The WAS-H classroom is now open for select classes and workshops. The class schedule will indicate whether the courses are on-line or in-person. While the WAS-H office is open during regular WAS-H hours (Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 3 pm), the on-site Gallery is not open.


Members Registration for Fall Classes Now Open!
General Registration begins August 7

Information about Class registration

  • Members must log-in to register for classes and workshops.
  • Non-members pay an additional fee, see each class for specific fees.
  • If enrolling as a monitor, click HERE for a complete list of duties.
  • Click HERE to review our cancellation policy.

NOTE: Parking is not available at the Menil Collection. Please use surrounding streets if the WAS-H parking lot is full.

  • Select classes will be in person at the WAS-H building. Read the current COVID policy HERE.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • July 22, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 26, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 8
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    IN PERSON - Portrait Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Six Thursdays,  July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26
    10:00am - 1:00pm
    $250 members/$310 non-members*

    This class is designed to learn basic techniques of portrait painting in watercolor medium. Class demos will help you to learn portrait painting skills, techniques, and applying tone values. In many ways, portrait painting is a fun class. It is exciting, full of artistic challenges as well as giving you confidence in working with the loose brush and in understanding light and shade.

    Click HERE for supply list.
    https://artistmohammadali.com/

    *to save money, become a member by clicking here.

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    • August 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 27, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 6
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    IN PERSON - Intro to Watercolor Mapmaking

    Ed Pettitt
    Four Friday afternoons,  
    August 6, 13, 20, 27.

    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    $120 members/$160 non-members

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

    Level: all

    Note: This class will also be streamed in our Virtual Classroom, for those who can't attend in person.  See accompanying link to register for that one.

    Click HERE for your supply list.

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    • August 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 27, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WASH Virtual Classroom
    • 15
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    VIRTUAL - Intro to Watercolor Mapmaking

    Ed Pettitt
    Four Friday afternoons,  
    August 6, 13, 20, 27.

    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    $120 members/$160 non-members

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

    Level: all

    Note: This class will also held in person, for those who prefer to attend in our regular classroom.  See accompanying link to register for that one.

    Click HERE for your supply list.

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    • August 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 08, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 0

    IN PERSON - Matisse: Color, Shape, and Pattern

    Caroline Graham
    Saturday & Sunday, August 7 & 8
     
    9:30am -3:30pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    This summer the Museum of Fine Arts will host an exhibit, "Monet to Matisse: Impressionism to Modernism from the Bemberg Foundation." Caroline Graham will motivate us to learn more about  Matisse's techniques and inspiration, as well as to experiment with the skills we can bring to our own paintings.  Preliminary plans include exercises using color, shape, and pattern, and both still life and figures as subject matter.
    All levels.


    Supply list -- your usual painting supplies

    • your watercolors and brushes
    • Arches 140lb. paper
    • your iPhone/ smartphone
    • your photos for practicing these techniques
    • paper towels
    • August 09, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 10, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 7
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    IN PERSON - Cityscape/Landscape Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Monday & Tuesday, Aug 9 & 10
    10:30am - 4:30pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    In this 2-day workshop, you will learn and practice step by step basic technique of cityscape/ landscape painting, color mixing, values study and composition. The class will study perspectives, architecture, trees, sky, trees and open fields. 

    We will do this multiple times. Critique sessions will help understand watercolor technique and skills.


    Click HERE for supply list.

    https://artistmohammadali.com/Save
    • August 11, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 25, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 13
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    VIRTUAL - Gouache: The Figure in Context

    Jason Michael Bentley
    Three Wednesdays,  August 11, 18, 25.
    10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    $120 members/$150 non-members

    Gouache is an interesting medium, in that fluid transparent watercolor-like washes can be administered, as well as thicker opaque renderings resembling oil or acrylics. In this course we will combine these qualities to explore the figure in context.

    We will begin with a warm-up, and familiarize ourselves with brush techniques and effects while painting a sphere in the practice of chiaroscuro. Then we will apply the process to model the figure and surroundings, creating an energy-rich integration of form, light, and atmospheric perspective.

    Level: Intermediate or Advanced

    Note: this is a repeat of the June 1-15 class. New students and repeating students are welcome.

