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Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • 06 Sep 2018
    • 30 May 2019
    • 34 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    ART FOR SENIORS

    WAS-H community outreach. Mary Rustay, Instructor, rustgeo@aol.com , 713-965-9393, 713-965-0812, ext. 1668. Carla Gauthier, Asst instructor. Each week a different color image is provided as a photo reference: still life studies, architectural, seascapes, landscapes, cloud formations wet on wet technique, contour drawing, portraits, etc. The class includes perspective, values, design, and many techniques.  Our class is very friendly and supportive as a group. All levels. No fee.  When registration is full, please add your name to the waitlist, and we will let you know when a spot opens.

    • 03 Jan 2019
    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    COMPOSITION 101 - Carla Gauthier

    Thursday afternoons
    January 3, 10, 24, 31

    1:00pm-4:00pm.    $150

    Learning how to place focal points and values and create movement in a painting can make a good painting great. We concentrate on color and value, texture and depth, but composition is KING! Good composition is crucial to making stronger paintings. In this class, we will work through sketchbook exercises and small paintings to build your skills so you can take your own resource material and be confident in your choices.  


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

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

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    • 04 Jan 2019
    • 31 May 2019
    • 14 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77006

    OPEN STUDIO FOR MEMBERS - SPRING 2019 

    Joanie Hughes, Facilitator. joan-hughes@comcast.net, 713-426-6767. 

    WAS-H members, come paint together from 10-2 pm on Fridays when no other workshops or classes are scheduled. See schedule below. 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 the camaraderie of fellow artists.  

    No additional instruction is provided.  Bring your usual supplies, your lunch, and enjoy additional painting time after we eat together.

    The Spring schedule for Open Studio is listed below. If a change is made, registered members will be notified via email.  (Join email list by contacting Joanie Hughes.)

    January 4

    January 11 - Design/Abstract -- John Salminen

    January 25 - Fog on the River -- Thomas Schaller

    February 1 - Cityscapes -- Michael Reardon

    February 8

    February 15 - Looking for Light -- David Taylor

    March 15 - Dramatic Complements -- Thomas Schaller

    March 22 - Acrylic Landscape -- Charles Harrington

    April 5 - Chinese Brush -- Jane Evans

    April 19 - Light and Color Landscape -- Michael Reardon

    May 3 - Acrylic: Watercolor Alternative -- Charles Harrington

    May 10

    May 17 - Perspective

    May 31

    Please forward suggestions for artists to include in our study to Joanie Hughes, Open Studio Facilitatorjoan-hughes@comcast.net.

    • 05 Jan 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    BEGINNING WATERCOLOR ACADEMY  
    Beginner Composition and Design Principles
    (Linda Southern Vanek)

    Saturday Afternoon, January 5
    12:00pm-5:00pm.    $50

    This class is #4 in a series of five stand-alone, but sequential classes for beginners to watercolor, held once a month on Saturday afternoons (after the monthly gallery take-in) except for October and March, when we have our major exhibitions.

    Discover the secrets of master artists as we learn how strong composition and creativity sets great artwork apart from ordinary paintings!   Learn how the elements of design contribute to a strong composition, and help creativity to flow.  Bring your own photos or drawings to see how to make them into more dynamic paintings.

    Contact: Linda Vanek  linda@creationworks.com


    Supply List:

    sketchbook, palette, tubes of paint, brushes, good quality paper, pencil, eraser, sponges and paper towels, board to support paper, masking tape.

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    • 07 Jan 2019
    • 04 Feb 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 20
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    EXPLORING WATERCOLOR MAGIC - Fred Kingwill

    Monday evenings, 
    January 7, 21, 28, February 4
    5:30-8:30 pm.          $150

    This class is intended for Intermediate level artists who have had some experience with watercolors and are looking to improve your understanding of the the medium. We will go further with 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.

