Category Archive: Classes / Workshops

New Lighting and Dog Photography Workshops this Summer + Camps for Kids and Teens


Studio Portrait Lighting Intensive

A Weekend Workshop: June 17 & 18

This weekend intensive is a thorough, hands-on exploration of the fundamentals of portrait lighting in the studio. From the simplest of lighting set-ups to the most complex configuration, the starting point of any lighting formula is the key light. Knowing how and where to place the primary light source is crucial. This is where we will begin in Studio Portrait Lighting Intensive.

On day one you will learn how to competently use a single light source and you’ll begin to see first-hand just how creatively flexible single source lighting can be. On day two we’ll add more lights, experiment with reflectors, fill light, feathering, edge lighting and how to interact with a subject. You’ll get to put all of your new knowledge to work with real models.

More information and registration

About the Instructor:

Kent Barker has over 25 years of experience shooting for a wide array of magazines and ad agencies. His editorial clients list includes magazines such as Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Journal, Fast Company, Success, Outside, Town & Country, Texas Monthly and Dallas Modern Luxury. In advertising, he has created national campaigns for the Four Seasons Hotels, Northwestern Mutual, Tony Lama Boots, TransAmerica, Corona, Nike and Budweiser just to name a few.

Dog Photography

Saturday, June 24: 1-8pm

In this full day, hands-on workshop we will cover various styles of pet photography, lighting situations and location suggestions. We’ll discuss posed and polished versus storytelling and photojournalistic styles. You’ll learn about the challenges of working with animals, including in a shelter environment, and advice for overcoming them.

Instructor Sylvia Elzafon will begin with a classroom presentation of her work and a review of styles of pet photography. Then she’ll explain the techniques for creating those styles and for capturing beautiful and flattering images of your canine subjects. We’ll bring in several well-behaved dogs so students can test their new skills in a nearby outdoor location. We’ll bid our furry companions goodbye and Sylvia will download your images for a group image critique.

More information and registration

About the Instructor:

For over 15 years, Sylvia Elzafon has been passionate about animal welfare causes, including companion, farm, and wild animal issues. She has dedicated herself and her work as a photographer to shine a light on some of the biggest challenges facing animals, as well as highlighting our human relationship with them. The Dallas native donates photographic services to local and national animal advocacy groups. Sylvia has garnered national recognition with her shelter series of the adoptable dogs and cats at Dallas Animal Services.

Tabletop Product Photography

Saturday, July 22: 9am-5pm

This course is for the budget minded individual that wants to photograph small to medium size product. If you need product images for Amazon, Etsy or your own website, this course will walk you through all the basics. You will learn the fundamentals of studio lighting and how to get the highest quality image from the least amount of equipment employing DIY lighting gear and modifiers.

The day will begin with a discussion of camera equipment and settings. The instructor will demonstrate qualities of light and discuss lighting components and where to buy them. You’ll learn how to set up table top lighting and backgrounds that would be suitable to photograph small to medium size product. After lunch you’ll practice what you’ve learned by shooting a variety of products at different lighting stations followed by an image review and open discussion.

More information and registration

About the Instructor:

Having graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1985 Lane Baker initiated his photographic career in Phoenix where shooting jewelry became his specialty. He quickly built a reputation as one of the top jewelry photographers in the country. Building on his love of jewelry, Lane expanded his practice to include luxury goods and food. Through the years, Lane has shot images for ads, websites and catalogs for many clients including Neiman Marcus, Platinum Guild International, Kohls, Heritage Auctions and DeBeers.

There’s still time to sign up for our Summer Camps for Kids and Teens!

Photo Camps for Young Photographers:

Campers will learn the science of f-stops and shutter speeds and the art of timing and composition.

Grades 4-7: Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16from 8:30am-12:30pm
Grades 8-12: Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23from 12:30pm-4:30pm
More information and registration

Video Camp for Movie Making Teens:

Five days of hands-on production, shooting and editing of your own individual mini-movie and a larger group project. Shoot with any type of video camera you bring: smart phone, tablet, camcorder or DSLR.
Grades 9-12: Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28from 10:00am-3:00pm
More information and registration

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3rd Saturday Watercolor Workshops – May 20 with Naomi Brotherton

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Landscape Workshops in Transparent Watercolor by Naomi Brotherton

10AM – 2:30PM Intermediate and up

Plans for May 20th: “Light Bounce or Reflected Light” or you may work on your own project.

If you have a project you would like to have help with, do bring it. Be sure to bring your reference material.

I have been thinking of the conditions of light, especially sunlight on a white object. Of course I think of a white building (house), but it could be still life. White objects and we’ll use light bounce (reflected light).
I’ll bring some possible subject matter in case you don’t have something.
This will be one of our “Times of Day” lessons. It can apply to any subject with bright light.

I hope to see you on May 20, 10 to 2:30 or so. Bring your lunch or there are several restaurants in the area.

We will talk about plans for summer sessions on the 3rd Saturday

Contact Naomi Brotherton at 214-483-3903 or to register.