    Click HERE for your supply list.

    www.jmbportfolio.com

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    • August 14, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 0
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    VIRTUAL - August Paint-In: Learning About “Track of Vision” in Art

    Teacher: Caroline Graham 

    Saturday, August 14, 2021

    9:30am - 12:30pm Central

    $30 (free for Silver & Gold members)

    Caroline Graham, long time watercolor teacher at WAS-H and the Art League of Houston, will teach us about the “track of vision” in art.   She will use pretty koi fish to teach the principle.  We will also learn the make some of them look like they are under bubble filled water.

    Supplies needed are:

    • 140 lb coldpress Arches watercolor paper
    • Your watercolor palette with some pretty oranges and yellows (brilliant orange by Holbein, Winsor yellow deep, new gamboge, scarlet lake or any others you have).
    • #12 or 14 round watercolor brushes
    • Rubbing alcohol and dropper
    • Small Spray bottle of water
    • Paper towels

        This ZOOM Paint-In will be Saturday August 14 from 9:30-12:30.   The ZOOM access code will be in your registration notice as well as an email the day before the Paint-In.  We recommend you sign in at least 10-15 minutes before start time.  Fee structure for the ZOOM class will be the same as previous in person Paint-Ins.  ($30 per Paint-In unless you are a Silver or Gold member)

    Jan McNeill (jan.mcneill@att.net) and Terry Oakes,  Paint-in Coordinators

    • August 14, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 1
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    IN PERSON - Limited Palette

    Carla Gauthier
    Saturday & Sunday, August 14 & 15 
     
    9:30am -3:30pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    So many subjects, so many colors! How do you choose? In this class we will look at going on a color “diet” – fewer colors chosen at the beginning of a painting. Fewer colors will allow you to concentrate more on values, shapes, edges, detail, and ultimately produce paintings that art more UNIFIED. We will work on a group project that will produce very different results, based on the colors chosen.

    Levels: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

    Supply list:  You will need all of your painting gear, some quarter sheet paper (11 x 15” or close to that), both scrap and good cotton paper. You may even want to do the exercises in a sketchbook to keep what you will learn in one place. Bring your tube colors, not just a full palette, you may want to have those available. And bring a few photos that you might like to paint using a Limited Palette. We will work on those as time allows.

    • August 21, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 22, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 9
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    IN PERSON - When Life Gives You Lemons...Paint Them!

    Les McDonald, Jr.
    Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22
     
    9:30am -3:30pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    This workshop will be adventure into working with clean colors, painting the silver dish, and leaving your highlights in the silver. Designing your painting is always a primary goal. We will be painting from the photo of lemons and silver above.
    All levels.

    Click HERE for supply list.

    www.lesmcdonald.com
    • August 28, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 0
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    IN PERSON - Watercolor Batik

    Susan Jackson
    Saturday, August 28
    10am - 3pm
    $75 members/$85 non-members

    With the use of Japanese rice paper, watercolors, and hot wax comes a freedom of expression and a textural depth that surprises. While most painting is additive (bringing the scene to view from white paper), this method is subtractive with the wax covering the chosen area. Removal of the wax then reveals an intriguing piece that can be displayed showing the back or front.

    All Levels.

    Click here for supply list.




    • September 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 24
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    VIRTUAL - Head, Hands, and Feet

    Ellen Orseck

    Six Wednesday afternoons

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

    1:00-3:30pm Central Time

    $215 members/$275 non-members


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

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Click Here for Supply List.





    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    Click here to save money on this class by becoming a member!

    • September 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 22, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 23
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    VIRTUAL - Essential Drawing for the Painting Practice

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Four Wednesday afternoons

    September 1, 8, 15, & 22

    1:30-4:00pm Central Time

    $150 members/ $190 non-members

    Level: Novice, Beginner, and Intermediate

    With the exception of other mediums that lend themselves well to the direct painting approach, watercolor is best suited to a bit of pre-paint planning and design.

    A basic understanding of drawing is essential to any painting program. In this class we will learn the constructive principles of drawing, and apply them to develop space and form in still-life, landscapes, and the portrait, specifically tailored for the art of painting.

