Category Archive: Classes / Workshops

Basic Silver Metal Clay Workshop & more at Alchemy Group

Basic Silver Metal Clay Workshop Participants explore the many methods of imprinting textures on Silver Metal Clay as well as learn to carve, fire and finish it. No prior experience is needed.  Learn the basics while making a pendant and matching earrings. Learn to roll, texture, shape and cut the clay. Polish and finish your work to best bring out the design. Supplies included in course fee. 

Registration Cost – Saturday, February 17th, 10 – 4 PM – $200.00

Register & pay at

For information on other Precious Metal Workshops see

Merlene Walker
The Alchemy Group
617 Lochngreen Trl.
Arlington, TX  76012
(817) 459-4411


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Introduction to Still Life Painting at The Society of Figurative Arts

Introduction to Still Life Painting at TSOFA starts Feb. 21st

Instructor: Chris Brizzard (, @chrisbrizzard)

Length: 5 weeks, limited to 4 students

Time: Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm starting February 21st

Cost: $180

The goal of this class is to introduce students to fundamental painting practices needed to set up a strong piece of work. Students will learn the core concepts of the block-in, separating light from shadow, setting up proper value relationships, getting the light effect and more. We will also look at still-life paintings from today and the past in order to expand our knowledge of the craft. Students will set up their own still-life by the end of the course.

Week 1: Introduce/Review core drawing concepts

Week 2: The Block-in; capturing the essence of the set-up

Week 3: Value studies in black and white; capturing the light effect

Week 4: Students set up still-life; examples from today and the past

Week 5: Continue still-life; review


Materials: vine charcoal, Canson Moonstone Mi-Teintes drawing paper (5 sheets), Burnt Umber, Ivory Black, Titanium White (no student-grade paints), assortment of bristle brushes (filberts and flats), canvases, Gamsol, paper towels

Location: The Society of Figurative Arts, 3306 Wiley Post , Suite 104, Addison, TX

For more information, e-mail or call 214-725-4769.

Chris Brizzard studied for 3 years at Studio Incamminati ( under instructors trained by renown portrait painter Nelson Shanks, including Dan Thompson, Stephen Early and Darren Kingsley. Prior to that, he studied 1.5 years with Michael Mentler at TSOFA ( To see examples of his work, go to and @chrisbrizzard on Instagram.



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Spring Free Basic Classes on Watercolor and Candle Making (Irving TX)

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

The Free Basics Classes follow a progressive sequence where you will learn basic skills via instructor demo/lecture — exercise —-practice. The series is designed for beginners to a particular art medium. Expect traditional as well as new and nontraditional materials and approaches.

Registration is now open for the Spring 2018 classes

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

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



SPRING 2018 Schedule:

Thursday evenings 7-9 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts

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Justin Burns at Artisan’s Studio: Free Golden demo/lecture Mar. 22; plus Acrylic Workshops Mar. 23-24 & Apr. 28

Artisan’s Studio Gallery is presenting a free:
GOLDEN Artist Lecture / Demo
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Artisan’s Studio Gallery
2825 Valley View Ln #301
Farmers Branch, TX, 75234
Contact Pat Kochan at 972-488-8182

Justin Bums, a GOLDEN Working Artist for GOLDEN Artist Colors, will be giving an exclusive 2-hour lecture and demo. Justin holds a Bachelors degree of FIne Arts in Studio Drawing and Painting frorn the University of North Texas. He is currently an art educator and exhibits his work throughout Dallas/Fort Worth. His work has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine and Friend of the ArtIst. You can find Justin’s work at

The GOLDEN Acrylics  FREE LECTURE AND DEMONSTRATION is a fun informative, educalional and fast-paced presentation of all the products GOLDEN has to offer.,… The Lecture covers iinformation about the different types of acrylic paints, mediums, gels, pastes and grounds. The lecture will also cover
a technical review acrylics and their varied appIication possibilities, techniques in working with
mixed media, printmaking, and the review ot GOLDEN’s newesl products including OPEN acrylics,
High Flow acrylics and QoR watercolor. This lecture will hopefully give you some new insights that
can be added to your creative process. All participanls will receive a free information packet, hand
painted color charts. and a bag of free GOlDEN product samples to take home.



  • $230 •  March 23 & 249:30-3:00 PMACRYLICS A-Z

Working with grounds, gels, mediums and acrylic paint.  

All supplies will be furnished.  Bring your favorite brushes.


  • $120 •  April 28 – Multiple Transparent Layers Workshop

Taking 2-Dimensional painting and making it 3D using fluid and High Flow paint on top of multiple sheets of duralar or acetate.  All paints and surfaces will be provided for this workshop.


Pat Wheelis Kochan

972 814-2647

Artisan’s Studio-Gallery

2825 Valley View Lane #301

Dallas, TX 75234

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Doug Walton Spring Break Encounter 2018 March 9-13

DATES: Fri–Tue. March 9-13, 2018
TIME: 9:00 am-4 pm
FEE: $275 for five days or $60 per day for fewer than three,
days. A $50 deposit will hold your place
No one teaches the creative process better than Doug. He engages your imagination and fearlessness to create exciting and expressive work. Sign up for both sessions for an intensive encounter. Bring canvases or watercolor paper, your favorite flat and round brushes, paper towels. You may bring you’re acrylics, but Doug’s students can use his house paint that he shares for a nominal fee. Adventurous beginners are welcome.