2825 Valley View Lane #301, Dallas TX 75234


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Painting Classes: Oils and Acrylics with Irma Ward

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Pursue your passion and experience your creative side with oil or acrylic painting lessons. Irma offers weekly painting classes that concentrate on the application of basic concepts and techniques as you paint a subject that you like. Learn more about composition, values, brushwork, color, and perspective in a well-equipped studio; conveniently located off of I-30 in North Arlington.

Adult classes are offered for the beginner and intermediate painters who want to refresh their knowledge and enhance their skills. Class size is limited; enroll today. Contact for more information.

For more about the instructor, see her website:


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Oil Painting Alla Prima Style – Open for Teens and Adults


  • Ages teen to adult
  • 9:30am to 4:00pm (1-hour lunch break)
  • July 28-29 (2-day workshop)
  • $250.00
  • Elm Street Studio; Keller Texas

This workshop will include step by step demonstrations, one on one individual easel time, and fun exercises to learn how to loosen up and create bold, colorful paintings. Chris uses the “Alla Prima” method of painting (working wet into wet) and will teach you how to layer with transparent and opaque oils, and how to keep your paints from getting muddy. She will show you how to take an ordinary photograph, and use artistic license to paint from the heart by infusing clean, bold color, loose brush strokes, and beautiful lighting. There will be an emphasis on color mixing, composition, brushwork, and more. Learn to see “Impressionistically,” and explore your ability to “suggest” rather than “render” the subject. Come prepared to have a relaxing, fun-filled learning experience. This class is for all levels of painting from beginners to advanced! It is designed to help you take your painting to the next level. Click here for more information.


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Landscape Painting Workshop June 17 by Jane Kahler


Jane Kahler will teach a landscape painting workshop on Saturday, June 17 at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving.  Directions Hours are 10:00am to 3:00pm with a short break for lunch.

Jane will stress the importance of composition, values & creating a center of interest.Students may paint in acrylics or oils. Supply list upon registration. Bring reference photos (Jane will also bring photos).

Cost of workshop: $60 ($55 for IAA members). To register, contact Jane Kahler at or call 214-354-641. Sponsored by the Irving Art Association.


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Free sessions on Making Collage Paper May 21 and Making Small Collages May 26


Irving Art Association sponsors a Meetup group: Open Art Sundays on third Sunday afternoons and Open Art Fridays on the first, second and fourth Fridays. Sessions are free unless stated. Bring your own supplies. (sometimes there will be a small supply fee).

Sharon Giles will be the leader for these two sessions. RSVP through or to Check out IAA’s Meetup at — it’s free to join.

May 21 Open Art Sunday: Making Collage Paper from Tissue Paper & Deli Paper

Supplies required: white tissue paper, deli paper or even rice paper, acrylic paint & medium, brushes (larger brushes or foam brushes or even small foam rollers), paper towels, water container, stamps, apron, and garbage bags for drying racks. Sharon will bring gelli plates and stencils for those who wish to print on deli paper. You can also use white or black gesso in this technique.

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May 26 Open Art Friday: Collaging in Your Art Journal or on Canvas.

Supplies required: We’ll use the collage papers that we made on May 21st. Plus bring whatever handmade, found or bought paper you have to create collages in your art journal or on small canvases, boards, etc.

Bring your art journal or small canvas or boards. Acrylic medium, gel or whatever glue you prefer. If you want to incorporate paint, bring your paints, brushes and drawing tools.

Sharon will bring some composition tips for you and samples of her collages to show you. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Note: if your collages have gelli printing on them, you can enter them in the free IAA Printmaking Exhibit to be held July 30- Aug. 25.

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Colored Pencil Pet Portrait Workshop at Noriko DeWitt Art Studio

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Colored Pencil Pet Portrait Workshop by Noriko DeWitt

Award-winning colored pencil artist, Noriko DeWitt will teach you how to draw life-like portraits of your furry friend. In this 3-day workshop, we will go through how to breathe life into the eyes, create a realistic nose & mouth, and render touch-me soft fur!  Previous drawing experience (in any subject matter) is a plus.  This is a small group workshop so the space is limited.  Sign up for your spot today!

Dates & Times:

Fri    6/23 5:30 – 8:30pm
Sat   6/24 9:00 – 4:00pm
Sun  6/25 1:00 – 5:00pm


Noriko DeWitt Art Studio
119 W. Virginia St., Ste 303., McKinney TX 75069


12 through adult


$200 plus supplies


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3-Day Portrait Workshop: Color May 19-21


May 19, 20, 21
Workshop lead by Gene Dillard
At Rail Station Studios  1013 15th Place, Plano, Texas 75074
9:00 am till 4:00 pm

Seems the most common challenge for aspiring (and sometimes accomplished) portrait painters is the mystery and mastery of color especially when it comes to skin tones. In this workshop we will not only study the theory of color but some very direct hands-on mixing techniques. The subtle blends of warm and cool temperatures can bring magic to a face because flesh color is not the color of flesh it it the color of light reflecting on a face…a very different idea.

We will be painting three different models, each with distinctly different skin tones. These exercises should be fun for both accomplished painters and those early in the struggle with color.

Cost for workshop is $300. A $100 deposit is required to hold your place in the workshop. Payment can be made online at  (WORKSHOPS)

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Masterclass Basic Calligraphy (Gothic period)


Masterclass Basic Calligraphy (Gothic period)
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh
2927 MAPLE AVE, DALLAS, TX 75201

World renown scribe, Paul Antonio, Instructor
Open to Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students.

