Category Archives: Classes Offered

Last Minute Openings for Gold Leaf + Watercolor Holiday Card Class

Friday afternoon November 10 2-5 pm Holiday Card class
Watercolor Art Society – Houston
$50 members/ $60 nonmembers tuition for this 1 week’s session

This week we will paint primarily in watercolor, exploring unusual painting and collage techniques as well as gold leaf application.   Can’t find the materials?  We have extra.  Hint: These techniques may be used for other applications in addition to Holiday Cards.  Join us!  Call 713 942-9966 to register.  Questions?  Email Susan at

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

Sketch Normandy In September

We are going to have a blast!  Sign up soon!

An Impressionist Journey Through Normandy September 2017

September 27th  to October 4th 2017

$ 3,875.00 per person (Double Occupancy)

Includes all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners

Accomodations in 4* hotels and Charming country inns

All guided excursions, entrance fees, all ground transport and transfers, Meet and greet at the airport in Paris and porterage in and out of the hotels.

Flight not included – Please contact us for flights and single accommodation

Click HERE for all the information on this wonderful trip!

An Impressionist Journey Through Normandy

September 27-October 4.  Come sketch with us.  This will be another beautiful trip!


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



  • 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

Chagall House St. Paul de Vence

(correction! This was Marc Chagall’s home!) Imagine our surprise in October to learn the house next door to our beautiful hotel was once a residence of Marc Chagall.  Inside, Giacommetti painted a mural for him which, we were told, remains.

Chagall House St Paul de Vence, 11 x 14″ plein air watercolor sketch on paper

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!


Be an Armchair Traveler To Provence with Us


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Dear traveler,
One thing for sure.  Now that I’ve viewed the links below, I feel my paintbrush is going to want to figure out how to pry itself away from realistically/literally depicting the colors we will see on the Provençal trip (except perhaps in Roussillon) and, instead, my brush will want to channel some Matisse, van Gogh, Chagall.  It is worth thinking about ahead of time—what artist we’d love to try our hand at.  As you check out the links below, I suggest you look at the Proven
çal artists and compare what their reference source actually looked like with what their paintings look like! Many of them emphasized form, color, line, joy. These artists painted like they were filled with exuberance. Let your camera depict the actual scene.  Let your brush have the fun!  And if you have time, why not copy one or two of the paintings of your favorite artist(s) in your sketchbook—not fretting about every inch being exact—so you can see how much fun it is to try impressionism/post impressionism.  Your paint brush will have fun! DIG IN to those colors like a 5 year old!

 Here are some links that pertain to our October trip:

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild:

 Matisse Museum, Nice:

 A photo sequence of the colorful Roussillon:

 A lovely slide show of Lex Baux de Provence:

 A YouTube slideshow of St. Paul de Mausole Asylum where Van Gogh stayed:

 A 3 ½ minute video of the lovely Isle sur le Sorgue:

 A site about Aix en Provence that will put you in the Cezanne state of mind:

A video of the beautiful Eze:

 Slideshow of St Paul de Vence:

 An enjoyable, light book to read:  A Year in Provence (Peter Mayle)

In fact, here’s a book list if you’re interested.  I always like the DK Eyewitness Guide books because, like you perhaps, I am visual and it their guide books are packed with beautiful photos.


Sketch Provence & French Riviera in October. 3-4 Seats Remain

Eze, photographed by Valdiney Pimenta courtesy Flickr creative commons
Eze, photographed by Valdiney Pimenta courtesy Flickr creative commons

Make memories! Sketch with me in October as we explore exquisitely beautiful destinations.  My friend Timothee is from Paris and is a wonderful guide.  He has vast experience in this area of France and knows how to make every destination special.

We will have many opportunities to paint and sketch in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and many others.

We will travel together as a small group (approx.  15) visiting, sketching, dining and staying in lovely and memorable locations.  Fewer than 4 places remain available so don’t wait!  Click on the link below to read the itinerary.  At the bottom of the itinerary, click and print a sign-up form.  Mail your form with deposit ASAP to hold your place.

French Riviera and Provence October Painting Trip