    Week 1: Tools and principles

    Topics:

    • Understanding the range of pencils, erasures, and blenders.
    • Hand positions and control of the pencil
    • Using helpful guides and optical measuring for building simple and complex shapes

    Project:  Draw a collection of stand alone objects with a convincing mass 

    Week 2: Elements of Design

    Topics:

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

    Project:  Bringing our elements together to draw a stilllife 

    Week 3: Atmosphere

    Topics:  Detail effectiveness and illusion of distance 

    Project:  Drawing for a simple landscape 

    Week 4: Anatomy for the Portrait

    Topics:

    • Understanding the individual features
    • Construction of features and measurements for the head 

    Project:  Drawing a simple portrait 

    Click here for the Supply List

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • September 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 28, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 11
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    IN PERSON - Atmosphere

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

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

    Levels: Intermediate and Advanced

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

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • September 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 28, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 26
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    VIRTUAL - Watercolor Foundations - Essential Techniques

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Four Tuesday afternoons

    September 7, 14, 21, 28

    1:30-4:00pm Central Time

    $150 members/ $190 non-members

    Level: Novice and Beginner

     The most important part about painting with watercolor is understanding the behavior of the pigment and surface. 

    In this online workshop, we will explore the watercolor fundamentals and techniques often forgotten or taken for granted.  This is an excellent course for beginners and experienced painters alike.

    Week 1 – Considerations of Color Theory, Value & Design

    • Construct color wheel and value scale

    Week 2 – Getting to know the brush and flow of pigment

    • Practicing flat wash and gradient while controlling the water bead
    • Still life block in
    • A study in building value

    Week 3 – Varied technique and fluidity

    • Practicing layered and dynamic color mixing
    • Using alternative tools (masking fluid, sponge)
    • Landscape painting using wet into wet and dry brush techniques

    Week 4 – Maximizing control

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

    Click here for Supply List

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • September 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 28, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 9
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    IN PERSON -  Acrylic Painting – Beginners Only

    Laura Mossman

    Tuesday evenings 

    September 7, 14, 21, 28

    6:00-8:00pm

    $120 members/$160 non-members


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


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

    Level: Novice 

    Materials:  

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

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

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

    • September 09, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 30, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 14
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    IN PERSON - Flower Painting

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

    This class is designed for learning to paint flower and floral grouping (Flora and Fauna) in watercolor medium. The focus will be upon drawing and painting different shapes, color and individuality of each flower; and the use foliage as a background for flowers and leaves with transparent layering. The class will also learn the technique of Painting flowers, petals by using flat and pointed brushes to pull the mix out from the flower so the color blends into the white paper without creating a hard edge. You will need a tracing paper to sketch in possibilities can help you to decide where and what value to make your negative shapes.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate

    Supplies needed:

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

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

    https://artistmohammadali.com/

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    #artistmohdali
    • September 11, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • 1601 W. Alabama, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 0
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    IN PERSON - September Paint-In: Watercolor with Pen and Ink

    Teacher: Joanie Hughes 

    Saturday, September 11, 2021

    9:30am - 3:00pm 

    $30 for members
    (free for Silver & Gold members)

    Welcome to 2021’s first IN PERSON Paint-in (9:30-3:00) – first since the beginning of the Covid quarantine in March 2020!!  The September 11, 2021 schedule is as follows:


    9:00-9:30 setup by attendees

    9:30-3:00 class – lecture, demo, and painting

    3:00-3:30 – cleanup


        Joanie Hughes, long time watercolor teacher at WAS-H will teach a loose approach to watercolor with pen, emphasizing techniques, value, and composition. This class will work with still life, interiors, and buildings with accompanied demonstrations and individual attention to each student.  If you have any favorite photo, bring a photocopy of it to try these techniques.


