Category Archive: Classes / Workshops

Jane Jones Art Class: Finding Your Distinctive Mark & Critique Sessions

“Finding Your Distinctive Mark”
For all levels, Mondays 10:00am – 1:00pm
$50.00 per weekly session 
Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 5th
Held at Artists Showplace – Dallas, TX


Jane E. Jones Art Studio
S.W.S., A.C.A., T.W.S., N.W.S., N.W.O., W.F.W.S., W.C.W.S

In her decades-spanning career, Jane E. Jones has produced a diverse body of work that explores the limits of painting and demonstrates her mastery of the medium. Best known for her abstract and impressionistic watercolors depicting the Colorado landscape, she has also adopted non-objective acrylic painting to abstractly convey the feeling of cities and architecture she has visited during her extensive world travels.

Also an instructor, Jane leads workshops in both Dallas, TX and Lake City, CO imparting her expertise on color, design and abstracting nature. The recipient of numerous awards, Jane is also a published author with her essays and paintings included in magazines and art books nationwide.  Influenced by artists from Wassily Kandinsky to Georgia O’Keefe, Jane uses the history of painting to inform her works, while continually experimenting with new subject matter and techniques.

Critique Sessions


Fridays 9:30am – 12:00 (Limited enrollment)

June 16, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15, 2017, Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, 2018 – $20 a session for up to 3 paintings

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Jan Sitts Abstract Workshop Dec. 6 – 9

“Texture, Color, Feeling”  Abstraction – in Acrylic Workshop with Jan Sitts

Jan’s experience and enthusiasm create an atmosphere of fun and spontaneity inspiring new directions and discovery through innovative combinations of design and materials. By combining aggressive textures and unusual mediums with various “raw” materials in the abstract painting we get surprising results. The layering method yields a magnetism that is particular to mixed media. Many techniques, materials, compositions and above all emotion, play off each other in creating the work. Part of the adventure is not knowing where you are going until you get there! You will become thrilled with possibility as you journey through this process. You will learn to let go of painting habits and gain the knowledge of layering textures, colors and feelings while executing shapes utilizing a structure of positive and negative space.


Jan is an internationally recognized art instructor and juror, and recently published an art book, TEXTURECOLORFEELING. All of her workshops are different, so if you have taken one from her it will not be the same!

When: Wednesday-Saturday, December 6-9, 2017. Workshop begins at 9:30 am each day and goes until 4pm. There will be an hour break for lunch.

Where: Highland Village Art House

6100 Long Prairie Rd #800

Flower Mound, TX 75028

Payment Options: Participants may pay in full online. We also have a payment plan that is available over the phone (214-285-0084) or in person. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Price: $475.00

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Acrylic Printmaking with a Gelli Plate Nov. 8

Instructor Sharon Giles

Wednesday, November 8th 10am – 3pm   $45

Artisan’s Studio Gallery, 2825 Valley View Lane #301, Farmers Branch TX

To register, contact Judy Harrison – or call or text 217-898-0826

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Painting a path through creativity Watermedia Workshop Nov. 15 & 16 (Nemec)

Painting a path through creativity, a 2 day WATERMEDIA WORKSHOP with P. Rayer Nemec

Nov. 15th & 16th
9:30am – 3:30pm

Workshop fee: $150 for both days: Wednesday, Nov. 15th & Thursday, Nov. 16th.

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061  directions

Register Now

Supply list: Nemec supplylist

Kick start your creative spirit while experiencing the painting process. There will be small creative exercises in out of the box experiences to complement the ongoing painting process. These are designed to give you a multitude of ideas and to get you to think outside the edge of the paper, the surface of the canvas, the page, the tube, the palette, or the lens. It will give you permission to always ask “What If?”

We will be combining realism and abstraction to create compositions that begin in the heart and provide answers to those passions you want to bring to your studio? What color resonates in your feelings? What possibilities can you create from building on your past successful painting experiences? Each exercise will be a personal catalog of ideas to inspire your present and future work.

A variety of approaches to the painting process will be explored, allowing you to determine the ones that work best for you. This is not a class in paint like me but one in painting like you. Through the work in class and the sharing of ideas and suggestions during your daily painting revue you should have an abundance of ideas for future work and a clearer vision of how to go about doing your work with individuality and personal choice.


The Class:

Several paintings will be started each day. On the first day creative thinking exercises will be done while painting starts are drying. There will be a class evaluation at the end of each session and a discussion of goals and processes for the next day. On the second day the layering process will be explored, bringing the painting starts to another level. Quick demonstrations of water media techniques will be presented at least 2Xs a day.

The last day will be a concentration on design, values, composition and emotional impact in order to know how you want to finish your work. You will go back to your studio with several wonderful notes and packets of creativity resources that you created in the class.

T.S. Eliot said, “Between the idea and the reality, falls the shadow.” How we think our art and writing should look and what actually happens is often out of our control. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be something as good as or better than we planned. If we are attached to the vision of what it must look like, we are robbing ourselves of the pleasure that can come from going with the flow and looking for what the work itself wants to become…and then accepting it as the wonder it is. This workshop encourages going with the flow, being loose and letting the painting tell you what it needs.

A supply list will be provided once you sign up for the class.