Join with fellow artists and explore new creative expression through ART CLASSES at The Upstairs Gallery.
Call the Upstair Gallery at 817 277-6961 for more information or to register for Doug’s workshop.


The Upstairs Gallery
1038 West Abram, Arlington, TX 76013 817.277.6961

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Karen Foster’s Monday Experimental Art Day

Monday Experimental Art Day
…every third Monday
by Karen Foster

Shanley House, 224 North Travis • Granbury, TX 76048
Feb 19th  | Kandinsky inspired throw down circles
$50 a class | 12-5pm -ish | age 16 and up
Amazing colors will be applied to canvas followed by discussions about composition. You will pick your favorite composition and create an abstract by using circles as the theme.

Supplies:  24×24 canvas, sample house paints (we will share), large brushes, stamps, stencils, palette knife, sponge rollers, scraping tools, and paper towels.

Come enjoy the fun and learn a lot that you can apply to your own art medium.

Contact the instructor at 817 312-3185 or

More about the artist:

She also teaches at the Upstairs Gallery in Arlington TX.

Additional classes:

Mar 19th  | Drawing and Painting with a Stick 
Experience, for a day, what it would be like to be Henri Matisse. Draw with a bamboo pole tipped with Charcoal, then switch gears and paint the drawing with big, loose strokes by taping a brush on a stick.

SUPPLIES: #16, #18 OR #20 round brush, a variety of other favorite brushes, possibly a small table or TV tray, 2 full sheets of watercolor paper  22”x30” or 1or 2 large canvases, several samples of acrylic house paints, large bucket for water, paper towels, blue or green wide painter’s tape

Apr 23rd  | Drip Painting
Unlike Jackson Pollock who worked horizontally, Karen will show you a form of action painting using a vertical surface to encourage dripped paint to make its way to the bottom and then introduce negative painting onto the piece to create flowers or trees.

SUPPLIES: 16”X20” canvas, table top easel, acrylic paints, in either sample house paints or your regular acrylics, a couple of wide brushes such as a 1” or larger, newspaper, paper towels or baby wipes

May 21st  | Collage
This is a medium that allows the artist to interact with existing materials-anything from newsprint, magazines or any other ephemera and beautiful papers to create visually dynamic hybrids.  If you have some special papers, by all means you may bring your own or Karen will have a reserve of beautiful papers for you to use for a small supply fee.

SUPPLIES: 12”X16” canvas or board, matte medium or Mod Podge, an old brush for glue, paper towels or baby wipes, any papers you may want to use.

Shanley House Gallery | 224 N. Travis St | Granbury, TX 76049

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Workshop with Carrie Iverson: Imagery in Glass


Imagery in Glass  
with Carrie Iverson 
March 12-16 (10a-6p) |

Price: $1,000 | Class Size:Min 6 – Max 8

For information and registration click HERE.

Glass Classes 
SiNaCa Studios offers a variety of ever evolving hot and warm glass programs.  We offer short term classes ranging from 20 minutes to 3 hours in our hot shop (glass blowing studio), kiln forming studio and flame working studio. If you want a more in depth learning opportunity we have 6 week extended programs in the hot shop, and 3 week extended programs in kiln forming that give you a greater understanding of the different ways to manipulate glass. Registration for classes can be done through our profile on (HERE)

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Color Pencil Workshop Feb. 17 with Mary Jo Jung & more LGAA 2018 Workshops

02-17-18 | 9:30am to 4pm
Learn colored pencil techniques with Mary Jo Jung.

Please contact artist directly to sign up at or 817-688-8322.

Held at Shanley House Center for the Arts at 7pm (224 North Travis in Granbury,Texas).


Lake Granbury Art Association’s Shanley House Gallery presents the following workshop opportunities for 2017.

Click HERE to send an e-mail to reserve your spot! A deposit of $75 is required to save yourself a spot on multi-day workshops Mail to the address below.

Please make your check out to LGAA.
Dr. Diana J. Littlejohn 4027 Fairway Drive DCBE Granbury, Texas 76049 
Cell: 817-578-1842 Home: 817-326-5629

One Day Workshops…follow instructions for each one…instructions vary by workshop


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IAA Meeting Feb. 18 – Katrina Doran on Mosaics



The February 18th Irving Art Association Members Meeting will be held on a Sunday at 2pm this month, It will feature artist Katrina Doran, who will give a talk about mosaics from classical to contemporary and demonstrate tools and cutting. Special after demo workshop: For a hands-on project, we’ll make tiles in mosaic patterns (note: $10 fee for supplies).

Doors open at 1:00 pm and the Meeting starts at 2:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving. Guests are welcome.  Directions.


