skip Aug 15)

    9:00 - Noon

    $220 Tuition/$180 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. The idea is that you will focus on a subject and approach to carry your ideas forward in a connected way. Work outside class is essential.

    Level: Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List
    Regular Watercolor supplies – paper towels, palette, paints, brushes and the best paper you can afford. 

    • August 08, 2024
    • September 05, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 0
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    Find Your Path

    Carla Gauthier

    Thursday Afternoons

    Aug 8, 22, 29, Sept 5

    (Skip Aug 15)

    1:00 - 4:00pm

    $220 Tuition/$180 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. The idea is that you will focus on a subject and approach to carry your ideas forward in a connected way. Work outside class is essential.

    Level: Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List
    Regular Watercolor supplies – paper towels, palette, paints, brushes and the best paper you can afford. 

    • August 10, 2024
    • August 11, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 14
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    Barn Window - Weekend Workshop

    Les McDonald

    Two-Day Workshop

    Saturday & Sunday

    August 10 & 11

    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

    $170 Regular Tuition

    $150 WAS-H Members Tuition



     We will paint this old barn window using a heavy dry brush technique.

      Limited masking on foliage, window parts and edges.

    McDonald - Barn Supply List.doc




    • August 13, 2024
    • September 03, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 23
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    VIRTUAL:  Sketchy Landscapes, looking at Derain, Matisse, Van Gogh (Fauvists)

    Susan Giannantonio

    Tuesday afternoons

    August 13, 20, 27, September 3

    1:00 - 3:00pm

    $120 members/$160 non-members


    Some of the most lovely landscapes were created by the Fauvists when they practiced their skills by creating loose, gestural color sketches. They dug into their paint boxes to retrieve bright, beautiful colors. 


    Remember the photos we intended to “paint someday”? Borrowing from the textural marks and bright color palette of these masters, we will put to use a few of our many landscape photos! This class is suitable for any medium—watercolor, acrylic, gouache, mixed media.

    Links to a video recording of each session will be provided, should you miss a class or want to review a session. Links remain available for 120 days.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List:

    A few chosen landscape images from your phone (or use references provided in class)

    Paints—whatever your preferred medium

    Paper, canvas, board (your preference)

    Graphite pencil

    Colored pencils—watercolor, Inktense, etc. (optional)






    • August 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 12
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    Pen and Watercolor

    Joanie Hughes

    One-Day Workshop

    Thursday, August 15

    10 am - 4 pm
    $85 Regular Tuition

    $75 WAS-H Members

    Combining pen and watercolor to paint a variety of themes.  Create loose and relaxed, as well as detailed.


    Paintings inspired by nature, still life, portraits and architecture.


    Supplies needed:

    Pencil, Eraser, Black Micron Pens  #1, 5, and 005’

    8X10 multi-media pad

    Primary watercolors (yellow, red, blue)

    Midsize round brush.

    Bring photos.


    • August 17, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • August 18, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 15
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    Portrait Painting Workshop

    Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Saturday & Sunday

    August 17 & 18

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members


    This class is perfect for both budding artists and those seeking to refine their skills in the enchanting realm of portrait painting. This class simplifies the process, breaking down complex techniques into easy-to-follow steps. Explore the interplay of light and shadow, experiment with various washes, and learn how to infuse your portraits with personality and depth. 'Basic Techniques of Watercolor Portraits' invites you to unlock your creative potential, encouraging experimentation and self-expression in a supportive learning environment. Elevate your skills, enrich your artistic vision, and watch as your portraits come to life with the timeless beauty of watercolor.

    Supply List:

    Graphite Pencils:     HB, 2B (preferable)

    Watercolor brushes - squirrel hair preferred

    Watercolors of any brand, pallet,

    140 Lb. arches ¼ size paper preferred

    Light weight Drawing Board

    Eraser – masking tape

    Note: Bring good quality close up photos/prints (6x6 inches) of your choice



    • August 24, 2024
    • August 25, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 16
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    Birds of a Feather - Green Jay


    Les McDonald

    Weekend Workshop

    Tuesday

    August 24 & 25

    9:30 am- 3:30 pm

    $170 Regular Tuition

    $150 Member Tuition



    Let's Paint feathering on a Green Jay (South Texas Jay”)

    We will also cover the wood texture on the stump for this class.