Paula Rayer Nemec, Bio 2017

Designer, Painter, Lecturer, Juror, Teacher


  • Multilayered Media, acrylic, oil, cold wax medium, graphite, gouache, pastel oil sticks, collage and found objects.
  • Influence of Asian concepts of simplicity and restrained design.
  • Subtle colors of the Renaissance painters.
  • Line, Text and Imagery of the everyday.
  • The Spirit and Essence of my life.

My passion is the perseverance of the creative process. To always be changing and growing, constantly asking why and why not, pushing the process in new directions. One of my loves is to enable other creative people to share in this process. This is accomplished through my teaching and lecturing around the country. “My art and my life are always in process, always changing, taking new shapes and going down different avenues of creativity.”

Paula is the recipient of many outstanding awards and has participated in group and individual exhibits throughout the U.S. and Europe. She maintains a studio in Dallas and is represented by design studios in Dallas, Houston and Florida. She is also a member of Art Focus XC


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Michael O’Keefe Sculture & Drawing Classes – Fall 2017 / Spring 2018

Check out the upcoming Sculpture Workshop led by Michael O’Keefe! This workshop will be a fun and accessible investigation of sculptural abstraction. A great entry point to sculpture for painters and drawers!

Email to reserve your spot:
580 W. Arapaho Rd.
Suite 290
Richardson, TX 75080 

Fall Sculpture Seminar
Abstract Relief Sculpture
Instructor: Michael O’Keefe
Explore the intricate spaces and design possibilities of abstract relief sculpture. Participants will work in clay, plaster and with found objects to make complex, sophisticated non-representational relief sculptures. Participants will explore various approaches to abstract design, drawing inspiration from Kurt Schwitters famous “Merz” assemblages.  If a participants sculpture can’t be fired in the kiln, they will have the chance to make a mold and a plaster cast on their finished piece.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $225 
(includes clay, plaster and some additional materials, if participant chooses to make a rubber mold there will be additional costs)
A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your spot.  The balance of $125 is due no later then Oct. 3rd, 2017

Spring Sculpture Seminar
Forms Moving Through Space
Instructor: Michael O’Keefe
Participants will explore ideas of sculptural abstraction, inspired by careful consideration of organic forms that they find in nature. Participants  will work directly in plaster or in clay to try and embody the sense of movement and form that they found in the natural objects.
Participant’s work made in this seminar will be eligible for a special exhibition at The Gallery at North Haven Gardens (details below). 
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $225 
(includes clay, plaster and additional materials)
A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your spot.  The balance of $125 is due no later then March 6th, 2018

Large Scale Drawing Marathon
Instructor: Michael O’Keefe
Work large scale (life size or larger!) from the model. Paper and drawing boards will be provided. Nine hours with the model working with a physical and powerful scale.
Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $185 
(Includes paper)
A non-refundable deposit of $90 will hold your spot.  The balance of $95 is due no later then Jan. 5th, 2018

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One-Day Workshop in Classical Drawing Techniques at The Society of Figurative Arts

Drawing Fundamentals – The Block In

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 10am – 4pm

Studio: 3306 Wiley Post, Carrollton, Tx. Suite 104

Cost: $75

This one-day workshop will focus on one of the most fundamental aspects of drawing – the block-in. We will show you a series of exercises rooted in tradition that will help you achieve a strong start to build on. We will start by doing short block-ins from various Bargue plates and gradually extend the time allotted to each one. The fundamental principles to be stressed are gesture, proportion, shape accuracy and abstracting from nature. Visual examples and demos will be provided to help students gain a better idea of how to approach this important skill. Students who are comfortable with the Bargue plates will be able to move on to block-ins from the cast.

Materials needed:

Drawing pad, 18 x24 (Strathmore 400 series, for example)

Graphite pencils (range from 6B to 6H)

Kneaded eraser

To enroll, go to: or call 972-679-1625 for more info.

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Kessler Craftsman Fall 2017 Glass Workshops & Events

This Fall is a busy time with a couple of art shows, new classes and, always, Open Studio opportunities!

For the first time ever, Larry will teach about photographing glass and other small art pieces! See below

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll begin teaching at Oil & Cotton, in Oak Cliff and have an intermediate/advanced class at Hollander Glass in Houston! I’m also part of the inaugural Turtle Creek Art Show, in mid-November, here in Dallas!


  • Edom Festival of the ArtsSaturday/Sunday, October 14 & 15, Edom Texas.
  • Open StudioThursday, October 19 – See website for details.
  • Saturday Morning Table Time October 21, 9:00 – 11:00 Kessler Craftsman Studio.  See website for details!
  • Saturday Afternoon Open StudioOctober 21, 12:00 – 2:00 – Kessler Craftsman Studio.  See website for details!
  • How to Photograph Glass ArtOctober 28 & 29 – Kessler Craftsman Studio.  See website for details!


  • Saturday Morning Table TimeNovember 4, 9:00 – 11:00 Kessler Craftsman Studio.  See website for details!
  • Saturday Afternoon Open StudioNovember 4, 12:00 – 2:00 – Kessler Craftsman Studio.  See website for details!
November (cont)

  • Turtle Creek Art FestivalSaturday/Sunday, November 11 & 12, Reverchon Park, Dallas, Texas.
  • Strip Construction in Fused Glass November 18 – Kessler Craftsman Studio.  See website for details!


