Category Archive: Classes / Workshops

Nancy Medina: Workshop in Southern France

Lost in the gardens of
Southern France

My final workshop at Le Vieux Couvent in Southern France will be held June 4-14, 2018. Corinne and Bill are retiring from the workshop hosting life, and I’m honored to have snagged the best month for visiting – during lavender bloom! In all the years I’ve taught at Le Vieux, I’ve discovered some extra and amazing fun things to share with my students that are not on the regular agenda, hidden castles and cappuccino daytrip getaways, and the best places to shop in Sarlat. The list of wonders goes on and on!

You are cordially invited to leave the frantic pace of life behind and explore these ancient gardens with me. Unwind, relax and eat, paint and shop in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Don’t delay, ma cheri! You deserve a retreat for the heart and soul, with paintbrush in hand!

Paint Brilliant France With Nancy Medina from Nancy Medina on Vimeo.

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Register NOW! CAC classes begin Monday 1/15

THIS WEEK | At the Center + In the Community

Register NOW! CAC classes begin next week…
Get a jump on that New Year resolution and sign up for a class at CAC! Session 1 starts next week, Monday, January 15th. Get your spot today.

Meet our NEW Teaching Artists…
Nathalie Houghton
is a glass and mixed media artist based out of Dallas, TX. She received her BFA in glass with a minor in geology from the University of Texas Arlington, graduating magna cum laude. Her work is process based and explores the repetitive nature of patterns, cycles and systems. Her work has been shown in juried exhibitions nationally and internationally, including New Texas Talent, Clay & Glass Biannual in CA, and Young Glass 2017 in Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Emily LaCour
has work exhibited throughout the country in galleries, fairs, and contemporary art centers such as Susan Eley Fine Art in New York, Aqua Art Fair in Miami, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University then continued her studies as a fellow of the Meadows School of Art at Southern Methodist University where she was awarded her MFA in 2014.

Benjamin Muñoz

is an accomplished painter, printmaker and illustrator. His work is often reflective of his heritage, upbringing and current surroundings. Benjamin paints primarily in watercolor, using singular imagery to illustrate defining moments in his life. In printmaking Benjamin works in large scale woodcuts and is the owner/operator of Casa Press. He has a passion for helping to cultivate community and collaboration among artists. His work has been displayed throughout Texas and he has curated several exhibitions over the years.
Juan Negroni
Possesses a BFA from Puerto Rico School of Fine Arts with a Major in Print Making, a MA in Art History Education and Museology from Caribbean University PR and a MFA from SMU. He is a recipient of the Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award in 2015 and the 2017 Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’art Dijon Residency Fellowship. His work is part of public and private art collections in Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Argentina, United States, Canada, Australia and Greece. He is represented by Mary Tomas Gallery in Dallas.
Jason Stallings
is a Dallas based Mixed Media Abstract artist. He has worked professionally for 10 plus years and has produced a number of original and commissioned large scale artworks. He has worked with interior designers, private clients, and corporate collections. Through work experience, Jason has an extensive knowledge of museums, galleries, art supply retail, and web design. His artwork is primarily abstract with some hints of figurative influence. He developed his technique and visual style while studying for his BFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Free Basic Classes in Gelli Printing (Acrylic Printmaking) in Irving

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.

We have a few spots left. Please email the instructor at if you need to borrow a gelli plate or have questions.

February 1, 8, 15 Gelli Printing Instructor Sharon Giles.

REGISTER for Gelli Printing (acrylic printmaking)

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, plus plastic gloves if you wish.


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Watercolor for Beginners Workshop Jan. 13

Saturday, January 13th from 2-4 PM @ Blue House Too Gallery in Allen, TX

No art experience necessary! Ages 10+. With Laura J. Lawson.

*All materials are included in this 2 hr Workshop

Fee $35

Sign up for Watercolor for Beginners

Join this fun and educational watercolor class! You will learn all the basics needed to begin your mastery of watercolor painting.

Once we have experimented with all the different techniques, you will be guided through how to amek abstract watercolor paintings with color washes, basic shapes and patterning, and inspirational objects.

You will end up with up to 3 watercolor paintings to take home.


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Escape to France Painting Retreat!

*Seats filling quickly, don’t delay!* Limited seating.

