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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.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • October 31, 2019
    • November 21, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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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 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 11, 2019
    • December 16, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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    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 19, 2019
    • December 10, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 5
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    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
    • 5
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    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
    • 12
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    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 04, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama
    Register

    Dec 12, 1:00-2:30 pm

    (repeated Nov 20, Dec 4)

    No cost, but must register.


    Join Susan Giannantonio for a free demonstration of WaterMediaGallery.com, a website dedicated to artists who wish to sell their work and, for a small monthly membership fee, artists receive 100% of their sale price.  Each artist creates a store and adds paintings, prints or watermedia merchandise as he or she wishes.  In this approx. 1 hour session Susan will walk you through the process of setting up your store.  

    Following the demo there will be a Q&A.  Want to watch a few how-to videos to prepare? Click https://watermediagallery.com/sellers/start-selling-videos/?v=7516fd43adaa and take a look.



    • December 06, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
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    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
    • 0
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    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 12, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama
    Register

    Dec 12, 10:30-12:00

    (repeated Dec 4)

    No cost, but must register.


    Join Susan Giannantonio for a free demonstration of WaterMediaGallery.com, a website dedicated to artists who wish to sell their work and, for a small monthly membership fee, artists receive 100% of their sale price.  Each artist creates a store and adds paintings, prints or watermedia merchandise as he or she wishes.  In this approx. 1 hour session Susan will walk you through the process of setting up your store.  

    Following the demo there will be a Q&A.  Want to watch a few how-to videos to prepare? Click https://watermediagallery.com/sellers/start-selling-videos/?v=7516fd43adaa and take a look.



    • December 13, 2019
    • December 15, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 7
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    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.


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