SUMMER 2016 QUARTER:
MONDAY, JULY 11 - AUGUST 20, 2016

REGISTRATION CALENDAR

Pre-registration: May 23 - June 5 (Open to Spring 2016 students only)
Early registration: June 6 - June 12 ($25 savings per class and/or workshop!)
General registration: June 13 - June 26
Late registration: Begins June 27 ($15 late fee per class and/or workshop)

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.

Before registering for any class, carefully read the Art League School policy by clicking here.

Click here to download the Summer catalog.

HOW TO REGISTER

Online: Registration made easy!  Register for classes here. For step-by-step instructions, click here.
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: Registration can be completed by visiting us at 1953 Montrose Blvd. during office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM.


3d and sculpture
BEGINNING HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY (S-1)
295.00

Jessica Kreutter; Beginner
Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 12 - August 16 (6 Weeks)
$230 members / $265 non-members + $30 lab fee

We will delve into the very basics of clay handbuilding to make decorative projects for the table such as bowls, plates, salt & pepper shakers, vases or cups. Students will use a combination of pinch, coil and slab techniques with slump molds to build and use slip techniques to experiment with pattern, design and color. Projects, demos and discussion will be directed at the very beginning ceramic student interested in exploring hand building. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 5 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

EXPERIMENTAL GRAVITY CASTING WORKSHOP (S-3)
220.00

Mary Rogers; Intermediate/Advanced
Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturdays, August 13 and August 30 (2-day workshop)
$150 members / $185 non-members + $35 lab fee

This intensive workshop is aimed at experimental methods using the gravity casting method. Students who have worked with Cuttlefish Bone Casting will find this workshop a logical extension. We will be gravity casting into wet straw (broom casting), alternative materials (pine cones, twigs etc.) and exploration of tufa casting.

Tufa casting is most often seen in Native American Jewelry, but the principles are strongly related to cuttlefish bone Casting. Tufa is a soft stone that can be easily cut; the pattern is carved into the soft stone, sprue channels and vents are cut in, and a second piece of tufa creates the second section of the mold. Both sections are clamped together to complete the two part mold. Generally 2-3 castings can be made from one carving. Students will be working with Sterling Silver or Fine Silver.

Due to safety considerations all students must wear closed toe, leather shoes while casting. Open to intermediate to advanced students with torch skills. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 8 students.

Questions: Mary Rogers at maryrogers60@hotmail.com

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ADVANCED CERAMICS (S-2)
295.00

Jessica Kreutter; Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
July 12 - August 16 (6 Weeks)
$230 members / $265 non-members + $30 lab fee

We will work on individual proposals and personal investigation. Depending on the proposals, I will introduce techniques and materials for experimentation. Emphasis will be placed on sculptural techniques and concepts. Projects, demos and discussion will be directed at students who have previously taken a class with me or have taken basic hand building and are interested in exploring a focused independent goal. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 5 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL


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BEGINNER FIGURE DRAWING (D-1)
265.00

Shayne Murphy; Beginner
Monday, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
July 11 - August 15 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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. Please note: classroom is limited to 10 students only. 

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DRAWING WHAT YOU SEE (D-3)
265.00

Sasha Dela; All levels
Monday, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
July 11 - August 15 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 non-members

This class will allow students to more accurately draw what they see. Students will learn and implement a specific measuring technique that can be applied to drawing the figure, landscapes, buildings and objects. The first part of the class will be focused on learning technique and adding drawing skills. The class will then use the techniquies in a more personal and creative series of self-directed drawing projects. 

THIS CLASS IS FULL

FUNDAMENTALS OF PORTRAITURE (D-5)
200.00

Lucinda Cobley; Intermediate
Tuesday,  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
July 12 - August 2 (4 weeks)
$165 members / $200 non-members + model fee

During the late 14th century Italian Renaissance artists began drawing on paper using combinations of red, black and white chalk and ink to make studies of the human form in preparation for their painting compositions. Sensitivity to proportion, form, line and surface were of great importance in these preparatory studies. This class will assist in helping to describe the anatomical form of the human head, including bone structure, muscles, skin tone and hair by referencing historical techniques typically used during and after the Renaissance era. We will study the relationship of the head, neck, and shoulders and also attempt to capture a range of facial expressions in numerous quick sketches and drawings in Conté crayon and ink wash on white and toned papers to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of portraiture.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-7)
265.00

Myke Venable; Beginner
Thursday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
July 14 - August 18 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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.