  • Vitrigraph Murrini December 2 & 3 – Hollander Glass, Houston, Tx.  Call Cyndi Seeberger for more info.
  • Fused Glass JewelryThursday, December 7th, 6:30 – 8:30 – Maker’s Connect.  See website for details!
  • Saturday Morning Table TimeDecember 16, 9:00 – 11:00 Kessler Craftsman Studio.  See website for details!
  • Saturday Afternoon Open StudioDecember 16, 12:00 – 2:00 – Kessler Craftsman Studio.  See website for details!

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OPS Waxahachie paint-out Nov. 9, 2017

Registration is now open for painting in historic Waxahachie, TX:

Sponsored by the Outdoor Painters Society. Annual associate membership is $45.

“The Downtown Square in Waxahachie, with its charming turn-of-the-century architecture and friendly people, is truly a time capsule of an era long since past. One can easily take a step back, for just a little while, to a place and time when values were a little clearer and life a little simpler. Waxahachie offers the visitor this opportunity to use their imagination to go back to another era such as turn of the century 1905, or perhaps the roaring 1920’s by just walking the downtown square. Your imagination is your only limitation!” (from the City of Waxahachie website)

Join other OPS members for a paint out in this unique town. Painters have a range of subject to paint from the rolling hills with barns and farm implements to the variety of historic homes that are everywhere in town…so much to choose from.

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Saturday Pet Painting Workshop Oct. 14

Join us this Saturday the 14th,
for a Paint your pet painting workshop
Come paint with friends and family!!!
October 14th, 1:30-4:30pm
8×8 canvas 
Ages: 12+
$45 per person
Use code: PET
online to get $5 off!!
Flower Mound ARThouse
Create an priceless treasure
and have some fun!!!
Call 972-899-2699

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Eco – Printing with Texas Plants/leaves – Oct. 14 Workshop

2 workshops times to choose from

October 14, 10am -1pm
October 14, 2pm – 5pm
Fee: $65.00 each

All supplies included

Bring leaves and their names to share with the group

Black Crow Press
Junanne Peck
Fort Worth, TX

Capture the essence of nature on paper, silk and other fabrics.  In this fast and fun workshop you will learn how to extract dyes and prints from the plants/leaves in your own Texas landscape. You will leave this workshop with several pieces of fabric and paper swatches to use for future reference.  I will share information based on my experimentation with local plants. You will also learn how to prepare and mordant fabrics. You will leave with enough information to get you started in the fascinating craft of natural dying.

In eco printing or dyeing, plants are enclosed in textiles or paper, bundled by winding over rods or stacked in layers and then steamed or immersed in hot water to extract the pigments and produce a print made with plant dyes.

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Register now for 3rd Lost Pines Art Conference Nov. 3 & 4 in Bastrop

It’s almost here! The 3rd annual Art a la Carte Conference will be held November 3 & 4 this year.  We are excited about this year’s line-up, including returning favorite instructors as well as some sterling new ones.

This year we have added more and exciting components to our conference. The conference will be located in the new Lost Pines Art Center, a 6.2 million project which is the largest comprehensive art center in Texas. All of our instructors will be featured in an art exhibit in the “Art of the Pines Gallery” in the Art Center.

The conference includes a full schedule of workshops and demonstrations.

If you haven’t registered for the Conference or signed up for classes, head over to our website:

Registration includes a Friday Night Opening Reception and the first look at the Conference Teacher’s Art Show in the Art of the Pines Gallery.  Also included is the Artist Panel.  Last year it was such an enlightening and enjoyable discussion.

This year it will be a Saturday Luncheon/Teacher Panel and will be included in your registration.

New this year is a raffle of fabulous prizes.  Each registrant will receive 2 free raffle tickets.  Some of the raffle items include: 2 one-night stays at the Hampton Inn, several $100 Visa Cards, original art – all valued over $100 each, and there’s more to come.  Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or 5 for $20.  Tickets can be purchased at the Art Center.  (Raffle open to anyone)

ALERT:  If you register before October 16th you’ll get 50% off the $65 registration fee! That’s only $32.50, so take advantage of this opportunity!

We hope you’ll plan to attend the conference, learn a thing or two and have some fun while you support the Art Center in this important annual fundraiser.

To register and to get more information, please go to:

Thank you and hope to see you in November!
The Art Conference Committee

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Open Drawing Sessions at the Society of Figurative Arts


WHERE: The Society of Figurative Arts 3306 Wiley Post Carrollton TX (close to Addison Airport)
WHEN: Thursdays 10:00 am to 1:30 pm with 30 minute break for lunch
COST: $20 per session
Easels, drawing horses, and drawing boards will be furnished by The Society of Figurative Arts

For more information, please contact Michael Mentler at

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Oil Painting Workshops in Grapevine, Keller, and FRANCE!

Loosen up and go bold with clean color! Oil Painting Workshops for beginners to advanced: *November 10-11 2017 in Grapevine, Texas and January 12-13 2018 in Keller, Texas.

Also, paint with me in Southern FRANCE in July 2018!!! For more information and to register, visit

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Painting Class with Jessica McClendon – Saturday, October 7

Painting with Jessica McClendon

Painting with Jessica McClendon, MFA Graduate of Texas Women’s University
Jessica will explore strategies for creating skin tones in all shades. Bring a photo of a portrait you would like to work on and she will demonstrate and have one on one instruction. All levels welcome and all materials provided.