    • August 24, 2024
    • 1:30 PM
    • August 25, 2024
    • 5:30 PM
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 25
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    VIRTUAL: Watercolor - Mysterious Landscapes

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Saturday & Sunday afternoons

    August 24 & 25

    1:30 - 5:30pm

    $120 members/$140 non-members

    Has a scene in nature ever taken your breath away? I’m lucky to live in one of the world's most beautiful places. And this time of year offers a variety of moods, with changing weather patterns that transform the land and sky. Let me bring you to the Scottish Highlands on a virtual tour. To get us in the grove and feel inspired to paint, I’ll show you pictures and short videos that will make you feel like you’re here with me! In this two-session workshop, we will talk about color character, and moving pigment in a way that transforms the atmosphere of the land. Each day will be on the concentration of a new landscape with a unique character.


    This open and interactive course will spotlight the instructor’s palette, work surface, and reference in real time, so you can directly see exactly how he mixes and applies paint. The process will be step by step based with short demos so you can take time to follow along and ask questions all the way to the finished painting.

    Links to a video recording of each session will be provided, should you miss a class or want to review a session. Links remain available for 120 days.

    A final written critique is offered through Padlet following the completion of the workshop.

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate


    Click HERE for Supply List.


    Reference photos for use in class. Please print these out or plan to use in class on a separate device.

    Loch and Mountain View
    Moody Loch

    Website: http://www.jmbportfolio.com

    #watercolorworkshop #learingwatercolor #watercolortogether #watercolorclass #watercolorfun #watercolorlandscapes #paintinglandscapes #paintingwithwatercolor #colorwash #fluidcolor #watercolorartist
    • August 31, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 17
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    Enhancing Creativity & Design in Abstracts

    Linda Vanek
    One-Day Workshop

    Saturday, August 31

    9:30am - 3:30pm
    $85 Regular Tuitiion

    $75 WAS-H Members


    Enhance your creativity and develop your own design style in Abstracts! We will review paintings of successful artists and identify what elements and design compositions unlock the mystery of great abstracts! Demos will include painting techniques, and how to create textures, movement, & mystery in our abstract paintings! Instructor one on one time with each student to develop their own style.

    Paints: Acrylic Craft Paint in 2 Fluid Ounce sizes Matte Finish (no satin finishes) Sources: Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or any brand of acrylic paint,(example Liquitex) that you like will work great for this class.

    Paper: Arches Watercolor paper, Cold press, 2 sheets 30 x 22, 140 lb. weight,

    Paint Colors: Black or Navy, White, and 6 colors your choice. (Think of colors that will work well together).

    Brushes: Any brushes for acrylic paints or craft paints will be fine. ½” to 1”, and 1.5” wide flat brushes, and one or two round brushes. (You do not need to buy expensive brushes for Acrylic painting)

    Plastic gloves: we will be using our hands for some painting and blending

    Palette: to mix paints or you can use a plastic or plexiglass surface

    Water containers: at least 2

    Normal painting supplies, such as paper towels, sponge, water spray bottle, notebook for taking notes.

    Crayons, colored pencils

    Note: Texturing and mark making materials will be provided for the class. You may also bring any materials you personally like to use for your painting.

    Level:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    • September 01, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 10
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    Paint Pouring for Beginners

    Laura Mossman

    One Day Workshop

    Sunday, September 1

    12:00 - 5:00pm

    $85 Tuition/$75 members


    This course is designed for those who have never tried paint pouring.  Students will learn how to mix paint to get consistent results and will try various methods of paint pouring.

    Wear old clothes! You are likely to get paint on you and, while it washes off your skin, your clothes will wear those colors forever!

    Feel free to bring snacks/drinks.  This class is casual, feel free to bring snacks/drinks to enjoy while learning.

    The supply list is below.  For those who want to purchase a "kit" for the class, there will be an additional cost of $25.  You can see what comes with the on a tab in the supply list.  

    Paint Pour Supply List2.xlsx

    • September 03, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 12
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    Powerful Pattern Paintings that Pack a Punch!

    Cheryl Evans

    One Day Workshop

    Tuesday

    September 3

    9:30 am- 3:30 pm

    $85 Regular Tuition

    $75 Member Tuition


     Come play around with an under painting of painted patterns. Explore color and line, shape and value, texture and variety. Investigate transparent vs opaque. Manipulate watercolor techniques  - wet-on-wet, flat wash, and graded values. Embrace the freedom of playful mark making! And then we will overlay a subject of your own choice as we pull it all together with unity and pizzazz! This workshop will loosen you up and have your “artist voice” singing a new and colorful tune.