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BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-9)
265.00

Myke Venable; Beginner
Saturday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
July 16 - August 20 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-2)
265.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Monday, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
July 11 - August 15 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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 CLOSED

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-4)
265.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate
Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 12 - August 16 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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.

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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FUNDAMENTALS OF PORTRAITURE (D-6)
200.00

Lucinda Cobley; Intermediate
Wednesday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
July 13 - August 3 (4 weeks)
$165 members / $200 non-members + model fee

During the late 14th century Italian Renaissance artists began drawing on paper using combinations of red, black and white chalk and ink to make studies of the human form in preparation for their painting compositions. Sensitivity to proportion, form, line and surface were of great importance in these preparatory studies. This class will assist in helping to describe the anatomical form of the human head, including bone structure, muscles, skin tone and hair by referencing historical techniques typically used during and after the Renaissance era. We will study the relationship of the head, neck, and shoulders and also attempt to capture a range of facial expressions in numerous quick sketches and drawings in Conté crayon and ink wash on white and toned papers to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of portraiture.

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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STILL LIFE DRAWING (D-8)
200.00

Lucinda Cobley; All Levels
Thursday, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
July 14 - August 4 (4 weeks)
$165 members / $200 non-members

This class explores fundamental aspects of drawing objects from various still life set-ups. Line will be used to explain form and shading to depict value shifts from light to dark using a combination of graphite and charcoal to create volume, texture, rhythm and space. Different exercises will also help to build confidence in establishing composition and expression within each drawing. Throughout there will be helpful references to historical and contemporary artists and their drawing practices.

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INTERMEDIATE DRAWING (D-10)
265.00

Myke Venable; Intermediate
Saturday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
July 16 - August 20 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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.

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NATURAL DYE + BOOKMAKING (MM-1)
265.00

Delaney Smith; All levels
Monday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
July 11 - August 15 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 non-members

This courses focuses on two simple processes: natural dye on paper and simple book making techniques. We will achieve a range of color on cotton paper, using every day dye sources like avocado, onion skins, hibiscus, and rosemary. The pages will then be gathered and transformed into books using pamphlet and stab binding. These handmade books can be starting points for drawing or creative writing, but can also stand on their own as a work of art.

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VIVA LA VIDA: PAINTING AND MIXED MEDIA (MM-3)
135.00

Lucinda Cobley; Intermediate / Advanced
Saturday, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
July 16 (1-day workshop)
$100 members / $125 non-members + $10 materials fee

Inspired by Frida Kahlo’s 1954 still life painting of watermelons evocatively called ‘Viva la Vida’ this mixed media workshop will allow you to discover new ways to work with color and texture within your painting practice. Working directly from a still life set up of sumptuous fresh summer fruits and flowers will help to increase your observational skills and give ample opportunity to experiment with challenging new approaches. Bring along your water-based paints, acrylic and/or watercolor, and any dry media such as color crayons and pastels plus some sheets of heavy weight paper and enjoy spending the day painting and drawing from a colorful still life. Since there is a very long history of symbolism in still life painting there will be time to consider the personal meanings within your own paintings. Demonstrations during the workshop will help to inspire new ways to combine wet and dry media plus you will gain expertise about new acrylic media such as special texturing gels, pastes and grounds.

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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2-D DESIGN (MM-2)
265.00

Shayne Murphy; Beginner
Thursday, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
July 14 – August 18 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 non-members

This is an introductory course with an emphasis on two-dimensional design in art. It includes the fundamentals of the elements of art: line, shape, space, texture, value, color, time/motion, and the principles of design: balance, emphasis, proportion/scale, rhythm/repetition, and unity/variety/harmony in a composition. This is a great introductory art course allowing students to experiment with a variety of mediums and materials. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

VIVA LA VIDA: PAINTING AND MIXED MEDIA (MM-4)
135.00

Lucinda Cobley; Intermediate / Advanced
Saturday, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
July 23 (1-day workshop)
$90 members / $125 non-members + $10 materials fee

Inspired by Frida Kahlo’s 1954 still life painting of watermelons evocatively called ‘Viva la Vida’ this mixed media workshop will allow you to discover new ways to work with color and texture within your painting practice. Working directly from a still life set up of sumptuous fresh summer fruits and flowers will help to increase your observational skills and give ample opportunity to experiment with challenging new approaches. Bring along your water-based paints, acrylic and/or watercolor, and any dry media such as color crayons and pastels plus some sheets of heavy weight paper and enjoy spending the day painting and drawing from a colorful still life. Since there is a very long history of symbolism in still life painting there will be time to consider the personal meanings within your own paintings. Demonstrations during the workshop will help to inspire new ways to combine wet and dry media plus you will gain expertise about new acrylic media such as special texturing gels, pastes and grounds.

