Upcoming Demos at General Meetings
  • No General Meeting & Demo in June, July and August.
  • No Paint-In in August.

Upcoming events

    • November 28, 2018
    • December 18, 2019
    • 14 sessions

    Do you want to make art, but don't have the appropriate studio space to create in peace? Interested in socializing with other young adults, local artists, and creatives?

    Next WDW:

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6-9pm

    Please register for this WDW HERE

    • August 09, 2019
    • December 20, 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77006
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    OPEN STUDIO FOR MEMBERS 

    Mike Doan, Facilitator, mgdoan@gmail.com or 281-491-1621.

    WAS-H members, come paint together from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm on Fridays when no other workshops or classes are scheduled. We generally watch a DVD from an artist of renown,  discuss style and techniques demonstrated, paint with the techniques learned from the DVD or our own compositions, share ideas, and enjoy brown bag lunch and the camaraderie of fellow artists.  

    No additional instruction is provided.  Bring your usual painting supplies and your lunch.

    Dates for Fall Open Studio are listed on the WAS-H general calendar and below. Topics for Open Studio are sent out to registered members via email.   You may join email list by signing up by clicking the Register button.  There is no fee, as this is a benefit of membership.

    Please forward suggestions for artists to include in our study to Mike Doan, Facilitator, mgdoan@gmail.com.

    Dates for Open Studio:

    August 2, 9, 30             10:00-2:00

    September 13, 20        10:00-2:00

    Oct 18, Nov 1, 8, 15        10:00-2:00

    December 6, 20           10:00-2:00

    • September 11, 2019
    • December 18, 2019
    • 13 sessions
    • WASH - 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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    MODEL LAB  (ongoing weekly)

    Wednesdays weekly, 12:30pm - 3:30pm (unless there is a major workshop scheduled)

    Model fee is $10.00  for WASH Members and $14.00 for non-WASH Members.

    Register to receive weekly email reminders with updates, schedule changes and model names.

    Open to artists of all abilities. All members are invited to attend.  No instruction provided.  Drawing benches available. Bring your drawing and painting gear for three quiet hours of model time. 

    Carol Rensink, Monitor, crensink.art@att.net, 713-299-4136
    Norm Wigington, Liz Hill, Connie Middleton, and Sonia Miller, Asst Monitors.  



    • September 12, 2019
    • December 19, 2019
    • 13 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    ART FOR SENIORS    (Registration limit has been reached)

    Thursday mornings, 9:00-12:00

    Level: All (no instructor)

    Fall term begins September 12.

    Come paint with friends in a welcoming setting. Our large space allows us to fill the room, with painters sharing our 25 tables, where there is always a new image shared to paint, and a wonderful social time.

    While the group size is too large for focused instruction, the week's facilitator will have some suggestions for approaching how to paint that week's image. With the amount of experience in the room, there is always someone nearby to answer your question or offer an opinion. This weekly event is a community education outreach.  All levels. No fee.

    When registration is full, please add your name to the waitlist, either by registering online or by contacting Martin Butler, WAS-H's administrative assistant, at 713-942-9966 or at admin@watercolorhouston.org, and we will let you know when a spot opens.

    • September 19, 2019
    • December 19, 2019
    • 13 sessions
    • TBA
    • 17
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    Plein Air Painting 

    Louise Bateman, Facilitator, outdoor@watercolorhouston.org

    Contact Louise directly for specific questions.

    Do you love painting outdoors, in "plein air?"  Painters will meet on various weekdays  from 9:30am to 11:30am and paint at pre-selected locations in Houston, with an optional "gentle critique" from 11:30am to 12:00pm Simply register to receive notice about weekly locations and updates. There is no fee or instruction. Come to as many of these weekday paint-outs as you wish -- no obligation.


    Schedule:

    Oct 17, THURSDAY -Menil Drawing Institute  Click Here - Map  
                 Meet on the patio in front of the building at 9:30 a.m.

    Oct. 24 Thursday - Hermann Park, Japanese Garden Entrance Click Here - Map


    Check back for future dates/locations. If a change is made in the schedule, registered members will be notified via email.   