In conjunction with ChalkInk
This workshop will introduce to the letterforms of the gothic period.
It is a practical day of looking at this 13th century script discussed in the lecture the night before – attendance to the lecture is not a prerequisite but would be helpful.
The aim of the workshop is to get you accustomed to the script, as once you know what the tool is capable of, learning how to apply it makes the learning of a particular script considerable easier, as well as how it can be applied to the other script is in the period.
We will be using products supplied by ChalkInk and learning how they are used on non-traditional surfaces like glass, walls, blackboards, this is a different skill to working on paper and in the class we will cultivate confidence in both working on these non-traditional surfaces and on in writing at larger sizes.
The class will look at both traditional and contemporary lettering styles.
REGISTER (space is limited to 20 students).

To learn more about Paul Antonio and see some of his wonderful work, please visit:

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Paul Antonio Scribe Calligraphy Lecture & Masterclass & TXLAC Workshops in May


Friday, May 12, 20177:00pm – 9:30pm
Lecture – 2500 Years of the Western Alphabet

 – $25
Southern Methodist University – (map link)
Dallas Hall – Room #306
3225 University Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205
Register OFFLINE and PAY AT THE DOOR for ($20)

Saturday, May 13, 201710:00am – 4:00pm
Masterclass Introduction to Calligraphy – Textualis

   (Blackletter style) – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh – (map link)
2927 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

Nazareth Retreat Center

– (map link)
1814 Egyptian Way
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Copperplate Script & Basic Flourishing

– $300
Monday & TuesdayMay 15 & 16, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm
Nazareth Retreat Center, Grand Prairie, TX
Register OFFLINE and PAY AT THE DOOR for $250 (cash only)
Overnight accommodations are available – please email

Flourishing Lecture

– $25 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday, May 19, 2017Free to Flourishing Workshop attendees.
 Nazareth Retreat Center, Grand Prairie, TX
Workshop Attendee Lecture registration

– TXLAC Workshop attendees
must register with a (free ticket) –
This special ticket is only applicable if you are attending the workshop. Space is limited.

Flourishing Workshop

– $250

(only 4 spaces left – register online only)

Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017  – 10:00am – 6:00pm

Overnight Accommodations for May 15 & 16  &  May 19 – 21, 2017 Workshops
Nazareth Retreat Center, Grand Prairie, TX
$85 Double Occupancy (includes meals)
$95 Single Occupancy (includes meals)

Please contact for overnight accommodations.

If you have any questions, please contact Angie at 214-957-1736 or
Hope to see you this month – Happy Lettering!!

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The Colors and Contrasts of Cuba – March 9 – 18, 2018

An old american car in front of a souvenirs shop for tourists in Trinidad, Cuba

An old american car in front of a souvenirs shop for tourists in Trinidad, Cuba

You are invited to join me on a one-of-a-kind photographic travel adventure to Cuba through a licensed ‘People to People’ Program, with activities that will immerse you in to the heart and soul of this intriguing and colorful country.  This tour is limited to only 12 participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding experience.

The focus of the tour is cultural and historical in nature, while providing a plethora of dramatic photographic opportunities each day.  From the indefinable magic of old Havana with its vintage cars, to the contemplative countryside of the Pinar del Rio and Zapata Provinces, with an overnight stay on the southern coastal beach at Playa Larga, this and more awaits to enlighten your senses and via for your camera’s attention.

Mark your calendars and let’s make a memorable photographic tour adventure together!  For more information on my Strabo Cuba Photo Tour, click the following link:

Cuba Photo Tour

Tour photo leader:

Randy Ziegler


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Acrylic WC Mixed Media Flower Workshop with Sharon Giles May 13


Saturday, May 13 10am – 3pm (one hour for lunch)

Create beautiful abstract flowers!

Start loosely and playfully with transparent watermedia, then create a whimsical design with negative painting and your favorite mark-making tools.


Watermedia – bring your choice of liquid acrylics, acrylic inks, Golden High Flow acrylics,  tube watercolors (sorry, pans are too wimpy) and/or alcohol inks (the last is not permanent).

Bring one tube of white acrylic. (Instructor will bring other colors)

Your choice of mark-making tools – could be acrylic markers, regular markers (not usually permanent), sharpies (not permanent), colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, gelatos or gel sticks (not permanent), graphite pencils, pastel sticks or pencils, oil pastels, etc. Bring what you have but I recommend purchasing a white sharpie.

Bring one 11×14 or 12×12 canvas or canvas board. Instructor will also supply one small sheet of yupo. You can also bring a small watercolor or acrylic painting you want to transform.

Other tools: Brushes in different sizes, water container, paper towels, and apron. Droppers or pipettes, and dipping pen or calligraphy pen if you have one.

For inspiration, bring pictures of flowers, vases and simple patterns. The instructor will also bring ideas for patterns and extra supplies.

Register by emailing or calling 972-570-7565 Cost: $45 ($40 for IAA members).


