Fall 2014 Classes 


Fall Classes: Monday, September 8 - Saturday, November 15, 2014

FALL REGISTRATION CALENDAR

Pre-Registration: August 4 - 9 (SUMMER STUDENTS ONLY)
Early registration: August 11 - 16 ($25 savings per class!)
General registration: August 18 - 30
Late registration begins: September 2 ($15 late fee)

Check back soon for the fall schedule of classes and workshops!

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 will be distributed to students upon registration. Lab fees do not include materials.  Art League School policies can be accessed by clicking here.

Click here to download the Fall 2014 catalog.

Click here to download the Fall 2014 registration form.

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.


Cholla Memorial Scholarship Program

Art League Houston now offers limited tuition assistance for classes and workshops to adult students who demonstrate financial need and an interest in visual art. Based on available funds and class size restrictions, applicants may be granted a partial or full tuition scholarship. Before submitting an application, please view the current or upcoming class schedule on our website or ask at the front desk to request a catalog. Tuition assistance ranges from 25-100%.

If you are interested in donating to the Cholla Memorial Scholarship Program, please call 713-523-9530 or donate on our website by clicking here.

Special thanks to Sergio and Trond Velasquez-Terjesen and ConocoPhillips for establishing the Cholla Memorial Scholarship Program.


DRAWING

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS (D-1)
Armando Rodriguez; Beginner
Monday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 8 – November 10 (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, shadow, and the development of visual awareness and discrimination.

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-2)
Polly Liu; Intermediate
Monday, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
September 8 – November 10 (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.

THE DRAFTSMAN’S TOOLBOX – AN INTRO TO DRAWING (D-3)
Laura Spector; Beginner
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 8 – November 10 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $5 material fee

Learn how to create with the same tools professional artists use while drawing. The basics of composition, negative and positive space, contour lines, perspective, value, foreshortening, and working from the model will be practiced in class. This course will focus on developing hand-eye coordination while learning a variety of techniques for greater flexibility. Pencil, charcoal, and ink will primarily be used. Each class is a building block where students will have the opportunity to try out new methods of mark-making as their drawing skills advance. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class to help students reinforce their learning into actual practice. A model fee will be collected by the instructor and discussed in class.

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-4)
Polly Liu; Intermediate
Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
September 9 – November 11 (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.

INTERMEDIATE EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING (D-5)
Lisa Marie Hunter; Intermediate
Tuesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 9 – November 11 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

This course is designed for individuals interested in exploring different drawing techniques while gaining a better understanding of how to utilize line and value in a personally expressive way. Through discussion, critique, and slide shows, we will consider the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual possibilities of drawing. Students enrolling for this class should have some previous drawing experience, such as beginning drawing.

BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-6)
Myke Venable; Beginner / All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 13 – November 15 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

Using basic materials, students will explore the fundamentals of drawing. Through various hands-on activities and class discussion, 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.

LIVE FIGURE MODEL LAB FOR ART LEAGUE HOUSTON MEMBERS
Various Art League Instructors; All Levels
Thursdays and Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 11 – November 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 – 4:00 PM. No pre-registration required – this is a drop-in program. Art League memberships start at
$35!


JEWELRY

JEWELRY CONSTRUCTION: BEGINNING-ADVANCED (J-1)
Mary Rogers; All Levels
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 8 – November 10 (10 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 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.

BEADING WORKSHOP (J-2)
Bulelwa Bam; All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
August 16 (1 day)
$25 members / $35 non-members

In conjunction with 360 Degrees Vanishing, this one-day workshop will provide students the opportunity to learn traditional South African beading techniques. With the help of the instructor, assisted by four South African beaders, participants will learn how to create a beaded pin while utilizing traditional threading techniques and discussing the history of this craft. The workshop will also provide students with the opportunity to discover how the 360 Degrees Vanishing tapestries tie to traditional South African beading techniques. Following this workshop, participants are invited to utilize their newly honed skills by assisting with the creation of the 360 Degrees Vanishing tapestries over the remaining two months. All materials will be provided and seating is limited.


MIXED MEDIA / MISCELLANEOUS

COLLAGE + ACRYLIC PAINTING (MM-1)
Preetika Rajgariah; All Levels
Monday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 15 – November 10 (9 weeks)
$285 members / $320 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.

COLLAGE: ASSEMBLING ART (MM-2)
Armando Rodriguez; All Levels
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 8 – November 10 (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.

ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOP (MM-3)
Kelly Alison; All Levels
Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
October 6 – 27 (4 weeks)
$180 members / $215 non-members + $75 materials fee

This four week class will explore the basics as well as intermediate techniques of encaustic painting (painting with melted beeswax). Encaustic offers limitless possibilities through transferring of images onto a surface, scraping, mixing, applying, texturizing, sculpting, adding, and taking away. Students will love the beautiful and spontaneous results that this 2000 year old art will produce. Great for beginners and experience encaustic artists alike. The materials fee will cover all tools and supplies for this course.