Join award winning artist, Chris Brandley, for 10 glorious days of painting, exploring, and immersing yourself into the beautiful French Countryside of the Dordogne Valley. Chris will show you how to use artistic license to paint from the heart by infusing clean, bold color, loose brush strokes and beautiful lighting into your paintings. She will demo in oils, but this retreat is open to those who work in oils as well as acrylics. Chris has over 28 years of experience in both media. In addition, she will show you how to create beautiful watercolor journals to keep as momentums from the trip. This experience is open for all levels of painting from beginners to advanced!

In this small group setting there will be descriptive and detailed step by step demonstrations along with one on one easel time and exercises to learn how to loosen up and create bold, colorful paintings. We will discuss color mixing, composition, brushwork, and more.

There will be plenty of time to relax and absorb the surrounding beauty as well.

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Grapevine Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival ~ Jan 6 & 7

January 6 & 7, 2018            Our 22nd Year!

Saturday 10 am to 5 pm  ~ Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

Admission: Sat  $8 w/Free Sunday Pass

                     Sun $6

                     Children 11 and under are FREE

Free Parking

Our friendly exhibitors are ready to show you all the latest and greatest products and techniques. The Grapevine Convention Center will be brimming with knowledgeable exhibitors, demonstrations, make & takes, newest ideas and products and door prizes. Be sure check out the expanded classes, Design & Treasure and Shop, Crop & Craft so as not to miss a thing!


Grapevine Convention Center

1209 S Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

(817) 410-3459

Grapevine Convention Center

For Your Best Deal purchase your 2 Day Pass in Advance. Go to to purchase your 2 Day Pass for $6.

Online sales will cease on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017.


Also in 2018:

*Grapevine July 13 (Fri) & 14 (Sat)

*New Braunfels November 9 (Fri)  & 10 (Sat)

*Note: These Festivals will be held on Friday & Saturday!


Design & Treasure

Register online for Design & Treasure Friday, January 5th from 6 to 8 pm

Four fun and talented teacher with a wide variety of creative projects. All supplies are provided.

Space is limited. Seats are assigned in advance: if you want to sit with a friend, please let us know when you register!

Please arrive @ 5:45 pm to sign in. You might want to grab a bite to eat before the event.

$20 per person (includes your 2-Day Admission)

Shop, Crop & Craft

Extended Hours, Door Prizes and Giveaways, Special Demos/Activities and meal. Divide your day between the Festival vendors and resting your feet by working on the projects you brought ~ at a table reserved just for you! Bring in your current projects and play with the new treasures you find at the Festival.

Saturday Shop, Crop & Craft ($45)  Sat 9 am to 10 pm  includes dinner

Includes: 13 hours of Cropping/Crafting, Two-Day Admission, 6′ x 30″ table and 1-chair and dinner.

Shared Electricity Station available for your use.

Sunday Shop, Crop & Craft ($25) Sun 10 am to 4 pm


Includes: 6 hours of Cropping/Crafting, Two-Day Admission, 6′ x 30″ table and 1-chair.

Shared Electricity Station available for your use.

Two Day Shop, Crop & Craft ($65) Sat 9 am to 10 pm  Sun 10 am to 4 pm

                                                                                    includes Saturday dinner

Includes: 19 hours of Cropping/Crafting, Two-Day Admission, 6′ x 30″ table and 1-chair and Saturday dinner.

Shared Electricity Station available for your use.

Limited Seating: Tables set in groups of 2 and 4 so you can craft with your friends. For Group Seating, please list the names of those you want to sit with.



Class cancellation received before Dec 22, 2017 will receive a full refund. After Dec 22, 2017 there will be no refunds for cancellations or no-shows.

Friday 11 am to 1 pm

Quick and Pretty Card Making $30

With Bev Gerard of Stampin’ Up!

You will create 10 (10 designs) in happy colors, each with a matching envelope! Each student will be entered in a drawing to take home the stamps we use in the class!

Friday 1:30 am to 3:30 pm

Fun & Fabby Folds Cards $25

With Bev Gerard of Stampin’ Up!

Create 5 cards, featuring 3 different folds! Add new ideas to your card making for 2018!

Friday 3:30 pm to 5 pm

Foiled and Fabulous  $32

With Laura Bastian of Creative Vision Stamps

You will make 4 Heat-transfer Foil cards with envelopes using our Foilables products specifically designed for card makers. You will be learning a technique called Negative Distressed Foiling.



Class cancellation received before Dec 22, 2017 will receive a full refund. After Dec 22, 2017 there will be no refunds for cancellations or no-shows.