    In case of inclement weather, we will meet at Empire Cafe, 1732 Westheimer between Shepherd and Montrose. Empire has a wonderful covered patio area and only requires that we each purchase a drink or food item.

    Supplies:

    Bring the supplies you can comfortably carry, and a lightweight stool. Some like to paint in their laps on a block or in a sketchbook. Check out suggested supplies from these seasoned plein air painters.

    Brenda Swenson: Brenda's Supplies

    Stephanie Bower: Stephanie's Supplies 

    • October 07, 2019
    • October 28, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 12
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    PORTRAIT PAINTING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Monday afternoons

    1:00-4:00 pm 

    October 7, 14, 21, 28    $150

    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    This class is designed to learn basic techniques of portraits painting in watercolor medium. Class demos will help you to learn portrait painting skills, construction of human head, tonality, and color values. Portrait painting itself is a fun for many reasons; it is thrilling and exciting as well as challenging when painting in watercolor medium.  

    Supply List

    Graphite Pencils:     HB, 2B (preferable)

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

    Watercolor paint of your choice and palette 

    140 lb Arches watercolor paper, ¼ sheet size paper, or 12x16" block

    Lightweight drawing board

    Eraser, masking tape, sharpener

    Paper towels

    Note: Bring good quality close up photos/prints (6x6 inches) of your own choice for painting. You may also use free website for photos. www.pixabay.com

    artistmohdali@yahoo.com     281-818-6893      Click here to visit his website.

    • October 08, 2019
    • October 29, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 7
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    CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING:  GONG BI -- Peihong Endris

    Tuesday mornings
    October 8, 15, 22, 29
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm 
    $150  

    Level: All

    Gong-bi painting has been developing for thousands years, and is one of the oldest Chinese painting techniques that feature narratives or high authority figures in them. These queries include how to choose proper materials, how to prepare materials for Gong-bi style painting. In this section, you learn the steps for Gong-bi style painting, etc. Each technique will be hands-on and there will be step-by-step instructions. Welcome all levels.

    Cost: $150 / $190 non-members
    Non-members: Save money! Sign up to be a WAS-H Member and get additional member benefits. Click here to sign up.

    Supply list

    Brushes; Two fine tip brush for lines work, two small combination brushes(white bristles surrounded with brown bristles in inner), a large combination brush.

    Paper: Shimmer paper or Extra Thin Cicada Wing paper (2 sheets of 54"x 27")

    A box of Marie’s watercolor, 12 or 18 tubes

    A bottle of Sumi-e ink or Chinese ink.

    A soft pencil, a painting mat, four paper weights such as rocks, a roll of paper towels, a foam board 18 x 24", a couple of 18 x 24" drawing papers.

    A wash jar or a small container, couple of porcelain dishes for mixing colors.



    • October 08, 2019
    • October 29, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    CITY LIGHT AND ENERGY - Carla Gauthier

    Tuesday afternoons 

    October 8, 15, 22, 29

    1:00-4:00 pm

    $150

    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    From sunny beachside towns to the pavement of a huge metropolis, let's explore effective ways to simplify a complicated subject and give it a sense of appropriate light. We will tackle the busy-ness of a street scene in a way that expands your knowledge of painting.

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

    Just bring your regular supplies like your palette, tubes of paint, brushes and good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, and maybe masking fluid, masking tape.

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    • October 16, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 19
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    Next WDW:

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6-9pm

    For our October WDW, we are hosting another $5* all inclusive, special activity! This month, we have collaborated with artist Tom Jean Webb (@tomjeanwebb) and are using his original work to create our theme: "Southwest"! Please register for this special WDW beforehand. 

    * $5 is all supplies included with flat canvas board

    $10 is all supplies included with stretched canvas (limited number available) 

    This special activity is optional, you are still invited to join in our October WDW and bring your own supplies and projects to work on! As usual, this event is BYOB. 