    Student Supply list:

    Graphite Pencils:     #2

    Watercolor brushes – 1in. flat

    #8 round

    #10  or #12 round

    Watercolors of any brand (tubes)

    Your regular watercolor palette of colors

    Or if you are a beginner:

                New Gamboge

                French Ultramarine Blue

                Cerulean Blue

                Alizarin Crimson

    palette,  with large mixing area

    140 Lb. Arches  ½ sheet for the finished painting 15x22 or 11x15

    Light weight Drawing Board large enough to hold the ½ sheet paper (22x15)

    Masking tape or blue painter’s tape

    An image that you want to transfer onto the patterned under painting: portrait, animal , floral, still life, figure, etc.

    Sketchbook or note pad for notes



    • September 04, 2024
    • October 02, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 15
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    Introduction to Watercolor 1.0 

    Katherine Rodgers

    Five Wednesday evenings

    Sept 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2

    6:00 - 9:00pm

    $250 Tuition

    $200 Members


    Starting at the very beginning, this introduction to watercolor course will go over brushes, paper types, the use of water, negative space, glazing, color mixing, and more. Learn the basics of watercolor painting and develop your own personal painting style in a small group setting. Katherine will teach you shadows, form, and basic composition strategies. 

    Click to open supply list:  Rodgers - Supply List.docx

    (Estimated cost of supplies is $200)


    Level: Novice, Beginner




    • September 09, 2024
    • September 16, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 10
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    Sacred Geometry Part 2

    Myke Venable

    Two Monday mornings

    September 9, 16

    9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    $110 Tuition/$90 Members 


    This Drawing Workshop is designed to explore the richness of Sacred Geometry. We will unpack hidden knowledge and explore deeper truths about our reality, using Sacred Geometry as our focus. Students will also have the opportunity to draw with step by step guidance from the instructor. Once the designs are created, color pencil can be applied to enhance the artwork.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Supply List
    *Paper: Canson 9" x 12" in. 70 lb. Smooth surface

    *Graphite Pencils:  2H, 2B

    *Pencil Sharpener: Staedtler

    *12 or 24 pack of Col-Erase Prisma Color Pencils

    12-inch Ruler

    *Staedtler Mars precision compass


    #drawing #mykevenable #sacredgeometry #universalgeometry

    • September 12, 2024
    • October 03, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 15
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    Introduction to Watercolor 1.0 

    Katherine Rodgers

    Four Thursday Mornings

    Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3

    9:00 - Noon

    $220 Tuition

    $180 Members


    Starting at the very beginning, this introduction to watercolor course will go over brushes, paper types, the use of water, negative space, glazing, color mixing, and more. Learn the basics of watercolor painting and develop your own personal painting style in a small group setting. Katherine will teach you shadows, form, and basic composition strategies. 

    Click to open supply list:  Rodgers - Supply List.docx

    (Estimated cost of supplies is $200)


    Level: Novice, Beginner




    • September 14, 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • September 15, 2024
    • 3:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 16
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    Coy Pond

    Weekend Workshop


    Les McDonald

    September 14 & 15


    9:30 am- 3:30 pm

    $170 Regular Tuition

    $150 Member Tuition



    Design and balance are one of the most important aspects of a good painting. I will stress the design and color balance of the subject. The objective here is to maintain the light reflections in the water and keep the greens crisp. Some masking will be required on the fish and greenery.

    Coy Pond Student Supply List.doc





    • September 20, 2024
    • September 22, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 10
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    Creating Floral Still Life Paintings

    Keiko Yasuoka

    Three-Day Workshop

    Friday, Saturday & Sunday

    September 20, 21 & 22

    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

    $300 Regular Tuition

    $270 WAS-H Members Tuition


    This workshop will provide a base foundation of understanding how to take photos under natural light and setting up a floral still-life motif. You will learn how to photograph still life motifs and transform them into a dramatic painting utilizing light and dark contrast.

    The first part of the workshop, I will teach you how to set up and take photos. In the second part, I will provide a few choices from my own motifs with you and teach how to paint it.    

    SUPPLY LIST

    Quarter Sheet Paper(if possible,300lb cold press), masking liquid, graphite HB pencil, eraser, tracing paper optional but recommended, light table also optional-user preference. Bring your own supplies, brushes, paints, etc. The paint list will be provided to you during the first day of the workshop.


