FALL 2015 QUARTER:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015

REGISTRATION CALENDAR

Pre-registration: August 3 – 9 (Summer students only)
Early registration: August 10 – 16 ($25 savings per class and/or workshop!)
General registration: August 17 – September 7
Late registration begins: September 8 ($15 late fee per class and/or workshop)

Art League Houston will be closed Monday, September 7 for Labor Day but registration will be available online.

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, please read the Art League School policy by clicking here.

Click here to download the Fall 2015 catalog.

HOW TO REGISTER

ONLINE: Students may register online by clicking the "Register Now" button below each class listing. Online registration for the public will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday, August 10.
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.


BETWEEN ART & ARCHITECTURE: THE UTILITY OF DEFINING SPACES (A-1)
355.00

Garland Fielder; All Levels
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 19 – November 21 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 non-members

This course is meant to introduce the student to the function of fine art as well as the importance of aesthetics in applied architecture. The sessions will consist of a reading/video component, which the students will be expected to journal about and discuss in class, various field trips to landmarks and art spaces around Houston, as well as a final project that will consist of preliminary sketches, a formal “pitch” composed of design strategies, mock-ups and scale drawings. The end result may or may not be realized, depending on scope and scale. Students will walk away with a new understanding of how art and architecture can work together in a seamless confluence of design, each one benefiting the other in tangible ways.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "FALL2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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CERAMIC TABLEWARE: BEGINNING HANDBUILDING (C-1)
380.00 405.00

Jessica Kreutter; Beginner
Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 15 – November 17 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 non-members + $50 lab fee

We will delve into the very basics of clay hand building 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!

INVESTIGATION AND EXPERIMENTATION IN CLAY (C-2)
380.00 405.00

Jessica Kreutter; Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 15 – November 17 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 non-members + $50 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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DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS (D-1)
355.00

Armando Rodriguez; Beginner
Monday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 14 – November 16 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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 "FALL2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS (D-3)
355.00

Armando Rodriguez; Beginner
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 14 – November 16 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

STILL LIFE DRAWING (D-5)
355.00

Lucinda Cobley; All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 15 – November 17 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 non-members

This class begins by exploring the fundamental aspects of drawing an object and spatial relationships between objects from a still life set-up. Line will be used to explain form and shading to depict value shifts from light to dark. A combination of graphite and charcoal is will be used to help create volume, texture and expression within each drawing. There will be lots of exercises to help build confidence and encourage ways to establish rhythm and structure within each drawing.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "FALL2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-7)
355.00

BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-7)
Myke Venable; Beginner / All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 19 – November 21 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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 "FALL2015MEMBER" 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)
355.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate
Monday, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
September 14 – November 16 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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!

CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-4)
355.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate
Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
September 15 – November 17 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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)
355.00

Myke Venable; Beginner / All Levels
Thursday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 17 – November 19 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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 "FALL2015MEMBER" 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-8)
355.00

Myke Venable; Intermediate
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 19 – November 21 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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 "FALL2015MEMBER" 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)
365.00 390.00

Mary Rogers; All Levels
Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 14 – November 16 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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!

HOMAGE BROOCH (J-2)
390.00

Masumi Kataoka; All Levels
Thursday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
September 17 - November 19 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 non-members + $35 lab fee

The word “homage” refers to a public display of respect, reverence, or honor. In this class, you will be designing and creating a three-dimensional brooch that pays homage to a person, animal, insect, etc., that you consider of great importance or that has impacted your life in one way or another. Your brooch design should consider formal design principles that provide the viewer with visual indications or associations reminiscent of the character you are honoring with your piece. Finished pieces must be around 2 inches in both height and width. The techniques introduced may include, sawing, riveting, soldering, stone-setting, speculum, and die-forming.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "FALL2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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COLLAGE: ASSEMBLING ART (MM-1)
355.00

Armando Rodriguez; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 16 – November 18 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "FALL2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP (MM-2)
265.00

Barbara Jackson; All Levels
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
October 8 – November 12 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 non-members

This six-week course provides an introduction to a variety of mixed media techniques. We will use acrylic paints, gels and mediums in combination with found materials, text, transferred images, and collage to create visually rich, multi-layered compositions. Whether you work in an abstract, impressionistic, or representational mode, there will be a focus on elements of design and the development of strong compositions. Experimentation, exploration and pushing the boundaries of materials and techniques will be encouraged. The Instructor will demonstrate several types of paints, gels and mediums (with limited amounts available for class use).