    Supplies needed:

    • Canson XL Watercolor 30 sheet pad paper 9X 12 - $7.20
    • Black waterproof Micron technical pens – size 01, 05, and 08.
    • Varsity Piolet fountain pen $2.49 or any pen that will bleed
    • One regular led or #2 pencil AND an eraser
    • Watercolor round brush – small to medium size
    • Watercolor paints of your choice - yellow, red, blue
    • Watercolor pencils – yellow, red, blue, (optional)
    • Paper towel roll and box of facial tissue
    • Small ruler
    • Plexiglass or sign board to use as a support for paper - aprox.11X14
    • Pro artist tape
    • If you are interested in dip Pen – Medium nib and holder plus Indian ink


        This Paint-in will be IN PERSON.  Bring a sack lunch, sweater or light jacket (in case the room temp is cool).    We’ll provide snacks and coffee!


    Jan McNeill (jan.mcneill@att.net) and Terry Oakes,  Paint-in Coordinators

    • September 13, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 18, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 13
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    IN PERSON - Café Society

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

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

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

    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    You may choose to work in either Acrylics or Watercolor.

    Click here for Acrylic Supply List 

    Click here for Watercolor Supply List

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • September 17, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 24, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 20
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    IN PERSON -  Abstract Mixed Media

    Maureen Seeba

    Two Fridays

    September 17 & 24

    9:30am-3:30pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members


    No need to know what you’re doing!  Have fun, gain confidence and let loose with mixed media abstract art!  You’ll be led through a series of suggestions that will leave you with several (at least nine) small, 6” x 6” works that have color, texture and originality.  The following class, we will enhance our works and learn how to mount them on cradled birch boards.

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate

    Materials:  

    • Full sheet of heavy watercolor paper or Bristol (to be divided into nine or twelve sections)  (about 22x30")
    • 8x8” (1/2 inch depth at least) birch board
    • Three colors of professional quality acrylics
    • Heavy Gel Gloss
    • A stick
    • Silicone color shaper or old credit card for scraping
    • Artists Tape
    • Palette or Freezer Paper to mix color

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

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

    • September 18, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 19, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 14
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    IN PERSON - Portrait Painting

    Professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti
    Saturday & Sunday
    September 18-19
    10:00am - 4:00pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members

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

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate

    Supplies needed:

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

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

    https://artistmohammadali.com/

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    #artistmohdali
    • September 25, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 26, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 17
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    VIRTUAL - Let It Flow: The Principles of Loose Watercolor Painting

    Ksenia Annis

    Saturday & Sunday mornings

    September 25 & 26

    9:30am - 12:30pm Central Time

    $90 members/ $110 non-members

    Level: Beginner & Intermediate

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

    Materials:

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

    •Watercolor

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

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

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

    •An opaque white (ink or gouache)

    •2 water containers, paper towels

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

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • September 25, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 26, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 12
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    IN PERSON - Working in Multiples

    Carla Gauthier
    Saturday & Sunday
    September 25, 26
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    $150 members/$170 non-members

    We start one painting, we finish it, and then we start another. In this busy class we will throw that method of working out the window! Each person will bring a single photo source and work on 4 paintings from that single source simultaneously. We will learn to explore possibilities and switch gears to constantly see your paintings with fresh eyes. We will open up creative avenues - like color, value, composition and design, even application – and we will discuss results to understand that letting go of “preconceived” ideas may give us the painting we really want to create!!


    Level: advanced

    Supplies needed:  Bring your SKETCHBOOK or loose paper, regular painting gear – brushes, paint – (transparent and opaque watercolors, mixed media etc. – whatever you might like to use) and palette, and at least 4 sheets (11x 15” or close to that) of good cotton paper. You need one SIMPLE source photo – or a sketch you’d like to explore. Abstract, floral, landscape, still life, portrait – anything goes! Bring a few if you need help choosing. 

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • October 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 29, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 11
    Register

    VIRTUAL - Painterly and Loose

    Erika M. Just

    Five Fridays

    October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    9:30am-12:30pm Central Time

    $200 members/$250 non-members


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

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

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

    Level: Intermediate, Advanced

    Click here for Supply List.

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • October 04, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 7
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    Michael Holter: Watercolor Impressionism: Landscape/Cityscape

    October 4-6, 2021, 9am - 4pm
    This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.
    We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience. 
    Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques.
    Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating  landscapes and show you several high-speed video demonstrations.
    You will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings. Michael welcomes novice and advanced students, and tailors the experience to individual needs.
    See more of about Michael and his work at www.michaelholter.com.
    Supply List:


    • October 04, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 25, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 24
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    VIRTUAL - Watercolor Foundations - Essential Techniques

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Four Monday afternoons

    October 4, 11, 18, 25

    1:30-4:00pm Central Time

    $150 members/ $190 non-members

    Level: Novice and Beginner

     The most important part about painting with watercolor is understanding the behavior of the pigment and surface. 