ALL AGES: Saturday, October 7, 12:00 – 2:00SIGN UP HERE

Fort Works Art is committed to bringing life, vitality and energy to the art scene in Fort Worth, TX. They are a resource for both seasoned collectors and the everyday individual. Existing somewhere between a gallery, a cultural center and a museum, Fort Works Art strives to continually evolve into its own entity, free from the traditional labels of the art world. They exist to support the arts, to give back to the community and to inspire youth.

Fort Works Art 
2100 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, Texas, 76107
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

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Plano Public Library art-related events for October

Plano Public Library Events
October 2017


Davis – 7501-B Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75025 – 972-208-8000
Haggard – 2501 Coit Road, Plano, TX 75075 – 972-769-4250
Harrington – 1501 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074 – 972-941-7175
Parr – 6200 Windhaven Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093 – 972-769-4300
Schimelpfenig – 5024 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75023 – 972-769-4200


Tinkering Tuesday Tech Craft – Low tech meets high tech in this special craft program when we make light up greeting cards using paper circuits. Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. Adults
Schimelpfenig Tue Oct 3 7pm


18st AIRSpace Workshop: Introduction to Printmaking – Learn the basics of printmaking to create a relief print using your drawings, abstract or geometric designs to create a master plate from which multiple images are made. All ages
Harrington Sun Oct 8 2pm


Art Workshop – Be ready to collaborate and get a little messy as we create one large group artwork using paper and paint. Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. Grades K-5
Harrington Mon Oct 9 3pm


Craft It Up! – Use your creativity to make a fun fall craft! Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. Grades K-5
Schimelpfenig Tue Oct 10 3pm


Illustrator: Intro to Vector Art – Learn about basic Adobe Illustrator features: the pen tool, clipping masks and the swatches panel and how to use them to create vector-based art. All classes are held in the Haggard Teen Digital Creation Space. No registration required. Space is first come-first served. Classes beyond “level 101” require experience with the software. Grades 6-12
Haggard Sun Oct 15 2-3:30pm


Create Graphics with Illustrator – Learn how to create scalable vector graphics and designs. All classes are held in the Parr Digital Creation Space. No registration required, space is first come, first-served. Ages 13 & up
Parr Wed Oct 18 7pm


Animate, Draw & Explore using Scratch – Learn how Scratch uses drag-and-drop programming, which means no syntax errors. The program is always ready to run, enabling young learners to focus on the logic instead! Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. All ages
Haggard Sat Oct 21 3pm


Audition Basics – Learn about audio recording and editing. All classes are held in the Parr Digital Creation Space. No registration required, space is first come, first-served. Ages 13 & up
Parr Mon Oct 23 7pm

18st AIRSpace Workshop: Printmaking with Fruits, Vegetables and Found Objects – Play with your food and other non-traditional mark making tools to incorporate into printmaking for exciting, unique effects. Create original prints that are unexpected, whimsical and impressive. All ages
Harrington Sat Oct 28 2pm


Found Object Mask Making – Turn trash into treasure! Use recyclables and paint to make masks for Fall. Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. All ages
Harrington Sun Oct 29 2pm


Multiple Dates:

Art Start – Stories to inspire your little artist followed by a different hands on art activity each week.
Things get messy! Smocks and materials provided. Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. Ages 3-6
Parr Wednesdays Aug 30-Dec 6 11am
Haggard Fridays Sep 1-Dec 8 11am


Cool Crafts – Learn new skills, meet new friends, and share your love of crafts. Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. Adults
Schimelpfenig Tuesdays 7pm
Sep 5 Fall Embossed Leaves
Oct 3 Tinkering Tuesday Tech Craft (Part of Power Up at Your Library Week)
Nov 7 Hoop Art
Dec 5 Hygge Night – Cozy Crafts
Parr Sun Nov 26 2pm
Davis Fri Dec 29 11am & 1pm


Novel Knitters – Bring a project and meet other crafters. Share knit/crochet tips, or learn to knit. Adults
Haggard Mondays 7-8:30pm
Sep 11&25, Oct 9&23, Nov 6&20, Dec 4&18


Animate Basics – Love cartoons and anime? Learn how to create your own digital animation. All classes are held in the Parr Digital Creation Space. No registration required, space is first come, first-served. Ages 13 & up
Parr Tue Oct 10 4pm
Parr Sat Dec 2 10am


The Write Stuff – Join others interested in creative writing to share critiques, exchange ideas, and support each other’s creative endeavors. Adults
Parr Thursdays 7pm
Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9


Scrappy Hour – Join us for a new project each session crafted using our Cricut machine! We will be using a variety of materials for one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Adults
Schimelpfenig Tuesdays 7pm
Sep 19, Oct 17, Nov 21


Sound Recording/Podcasting – Learn to record and edit sound and create your own podcast. Class held in the Haggard Teen Digital Creation Space. No registration required. Free tickets available 30 minutes before the program. Classes beyond “level 101” require experience with the software. Grades 6-12
Haggard Sat Sep 23 2-3:30pm
Haggard Sat Oct 21 2-3:30pm


Photoshop Artwork – Apply filters to your photos to create and enhance your artwork. Class held in the Haggard Teen Digital Creation Space. No registration required. Free tickets available 30 minutes before the program. Classes beyond “level 101” require experience with the software. Grades 6-12
Haggard Sun Sep 24 2-3:30pm
Haggard Sun Oct 22 2-3:30pm

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Visual Arts in Allen for October

Allen Arts Alliance Celebrates the Arts and Humanities in Allen

The Allen Arts Alliance, and the city of Allen, join thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October. The Allen Arts Alliance, our local arts and cultural organizations and schools will be partnering through activities that honor and share the efforts of artists, historians, teachers, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of daily life in Allen.