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Trinity Arts Guild mini-workshop: Watercolor on Textured surfaces May 12 & 17


Water Color and Texture (ink or acrylic will also work)

Friday May 12, 2017  2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday May 17, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Class price $65.00.  Includes use of multiple  texture mediums for application to your surfaces and both class days.  This method is applicable to both representational work and abstracted works.

Come Friday with  3 to 5 pieces of paper at least quarter sheet in size.  You may use illustration board.  watercolor canvas, yupo or any gesso covered surface  instead if you wish.

Also bring:

  • Gesso
  • Matt medium (optional)
  • mark and texture makers  (optional)
  • spray bottles
  • any stencils you have
  • at least 2 old paintings you don’t like and want to change
  • old gesso safe brushes

On Wednesday you will bring back your textured surfaces.

  • Also bring your paint or inks
  • brushes
  • watercolor or inktense pencils (optional)
  • water dish
  • spray bottles.
  • anything else you like to work with

Contact Pam at 303-579-5883 or

See more of Pam’s work at or contact her through contact page.

Sign up at

Trinity Arts Guild Gallery/Studio located at:

2819 R. D. Hurt Parkway

Bedford, TX  76021

(inside the Boys Ranch Park)

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Arts and Health in the Military: Meeting the Challenge of a Post-War Zone Life


Arts and Health in the Military:
Meeting the Challenge of a Post-War Zone Life
Saturday, June 24th 1:00 – 4:00

The Writer’s Garret
1250 Majesty Drive,
Dallas, TX 75247

Flyer: VSATX BEITZ Workshop Dallas

VSA Texas’ Distinguished
Artist Veterans Program and
Bring Everyone in the Zone
(BEITZ) are presenting a FREE
workshop hosted by The
Writers Garret in Dallas, TX.
The workshop is designed for
writers and artists who teach, arts
administrators, therapeutic arts
professionals, theatre directors,
counselors, and interested citizens. All are welcome.

• Gain knowledge of military culture and technology
• Understand the stressors soldiers/veterans face and the challenges of
transitioning to civilian life
• Learn about successful art programs that serve veterans and their
family members through this transition

This FREE three-hour training will include time for questions and
discussion and will give you new tools for supporting our troops through
creativity, expression, and healing.

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One-of-a-Kind Jewelry and Glass Art Classes at Sparks Studio


Join Our Popular Jewelry and Glass Art Classes 509 W. Main St., Arlington TX 76010

With really good teachers, it is easier than you think to turn genuine metal into professional quality jewelry – bracelets, pendants, earrings and charms.  Sparks Studio Art offers top quality teachers and classes.  Check out the photos to choose the class you like then call Suzanne to sign up… 817-266-3085.


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Introduction to Free Motion Machine Embroidery with Leisa Rich


Introduction to Free Motion Machine Embroidery with Leisa Rich

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Students in this introductory workshop will explore the exciting, creative technique of free motion machine embroidery on a medium weight cotton cloth. This workshop focuses on a myriad of ways easy-to-do machine embroidery can transition a flat surface to a dimensional, textural one, using thread only! Skills learned can be used to embellish quilts, clothing or home décor, or with practice, advance to “painting with thread” and make wall-hung art works. Discover your personal direction in a supportive learning environment through an emphasis on technical exploration that is fun! Even mistakes are opportunities. Take these great techniques home to inspire continuous exploration.

Registration is open to individuals 17 and older. Participants will need to bring their own sewing machine and supplies; for a complete list of supplies click here

Participants should also bring a bag lunch.

Workshop fee: $75

(Discount for IAC Art Connection Members and Irving Art Association Members: $50)

To register call 972.252.2787.

About Leisa:

Leisa Rich is an experimental artist working with an array of new fibers, detritus and mixed media in 2D, sculptural, installation and 3D printing. Rich pulls from many art and fiber techniques but it is Free Motion stitching, sewing, hand embroidery and 3D printing that are employed most often in her works. She exhibits internationally and nationally, has been featured on the PBS artist special inCONTEXT, in several books: 3D Mixed Media Textile ArtTextile Art Around the World; Mastering the Art of Embroidery; The Best of America Sculpture; NoPlaceness: Art in A Post-Urban Landscape; Modern Sculpture; The Studio Quilt No. 6: State of the Art; Hand to Hand; Quilt National 2009; The Best of America Sculpture Artists and Artisans and in magazines, newspapers, blogs and televised interviews. She holds Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Education in Art degrees and teaches in colleges, arts centers, educational institutions, studio, and travels to teach. Leisa Rich has pieces in the collections of  Delta Airlines, Emory Healthcare, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Kamm Teapot Foundation, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas- Pan American and in private collections.  To learn more visit




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Craft Guild of Dallas Summer Classes


  • Bookbinding & Leatherworking
  • Clay
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Youth Art

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Craft Guild of Dallas May Workshops


Craft Guild of Dallas
Valley View Center
13331 Preston Road
Dallas, TX  75240


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Summer Art Classes for Kids at Artists’ Showplace

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The Artists’ Showplace Gallery

2017 Summer Class Schedule

Children and Teens

Visiting Vincent (van Gogh)

$180 (supplies included)

June 12-16 10AM-12:30PM
Grades 7-9

July 24-28 10AM-12:30PM Grades 4-6

In this class, students will learn about the life and history of the famous painter Vincent van Gogh. Through examples, they will study the artist’s landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, all of which are characterized by bold colors and dramatic brushwork. Using acrylics and other mediums, students will be inspired to create their own interpretations of the artist’s works.