About Katrina Doran:

Katrina Doran
Doran Studio:mosaic art & sculpture


Katrina Doran is a mosaic artist who delights in the breaking of things so she may reassemble them into something entirely new. She has studied worldwide with modern masters of this fine craft and brings to her practice a uniform sensibility and order used, to good effect, for the purpose of establishing beauty and harmony. Her practice is grounded in classical mosaic techniques dating back over 2000 years. In all of Doran’s makings there is an element of surprise waiting to be discovered. Doran’s interest, enthusiasm and passion for her art form is contagious, making her a popular lecturer, teacher and workshop facilitator.


Katrina Doran remembers always being drawn to the making of things. Her youngest years were often spent alone in the woods of her family farm where she gathered sticks, clay, vines and charcoal in order to create. Her mother taught her how to cook and to sew and she took well to both with a natural instinct for how things go together as flavors, textures, colors and forms. Her father, an engineer, made certain she could work on mechanical things establishing a groundwork for working with tools while finding solutions for the repair and building of structural objects.

Doran began her college studies in interior design and when told her first ten years in the field would be drawing other people’s blueprints, she changed her major to psychology. Doran was beginning to glimpse an inner yearning to make a difference in the lives of others. Her work following college returned to the decorating of homes and the creation of harmonious interior environments. One day, a friend urged her to try something new and Doran found herself being trained in the theatrical arts launching her next career as a corporate entertainer. Here she learned how to interact with large groups of people and was able to contribute her creative skills to both costume and prop designs. This phase of working eradicated all pretense of shyness in Doran and established the protocol and structure for producing a good event.

Each phase and component of Doran’s life allowed for the next natural growth and expansion. The time came when the pull to create art was strong enough it led to the art of mosaic. Doran has not looked back except in appreciation of how all her experiences allow her to express her passion for creating and her ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

Doran creates custom mosaic works of art, teaches classes and conducts workshops for all ages. She is married to Denny Doran, a fine artist specializing in charcoal pencil portaits. Her son, Taylor Pierre Bryant a.k.a., Tay Tay Pierre, is a printmaker working on fashion designs. Together, they are in the process of developing an art compound, an environmental space designed to honor and support their pleasure in creating.

Artist Statement:

I am interested in creating curious objects of beauty that seem magical, as if they are from another time and place, or might have been something you once dreamed of. I am also interested in how we might create these things together or in the context of a group. I am fascinated by the ways we contribute to one another, the gifts we each have to share in order to express, expand, explore and grow. My vision for my life is to bring presence to a beauty beyond measure.

~Katrina Doran

Katrina Doran teaches mosaic art classes at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas.

Her works can be found in:

private settings throught the United States

The Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, Texas
Greenhill School, Dallas, Texas
John Paul II, Plano, Texas
Visual Expressions Creative Arts School, Cedar Hill, Texas
Hospitality centers in California and Texas
Dallas International School, Dallas, Texas
Lee A. McShan, Jr. Elementary, Dallas, Texas
Anderson Elementary, Frisco, Texas
In partnership with Carlyn Ray Designs, works were created with the Alcuin school and Girls Inc.

For more about the artist, see her website:

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Michael Holter Watercolor Workshop: Bringing Life to Your Landscape – Feb. 20 – 22, 2018

Dates: February 20 – 22, 2018 

Cost: $290    Deposit: $100   REGISTER NOW

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Dr., Irving TX, Texas 75061

Sponsored by the Irving Art Association. Contact IAA Workshop Chair Jane Kahler at

This 3-day workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results, and you will learn how to add people into your work to bring another dimension of life into the painting.

We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.

Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques.

Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating  landscapes and show you several high-speed video demonstrations.

And you will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings.

Michael welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.

About the Instructor Michael Holter:

Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael’s work has received numerous awards and recognition and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication.

Michael is a signature member of The National Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The Outdoor Painter Society, the Texas & Neighbors Regional Competition, the Southwestern Watercolor Society and The Society of Watercolor Artists. He is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Portrait Society of America and the American Impressionist Society. For more about Michael, see his website:

From Herb Reed, past president of Southwestern Watercolor Society.

“For the past dozen years I have facilitated and/or participated in more than 20 watercolor workshops, as an officer of SWS and as a principal in a local gallery.  Michael’s recent workshop was one of the top few that “really made a difference” in the way that I approach painting.  Take it . . . you will learn about design and composition, techniques, and hints on taking reference photos — all for turning out terrific watercolor portraits.”

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Acrylic Pours Workshop Feb. 18 with Misty Oliver Foster

Acrylic Pours Workshop
Sunday, February 18, 2-5pm
Location:  thegallery8680, 8680 W. Main St., Frisco, TX  75033
Learn the newest craze of Acrylic Pours.  This messy, fun class will guide you through making several acrylic pours using the “dirty pour” or “flip cup” technique.  You will also leave with the knowledge and confidence to continue making acrylic pours on your own.  Open to ages 14 thru adult.  Cost is $125 and includes all supplies!  Details at
Misty Oliver-Foster

Fresh Paint Studio

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Eco-Printing with Texas Plants Workshop March 10 with Junanne Peck

Using Texas Plants/leaves/flowers!