Saturday 10 am to 12 noon

Quick and Pretty Card Making $30

With Bev Gerard of Stampin’ Up!

You will create 10 (10 designs) in happy colors, each with a matching envelope! Each student will be entered in a drawing to take home the stamps we use in the class!

Saturday 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Painted Page Layouts $25

With Jodie George of Just Crop

Learn how to incorporate hand painted pages into your paper crafts. During this class you will create two, 2 page layouts!

Saturday 1:30 am to 3:30 pm

Fun & Fabby Folds Cards $25

With Bev Gerard of Stampin’ Up!

Create 5 cards, featuring 3 different folds! Add new ideas to your card making for 2018!


Class cancellation received before Dec 22, 2017 will receive a full refund. After Dec 22, 2017 there will be no refunds for cancellations or no-shows.


Sunday 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Texas Mini Album $30

With Jodie George of Just Crop

Create a 6 x 6, Texas themed mini album, packed with lots of techniques to show off your favorite memories!

Sunday 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Quick and Pretty Card Making $30

With Bev Gerard of Stampin’ Up!

You will create 10 (10 designs) in happy colors, each with a matching envelope! Each student will be entered in a drawing to take home the stamps we use in the class!

Artist Trading Card Contest

Theme: “Stenciled Motifs”

Bring your ATC’s to the Heirloom Booth at the front of the show to enter. Limit 2 entries per day. Win $25 Rubber Bucks!!!!

Please put your full information on the back of the ATC. Contest is judged by the Show Vendors.

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Foundations of Drawing Course at The Society of Figurative Arts


Instructor: Chris Brizzard – #chrisbrizzard

Length: 5 weeks (one day a week)

Cost: $185

Two Options: Wednesday, 6-9pm, Starting Jan.17th or  Sunday, 1:30-4:30pm Starting Jan. 21st

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.

Week 5: Master Study of Leonardo Skull.

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)

If you have any questions, please e-mail: 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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Free Basic Classes in Fiber Arts, Gelli Printing and Oil & Acrylic Painting

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 Winter 2018 classes

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

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.



WINTER 2018 Schedule:

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

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Winter ART Classes at Studio Art House

Winter Semester Classes start January 8th!

Classes like Alla prima oil painting, watercolor, acrylic pouring, drawing, textural mixed media and so much more!

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

Register today at

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2018 Watercolor Workshops by Michael Holter

WORKSHOP DATES: 1/25/2018 – 1/27/2018

(All-Inclusive Retreat Setting)
This workshops is open to watercolorists and oil painters alike. We will explore creating compelling paintings, no matter what media you prefer. This workshop is at an all-inclusive resort B&B…. a great get-away.
WORKSHOP DATES: 2/5/2018-2/8/2018

Bringing Life to Your Landscape
WORKSHOP DATES: 2/202018-2/22/2018

Watercolor Impressionism: Landscape/Cityscape
WORKSHOP DATES: 4/102018-4/12/2018

Watercolor Impressionism:
WORKSHOP DATES: 5/9/2018-5/11/2018

Michael has been selected to Demonstrate and Teach at the 2018 Plain 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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2018 Workshops at The Artists Showplace Gallery

This year, come study with some of the best teaching artists in the country!

For details or to register, visit www.theartists
or call the gallery at 972-233-1223. We are located at 15615 Coit Road, Suite 230, Dallas 75248, at the southwest corner of Coit and Arapaho.


Oil: Unifying a Painting
Cecy Turner
January 23-25, 2018
Acrylic Abstract
Jo Moncrief
February 21-24, 2018
Flow in Watercolor
Stephen Zhang
March 6-9, 2018
Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Paintings
David Kessler
April 18-21, 2018
Portraiture in Oil
Xiang Zhang
May 2-5, 2018
$475 (includes 2 live models per day)
Pleasing Color Combinations
Mark Whitmarsh
September 20-22, 2018
Oil and Cold Wax
Kathy Elliott
Oct 17-20, 2018
Watercolor and Charcoal Pour
Karen Knutson
November 1-4, 2018

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Walt Davis teaches Watercolor Basics Feb. 2 & 3

Watercolor Basics
Workshop Dates: 2/2/2018 – 2/3/2018

Location: Artisan’s Studio Gallery
2825 Valley View Lane #310
Farmer’s Branch, Texas 75234


This will be a continuation of the 2017 Watercolor for Beginners workshop requested by members of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and sponsored by Artisans Studio Gallery. It will provide instruction, demonstration and guided exercises intended to improve basic skills in the application of watercolor to paper and explore the unique design opportunities provided by transparent aqueous media. It will be helpful to artists new to the medium as well as more experienced watercolorists who would like to “return to the basics” to freshen up their technique.

