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  http://www.upstairsartgallery.com
1038 West Abram, Arlington, TX 76013 817.277.6961

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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.

For more information see https://chrisbrandley.com/workshops

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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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Sharon Giles acrylic demo at SWA in Fort Worth Nov. 20

NEXT MEETING Nov. 20, 2017 . The Society of Watercolor Artists meets every third Monday from September through May with the exception of January, because of MLK day.  Time: 7pm. (6:30 critique by Jo Williams) Location: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Bldg. 2 – Everett Hall, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Directions see website: http://www.swawatercolor.com/

Guest artist: Sharon Giles

Sharon Giles is a native Texan, born in Dallas and living in Irving. A former librarian, she enjoys organizing and publicizing information about visual arts in the North Texas area through the website ArtNewsDFW.com. She is also the webmaster for Irving Art Association.

She belongs to several local art societies and has earned signature status from the Society of Watercolor Artists, Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Texas & Neighbors Competition.

Sharon will be discussing and demonstrating her negative painting and layering process in watermedia.

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Acrylic Pouring mini-workshop with Kim Collins Aug. 5

The August 5th mini-workshop is focused on acrylic pouring techniques.  Learn traditional pours, dirty pours, flip cups, ribbon pours and swipes.  We’ll talk about additives and how to use them safely.  This workshop is for all levels and great fun!

Date:  August 5th

Time: 9:30 to 4:30

Where:  1300 Gendy, Fort Worth, TX, 76107 in Studio 1 on the second floor

Cost: $125 (includes some supplies)

call or email Kim to register:  k_g_collins@sbcglobal.net or 817-929-3721

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Register for 2017 FREE Basic Classes from the Irving Art Association


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

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

Registration is open for the 2017 winter and spring classes.  


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

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

Contact: irvingartassociation@gmail.com


2017 Schedule:   REGISTER NOW

Thursday evenings 7-9pm

  • FILLED January 5, 12 & 26 Acrylic Printmaking with a Gelli Plate Instructor Sharon Giles  FILLED
  • February 2, 9 & 16 Fiber Arts instructor Laura Griffin
  • FILLED March 2, 9 & 16  Pen & Ink & Calligraphy Instructor Angie Vangalis
  • April 6, 13 & 27 Painting – Oil/Acrylic Instructor Jane Kahler
  • May  TBA

Followup Intermediate Classes to the Free Basic Classes:

Sign up for these fee–based classes and utilize the skills learned in the basics. To register and for more information concerning cost and supplies, contact the instructor offering them.

Thursday evenings 7-9pm

March 2, 9 & 16 Intermediate Fiber Arts instructor Laura Griffin

April 6, 13 & 27 Pen & Ink & Calligraphy Instructor Angie Vangalis

May 4, 11, 18 Intermediate Painting – Oil/Acrylic Instructor Jane Kahler

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Ruben Contreras Workshop: Charcoal to Acrylic Jan. 14 – plus drawing classes


Join artist Ruben Contreras for this Charcoal Drawing to Acrylic Painting workshop. First you will draw a picture in charcoal and then complete it with acrylic paint. Sponsored by the Irving Art Association. Flyer: IAA Painting Workshop RContreras

Cost: Members of IAA $75   Non-Members $85
Register Now

Saturday, January 14, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061 Directions


  • No previous experience required
  • Ages 14 years and above
  • Supply list provided:

Charcoal pencil / sticks
One pencil
A ruler
Canvas 16×20
White acrylic paint
Burnt sienna paint or raw sienna
Brushes one 1″ flat and a no. 4 flat bristle brush
Paper plate
Paper towels
Small water container


Rueben Contreras will also continue his regular drawing classes in January. Contact the artist directly for these: Email contreras11121@att.net Phone 682-241-0053 . Mail checks to Ruben Contreras, 5307 Maverick Dr Grand Prairie Tx 75052.

The fee for the series of three classes is $90 or $30 a class.  Held at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving.  Directions  Class schedule: Jan. 5, 12 & 26 7-9 pm. (Thursday evenings)


About the Artist:

Ruben Contreras was born in Guatemala, the oldest of fourteen brothers and sisters. At an early age he began to develop his artistic talent. He now live in Grand Prairie, Texas, with his wife and children.

The subject of much  of his art reveals his passion for nature. His paintings are done primarily in acrylic, and he exhibits great skill in capturing realistic images and emotional content.

Reuben is a member of the Arlington Visual Arts Association and the Irving Art Association. He regularly teaches painting to private students. He actively exhibits his work and has won awards in juried art competitions in Arlington, DeSoto, Midlothian and Granbury.


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2017 Workshops at Artists’ Showplace


2017-workshops-at-the-artists-showplace-gallery (PDF)

To register or for more information, please call 972-233-1223. For workshop descriptions, instructor bios and supply lists, visit http://theartistsshowplace.com/.