Surrealism Fun & Fantastical

$180 (supplies included)

June 19-23 10AM-12:30PM Grades 4-6

July 10-14 10AM-12:30PM Grades 4-6

Get your imagination into full gear by fantastical examples of surrealistic art! Learn how to create full images of values in art by creating your own paintings, drawings and scratchboard etchings – fun and fantastical!

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Masquerading Monet

$180 (supplies included)

June 19-23 10AM-12:30PM Grades 4-6

June 26-30 10AM-12:30PM Grades 4-6

Students will discuss the history of Impressionism, its unique style, and the characteristics of Claude Monet’s paintings. Using acrylics and other mediums, students will be inspired to create their own interpretations of the artist’s work.

Modern Masters 1

Paint Like the Masters

$180 (supplies included)

June 19-23 1:30-4:00PM Grades 7-9

June 26-30 1:30-4;00PM Grades 7-9

July 17-21 1:30-4:00PM Grades 7-9

Students will be introduced to the works of the Masters, from Impressionism to Cubism and Modern Art. After learning about the techniques and styles of each, students will be inspired to create their own masterpieces using acrylics, pastels, watercolors and other mediums. 


Beginning Quilting

$160 (students provide their own supplies)

June 26-30 10AM-12:30PM Grades 7-12

July 24-28 1:30-4:00PM Grades 7-12

Complete a quilt in this class! Learn to cut fabric, piece a quilt top, layer with batting and backing, straight line quilt or tie the quilt, and trim and bind your quilt.

Note: Grade level indicated is for students entering the specified grade in the Fall of 2017.  E.g. 4th Grade means students who have completed 3rd grade and are entering 4th grade in the fall.

To register your child, call 972-233-1223. For instructor bios and supply lists, visit

The Artists Showplace Gallery

The Shops at Spanish Village

15615 Coit Road, Suite 230

Dallas, Texas 75248

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Jacquelyn Sorenson Workshops on Acrylic Pours & Resin


Fluid Acrylic Pour Painting Workshop 
with Jacquelyn Sorenson
May 11th from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Back by popular demand! In this fun workshop participants will learn how to create fantastic free-form images using the popular method called Fluid Acrylic Pour.

Intro to Resin

with Jacquelyn Sorenson
April 27 or May 25 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
In this workshop we will address how to properly mix resin to use as a top-coat (for your art work), as well as how to mix paint/ink in with resin to create a piece of art.
Elm Street Studio

139 S. Elm Street

Keller, TX 76248


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Sarah Rehmer’s 3-day Workshop: Encaustic and Paper intensive, beyond collage!!!


The Encaustic Center and The Bonny Studio PROUDLY Announce Guest Artist / Instructor
Sarah Rehmer 
for a 3-day Workshop
Encaustic and Paper intensive, beyond collage
Friday, October 13th, Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm each day
$485.00; Many supplies included including 6 boards and MORE…details below!
Encaustic and Paper, beyond collage Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match. This workshop will begin to explore the possibilities of combining a variety of paper types and weights with encaustic medium and paints, as well as pigment sticks and other materials, to create works with a optical depth and luminosity. We will work with dipped and formed papers to create 3 dimensional elements on the surface of our work from just paper and encaustic without the use of armatures. Encaustic imparts an extra strength to paper that will some times even allow for the work to be hand sewn in areas. We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and ink drawing. Students will be encouraged to also bring a variety of found papers and other materials to include in their work. Students do not need prior experience with encaustic painting, but general art making experience is encouraged.
Provided supplies:
Encaustic medium and paints
3 12″x12″ encaustic gessoed boards
3 9″x12″ encaustic gessoed boards
Faber-Casell PITT artist pen “big brush” in black
gloves (but please more)
Shared supplies:
paint brushes
walnut and india inks
some pigment sticks (Please bring more if possible or we also have R&F pigment Sticks for sale at 20% off)
small tack irons
a few large tack irons
self healing cutting mat
needles and various thread colors
You are welcome to bring more of these items on your own as well
Students should bring:
x-acto knife and blades
roll of 1” 3m blue painters tape
an additional roll of shop or Viva paper towels
spray bottle for water
papers; thin papers that work well with encaustic such as mulberry, kozo and rice paper

Sarah Rehmer was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, where she still resides. In 2003 Rehmer earned her BA in Graphic Design and Photography from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She found her love for working with pages from old books while auditing a class post-graduation at the university. Rehmer is a FY2012 Illinois Arts Council – Professional Development Grant recipient and her work is held in private collections around the United States and internationally, as well as Institutional and Corporate collections in Illinois and New York. Rehmer teaches classes and workshops around the Midwest at venues such as The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI), The Peninsula School of Art (WI) and The Figge Art Museum (IA) and is also a regional workshop instructor for R&F Handmade Paints.
The cost of the workshop is $485.00
Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!
A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.
Balance due: September 1st: $385.00
Cancellation policy:
In the event of cancellation after the September 1st balance payment of $385.00; $375.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $385 balance by September 2nd may result in someone form the waiting list taking the space so please be sure to watch for the balance due email announcement and please be in touch if there are any changes. Thank you!
Payment Options:
* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to or please request a paypal invoice from me.