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 11
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    TAKING THE FIRST STEPS TO PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - Robin Avery

    Two Saturdays, 
    January 12 and 26
    9:30am - 3:30pm.    $100

    Do you want to learn to paint with watercolors? This will be a beginners’ workshop on two Satudays. 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, 713-410-1076
      

    Supply List:

    • Plastic Watercolor Palette with a lid
    • Natural sponge
    • Gray watercolor pencil
    • yardstick
    • kneaded eraser
    • 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.  This list includes one warm and one cool paint in each of the three primary colors.  These are needed for successful color mixing.
      • Yellow: Winsor Yellow or Aureolin Yellow
      •             New Gamboge
      • Red: Permanent Rose or Rose Madder
      •          Cadmium Red or Winsor Red
      • Blue: Ultramarine Blue
      •           Cobalt blue

    _______________ To be added later______________________________

    • Burnt Sienna (winsor newton brand)
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Winsor Green and winsor blue......or Thalo blue  Thalo Green
    • Graflix Incredible Art Board from Amazon....used as a support and to stretch paper.....
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    • 13 Jan 2019
    • 27 Jan 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 12
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    EVEN CRAZIER CATS AND VERY MIXED-UP MUTTS Robin Avery
    Two Sundays, January 13 and 27.
    9:30 - 3:30    $100

    This workshop goes beyond the first animal workshop which included transferring and doing value studies of your pet photos. We will touch briefly on those aspects but we will focus more on what YOU want to say and how you will use the elements of design to express it.

    We will study the paintings of successful animal painters and try our hands at various styles.We will focus on color combinations, hard and soft edges, and color as a value to name a few.

    Each of you will go away with several paintings and ideas for more.

    robinavery47@gmail.com, 713-410-1076

    SUPPLIES:

    iPod with lots of dog/cats photos on it. 

    Tangible copies (Black and White) of the animals you wish to paint.

    Hot Press Paper along with paper of your choice.

    A red sheet and green sheet of acetate ( at Texas Art Supply )

    Two scrubbers (Fitch brand from Cheap joes...various sizes) 

    6 B pencil

    Red colored pencil

    Vellum or tracing paper the size of the painting you want to paint.
    Black markers ...regular thickness and thin

       Magazines with photos of textures....house and garden or catalogs rather than People magazines.

    Jar of Rubber Cement
    Tagboard or heavier paper than typing paper

    White colored pencil
    Gray watercolor pencil
    White gouache or white watercolor
    Acrylic white and colors if you own them already


     
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    • 13 Jan 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama
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    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.



    • 14 Jan 2019
    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    Creating Watercolor Portraits from PhotosMichael Holter

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    January 14, 15, 16: 9:30 - 3:30

    $300

    Many artists have an unnatural aversion to painting people, yet we know there is an attraction to the human form when viewing a painting. Not only does including people in artwork add interest and connection to the viewer, it takes the same skills as painting a landscape or still life. The method Michael demonstrates and instructs you in will take you through the necessary steps to achieve your goals and give you tools to create a well-structured representation while still allowing for the expressive use of color and brushstroke.   

    Michael's workshop will include insightful discussion of important aspects of figurative work such as composition and capturing a mood. You will spend time on exercises designed to heighten your techniques. There will be real-time demonstrations as well as high-speed video demos of Michael working in his studio. Students of all levels and interests will enjoy Michael's personal and up-front style of teaching as well as his inspirational approach to his work. Students will leave prepared and challenged to move on to a new level of confidence in painting portraits in watercolor.  

    Click here for supply list.

    • 17 Jan 2019
    • 18 Jan 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    Landscape in Watercolor - Michael Holter

    Thursday, Friday
    January 17, 18: 9:30 - 3:30

    $200

    This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.

    We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.

    Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques.

    Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating  landscapes and show you several high-speed video demonstrations. 

    And you will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings.

    Michael welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.

    Click here for supply list.
    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 28 Jan 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 22
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    COUNTRY WINDOW -- Les McDonald

    Two Mondays,  January 21 and 28
    9:30am-3:30pm.     $100

    This two-day workshop is offered to teach proficiency and control for your painting.  Daily demos, with step-by-step explanations of the concepts and technique will be provided. Details for incorporating elements of realism and technique will be taught and demonstrated. Within the workshop, each person’s goals will be identified so their achievements may be met. Les will provide lots of one-on-one help.Hot off the Press! Les had just offered to teach this workshop and will be sending details soon of the topic.  Students love painting with Les, so we wanted to give you notice of this upcoming class!  Some possible topics: old barns, landscapes, some florals, Hill Country scenes, birds, and others. 

    All levels. 

    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.


    • 22 Jan 2019
    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 13
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    CHINESE ANIMAL ZODIAC: First Section: Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon - Peihong Endris

    6 week class: Tuesday mornings, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm         $225  

    What’s your animal sign? There has been a relationship between humans and the 12 zodiacal animals. It is believed that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the similar to the western astrology signs. The Chinese Zodiac, also called Sheng-Xiao, is a 12 year circle starting from rat to pig with a symbolic zodiac.  In this semester, Peihong will Introduce from Pig to Dragon of the Animal signs. You will learn to use very simple brush work to express each animal sign. Each technique will be hands-on and step-by-step instruction. You also can choose your favorite objects that would like to work with.