The Artists Showplace Gallery

15615 Coit Road #230, Dallas, Texas 75248 (Southwest corner of Coit and Arapaho in the Shops at Spanish Village)

2017 Workshops at The Artists Showplace Gallery


Oil: Back to Basics

Instructor: Cecy Turner

January 24-26, 2017



Acrylic Abstract

Instructor: Jo Moncrief

February 22-25, 2017


graphite/paper 60" x 44"

60″ x 44″

Life Drawing

Instructor: Ellen Soderquist

March 10-11, 2017



Marvelous Mosaics

Instructor: Lynn Haney

March 21-25, 2017



Mixed Media Abstract

Instructor: Jan Sitts

April 5-8, 2017



Figurative Watercolor

Instructor: Michael Holter

April 18-20, 2017



Photoshop for Artists

Instructor: Brad Funkhouser

April 28-29, 2017   



Painting on Silk

Instructor: Dawn Freeland

May 4-6, 2017

$275 + Supply Fee


Clayful Creations in Polymer Clay

Instructor: Lynn Haney

May 23-27, 2017



Mixed Media Collage

Instructor: Maureen Brouillette

September 29-October 1, 2017



Watercolors A to Z

Instructor: Sterling Edwards

October 9-13, 2017



Oil Painting

Instructor: Bev Boren

November 2-4, 2017


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Aboriginal Art-Inspired Free Art Workshop in Irving


The Irving Art Association sponsors free Open Art workshops on the first, second and fourth Friday evenings, and also on the third Sunday afternoon at its gallery. Various arts and crafts are scheduled, but it is not required to participate in the group project. Instruction and participation are free, but there may be a supplies fee for special materials. Visitors are welcome.

The next Open Art session “Aboriginal Art Painting Inspiration” is scheduled for Sunday, November 20th from 1:30 – 4:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061. Directions. Doors open at 1:00 pm.

Let’s get inspired by the simple dot and line techniques used in Australian Aboriginal art! Workshop leader Sharon Giles will bring examples for inspiration but you may want to do a little research on your own for personal inspiration.

Supplies needed: Some kind of support like paper, canvas, board or even an art journal.

Paint: acrylic for the backgrounds and for making marks with also. Making marks: Bring brushes, marker, skewers, puff paint, pens, bottles with spouts, Liquid Pearls or other dimensional paint.

For details and examples see the public Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/irving-art-association/events/235395972/. Membership in Meetup.com is free – plus if you sign up with the IAA Open Art Meetup group, you will receive future announcements and reminders. And you can RSVP there and indicate if you are bringing guests. If you are not a Meetup member, please RSVP by email to irvingartassociation@gmail.com.

The fourth Friday session will not be held in November or December because of the holidays.

NEW! The first Friday session of each month is now devoted to Coloring Books. Come relax in good company and enjoy making art. Optional: bring snacks to share. Future sessions TBA.

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Jo Moncrief demo artist for SWA Sept. 19



Don’t miss the September meeting of the Society of Watercolor Artists as we regroup after a summer hiatus!

Jo Moncrief, of Dallas, is our guest demo artist. JO MONCRIEF is continually turning the natural world around her into abstract compositions. On walks near her home she follows the patterns of shadows on the ground, the sun’s reflection on buildings and surroundings. Jo studies the intricate cracks and shading on the sidewalk and uses these patterns for many of her abstract designs. She studies the texture and pattern of people’s faces and figures turning them into abstracted images. Many of Jo’s paintings have a touch of humor or thoughtful message implied in the painting.

Jo began her artistic career as a ceramic artist. Gradually her ceramic artwork became less functional and more like paintings on clay. Her acrylic paintings reflect her clay background with lots of texture and the love of glazes and color. Jo paints or draws each day. Before she begins a painting, she prepares the canvas with texture. She then spatters, throws, lifts and/or moves paint around in a random manner to create an under painting. This under painting allows her to be more creative. Jo’s artwork can be found in galleries and many of the top juried art festivals in the U.S. Her artwork has been featured in articles in the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Van Zandt County Line, and more.


Society of Watercolor Artists MONTHLY MEETINGS:

3rd Monday – September through May (except Jan and April 2016 are one week later)

January meeting is 4th Monday due to Holiday

  • 6pm – Critiques with Jo Williams of Denton.   Bring a painting which is in progress or completed for a critique.  Or, enjoy learning as other pieces are critiqued

  • 7-7:15pm – General meeting with announcements and introductions of newcomers

  • 7:15pm – Introduction of guest artist and demonstration begins

  • 8:00pm – Break for refreshments and view and vote on “Painting of the Month”

  • 8:15 – Guest artist continues demo

  • 8:45 – “Painting of the Month” winners are announced

Meetings are held at Everett Hall at Texas Health & Sciences Center at3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth  Click HERE for printable PDF file for MAP & Directions to SWA Meetings

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Painting with Powdered Charcoal & Acrylic Workshop with Judy Mason Oct. 1