March 10, 2018 10am – 4pm
Fee: $75.00 All supplies included

To Register call:
Junanne Peck 214-336-8526
or email

Bring enough leaves/flowers/plant parts to share with the group
and something to make notes on

Workshop location:

Irving Arts Association
2000 W Airport Fwy
Irving TX75062

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 and my study with Jane Dunnewold ( 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, we will make bundles in stacked Layers and then steam them to extract the pigments and produce a print made with plant dyes

Junanne Peck is an interdisciplinary artist, with printmaking as her primary art form. She is a seasoned educator and Teaching Artist in the DFW area. Junanne Peck is a TXO Artist (Texas original Artist) selected by the Texas Commission on The Arts. Her works are featured in solo and invitational exhibits. Visit Junanne at:

Peck is published in “Fiber arts” Design Book 5.  Flyer: Eco-Printmaking with Texas Plants.IAA

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DarlaBostick’s Art Adventure Abroad 2018: Copenhagen, Denmark with Hamburg and Berlin, Germany

DarlaBostick’s Art Adventure Abroad 2018

26 June-8July

Copenhagen, Denmark with Hamburg and Berlin, Germany  

The emphasis is on the visual! I have visited 65+ countries and taken my art groups to Spain, Portugal and Ireland. Each trip included travelers who were not “artsy”–but love to travel with those who are. Spouses/friends are invited. Our group is limited to 10. We will visit museums, gardens and national treasures. We do not sit in one place and paint (our time is too valuable!) but will occasionally sketch on site in our journals. In the evening we can paint in our journals or settle back with a book and a glass of wine. Learn how to journal as you travel and use your camera as a sketchbook. Your lodging, sights and transport (not including your airfare), museums, palaces, castles, hop-on-hop-off bus, canal and river cruises, metro/train, bus fare into Germany and a private group shuttle for departure at the airport are included. Meals are not included. Join us for a special adventure by plane, train, bus and boats! Spaces are already filling. Details are on my website: www.

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Resin Coating your A R T – Learn how!

February 17th

Elm Street Studio

Introduction to RESIN – Workshop 
with Jacquelyn Sorenson

In this fun workshop we will address how to properly mix resin to use as a top-coat (for your art work), as well as how to mix paint/ink in with resin to create a piece of art. We will go over what chemicals can be used with resin to create lacing/cells. Students will follow a step by step process of how to add color to resin on a 12″x16″ canvas. Students are given the opportunity to pick the colors they want to use from a large selection of acrylic paint and acrylic inks.

Saturday, February 17, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 pm
$125 – includes all supplies!

Click here for more information and to register!


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Painting Italy from Photos Alla Prima Style with Chris Brandley

Join me for 2 exciting days of oil painting!  Our time together will include step by step demonstrations, one on one individual easel time, and fun exercises to learn how to loosen up and create bold, colorful paintings. During the demo portion, nothing is held back as I tell you each color I am using and mixing together.

 I use 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.

In this particular workshop we will paint beautiful Italy from photos from my travels.

I will show you how to take an ordinary photograph, and use artistic license to…(click for more!)

Price: $250.00

Location: The Rec of Grapevine (9:30 AM – 4 PM)
1175 Municipal Way
Grapevine, Texas 76051


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February 2018 at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas

Creative Arts Center of Dallas, 2360 Laughlin Drive, Dallas, TX 75228
Register Today for Session 2 Classes
Session 2 begins the week of March 26th, but it’s not too early to sign up to make sure you get your spot.

Save the Date for Blue Plate Special
CAC’s cornerstone fundraising event, Blue Plate Special returns in the fall of 2018 on Saturday, October 6th at 2616 Commerce in Deep Ellum.
Stay tuned.

We’re opening our doors for our first Instameet here at CAC on February 10th from 10 am – 12 pm! Saturday is our busiest day of the week with student artists working in Jewelry, Mosaic, Glass, Painting, Ceramics, Stone and Metal Sculpture… Photo opportunities are endless (think fire and mud…).

Art as a Second Language Designed for Seniors
In collaboration with Dallas Parks Recreation, Creative Arts Center is offering a series of workshops for seniors at recreation centers in Dallas. Please see below for the February schedule. Each
workshop will have 12 spots available. Please register at one of the recreation centers below
or call 214-671-1601.

Join our Live Figure Drawing & Painting Group on
We’ve created a group on for anyone interested in fine art live figure drawing or painting.
Held at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, these figure labs are conducted on a drop-in basis and cost just $15 for members or $20 for the three-hour uninstructed session which are facilitated by a professional artist. The morning session from 10am to 1pm is a series of shorter poses ideal for drawing and the afternoon session from 1:30pm to 4:30pm consists of one long pose ideal for painting or a more completed drawing. Each lab is limited to 10 participants.

