Spring 2014 Classes 


March 31 – June 7

REGISTRATION CALENDAR

Pre-Registration: February 24 – March 1 (WINTER STUDENTS ONLY)
Early registration: March 3–8 ($25 savings per class!)
General registration: March 10–22
Late registration begins: March 24 $15 late fee

To register, call 713-523-9530

Please note: Art League Houston will be closed April 18–19; May 24–26.  All classes are limited to 12 students, unless otherwise noted. Classes are for students 17 and older, unless instructor consent is given. All classes have a recommended list of  materials which students are responsible for purchasing. Materials lists will be distributed to students upon registration. Lab fees do not include materials.



HOW TO REGISTER
 

By Phone: Students may register by calling Art League Houston at 713-523-9530 during regular office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Only credit card payment will be accepted over the phone.
In-Person: 1953 Montrose Blvd. during office hours:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
By Fax: Fax the completed registration form, including credit card information, to 713-523-4053.
By Mail: Must include the completed registration form and payment in full. Checks must be made out to Art League Houston.


FOR YOUTH / TEENS

TINY PLAYFUL CLAY FOR KIDS: WHEELS BEASTS, AND FACES (YT-1)
Jessica Kreutter; Kids ages 9–12
Tuesday, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
April 1 – April 29 (5 weeks)
$145 + $65 lab fee

We will delve into the very basics of clay sculpture to make three projects using a combination of pinch, coil, and slab techniques. Projects, demos, and discussions will be for kids age 9–12. I will lead the class in three projects: coil busts, pinch pot wheeled cars, and a slab-built creature cup. Projects will be smaller than shoe-box size and we will be using slip techniques and glaze for bright playful color. All supplies will be provided by the instructor.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 5 students.

LIFE DRAWING FOR TEENS (YT-2)
Lovie Olivia; All Levels
Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:45 PM
April 2 – May 7 (6 weeks)
$15 per session or $75 for 6 weeks

This course is available to assist teens in improving drawing and observational skills with an emphasis on observation. These skills are vital to developing a good, true, and believable drawing. By developing the faculty of looking, the student exercises the skills of investigation and interpretation. Students will gain a working knowledge of line, shape, perspective, proportion, volume, and composition. This course will also introduce students to more personalized approach of life drawing that includes mark-making, automatic drawing, narrative, collaborative, and conceptual drawing techniques. 


DRAWING

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS (D-1)
Armando Rodriguez; Beginner / All Levels
Monday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
March 31 – June 2 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

Before we can write, we learn to draw. Students will observe and translate three-dimensional forms into two-dimensional drawings, starting with simple line exercises, forms, and progressing to more complex organic forms. Students will build skill in composition and line quality through the use of tone, light, and shadow, and the development of visual awareness and discrimination.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students; Class will not meet on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. A make-up class will be scheduled by your instructor in lieu of this holiday.

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-2)
Polly Liu; Intermediate
Monday, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
March 31 – June 2 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $model fee

In this class, students are introduced to French Atelier training to draw the human figure. The method of sight size, a fundamental scale system, is used to reproduce the figure accurately. Students work from a live model focusing on outline, proportion, shadow, shape, and value. The model fee is due the first day of class, and the fee varies according to class size.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students; Class will not meet on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. A make-up class will be scheduled by your instructor in lieu of this holiday.

BEGINNING DRAWING TECHNIQUE (D-3)
Steven Hook; Beginner / All Levels
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
March 31 – June 2 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

This course seeks to develop each student’s drawing skills with an emphasis on finding what they do best. The course will also explore a variety of mediums: charcoal, graphite, ink, and crayon. Beginning with short drawings and exercises, the class gradually moves into creating longer, more developed drawings.

Please note: Class will not meet on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. A make-up class will be scheduled by your instructor in lieu of this holiday.

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-4)
Polly Liu; Intermediate
Tuesday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
April 1 – June 3 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $model fee

In this class, students are introduced to French Atelier training to draw the human figure. The method of sight size, a fundamental scale system, is used to reproduce the figure accurately. Students work from a live model focusing on outline, proportion, shadow, shape, and value. The model fee is due the first day of class, and the fee varies according to class size.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

FIGURE / LIFE DRAWING (D-5)
Steven Hook; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 2 – June 4 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $model fee

Students will draw from live model each session. Starting with short poses and gesture drawings, the class will grow to include longer poses and developed, fully-rendered drawings while exploring anatomy and composition. The model fee will be split between all enrolled students and will be discussed on the first day of class.

BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-6)
Myke Venable; Beginner / All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 5 – June 7 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

Using basic materials, students will explore the fundamentals of drawing. Through various hands-on activities and class discussions, this course will touch upon observation, volume and shape, line, texture, perspective, and life drawing. This class is intended for students with little or no previous drawing experience.

Please note: class will not meet on Easter weekend, Saturday, April 19 and Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24

DRAWING FROM NATURE WORKSHOP (D-7) 
Joe Blanton & Steve Parker; All Levels 
Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
June 21 (1 day) 
$75 members (of either organization) / $115 non-members

This one-day workshop will introduce the world of trees to artists and non-artist alike. After learning about the various parts of a leaf and their positional relationships, you will get a chance to identify some of the more common trees at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. After lunch on your own, the workshop resumes as Houston landscape artist, Steve Parker, will demonstrate and discuss techniques used in rendering trees and leaves with charcoal and graphite. With an enhanced knowledge of the subject, participants will then get a chance to render their own impressions of trees and leaves. 

Please note: All materials will be provided. Class will be held rain or shine at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (4501 Woodway Drive).


JEWELRY
 

JEWELRY CONSTRUCTION: BEGINNING THROUGH ADVANCED (J-1)
Mary Rogers; All Levels
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
March 31 – June 2 (9 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $35 lab fee

This class covers jewelry construction techniques including: piercing, drilling, soldering, riveting, forging, reticulation, and roller printing, as well as hydraulic forming. Advanced topics may include granulation, jewelry rendering, and blanking. In this class there is a strong emphasis on problem solving helps students develop a personal design vocabulary, while the multi-level class allows new students to see a variety of advanced techniques and applications. Individualized instruction allows students to progress at their own pace. 

Please note: class will not meet on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.


MIXED MEDIA / MISCELLANEOUS

TINY PLAYFUL CLAY: MASKS, CURLICUES, & BOXES (MM-1)
Jessica Kreutter; Beginner / All Levels
Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 1 – May 27 (9 weeks)
$285 members / $320 non-members + $55 lab fee

We will delve into the very basics of clay sculpture to make three projects using a combination of pinch, coil and slab techniques. Projects, demos and discussion will be directed at the very beginning ceramic student interested in exploring hand building. I will lead the class in three projects: wall-mounted faces/heads, wall boxes using texture & drawing techniques, and coil bowls using slump molds- though I am open to students proposing individual projects. Projects will be smaller than shoe-box size and we will be using slip techniques and glaze for bright playful color. The material fee will cover the cost of each firing.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 5 students.

LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP (MM-2)
Rebecca Bass; Beginner / All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 1–22 (4 weeks)
$155

In this four-week course, students will be introduced to the basics of the linoleum print-making process. Through diverse, hands-on projects, students will explore one-color linoleum printmaking in a range of subjects both figurative and landscape. Students will leave with multiple prints and enough skills to continue printing at home.

COLLAGE: ASSEMBLING ART (MM-3)
Armando Rodriguez; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 2 – June 4 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

Collage is an ancient art that was used by calligraphers in 10th century Japan, visible in gold-leafed panels in European cathedrals of the 15th and 16th century, and used in the 19th century. Picasso and Braque began to use the technique, and collage flourished as an artistic practice. In this class we will use the medium as a means of personal expression with a more advanced approach.

PRINTMAKING: FOCUS ON MONOTYPE (MM-4)
Armando Rodriguez; All Levels
Thursday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 3 – June 5 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

Become acquainted with one of the more painterly methods of all printmaking techniques. Monoprints and monotypes are essentially printed paintings. Although images can be similar, editioning is not possible, and no two images can be exactly the same. The monotype process creates a quality of light very different from a painting or print. There is beauty in the spontaneity and combination of printmaking, painting, and drawing.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

SURFACE: INTRO TO DECORATIVE PAINTING AND FAUX FINISHING (MM-5)
Lovie Olivia; All Levels
Thursday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 3 – May 22 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

This class will introduce students to the mysterious world of decorative painting. Many techniques, traditional, folk, and experimental, fall under the term “decorative painting.” By applying various approaches using different size brushes, tape, stencils, acrylic, latex, and glazes, students will achieve a large variety of results. We will turn both functional and non-functional items (walls, accessories, and furniture) into unique and attractive objects for your own home (or clients). We will mimic things like wood, stone, leather, plaster, and more using centuries old faux finishing techniques. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

TEXTILE ARTS (MM-6)
Jason Villegas; All Levels
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
April 5 – June 7 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

Textile Arts will teach students how to create 2D and 3D artworks out of fabric and fiber related materials. Some projects will involve repurposing clothing, bedding, and upholstery as art material to teach students how to utilize the various colors, textures, and patterns found in recycled fabrics. 2D textile art projects utilize painting, drawing, and collage techniques in fabric. Projects will include human and animal portraiture, landscape, and abstraction. 3D fabric art sculpture projects will include relief masks, faux taxidermy animal heads, and soft sculpture. Students will learn how to create fabric imagery and forms out of fabric by using fabric glue and sewing. We will use reference imagery and learn how to recreate in fabric by breaking down images into color blocking and basic shapes. 

