SPRING 2017 QUARTER:
MARCH 27 - JUNE 3, 2017

REGISTRATION PERIOD

Pre-registration: February 13 - February 19 (Open to Winter 2017students only, with priority registration link)
Early registration: February 20 - March 5 (Tuition discount $25 per class and/or workshop)
General registration: March 6 - March 18
Late registration: Begins March 19 (Additional late fee $15 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 Spring 2017 quarter catalog.

HOW TO REGISTER

Online:  Register here at www.artleaguehouston.org/classes
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.


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JEWELRY CONSTRUCTION: BEGINNING-ADVANCED (S-1)
365.00

Mary Rogers
All Levels
Monday evening, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
March 27 - May 22
9 weeks

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. Multi-level classes allow new students to see a variety of advanced techniques and applications. Individualized instruction allows students to progress at their own pace.  

THIS CLASS IS FULL

MAKING SMALL KINETIC OBJECTS (S-3)
360.00

Gary Schott
All Levels
Wednesday morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 29 - May 31
10 weeks

Students will be introduced to simple mechanisms and explore combinations of motion. We’ll begin with orientating ourselves with the space, materials, tools, equipment, and safety required for this class. Each week we’ll focus on a new topic of mechanism to produce motion, while working towards working samples and eventually a finished “flying figure” project. This class is equally intended for the individual that has never stepped into a workshop to the seasoned maker. Techniques taught will include very basic wood-working combined with fundamental jewelry making techniques (sawing, drilling, riveting, soldering, basic forming, surface finishing). 

THIS CLASS IS CLOSED

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ADVANCED CERAMICS (S-2)
255.00

Jessica Kreutter
Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
April 4 - May 2
5 weeks

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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CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-1)
330.00

Polly Liu
Beginner / Intermediate
Monday afternoon, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
March 27 - May 22
9 weeks
Additional live model fee due first class session

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
 

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DRAWING WHAT YOU SEE (D-2)
330.00

Sasha Dela
Beginner
Monday evening, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
March 27 - May 22
9 weeks

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 techniques in a more personal and creative series of self-directed drawing projects. 
Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

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CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING (D-3)
360.00

Polly Liu
Beginner / Intermediate
Tuesday morning, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
March 28 - May 30
10 weeks
Additional live model fee due first class session

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

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FUNDAMENTALS OF PORTRAITURE (D-4)
360.00

Lucinda Cobley
All Levels
Tuesday morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 28 - May 30
10 weeks
+ Life model fee will be required for 8 out of the 10 sessions and will be split equally among students. 

During the Italian Renaissance artists made drawings on paper using combinations of red, black and white chalk and ink as studies of the human form in preparation for their painting compositions. Sensitivity to proportion, form, line and texture were of great importance. This class will assist in helping to describe the basic anatomical form of the human head, including bone structure, muscles, skin tone and hair by referencing historical techniques. 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, (plus experiments with graphite and charcoal), on white and toned papers.
Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 8 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF PORTRAITURE (D-5)
360.00

Lucinda Cobley
All Levels
Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
March 28 - May 30
10 weeks
+ Life model fee will be required for 8 out of the 10 sessions and will be split equally among students. 

During the Italian Renaissance artists made drawings on paper using combinations of red, black and white chalk and ink as studies of the human form in preparation for their painting compositions. Sensitivity to proportion, form, line and texture were of great importance. This class will assist in helping to describe the basic anatomical form of the human head, including bone structure, muscles, skin tone and hair by referencing historical techniques. 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, (plus experiments with graphite and charcoal), on white and toned papers.
Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

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BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-6)
360.00

Myke Venable
Beginner
Thursday morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 30 - June 1
10 weeks

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

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BASIC DRAWING 101 (D-7)
310.00

Myke Venable
Beginner
Saturday morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
April 1 - June 3
8 weeks
No class on April 15 and May 27

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. 

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DRAWING WITH METAPHYSICAL CONCEPTS (D-9)
130.00

*New offering*

Myke Venable
All Levels
Wednesday. May 24 and 31
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2-day workshop

With the use of Basic Drawing Skills, this workshop will explore Metaphysical Concepts that relate to Color Therapy, Sacred Geometry, Fractals, Mandalas, as well as a number of multidimensional subjects.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

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INTERMEDIATE DRAWING (D-8)
310.00

Myke Venable
Intermediate
Saturday afternoon, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
April 1 - June 3
8 weeks
No class on April 15 and May 27

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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ALTERNATIVE WATER-BASED MEDIA AND COLLAGE (MM-1)
330.00

*New offering*

Melinda Laszczynski
All Levels
Monday afternoon, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
March 27 - May 22
9 weeks

In this course, students will use water-based media such as watercolor and ink along with alternative tools and methods. Paintings and collages will be primarily focused on process and abstraction. Students will also create their own watercolor paints using gum arabic and found materials. Students will leave the class with a portfolio of at least nine pieces. Familiarity with watercolor or ink is recommended, though not required. 
Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

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IMAGINED SPACE: FROM COLLAGE TO PAINTING (MM-2)
370.00

*New offering*

Erin Joyce
All Levels
Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
March 28 - May 30
10 weeks

In this course students will cultivate ways to find and combine source material to create imagined spaces. We will utilize the principles of perspective, light sources, and unity to bring separate objects, figures, and spaces together into one painting or drawing. Sources could include (but are not limited to) personal photos, found images, media images, dreams or memories.
Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 10 students.