Register for a Workshop
Too busy to sign up for a class? Try one of our February workshops… Several interesting workshops are coming up including Small Boxes and Lockets, Digital Printing on Clay and Indigo Dye 101.
More info…

On Creativity…
The Nasher Sculpture Center is presenting a must-see, jaw-dropping, simply stunning exhibition through April 28. First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone is the first ever museum exhibition to present ancient handaxes and figure stones as works of art. Proposed by American artist, Tony Berlant, who has amassed a large collection of Paleolithic stones, research for the exhibition lasted nearly a decade and brought in notable archeologists, anthropologists, historians, neuroscientists and artists from around the world.
The oldest artifact is a large pebble found in South Africa – The Makapansgat Pebble – is the earliest known example of a hominin (our pre-historic ancestors) recognizing and collecting a found object that resembled a face, demonstrating a capacity for symbolic thinking. But what’s evenmore astounding is this artifact is estimated to be 2.3 million years old!
Artist Unknown, Makapansgat Pebble, ca. 2.5 million
The word “artifact” comes from two Latin words – arte or “by skill” and factum or “to make”. So, when the Neanderthals began shaping stones into tools, they essentially were the very first makers. And those makers evolved from making just simply utilitarian tools, to developing an aesthetic intent.
As Dr. Naama Goren-Inbar, a professor of archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, pointed out in her talk at the recent  Nasher’s 360 Speaker Series, artistic process is evident everywhere, including planning, spatial thinking, contingency and cooperation. Archaeologists have been able to determine that select handaxes were made by the same individuals. Pre-historic man discovered that tools could be both functional and beautiful.
You can travel back in time to discover the origins of sculpture and artistic intent on Feb 10 from 10am to noon as you create your own stone carving during the Nasher’s Rock of Ages Workshop.

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Wednesday Night Life Drawing Group @ Creative Fun Arts & Crafts Studio

Come by the new Wednesday Night and Saturday Afternoon Life Drawing meetups! WALK INS WELCOME!

Every Wednesday Night at Creative Fun Arts & Crafts Studio in Richardson from 7pm to 9pm+. $25 per session.

508 W Lookout Drive, Richardson, TX 75080

Every Saturday Afternoon at The McKinney Studio in downtown McKinney from 1pm to 4pm+. $30 per session.

101 E Lamar St, McKinney, TX 75069

Been meaning to draw more? And meet great people too? Do both! Come relax and learn with us! The main purpose of these meetups is to provide a wide variety of figure drawing opportunities through observing art models. Absolutely no experience is necessary, just a desire to explore your creative side! Our aim is to provide a warm, supportive and inspirational environment for all who want to join.

Check out the Meetup page to learn more. We hope to see you soon!

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Craft Guild of Dallas Workshops & Classes


Don’t miss out!  We have a full schedule of workshops this spring, including two Metals workshops by guest artist Jayne Redman, focusing on the Keumboo gold application technique and making multiples.  Click here for the full list of spring workshops or for more details, and watch for more workshops to be added soon.
An Evening in the Bookbinding Studio
An Evening in the Glass Studio
An Evening in Painting – Watercolor Valentine’s Day Cards
2/10 Fused Glass – Fire, Water or Ice
Life Drawing, Open Session with Model
2/16 An Evening in Pottery
2/26 Life Drawing, Open Session with Model
3/2 An Evening in the Bookbinding Studio
3/5 – 3/7
Painting Best Practices Workshop
An Evening in the Glass Studio
3/10 Travel Journals!
All classes are held in our new studios at 3410 Midcourt, Suite #115, Carrollton, TX  75006.


Classes at our new location started with excitement in January as students explored our new studios, got settled, and fired up torches and kilns.  The consensus?  We love our new studios!
Painting/Drawing and Metals students really enjoy the glass walls which flood these studios with natural light and create an open, airy feel.
Come see for yourself what the buzz is all about: join us for our open house on Sunday, February 11th from 2 to 4 pm.
Thank you, volunteers!
The move would not have been possible without the dozens of tireless volunteers who helped pack, paint, move, and unpack. Thank you for your hard work, long hours, and willingness to help; you made it possible for us to open for our 70th anniversary year in our new home.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the new Craft Guild, we’re just minutes away from our former location at Village on the Parkway.
Here’s the address for your GPS:

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Classes for Winter & Spring @Artists Showplace 2018

(Classes begin the fourth week of January)

Dabbling for Beginners
Tuesdays 10:00AM-12:30 PM

Discover Pastels (All levels)
Tuesdays 1:30-4:00 PM

Painting in Oil (Beg/Int)
Thursdays 10:00AM-12:30 PM

Watercolor for Beginners (Beg/Int)
Thursdays 2:00-4:30PM

Exploring Abstraction (Beg/Int)
Thursdays 6:00-8:30 PM

Textures and Techniques with Alcohol Inks (All levels)
Fridays 10:00AM-12:30 PM

Watercolor Adventures (Int/Adv)
Fridays 1:30PM-4:00PM

FUN! Mini Workshops

Basic Photography (SLR cameras only)

Saturday, March 3 9:30AM-2:30PM

Fabric Collage
Saturday, March 10 9:30AM-12:30PM

Gold Leaf Techniques
Saturday, March 31 10AM-4PM

Surface Design on Silk
Saturday, April 21 9:30AM-12:30PM

TGIF “Wine-Down” – BYOB!
January 26, February 23 , March 23, April 27, May 25 6:00-8:30PM

For Course details, visit:
To register or to request a brochure, call (972)233-1223

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2018 Plein Air Convention & Expo April 16-20 in Santa Fe

2018 Plein Air Convention & Expo
in Santa Fe NM 
April 16-20, 2018
Presented by Plain Air Magazine
The Plein Air Convention & Expo is the world’s largest plein air event. It’s like the Woodstock of outdoor painting. Attendees make personal connections with 80-plus of the world’s top painters (our faculty), plus 900 peers plus discover amazing techniques to transform their painting skills. There will be painting demonstrations on four stages, plus each day attendees and faculty go out painting and plan to break the world record for the most plein air painters painting in one place simultaneously.