    Cost: $225 / $285 non-members
    Non-members: Save money! Sign up to be a WAS-H Member and get additional member benefits. Click here to sign up.

    Click here for Supply List.

    Contact the instructor at peihong1512@gmail.com for more information. Welcome all levels.  

    The second section of zodiac animals begins June 4.


    • 22 Jan 2019
    • 12 Feb 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 22
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    AWE-INSPIRING TEXAS LANDSCAPES - Robert Ruhmann

    Tuesday evenings
    January 22, 29, February 5, 12. 
    6:00 - 9:00 pm 
    $150

    Have you ever wished you could capture the beauty of the Texas countryside?  Come join award-winning artist Robert Ruhmann to explore ways to bring this vision to your paintings.  You are encouraged to bring your photographs of favorite landscapes: pastures, barns, rivers, seascapes, hills, rocks, etc.  These can be used to plan compositions that will showcase your appreciation for the natural world.  For beginners and intermediate painters.

    raruhmann@gmail.com, 979-864-0155 

    Supply List:

    • Watercolor Paints:

    Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Sap Green, Van Dyke Brown, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Crimson Red

    • Mixing Tray or Plate
    • 2 Sheets of Watercolor Paper, 22" X 30"
    • Watercolor Brushes - bring whatever you have (prefer Simmons @ Texas Art Supply, but any brand is o.k.)
    • Water Container
    • Natural Sponge
    • Photograph of Landscape
    • Paper Towels or Toilet Tissue

    Optional:
    • Watercolor Board
    • Toothbrush
    • 23 Jan 2019
    • 27 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 12
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    FIGURE DRAWING & ANATOMY - CHIAROSCURO & SFUMATO - Carol Rensink

    Six Wednesday mornings, January 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 20, 27. 10:00am - 12:00pm.  
    $150 plus model fee

    Discover how chiaroscuro and sfumato techniques can be used to bring excitement to your drawings as well as help you create important studies to inform your paintings.  We will look at the work of contemporary and classical artists to see how they use these techniques and then work directly from models. Daily demos will feature these and other techniques you can use to analyze anatomy, perspective, composition and draw dynamic figures.  

    Intermediate level

    Model fee.

    Double your progress!  Bring your lunch and stay after class for the Wednesday Model Lab (no instruction) from 12:30-3:30.  Model fee $10/members or $14/non-members.      

    Carol Rensink
    crensink.art@att.net
    713-299-4136

    BASIC SUPPLIES:
    (Examples at Texas Art Supply)

    Pad of Newsprint Paper (“Smooth” only) 18” x 24”
         TA Item #73393 • Strathmore • Smooth 50 Sheets 18 In. X 24 In. 

    2+ Sheets of Pastel Paper in a Neutral Gray 19” x 25”
         TA Item  Strathmore 446-7 Artagain Steel Gray Pastel Paper

    Drawing Board min 19” x 25””…or masonite or gator board cut to size
         TA Item #45142 • Pacific Arc • 23 In. X 26 In. 

    2 Large Bull Clips to attach pad of paper to board
         TA Item #20986 • X-Acto Bull Clips • Size #4 , 3 In. Each 

    Large sticks, Willow Charcoal
         TA Item #17260 • Coates • 12 Mm - 14 Mm Extra Thick Box Of 4 

    Thin sticks, Willow Charcoal
         TA Item #17471  Coates Willow Charcoal Thin Sticks 25 sticks…or
         TA Item #33515  Coates Willow Charcoal 12 sticks ( a little thicker)

    Paper Wrapped - Soft - Charcoal Pencil
        TA Item #13625 • Prang • Soft

    Kneaded Eraser

    2+  Nupastel Sticks - white….or
    2+  Conté Crayons - white  2B
         TA Item #61695 • Conte • White 2B

    [Some additional supplies will be provided for experimentation.]

    • 02 Feb 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    BEGINNING WATERCOLOR ACADEMY  
    Order of Operations
    (Carla Gauthier)

    Saturday Afternoon, February 2, 2019
    12:00pm-5:00pm.    $50

    This class is part of five stand-alone, but sequential classes for beginners to watercolor, held once a month on Saturday afternoons (after the monthly gallery take-in) except for October and March, when we have our major exhibitions.

