SUMMER 2015 QUARTER
MONDAY, JULY 6 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2015

REGISTRATION CALENDAR

Pre-registration: Monday, May 18 – 31 (Spring students only)
Early registration: June 1 – 7 ($25 savings per class and/or workshop!)
General registration: June 8 – 28
Late registration begins: June 29 ($15 late fee)

Art League Houston will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day and Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Please note: 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 can be downloaded here. Lab fees do not include materials. Art League School policies can be accessed by clicking here.

HOW TO REGISTER

ONLINE: Students may register online by clicking the "Register Now" button below each class listing. Online registration for the general public will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 1.
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, 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Only credit card payment will be accepted over the phone.
In-Person: 1953 Montrose Blvd. during office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM.


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BEGINNING CERAMIC SCULPTURE (C-1)
Jessica Kreutter; Beginner
Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 7 – August 11 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members + $40 lab fee

We will delve into the very basics of clay sculpture to make 2-3 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. Projects will be smaller than shoe-box size and we will be using slip techniques and glaze for bright playful color. The lab fee covers the off-site firing of pieces and additional supplies. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 5 students.


ADVANCED HANDBUILDING (C-2)
Jessica Kreutter; Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
July 7 – August 11 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members + $40 lab fee

We will delve into clay hand construction using a combination of pinch, coil and slab techniques. We will cover green surfaces techniques using under glaze and low-fire glazes and use a variety of design techniques. Emphasis will be placed on sculptural techniques and concepts. Projects, demos and discussion will be directed a students who have taken basic hand building and are interested in exploring a focused independent goal. The lab fee covers the off-site firing of pieces and additional supplies. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 5 students.


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DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS (D-1)
Armando Rodriguez; Beginner
Monday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 6 – August 10 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members 

Before we can write, we learn to draw. Students will observe and translate three-dimensional forms into two-dimensional drawings, starting with exercises on simple line 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.
 

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-2)
Polly Liu; Intermediate
Monday, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
July 6 – August 10 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 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 varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

 

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS (D-3)
Armando Rodriguez; Beginner
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
July 6 – August 10 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

Before we can write, we learn to draw. Students will observe and translate three-dimensional forms into two-dimensional drawings, starting with exercises on simple line 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.
 

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-4)
Polly Liu; Intermediate
Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 7 – August 11 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 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 varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.
 

STILL LIFE DRAWING (D-5)
Lucinda Cobley; All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
July 7 – August 11 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

This class begins by exploring fundamental aspects of drawing an object, and later groups of objects, using line to explain form and shading to explain values shifts from light to dark. A combination of graphite and charcoal will be utilized to create volume, texture and mood within each drawing. There will be lots of exercises to help build confidence and encourage ways to establish rhythm and structure within each drawing. Beginners are welcome.

 

BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-6)
Myke Venable; Beginner / All Levels
Thursday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 9 – August 13 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 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, shapes, volume, value, line and texture. This class is intended for students with little or no previous drawing experience.

 

BEGINNING FIGURE DRAWING (D-7)
Shayne Murphy; Beginner
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
July 9 – August 13 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members + model fee

This class will emphasize drawing the human figure through various mark-making techniques and key exercises. We will explore different approaches to capturing the figure including sustained gesture, planar analysis, and blended value. Through these activities, you will gain a greater understanding of various materials and develop a consistent level of faith in your ability to improve.


BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-8)
Myke Venable; Beginner / All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 11 – August 15 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 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, shapes, volume, value, line and texture. This class is intended for students with little or no previous drawing experience.


INTERMEDIATE DRAWING (D-9)
Myke Venable; Intermediate
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
July 11 – August 15 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

This an intermediate course in drawing. Students will be expected to have some knowledge of shape, volume, value, line and texture. We will draw from still-life subjects with the use of graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, and sketch paper. It is the goal of the class to establish a strong foundation in drawing that will carry over to more advanced classes. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 8 students.


LIVE FIGURE MODEL LAB FOR ART LEAGUE HOUSTON MEMBERS
Various Art League Instructors; All Levels
Thursdays and Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
July 9 – August 15
$15 per session for Art League Houston Members

The human figure has been the subject of art since the beginning of time. Every week, a live model is available for all Art League Houston members to freely sketch, draw, or paint. Students will be able to observe the model and explore different techniques of approaching the human form on paper or canvas. A proctor will be present. Classes are $15 per session and meet weekly on Thursday and Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00pm. No pre-registration required – this is a drop-in program. Art League memberships start at $35!