Please note: class will not meet on Easter weekend, Saturday, April 19 and Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24.

PAPER MARBLING WORKSHOP (MM-7)
Armando Rodriguez; All Levels
Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
May 3, 10, & 17 (3 days)
$130 + $25 lab fee

In this three-day workshop, students will learn many of the traditional marbling patterns, such as Stone marble, Get Gel, Nonpareil, Peacock, Feather, French curl, Spanish wave, and more. Students will learn to work with marbling ingredients such as alum, carrageenan, and gall to create over 15 sheets of beautiful, multicolor patterned papers. The material fee will cover all of the basic chemicals used during the course of this workshop.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

STREET PAINTING WORKSHOP (MM-8)
Anat Ronen; All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
May 31 (1 day)
$95

In this workshop we will be learning how to choose a design, transfer it to the ground, and work on different blending and drawing techniques. Depending on weather and space, students will be creating a full piece of street painting either in the parking lot or on HardiBacker boards.

PHOTOSHOP BASICS WORKSHOP (MM-9)
Phillip Pyle II; Beginner / All Levels
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
June 7 (1 day)
$65

During the one-day workshop, students will learn the basics of Photoshop. It does not matter what version of Photoshop you own, the process is universal. Each student will find images via the Internet, re-size the images, add text, and edit the images to their liking. At the end of the workshop each student will have a fundamental understanding of Photoshop and the necessary skills to establish a foundation of what is needed to excel in Photoshop. Students must bring their own laptop computer with any version of Photoshop installed. 


PAINTING

PAINTING CLASSICAL FIGURE PAINTING IN OIL (P-1)
Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Monday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
March 31 – June 2 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $model fee

In this class, students begin painting in grisaille – painting executed entirely in monochrome and usually in shades of gray or brown - to eliminate the problems of color and value and to concentrate on accuracy of drawing and the effects of light. The second part of the class utilizes a limited palette, allowing students to explore and understand the harmony and unity of light. The model fee is due the first day of class, and the fee varies by class size.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students; Class will not meet on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. A make-up class will be scheduled by your instructor in lieu of this holiday.

STEP-BY-STEP ACRYLIC PAINTING OF FAMOUS WORK (P-2)
Kelly Alison; All Levels
Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 1 – May 20 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

This class is designed for students who have never painted before or who want to perfect their painting skills. It will take the student in a step-by-step process in re-creating a famous artwork. Each class will produce a new painting that will be ready to hang. Paintings that will be explored will be work by Van Gogh, Matisse, Jawlensky, Kees Van Dogen, Andre Derian, Fernand Léger, Picasso, and Kandinsky. Students will be amazed at the beautiful work they will create. Re-creating art is one of the very best ways for beginners to learn and experienced artist to perfect their skills.

CLASSICAL PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL (P-3)
Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
April 1 – June 3 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $model fee

In this class, students begin painting in Grisaille – painting executed entirely in monochrome and usually in shades of gray or brown - to eliminate the problems of color and value and to concentrate on accuracy of drawing and the effects of light. The second part of the class utilizes a limited palette, allowing students to explore and understand the harmony and unity of light. The model fee is due the first day of class, and the fee varies by class size.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

PAINT, DRIP, SCRATCH, AND SPRAY (P-4)
Kelly Alison; All Levels
Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
April 1 – April 22 (4 weeks)
$125 + $75 materials fee

This class will explore techniques with a wide variety of acrylic and other water-based mediums. Students will pour, drip, spill, spray, cut up, brush on, and draw with paint and ink to create several contemporary works of art. All materials are supplied by the instructor in this fun two-hour class. Perfect for both beginners and experienced artists with lots of opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with other students.

BEGINNING OIL PAINTING (P-5)
Steven Hook; All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 1 – June 3 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

This course will focus on familiarizing oneself with materials and mediums used in oil painting while exploring various subjects from direct observation and photograph. Learning to paint with oils can seem daunting, but this course will provide simple methods to help develop and explore various styles.

LANDSCAPE INTO ART (P-6)
Steve Parker; All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 1 – June 3 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

In this class, the student is encouraged to render impressions of the landscape derived from memory and their personal experiences. This can be in the form of photographs and sketches, etc. The fundamentals of painting the individual elements of the landscape are discussed and demonstrated emphasizing techniques used by past and present masters. The primary medium is oil, however water-based mediums such as acrylic and water-based oil paint is accepted.

