Category Archive: Classes / Workshops

Michael Holter Watercolor Workshops

Local artist Michael Holter teaches figurative and landscape watercolor workshops locally and around the country. A Complete List is Found at

WORKSHOP DATES: 7/24/2017 – 7/26/2017


WORKSHOP DATES: 8/1/2017 – 8/3/2017
WORKSHOP DATES: 9/19/2017 – 9/21/2017
PHONE: 817-478-2676
WORKSHOP DATES: 10/3/2017 – 10/5/2017
PHONE: 830-336-3638
WORKSHOP DATES: 11/9/2017 – 11/11/2017
WORKSHOP DATES: 2/5/2018-2/8/2018
WORKSHOP DATES: 5/9/2018-5/11/2018
Georgetown TX
New Orleans LA
Sacramento CA

Cloudcroft NM

Dillman’s Workshops WI
“I was fortunate to have mentions in issues of Western Art Collector, Plain Air and Southwest Art all in the month of April.”
Michael Holter
2816 Crow Valley Trail, Plano TX 75023

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Mixed Media Workshop Sept. 8-10 at the Bonny Studio

Announcing Our next VERY BIG Mixed Media Workshop!:

Friday September 8th, Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th … 2017

10:00 to 4:00 each day

$425.00 All supplies included….and there are MANY supplies!

A list of items to personalize your work will be forwarded as we get closer to the date.

This process oriented workshop will focus on a variety of techniques and materials which can integrate with one another allowing for a broader and more confident way of approaching your work whether you normally work in acrylic, watercolor, ink, oil or encaustic. Participants will come away with a working knowledge of products and their use, a sense of how exploration, experimentation and a way of creating in the NOW to enhance your current practice can become the inspiration for new ideas.

Here are some GREAT pics from previous BIG Mixed Media workshops:

Some materials and techniques we will be utilizing:


Making our own Printmaking boards


molding paste

pouring medium


canvas board

Acrylic Paint – palette knife effects, layering, dripping, splashing, thin washes and additive and subtractive approaches

Gouache and Speedball inks – for printing on monotypes

Monotypes – acrylic and watercolor on paper

Monotypes – encastic

Collage onto canvas– monotypes, various tissue and handmade papers.

Ink and charcoal – spontaneous mark making techniques and washes on mulberry paper

Cold Wax and oil paint – on paper using knives and brayers

Yupo – inks, watercolor and maybe oil painting


The workshop will include a power point looking at various artist’s work considering their unique approaches to surface treatment, composition, color and line etc

Additionally, I will be conducting demonstrations throughout the workshop as we engage in each technique. We’ll have a bit of time to share about our new discoveries and experience with these materials as we move along.

AND we will each bring some foods to share for breakfast and lunch. Always fun!

It will be a fantastic experience creating and getting to know one another even better! Thank you for being part of the journey and exploring new ideas! Bonny


Due to the abundance of materials and workspace needed, there is a 12 person limit.

Cost and payment: 

The cost of the workshop is $425.00

Please confirm availability asap as these spaces fill up quickly! Your payment secures your space.

Cancellation policy

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.
Balance due: August 4th: $325.00

In the event of cancellation after the August 4th balance payment of $325.00; $315.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $325 balance by August 4th 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:

  • By check to The Bonny Studio 580 W Arapaho Rd. #262, Richardson, TX. 75080

* By  cash at

The Bonny Studio
580 W. Arapaho #262
Richardson, TX 75080

Bonny Leibowitz

The Bonny Studio

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


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The O’Keefe Studio Center: Advanced Studio Seminar

Introducing a new and exciting program…

The Advanced Studio Seminar

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

This seminar is ideal for the artist looking to develop a more advanced, focused and personal studio practice. During this 6 month program, participants will develop a strong, well-considered body of work. Participants will benefit from the influence of various critiques with reputable visiting artists, multiple pier reviews, scheduled community work times at The O’Keefe Studio Center, reading assignments, writing assignments, a professional development crash course, and ongoing conversation and critique with the seminars primary adviser, Michael O’Keefe. This program will culminate with an exhibition highlighting a comprehensive selection of each participants work made during the time of the program. There are no requisites for this program; participants simply must be serious and committed to developing their artistic desires.