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ABSTRACT PAINTING FROM THE REAL (P-1)
205.00

*New offering*

Cary Reeder
All Levels
Monday morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
May 1 - May 22
4-week workshop

Creating an abstract painting from a blank canvas can be a daunting prospect. In this workshop, students will learn how to create abstract works by observing real world objects and scenes. The workshop will cover different styles of abstraction, including objective and non-objective, as well as the basics of composition, color, and space, and employ the reference tools of photographs and still lifes to help students generate ideas and develop paintings.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

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CLASSICAL FIGURE PAINTING IN OIL (P-2)
330.00

Polly Liu
Beginner / Intermediate
Monday morning, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
March 27 - May 22
9 weeks
Additional live model fee due first class session

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.

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CLASSICAL PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL (P-3)
360.00

Polly Liu
Beginner / Intermediate
Tuesday afternoon, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
March 28 - May 30
10 weeks
Additional live model fee due first class session

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

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NON-OBJECTIVE ACRYLIC PAINTING (P-5)
360.00

*New offering*

Garland Fielder
All Levels
Wednesday morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 29 - May 31
10 weeks

In this course, the student will be exposed to the history of contemporary, non-objective art making, specifically, in the realm of 2D painting. Through an exploration of the various potentials in this field, the student will develop a body of work influenced by the genre. All facets of creating a painting will be addressed—from the deliberation of the form, to the wrapping of the surface, to the application of pigment and finish. Due to time constraints, it is suggested that the student work in acrylic media. However, various strategies and methodologies will be entertained.

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TOWARD THE ABSTRACT IN LANDSCAPE (P-7)
360.00

Steve Parker
All Levels
Wednesday afternoon, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
March 29 - May 31
10 weeks

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.

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THE NARRATIVE PORTRAIT (P-9)
360.00

Laura Spector
Intermediate / Advanced
Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM– 9:30 PM
March 29 - May 31
10 weeks

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 oil and acrylic. If you would like to work in oils, please contact the instructor for a specialized materials list.

THIS CLASS IS FULL

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LANDSCAPE PAINTING (P-11)
360.00

Steve Parker
Intermediate / Advanced
Thursday afternoon, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
March 30 - June 1
10 weeks

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. This class will paint and/or sketch out on location at the Houston Arboretum at least twice during this spring quarter. This will be further discussed in class. 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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LANDSCAPE INTO ART (P-13)
310.00

Steve Parker
All Levels
Saturday morning, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 1 - June 3
8 weeks
No class on April 15 and May 27

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.

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TOWARD THE ABSTRACT IN LANDSCAPE (P-4)
360.00

Steve Parker
All Levels
Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
March 28 - May 30
10 weeks

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, students are expected basic knowledge of drawing and composition. Among all levels, 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 Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2017MEMBER" to save $35 per class!  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530. 

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OIL PAINTING: THE MODERN METHOD (P-6)
310.00

Ruben Coy
All Levels
Wednesday afternoon, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
March 29 - May 17
8 weeks

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 MODERN METHOD (P-8)
310.00

Ruben Coy
All Levels
Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
March 29 - May 17
8 weeks

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

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ACRYLIC STILL LIFE PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS (P-10)
365.00

Lucinda Cobley
Beginner
Thursday morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 30 - June 1
10 weeks

This beginner’s course introduces fundamental skills in acrylic painting. Working through a series of exercises with a varied range of still life objects enables exploration of form, tone, color, texture and space. Gain experience in painting in a relaxed atmosphere where individual style and approach is encouraged. As each week progresses a new stage of painting will be discovered including: applying a colored ground, under-painting, modeling light and shade and composition.


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ACRYLIC STILL LIFE PAINTING FOR ALL (P-12)
370.00

Lucinda Cobley
All Levels
Thursday evening, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
March 30 - June 1
10 weeks

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

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

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INTRODUCTION TO ACRYLIC PAINTING (P-14)
125.00

Laura Spector
Beginner
Saturday afternoon, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
May 6 and 13
2-day workshop

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.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2017MEMBER" to save $35 per class!  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530. 

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SPECIAL PROJECTS IN SILKSCREEN (PR-1)
340.00

*New offering*

Alexander Squier
All Levels
Monday evening, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
March 27 - May 15
8 weeks

This 8 week intensive will introduce students to new takes on fundamental techniques, while focusing on developing and executing personal projects. Students will prepare screens and learn to expose stencils on the first day. The 4 demonstrations will happen consecutively and will include hand drawn, painted and cutout photo-stencils, digital and photo-imagery, cmyk printing and digital collage, and expanded mono-printing techniques. Possibilities for projects are very open, some examples include printing posters, zines or books, textiles, printing on wood, packaging design, foldable prints, etc. The class is open to all levels of experience, but students are expected to have some project ideas in mind.
Please note: enrollment for this course is limited to 8 students.

Current Art League Houston Members: Use promo code "SPRING2017MEMBER" to save $35 per class!  Check your membership status by calling us at 713-523-9530. 

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PRINTING FUNDAMENTALS: ECONOMICAL METHODS (PR-2)
270.00

*New offering*

Alexander Squier
Beginner
Monday morning, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM*
March 27 - April 24*
5 weeks*

*Please note: The time and duration of this course has been updated. PRINTING FUNDAMENTALS will not be available Tuesday afternoon, 1:00 PM - 4:00 for 8 weeks, as seen in our printed catalogs.


For this printmaking course, students apply different fundamental approaches to printmaking with an added focus on economical methods for achieving multi-layered prints. Specific demonstrations will include expanded mono-printing techniques, drypoint etching and mono-typing, reduction and multiple block linoleum printing. Bonus techniques will include viscosity rolls, chine collé, and collagraph printing.

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WATERCOLOR (W-1)
310.00

Caroline Graham
All Levels
Monday afternoon, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
March 27 - May 15
8 weeks

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-2)
310.00

Caroline Graham
All Levels
Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
March 29 - May 17
8 weeks

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