Registration for Summer Classes Now Open!

To Become a Member, Click HERE


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.

  • To receive a refund, you must cancel your attendance in a class three weeks before the start of the class and you must submit your request for the refund in writing to admin@watercolorhouston.org.

  • In-person classes are subject to our covid policy.  Read the policy HERE.
  • Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines HERE.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

    • August 02, 2022
    • August 23, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 1
    Register

    IN PERSON - Find Your Path

    Carla Gauthier

    Four Tuesday afternoons

    August 2, 9, 16, 23

    1:00-4:00pm

    $180 members/$220 non-members


    Do you want to push your painting, define your style, and create a body of work that is cohesive and personal? This will be a student-driven class, with more of a coaching/critique vibe, helping each artist work towards a simple goal – to find their “path” whether it be realistic or abstract, portraits, landscapes, still-life based….. whatever it is that inspires you. This class is not a “how-to” class. We will discuss concepts, artistic principles that will help each artist regardless of their style and subject, and do demos that are spontaneous, responding to student problems and needs. Ideally we become a consistent group, whose input is varied and meaningful. The idea is that you will focus on a subject and approach to carry your ideas forward in a connected way. Work outside class is essential.

    Level: Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: Regular watermedia and art supplies, including paper towels, and paintings you have finished or are in progress for critique..


    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.
    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • August 04, 2022
    • August 26, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 13
    Register

    IN PERSON -  Portrait Painting

    Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Four Thursday afternoons

    August 4, 11, 18, 25

    1:00-4:00pm

    $180 members/$220 non-members


    The portrait class will focus on the fundamentals of portrait painting in watercolor. This  class is designed for those who want to improve human head drawing, forms, plans, tonal value, and techniques of portrait painting. In many ways, portrait painting is fun class. It is exciting, full of artistic challenges, as well as gives you confidence working with the loose brush and understanding of light and shade.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List:

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes ( # 02 to  # 06) natural squirrel hair )
    • Watercolor paint of your choice, palette 
    • 140 lb. Arches paper (22x30" sheet, cut in quarters)
    • Light weight Drawing Board
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc.

    Note: Bring good quality close up photos/prints (6x6 inches) of your own.

    #artistmohdali

    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and 

    students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • August 12, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 16
    Register
    IN PERSON - Chocolate + Watercolor Paint Night

    Katie Steck

    Friday, August 12
    6:30-9:30pm

    $50 members/$60 non-members


    What better way to spend an evening than sampling artisan chocolate and painting with watercolor? In this special evening, you will be tasting six different types of artisan chocolate and using watercolor as a way to represent what you taste in each of the samples. 


    Like coffee or wine, cacao beans have a unique flavor depending on where they are grown, how they are fermented, roasted, and ground into the delicious treat we call chocolate. In this workshop you will learn how chocolate is made, its connection with art,  taste six different artisan chocolate samples, and get to explore the taste through painting the flavor(s) you notice. Exploring the flavors in this way can help you notice more subtle flavor profiles of your food experience and remember them better afterwards.


    The evening is planned as follows:

    1. Welcome

    2. The connection between art and chocolate

    3. Primer on how artisan chocolate is made

    4. Sample chocolate bars and paint the flavors

    5. Conclude

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Supply list:

    • Watercolor paper
    • Watercolor paint
    • Watercolor brushes
    • Waterproof ink pen
    • Water dish
    • Old rag/paper towels

    Mini watercolor kits may be purchased in advance for $10 through contacting instructor by email: katie.steck@gmail.com

    Chocolate samples will be provided as part of the class.

    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building. 

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.

    #artisanchocolate #chocolateart #watercolor #paint #paintdate #datenight #chocoatetasting #dateidea #watercolorartsociety #kindredsoulart #art #tastewithcolor

    • August 13, 2022
    • August 14, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 5
    Register

    IN PERSON - Composition and Values

    Carla Gauthier

    Saturday & Sunday

    August 13 & 14

    9:30am - 3:30pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members


    The success of a painting hinges on different things. The first two are Composition and Values. Honing your skills regarding these two things are key to moving your artistic ideas forward, the foundation for all the techniques you are perfecting. We will learn to use your photos or sketches to adjust and perfect composition and value patterns, then cover different ways to create a full value range that will work with your plan. 

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: Regular watercolor supplies, paper, brushes, palette, tube colors for darks, and also a sketchbook, paper towels, and pencils like 2B or 4B, or gray scale markers.


    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.
    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • August 16, 2022
    • September 06, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 5
    Register

    IN PERSON - Drawing 101

    Myke Venable

    Four Tuesday mornings

    August 16, 23, 30, Sept 6

    9:00am - 12:00pm

    $180 members/$220 non-members


    Schedule this class to set aside time to develop, practice, and refine your drawing skills! Students will explore the fundamentals of drawing through various hands-on activities and class discussions. This class will touch upon observation, shapes, volume, value, line and texture. This class is intended for students with little or no previous drawing experience or those that want to sharpen their fundamental skills.
    Level: Novice, Beginner

    Supply List

    • Sketch Book - 8.5 x 11 in size, 50 lb. paper weight (recommend Bienfang brand)
    • Variety of graphite pencils (2H, HB, 2B)
       (recommend Staedtler graphite pencil set 12) 
    • Prismacolor Kneaded Rubber Eraser
    • Pink Pearl Eraser
    • optional: pack of Helix or Pentel eraser caps (helpful, not required)
    • Free PDF version of reference book will be sent upon registration:
      *KEYS TO DRAWING, Bert Dodson


    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.
    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    #basicdrawing #fundamentaldrawing #graphitedrawing #drawwhatyousee
    • August 19, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 14
    Register

    IN PERSON -  3 Things That Improve Design for "Eye-Catching" Paintings!