The City of Allen City Council will be adopting a Proclamation in honor of National Arts and Humanities Month at the October 10th City Council Meeting. Everyone is encouraged to participate, through our local arts organizations, in what has become the country’s largest annual collective celebration of the arts and humanities. Attached is a list of some of programs and events taking place this October in Allen.

ALLEN ART EVENTS OCTOBER, 2017 – Exhibits and Workshops


Allen Heritage Guild
Allen Heritage Center Depot Museum; October 14 and 28th – Saturdays, 10am – 2 pm; tours available by appointment.
Open House at the Allen Heritage Village, Oct 21, 12:30-2:30pm; Oct 22, 2-4 pm;

David J. Stana – America in Kodachrome; photography exhibit through October 15
Allen Teen Arts Council; Halloween Bash; October 21, 7-9pm
Gail Delger – Smile, Laugh and Enjoy the Ride; painting exhibit from October 20th through November 12th, 2017

VALA Series ‘Sweets & Treats’ Family Painting Workshop; Sunday, Oct 1st  2017; 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Blue House Too
VALA series “SPOOK-tacular” Painting workshop; Oct 8th 2017; 12:00pm – 2:00 pm at Blue House Too

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Upcoming Workshops at Asel Art Supply

Afternoon Drawing with Don Colley

Oct. 9 1-4pm

Creating a rich drawing… call 214-871-2425 to book $10 but you will receive approx. $20 in Faber Castell products. space is limited. Asel ARt Supply, 2701 Cedar Spring Rd

Oct. 11 1-4pm

Meet up at Asel Art Supply in Fort Worth (825 Foch St.). Trek over to museum district for outdoor sketching. $10 but you will receive approx. $20 in Faber Castell products — 1st 24 artists only. Call 817-335-.8168.

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Pinners Conference & Expo Sept. 29-30 in Arlington

A convention and expo especially for those who enjoy pinning those artsy and craftsy ideas to boards on Pinterest.

Enjoy fun classes and shopping – Check out the “The Classes!” tab to learn more. You’ll also encounter over 200 exhibiting businesses providing beautiful shopping options in the worlds of DIY, crafts, wedding, baby, cooking, photography, party planning, nails, scrapbooking, holiday decor, clothing, jewelry and all sorts of other things!

When and where

Friday and Saturday, Sept 29-30, 2017 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas (1200 Ballpark Way)


Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Admission and Expo shopping – $8 (promo codes available from exhibitors & sponsors)
Admission & 2-class wristband – $15
Admission & All-day classes – $29
Admission & 2 days of all classes – $49
VIPinner – $129 (see tickets for details; includes VIP Night and other great stuff)
Online Pass (1-year-membership) – $29 (view Pinners-selected online classes)

*Children 12 and under are free to all events. Discount codes are available from show sponsors. Some classes will have an optional materials fee if you’d like the in-class kits (which you pay in class, the day of the show). (See the “Presenters” page). Tickets are non-refundable.

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Arts Counsel Texas :: October 4th Lunch + Learn

In this Lunch and Learn, attorney Thomas Maddrey of Maddrey PLLC will be discussing two topics he often gets questions about: the use of trademarks for artists, and the best practices for artists to promote their work on social media. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and gain some inside knowledge about the best way to cover these topics!

This seminar will be held at the offices of Thompson & Knight, 1722 Routh St., Ste. 1500, Dallas, TX 75201.

To RSVP for this seminar and reserve lunch (because they always fill up), send an email to Tom Maddrey at, or give his office a call at 214-702-9862.

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Pumpkin Painting Class Oct. 6

Join us at the Art House in Highland Village for a three hour Pumpkin Painting workshop.

Under the guidance of an Art House instructor you will paint a fall pumpkin.

This workshop uses acrylic paint on 9″x12″ hardboard.

Location: Art House Gallery & Classes

6100 Long Prairie Rd. #800 Flower Mound, Texas

Date & Time: Friday, October 6. 1:00 pm-4:00pm

Materials: You may bring your own materials, however paint, brushes, and canvases will be provided.