The event takes place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 16-20, 2018. There is an optional 1 1/2 day pre-convention workshop with leading artist Kevin MacPherson (April 15), plus an art show and more. All events will take place at the host hotel.

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Maureen Brouillette Dallas Critique Group

Maureen has some openings in her Dallas critique group and would like to recruit a few new artists. She also has started an Arlington critique group for artists in the mid-cities and Ft. Worth. She needs regulars who would commit to attend every month and subs who would like to attend occasionally. See the flyer for the schedule, the advantagtes of joining a critique group, and contact information: Dallas crit schedule(1) (pdf)

Maureen likes to critique all levels. Beginner, intermediate and professional. She attends a critique group herself that she has belonged to for over twenty years. No matter what level you are as an artist, it helps to get an objective opinion through fresh eyes.

For more about Maureen, see her website:

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Images in Glass with Carrie Iverson at SiNaCa

Incorporate images into glass! You will learn a variety of printmaking processes to incorporate imagery into kiln formed glass, as well as strategies for how to combine multiple techniques. Using photographs, drawings, and text, you will create components to combine into layered projects. Processes include: lithographic image transfers, screenprinting with glass powder, and experimental monoprinting. The class will also cover the basics of fusing, color reactions in glass, color and composition, and the proper firing and annealing procedures for each process. No printmaking or glass experience necessary!

All levels are welcome. All materials included!

SiNaCa Studios School of Glass and Gallery, 1013 Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76053

Please contact us with any questions:

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February Drawing Classes at Klarity and Khaos

Drawing Fundamentals Classes Start Feb. 6 at Klarity and Khaos


Length: 5 weeks (one day a week)

Cost: $175

Two Options: Tuesday mornings, 10-12 or Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm.

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of drawing, the underpinnings that set you up for a strong piece of work. Often overlooked and undervalued, these underpinnings have withstood the test of time and have been in use for centuries. The elements of these underpinnings include the block-in, shape accuracy, proportion, and separating light from shadow. Students will start by copying drawings that incorporate these principles and will eventually move into setting up their own still-lives and drawing from life.

Week 1: Understanding shape; the Bargue plates

Week 2: Adjusting proportion; the Bargue plates, continued.

Week 3: The importance of values; the 5-value scale.

Week 4: The importance of planes; learning to interpret planes from life.

Week 5: Putting it all together; students work on their own still life.

Where: Klarity and Khaos, 229 S. Cedar Ridge Dr., Duncanville, TX 75116

Contact: Ratu Adil,, 469-291-5338

Chris Brizzard studied for 3 years at Studio Incamminati ( under instructors trained by renown portrait painter Nelson Shanks, including Dan Thompson, Stephen Early and Darren Kingsley. To see examples of his work, go to and @chrisbrizzard on Instagram.


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2018 Workshops at Artists Showplace

Cecy Turner – Unifying a Painting – Oil
January 23-25                    $290
Jo Moncrief – Create Luminous, High-Contrast Abstract Paintings – Acrylic
 February 21-24                    $385
Stephen Zhang – Flow in Watercolor
March 6-9                    $400
David Kessler – Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Paintings – All Media
April 18-21                    $400
Xiang Zhang – Portraiture in Oil
May 2-5                    $475
(Fee includes 2 live models per day)
Mark Whitmarsh – Pleasing Color Combinations – All Media
September 20-22                    $300
Kathy Elliott  – Find a New Voice with Oil & Cold Wax
October 17-20                    $385
Karen Knutson – Watercolor & Charcoal Pour
November 1-4                    $400
FUN!  Mini Workshops
Basic Photography                  $80                                                      Scott Williams
Saturday, March 3                    9:30AM-2:30PM
Fabric Collage                         $55 (Supplies included)                      Sherry Searcy
Saturday, March 10                9:30AM-12:30PM
Surface Design on Silk            $55 (Supplies included)                      Sherry Searcy
Saturday, April 21                   9:30AM-12:30PM
Gold Leaf Techniques             $125                                                    Nanc Gordon
Saturday, March 31                10AM-4PM
For Supply List: Teachers’ bios, and course description, visit
To Register, call (972)233-1223
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Artists’ Showplace, SW Quadrant of Coit and Arapaho, 15615 Coit Rd.  #230, Dallas, TX 75248

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Abstract Painting With Texture Workshop with Christine Smith-Atkins Jan. 28

January 28th, 2018

1:30-3:30 PM 

at Blue House too at Watters Creek in Allen, Texas

Experiment with this painting workshop focused on abstraction and texture


All supplies will be provided.