    Linda Southern Vanek

    Friday, August 19

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    $75 members/$85 non-members


    Do you want to create more “eye catching” paintings? The first element most Jurors look for is a strong design. In this class, you will learn 3 things that will immediately improve your design composition and create a stronger, more exciting focal point! Whether you are an experienced artist, or just beginning to paint, you will learn how to apply this insight and take your paintings to the next level.

    A class photo will be provided. You may also bring a photo of what you would like to paint or bring your challenging paintings for ideas and inspiration. Class instruction, demos, and individual time with artists as desired.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: 
    Standard watercolor supplies, paints, paper towels, notebook, watercolor paper, and reference photos for painting, and any watercolor paintings you would like to review with teacher.


    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.


    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • August 19, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 19
    Register

    IN PERSON -Mindfulness + Watercolor: Self Compassion

    Katie Steck

    Friday, August 19
    6:00-9:00pm

    $50 members/$60 non-members


    This workshop combines mindfulness techniques with watercolor to explore the self and create something joyful. This class can be taken multiple times since the emphasis is on your process rather than a perfect end product.


    What to expect:

    1. We will begin with a check-in mindfulness exercise to check in with the messages we’ve been telling ourselves throughout the day
    2. Brief discussion on self-compassion, especially as it relates to being an artist
      a.Identify phrases of self-compassion
    3. Project steps
      a. Cut paper to size
      b. Paint layers of paint in circles
      c. Write compassionate messages
    4. Close with relaxation exercise


    *Note: This class is not a substitute for therapy from a licensed psychologist. We will be going over mindfulness principles in an educational-type setting and in application to watercolor, but I encourage everyone to seek personal therapy for deeper exploration. 


    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Supply list:

    • Watercolor paper
    • Watercolor paint
    • Watercolor brushes
    • Ink pen to write message
    • Water dish
    • Old rag/paper towels

    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building. 

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.

    #mindfulness #art #arttherapy #bodymap #selfcompassion #kindredsoulart #watercolorartsociety #WASH #psychophysiology #introspection #hometherapy #explore #knowthyself
    • August 20, 2022
    • August 21, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 15
    Register

    IN PERSON - Lily Pad & Honey Bee

    Les McDonald

    Saturday & Sunday

    August 20 & 21

    9:30am - 3:30pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members


    Detail has always been my specialty. We will do a tight drawing and paint the detail of the lily pad and honey bee.

    The teacher will show you the approach to make the colors work with detailed instruction. Masking will be used in portions of the design.

    Colors will be selected and shown with color swatches.

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List

    Bring your usual variety of paint colors

    Pebeo Drawing Gum will be used for masking

    Brushes = Rounds - #2, 3, 4,  & 6 will be used.


    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.
    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • August 27, 2022
    • August 28, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 8
    Register

    IN PERSON - Flower Painting Workshop

    Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Saturday and Sunday

    August 27-28

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members


    This class is designed for learning to paint flower and floral groupings 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 flower petals by using flat and pointed brushes to pull the paint out from the flower so the color blends into the white paper without creating a hard edge. You will need  tracing paper to sketch in possibilities to help you to decide where and what value to make your negative shapes

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: 

    • 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 22x30" sheet (cut in quarters) or pads 10” x 15”
    • Light weight Drawing Board
    • Tracing paper
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc
    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.

    • September 08, 2022
    • September 29, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 1
    Register

    IN PERSON - Find Your Path

    Carla Gauthier

    Four Thursday afternoons

    September 8, 15, 22, 29

    1:00-4:00pm

    $180 members/$220 non-members


    Do you want to push your painting, define your style, and create a body of work that is cohesive and personal? This will be a student-driven class, with more of a coaching/critique vibe, helping each artist work towards a simple goal – to find their “path” whether it be realistic or abstract, portraits, landscapes, still-life based….. whatever it is that inspires you. This class is not a “how-to” class. We will discuss concepts, artistic principles that will help each artist regardless of their style and subject, and do demos that are spontaneous, responding to student problems and needs. Ideally we become a consistent group, whose input is varied and meaningful. The idea is that you will focus on a subject and approach to carry your ideas forward in a connected way. Work outside class is essential.

    Level: Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: Regular watermedia and art supplies, including paper towels, and paintings you have finished or are in progress for critique..