DIRECT PAINTING (P-7)
Steve Parker; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 2 – June 4 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $5 materials fee 

This class is based on direct observation and rendering of the effect of light on the subject. The instructor will demonstrate and discuss various techniques used by past and present masters of the genre. Beginners will be encouraged to start with drawing and work into painting. The primary medium is oil, however, acrylic and water-based oil paint is accepted.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

LEARNING TO PAINT WHAT YOU SEE – BEGINNING ACRYLICS CLASS (P-8)
Laura Spector; Beginner / All Levels
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
April 2 – June 4 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $8 materials fee

In this course, students will practice fine tuning their eyes to see shapes and tones within objects. They will have the opportunity to experiment with various ways to construct a painting. By the end of the class, students will have an understanding of several ways to begin a painting using a variety of underpainting techniques. They will experience creating a well-structured painting, while practicing a variety of paint applications. Along the way, time and money-saving tips will be shared. Art history stories will be shared, showing images of how artists used the same methods taught in class.

OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-9)
Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
April 2 – May 21 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-10)
Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 2 – May 21 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

In this modern method we use oil over acrylic paint. The painting progresses in layers, first in layers of acrylic followed by layers in oil. The simplicity of this method makes this class ideal for the beginner and a boost for the advanced student. Using this layering technique gives the student the leverage to create fine-tuned paintings. The finished paintings have a unique luminosity and a sense of depth.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

COLOR THEORY FOR BEGINNERS (P-11)
Cary Reeder; Beginner / All Levels
Thursday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 3 – May 22 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

Through this course students will gain an understanding of color theory and the practical manipulation of color in paint. The first half of the semester will involve hands-on exercises using acrylics focusing on the concepts of hue, value, and intensity. During the second half of the semester, students will learn additional concepts including color harmony, mood, and color interaction, and translate these concepts, plus those learned during the first half of the course, into simple acrylic paintings.

LANDSCAPE PAINTING (P-12)
Steve Parker; Intermediate / Advanced
Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
April 3 – June 5 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

This class is recommended for intermediate and advanced students and/or a continuation of Landscape into Art. The instructor will demonstrate and discuss techniques used in landscape painting in the first class session. Painting and making studies on site is essential in creating a convincing and expressive landscape. The primary medium is oil, however, acrylic and water-based oil paint is accepted.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

ACRYLIC PAINTER’S TOOLBOX – AN INTRO TO ACRYLICS (P-13)
Laura Spector; Beginner / All Levels
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 3 - June 5 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $8 materials fee

This course teaches the foundations for painting in acrylics. Along the way, instruction will be given in basic painting skills. Each class is a building block upon the next class. Students will practice a variety of methods of painting, from the basic still-life using only grayscale, to complex compositions utilizing textured mediums which can be added into acrylic paint. Each class will begin with images depicting what students will be doing in class, and examples of how known artists used these methods in their own works of art.

LANDSCAPE INTO ART (P-14)
Steve Parker; All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 5 – June 7 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

Utilizing memory and personal experience, students are encouraged to render their own impressions of the subject. Individual elements of the landscape are explored and demonstrated. The instructor will offer techniques and specific methods involved in landscape painting. The class includes informal discussions ranging from painting methods to past and present masters. The primary medium is oil, however, acrylic and water-based oil paint is accepted.

Please note: class will not meet on Easter weekend, Saturday, April 19 and Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24.


WATERCOLOR

WATERCOLOR (W-1)
Caroline Graham; All Levels
Monday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
March 31 - May 19 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

WATERCOLOR (W-2)
Caroline Graham; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 2 - May 21 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 non-members

Explore the vibrancy and transparency of this medium. The instructor will emphasize color, design, and contrast. Students will learn to layer and control the pigment and rescue the white paper while retaining the spontaneous, fresh-looking result.

BEGINNING WATERCOLOR (W-3)
Beth Secor; Beginner / All Levels
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 3 - June 5 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

This studio course will explore watercolor media with an emphasis on color, composition, self-expression, and technique. During the course of the semester students will explore a wide variety of watercolor techniques that form the basis of every watercolorist’s repertoire including: dry and wet washes; glazes; a variety of texture techniques including sponging, splattering, blooms; masking with liquid mask and tape, and others. Additionally students will apply these techniques in the creation of 3 paintings, whose themes explore works that are nonrepresentational, representational, and abstract imagery. Students will also view the work of a number of master watercolor artists