Contact Information:
Contact: Pat Kochan
Phone: 972.814-2647
972 241-6504

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Call for Applications – Muralism Program – Bath House Cultural Center

2018 Muralism Program
Application Deadline: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Class Dates: January 13-April 21, 2018
The Bath House Cultural Center announces a call for applications for its 2018 Muralism Program. The Muralism Program was created with the goal of fostering the growth of local visual artists who are interested in learning traditional and modern techniques of the art of mural-size painting. In addition to the benefits gained by the participating students, the Muralism Program also provides opportunities for community involvement, educational development, and enhancement and beautification of the Bath House Cultural Center.

To learn more about the Bath House Cultural Center’s Muralism Program and to see information on how to apply, please visit

We look forward to receiving your application.
Bath House Cultural Center

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Florals & Fonts Class with Emily Henney

Get on the trend of florals and fonts with artist Emily Henney! Learn step by step how to paint pretty fonts and floral swags using acrylic paint on canvas.

Located: 111 East Bridge Street, Granbury Square

All supplies are included in class! Please register your seat today at:

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Mixed Media & Collage Class with Deanna Thibault

Join National Artist, Deanna Thibault in her 3 part creative mixed media and collage class.

Class focuses on card making and canvas mixed media pieces. Enjoy the professional input from this artist as she helps with placement, color and building a tapestry in paper and textures. All supplies will be included!

Join online at
Class dates are: Jan 11th, 18th & 25th $60 for all 3 classes!

Located at Against the Grain Studio

111 East Bridge Street, Granbury Square


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Artsy Kids: Masters of the Renaissance

Celebrating the art of the masters for kids! Join us for 6 weeks, enjoying 3 master artists and over 12 take home projects. We will focus on art appreciation, coupled with art history & skills practice. Teaching studio artist Heather Mac will be leading students through active, hands-on projects to awaken their joy in creating, learning & loving art. Classes are open to children ages 6 to 12 year’s of age. Seating is limited to 8 children per class. Sign-up now to reserve your child’s spot! (Classes DO NOT build on previous week’s lesson, so you can join classes at random, anytime) December to January classes will focus on Masters of the Renaissance: Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, and Albrecht Durer.

Artsy Kids: Masters of the Renaissance
12/18, 12/29, 1/5, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 Times: 1:00 pm, 4:30 pm
Book for the full 6 weeks at for discounted rates!
6 week class is $60
Individual class $12 per class

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Meditation and Abstract Painting FREE workshop at the Bath House Cultural Center

Workshop Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017 (10 AM-4 PM)

Conducted by S. Chuck McCarter

The Bath House Cultural Center will host a free workshop by S. Chuck McCarter on Saturday, December 16, and we want you to be a part of it.


Experience various approaches to abstraction as you discover and develop your personal artistic signature. Learn the guidelines for color use, concept, composition and design as you stretch the boundaries of your imagination. Learn to trust your own creative instincts—be adventurous with hands and tools, sometimes leaving your brushes behind. Push the boundaries of your materials as well as your art. With guidance and support, you’ll be encouraged to experiment fearlessly and work on your own body of work with the mentoring required for your personal artistic development. Experiment and play your way to beautiful, original and expressive abstract/non-objective paintings.

Space is limited to 10 adult students.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and for instructions on how to register for the class, please visit

Bath House Cultural Center

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Joetta Curry Mosaic Workshop Jan. 21-22

Mosaic Workshop 
January 21st, 10 am-4 pm & 22nd, 2-5 pm
Cost $195

Great Girls/Mother Daughter Weekend

Each participant will create an original work of art. Perfect for beginners or those with no experience in mosaic making.

Mosaicist, Joetta Currie will demonstrate the basics of this age-old craft. There will be a focus on design, technique, giving you skills to create mosaics on your own. Informational handouts, tools, a 10 inch base or substrate, adhesive, grout and some material will be provided. However, in order to make your work more unique and personal, participants should bring old plates, tile and/or broken crockery.

Call The Mint Julep, 469 314-1706,
for more information, or to
reserve your spot in the workshop.
Register online at Mosaic Art Place

Hurry-Enrollment Limited!