Swift Meat Packing Plant   36x24  acrylic/charcoal

The Upstairs Gallery in Arlington has asked me to do the charcoal/ acrylic workshop.It is a lot of fun and there is multiple ways to use charcoal.  We will stamp with it and paint with it to get a variety of
Call JT at 817-277-6961 to sign up.
Learn a different approach to drawing and painting.  After applying the  charcoal to canvas or paper, you can then draw with water or pencils
or brushes to create exciting and unusual effect.  Bring your own drawings to incorporate into your paintings.  The charcoal will be provided.
October 1  Saturday
10 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Fee:  $50
Supplies:  Exacto knife, several canvases, boards, 20×24 or smaller, w/c paper (gesso) acrylics,metallics,brushes(flat 2″ and small round)
scissors,Krylon workable fixatif spray,mask and goggles for charcoal and  spray,plastic gloves, paper towels,drawing pencils (2b for shading)
and drawings you will use, sheets of craft foam)white) any size.
We will have many different starts so bring plenty of things to paint
on.  You can bring old paintings and stamp the charcoal images
over them.
Attached are some paintings I have finished using this method.
Hobson House

Hobson House

Swift Meat Packing Plant 36×24 acrylic/charcoal


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Pinta Facil Painting Sessions in August with Zakehia (in English & Spanish)


Get the stress out with this easy way to paint and relax!

Acrylic painting sessions are guided by Zahehia Uscanga in both English and Spanish. All supplies are provided! Students are welcome to bring their own food and (non-alcoholic) beverage to drink.

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75062 Directions

Cost: $25 for non-members, $20 IAA members, supplies are provided. *Minimum 5 people needed for a class to make, class size limited to 15.

Payment: Bring a check to class – make payable to Irving Art Association. To register, contact Zakehia at 214 874 8465 or by email at zakehia@yahoo.com

Or use PayPal to register & pay online. Go to Workshops page.


August Sessions & Topics:

Sun 2-4 Aug 7  (afternoon)

Alone (Alcatraz or Lily)


20160718_172907-1_resized  Sat 10-12  Aug 13 (morning)Summer’s here ! (Sunflowers)
Sun 2-4 Aug 14  (afternoon)Alone (Alcatraz or Lily)  20160718_165157-1_resized
20160718_201033-1_resized Thurs 7-9p  Aug18 (evening)Elegant Vase

Contact Zakehia at 214 874 8465 or by email at zakehia@yahoo.com

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Diane Antheunisse exhibit opens at the Crumbzz in Forney


Forney Art Council presents a new art show by artist Diane Antheunisse.

She will display her original art on acrylic at CrumbzzMay 19th – Jul 31st 2016, 212 S Bois D Arc St, Forney, TX 75218.   No reception is scheduled. Diane produces her artwork on clear acrylic sheets using an unusual “Reverse Painting” technique.

The paint is applied to the back side of the acrylic and then the image is viewed from the front.

Using vibrant colors in striking compositions, she creates pieces that are alive with movement and intensity

For more about Diane, see her website http://www.plexiartdiane.com/
Oso Pintado

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Darlia Hobbs Acrylic Workshop May 21


Darlia Hobbs One Day Acrylic Workshop

Saturday, May 21 8:30-4:30

Flow Free Fantastic $50

Shanley House Center for the Arts, Granbury TX

817-237-7972 or 817-929-4946


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Free Basic Classes in Fiber Arts & Acrylic – Register Now


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

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

Registration is now open for the 2016 Winter  & Spring classes. To register, please fill out an online registration form for each class.

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

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

Contact: irvingartassociation@gmail.com


Free basic gelli printing class Oct 2015cropped


Winter – Spring 2016 Schedule:

Jan. 7, 21 & 26 Paper Arts – Sheila Cunningham
http://sheilacunninghamart.blogspot.com/ sheilacphoto@gmail.com

Feb. 4, 11, 18 Fiber Art – Laura Griffin
http://laura-griffin.com/blog/ laura_griffin@yahoo.com

March 3, 10, 17 Acrylic Art – Hiral Joshi
http://www.hiraljoshifineart.com/ contacthir@gmail.com

Followup Intermediate Classes to the Free Basic Classes:

Sign up for these fee – based classes and utilize the skills learned in the basics. To register and for more information concerning cost and supplies, contact the instructor offering them.

Feb. 4, 11, 18 Paper Arts I – Sheila Cunningham
Contact the instructor to register for the follow-up class: sheilacphoto@gmail.com

March 3, 10, 17 Fiber Art I – Laura Griffin
Contact the instructor to register for the follow-up class: laura_griffin@yahoo.com

April 7, 21, 28 Acrylic Art I – Hiral Joshi
Contact the instructor to register for the follow-up class:  contacthir@gmail.com

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Abstract Acrylic Painting Workshop


This fun workshop is for beginners to advanced painters as we explore ~ abstract concepts, basic acrylic principles, color theory, expressive techniques, and textural applications. We’ll look at Matisse and Picasso and their influence on Expressionism and Cubism. You will create 2 paintings composed of power and energy that use line, color, and shape. All art supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorite brushes or paints. Please bring an apron, smock or painting clothes. More info @ robertmooreartclass.blogspot.com

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