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "FALL2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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ACRYLIC PORTRAIT BASICS: AN INTRO ON HOW TO USE ACRYLIC PAINTS AND PAINTING MATERIALS (P-1)
160.00 185.00

Laura Spector; Beginner
Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 (two day workshop)
12:00 – 4:00 PM
$150 members / $185 non-members

If you have always wanted to paint but never knew how to start, this workshop is designed especially for you! This acrylic painting workshop is intended to prepare beginning students with the knowledge needed to begin creating their own acrylic paintings, or to move into a more intensive painting class with ease. You will learn the essentials of using acrylic painting materials, color theory basics and how to begin a painting. By the end of the 2nd day, you will have the confidence, skills and vocabulary to move forward into your next painting class or solo artistic adventure.

THIS CLASS IS CLOSED!

CLASSICAL PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL (P-3)
355.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
September 15 – November 17 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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 Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "FALL2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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EXPRESSIONIST PORTRAIT PAINTING (P-5)
355.00

Kelly Alison; All Levels
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 16 – November 18 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 non-members + model fee

This class is perfect for all levels of painters. Beginners will enjoy the easy-to-do techniques of expressionism, more experienced painters will enjoy learning to do portraits and very experienced portrait painters will learn to loosen up on their traditional training and accomplish a more personal style and expressionist work. Each week a new artist will be studied and students can choose to use that influence as we work from a live portrait model. Artists studies range from Jawlensky and Matisse to Lucian Freud, Elaine de Kooning and Alice Neal. The instructor will demonstrate each week as she paints along with the class. Join us for this low stress class among fun and lively company. Instruction will be in oil paints but those who prefer other mediums such as acrylic, watercolor or mixed media are welcome.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

THE NARRATIVE STILL LIFE (P-7)
359.00

Laura Spector; Intermediate
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 16 – November 18 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 non-members + $4 materials fee

Still life paintings are much more than merely a way to document objects. In this painting class, we will explore how to convey stories through subject matter, symbolism and the way in which paintings are created. Prior painting experience is required. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class to keep students practicing between classes. We will review and critique completed works of art together as a class to help the advancement of all students. Each student will also be responsible for an informal 5-10 minute presentation on an assigned artist which will happen at the start of each class. This class is 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.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "FALL2015MEMBER" 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-9)
280.00 305.00

Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 16 – November 4 (8 weeks)
$270 members / $305 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!

COLOR THEORY FOR BEGINNERS (P-11)
305.00

Cary Reeder; Beginner
Thursday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
September 17 – November 5 (8 weeks)
$270 members / $305 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.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!

ACRYLIC STILL LIFE PAINTING (P-13)
360.00

Lucinda Cobley; All Levels
Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 17 – November 19 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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 "FALL2015MEMBER" 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 PAINTING IN OIL (P-2)
355.00

Polly Liu; Intermediate / Advanced
Monday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 14 – November 16 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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 Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "FALL2015MEMBER" to save $35 per class.  Not sure if you are a current member?  Call us at 713-523-9530!

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TOWARD THE ABSTRACT IN LANDSCAPE (P-4)
355.00

Steve Parker; All Levels
Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 15 – November 17 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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)
280.00 305.00

Ruben Coy; All Levels
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 16 – November 4 (8 weeks)
$270 members / $305 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!

TOWARD THE ABSTRACT IN LANDSCAPE (P-8)
355.00

Steve Parker; All Levels
Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 16 – November 18 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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!

THE NARRATIVE PORTRAIT (P-10)
355.00

Laura Spector; Intermediate / Advanced
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 16 – November 18 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 non-members + model fee

Every portrait has a story to tell. This class will focus on developing narratives within the portrait. We will work from live models in addition to students bringing in reference photos to use while painting. Prior portrait painting experience is required. 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. Each student will also be responsible for an informal 5-10 minute presentation on an assigned artist which will happen at the start of each class. 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!

LANDSCAPE PAINTING (P-12)
355.00

Steve Parker; Intermediate / Advanced
Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 17 – November 19 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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!

LANDSCAPE INTO ART (P-14)
330.00 355.00

Steve Parker; All Levels
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 19 – November 21 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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!


WATERCOLOR (W-1)
355.00

Caroline Graham; All Levels
Monday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
September 14  – November 16 (10 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!

WATERCOLOR (W-3)
355.00

Caroline Graham; All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
September 16 – November 18 (10 weeks)
$320 members / $355 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)
240.00 265.00

Barbara Jackson; Beginner
Wednesday, 9:30 – 12:30 PM
October 7 - November 11 (6 weeks)
$230 members / $265 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 skills for working in this luminous and spontaneous medium.

THIS CLASS IS FULL!