Fee: $40 per person. Ages 12 & Up welcome

The possibilities are endless! All materials you will need are supplied but feel free to bring your own materials as well…you will be free to create your masterpiece with whatever you choose. With expert instruction on techniques and ideas you will be able to let your creative juices flow!

Come let your imagination be your guide!


at Blue House Too in Watters Creek

934 Watters Creek Blvd., Allen TX

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3-Day Portrait Workshop with Gene Dillard starting soon!


This workshop will cover and review basics of portrait painting. There will be focus on the issue of “if, when and how” to use photo reference in painting portraits. The gold standard for portrait painting is to paint strictly form life.

However, on many occasions, it is helpful to augment live sittings
with photo reference. The proper creation and use of
such photos is not as easy as one might think.
We will work through the process of getting the best photo reference
and then how to best use it in your paintings. Live models will be present
all three days for painting-form-life and photo reference.

Gene Dillard will lead this very useful workshop.
Cost is $300.
A $100 deposit will hold your place in the workshop.
Space is limited to 5 attendees, and only one spot is still available.
You can make your deposit at workshop.
If you have questions feel free to call 214-403-9171
Gene Dillard


Click for Map to studio

(formerly Michael Holter Studio)

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Figure drawing classes and workshops at Hull Art Academy

Hull Art Academy offers figure drawing courses and open model sessions for local artists and students. Option to pay per semester or as you go with drop-in rates. Classic training for creative artists

1404 W Hebron Pkwy Suite 100, Carrollton, TX 75010  972) 394-6111

The Hull Art Academy is locally owned and operated by Mary Kearney Hull. Mary attended school at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and holds a degree in art from the University of Central Arkansas. She teaches classical skills and conceptual art for a total well rounded package of skills and creativity. Mary’s artwork has been shown around the country and was recently apart of the 2017 International Women’s Works and also exhibited at the Reese Museum and many more. She has had work published in Poet and Artists international art magazine and the “Nature Inspired” international art book.

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Golden Acrylics Workshop Feb. 10 at Asel Art

John Kevin Greeland, a praciticing artist and the certified National Education Coordinator for Golden Artist Colors – 2 hour lecture and demo. FREE. Contact Asel Art Supply at 214-871-2425 to register.

Asel Art Supply  2701 Cedar Springs  Dallas, TX  75201

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Artists ‘Round Texas Get Creative & Inspired Workshop Jan. 21 in Rowlett

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2pm
Rowlett Community Centre • 5300 Main, Rowlett
Get Creative & Inspired #17 – Workshop

flyer: ART JanNewsletter 2017
The holidays are over, and now it’s now time to get those creative juices flowing – again!

Without giving too much away about our Jan- uary workshop, you can be sure it will get your mind’s eye looking at things a little bit different, and everyone will be able to create something unique and beautiful. Most all materials will be supplied. We only ask that you bring a glue gun, and wear old clothes. Here’s a hint; STENCILS. So come for fun, come to meet other members, and come to see how you can create something fabulous.

Guests are always welcome to attend for a $5.00 donation to cover supplies. Please bring a snack to share. Beverages are supplied.

Do you want to join A.R.T? Please go to our web site to download a membership form at:, or call Membership chair, Laurieann Dygowski at: 972-475-1836.

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Lynn McLain’s Watercolor Workshop at 404 Ranch

7th annual Watercolor Workshop

with Lynn McLain AWS, NWS
Texas style at the  *404 Ranch*
March 5 – 9, 2018

  • Experience Lynn’s creative & artistic abilities along with the southern hospitality on a working ranch.  From beginners to seasoned artists, all levels of painters are welcome.

  • Lodging provided in Ranch/Bunkhouse

  • Sunday, March 4, arrival between 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm

  • Classes begin Monday morning 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Classes end on Friday at 4:00 pm. After critiques, Dinner Celebration.

  • Fee: $800 Includes 5 days of workshop Food & Lodging for 5 to 6 nights

  • Meals provided except for one evening out at a near Location.

  • Class limited to 15 and is expected to sell out quickly. Don’t delay in reserving your place.

  • $400 deposit – ASAP to Jackie Railsback(Ranch Owner/Host), 2520 Norwood Dr., Hurst, TX 76054jrailschas@att.net817-657-8691.

The *404 Ranch* is located About 65 miles west of downtown Ft Worth, about 95 miles west of Dallas and 21 Miles north of Stephenville on Hwy 281.  You will be provided a map & GPS  coordinates to the gate of the property.  Click here for additional information and to see PICTURES of the Ranch House which was recently remodeled and added a 30′ x 30′ Studio.  This is a working ranch but, as you will see from the pictures, this is not your run-of-the-mill ranch house.

“Three delicious meals are enjoyed daily and end of the day sunsets are superb.  I learned and enjoyed the ranch experience.  Don’t miss it !!! “
Jean Lewis

“This is more like a retreat; painting, fellowship, eating and having a great time with Lynn, a wonderful artist.”
Jackie Railsback 


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Don Andrews Watercolor Landscapes Workshop April 17 – 19, 2018

Don Andrews


April 17 – 19, 2018

9am to 4 pm

Location: St John’s Episcopal Church

2401 College Ave., Ft Worth, Tx 76110

Subject: Watercolor Landscapes

All levels of experience can participate in this workshop.