    ***Note: This class is for beginners.  It is NOT for students who have already taken a class with Carla. Please save those spots for the beginners taking this series.***

    Award-winning artist Carla Gauthier will conclude our five-part series with a lesson on how to go from an inspiration to a painting. How to break down the subject matter into manageable parts, painting in sequential layers, from soft edges to harder details. This class will give you the confidence to get out and paint on your own.

    Contact: carla.gauthier@yahoo.com,  281-384-2473     www.carlagauthier.com
      

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

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    • 04 Feb 2019
    • 25 Feb 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 12
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    TAKING THE FIRST STEPS TO PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - Robin Avery

    Monday afternoons,
    February 4, 11, 18, 25

    12:30-3:30pm.    $150

    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, 713-410-1076
      

    Supply List:

    • Plastic Watercolor Palette with a lid
    • Natural sponge
    • Gray watercolor pencil
    • yardstick
    • kneaded eraser
    • 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.  This list includes one warm and one cool paint in each of the three primary colors.  These are needed for successful color mixing.
      • Yellow: Winsor Yellow or Aureolin Yellow
      •             New Gamboge
      • Red: Permanent Rose or Rose Madder
      •          Cadmium Red or Winsor Red
      • Blue: Ultramarine Blue
      •           Cobalt blue

    _______________ To be added later______________________________

    • Burnt Sienna (winsor newton brand)
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Winsor Green and winsor blue......or Thalo blue  Thalo Green
    • Graflix Incredible Art Board from Amazon....used as a support and to stretch paper.....
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    • 07 Feb 2019
    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 5
    Register

    WARM AND COOL COLORS - Carla Gauthier

    Thursday afternoons
    February 7, 14, 21, 28
    1:00-4:00 pm  $150

    Red, Orange and Yellow are warm colors while Greens, Blues and Violets are cool. Simple enough, right? Well there's so much more to learn! That each and every color has a warm and cool version, that using them in a painting can create space and depth, that glazes of warms and cools can create a stronger focal point, that you might be able to make better decisions on which yellow, blue or red would work best in a given painting. Learn to understand your pigments, how to best use them to make your paintings stronger during this four-week class.    

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

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

    • 09 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 13
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     CREATE AND EDIT ART ON YOUR iPAD Ksenia Annis

    Saturday, February 9
    9:30 - 3:30        $50

    Learn how to draw and paint on your iPad, and how to use it for quick and easy studies. In depth review of the Procreate app will allow you to use it to upload and modify photo reference, to resolve color and composition issues in existing artwork and quickly test new ideas and color combinations. All levels. Materials required: iPad Air or later model, Apple Pencil, Procreate app (detailed instructions will be emailed to the participants). All levels.

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

    • 10 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 16
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    ADOBE PHOTOSHOP AND PHOTOGRAPHY SUITE FOR ARTISTS Ksenia Annis

    Sunday, February 10
    9:30 - 3:30        $50

    During this class we will review how to photograph your paintings using your phone or camera, and then learn all the steps necessary to get these photos ready for submission to juried shows, competitions, or for posting on your website or social media. We will review other Adobe programs that can help to share and promote your art. All levels. Materials required: laptop computer with Adobe Photography suite (instructions will be emailed to the participants). All levels.

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


    • 10 Feb 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama
    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.



    • 11 Feb 2019
    • 25 Feb 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 16
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    1-1-3-3 MODEL LAB

    Monday mornings 
    February 11, 18, 25

    9:00am - 12:00 pm.  
     $30 members; $42 non-members


    Join us for an innovative concept in life drawing and painting.  The 1-1-3-3 Model Lab will be 1 model in 1 pose for 3 hours for 3 weeks in a row.

    This new format will allow our members to go from a sketch to a completed artwork in the three week period using any medium that can be cleaned with soap and water. If you are speedy and finish a piece quickly, you are encouraged to move to get a different angle to complete another piece as you please.

    Registration is for the three week session to ensure that the three weeks will be fully funded to pay the model.

    Leslie Wolf will be the primary monitor, but participation by members is encouraged. She is a WAS-H member and regular attendee at the WAS-H Model Lab that meets most Wednesday afternoons. Her idea is based on a similar lab that she loved in Chicago.