* By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080

* By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993

* By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: or 214-405-5993

The Encaustic Center:

580 W.Arapaho Rd. #271
Richardson, TX. 75080

Bonny Leibowitz

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Children’s Day celebration this Saturday at the LCC


Día del Niño

Conceived and inaugurated by the Latino Cultural Center in 2010, this edition of the Día del Niño Festival creates an opportunity for Dallas families to enjoy arts and cultural activities while celebrating our community’s diverse cultural heritage.This year’s celebration is in partnership with local arts organization, Art Love Magic. This event is FREE and open to
the public.


Interactive Hungry Hungry Hippo game (outdoor activity)

Mini piñatas



Popsicle stick butterflies

Face painting



Interactive paint mural (outdoor)

Edible fondant monsters



Mandala art


Jewelry making




Painting with chocolate

LatinoCClogoLatino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak Dallas, TX 75204 214.671.0045

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2017 Summer Adult Classes at the Artists’ Showplace


The Artists’ Showplace Gallery
2017 Summer Adult Classes

Creating Art with Line, Composition, Value & Color


Saturdays: June 10, 17 & 24 9:30AM-12:30PM

A perfect class for the novice or active artist who wants to review basic principles of painting! The course will cover the elements of art (line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and space), composition, and principles of design. Students will study examples of paintings, observe the instructor’s demonstrations, and create artwork of their own.

Creating Art

Oil Painting 2-Day Mini Workshop 


June 8-9 10:00AM-4:00PM

July 28-29 10:00AM-4:00PM

Learn the basics: composition, color, temperature, values, color-mixing, and aerial and linear perspectives. Students can paint any subject they wish from photographs. The instructor will help and instruct each student during the process and lead positive critiquing.

Oil Painting

Beginning Quilting


Thursdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3 10:00AM-12:30PM

Complete a quilt in this class! Learn to cut fabric, piece a quilt top, layer with batting and backing, straight line quilt or tie the quilt, and trim and bind your quilt.


Life Drawing Meet-Up

Every Wednesday 7:00-9:00PM


To register, call 972-233-1223. For instructor bios and supply lists, visit

Weekly Life Drawing Meetup

The Artists Showplace Gallery

The Shops at Spanish Village

15615 Coit Road, Suite 230

Dallas, Texas 75248

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Fabulous Glass and Marbling classes at Sparks Studio

Malone glass classes

Join us for inspiring and creative classes
Please contact Suzanne with questions or to sign up for a class 817-266-3085

for a complete description, go to

Sparks Studio Art, 1809 Elm Crest Drive, Arlington, TX 76012



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Spring 2017 Free Basic Classes: Spinning & Knitting and Watercolor


The Irving Art Association

 offers free basic art classes for adults to get you started in art or in a new medium.

The Free Basics Classes follow a progressive sequence where you will learn basic skills via instructor demo/lecture — exercise —-practice. The series is designed for beginners to a particular art medium as well as mid career artists reviewing technique and not creating finished works. Expect traditional as well as new and nontraditional materials and approaches.

Registration is open for the 2017 spring classes.  (each class is separate)

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving. Held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. Doors open 6:30 pmDirections

Supplies provided. Please feel free to bring whatever extra supplies you wish to try out. (paint, brushes, paper, etc.). Wear old clothes or bring an apron.


Free Basic Class on Spinning & Knitting 
Dates: May 4, 11, 18
Instructor: Ameda Holmes

Ameda Holmes has been knitting and working with yarn since she was 5 years old.  Her grandmother was a true master and taught her how to design as well as create.  In 1985 she decided that natural fibers were the way to go and she learned to spin her own yarn.  For the three Thursday evenings in May she will be teaching spinning and knitting.  The first night will be devoted to spinning. Attendees will be introduced to the basics of spinning and will receive a spindle and fiber to work with.  The next two nights will be devoted to the basics of knitting.  Everyone will be making simple slippers. Needles and yarn will be provided.

Free Basic Class on Watercolor
Dates: June 1, 8, 15
Instructor: Beverly Boren

Bev Boren was born and raised in Texas and now resides in Trophy Club, Texas with her husband Ben.  She is a signature member of the Outdoor Painters Society and the Southwestern Watercolor Society.  She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and American Watercolor Society.

Her work is primarily the result of her need to paint.  Inspiration can come at any time and in any place.  She is not confined to one subject area.  She loves  to paint a variety of subject matter as well as working in various mediums.  Bev’s paintings are created with things that capture her eye whether it’s a still life, landscape, or capturing a person’s personality.  Painting is her way of connecting with the world and the people around her and sharing those experiences along the way.