    For questions, email development@watercolorhouston.org 


    Materials limited to watermedia, such as watercolor, gesso, acrylic, and also, collage, pastels, and drawing materials. We will not provide space for clay, oil paint, any industrial works, or installation work (or any other work that is potentially harmful to our tables, floors, and/or disruptive). 

    WAS-H does not provide refreshments. Alcohol limited to wine and beer.

    This month's demo images used with permission by @tomjeanwebb


    • October 18, 2019
    • November 15, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 22

    DRAWING THE EXPRESSIVE PORTRAITEllen Orseck

    Five Friday mornings

    October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15

    9:30am - 12:30pm  

    $190 

    Level: All

    Creating a meaningful portrait requires more than just capturing a likeness. Successful portraits can also convey the personality, mood, and emotions of a subject. Open to all levels, this course will investigate rendering in charcoal, pencil, and other dry media. In this hands-on workshop, participants will study the skeletal structure of the head, muscles, and facial features in order to master proportion, tone, and scale. Artists will also explore line, value, gesture, and perspective. Demonstrations will cover how to attain dramatic variations in lighting, composition, and orientation to create powerful portraits that reflect the unique character of a subject.

    Contact Ellen at eorseck@gmail.com713-828-7718

    SUPPLY LIST

    Blending Stumps (also called Tortillons) Various Sizes 

    Chamois Cloth for Blending 

    Charcoal Pencils, Black, Soft and Extra Soft -- Marie Brand or Generals. 

    Charcoals Pencils, White -- Generals 

    Conte Pencil White, Any Brand 

    Container for Supplies -- Pencil box or what ever works for you. 

    Emery Board and/or sandpaper pad (for sharpening) 

    Erasers -- Kneaded, Gum Eraser, White Stroke 

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

    Paper -- Strathmore 9 x 12 inch sketchbook – 50 sheets and 18 x 24 inch (BOTH TONED GRAY) 

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

    Pencils, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B -- Staedtler or Raffine Brand 

    Sandpaper Pad 

    Paper towels

    Art Supply Sources: 

    On-line:

    Amazon 

    Daniel Smith 

    Dick Blick 

    Jerry’s Artarama (10% discount) 

    Texas Art Supply

    Local Sources:

    Art Supply on Main (now on Almeda -- 10% discount)

    Texas Art Supply  (10% student discount) 

    Jerry Art Arama 

    Michael’s 

    Hobby Lobby

    Places to Find Other Materials - Dollar Store, Target

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    • October 19, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WASH - 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 3
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    OCTOBER MONTHLY PAINT-IN: Creating Landscapes with Acrylics and Sponge Painting with Gay Paratore

    Class:  9:30-3:00 on October 19, 2019

    Gay Paratore is a WAS-H Signature Elite member as well as member of NWS, NSA, TWS, and SDWS.   She will show us how “sponge painting with acrylics” can be so easy and so much fun.   We will learn how to dab, streak, and smear to create clouds, mountains, rocks, bushes, trees, and flowers in a field.

    You will be shown how to make good sponges for painting – with different shapes to paint different textures. This will be a fun day to get a painting done quickly.  Each student will create at least one 11x15 painting.

    Bring a sack lunch, sweater/light jacket (in case the room temp is cool).  We’ll have snacks and coffee!

    NOTE:  wear old clothes or something you hate!  Acrylics do not wash out easily.

    Supplies:

    •2 sheets of Arches paper (any texture) - torn to 11x15

    •Bring your own reference photos or magazine clippings of the following:   grass, flowers in grass, bushes, trees, clouds, sunsets, beach scenes.   They are easy to do with sponges.  The teacher will also bring some.