The Mint Julep  406 N. Goliad
Rockwall, TX 75087

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December 2017 Art-related Events at the Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library Events
December 2017

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

calendar: Plano Public Library info for arts-related events December 2017 (doc)

Hand Drawn Animation – Learn how to create your own cartoons! We’ll supply the pencils and paper, you’ll supply the imagination. Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. All ages
Davis Sat Dec 2 3pm

18st AIRSpace Workshop: Woven Christmas Tree Ornaments – Create a unique tree-shaped ornament by weaving pipe cleaners or sticks as weft through a yarn warp. All ages
Harrington Sat Dec 9 2pm

Makey Makey Poetry – Combine art, words, and technology! Create artwork inspired by a poem we supply. Then, use Makey Makey to connect your artwork to a computer and “play” the poem! Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. All ages
Haggard Sat Dec 16 3pm

18st AIRSpace Workshop: Handwoven Note Cards – Make decorative greeting cards for a special someone by needle weaving. All ages
Harrington Sun Dec 17 2pm

Calligraphy for Beginners – Improve your writing skills and get an introduction to calligraphy, which can be used for signage, lettering, invitations or just for fun! Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. Adults
Schimelpfenig Tue Dec 19 7pm

Virtual Reality Painting Demo – Explore painting in 3D with the HTC Vive and Tiltbrush in a hands-on demo. All classes are held in the Parr Digital Creation Space. No registration required, space is first come, first-served. Ages 13 & up
Parr Wed Dec 20 4pm

Winter Wonderland – Cold got you feeling frozen? Warm up with winter-themed crafts and activities! Ages 2-6
Davis Thu Dec 21 10:30am

Metalsmithing – Learn how to saw your own design in metal and create a one-of-a-kind pendant or key chain. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. A Plano Library Card is required to register. Grades 9-12
Harrington Wed Dec 27 2-5pm

Stop Motion Animation – Learn how to create stop motion animation using Legos, action figures and other small toys. Recreate a scene from your favorite book or movie or write your own original script. Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. Grades 6-12
Davis Thu Dec 28 3pm

Painting with Light – Use our iPads, LED lights, and other random objects to create beautiful long-exposure photographs. We’ll also have our Tilt Brush available for you to create art in a virtual environment. Grades 4-8
Schimelpfenig Fri Dec 29 3pm

Multiple Dates:

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

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

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

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

3-D Printing Class – Learn the basics of 3D printing and get an introduction to 3D design. Students under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. Please bring a flash drive to save your design work. Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. Ages 8 & up
Davis Saturdays 10am-12pm
Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 4, & Dec 9

Premiere: Intro to Video Editing – Learn the basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere. All classes are held in the Haggard Teen Digital Creation Space. No registration required. Space is first come-first served. Classes beyond “level 101” require experience with the software. Grades 6-12
Haggard Sun Dec 10 2-3:30pm
Haggard Thu Dec 28 3-4:30pm

Photoshop: Professional Headshots – Learn about headshot photography and editing using Photoshop. All classes are held in the Parr Digital Creation Space. No registration required, space is first come, first-served. Come 30 minutes early to receive a brief overview of the Adobe program before class. Ages 13 & up
Parr Mon Sep 11 7pm
Parr Mon Dec 11 7pm

Sand Painting – Learn basic techniques and create your own masterpiece using colored sand! Be prepared to get messy. Limited supplies or space – free tickets required, distributed 30 minutes before the program. All ages
Davis Wed Nov 22 3pm
Harrington Fri Dec 22 3pm

Make It – Take It Movies: LEGO Batman Movie – (PG, 104 min) Watch a family friendly movie and make a related craft! All ages
Schimelpfenig Sat Sep 16 2pm
Davis Wed Dec 27 2pm

Noon Year’s Eve Party – Celebrate the New Year early with crafts, activities, and a countdown to 12:00 NOON! All ages
Davis Sat Dec 30 11am
Parr Sat Dec 30 11am

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Cecy Turner Oil Landscape Workshop Jan. 23-25

January 23-25, 2018

Oil painting Landscape (Intermediate/Advanced)

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

Cost: $290 (three days)

Contact: Artists’ Showplace Gallery 972-233-1223

In this workshop we will concentrate largely on UNIFYING A PAINTING by working on achieving color harmony. This will not be a “color workshop,” as I don’t believe that color is THE most important thing in a painting. However, color harmony is many times the thing a person who views a painting will love about it and not even realize it. We will not be using a “mother color” and adding it to every color we mix; instead we will focus on what I call “bending a color.” Also in the workshop, composition, focal point and ways to lead the eye around the painting will also be stressed to further unify a painting.