In her words “Trying to describe or explain my efforts at painting or drawing seems like a futile effort.  After all, I want my work to express itself without the necessity of words.  My best hope is that my work will stand simply on it’s own, and find a connection with viewers where words fail”.  Her website:


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Suminagashi Workshop April 27 – the art of marbling with inks on water


Great New Class – with Sharon Giles
Thursday April 27 – 12:30 to 3:30

Join this repeat of a popular class. Produce beautiful marbled Suminagashi papers using the ancient Japanese technique of inks floating on water.
Supplies included in the class – Instructor will provide inks, paper, brushes and water containers.
Cost: $35
Sharon Giles – Water media and mixed media artist with awards from many local art organizations. She is the webmaster for and also teaches Gelli printing.     Art website:



Sparks Studio Art Classes – Enjoy Life to the Fullest!

Visit for complete descriptions, prices and photos of each class.

Call 817-266-3085 or email for class sign up.

509 W. Main St., Arlington

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WINE and MONET painting classes start April 29 at Gallery 3

7pm to 9pm.
1319 W. Davis St.
Dallas, Texas.
Sign up now at this link.
Classes are $30.00 per person.
I guarantee you will take home a work of art worth hanging after one class !
pay at on PayPal to reserve your spot now.
Pay as a friend or family member so there are no fees or taxes.
214-623-7790 for inquiries !

7pm to 9pm.
1319 W. Davis S…


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FBCAA: Watercolor demo/workshop with Nel Dorn Byrd April 18

FBCAA New Logo

The Farmer’s Branch Carrollton Art Association will be having a meeting and watercolor demo with Nel Dorn Byrd, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Farmer’s Branch Senior Center, 14055 Dennis Lane, near Valwood.  The event begins at 9:00 a.m. with the demo at 10:30. The meeting/demo concludes at noon.  Guests and potential new members are welcome.

Nel will also conduct a workshop that afternoon from 1:00-3:00.  Cost of the workshop is $10. For more about the artist, see her website

Anyone who enjoys art or is interested in promoting the visual arts is welcome to join us.  Membership is $30 per year and associate membership is $40 per year.


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Fall 2017 Workshops & New 2018 Workshops at Artists’ Showplace


Fall 2017 Workshops and newly announced 2018 Workshops at Artists Showplace Gallery. For a description of workshops, see

Secure your spot in our workshops with a $75 deposit (non-refundable).  Register early!  Call 972–233–1223.


15615 Coit Road, Suite 230, Dallas, TX 75248

The Shops at Spanish Village

New addition!

Kathy Elliott
Cold Wax & Oil
September 20-23
Kathy Elliott - Cold Wax & Oil


FALL 2017 2018
Maureen Brouillette
Mixed Media Collage
September 29-October 1, 2017

Maureen Brouillette

Cecy Turner
January 23-25, 2018

Cecy Turner

Sterling Edwards
October 9-13, 2017
Sterling Edwards
Jo Moncrief
Acrylic Abstract
February 21-24, 2018

Jo Moncrief 2018

Bev Boren
November 2-4, 2017

Bev Boren Oil

Stephen Zhang
March 6-9, 2018

Stephen Zhang

Michael Holter
Figurative Watercolor
November 7-9, 2017

Michael Holter

David Kessler
All Media Abstract
April 18-21, 2018

David Kessler

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Brad Funkhouser “Photoshop for Artists” April 28 & 29 at Artists’ Showplace

Brad Funkhouser - Photoshop for Artists
Brad Funkhouser
Photoshop for Artists
April 28-29
Sign up at or call 972-233-1223

In this workshop you will gain confidence in the fundamental aspects of digital images, Photoshop editing and compositing.  You will broaden your creative spectrum with techniques for overlaying and mixing your physical art and digital photography with your own creative style.  You will also learn how to know with certainty what your digital colors should look like when reproduced physically.

The workshop is structured in morning and afternoon segments consisting of instruction and demonstration, followed by group discussion, then a block of time for experimentation, and, because the class size is kept small, ample time for Brad to provide one-on-one problem solving for each attendee during each experimentation session.

Topics include resolution, compression, layers, masks, selections, channels, transformations, curves, levels, histograms, filters, brushes, blends, gradients, groups, sharpening, textures, distortions, color spaces, and much more.

Brad will help you climb Photoshop’s steep initial learning curve quickly and safely, so you can confidently embark on your own personal exploration of the vast world of creative possibility that Photoshop opens up to you.

About the Instructor

Brad Funkhouser graduated from The University of Texas in 1986 with a degree in Computer Science and has lived in the North Dallas area ever since. He began using Photoshop with its initial release in 1990 and has actively ridden the leading edge in the emerging fields of digital imaging and color management, specializing in fine art reproduction services. He loves to research technologies, experiment, refine processes, and teach what he’s learned. While working with a multitude of talented artists on a wide variety of imaging projects, Brad has regularly provided individualized digital imaging consultation and training, allowing him to develop and hone his instructional skills over the years.


Your own PC or Mac that you can bring to the workshop with an installed and working version of Photoshop (5, 6, 7, CS1, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, or CC), or Adobe Photoshop Elements – any version (which may be downloaded for free 30 day trial).

For experimentation:  your own digital photography files, digital images of your physical art, scans or photographs of various items of interest to you, fabric textures, bubbles, patterns, etc.


15615 Coit Road, Suite 230, Dallas, Texas 75248

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How To Publish Coloring Books For Fun & Profit – April 29


Attn: Artists!
Learn to Publish Your Own Coloring Book

Know an artist that could use additional income from their art?

