Category Archives: Houston, TX

3D Acrylic & Gold Leaf Class (Christmas Cards!)

Come and play with acrylics and gold leaf
at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston

Join us Fridays
November 3 and 10, 2 – 5 pm

Supply list:

Package of any plain white greeting cards (watercolor paper not necessary) or watercolor paper to fold into cards.  Size is up to you.

A small pile of junk mail advertisements, newspaper or catalogs. 

Small selection of acrylics (any type, even craft paint will do): especially green, blue, white, red. 

Small amount of matte medium. 

Cheap brushes to apply acrylics & matte medium. 

Sheets of gold leaf such as ArtMinds Ready Leaf Gold sheets. We will have extra…

Glue for gold leaf such as 2 oz Speedball Metal Leaf Adhesive Size.  We will have extra…

1 Soft (good) watercolor brush, ½ – 1” flat specifically to handle & apply gold leaf. Do not use this with the adhesive!

Click HERE for information and to register

Surprise Yourself with Impressionism: Florals, Interiors, Still Life

First Peony at the Depot, 12 x 12″ transparent watercolor on paper
4 week class begins February 7
Explore innovative ways to guarantee a loose, gestural watermedia style. The class will cover techniques to assist you in applying the Masters’ styles to your own resource photos. This month we will paint florals, still life & interiors, and botanicals. (This class is similar to the January class, with different subjects.)
Schedule includes 4 sessions
  • 07 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
  • 14 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
  • 21 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
  • 28 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006

$150 (WAS-H members)
$190 (WAS-H non-members)
Questions?  Call WAS-H: 713 942-9966

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


SUPPLY LIST
:

  • Several small sheets or a tablet of your favorite WC paper approx 9 x 12 or thereabouts
  • Favorite watercolors
  • A small variety of drawing tools.   Pencil, permanent pen(s), a marker or 2 of various sizes
  • SketchbookThe following items are optional if you have them around the house:
  • An old wood handled watercolor brush  
  • Small piece of medium grade sandpaper
  • small piece of white candle.  Birthday candles work.
  • tissues

Happy Art Filled Holidays

Happy Holidays!

Today is a perfect day to put a fun-filled watercolor class on your wish list!

January 3 begins 4 weeks of winter classes on Watercolor Impressionism: Landscapes and Seascapes at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H). They will be packed full of fast, fun-filled activity. Space is limited.  CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER.

February’s Impressionism classes at WAS-H feature unique techniques with Florals, Interiors and Botanicals.  The link is HERE.

Next spring and summer’s classes at Mayville (NY) Watercolors Gallery at the Depot will have lots of opportunities to paint and shop on the shoreline of beautiful Chautauqua Lake.

And stay tuned for another sketching adventure in France….details soon!

May your holidays be art-filled and your New Year be happy and healthy!

Susan

Botanical Classes Begin January 2016

2 Location Options–

1:  Katy, TX Studio (Space is Limited!  Don’t wait to sign up!)
Mondays: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1
1:00-3:30, $30 per session
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2:  Watercolor Art Society-Houston
Monday and Tuesday. April 11 & 12
9:30-3:30, $100 for 2 day workshop
Register Here

 If you haven’t tried this type of painting, you are missing out on lots of fun.  It should be called “play time.”  Are you looking for new, fresh ways to depict the beauty of landscapes and gardens?  Try these fresh and loosely rendered techniques that almost paint themselves!  Subscribe now!


A rather unusual supply list is below, or email Susan: LuchoLiz@gmail.com.