FUSION COLLAGE WORKSHOP (MM-4)
Kelly Alison; All Levels
Tuesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
October 6 – 27 (4 weeks)
$180 members / $215 non-members + $75 materials fee

This four week workshop will concentrate on the liquid-less collage techniques of Jonathan Talbot as well as cover several principals of design including patterns, soul content, peak experience and form, both structured and free form. It is a great workshop for people who have no background in art but would like to experience this healing and relaxing activity. Experienced artists will also enjoy learning this new technique and increasing their knowledge in basic design and associative creation. The materials fee will cover all tools and supplies for this course.

COLLAGE: ASSEMBLING ART (MM-5)
Armando Rodriguez; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 10 – November 12 (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.

PLAYING WITH STACKED FORMS (MM-6)
Jessica Kreutter; Beginner / All Levels
Thursday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 11 – November 13 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $55 lab fee

Learn how to build larger clay sculpture with small forms. Using basic hand building techniques (pinch, coil, and slab), 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. I 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. We 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.

TINY PLAYFUL CLAY: SURFACE (MM-7)
Jessica Kreutter; Beginner / All Levels
Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 11 – November 13 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $55 lab fee

Learn how to create an interesting clay surface with underglaze. Using basic hand building techniques (pinch, coil, and slab), we will create sculptural forms (6” or smaller) with which to experiment with color and surface techniques. Projects, demos, and discussion will be directed at the very beginning ceramic student interested in exploring clay sculpture. I will lead the class in techniques such as carving, sgraffito, mishima,
slip trailing, drawing with underglaze pencil, stencils, and layering color. We 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.

PRINTMAKING: FOCUS ON MONOTYPE (MM-8)
Armando Rodriguez; All Levels
Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 13 – November 15 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

Become acquainted with one of the more painterly methods of all printmaking techniques. Monotypes and monoprints 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.


PAINTING

CLASSICAL FIGURE PAINTING IN OIL (P-1)
Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Monday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 8 – November 10 (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.

CLASSICAL PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL (P-2)
Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
September 9 – November 11 (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.

LEARNING TO PAINT WHAT YOU SEE - BEGINNING ACRYLICS (P-3)
Laura Spector; Intermediate
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 9 – November 11 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members + $ 5 material fee

In this course, students will practice fine tuning their eyes to see shapes and tones
within objects. This course is a follow-up to the Acrylic Toolbox Class. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with various ways to construct a painting. By the end of the class, students will have the knowledge to create a well-structured painting, while having practiced a variety of paint applications. Along the way, time and money-saving tips, art history stories, and images of artworks in all styles will be discussed. Students will also learn how to begin coming up with their own narratives to create a cohesive body of work. Each class will be followed by a homework assignment to help students reinforce what they learned in class. Art presentations will also be assigned on a rotating basis. 

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 8 students.

TOWARD THE ABSTRACT IN LANDSCAPE (P-4)
Steve Parker; All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 9 – November 11 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

This course will be a continuation of the Landscape Into Art, but with an emphasis on composing a painting from a “nonrepresentational” 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.

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

COLOR THEORY FOR BEGINNERS (P-5)
Cary Reeder; Beginners
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 10 – October 29 (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.

DIRECT PAINTING (P-6)
Steve Parker; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 10 – November 12 (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.


OIL PAINTER’S TOOLBOX - AN INTRO TO OILS & TECHNIQUES (P-7)
Laura Spector; Beginner / All Levels
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 10 – November 12 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

In this course students will begin learning the tools artists use while painting in oils. 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 also be included in discussions and practice during class. Students will not focus on completing a painting 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. Basic drawing experience is helpful.

Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 8 students

ACRYLIC PORTRAIT BASICS (P-8)
Laura Spector; Intermediate
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 10 – November 12 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 non-members

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.


OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-9)
Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 10 – October 29 (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.


OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-10)
Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 10 – October 29 (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.


LANDSCAPE PAINTING (P-11)
Steve Parker; Intermediate / Advanced
Thursday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
September 11 – November 13 (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.

ACRYLIC STILL LIFE PAINTING (P-12)
Lucinda Cobley; All Levels
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 11 – November 13 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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 on paper. 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.

LANDSCAPE INTO ART (P-13)
Steve Parker; All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 13 – November 15 (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.


WATERCOLOR

WATERCOLOR (W-1)
Caroline Graham; All Levels
Monday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 8 – November 10 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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.


WATERCOLOR (W-2)
Caroline Graham; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 10 – November 12 (10 weeks)
$310 members / $345 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.