Spring 2015 QUARTER:
MONDAY, March 30 – SATURDAY, June 6, 2015

REGISTRATION CALENDAR

Pre-registration: February 23 – 28 (WINTER STUDENTS ONLY)
Early registration: March 2 – 7 ($25 savings per class and/or workshop!)
General registration: March 9 – 21
Late registration begins: March 23 ($15 late fee)

Art League Houston will be closed Monday, May 25.

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.

Click here to download the Spring 2015 catalog.

HOW TO REGISTER

ONLINE: Students may register online by clicking the "Register Now" button below each class listing. Online registration will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday, March 2.
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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TINY PLAYFUL CLAY: MASKS, CURLICUES, AND BOXES (C-1)
400.00

Jessica Kreutter; Beginner / All Levels
Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
March 31 – June 2 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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 beginning ceramic student interested in exploring hand building and whimsical forms. The instructor will lead the class in three projects- coil busts, pinch pot wheeled cars, and slab-built beast cups- though students may work on individual projects in clay. Projects will be shoe-box size or smaller and we will be using slip 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. 

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

PLAYING WITH STACKED FORMS (C-3)
275.00

Jessica Kreutter;  All Levels
Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
May 7 – June 4 (5 weeks)
$200 members / $235 non-members + $40 lab fee

Learn how to build larger clay sculptures with small forms. Using basic pinchpot forms, we will create sculptures for garden or home. Projects, demos, and discussion will be directed at the very beginning ceramic student interested in exploring clay sculpture. The instructor will lead the class in techniques to create multiple individual forms (6” or smaller) that can be stacked after firing. Multiple forms allow for experimentation in design and individual expression. Tell a narrative, create a figure or just play with form, color, and design. The class will be using under glaze and low fire 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.

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TEXTURE AND SURFACE IN CLAY (C-2)
400.00

Jessica Kreutter; All Levels
Tuesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
March 31 – June 2 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $55 lab fee

Learn how to create an interesting clay surface with texture. Using basic hand building techniques (pinch, coil, and slab) we will create sculptural forms (6” or smaller) with which to experiment with texture, color, and surface techniques. Projects, demos, and discussion will be directed at the very beginning ceramic student interested in exploring clay sculpture. The instructor will lead the class in techniques such as stamp making, carving, sgraffito, slip trailing, found object, and fabric texture. The class will be using under glaze and low fire glaze for layering color. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 5 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!


PHOTOSHOP BASICS (DM-1)
85.00

Phillip Pyle II; Beginner
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
May 30 (One-day workshop)
$50 members / $85 non-members
Required: Laptop with Adobe Photoshop CS3-CS6 (Mac or PC)

The basics of Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn the basics tools needed to create flyers, resize images, and collage.

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DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS (D-1)
345.00

Armando Rodriguez; Beginner
Monday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
March 30 – June 1 (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 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.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class. Not sure if you are a current member? Call us at 713-523-9530!

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CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-2)
345.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate
Monday, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
March 30 – June 1 (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 varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

 
DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS (D-3)
345.00

Armando Rodriguez; Beginner
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
March 30 – June 1 (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 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.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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THE DRAFTSMAN'S TOOLBOX – AN INTRO TO DRAWING (D-5)
345.00

Laura Spector; Beginner
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 2 – June 4 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + model fee

In this course, students will begin learning the tools artists use while drawing. Students will learn the basics of composition, negative and positive space, contour lines, perspective, value, foreshortening and beginning anatomical sketches while practicing a wide variety of techniques. Pencil, charcoal and ink will primarily be used in this class. Students will not focus on completing drawings during each class, instead they will have the opportunity to test out new methods while having questions answered. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class to help students reinforce their learning into practice.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-4)
345.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate
Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 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 varies according to class size. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 6 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-6)
345.00

Myke Venable; Beginner
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 4 – June 6 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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INTERMEDIATE DRAWING (D-7)
345.00

Myke Venable; Intermediate
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
April 4 – June 6 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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JEWELRY CONSTRUCTION: BEGINNING-ADVANCED (J-1)
355.00

Mary Rogers; All Levels
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
March 30 – May 25 (9 weeks)
$285 members / $320 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 which 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. Lab fees cover acetylene, common use chemicals, and finishing supplies.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!


COLLAGE + ACRYLIC (MM-1)
345.00

Preetika Rajgariah; All Levels
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
March 30 – June 1 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

In this course, students will be encouraged to take risks and push mediums to the next level. Students of all levels will explore new ideas in mixed media painting, incorporating acrylic painting and collage techniques, as well as considering the use of unconventional surfaces. We will explore layering experimental mediums, photo transfers, and collage in depth, striving for results that go beyond the obvious, and hope to leave people wondering how a painting was created. Each painter is encouraged to find his or her unique direction working abstractly and to develop a concept they feel strongly about. Everyone will benefit from the sharing of ideas and constructive criticism.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

COLLAGE: ASSEMBLING ART (MM-2)
345.00

Armando Rodriguez; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 1 – June 3 (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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!


CLASSICAL FIGURE PAINTING IN OIL (P-1)
345.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Monday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
March 30 – June 1 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

CLASSICAL PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL (P-3)
345.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday, 12:30 – 3:30 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 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

STEP-BY-STEP POST IMPRESSIONISM IN OILS (P-2)
345.00

Kelly Alison; All Levels
Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
March 31 – June 2 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

This class is designed for first time oil painters or for those intermediate painters who want to learn more about the specific techniques of Post-Impressionism. Students will be walked through the process step by step while learning about the history and significance of each painter studied. Artists covered in this class will be Paul Cezanne (structure and form), Vincent Van Gogh (Japonisme), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat (Pointillism), and Henri Rousseau (Primitivism).