    •Liquitex Basics or similar (thick acrylics do not work well).  I recommend a set of 7 colors of 75 ml tubes.  If you have soft acrylics, bring what you have!  Necessary colors:  red, yellow, blue, black, white, purple, and orange

    •1 liner/rigger brush for small limbs and a few assorted brushes for other details

    •Several new cheap kitchen sponges, the kind that get hard after you have used them.  Wash the stiffener from them before you come to class.  (Don’t buy the ones that have a scrubber pad on them)

    •2 pair of pliers

    •2 large Cool Whip tubs big enough to get your hand in

    •1 palette knife (with bent handle, as flat ones are messy)

    •Plastic paper palette or butcher paper taped to cardboard (shiny side up).  Bring several sheets, the paint tends to spread out

    •Roll of paper towels

    •2 old wash cloths


    Jan McNeill (jan.mcneill@att.net), Alice Rogers, and David Muegge, Paint-in Coordinators

    9:00-9:30 setup by attendees
    9:30-3:00 class – lecture, demo, and painting
    3:00-3:30 – cleanup

    Image above: "Cadillac Mountain" by Gay Paratore

    • October 22, 2019
    • November 12, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14
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    FLOWER PAINTING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday evenings,  October 22, 29, November 5, 12    6:00-9:00 pm    $150

    Join Professor Bhatti for his bold take on flower painting! This class is designed for learning to paint flower and floral grouping in watercolor medium. The focus will be upon drawing and painting the different shapes, color and individuality of each flower as well as to the use the foliage as a background for the flowers and leaves with transparent layering. The class will also learn to paint a watery mix of color against some of the petals, using flat and pointed brushes to pull the mix out from the flower so the color blends into the white paper without creating a hard edge. 

    You will need a No. 10 or No. 12 round and a 3⁄4″ flat brush. Using your tracing paper to sketch in possibilities can help you to decide where and what value to make your negative shapes

    Art supply list

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes:  You will need a No. 10 or No. 12 round and a 3⁄4″ flat brush. (natural squirrel hair )
    • Watercolor brand of your choice, palette, (all related material)

    • 140# Arches (a few ¼ size sheets)
    • Light weight drawing board
    • Tracing paper
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – paper towels, etc.

    Note: Bring simple shaped photos/prints of flowers-leaves (6x6 inches) of your choice as reference for drawing/painting.

    artistmohdali@yahoo.com     281-818-6893      Click here to visit his website.

    • October 26, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 1601 West Alabama
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    The WAS-H Art Fair returns on Saturday, October 26, 11 am - 4 pm. It will move indoors in the event of rain. The Art Fair is a fun opportunity for members to offer their original paintings, fine art prints and cards for sale to the public.  

    The non-refundable $20 registration fee ($25 on or after October 1) will reserve your choice of a table or 10x10 space in the WASH parking lot. Artists may team up to share a table or booth space. Each artist must submit a registration form and pay a registration fee. The parking lot is limited to approximately 20 spaces, so don’t delay registering if you want to participate as a seller.  

    Member painting demos will be scheduled throughout the day. This is a great chance to share some techniques with the public and also attract new students to the many class and workshop offerings at WASH. 

    In order to register for the WAS-H Art Fair 2019, you agree to each of the following important conditions:

    Please initial your agreement to each of the following important conditions:

    Artists must be current WAS-H members to participate.

    • Artists will not break down their displays before 4pm, out of consideration for other artists and safety.
    • Artwork is to be watermedia work, any surface. Does not need to be matted or framed.
    • Prints or giclees may be sold, but must be clearly marked “PRINT” on the front of the piece/packaging.
    • All artwork/prints must be priced at or above $30. Only notecards may be priced lower.
    • WAS-H will retain 20% of sales; credit card sales will incur an additional 5% fee. Price accordingly! WAS-H will take sales tax at check-out, so you do not need to factor that into your price.
    • Every item should be labelled with: Your Name, Art Name, Medium, Original or Print, Price. 
    • October 27, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 19
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    FROM PROCREATE TO PAPER - How your iPad can help you create better paintings (Advanced )

    Ksenia Annis

    Sunday, October 27
    9:30 - 3:30        $50

    This is an advanced class for those who have previously taken Ksenia's introductory class in February or September of this year.

    Even if you work in traditional media, developing the initial study for your artwork is much easier if you are using Procreate app on an iPad. In this class we will learn how to use Procreate to work with reference photos and sketches, to move elements to figure out composition of your piece, create a working sketch and test and save various color palettes. We will explore advanced features of Procreate such as masking and layer styles that will give you even more options in your creative process.