Sign up today at or call 214-285-0084


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Oil and Cotton Adult Workshops

817 W. Davis St. #110
Dallas, TX 75208


Listings through November 2017

Adult Weekly Art Class
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Sept 29 Natural Dye Series: Painting with Mordants Swatchbook
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Sept 30 Portrait Watercolor
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Oct 8 Leatherworking
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Oct 6 Voice as Primary Instrument
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Oct 13 & 20 Calligraphy: Spencerian
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Oct 14 Floral Painting:Intro to Acrylics and Oil
sold out
Oct 15 Macrame Lace Planter
Oct 15 – Nov 5 DIY Screenprinting
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Oct 21 Pattern and Construction: Leather Clutch
Oct 22 Marbling
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Oct 27 Natural Dye Series: Shibori & Indigo Tea Towels
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Oct 28 Abstract Painting
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Oct 29 Embroidered Bouquet
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Nov 10 Calligraphy: Intro to Pen & Ink
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Nov 11 Machine Stitched Baskets
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Nov 17 Natural Dye Series: Immersion Dyeing Swatchbook
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Nov 18 Frame Loom Weaving
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Nov 19 Introduction to Handmade Filmmaking

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IT’S A GO FOR CUBA! — Ziegler Photo Tour

Update on my Strabo Photo Tour to Cuba on March 9-18, 2018

“Cuba has been fighting their way back from Irma. Those areas severely hit should be back in full force by December 1. Any areas included on our tours are already operational, WITHOUT ANY CHANGES TO THE PROGRAMS. The Cuban people benefit tremendously from US & Canadian Tourism. PHOTOGRAPHERS: We encourage you to travel now before there are further changes made by the many cruise ships and further development.” ~ Strabo Photo Tours

Sign up now to be a part of this once in a lifetime travel adventure! Click on the following link for more info: Cuba Photo Tour

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CAC @ NorthPark Center classes begin next week…

CAC @ NorthPark Center classes begin next week…Sign up today!


Learn the art of plein air painting working with watercolors and paper, students will be taught how to use the medium to capture their own style whether it be in a flower bed or a scenic overlook. With the class, you will receive a quality watercolor set to keep and continue your practice – perfect for days at the park and summer vacations. All supplies and drawing boards are provided.
Unleash the power of technology in this three-hour workshop.  Instagram is for anyone, especially those who love art, visual stimulation and images more than words, as well as those who love words and appreciate the images that accompanying them.  You know that a picture says a thousand words; well Instagram is all about the pretty pictures, and it sends them across the globe to eyeballs that you cannot possibly grab with Facebook or Twitter. By the end, it will feel more like child’s play than work and you will be able to connect and share images and videos all around the globe.  Must have a smartphone and the latest version of Instagram.  No experience necessary.


Discover the world of yarnbombing (also known as guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting) which is a type of street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk. In this workshop, you will work as a group to yarnbomb a bicycle and be introduced to a myriad of ideas that you can use on your own or with a group of your friends. You will also learn about fun projects that have taken place around the world and here in Dallas. All materials will be provided and no knitting experience is required.

Sketching People – Merry Furher

Sketch people from life as they go about their business – shopping, eating, visiting, relaxing.  You’ll work with gestures and expressive line and toe to quickly capture the unposed postures, movements and interactions of the people around you.  All art supplies (other than your favorite sketchbook).

Design and develop your visual dialogue as you work across multiple media at one time creating a piece from concepts including imagery and symbolism.  Working with acrylic paint and other items such as stencils, stamps, text, found objects and botanicals, play with textures and apply various mediums to create a vibrant work of art on canvas. All supplies and canvas are provided.

Study the ancient art form of stained glass window design. You will make a small stained glass panel stained glass using traditional techniques of cutting glass, copper foiling and soldering.  Patterns to choose from as well as tools to complete the project will be provided by the instructor.

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Drawing Classes at Studio Art House

Studio Art House students learn by creating original works of art. Instructors strive to inspire creative expression and artistic development in every student. The structured curriculum is taught and approved by degreed professional Artists that have a passion for both art and teaching.

This class is for adults wanting to learn, build on, and explore different mediums used to draw. Students learn to use the elements and principles of art to create full, functional, and stylish compositions. This class will explore the different mediums used in drawing such as charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, and pastel. All levels of skill are welcome. Classes are limited in size, so sign up today!

Sign up online at

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Jane Cornish Smith: Cold Wax Workshop Sept. 22


Jane Cornish Smith’s 1-day Cold Wax Workshop; Cold Wax Creations – Abstracted Landscape!

Only 2 spaces left!

Cold Wax Creations – Abstracted LandscapFriday, Friday, September 22nd, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The cost is $225.00 which includes MANY supplies (supply and registration info below)

Cold wax is an amazingly fun and versatile medium in which to paint!  Its luscious, buttery consistency combines with oil paint to result in beautiful translucent works of art. Endless possibilities abound utilizing brushes, scrapers, and incising tools to make cold wax paintings that yield dimensional surface textures, layers, vivid color, depth, and a silky patina. The workshop includes basic instruction on composition, color, value and line, as well as a look into the emotive and conceptual aspects of art making.


Provided and Suggested Supply list:  



Please bring Oil paints – this can be a variety of your favorite colors but be sure to have a good range and plenty of white. Any brand will do.

Please bring some photo references of landscapes, a sketchbook for notes and a lunch.  


  • Containers for turp  Provided
  • Paper towels – one roll per person provided but please bring more

Please bring Tape – blue or green, 1- 1.5”


About Jane
Originally from Canada, Texas-based artist Jane Cornish Smith’s nomadic childhood, along with her artist mother, fostered an appreciation for creative expression from a young age. Jane produces paintings and sculptural work with diverse materials and subject matter, but has concentrated in recent years on cold wax and encaustic mediums.  She has attended artist residencies at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy; Vermont Studio Center; and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and earned BFA, MLA, and MFA degrees. An award-winning artist, her work hangs at the University of Texas at Tyler, Brookhaven College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery in Wales, the Cancer Support Community of North Texas, and others. She enjoys teaching, and making art from her glass-lined studio in rural Lone Oak, Texas.