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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CLASSICAL FIGURE PAINTING IN OIL (P-1)
265.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Monday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
July 11 - August 15 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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 CLOSED

CLASSICAL PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL (P-3)
265.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
July 12 - August 16
$230 members / $265 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.

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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PAINTING THE MODERN ABSTRACT FIGURE (P-5)
340.00

Kelly Allison; All levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
July 13 - August 17 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 non-members + $75 supplies and model fee

From Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon and Fernand Leger's Three Women to Lichtenstein's Pop, Basquiat and Francisco Clemente's Neo Expressionism and back to the Fauvist Matisse and Jawlensky, this class will study the techniques of famous figure painters of the modern to postmodern age. Live models will be available on the first class where sketches and photos will be created as source material for the remainder of semester. Each of the remaining weeks the class will study a particular artist and will discuss that artist's methods of color, composition and expression. The instructor will demonstrate easy step by step techniques, that anyone can follow, and students will use their source material to create a new work of art each week. Students will work in a variety of materials provided by the instructor.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

TOWARD THE ABSTRACT IN LANDSCAPE (P-7)
265.00

Steve Parker; All Levels
Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
July 13 - August 17 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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.

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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LANDSCAPE PAINTING (P-9)
265.00

Steve Parker; Intermediate / Advanced
Thursday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
July 14 - July 18 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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.

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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EGG TEMPERA AND ENCAUSTIC PAINTING (P-11)
200.00

Sasha Dela; All levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
July 30 (1-day workshop)
$90 members / $125 non-members + $75 materials fee

This workshop will allow students to experiment with these beautiful and less common painting mediums.  Egg Tempera paint is made from combining egg whites and colored pigment using a specific painting ground. It allows for the building up of layers to create a special luminosity.  Encaustic is made with beeswax and pigment and heat is used in the process of mixing and applying paint. Many surprises occur while heating the paint on panel. Students will be provided with all of the materials needed for both techniques, including painting panels, brushes, and paint. Students may experiment with the new techniques in their own style. Clear instructions for making and using the paints will be given so at-home setup will be possible after taking the course. Safety will be discussed throughout the workshop. 

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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BEGINNER PAINTING (P-2)
265.00

Shayne Murphy; Beginner
Monday, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
July 11 – August 15 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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. Please note: classroom is limited to 10 students only. 

THIS CLASS IS FULL

TOWARD THE ABSTRACT IN LANDSCAPE (P-4)
265.00

Steve Parker; All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
July 12 - August 16 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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

OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-6)
265.00

Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
July 13 - August 17 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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.

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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OIL PAINTING: THE EASY METHOD (P-8)
240.00 265.00

Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
July 13 - August 17 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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

LANDSCAPE INTO ART (P-10)
265.00

Steve Parker; All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
July 16 - August 20 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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. Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

EGG TEMPERA AND ENCAUSTIC PAINTING (P-12)
200.00

Sasha Dela; All levels
Sunday, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
July 31 (1-day workshop)
$90 members / $125 non-members + $75 materials fee

This workshop will allow students to experiment with these beautiful and less common painting mediums.  Egg Tempera paint is made from combining egg whites and colored pigment using a specific painting ground. It allows for the building up of layers to create a special luminosity.  Encaustic is made with beeswax and pigment and heat is used in the process of mixing and applying paint. Many surprises occur while heating the paint on panel. Students will be provided with all of the materials needed for both techniques, including painting panels, brushes, and paint. Students may experiment with the new techniques in their own style. Clear instructions for making and using the paints will be given so at-home setup will be possible after taking the course. Safety will be discussed throughout the workshop. 

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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CLASSICAL CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY: INK, BRUSH, PAPER, WATER (W-1)
180.00

Polly Liu; All Levels
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesdays, July 13, July 20, and July 27 (3-day workshop)
$145 members / $180 non-members

This class introduces the techniques and philosophy of watercolor practices and Chinese calligraphy. The relations between painting and calligraphy influences one another.  The class will recognize how painting is writing and how writing is painting. Please note: This classroom is limited to 10 students. 

Current ALH Members: Use promo code "SUMMER2016MEMBER" to save $35 per course.  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530!

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