    In this online workshop, we will explore the watercolor fundamentals and techniques often forgotten or taken for granted.  This is an excellent course for beginners and experienced painters alike.

    Week 1 – Considerations of Color Theory, Value & Design

    • Construct color wheel and value scale

    Week 2 – Getting to know the brush and flow of pigment

    • Practicing flat wash and gradient while controlling the water bead
    • Still life block in
    • A study in building value

    Week 3 – Varied technique and fluidity

    • Practicing layered and dynamic color mixing
    • Using alternative tools (masking fluid, sponge)
    • Landscape painting using wet into wet and dry brush techniques

    Week 4 – Maximizing control

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

    Click here for Supply List

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • October 05, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 26, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 26
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    VIRTUAL - Essential Drawing for the Painting Practice

    Jason Michael Bentley

    Tuesday afternoons

    October 5, 12, 19, 26

    1:30-4:00pm Central Time

    $150 members/$190 non-members

    Level: Novice, Beginner, and Intermediate

    With the exception of other mediums that lend themselves well to the direct painting approach, watercolor is best suited to a bit of pre-paint planning and design.

    A basic understanding of drawing is essential to any painting program. In this class we will learn the constructive principles of drawing, and apply them to develop space and form in still-life, landscapes, and the portrait, specifically tailored for the art of painting.

    Week 1: Tools and principles

    Topics:

    • Understanding the range of pencils, erasures, and blenders.
    • Hand positions and control of the pencil
    • Using helpful guides and optical measuring for building simple and complex shapes

    Project:  Draw a collection of stand alone objects with a convincing mass 

    Week 2: Elements of Design

    Topics:

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

    Project:  Bringing our elements together to draw a stilllife 

    Week 3: Atmosphere

    Topics:  Detail effectiveness and illusion of distance 

    Project:  Drawing for a simple landscape 

    Week 4: Anatomy for the Portrait

    Topics:

    • Understanding the individual features
    • Construction of features and measurements for the head 

    Project:  Drawing a simple portrait 

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

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • October 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 08, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 8
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    Michael Holter: Watercolor Impressionism Faces and Places

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

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

    Michael's workshop will include insightful discussion of important aspects of figurative work such as composition and capturing a mood. You will spend time on exercises designed to heighten your techniques. There will be real-time demonstrations as well as high-speed video demos of Michael working in his studio.

    Students of all levels and interests will enjoy Michael's personal and up-front style of teaching as well as his inspirational approach to his work. Students will leave prepared and challenged to move on to a new level of confidence in painting portraits in watercolor.    

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

    Supply List:


    • October 10, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 12
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    IN PERSON - Order of Operations

    Carla Gauthier
    Sunday, October 10

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

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

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

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

    Levels: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

     Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • October 13, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • October 20, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H Virtual Meeting Room
    • 17
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    VIRTUAL - Chinese Ink Art: The Basics of Chinese Brush Painting Techniques

    Peihong Endris

    Two Wednesday afternoons

    October 13, 20

    1:00-3:00pm Central Time

    $60 members/$80 non-members


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

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate

    Supply List:

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

    2. Chinese Sumi-E ink.

    3. Couple of white porcelain dishes or palette.

    4. A paint mat.

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

    6. Two paper weights, such as rocks.

    7. A water container for washing brushes.

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

    9. A roll of paper towels.  

    Sources for supplies:

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


    • October 13, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 18
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    IN PERSON - Pouring Party!  BYOW

    Maureen Seeba

    Wednesday evening 

    October 13

    6:00-9:00pm

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


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

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

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced








    Materials needed:

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

    #pouringparty #pouring #acrylicpouring #funwithpaint #winedown

    Early Registration for Members opens August 1. General registration opens August 7.

    • October 14, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • November 04, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston TX 77006
    • 15
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