Supply List:

  • Leaves:  Freshly cut plants with printable veins, cut within 24 hours and flattened in a book. You may want to weigh down the book overnight. For best results, keep the plants flat in the book until we use them in class.  Ferns and grasses, trees and bushes with prominent veining on their back side work beautifully.  Also, interesting leaf shapes are lovely even without veining.
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Watercolor pencils (otional)
  • Rocks, flat glass marbles (floral arranging marbles), or weights for plants.  May be bought at most Dollar-type stores
  • A baggie of fresh grass from your yard
  • Watercolors
  • A pad of watercolor paper.  We will do multiple paintings.
  • Spray bottle or mist bottle of water
  • Bottle of diluted dish detergent or shampoo
  • White gouache (optional)
  • White acrylic paint or paint marker(s) (optional)
  • Paint cloths, rags or paper towels (I use terrycloth)

July 20 & 21 Botanical Workshop at WAS-H

Trees and Botanical Techniques Workshop

Workshop artist:  Susan Giannantonio
Monday & Tuesday,  July 20 & 21, 9:30-3:30, $100.
Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H)
1601 West Alabama, Houston, TX  77006
713 942-9966 
 
Looking for new, fresh ways to depict the beauty of landscapes and gardens?  Try these fun, fresh and loosely rendered techniques that almost paint themselves!  This is such fun and last time this workshop had a long waiting list so subscribe now!

A rather unusual supply list is below, or email Susan: LuchoLiz@gmail.com.
Supply List:
  • Leaves:  Freshly cut plants with printable veins, cut within 24 hours and flattened in a book. You may want to weigh down the book overnight. For best results, keep the plants flat in the book until we use them in class.  Ferns and grasses, trees and bushes with prominent veining on their back side work beautifully.  Also, interesting leaf shapes are lovely even without veining.
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Watercolor pencils (otional)
  • Rocks, flat glass marbles (floral arranging marbles), or weights for plants.  May be bought at most Dollar-type stores
  • A baggie of fresh grass from your yard
  • Watercolors
  • A pad of watercolor paper.  We will do multiple paintings.
  • Spray bottle or mist bottle of water
  • Bottle of diluted dish detergent or shampoo
  • White gouache (optional)
  • White acrylic paint or paint marker(s) (optional)
  • Paint cloths, rags or paper towels (I use terrycloth)

2-Day Trees and Botanical Techniques Workshop

Monday & Tuesday,  July 20 & 21, 9:30-3:30, $100.
Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H)
1601 West Alabama, Houston, TX  77006
713 942-9966

Bossy, 16 x 12" transparent watercoor on watercolor board
Bossy, 16 x 12″ transparent watercoor on watercolor board

Looking for new, fresh ways to depict the beauty of landscapes and gardens?  Try these fun, fresh and loosely rendered techniques that almost paint themselves!  A rather unusual supply list is here: http://susanteachespainting.blogspot.com/2015/04/trees-and-botanical-techniques-workshop.html , or email Susan: LuchoLiz@gmail.com.

This class sold out last time so sign up now before it is too late!  Click for registration form:  http://www.watercolorhouston.org/media/pdf-folder/Forms2014page2.pdf

Click to enlarge images below.

 

Watercolor Painting Class–Paint the Seine

In conjunction with the exhibition

Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River

Class begins January 15 at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston.  For details, click on this link:

http://susanteachespainting.blogspot.com/2014/12/learn-to-paint-water-in-style-of.html

Monet Seine

Technology Classes for Artists

 4 Weeks of Computer Training
No Artist Wants to Misscomputer photo

Susan Giannantonio and Karen Stopnicki, instructors
4 consecutive Wednesdays beginning October 29
10 a.m. to 12 noon

1601 W. Alabama
Houston, TX  77006
713-942-9966

$75 per individual session, $65 if you register 2 weeks prior to class
*Tutor sessions available, see below.Watercolor Art Society-Houston

Click here for registration form

Classes are stand-alone, a la carte.  Choose whichever week(s) you prefer.

How does technology play into your art world? Get a grip on technology with this series… we will help you discover how to use technology to achieve specific goals. You can use the Internet for so much, from research, inspiration and education, learning about and following fellow artists to sharing and selling your own art. Today, many of us have multiple devices from computers to smart phones and tablets to digital cameras. Learn how to use each of these tools to your advantage to maximize your artistic life and even create your own online presence.