Cost: $1,350

What you get:

– Six months of weekly community work time at The O’Keefe Studio Center (36hrs)

– Twelve hours of group critique and discussion with Michael O’Keefe

– Two one-on-one critiques with Michael O’Keefe

– A professional development crash course

– Five 3-hour group critiques with reputable visiting artists

– The benefits of suggested reading assignments and prescribed writing exercises

– Participation in a group exhibition in a unique space in the Cedars neighborhood, south of downtown Dallas, highlighting a selection of each participants body of work.

Participants will meet on four Thursday evenings each month, from 6:00 – 9:00pm,starting in Sept., 2017, at The O’Keefe Studio Center. The program will run through March, 2018. Exhibition in April.  December will be a month off.

On the following dates participants will have group or one-on-one critiques with Michael O’Keefe: 9/7/17, 10/5/17, 11/2/17, 1/4/18, 2/1/18, 3/1/18.

On the following dates participants will have group critiques with visiting artists:10/19/17, 11/16/17, 1/18/18, 2/15/18, 3/22/18.

On the following dates participants will have work time amongst their piers at the Studio Center: 9/14/17, 9/21/17, 9/28/17, 10/12/17, 10/26/17, 11/9/17, 11/30/17,1/11/18, 1/25/18, 2/8/18, 2/22/18, 3/8/18, 3/29/18.

The group exhibition will be held in April, 2018, in a unique location in the Cedars neighborhood, south of downtown Dallas. The exhibition dates and times are yet to be determined.

Interested individuals should submit a short letter of interest (via email), briefly describing their artistic background, their artistic and professional goals and their general hopes for participation in the Advanced Studio Seminar. If it is determined that the interested individual is a good fit for the program, they will receive an invitation to join.

The seminar will have a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 10 participants.

Contact Michael O’Keefe for additional information or to submit your letter of or (972) 528-0309

Tuition Due Dates:

A non-refundable deposit of $400 will hold your spot

$500 Due by 8/24/17

Remaining balance of $450 due by 12/14/17

The full schedule for all special topic classes and workshops for Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 will be announced next week.  Stay tuned as we have planned many exciting opportunities and great workshops with wonderful instructors!
Weekly Figure Drawing Classes are ongoing through the summer!
The Friday Open class is ongoing through the summer – see the website for more information!
The O’Keefe Studio Center
580 W. Arapaho Suite 290 Richardson, TX 75080

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Art Aid Expo 2017 July 15

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The Art Council of Fort Worth & the Fort Worth Community Arts Center are proud to present the inaugural annual Art Aid Expo 2017 for artists and arts organizations. Demonstrations and seminars in 9,000 square feet of contemporary galleries will be geared towards artists, art non-profits and other creative professionals highlighting the diverse support services available. Featured organizations and professionals will present their expertise through a variety of workshops and seminars helping artists to learn how to sustain a living in the arts.

This one day event will occur on Saturday, July 15th, 2017. Presale tickets are available for $15 or $25 at the door. Active TAC Member tickets are $10.00.

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Upcoming Oil Painting Workshops with Chris Brandley


Coming in July and September (Keller and Grapevine, Texas):

Chris’s workshops 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. She holds nothing back, and talks through the process and colors during the demo! 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! For more information and to register visit


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Dan Spangler Portrait Drawing Workshop June 17


Have you ever dreamed of being able to draw a portrait of someone and it actually look like them? Do you think drawing a portrait is too difficult a task for you to handle? This Saturday, June 17 from 1:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M., Dan Spangler is teaching a workshop that will teach you how to draw a portrait. Spangler will break it down and teach you how to measure the face to get an accurate portrayal of the face you want to draw. He will work with you until you understand the basics of constructing the face on paper. If you practice what he teaches you in this workshop on Saturday, you will be amazed at how fast you will progress in being able to draw very good images of the people around you.

So Fear No More! Come on down to the Shanley House Center for the Arts, 224 Travis Street by the Hood County Library and take this workshop with Dan Spangler. The workshop is $50 and he will supply materials needed.