    Materials: iPad Air or newer (Air2, Mini 2 and 3, or Pro); Apple pencil (for iPad Pro models) or a stylus; Procreate app. Detailed instructions will be emailed to registrants before class.

    Please contact Ksenia with any questions at ksenia@tummyrubb.com



    • October 28, 2019
    • November 18, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 17
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    URBAN WATERCOLOR SKETCHING for Beginners  with Ed Pettitt

    Monday evenings
    October 28, Nov 4, 11, 18
    6:00 - 9:00 pm
    $150

    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. This class is beginner friendly - all ages and skill levels are welcome!

    Click here for student testimonials.

    Supplies Needed: 

    Pack of 4" x 6" Watercolor Postcards (any brand)
    Mixed Media/Watercolor Sketchbook, 5.5" x 8.5" or smaller, any style
    Pencils (any)
    Eraser (any)
    Pens or fineliners with waterproof ink (e.g. Uniball Vision Micro pen or Micron fineliners)
    Watercolor palette/paints (any brand/quality, smaller travel/pocket size preferred)
    Brush(es) (small to medium, sizes 2-6, preferred)
    Small ruler
    Paper towels/cloth
    Optional: folding stool/chair for plein air, smartphone or digital camera for photographs 

    The instructor will have some gently used supplies for sale at the first class, if needed. For more information please email edpettitt@gmail.com 


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    • October 31, 2019
    • November 21, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 1
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    TAKING THE FIRST STEPS TO PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - Robin Avery

    Thursday afternoons

    October 31, November 7, 14, 21

    1:00 pm-4:00 pm.    $150

    Level: Beginner

    Do you want to learn to paint with watercolors? This will be a beginners class of four half days. You will learn about paints and their properties, types of brushes and their uses, and the different kinds of paper. You will also be introduced to the various painting techniques. We wiil  touch on as many components as there is time, such as value, composition, and the language of design. We will start out slow and build each week to a clearer and more fun path to painting.

    robinavery47@gmail.com, 713-410-1075

    Supply List:

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

    _______________ To be added later______________________________

    • Burnt Sienna (Winsor Newton brand)
    • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
    • Winsor Green & Winsor Blue......(Pthalo Blue & Pthalo Green)
    • Graflix Incredible Art Board from Amazon....used as a support and to stretch paper.....
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    • November 02, 2019
    • November 03, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    CAPTURING LIGHT IN TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR - Monika Pate
    Saturday and Sunday

    November 2-3, 2019
    9:30 - 3:30        $100
    Level: All

    Light creates beautiful reflections, shadows, contrasts and patterns, and establishes the mood of the paintingThe main focus of this workshop will be creating the illusion of light, using a simple still life setting. We will explore a variety of techniques to create a realistic watercolor painting. The instructor will explain how to approach the variety of shapes, textures and colors of the subject and how to create a strong contrast and depth in the painting.  Reference materials, detailed information and supply list will be emailed to all the registered participants at least 3 weeks prior to the workshop.  Students are also welcome to work form their own materials if they prefer. All levels. Please email Monika at map352@gmail.com with any questions.    


    Click here for the supply list.


    • November 04, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006

    November Board Meeting

    • November 04, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • WASH 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 11
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    TRAINING TO BECOME A WORKSHOP MONITOR

    Beth Graham, education@watercolorhouston.org, 281-415-4674

    Monday afternoon, November 4

     1:30 -3:30pm

    $10 fee

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

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

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

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

    • November 05, 2019
    • November 26, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 15
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    MORE FLOWER PAINTING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday mornings,   November 5, 12, 19, 26

    9:30 am to 12:30 pm    $150

    Join Professor Bhatti for his bold take on flower painting! This class is designed for learning to paint flower and floral grouping in watercolor medium. The focus will be upon drawing and painting the different shapes, color and individuality of each flower as well as to the use the foliage as a background for the flowers and leaves with transparent layering. The class will also learn to paint a watery mix of color against some of the petals, using flat and pointed brushes to pull the mix out from the flower so the color blends into the white paper without creating a hard edge. 