CUTTLEFISH BONE CASTING INTENSIVE (J-1)
Mary Rogers; Intermediate / Advanced
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
August 8 & 15 (two-day workshop)
$150 members / $185 non-members + $35 lab fee

This is an introduction to the process of cuttlefish bone casting, a method of gravity casting. Cuttlefish bone is an organic material that is soft enough to carve a negative mold. Once the mold is cut and both sides are marked for alignment, a sprue channel is cut into the material and molten sterling is poured into the negative area. The texture of the soft bone surface is very organic. Once the casting is complete it can be cut, filed, and soldered to create a distinctive piece of jewelry. This class requires some basic jewelry skills such as sawing, filing and basic torch skills. Students will be casting in sterling silver and will need 2-3 ounces of sterling scrap or sterling casting grain.  Sterling scrap will be available for purchase from the instructor in ½ ounce packets. Please note:  For safety reasons while casting all students must wear leather shoes or tennis shoes, no sandals or flip flops! 


COLLAGE: ASSEMBLING ART (MM-1)
Armando Rodriguez; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 8 – August 12 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 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.


COLLAGE WORKSHOP (MM-2)
Caroline Graham; All Levels
9:30 AM -- 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19
$150 members / $185 non-members

Let’s take a look at the history of collage from Braque and Matisse to our own Houston collage artist and designer Jerry Jeanmard and Austin-based artist Lance Letscher. Working through design and color we will produce abstract and representational pieces adding text or paint where needed.


CLASSICAL FIGURE PAINTING IN OIL (P-1)
Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Monday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
July 6 – August 10 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members + model fee 

In this class, students begin painting in grisaille – painting executed entirely around 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 varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

 

BEGINNING PAINTING (P-2)
Shayne Murphy; Beginner
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
July 6 – August 10 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

This course is an introduction to painting covering classical and contemporary techniques. Students are allowed to work with acrylics or oil (students working with oil will still need to purchase acrylic paints as well to do the initial layers of the painting). The course will begin teaching an academic approach to painting and will conclude with a final project that blends previous techniques with contemporary subject matter.

 

CLASSICAL PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL (P-3)
Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
July 7 – August 11 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members + model fee 

In this class, students begin painting in grisaille – painting executed entirely around 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 varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

 

                                                                                  

TOWARD THE ABSTRACT IN LANDSCAPE (P-4)
Steve Parker; All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
July 7 – August 11 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

This course is a continuation of Landscape into Art, but with an emphasis on composing a painting from a non-representational or abstract rather than imitative or purely representational basis. There will be plenty of latitude to continue the methods already undertaken in the previous landscape classes as well. The instructor will demonstrate and discuss these approaches as used by current and past masters. This class is being offered for all levels, however, beginners will be encouraged to draw. 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.


DIRECT PAINTING (P-5)
Steve Parker; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 8 – August 12 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members + $10 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 of interpreting the color and tonal relationships involved in this type of direct painting. 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.


OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-6)
Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
July 8 – August 12 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

In this modern method, we use oil over acrylic paint. The painting progresses 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.

OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-7)
Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
July 8 – August 12 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

In this modern method, we use oil over acrylic paint. The painting progresses 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.


LANDSCAPE PAINTING (P-8)
Steve Parker; Intermediate / Advanced
Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
July 9 – August 13 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

This class is recommended for intermediate and advanced students and/or as 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 STILL LIFE PAINTING (P-9)
Lucinda Cobley; All Levels
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
July 9 – August 13 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members + $5 materials fee

Explore relationships between color, form, texture, space and composition by painting from a series of contemporary still life set-ups. This experimental studio-based class will develop your confidence in acrylic painting by improving skills of immediacy by spontaneously drawing with the brush and blocking in tonal values. Emphasis will be placed on color mixing, color contrast and preparing textures using a variety of everyday tools. We will also explore combining different acrylic mediums, gels and pastes into pure color to investigate glaze application and dimensional surfaces. Class is suitable for beginner and intermediate level.


LANDSCAPE INTO ART (P-10)
Steve Parker; All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 11 – August 15 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 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 in landscape painting. The class includes informal discussions ranging from painting methods to basic color theory. The primary medium is oil, however, acrylic and water-based oil paint is accepted.


BEGINNING WATERCOLOR (W-1)
Barbara Jackson; Beginner
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 8 – August 12 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

This class is for all who want to acquire a strong foundation in watercolor painting while expanding their creativity through exploration of the medium. There will be an emphasis on color, composition and personal expression as we paint from direct observation as well as from imagination and memory. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of techniques including brushwork, flat and graded washes, glazing and blending techniques, and color mixing. A series of painting exercises will allow students to experiment as they gain the skills for working in this luminous and spontaneous medium.

 

BEGINNING WATERCOLOR (W-2)
Barbara Jackson; Beginner
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
July 8 – August 12 (6 weeks)
$220 members / $255 non-members

This class is for all who want to acquire a strong foundation in watercolor painting while expanding their creativity through exploration of the medium. There will be an emphasis on color, composition and personal expression as we paint from direct observation as well as from imagination and memory. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of techniques including brushwork, flat and graded washes, glazing and blending techniques, and color mixing. A series of painting exercises will allow students to experiment as they gain the skills for working in this luminous and spontaneous medium.