Registration for our Summer Semester is now open. 


NOTE: Parking is no longer available at the Menil Collection. Please use surrounding streets if the WAS-H parking lot is full.


Members must login to register for classes and workshops. Please note non-members pay an additional fee for classes. See each class for specific fees.

If you are enrolling as a monitor, here is a complete list of duties.

View classes through August in this handy quick view spreadsheet. Click HERE.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • 01 Jun 2018
    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77006

    OPEN STUDIO FOR MEMBERS - SUMMER 2018 

    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 watch a DVD from an artist of renown,  discuss style and techniques demonstrated, paint in the style of 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.

    Summer schedule of DVD's is listed below. If a change is made, registered members will be notified via email.  (Join email list by contacting Joanie Hughes.)

    JUNE 1 - Stephen Quiller: color Foundations/color theory

    JUNE 8 - Steven Quiller: Neutrals, triads, and applying paint.

    JUNE 15 - Tom  Lynch: Painting on Watercolor Canvas

    JUNE 22 - No video. Come and paint on your on. 

    JUNE 29 - No Open Studio today (Studio not available)

    JULY 6 - Mary Whyte: Portrait capturing emotion and character

    JULY 20 - Jean Pederson: Wet Glazing a Watercolor Portrait

    July 27 - No Open Studio today (Studio not available)

    AUG 3 - Charles Harrington - Acrylic Landscape the Watercolor Way

    AUG 17 - Mark Mehaffey - Painting Waterfalls on Yupo

    AUG 24 - Jane Evans - Chinese Brush Painting

    AUG 31 - No Open Studio today (Labor Day Weekend)

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

    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 26 Jul 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    PAINTING ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS - Carla Gauthier

    Thursday mornings, 9:30am-12:30pm

    July 5, 12, 19, 26     $150

    Do you love your travel photos ut are overwhelmed by painting the entire city scene? In this class we will concentrate on the architectural details that are the breathtaking touches in all those photos! Learn techniques to create those aged patinas, delicate iron work, beautiful textures, and distinctive silhouettes. Zoom in on those details, join in the fun.

    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.

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

    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 26 Jul 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0

    SKETCHBOOK SAVVY - Carla Gauthier

    Thurs afternoons, July 5, 12, 19, 26; 1-4 pm 

    $150

    Are you always envious of other artist’s sketchbooks? The time involved in keeping a sketchbook is a commitment, that is certain. But it is also clarifying what your artistic strengths are, and building on those strengths with exercises based on a vision of what you want your art to be. Not big on drawing? That’s okay, we will discover various methods and materials that will make for a sketchbook you can be proud of, and find every participant a particular path to build towards their artistic vision. Every artist’s path is unique, but keeping a sketchbook is a surefire way to better your art.

    carla.gauthier@yahoo.com, 281-384-2473
    Click here to visit her website. 

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 31 Jul 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 3
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    PORTRAIT PAINTING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-4:00 pm 
    July 10, 17, 24, 31    $150

    Portrait Drawing by Dr. Bhatti is recommended as a pre-requisite, but not required.  

    This class is about learning the basic technique of painting portraits in watercolor medium. The focus of the class will be on learning the form, tonality, values, layering technique, and composition. Portrait painting is fun, exciting, and challenging, too.  The class will work as a group as well as on individual portrait study.

    Art supply list

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes:  # 02 - # 06  squirrel hair (Mop)
    • Watercolor palette, brand of your choice
    • Watercolor paints, professional
    • 140# Arches (a few ¼ size sheets)
    • Light weight drawing board
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc

    Note: Please bring good quality photos/prints of your choice for painting portraits.

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

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 31 Jul 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14
    Register

    BEGINNER LANDSCAPES AND SEASCAPES - Robert Ruhmann

    Tuesday evenings
    July 10, 17, 24, 31. 
    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
    • 27 Jul 2018
    • 29 Jul 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    LIMITED PALETTE WORKSHOP - Carla Gauthier

    Friday – Sunday, July 27, 28, 29.
    9:30-3:30         $150

    Instead of buying every new color that comes out, learn what the colors you have can do for you! 

    Color can be overwhelming to painters, especially with all the new offerings out there. Understanding the properties of different tube colors is where we will start. Then we will move on to mixtures and what emotions they evoke. Limiting the palette of colors you use for each painting allows you to create a unified painting with a stronger sense of mood and energy. You will paint your own subject matter and together we will decide what colors will best convey the mood you want to create. The bonus of this class - the fewer colors that you paint with, the more energy and concentration you will have to devote to shapes, values, edges and movement in your painting. All levels.

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

    carla.gauthier@yahoo.com, 281-384-2473  http://carlagauthier.com 

    • 04 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 16
    Register

    CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING: FINISHING AND MOUNTING - Peihong Endris

    Saturday, August 4, 9:30 am-3:30 pm 

    Chinese painting is the integration of poetry, calligraphy, seal carving, as one comprehensive art. The poems and calligraphy inscribed on Chinese paintings not only help to supplement and deepen the artistic conception of painting, but also enrich the artistic expression of the painting, which is one of the important means for artists to express feelings, express individuality and enhance the artistic appeal of painting. So where we should put a name chop? and where should we sign the artist signature? Mounting is a unique process which takes your art to the next level. a painting that has been mounted shows more vibrant colors, crisper detail and is suitable for framing. In this workshop you will learn how to use chops to balance your masterpiece and how to mount your own painting.