    Contact: Leslie Wolf - LVWOLF800@yahoo.com

    Bring your favorite drawing and painting supplies -- anything from pen and pencil to watercolors to pastels to combining all of the above. No oil paints or solvents are allowed.  Only materials that can be cleaned up with soap and water may be used.

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    • 12 Feb 2019
    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 15
    Register

    PORTRAIT PAINTINGProf. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday afternoons
    1:00-4:00 pm 
    February 12, 19, 26, March 12    $150

    Study portrait painting with Prof. Bhatti, the winner of the 2018 Annual Member Exhibit (with his painting "Mystic Connection, left). This class is designed for learning the basics of portraits painting in watercolor medium. The focus will be upon painting faces, eyes, nose, lips, hair and backgrounds. We will learn to create human form, tonality, color values, transparent layering technique and coloring skills. Artists who are interested in portrait painting will enjoy peers critique sessions during regular demos in the class. Portrait painting itself is a fun for many reasons; it is thrilling and exciting as well as challenging when painting with watercolor.  The class will work individually as well as in groups. 

    Art supply list

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes:  # 02 - # 06  natural squirrel hair
    • Watercolor paints, professional grade (brand of your choice)
    • Watercolor palette and related painting supplies (water container, paper towels, etc.)
    • 140 lb. Arches paper (a few ¼ size sheets)
    • Light weight drawing board
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc.

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

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

    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • WASH - 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 19
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    SUNDAY ART JAM -Introduction to Brush Calligraphy

    Join local artist Bernadette Fischer for her Intro to Brush Calligraphy Workshop and learn the basic skills and principles of calligraphy and brush lettering.

    With the knowledge you'll gain - and practice, of course - you'll be able to letter personal projects for your home, create meaningful gifts for friends and family, address envelopes beautifully, and even begin a new business of your own! Bernadette's classes are for beginners, so if you've never tried calligraphy or brush lettering you're perfectly welcome to start here!  

    You'll learn what makes calligraphy calligraphy, the basics of forming and joining script letters, the tricks that will take your lettering to the next levels, how to get the best from and care for your brush lettering materials, troubleshooting & how to avoid common beginner mistakes, the basics of watercolor as a medium, and of course Bernadette will be there to guide you and answer your questions.

    Cost:  Basic registration for members is $80, nonmembers is $85, and includes borrowing all class supplies from Bernadette. If students would like to have supplies to keep and continue to practice, Bernadette can provide their supplies in a kit for $20 each if they are purchased at time of registration. Detailed photo of kit is below.

    Supplies in kit: 

    • Watercolors
    • Watercolor palette
    • Pencil
    • Size 0 or 1 round brush
    • Carrying pouch
    • Sketch paper
    • Watercolor paper, 90lb


    Bernadette's website is at http://www.heybernadette.com









    • 19 Feb 2019
    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 22
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    BEGINNER LANDSCAPES AND SEASCAPES - Robert Ruhmann

    Tuesday evenings
    February 19, 26, March 12, 19
    6:00 - 9:00 pm 
    $150

    Come learn about landscapes and seascapes from this award-winning artist. Robert Ruhmann graduated from the University of Houston in 1991 with a degree in graphic communications.  Robert discovered fine art after graduating from college and has been creating paintings ever since.  He has participated in many art festivals throughout Texas.  Robert uses watercolors, oils, and acrylics.  His favorite medium is watercolor.  He loves to paint landscapes, rock formations, and seascapes. You might have seen him demonstrate his techniques of painting rocks and cliffs at a recent Paint-in. 

    raruhmann@gmail.com, 979-864-0155 

    Supply List:

    • Watercolor Paints:

    Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Sap Green, Van Dyke Brown, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Crimson Red

    • Mixing Tray or Plate
    • 2 Sheets of Watercolor Paper, 22" X 30"
    • Watercolor Brushes - bring whatever you have (prefer Simmons @ Texas Art Supply, but any brand is o.k.)
    • Water Container
    • Natural Sponge
    • Photograph of Landscape
    • Paper Towels or Toilet Tissue

    Optional:
    • Watercolor Board
    • Toothbrush
    • 22 Feb 2019
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 2
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    AFRAID OF THE DARK? EXPLORING THE DARK SIDE - Carla Gauthier

    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
    February 22, 23, 24        
    9:30-3:30 pm           $150

    Have you ever been disappointed with the contrast and colors of a painting when you thought it had potential to be a strong finished work? Color dries lighter in watercolor, but it can also dry duller, and much more flat if you don't take the right painting steps. In this weekend workshop we will practice techniques and tricks to give your paintings strong contrast, with rich, varied color. We will demystify back-lit subjects, and work with edges to create velvety darks, and a strong sense of light.    