Cecy Turner

Email Cecy Turner


Signature Member of:

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

American Women Artists

National Watercolor Society

Southwestern Watercolor Society

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies

Outdoor Painters Society

Plein Air Artists Colorado

American Plains Artists

Master Signature Member of Women Artists of the West

Fellow of the American Artists Professional League

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The Upstairs Gallery – the Christmas Show, Pottery & Doug Walton New Year’s Encounter

From now till December 23, 2017

Tuesday ~ Saturday

12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Upstaris Gallery 1038 WEST ABRAM * ARLINGTON, TEXAS 76013

Visit our website:

The intricate medallion design above was created by Al Brouillette, one of the

original artists of The Upstairs Gallery. It was one of many designs that he created for Eleanor G. Martin’s annual Christmas Show. We thought it approporiate to use

Al’s design for this 50th Annual Gallery show. Al Brouillette 1924 – 2000

a gallery group show
Pottery and jewelry and art gifts…from our family of artists.
Art in every medium and priced to make shopping fun again…
We are featuring three potters – all with destinctive styles. Mugs and platters, casserole dishes and tortilla bowls, goblets and cups to share good cheer. Art to give – art to collect – all part of our 50th Show.
Created by: Kent Bushart
“Blue Cloud” by Jessica Neary
Paintings to Celebrate the
Holiday Season
Oils, watercolors, mixed media….all on display. Our family of artists will show their recent works….from large paintings to small treasures.
Contemporary and traditional — bright and bold – thoughtful and reflective .
Pottery by Jef Barton
Jef Barton is a productive potter who makes functional and decorative pieces with various stoneware clay bodies and firing methods. The Gallery is pleased to welcome Jef to our Art of Christmas Giving Show. Jef’s tortilla bowl is shown to the right.
Jef is an AHS grad as well as
art classes and workshops
DATE: Fri-Sun, Jan. 5, 6, & 7, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FEE: $165 for three days or $60 per day.
A $50 deposit will hold your place.

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Alla Prima Oil Painting Workshop at Studio Art House


Join our Alla Prima oil painting workshop starting this January!!
This workshop is for any level of student interested in oil painting using the technique of direct oil painting known as alla prima, which creates a quick, fresh, and spontaneous look.This will be a demonstration and instruction workshop as well as individual help and one on one teaching.

With instructor James who is a contemporary realist painter and has exhibited nationally, and is currently in many personal and public collections.

Starting January 9th, Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm.
Workshops begin at 10am each day and goes until 2:30pm. There will be a half hour break for lunch.
Register at…/flower-mound/adult-art/

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A place to be MERRY . . . Italy

Beautiful cypress-lined road in the light of the setting sun

Give the gift of a unique travel experience to photograph the artistic wonders and culture of Italy, October 2-13, 2018. I will take you to favorite locations in Florence, off the beaten path hill towns of Tuscany, and the colorful canals of Venice. There are interesting aspects of Italian life waiting to explore at every turn. This tour is limited to only 12 participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding experience. We always welcome tour companions who are not photographers. Whether you are an emerging photographer or seasoned shooter, I will be there every step of the way to encourage, guide, and inspire you to capture artful images in this enchanted region of Italy.

Give as a gift or spoil yourself, and embark on a memorable Strabo photographic tour adventure! Find more info here: Enchanted Italy

Photo Leader: Randy Ziegler

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Chris Brandley: Impressionistic Painting Workshops in Texas and France

Impressionistic Painting Workshops in Texas and France!

Loosen up and go bold with clean color! Oil and Acrylic Painting Workshops for beginners to advanced:
* January 12-13, 2018 in Keller, Texas;
*March 23-24, 2018 (“Paint Italy from Photos”) in Grapevine, Texas;
*July 4-14, 2018 Travel to Southern FRANCE for an amazing painting retreat!

For more information and to register, visit

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Register for Spring 2018 Classes at the Creative Arts Center

CAC Spring 2018 Classes & Workshops
Many of you have been asking and we’ve received word that our Spring 2018 Brochure will be in your mailbox by November 20th. Classes & Workshops will be available to register on our website by that day as well.