    peihong1512@gmail.com , 713-206-3668  http://www.peihongendris.com

    Supplies needed for class:
    1. Brushes: one 3 - 4 inch synthetic hard bristle flat paint brush, one 3-inch soft bristle flat brush
    2. A foam-board or any kind of board, such as sketch board, or wood board
    3. Bring your own small Chinese brush paintings
    4. A pad of Newsprint paper (50 sheets of 18"x24" acid-free paper)
    5. A water spray bottle
    6. Bring alum powder and a small jar
    7. A kitchen towel or a roll of paper towels


    • 07 Aug 2018
    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 9
    Register

    CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING: MORNING GLORIES AND INSECTS - Peihong Endris

    Tuesday mornings, August 7, 14, 21, 28  9:30 am - 12:30 pm         $150   

    Speaking of morning glory, I always think of the summer days. Such as red, pink, purple and blue.  Although it is a kind of wild flower, blooming on the side of the paths crisscrossed in the fields, it is very attractive, which blooms in the morning and fades before noon. They are both ephemeral and beautiful. In this section, we will cover both techniques of detail and free style. Plus dragonflies, bees, and butterflies. Peihong gives hands–on, step by step demonstrate attention to each student’s work. All skill levels.

    E-mail peihong1512@gmail.comor call at 713-206-3668 for supply list.

    • 07 Aug 2018
    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 13
    Register

    FLOWER PAINTING - Prof. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-4:00 pm 
    August 7, 14, 21, 28    $150

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

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

    Art supply list

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

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

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

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

    • 10 Aug 2018
    • 12 Aug 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 0
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    AFRAID OF THE DARK? EXPLORING THE DARK SIDE - Carla Gauthier

    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
    August 10, 11, 12        
    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.

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 19 Aug 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 11
    Register

    HORSES IN CHARCOAL AND WATERCOLOR -- Theresa Wilson

     Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19
    9:30 am-3:30 pm       $100 

    Horses capture the imagination in ways that few animals do, but translating that to paper can be a daunting task.  In this workshop we will look at how to draw and paint the horse in a convincing, yet expressive, way.  We will identify and develop strategies to draw the key aspects of horse anatomy.  Then we will have fun with charcoal and watercolor techniques to build form and give our horses life and individuality.  All levels.

    ttcbwilson@aol.com, 281-829 9821  www.theresawilsonwatercolors.com

    Click here for supply list.


    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 13
    Register

    WATER AND BOAT IN WATERCOLOR -- Les McDonald

    Saturday & Sunday, August 25-26, 9:30am-3:30pm.     $100

    This workshop will be an exercise painting water and reflections. Demos, with step-by-step explanations of the concepts and technique will be provided. You will have the option of working from their own subject matter or from my photo materials. This is the photo we will be working from.  

    All levels. 

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

    Click here for supply list.

    • 07 Sep 2018
    • 14 Dec 2018
    • 10 sessions
    • WAS-H, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77006

    OPEN STUDIO FOR MEMBERS - FALL 2018 

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

    SEPT 7 - 

    SEPT 14 - 

    SEPT 28 - 

    OCT 19 - 

    NOV 2 - 

    NOV 9 - 

    NOV 16 - 

    NOV 30 - 

    DEC 7 - 

    DEC 14 - 

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

    • 16 Sep 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006
    • 14
    Register

    SUNDAY ART JAM 

    Sunday, September 16, 9:30am-3:30pm.     $50

    Basics of Drawing and Painting on iPad 
    Put your iPad to work creating beautiful art. Ksenia Annis will be teaching the basics of digital drawing and painting using an iPad and Apple Pencil. She will give an overview of Procreate software and show how various pieces - from quick sketches to finished paintings can be created digitally.
      See lesson plan below.

    All levels. 

    kseniaannis@yahoo.com

    Materials: iPad Air or later, Procreate app, Apple Pencil (highly recommended, but not required).









    Lesson plan:

    -Quick overview of the hardware (iPad models, Apple pencil)

    -Quick overview of drawing apps for iPad (vector and raster graphics)

    -What is Procreate app? Creating digital art vs. using it as a traditional artist (examples).

    -Quick overview of Procreate interface – settings, menus

    -Practice: start a new drawing, try various tools

    -Saving and exporting your work. Saving time lapse video.

    -Practice: draw a simple still life.

    -Working from photo reference – how to import it, using color reference.

    -Practice: draw a sketch from photo reference.

    -Review work, Q&A

    • 08 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 0
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    Watercolor With Carl Dalio


    5-Day Workshop 

    October 8-12, 2018

    Tuition 

    $650 for members

    $700 for non-members

    *$100 non-refundable deposit

    International artist Carl Dalio, a resident of Sedona, Arizona, is a master of bold color and dynamic design. With abundant experience as a successful artist, illustrator, instructor and juror, he continues to honor essential concepts of beauty, design, imagination, passion and simplicity. Accomplished in watercolor, oil and pastel, he has presented painting demonstrations and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and Indonesia. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (served on its Jury of Selection in New York), National Watercolor Society (served on its Jury of Selection in California) and Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society. 

    Carl's paintings, six-times cover art and numerous articles have appeared in books and publications including American Artist, Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic and Pastel Journal. His paintings have received awards in national exhibitions and online competitions. 

    Carl was one of 30 nationally known artists participating in the October 2016 Sedona Plein Air Festival. In February of 2016, Carl painted in Cuba with fellow artists in Plein Air Magazine’s historic Publisher’s Invitational adventure. His Inspirational Painting Videos, available as digital downloads, are available through his official website. 

    Please visit at www.carldalio.com to view the gallery of his expressive paintings. 

    *$100 deposit is non-refundable. Full workshop payment is due 60 days prior to start date.

    Supply List: 

    The workshop coordinator will contact you closer to the workshop start date and provide a supply list along with any other pertinent details.

     

     

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