    You will need a No. 10 or No. 12 round and a 3⁄4″ flat brush. Using your tracing paper to sketch in possibilities can help you to decide where and what value to make your negative shapes

    Art supply list

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes:  You will need a No. 10 or No. 12 round and a 3⁄4″ flat brush. (natural squirrel hair )
    • Watercolor brand of your choice, palette, (all related material)

    • 140# Arches (a few ¼ size sheets)
    • Light weight drawing board
    • Tracing paper
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – paper towels, etc.

    Note: Bring simple shaped photos/prints of flowers-leaves (6x6 inches) of your choice as reference for drawing/painting.

    artistmohdali@yahoo.com     281-818-6893      Click here to visit his website.

    • November 05, 2019
    • December 03, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    PAINTING LANDSCAPES: SKIES, FOLIAGE, RIVERS & LAKES - Carla Gauthier

    Tuesday afternoons 

    November 5, 12, 19, December 3

    1:00-4:00 pm

    $150

    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Skies are often a minimal non-descriptive element in a landscape. Let's explore ways of painting different kinds of skies, and letting them steal the show. Landscapes are full of textures so learn the basic techniques to describe what we see in rocks, foliage, and fields, and the way to use these new textures to lead the eye through your painting to a strong focal point. We will also explore ways to make lively color and effective techniques to give your water paintings the sparkle you are looking for, also covering movement of water, brushstrokes, and reflections.

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

    Just bring your regular supplies like your palette, tubes of paint, brushes and good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, and maybe masking fluid, masking tape.

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    • November 09, 2019
    • November 10, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 15
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    YOU'VE GOT STYLE! -- Robin Avery

    Saturday & Sunday

    November 9-10

    9:30 am-3:30 pm          $100

    You can't run! You can't hide! Your artistic style and preferences will sneak, emerge, and break through without consciousness. In this workshop we will engage in self-discovery of our artistic preferences. We will reflect on our own past paintings, examine selected paintings of others we admire, and will do several painting exercises using the elements of design. Come prepared to push your creativity to another level and to learn about what is special about you and your style of painting.

     robinavery47@gmail.com, 713-410-1076

    Supplies:
    15-30 Photos or Images of Famous Artists' Paintings
    10-20 Contemporary Artists' images (torn from Watercolor Magazines, Catalogs, IPad images)
    10-20 of your own paintings (half sheet is preferred over full sheets due to class size)

    Good Quality Tracing Paper or Vellum (use 40% coupon from Hobby Lobby to save $)
    Sharpie Pens or similar markers....thin and regular black
    Masking tape
    Sheet of Acetate (8x11) Green and Red from Texas Art supply (75 cents)
    Quarter and Eighth sheets of watercolor paper, to be used in class exercises
    Paints of your choice (prefer Professional Grade) even just three colors:
    Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue,  New Gamboge
    Photos to use to create new paintings in YOUR STYLE!

    • November 11, 2019
    • December 16, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 9
    Register

    BASIC DRAWINGEllen Orseck

    Six Monday afternoons

    November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16

    1:00 pm-4:00 pm  

    $225 

    Level: All


    Capturing the connection between the human eye, the human hand and the human heart is the basis for much of art. Open to all levels, this course will cover drawing basics by exploring still lives, landscape and the figure. Participants will, through various exercises and assignments, master gesture drawing, contour drawing, the use of negative space, volume, sighting, shading, hatching and cross hatching, blending, and value.

    Contact Ellen at eorseck@gmail.com713-828-7718

    Supplies List for Basic Drawing  

    Blending Stumps (also called Tortillons) Various Sizes 

    Chamois Cloth for Blending 

    Charcoal Pencils, Black, Soft and Extra Soft- Marie Brand or Generals. 

    Charcoals Pencils, White - Generals 

    Conte Pencil White, Any Brand 

    Container for Supplies- Pencil box or what ever works for you. 