One of the most astounding trends in books this century has been the boom of coloring book sales. And, according to experts and all the indicators, the sales trend is only going to continue growing bigger.

One reason for the popularity of coloring books is the expansion of art therapy and the use of coloring by stressed adults as a way to relax. So, the demand for new and different coloring books for adults is high.

Sound like something you would like to be a part of?

Now you can learn how to create and publish your own coloring book and cash in on one of the biggest book trends of the century!
Join Barbara and Ken O’Toole for a 2-hour information session where they’ll show you how to get started with coloring book publishing.

ContempExp-paperbackstanding3DArc_693x872Session Date, Time, Location

Coloring Book Crash Course

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 10: am – 12:00 pm

6624 Monterrey Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76112

Session Cost: $24.95

sign up at:

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SWA April demo & workshop artist: Laurie Goldstein-Warren


NEXT MEETING April 17, 2017 . The Society of Watercolor Artists meets every third Monday from September through May with the exception of January, because of MLK day.  Time: 7pm. (6:30 critique by Jo Williams) Location: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Bldg. 2 – Everett Hall, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Directions see website:

Our demo artist for April is also the juror for our Spring International Juried Exhibit, and our workshop instructor: Laurie Goldstein-Warren.



Juror Workshop with Laurie Goldstein-Warren, AWS, NWS

Here’s the latest news about our upcoming workshop: The Episcopalian Church that we normally use is having their roof replaced on our dates, so the venue has changed to the Trinity Arts Guild facility at 2819 R.D. Hurt Parkway, Bedford, TX 76021 (inside the Bedford Boys Ranch park). There are two or three spots left, so don’t delay if you would like to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Dale at for more information.

To pay for the workshop you can go to and pay through PayPal.
Date: Tuesday April 18th through Thursday April 20th, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Trinity Arts Guild, Bedford, TX

Subject matter: Limited palette portraits. All levels of experience are welcome.

”I am Laurie Goldstein-Warren and I live in West Virginia. I have been painting watercolors for sixteen years. Art has always been a part of my life. When I was young, ballet, tap and jazz dancing was my creative outlet. I was a dancer in the Rochester Academy of Performing Arts dance troupe until the age of 18. Later on my creative path took me to hair styling. I opened my own salon in New York and competed in fantasy hair competitions. I loved these particular shows because you had to create something never seen before, more avante garde than styles you would see on the street.

When I moved to West Virginia in 1998 and found myself in the countryside, I went back to one of my first creative loves, art. After many years of studying the art of watercolor with some fantastic teachers and mentors, I have been so fortunate to have found success in this field. My artwork has been shown all over this country and has been exhibited in Canada, China and Japan. I now enjoy teaching my workshops and jurying exhibits around the country. I found my voice in art… find yours….Create!
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Darla Bostick’s 10th Annual Ghost Ranch Workshop/Retreat in Abiquiu, NM


You are invited to Darla Bostick’s 10th Annual Ghost Ranch Workshop/Retreat in Abiquiu, NM  1-7 October 2017

Includes digital photography, watercolors/ acrylics, pencil, ink, incorporating text and mixed media work with options for plein air painting and comfort of a group activity room (floor to ceiling vista views). For 7 days/6 nights you can relax, enjoy, and create. Lodging and meals included at Ghost Ranch property. The Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tour takes you where she painted from the local, magnificent area scenery. Visit the O’Keeffe studio/home on tour.  Space is limited to 16 participants. Bring materials you love to work with (or try something new) and join us! The workshop fee is $550. Room and board at the Ranch are not included and are their rates—which has recently been redesigned to provide the ultimate discount for those sharing a room, so bring a friend! Unclaimed rooms will be released 25 AugustCurrently there are 12 spaces left!

Come and see for yourself why Georgia O’Keeffe loved Ghost Ranch! Last year each participant received $300+ in art merchandise in their welcome bag…and door prizes exceeded $800!

My website has more details:

Darla Bostick, 940.320.5660       Email:

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Oil Painting Alla Prima Style – Open for Adults


Join award winning artist, Chris Brandley for 2 exciting days of oil painting!  Our time together will include step by step demonstrations, one on one individual easel time, and fun exercises to learn how to loosen up and create bold, colorful paintings.

 Chris uses the “Alla Prima” method of painting (working wet into wet) and  will teach you how (click for more information and to register)

Price: $250.00

Location: The Rec of Grapevine (9:30 AM – 4 PM)


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ArtROCKS! at NorthPark


April 8, 2017

1 – 4PM
NorthCourt, Free Admission
Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s

Join us as we explore the work of Yayoi Kusama, a female Japanese artist and writer, whose conceptual paintings and environmental installations often feature psychedelic colors, repetition, and polka dots. Children will enjoy art projects with local artists, as well as Bookmarks storytime, balloon art, art scavenger hunt and cookie decorating. Furniture provided by Design Within Reach.

ArtROCKS! Is a NorthPark Center arts and education initiative that fosters children’s understanding of the arts through hands-on projects inspired by some of the world’s most famous artists.

Save the dates for upcoming ArtROCKS! / Saturday, May 13 Saturday, June 10 / Saturday, August 12 / Saturday, October 14

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