Payment and Registration info:
The cost of the workshop is $225.00
Only 8 spaces available so please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!
Please pay in full (via the below options) $225 or contact me if you’d like to make another arrangement.

Cancellation policy:
In the event of cancellation, $100.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.

Payment Options (after availability is confirmed:)

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your $210 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: or214-405-5993

Thank you!! Bonny

The Encaustic Center:
580 W.Arapaho Rd. #271
Richardson, TX. 75080
Bonny Leibowitz
Deanna Wood

The Bonny Studio Classes:

580 W.Arapaho Rd. #262
Richardson, TX. 75080

Bonny Leibowitz

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Oil Painting Workshops in Grapevine, Keller, and FRANCE!

Learn to loosen up and go bold with vibrant, clean color! My July 2018 workshop in Le Vieux Couvent, France is open to Oil and Acrylic painters, beginners to seasoned! (Early Bird Special ends September 30, 2017. )

Texas oil painting workshops coming September 29-30 (2017); November 10-11 (2017), and January 12-13 (2018). For more information, click here

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Finding Your Own Voice with Mixed Media/Collage: Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 with MAUREEN BROUILLETTE


9:30AM-4:00PM   $285  

Artists’ Showplace


The goal of this workshop is to experiment, have a good time and create some jewels. All levels are welcome. Bring a friend!

Each day will include lectures, readings, a question and answer session, a demo for technique, and student painting time. Individual guidance and personal critiques will be ongoing.

We are going to create mixed media collages using acrylic paint, found and purchased papers, a variety of drawing tools, and black and white photocopies or laser prints of your own travel and family photography.

Other collage elements to bring might include poetry, letters, postcards, tickets, receipts, monoprints and drawings, rice and tissue papers, maps, patterned paper, labels, graph paper, ledgers, vintage book pages, engravings, stamps. Bring black and white copies or laser prints of your photography in a variety of sizes instead of using the original photos or found papers.

We will use matte medium for adhesive, your favorite acrylic paints for color, plus anything you like to draw with, such as pencil, ink, charcoal, color pencils, and water soluble crayons to embellish our paintings.

-Emphasis is on design. Balance is key.

-We are going to work relatively small and quickly!

-We will work in a series.

-Pulling it together – tweaking the color, value and design, for a unified image that works!


Ms. Brouillette is an accomplished artist and teacher. She has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist magazine and has received numerous awards in national juried exhibits. Maureen has work in corporate collections, including a recent acquisition by Rutgers University. She has two paintings, Organics I and II, which were featured nationwide by Crate and Barrel. Brouillette previously worked for 25 years as a commercial designer and art director. She now teaches classes and workshops, does demos and critiques, and judges art shows.

For the supply list go to

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VAST Workshop with Mickey Archer SWS, TXN September 25-27, 2017 MTW

“Cowboys and Indians” During the three day workshop, I hope to expose the class to a variety of alternate techniques that you may not be used to. First day, we will be painting on a colored watercolor paper using watercolor and gouache. The second day, we will be doing a portrait using an underpainting to illuminate your painting, and the third day we will tackle a more complicated portrait. I’ve found some very simple color combinations to get great skin tones which we will employ. Western subject matter has been a primary focus of my painting since I retired from architecture in 2008 and I hope to give the class some ideas for finding similar subjects to paint. A large number of Indian POW WOW’s are held at this time of year and are great venues for lots of colorful dancers. I will be furnishing photo copies of the subject matter we will be painting, however, if you wish to paint something different, you certainly may do so. See his work at

Cost: VAST Members: $195; Non-Members $230

Where: Patterson Appleton Arts Center, Denton (corner of Hickory and Bell)

Daily Time: 9:30 – 4:00, with a lunch break; 9:30 – 2:00 on the last day

Registration Fee: Please make the check out to VAST, and send to Kristin Spalding (214-578-0357, 2507 High Pointe Blvd. McKinney, TX 75071

Cancellation by Participant: If a participant must cancel, the VAST workshop coordinator will first attempt to fill the open spot from the official VAST waiting list. If there is no waiting list, the canceling participant is free to attempt to fill the spot on his/her own. No refunds will be made a month or less prior to the class.

Cancellation by VAST: If there are not enough participants to cover workshop costs, or if VAST must cancel for any other reason, participants will be notified by workshop coordinator and will promptly receive a full refund, including deposit.

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Thursday 10am Drawing Class

This class is for adults wanting to learn, build on, and explore different mediums used to draw. Students learn to use the elements and principles of art to create full, functional, and stylish compositions. This class will explore the different mediums used in drawing such as charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, and pastel. All levels of skill are welcome. Classes are limited in size, so sign up today!

Location: Flower Mound

Ages: 18+

Day and Time: Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Materials:  a supply list will be provided by the instructor. Students are expected to purchase their own supplies. A $50 supply fee will be charged to students who use Art House supplies.