    Emory Board and/or sandpaper pad (For Sharpening) 

    Erasers-Kneaded, Gum Eraser, White Stroke 

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

    Paper -Strathmore 9 x 12 inch sketchbook – 50 sheets TONED GRAY 

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

    Pencils, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B -- Staedtler or Raffine Brand 

    Sandpaper Pad 

    Art Supply Sources: 

    On-line

    Amazon 

    Daniel Smith 

    Dick Blick 

    Jerry’s Artarama (10% discount) 

    Texas Art Supply 

    Local Sources:

    Art Supply (now on Almeda - 10% discount)

    Texas Art Supply (10% student discount)

    Jerry's Artarama 

    Michael’s 

    Hobby Lobby

    Places to Find Other Materials - Dollar Store, Target

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    • November 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


    • November 16, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006

    There will be no Paint In in November due to WASH calendar constraints.

    • November 16, 2019
    • November 17, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20
    Register

    MULTIMEDIA FLORAL PAINTING WITH BOTANICALS

    Susan Giannantonio

    Saturday and Sunday

    Nov 16, 17

    9:30am - 3:30pm

    $100


    This workshop is a follow-up to the very popular previous Botanicals workshop offered by WAS-H past president Susan Giannantonio. Plant material can enhance and almost paint your painting for you!  And this time, you’ll have an opportunity to try something new: watercolor on canvas (as well as paper)! Stay after class Sunday to attend the reception honoring the award winners of the Winter "Small Treasures" exhibit and do a little early holiday shopping for someone special.

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

    NOTE: Unusual supply list!

    Supply List:

    • Leaves.  Plants with printable veins, flattened in a book (not phone book, you need them to be weighted, flat). For best results, keep the plants flat in the book until the moment you use them in class.  Ferns and grasses, trees and bushes with prominent veining on their back side work beautifully.  Also, interesting leaf shapes are lovely even without veining.
    •  Masking or painter’s tape
    • Watercolor pencils (optional)
    • Rocks, flat glass marbles (floral arranging marbles), or weights for plants.  May be bought at most Dollar-type stores
    • A baggie of fresh grass from your yard
    • Watercolors
    • A pad of watercolor paper.  We will do multiple paintings.  
    • Canvas, optional. Any size
    • Favorite watercolor brushes.  Especially a mop or round that holds a lot of paint/water
    • Spray bottle or mist bottle of water
    • Bottle of diluted dish detergent or shampoo. 
    • White gouache (optional)
    • White acrylic paint or paint marker(s) (optional)
    • Paint cloths, rags or paper towels (I use terrycloth)
    • November 16, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • WAS-H - 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006

    Take-In for Monthly Show

    When:

    November 16, 2019

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Location:

    WAS-H - 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006

    Theme:

    "Little Gems"

    Contact:

    Paula Fowler  - fowlerpn@yahoo.com 713-819-8676

    Nancy McMillan - nancy.mcmillan@kinkaid.org 832-859-4013

    • November 17, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006

    Holiday Reception:  No General Meeting and No Demo

    • November 19, 2019
    • December 10, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14
    Register

    EXPLORING WATERCOLOR MAGIC IN LANDSCAPES - Fred Kingwill

    Tuesday evenings

    November 19, 26, December 3, 10

    5:30-8:30 pm.          $150

    Level: Beginner

    This class is intended for beginning level artists who seek understanding of the the medium. We will go have lessons including skies, water, trees, color, composition, and lots of tricks.  No critiques - just lots of fun discovering the potential of watercolors. Fred has taught watercolors for over 35 years to thousands of people and spends much of his time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

    fredkingwill@gmail.com , 307-699-7743     Click here to visit Fred's website.

    Click here for downloadable supply list.

    • November 22, 2019
    • November 24, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14
    Register

    CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING: COMPOSITION METHODS

    Peihong Endris

    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

    November  22, 23, 24      

    9:30 - 3:30        $150

    Level: All

    There are many intriguing aspects to examine in Chinese Painting--the painting technique, the poetry. A successful painter often spends a great deal of time and thought composing an attractive layout. The artists needs to decide what to use and what to leave out and how to make the arrangement, based on what he or she sees everyday. There are hundreds of lofty and precipitous mountain peaks, but only one view in the painting; there are thousands of bamboo, but only one gets into the painting. In this workshop, Using very simple compositions examples as subjects to bring to you next level. Welcome all levels.