Sponsored by the Society of Watercolor Artists, Fort Worth

Cost is $250 for SWA members and $300 for Non-Members.

A $75 non-refundable deposit will hold your place.

Sign up and payment should be made on the SWA website.

If you have questions, please contact Bill Dale at

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Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Show Mesquite, TX ~ January 27 & 28

Time to kick off another great year of stamping and paper crafting fun with StampScrapArtTour! 

So gather up all your stamping friends for
a wonderful weekend of shopping, learning and fun
with your favorite SSAT show vendors!

 Mesquite Convention Center
1700 Rodeo Drive
Mesquite, TX 75149
January 27 & 28
Saturday 10 am – 5 pmSunday 10 am – 3 pm
$6 in Advance or $7 at the Door



Great Vendors • Demos • Make & Takes
Plus over $1300 in Tour Bucks door prizes
will be given away!
(Tour Bucks are to be spent at the show.)

Vendor List Includes:
Art Gone Wild • Creek Bank Creations • Craft Fantastic • Darcie’s Country Folk
Endless Creations & Everyday Cards • Flossie Scrapper • Heartfelt Creations
Inky Antics • Just Crop • Just For Fun • Kiwi Lane Designs • Rubber Cottage
Seaside Stampin’ Ink • Stamp On It • Stampers Anonymous • Stampin’ Up!
Technique Junkies • Tessler Crafts • The Paper Cut • Verses Rubber Stamps



Directions to the Mesquite Convention Center

Please visit our website for Tickets & More Information

There are still a few tickets available for our Make ‘N Take Project Parties in TX & SC! But don’t delay… as seating is limited and these venues usually sell out.* To ensure your space please purchase your Make ‘N Take ticket online now… which also includes a 2-Day admission ticket to the show!

Please click on the links below to purchase your ticket and join us at one of these fun events near you…
Mesquite, TX on Friday evening, January 26th
Columbia, SC on Friday evening, February 16th

Meet some of your favorite vendors up close and personal as they show you some fun and clever techniques. Each person attending will be able to complete aprroximately 8 projects. A goodie bag will be given to each attendee and door prizes will also be given away throughout the evening. No need to bring any supplies as vendors will have enough for you to complete each project.

About half way through the Make ‘N Take projects we will take a break and a great selection of desserts will be available all included with your ticket.

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NEW Classes added… Winter 2018 at Sparks Art Studio

Abstracts, Silicone Pours, Jewelry, Sketchbooks and More!       817-266-3085

Workshops and classes at Sparks Studio Art include a wide range of art mediums and techniques. The common thread in all  of our classes is having fun with like-minded friends while learning!  We work hard, we play hard, we create! 

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Last chance! Drawing Fundamentals starts 1/17

Drawing Fundamentals starts this Wednesday (1/17) at The Society of Figurative Arts


Length: 5 weeks (one Wednesday a week, 6:30-9:30pm)

Cost: $185

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of drawing and painting, the underpinnings that set you up for a strong piece of work. Often overlooked and undervalued, these underpinnings have withstood the test of time and have been in use since the Renaissance. The elements of these underpinnings include the block-in, shape accuracy, proportion, and separating light from shadow. Components of the course include:

Week 1: Point to Line, Line to Shape – Block-in procedures.

Week 2: Shape to Plane to Structure – Block-In of Geometric Solids.

Week 3: Structure to Value to Volume – The 5-Value system.

Week 4: Value and Volume – Blocking-In and shaping the skull. The importance of planes.

Week 5: Master Study of Leonardo Skull and/or student still-life setup.

MATERIALS: Drawing Pad, 18 x 24 (Strathmore 400), Graphite Pencils, Kneaded Eraser
Where: 3306 Wiley Post (Suite 104) Carrollton, TX 75006 (close to Addison Airport)

Email: or call 214-725-4769

Enroll at:

Chris Brizzard studied for 3 years at Studio Incamminati ( under instructors trained by renown portrait painter Nelson Shanks, including Dan Thompson, Stephen Early and Darren Kingsley. To see examples of his work, go to and #chrisbrizzard on Instagram.




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Vision Board Workshops

Creating Vision Boards and Attracting Your Goals.

The purpose of a Vision Board is to help you create an image of what you want to attract into your life.  Vision Boards are a very powerful way to use the process of  visualization. Creating a collage of pictures and words to put the exact image of want you want to attract into your life, as whatever you show on your Vision Board will become part of your reality. You will be surprised to see the things on your Vision Board show up in your life—sooner or later—providing you keep putting your intention on them and stay positive.

Workshops for Creating Your Vision for 2018

Friday January 26th 10-1pm
Register Here

Saturday January 27th 10-1pm
Register Here

$35 (all supplies included)
Just bring your imagination!!!!

Merlene Walker
617 Lochngreen Trl.
Arlington,  Tx  76012

Our mailing address is:

The Alchemy Group

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