    • October 07, 2024
    • October 10, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 7
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    Kathleen Conover

    Major Workshop

    Chaos to Order:  Experimental Watermedia 


    October 7 - 9

    9 am - 4 pm daily


    Tuition: Members $500

    Nonmembers $550


    WAS-H is thrilled to welcome master artist Kathleen Conover to teach a Major Workshop!  Kathleen’s CHAOS to ORDER: Experimental Watermedia workshop, October 7-10, 2024, promises to inspire and challenge. Kathleen also will serve as juror and judge for this year's Annual Members Exhibit (AME). 

    Kathleen’s work has been juried into more than 200 exhibitions, receiving national and international recognition for the vision, innovative techniques, and fearless expression that characterize her unique designs.   

    Painting from an early age, Kathleen was influenced by teachers and artists in the fertile environment of Southern California’s prominent artists, museums and galleries as well as by early international travels. She studied undergraduate fine arts at San Diego State University, finished her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Washington in Seattle and earned her Master of Arts in Fine Art degree from Northern Michigan University. Continued study with American master watercolor artists over the next decade enriched her depth, understanding, skill and personal painting style.To learn more about Kathleen click on this link:  Conover Introduction

    An introduction to Kathleen’s teaching is included in a three-part YouTube video in “Workshops” on her website, www.kathleenconover.com

    Class Objectives: Demonstrations, a 9-page syllabus plus additional handouts, individual attention and independent work time will enable understanding and application of new information and processes. Specific lessons on creating exciting textures, using "Gesso Juice", layering, expressive mark making, color concepts, how to do a value study, understanding composition and more will be presented.  “Most of all,” Kathleen says, “I want to help each artist advance to the next level in their own work – no matter where they start.” 

    Course description: Students will create dynamic art by starting 12 paintings (11x15”) with color, texture, pattern, gestural marks and more, on day one. This may seem like “chaos,” but this practice delivers vital beginning energy that is intuitive, necessary, and fun! Strong design and composition are the elements that bring “order” to the rich starts and turn them into an attention-getting and expressive finished (at least 3) works. Beginner to advanced students welcome – students are encouraged to explore and strengthen their unique expression in realism, abstraction or non-objectivity. Students are encouraged to bring your sense of adventure and enthusiasm for this high-energy and informative workshop. 

    Student supply list:  Conover - Materials List.doc

    READ ABOUT THE CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THIS MAJOR WORKSHOP HERE

    • October 17, 2024
    • October 24, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 12
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    Basics of Watercolor Florals


    Mohammad Bhatti

    Two-Weeks - Tuesday afternoons

    Oct 17 & 24

    1:00 - 4:00pm

    $110 Tuition/$90 members



    Dive into the enchanting world of botanical watercolor with Professor Mohammad Bhatti in this floral class. Immerse yourself in the delicate artistry of painting flowers using watercolors. This class is designed to unleash your creativity as you learn essential techniques to capture the beauty of petals on paper. Join Mohammad for an immersive experience that will transform your paper into a garden of blooming wonders. Discover the joy of painting with a splash of petals and bring your artistic vision to life in this hands-on watercolor floral class.

    Supply List:

    Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B perferable.

    WC Brushes (natural squirrel hair preferred.)

    WC paints - your choice of colors

    Pallet to hold/mix paints

    Paper:  140 lb Arches 1/4 size paper

    Light weight drawing board

    Masking Tape

    Eraser and Sharpener

    Bring your own photos of flowers to use in the class.

    • October 21, 2024
    • October 28, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 15
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    Portrait Drawing

    Myke Venable

    Two Week Class

    Oct 21 & 28

    9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    $110 Tuition/$90 Members 


    This class will review portrait paintings and drawings from art history, as well as,

    instruction on how to choose good imagery to draw from.




    With plenty of fundamental information to guide the class, we will spend quality time on developing front view, quarter view and side view drawings. Basic materials, such as: 17x14 in. sketch paper (or a relative size), graphite pencils (charcoal is optional) and erasers.


    Materials:


    1 - Sketch Book - CANSON Artist Series 9x12 in.

    1 - STAEDTLER 12 graphite pencil set (6B-4H)

    1 - STAEDTLER - 2 hole pencil sharpener

    1 - PENTEL - Block Eraser

    1 - PENTEL - Eraser Caps


    • October 22, 2024
    • November 12, 2024
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