    Supply List

    1. Brushes: a small combination brush, a large combination brush. a large hard bristle brush, a small hard bristle brush (it's brown color on the bristle), a fine pointed brush.

    2. Paper: any kind of absorbent rice paper as a pad or a roll or sheets

    3. a box of Marie's Chinese watercolor 12 or 18 tubes

    4. a bottle of Sumi-e ink

    5. a painting mat

    6. couple of palettes

    7. two paper weights as rocks, a roll of paper towel

    8. a wash jar or a small container


    • November 30, 2019
    • December 01, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 19
    Register

    MOUNTAINS HIGH - Les McDonald

    Saturday and Sunday
    November 30, D
    ecember 1
    9:30 - 3:30        $100

    Level: All

    Join award-winning painter Les McDonald and learn his secrets and techniques. This workshop will be an exercise painting the wonders of Alaska’s mountain landscapes. Demos, with step-by-step explanations of the concepts and technique will be provided. Above is a painting sample by Les McDonald. Below is the reference photo we will be painting. 

    les@lesmcdonald.com, 713-977-4729.  www.lesmcdonald.com  


    PS: You are welcome to come by my studio anytime if you have a question or a problem. Just give me a little notice.

    Click here for supply list.


    • December 06, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 4
    Register

    ART JAM!      SILK SENSATIONS ~ Watermedia on Silk Scarves 

    Betsy Mudra, Ft. Bend Fabric Artist

    Friday, December 6.      9:00 am-4:00 pm 

    $125 cost covers tuition and ALL materials to create 4 scarves

    Come learn 4 techniques which use water media paints and dyes with silk scarves in new and exciting ways. Create unique and colorful scarves that will leave you wanting to create and explore with silk even more. Walk out with 4 hand-painted scarves you would be proud to wear or give as gifts!  

    Level: No experience needed.

    Supply List

    Roll of paper towels

    Scissors

    Apron, optional

    Recommend students bring brown bag lunch.

    betsy.mudra@gmail.com     281-797-2307      Click here to visit her website.

    • December 07, 2019
    • December 08, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 6
    Register

    PAINTING FLOWERS IN TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR 

    Monika Pate

    Saturday and Sunday

    December 7-8

    9:30 - 3:30        $100

    Level: All

     Join Monika Pate to explore how to paint realistic flowers in watercolor using the layering technique. The instructor will explain how to approach the variety of shapes, colors and textures of the subject. She will also provide step-by-step demonstrations and present variety of techniques to create realistic floral paintings. Students will also receive individual attention. Reference materials will be provided, however the students are also welcome to work form their own materials if they prefer. All levels. Please email Monika at map352@gmail.com for the supply list or with any questions.


    • December 13, 2019
    • December 15, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 9
    Register

    HOUSE PORTRAITS - Joanie Hughes

    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

    December 13, 14, 15   

    9:30 - 3:30        $150

    Levels: All

     This class will introduce you to formal as well as loose house paining techniques. Consider a house portrait as a popular gift idea or profitable commissioned painting. There will be hands-on attention to your own individual choice of architecture and style. Foliage and landscape instructions will also be included. Bring photos and let's build some houses together!

    SUPPLY LIST

    Clear plastic/acetate  8X10 (to create a grid)

    Pencil, ruler, eraser

    Watercolors – your regular palette

    Masking fluid

    1 sheet of cold press watercolor 140lb, 22X30

    1 Mixed Media spiral pad 

    Brushes: 1 small round, 1 medium flat, 1 large round

    Paper towels

    Contact Joanie at 713-426-6767 or at
    joan-hughes@comcast.net

    Visit her website here.


    • January 04, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006

    Signature Show Take In and Hanging

    • January 05, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006

    Social: 1:30 p.m.

    Meeting: 2:00 p.m.

    Demo: Artist TBD 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.