Class 1: A Multitude of Small, Important Computer Lessons
October 29, 2014; 10am to noon

 Our first meeting will be packed full of important websites, organizational techniques and a brief overview of many valuable online resources. Whether you paint, teach or simply love to look at artwork you won’t want to miss this first class. We will touch upon MANY subjects:

1) Web basics. How to locate, bookmark & organize bookmarks of artists’ sites, art suppliers, instructional sites, videos so you can find them when you want them.

2) Resources for images, art research and painting inspiration. There is a wealth of artwork to be seen on the internet! Learn how to locate, enjoy it & find it again. 

3) Intro to Social Media. What? Why? How?

4) Sources for online training. Keep learning! Art classes and continued computer training to meet your needs.

 Class 2: Basic Photographing, Photo editing, Watermarks
November 5, 2014; 10am to noon 

 

Get the basics of how to photograph your art for the purposes of archiving and for entering competitions. It is important for artists to keep an archive of work if only with your cellphone camera. We will discuss options from quick mobile phone shots to professional scans. Basic photo editing to crop, enhance and save as specific format. Plus learn how to add a watermark to identify and protect your work.

Classes 3 & 4: Create Your Own Online Presence in Two Weeks!

November 12 and 19, 2014; 10am to noon ($150 for the block, $130 if you register 2 weeks prior to class start)

Step-by-step instructions to help you establish your very own online presence. We’ll cover both blogs and basic websites, finding and using easy DIY tools to do either yourself, and elements that should be included in your online presence. You’ll learn how to continue to add content whenever you wish, plus some tips, tricks and best practices.

 *Perhaps you would benefit from a private tutorial? Individual, one-on-one, one hour tutor sessions will be available after each of these 4 classes from Noon-1pm. Because these hour-long private sessions are limited to 2 instructors, book early!
 

Questions?
comment below or
phone WAS-H at 713 942-9966

Immerse Yourself in 4 Weeks of John Singer Sargent

 Immerse yourself in 4 Weeks of John Singer Sargent

Post Impressionism Painting Class

Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 2014

Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H)
1601 West Alabama
Houston, TX  77006
713 942-9966
Susan Giannantonio, lucholiz@gmail.com
$150/ 4 week sesssion.  $140 if you register at least 2 weeks prior to classes!
Register here, top of page:  www.watercolorhouston.org
Special Feature!  Class #1 of 4 will be held at the Sargent Exhibition at the MFA,H!
March 18 class will meet at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where, together as a class, we will enjoy the exhibition John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors.   You will receive further info about this first class by email after you sign up.  Admission ticket to this incredible exhibition may be obtained at museum entrances or online.  Read all about the exhibition here:  http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/john-singer-sargent-watercolors/
 MFA,H Sargent Catalog
Be inspired by the stunning work of Sargent as we meet for classes #2-4 at WAS-H and investigate his methods and look closely at his style.  We will try our hand at painting parts of his many subjects and eventually attempt to put some of his brilliant methods to work on our own favorite painting subjects.
Exhibition catalog is available at the MFA,H bookstore and is not required but strongly recommended as a textbook for this class.
Join us!

 

Post Impressionism Painting Class, February and March 2014

Sign up for a wonderful, colorful, fast-paced class at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston
Astonish Yourself with the Paintings You Paint!

Post Impressionism–Freedom of Color and Design

Susan Giannantonio, lucholiz@gmail.com. 281 347-9043
Tuesdays 1 to 4 p.m.  $150/session.  $140 if you register at least 2 weeks prior to classes!
Session 1: Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25.  Session 2: March 18, 25, April 1, 8.

Be inspired by the stunning work of the masters, then try out their loose, brilliant approach to design and color. It may well give you the confidence you are looking for in your own work.  Demos in multi media and fast-paced, fun exercises abound each week.  You may work in watercolor and/or acrylic.  Homework & critique encouraged; all levels and abilities welcome.
Just a few amazing paintings from last spring’s class critiques:
Want to see more?  Check out my previous posts on this blog!