The Creative Arts Center of Dallas offers ongoing weekly studio classes or one-time workshops in a wide range of visual arts. Ours is the largest community-based visual arts education programs in the city, offering more than 500 classes for teens and adults throughout the year.


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Kids Star Wars Camp, Gift Certificates & Cooper Exhibit at Elm Street Studio

  • December 18 – 21 | 10AM – 12PM
  • Ages 5-12
  • $100


Give the gift of an experience. Our Winter classes and workshops are posted to the website and more are being added this month. Call 214-478-8372 to purchase a gift certificate, which may be applied to any class, workshop or art purchase.







Endangered Moments by Charice Cooper: Revealing the beautiful and extraordinary subtleties of a single moment in time so the viewer can absorb and fully appreciate a fleeting moment that would otherwise be lost in a bustling and distracted world.

See Cooper’s magnificent oil paintings from November 1 to December 28, 2017 at Elm Street Studio in Keller. Please join us for a complimentary reception with the artist on Saturday, November 4 from 6-8pm. Gallery location is 139 S. Elm Street, Keller TX 76248. For more details and to see some of the paintings that will be on display, please visit

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Michael Holter Plano Watercolor Workshop Dec. 5-7

Watercolor Fun
Michael welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.
December 5,6,7 2017
9AM – 4PM
ArtCentre of Plano
Plano TX
This 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.
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.
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 watercolors.”


A Complete List is Found at

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Karen Foster Workshop: Paint Like Matisse – Nov 20

...paint like Matisse…
Join us on Monday Nov 20th for a very interesting, sure-fire way to loosen up. We are going to paint like Matisse by attaching a stick to the end of the paintbrush and standing back to paint. See supply list below.

NOV. 20, 2017
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Karen Foster
KAREN FOSTER at 817 312-3185
To Register for Class.
Plastic table cloth or plastic to tape to floor
Small table / TV tray
#16, #18 or #20 round brush
Sample acrylic house paints
Blue painters tape
I will supply large index paper that you may use or you may use a large canvas 24”x24” or larger; or 1 or 2 full sheets of watercolor paper, gessoed.
Large bucket for water
Paper towels

FOR ADULTS AND TEENS – from beginners to practicing professionals, The Upstairs Gallery offers a wide selection of Art Classes and Workshops offering instruction in various mediums.
FALL ART CLASSES at Upstairs Art Gallery in Arlington

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


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

Nov. 15th & 16th
9:30am – 3:30pm

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

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

Register Now

Supply list: Nemec supplylist

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

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

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


The Class:

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

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

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

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


Paula Rayer Nemec, Bio 2017

Designer, Painter, Lecturer, Juror, Teacher


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

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

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

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Paint Club with VET Nov. 18: Sunset Cover only $25

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


Sponsored by the Irving Art Association

Date: Nov. 18, 2017
Saturday morning 10am – noon

Nov. 18 – Sunset Cove


Instructor: VET

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

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TCA’s Free Professional Development Webinar: Growing Your Organization Strategically Dec. 13

Free Professional Development Webinar Series
     Please join us for a webinar on:

 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM CST
     Register now!
    Growing Your Organization Strategically
Ready to take your organization to the next level?  Learn how to grow your organization strategically from an expert!  Barbara Morgan, the co-founder and executive director of the Austin Film Festival will present our next webinar: Growing Your Organization Strategically.  Over the past 24 years under Barbara’s direction, AFF has grown the from an idea into an 8-day film festival.  This year’s festival included 175 films; 200 panels and workshops; and attracted over 15,000 attendees from across the globe.  Barbara will discuss setting reasonable goals for growth, shifting attitudes to encourage change, as well as evaluating, adapting, and measuring your success.
     About the Presenter:
Barbara Morgan

co-founded the Austin Film Festival in 1993 and has served as the sole executive director since 1999.  Barbara developed and produced the film Natural Selection and co-produced the feature documentary Antone’s: Home of the Blues. Both films were released internationally. Most recently, she produced the documentary feature Portrait of Wally and the narrative feature Spring Eddy. She developed and produces the TV and radio series Austin Film Festival’s On Story, currently airing on PBS stations across the country as well as on Public Radio International. Barbara co-edited the books On Story – Screenwriters and Their Craft and On Story – Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films, both published by University of Texas Press. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her daughter.

Please note that space is limited for this free event.

We record these webinars and make them available afterwards.  