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Beginning Oil Painting with Artist Sara McCain

This class is for adults beginning their journey in oil painting. Students learn to use the elements and principles of design to create full, functional, and stylish compositions. Through the step by step guidance of an instructor students are encouraged to develop their own style and ideas while exploring painting techniques specific to oil paint. Classes are limited in size, so sign up today!

Location: Flower Mound

Ages: 18+

Day and Time: Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Call: 972-899-2699 for more information or register at

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Adult Painting and Drawing classes

Now offering Acrylic classes on Wednesdays!!

For adults who want to learn figure drawing, painting with acrylic, painting with watercolor, or just learning art essentials.

The Art House adult art classes are for adults of any age and any level of ability, from beginner to professional.

Locations in Southlake, Flower Mound and Highland Village.

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Whimsical Wine Glass Painting Class Sept. 9

What: Wine Glass Painting 16″ x 20″ acrylic painting including step by step instruction with a local Art House artist and instructor.

When: Saturday, September 9, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Highland Village Art House (Located by Flower Mound Best Buy, in the same building as Firehouse Subs and Chipotle)

You can bring food and drink to enjoy while you sit back, relax, and paint!  Reserve your spot at the party today.

At the Art House we like to keep our parties small for more one on one help and instruction. This party will be limited to 12 spots, so save yours today!

Price: $30.00

Sign up at

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Oil Landscape Workshops with Cecy Turner

December 4-5, 2017

Oil painting Landscape (Intermediate/Advanced)

Wylie Art Gallery, 201 N. Ballard Ave., #100, Wylie, TX

Time: 9-4

Cost: $175 (two days)

Contact: Cheryl Mabry 972-922-8425 Email:

January 23-25, 2018

Oil painting Landscape (Intermediate/Advanced)

Artists’ Showplace Gallery, 15615 Coit Rd., #230, Dallas, TX 75248

Upstairs Classroom

Cost: $290 (three days)

Contact: Artists’ Showplace Gallery 972-233-1223

Cecy Turner

Email Cecy Turner


Signature Member of:

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

American Women Artists

National Watercolor Society

Southwestern Watercolor Society

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies

Outdoor Painters Society

Plein Air Artists Colorado

American Plains Artists

Master Signature Member of Women Artists of the West

Fellow of the American Artists Professional League

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September at the Craft Guild of Dallas

Missed a week?
With all the back-to-school hubbub over the last few weeks, some of our students tell us they missed signing up on time for the Fall I session and missed the first class.
Not to worry – you can still sign up this week, just ask your instructor how you can schedule a makeup class for your missed week..
The Craft Guild at
Valley View Center
13331 Preston Road,
Suite 2118,

Dallas, TX 75240

Business As Usual at the Mall for Now
The Board, department heads, and instructors have been working hard all summer to make our new home ready for us. We are still waiting for final approval on our plans from the city, and our contractor tells us construction will then proceed rapidly.
Until then, it’s business as usual at the mall, But stay tuned!  As soon as we get the city’s approval, we’ll put our move planning into action.
We expect little to no interruption to classes, but if classes are interrupted, you will be offered make-up class options.
We will keep you up do date as we learn more.  The Guild greatly appreciates the flexibility of our members and instructors as we work to get into our exciting new home. We can’t wait for you to see it!

New Workshop: Horizons Fused Glass Create an eye-catching glass sculpture at the new Horizons Fused Glass workshop, offered just in time to create a unique holiday gift for someone special in your life. Best of all, all skill levels are welcome!


Not sure what each of these are? Click here

to find out more about each workshop.


9/3 Intro to Leatherworking
9/9 Fire, Water, & Ice Fused Glass
9/9 Evening in Bookbinding
9/15 Evening in Glass
9/17 Fused Glass Vitrograph Exploration
9/30 Fused Glass Harvest Plate
10/7-   8 Fused Glass Raking
10/8 Intro to Leatherworking
10/15 Lampwork Flowers for Fusing
10/20 Evening in Glass
10/20 Evening in Pottery
10/20 Evening in Bookbinding
10/21 Fused Glass Horizons

Click here to see workshops offered through the end of the year, with more added as they become available.

Hands On Art:  An Exhibit of the Work of Our Summer Camp Artists
Summer Camp participants are invited to “Hands on Art,” a reception and exhibition of the work of the young artists attending summer camp at the Craft Guild.
Young artists and their parents can enjoy lemonade and cookies while they view the exhibit.  Displayed works of art may be taken home following the reception.
Hands on Art Exhibit and Reception
Date Sunday, September 24
2 to 4 pm
Exhibit Valley View Mall (adjacent to the Craft Guild)
Reception Multipurpose Room, Craft Guild

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Paint Club with VET on Sept. 9: Daisies ($25)

Join the Paint Club for quick and easy instructions on how-to-create “ready to hang” artwork. You receive all the supplies you need, along with step-by-step instructions, from professional artist, VET. No previous skill required. Bring a friend or just treat yourself to a fun painting experience. Age 18+. Only $25 per class.


Sponsored by the Irving Art Assocation

Dates: July 8, Sept. 9 and Nov. 18, 2017
Saturday mornings 10am – noon


July 8 – Sunflowers PAST


Sept. 9 – Daisies


Nov. 18 – Sunset Cove



Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061


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