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ACRYLIC PORTRAIT BASICS (P-4)
345.00

Laura Spector; Intermediate
Tuesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
March 31 – June 2 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + model fee

Students will learn the basics of rendering a portrait from creating accurate proportions to color-matching skin tones. Along the way, students will also learn the basics of creating a structurally stable painting while practicing a wide variety of techniques which can apply to all painting materials. Art history and color theory will be included in classroom discussions. Homework will be assigned to help students advance quickly in their practice. This class is based on methods of atelier classes found in Florence and Paris. A model fee will be collected by the instructor and discussed in class. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS CLOSED!

TOWARD THE ABSTRACT IN LANDSCAPE (P-5)
345.00

Steve Parker; All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
March 31 – June 2 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

DIRECT PAINTING (P-7)
355.00

Steve Parker; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 1 – June 3 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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.

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INTRO TO STILL LIFE PAINTING (P-9)
349.00

Laura Spector; Intermediate
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
April 1 – June 3 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $4 materials fee

In this course students will practice the basic elements of constructing a still life painting using balance, light, and perspective. The class will begin with basic shapes, working toward more complex imagery. Various approaches to painting the still life will be explored including base textures and paint application methods from classical to contemporary approaches. Art history and color theory will also be included in discussions during class. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class to help students reinforce their learning into practice. Prior oil painting experience is recommended.

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ACRYLIC PORTRAIT NARRATIVES (P-11)
345.00

Laura Spector; Intermediate / Advanced
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 1 – June 3 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + model fee

Every portrait has a story to tell. This class will focus on developing specific narratives and concepts within the portrait. Symbolic expressions in painting go back to the very first paintings known to man. We will focus on story telling symbols found in traditional paintings starting in the 15th century. Prior to the printing press, people viewing paintings could 'read' a painting like a story, using the symbols included in the composition. This class will explore established symbols and their meanings while encouraging students to invent their own contemporary ideas to ‘write’ their own stories using paint in a composition. We will also work from live costumed models to create unique portrait painting narratives. Prior portrait painting experience is highly recommended. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class to keep students in practice between classes. We will review and critique completed works of art together as a class to help the advancement of all students. This class will be taught in acrylic. However, if you are experienced in oil and would like to continue to work in oils, please contact the instructor for a specialized materials list.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

STEP-BY-STEP EXPRESSIONIST PORTRAIT IN OILS (P-6)
345.00

Kelly Alison; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 1 – June 3 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + model fee

There will be a live portrait model for each class as the students are walked step by step through the techniques of famous expressionist portrait painters. This is a perfect class for those who have never painted from real life or even for those who have never painted before. Also for those experienced artists who want to push their portrait painting into new directions. Techniques of artists like Henri Matisse, Egon Schiele, Gabriele Munter, Max Pechstein, Emil Nolde, Andre Derain, Kees Van Dongen, and Paul Gauguin will be studied each week. Model fee will depend on the size of the class.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-8)
295.00

Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
April 1 – May 20 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-10)
295.00

Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 1 – May 20 (8 weeks)
$260 members / $295 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

STEP-BY-STEP ABSTRACT PAINTING IN ACRYLICS (P-12)
345.00

Kelly Alison; All Levels
Thursday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
April 2 – June 4 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

This fun class will explore the techniques of several famous abstract painters. Perfect for those who have never painted before or for intermediate painters who want to explore the abstract techniques of Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Kasimir Malevich, Joan Mitchell,  Robert and Sonia Delaunay, and Wassily Kandinsky. The class will produce ten paintings in ten weeks and will study the history and the significance of each artist.

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COLOR THEORY FOR BEGINNERS (P-13)
295.00

Cary Reeder; Beginner
Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
April 2 – May 21 (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.

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LANDSCAPE PAINTING (P-14)
345.00

Steve Parker; Intermediate / Advanced
Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
April 2 – June 4 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

ACRYLIC STILL LIFE PAINTING (P-15)
280.00

Lucinda Cobley; All Levels
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 2 – May 14 (7 weeks)
$240 members / $275 non-members + $5 materials fee

Relationship between objects is key to a good still life set-up. In this intensive course, students will develop strong still life compositions by exploring the interplay of color, form, texture, and spatial arrangements of objects. Develop skills to obtain the most effective composition by bringing awareness to focal point, scale, and perspective within each painting. Experiment with glazing and impasto techniques using acrylic mediums and gels. There will be an emphasis on color mixing, color contrast, and preparing textures using a variety of everyday tools and materials. This class is suitable for the beginner and intermediate level.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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LANDSCAPE INTO ART (P-16)
345.00

Steve Parker; All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 4 – June 6 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!


WATERCOLOR (W-1)
270.00 295.00

Caroline Graham; All Levels
Monday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
March 30 – May 25 (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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

BEGINNING WATERCOLOR (W-2)
345.00

Preetika Rajgariah; Beginner
Monday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
March 30 – June 1 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

Students will explore watercolor media with an emphasis on technique, color, composition, and self-expression. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of watercolor techniques that form the basis of every watercolorist’s repertoire including: dry and wet washes, glazes, ways to create texture, and more. Students will paint from life, explore abstract painting, and may be asked to bring reference materials as well.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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WATERCOLOR (W-3)
270.00 295.00

Caroline Graham; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
April 1 – May 27 (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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!