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Alla Prima Painting Jan. 2018 Workshop with Chris Brandley in Keller

Elm Street Studio in Keller is pleased to welcome Chris Brandley back into the studio for a 2-day oil painting workshop in January.

Description: 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. For more information, please visit

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


CAC Spring 2017 Brochure
Our Spring 2018 Brochure will be in your mailbox by November 20th and classes will be available to register by the end of the month. In the meantime, why not sign for a workshop? November offerings include Holiday Glass Ornaments (Fri, Nov 10), Abstract Meditative Painting (Sat, Nov 11), Encaustic: Monotypes (Sat, Nov 11), Intro to Encaustic (Sat, Nov 11), Artist Books for the Holidays (Sun, Nov 12) and many more…

CAC Holiday Office Hours
The CAC office will be closed Thursday – Sunday (11/23 – 11/26) and will reopen Monday (11/27) resuming normal office hours. Class times will continue or postpone as scheduled with each individual class. Please contact your instructor if you are unsure if your class has been postponed until after the holiday weekend.

Join us at Klyde Warren Park and NorthPark Center
Stop by Klyde Warren Park for our monthly Art as a Second Language event from 2-4pm on Sunday, November 12th. Then later in the month join us for NorthPark Center’s Reindeer Park event on Friday, November 24th from 11am-2 pm. All events will have plenty of family-friendly art activities.

ArtAbility @ CAC
The next ArtAbility event is scheduled for November 18th, 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!

Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash
Join us for the 2017 Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash on November 11th. We’ll be set up from 10 am to 5 pm at the “make and take” table creating fun and festive holiday crafts.

On Creativity…
In Oaxaca creativity is not just something people pursue, it’s imbedded in how they live their lives. I’m here this week for Dia de
los Muertos and can’t help but feel I’m a lucky particle inside a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, tastes, sounds, aromas and rhythms.
Expression is everywhere and is valued as a vital part of life. You can thank the indigenous cultures which are the main ingredient (with a dash of colonialism) of this artful living. Whether it’s hand-painting colorful wooden sculptures with an agave paintbrush, shaping black pottery, hand weaving intricate textiles or cooking one of the seven famed mole dishes, “doing” and “making” are intertwined with being.
In Oaxaca there is a beautiful union between the sacred and the everyday, and nowhere is that more expressed in its Dia de los Muertos festival. During this time the living come together to rejoice the return of their ancestors. The joy, humility and devotion is present throughout the celebration.
If you want to partake in creativity on steroids, come to Oaxaca and expect to be bewitched.

Diana Pollak
Executive Director

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Ted Houston November 21st Workshop & Demo

The Farmers Branch Carrollton Art Association (FBCAA) is hosting a demo and workshop with Ted Houston on November 21st in the craft room of the Farmers Branch Senior Center, 14055 Dennis Lane, Farmers Branch. 

We start our meeting at 9:00 AM, and the demo will be at 10:30 AM.  The workshop will be in the afternoon, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and costs $10.  


Ted works in oils, watercolors, drawing and printmaking.  His work is an expressive use of line, form and color that covers a range of subjects.  Ted has trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, and has taught classes at Ole Podrida.  Most recently he has been working in painting and printmaking at Brookhaven Community College.For more about Ted, see his website:

No registration necessary.  Guests are always welcome.

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November & December Workshops at the Craft Guild

New! Marbling on Fabric Workshop
Due to popular demand – a fabric workshop!  Learn basic marbling techniques for dyeing simple, flat pieces of fabric (silk scarves, silk bags, and cotton) in this Saturday morning workshop.
Want to make unique gifts for your family as the holidays approach? or enjoy a special holiday creative session with your significant other? Click here to sign up for your choice of the many workshops and date nights offered.
11/4 Long-stitched Leather Journal
11/5 Watercolor Bowl – Fused Glass
11/11 Marbling on Fabric
11/12 Lampwork Flowers for Fusing
11/12 Intro to Leatherworking
11/17 Evening in Glass Studio
11/17 Evening in Pottery
11/17 Evening in Bookbinding
11/18 Fused Glass Drop-Out Vase
11/19 Fused Glass Holiday Sushi Set
12/2 Fused Glass Vitrograph Exploration
12/9 Fused Glass Stringer Vase
12/10 Intro to Leatherworking
Additional workshops may be added as they become available;  check for the latest information..  All classes offered through the end of the year will be held in our Valley View Mall studios.

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