If interested contact him at 817-897-3808 or email:


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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!

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)

8 spaces available

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
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The Bonny Studio Classes:

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

Bonny Leibowitz

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Expand Your Creativity! Jewelry and Abstract Painting at Sparks Studio


SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP…   817-266-3085  Jewelry classes for June-July… Painting in August.

Call Suzanne 817-266-3085 or email to reserve a seat in any class
our mailing address… Sparks Studio Art, 1809 Elm Crest Drive, Arlington, TX 76012
Visit for a complete description of classes.

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Paint Club with VET! Sunflowers, Daisies or Sunset Cove


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 Association

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


July 8 – Sunflowers

Sept. 9 – Daisies

Nov. 18 – Sunset Cove

Instructor: VET

Address: Directions
Jaycee Park Center for the Arts
1975 Puritan
Irving TX 75061

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Coloring Books For Fun & Profit


How To Publish Coloring Books For Fun & Profit: June 24th or July 15th

Coloring Book Publishing For Fun & Profit – Two Classes Available; June 24th and July 15th


Now you can learn how to make and publish your own coloring book, so you can cash in on one of the biggest book trends of the century! Not to mention having a blast while you work on it.

Join Barbara & Ken O’Toole for a 2 hour information session where they will show you how to get started with coloring book publishing.

To serve you in the best way possible the size of these classes will be kept small. So, sign up today!

Call 817-456-9452

or follow this link to: ARTWORKSDFW



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Cyanotype/Sun Print Workshop June 25th

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Sun Print / Cyanotype Workshop

Join guest artist and @vala_tx member Lizzy Hicks to Explore Alternative-Process Photography with Sun Prints !

June 25th 2pm at @bluehousetoo in Watters Creek, Allen. $10 per adult $5 per child


Contact us at

Use plants and flowers to create brilliant blue photograms with the power of the sun! ☀️🎨 

Learn about the history of photography and come away with 2 art pieces

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June 2017 | At the Creative Arts Center + In the Community


Last Chance to Sign Up for Summer Classes
Get creative this summer at CAC! Session 3 & 4 are 6 week courses designed to leave time for vacations. Be sure not to miss out and sign up today.
2017 CAC Annual Juried Membership Exhibition – Call for Entries
Submission Deadline: Friday, July 7th
Opening Reception: August 5th, 5:308:30 pm
Creative Arts Center of Dallas is now accepting submissions for our 2017 Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, hosted by Mary Tomás Gallery. In this juried exhibition our panel will be looking for the most exceptional of member work in all mediums. CAC members are invited to submit up to three images of original 2D or 3D artworks created within the last two years for consideration.
For further information, please contact Andrea Blanco at or via phone (214) 320-1275.
Join us at NorthPark Center and Klyde Warren Park
Spend the weekend with us! Stop by NorthPark Center’s ArtRocks! event on Saturday, June 10th from1 – 4 pm and then on Sunday, June 11th come on over to Klyde Warren Park for our monthly Art as a Second Language event from 2 – 4pm. Both events will have plenty of family-friendly art activities.
Bowman Glass Studio Exhibition at CAC
CAC is pleased to present a collection of Blown and Kiln Formed glass sculpture by husband & wife artists Mary Lynn and Jim Bowman. On View June 5th – July 29th.
Reception: June 15th, 6:30 – 8pm
ArtAbility @ CAC 

The next ArtAbility

event is scheduled for June 17th,2-4pm. The workshop, designed for young adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities, will feature three mediums for students to explore, such as ceramics, mixed media, painting, mosaic, sculpture, etc. Reservations are necessary, please call (214) 320-1275 to make yours!