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

    Just bring 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.

    • 04 Mar 2019
    • 08 Mar 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 3
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    Painting Stronger Watercolors 

    March 4-8, 2019

    Workshop information from Andy: There seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor. I hear it from my students all the time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings, and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important. Painting loosely doesn't just happen, it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. However, there are techniques that can speed up this process. In my workshop, we’ll discuss ways to simplify a scene into larger shapes that will help you paint more boldly. Value studies are emphasized from the outset. I will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures. By the end of the class, each student should have enough information to help them on their path to painting impressionistic watercolors.

    Andy began painting watercolors in the mid 1990’s, is largely self-taught, and has studied with such well known watercolorists as Skip Lawrence, Eric Weigardt, Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic. His watercolors first gained recognition after winning an international competition through American Artist magazine in 2005.  His paintings have appeared on the cover of American Artist’s Watercolor magazine and in International Artist, Watercolor Artist, Plein Air and American Art Collector magazines.  His award-winning paintings are in collections on 4 continents and he has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. 

    He served as president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004-2006, was elected a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and is now serving as their president.  He remains the only watercolorist invited to exhibit in the annual ‘Wild Side’ Exhibition, a show of works done on Catalina Island by some of the top landscape painters in the country.  His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition, the High Winds Medal at the 2015 AWS Exhibition, and the Painters Award in the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 2012 Waterworks Exhibition. 

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    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14
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    IMPRESSIONISM: MARKS AND PATTERN - Susan Giannantonio

    Saturday and Sunday
    March 9-10

    9:30am-3:30pm     $100

    If you fancy the likes of Vuillard, Bonnard, van Gogh, Sargent, you might love a picture plane full of activity, or “pattern”. Learn how a playful approach to watercolor (and some unorthodox painting tools) can render a painting full of interesting shapes and marks.

    lucholiz@gmail.com281-347-9043,  www.susangiannantonio.com
    More info at
    susanteachespainting.blogspot.com 

    Supply List
    All your favorite watercolor materials and plenty of paper and/or canvas, small format (approx. 9 x 12” or 11 x 14”). You may stick with transparent watercolor or bring gouache, acrylics, watercolor pencils, etc. as you like.

    If you have questions about materials, please contact Susan at Lucholiz@gmail.com for guidance

    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama
    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.



    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 6
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    TAKING THE NEXT STEPS TO PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - Robin Avery

    Wednesday mornings,
    March 13, 20, 27, April 3
    9:00am-12:00pm.    $150

    We’ve learned some basics and now we are ready to express ourselves on paper with glorious paints and perky brushes!   This is part two for those students who have basic knowledge of paint, brushes, paper and techniques and basic understanding of value.  We will focus on composing successful paintings while still learning basic painting skills.

    This is a beginner to intermediate class.
    robinavery47@gmail.com, 713-410-1076

      

    Supply List:

    • Plastic Watercolor Palette with a lid
    • Natural sponge
    • Gray watercolor pencil
    • yardstick
    • kneaded eraser
    • 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.  This list includes one warm and one cool paint in each of the three primary colors.  These are needed for successful color mixing.
      • Yellow: Winsor Yellow or Aureolin Yellow
      •             New Gamboge
      • Red: Permanent Rose or Rose Madder
      •          Cadmium Red or Winsor Red
      • Blue: Ultramarine Blue
      •           Cobalt blue

    _______________ To be added later______________________________

    • Burnt Sienna (winsor newton brand)
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Winsor Green and winsor blue......or Thalo blue  Thalo Green
    • Graflix Incredible Art Board from Amazon....used as a support and to stretch paper.....
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    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 6
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    GETTING TO THE FINISH LINE - Carla Gauthier

    Thursday afternoons 
    March 14, 21, 28, April 4
    1:00pm-4:00pm.    $150

    Often, we leave a painting unfinished because we have reached a point where we can't find a solution - sometimes it is composition weakness, sometimes a drawing problem, sometimes it is a value issue, or a lack of focal point. Let's finish them! This will be a collaborative class where we discuss possibilities, try new techniques and finish with a variety of media that get the job done. And by working with old paintings, we will also be learning about what a successful painting needs - which will help your next painting! 


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

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