    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.
    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • September 09, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 20
    Register

    IN PERSON -Mindfulness + Watercolor: Personal Values
    Katie Steck

    Friday, September 9
    6:00-9:00pm

    $50 members/$60 non-members


    This workshop combines mindfulness techniques with watercolor to explore the self and create something joyful. This class can be taken multiple times since the emphasis is on your process rather than a perfect end product.


    What to expect:

    1. We will begin with a check-in mindfulness exercise to check in with what decisions or concerns are coming up for us that day.
    2. Brief discussion on personal values and finding happiness
    3. Project steps
      a. Determine your top six values
      b. Trace or draw cup or flower to represent each one
      c. Paint each one, beginning with the ones you attend to most 
    4. Reflection discussion
    5. Close with relaxation exercise


    *Note: This class is not a substitute for therapy from a licensed psychologist. We will be going over mindfulness principles in an educational-type setting and in application to watercolor, but I encourage everyone to seek personal therapy for deeper exploration. 


    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Supply list:

    • Watercolor paper
    • Watercolor paint
    • Watercolor brushes
    • Pencil 
    • Ink pen to outline
    • Water dish
    • Old rag/paper towels


    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building. 

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.

    #mindfulness #art #arttherapy #ACT #acceptanceandcommitmenttherapy #fillyourcup #spoons #values #kindredsoulart #watercolorartsociety #WASH #psychophysiology #introspection #hometherapy #explore #knowthyself

    • September 16, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 17
    Register

    IN PERSON -  Exciting Ways to Paint Using YUPO Paper!

    Linda Southern Vanek

    Friday, September 16

    9:30am - 3:30pm

    $75 members/$85 non-members


    Come explore how to paint on YUPO Paper with watercolor! This is a great class for introduction to painting on YUPO paper for the first time, as well as for artists that have tried YUPO but want to learn different techniques and effects that can be produced on this unique paper! Class will include many demos and individual help as desired. A simple drawing will be provided to practice the new skills of painting on YUPO.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: 

    • YUPO paper: Please purchase medium weight YUPO Paper for best results. (4) sheets of YUPO Paper, approx.. 9” x 12” each, at least 74lb. weight for best results 
    • Standard watercolor paints and supplies
    • Watercolor pencils (small set is fine)
    • Class drawing will be sent after class registration.
    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.


    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • September 17, 2022
    • September 18, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 10
    Register

    IN PERSON - Portrait Painting Workshop

    Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti

    Saturday and Sunday

    September 17 & 18

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members


    This class is designed to learn basic techniques of portraits 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 gives you confidence working with the loose brush and understanding of light and shade.

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List: 

    • Graphite Pencils: HB, 2B (preferable)
    • Watercolor brushes (#02 to #06 natural squirrel hair preferred)
    • A set of Watercolor paint of your choice, palette, (all related material)
    • 140 Lb arches 22x30" sheet (cut in quarters) or pads 10” x 15”
    • Light weight Drawing Board
    • Eraser – masking tape – sharpener – etc
    #artistmohdali


    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.

    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.

    • September 24, 2022
    • September 25, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
    • 20
    Register

    IN PERSON - Milk & Cookies

    Les McDonald

    Saturday & Sunday

    September 24 & 25

    9:30am - 3:30pm

    $150 members/$170 non-members


    Detail has always been my specialty. We will do a tight drawing and paint the detail of the milk and cookies.

    The teacher will show you the approach to making the colors work with detailed instruction. Masking will be used in portions of the design.

    Colors will be selected and shown with color swatches.

    You should attend class with the reference photo drawn on your watercolor paper so we can begin painting right away.

    Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


    Supply List

    Bring your usual variety of paint colors

    Pebeo Drawing Gum will be used for masking

    Brushes = Rounds - #2, 3, 4, & 6 will be used.

    Watercolor paper 

    Paper towels


    Face masks are not required, but are encouraged for those who wish to wear them. Visitors and students are asked to monitor themselves in regard to social distancing and health, and are expected to consider the health of themselves and others before entering the building.
    Please review our Classroom Etiquette Guidelines  HERE.
    • October 03, 2022
    • October 06, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 1601 West Alabama
    • 10
    Register

           

    Ryan Fox: Turn Your Old Notions of Watercolor Upside Down

    Featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine and Art of Watercolour, national award-winning artist Ryan Fox promises to "turn your old notions of watercolor upside down." The first two days of the Workshop will explore wet-onto-wet painting, charging color, intentional water blossoms, scraping, spattering, and adding texture. The second two days will teach a new technique called watercolor batik, using watercolor paint and wax to create batik-style paintings on Japanese rice paper.

    The Workshop will include one-on-one consultations and all levels of students are encouraged.

    Secure your seat today! 

    Members $675.00

    Nonmembers $725.00.

    Click HERE for the Supply List.

    For more about Ryan Fox, see https://rfoxphoto.com

    Prior to registration, please read our current policies

    • COVID policy, HERE
    • Cancellation policy, HERE
    • March 06, 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • March 09, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • 1601 W. Alabama St. at Mandell, Houston


1601 West Alabama Houston TX 77006
Gallery: 713-942-9966
Questions? Email 
admin@watercolorhouston.org

HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm

©Watercolor Art Society - Houston. All images are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software