Unseenamerica Exhibition On View at CAC
Unseenamerica is a free curriculum-based arts initiative committed to giving disadvantaged 3rd, 4th & 5th graders at nearby Bayles Elementary a voice within their community. Students took lessons in digital photography during the eight-week program in the fall and the show will be on view at CAC fromJune 29th through August 11th.
Reception: Thursday, June 29th, 6:30 – 8pm
Kendra Scott Event to Benefit CAC
Please save the date for an exciting mini fundraiser that will benefit CAC on June 22nd from 6 – 8pm. Jewelry designer Kendra Scott hosts a series of events called “Kendra Scott Gives Back” and has selected CAC as a beneficiary for one of these events. Twenty percent of any sales during that time will benefit CAC and the party will be held at the West Village store in Uptown.
The Dead Strikers at ArtSpace
A group exhibition of steel sculpture featuring former students, teachers and alumni of CAC will be on viewJune 7th – 28th at ArtSpace (Metropolitan Press
1250 Majesty Dr., Dallas, TX 75247)
Reception: June 22nd, 6 – 9 pm
On Creativity…
On June 29th from 6:30 – 8pm CAC will be hosting its fifthunseenamerica show featuring the work of eight very talented 3rd 4th and 5th graders from nearby Bayles Elementary and we hope you will join us to view their work and welcome them to CAC! A culminating exhibit opened at the students’ school last month, and after it shows at CAC will travel throughout the community to such venues as galleries, libraries and businesses impacting hundreds of people who view the exhibition.
Unseenamerica is an 8-week curriculum-based program, taught by a professional photographer, teaches digital photography at nearby Bayles Elementary, which is CAC’s namesake school.  Bayles began as a one-room school house in 1981 near what is now Buckner International.  CAC was built during the WPA in 1935 and Bayles operated here until the mid-50s. The current DISD Bayles Elementary School opened in 1956 about a mile from CAC where it is currently. Significantly, Bayles is the oldest school operating under the same name in Dallas County.
Modeled on a program that originated in New York under Bread and
 Roses, the cultural arm of SEIU Local 1199, the largest labor union in the country, unseenamericawas originally designed to serve low-wage workers, day labors, homeless citizens and others often ignored in our society. When CAC brought the program to Dallas in 2008 we were the first to adapt the program for children.
Unseenamerica is far from a fun enrichment program for disadvantaged kids. It is designed to instill a stronger sense of self and community through artistic practice. Unseenamerica does not simply teach photography skills, but also creates community, enables the practice of democracy and promotes social justice.
Diana Pollak
Executive Director

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Mary Ann Beckwith very last workshop in Austin October 2-5, 2017

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Mary Ann Beckwith, October 2 – 5, 2017, $300 WWG members/$350 non-members to sign up for Mary Ann Beckwith Workshop


Mary Ann Beckwith ( will be retiring after this workshop with Waterloo Watercolor Group in Austin. This will be your last opportunity to take a workshop with this esteemed abstract artist. She will be giving a public demonstration on Sunday, October 1, from 3-5 pm at Apache Shores, 14919 General Williamson, Austin, Texas. For workshop description, supply list, more about Mary Ann, and to register, go to

For more information and questions, contact Michele Missner,
MaryAnn Beckwith arrived on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula in 1970. She has been living on the beautiful, cold, snowy and remote shores of Lake Superior ever since, raising her family, teaching, and making her art.
She was hired by Michigan Technological University to teach Painting, Design & Drawing classes, and during her career achieved the rank of Full Professor and was twice selected for the Distinguished Teaching Award. Developing the artistic skills of these gifted students was her passion during her tenure at MTU and she continues to support the endeavors of all students of art.

She is the author of Creative Watercolor: a Step-by-Step Guide and Showcase. Her work has also been showcased in many articles in books and magazines.
She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA, and, along with having signature status in many other societies, she is the Executive Director of the International Society of Experimental Artists.
Along with her active and engaged role in the art community, Mary Ann creates and exhibits her art, juries shows, and teaches workshops across the country.

A Workshop in Experimental Watermedia and Collage Techniques using Watermedia
The “Brush and Beyond” Workshop will be an art altering experience! The energy filled days will explore creative methods of watermedia application, including the building layers, texturing and collage. Participants will be exposed to new techniques and materials that will allow them to better express their visions and ideas through their paintings and collages. The methods taught and materials utilized will be suitable for both representational and abstract imagery. Demonstrations and discussions will encompass and focus on composition and design, how to recharge your work, sources of inspiration and the business of being an artist. Each day will include plenty of time for painting and optional critiques. more:

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Laura Griffin’s Monthly Copic Classes (and Copic 101)

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Laura Giriffin is an intermediate Certified Copic Instructor and teaches monthly Copic Club classes at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving, Texas. During each class, you will explore new techniques while completing a fun project.

New to Copic Markers? Attend one of the Copic 101 classes, and then you can join in the monthly Copic Club fun.

All classes held on Saturdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. unless noted otherwise, Schedule:

June 10th (club in morn, Copic 101 1-3:30 p.m.)
July 15th
August 19th
September 16th (club in morn, Copic 101 1-3:30 p.m.)
October 21st
November 18th
December 9th (club in morn, Copic 101 1-3:30 p.m.) Sign up for her free newsletter. Contact Laura to sign up at

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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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Sun Print Workshop June 25

Cyanotype Workshop (3)

Join guest artist and @vala_tx member Lizzy Hicks to Explore Alternative-Process Photography with Sun Prints !

June 25th 2pm at @bluehousetoo in Watters Creek, Allen. $10 per adult $5 per child


Contact us at

Use plants and flowers to create brilliant blue photograms with the power of the sun! ☀️🎨 

Learn about the history of photography and come away with 2 art pieces

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How To Publish Coloring Books For Fun & Profit: June 24 or July 15



Two Classes Available

Date: June 24, 2017 OR  July 15, 2017

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.

To serve you better the size of these classes will be kept small, so sign up today!
Call: 817-456-9452

or follow this link to: ARTWORKSDFW


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Natural Dye Fiber Workshop June 11

Natural Dye Workshop (2)


Sunday June 11th 2pm @bluehousetoo

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Dye 2 silk scarves using Eco-friendly organic materials ! $60 includes all materials to create your own unique pieces!  #art #artworkshop #dallas #dallasart #allenevents #allenart #allenartsalliance #ecofriendly #scarves #organic #greenfashion #naturaldye #valatx



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Introduction to Free Motion Machine Embroidery with Leisa Rich July 29


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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Spots Still Open for Ken Hosmer Watercolor Workshop in Ingram


The Hill Country Arts Foundation is proud to once again offer a summer watercolor workshop with renowned artist, Ken Hosmer. The workshop will take place Monday through Thursday, June 19 – 22.
Ken Hosmer is known for his unique use of color, and as a skilled teacher, highly respected for a calm, supportive demeanor. He has taught art workshops for over 30 years, and has been a guest workshop instructor for more than 100 art organizations across the United States and in exotic locations such as Italy, Greece and Mexico.
In this watercolor workshop, students will watch as Ken reveals ‘color secrets’ and design ideas each day. He offers guidelines which encourage you to creatively interpret painting subjects in your own style. Painting demonstrations emphasize free, spontaneous painting and cover a variety of subjects, including landscape, flowers, human figures, or animals.
Ken clearly explains his artistic method as he paints, organizes ideas into simple terms, and in a positive and gentle manner, skillfully pinpoints and verbalizes exactly what your painting needs for improvement. This makes the class ideal for beginning and advanced students. A typical day might include demonstration and lecture in the morning with class work time and individual help in the afternoon. The workshop ends with an uplifting and informative critique session.

Please call the HCAF Visual Arts Center for details or to register for this workshop at (830) 367-5120.
Hill Country Arts foundation · 120 Point Theatre Rd S · Ingram · Texas · 78025


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Teen Charcoal Workshop July 5-7 at ARThouse Gallery & Studio


This 3-day workshop centers on creating a dynamic charcoal still life. This project enhances core skills required for building a strong college application portfolio and will have the potential for a competition quality piece.  This focused study will include instruction from the talent and expertise of teacher and artist Joanna Mann, whose students received high honors this spring at ACSI, TAPPS, and VASE competitions.

Location: ARThouse Gallery & Studio, 6100 Long Prairie Rd. #800, Flower Mound, Texas

Phone: (972) 899-2699

Ages: 14-18

Date: Wednesday-Friday, July 5-7, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Materials:  All supplies included.

Price: $150.00


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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.

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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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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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