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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

Beginner Level

Decorative Letters
May 6, 2017 (12:00 - 4:00 pm) — In just one afternoon, local artist and calligrapher Delores Schultz will introduce us to the world of decorative letters. Learn how to plan for balance and scale, how to add emphasis, and how to create interest with embellishments and detail. We’ll use ordinary colored pencils and drawing pens to turn simple letters into works of art. All materials are included, so just come and enjoy an afternoon of laid-back fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Delores Schultz
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $30 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Basic Encaustic with Photographs
May 6, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Encaustic in its most basic interpretation means hot melted wax applied to an absorbent surface. Encaustic is typically bees wax mixed with damar resin and pigments. Painting with encaustic has continued through the ages and has relatively recently been discovered by photographers. The application of encaustic to digital pigment prints transcends the photographic process adding depth, luminescence and providing the opportunity for greater artistic expression. This workshop will cover the history of encaustic, preparing digital images for printing, preparation of boards, application of encaustic medium and care of encaustic art. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $175.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Beginner Level

More Encaustic with Photographs
May 7, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — The simple application of wax to photographs is miraculous in how it transforms the image. However, this can be just the beginning. Wax can be incised, carved, pigmented and be a vehicle for collage using an amazing amount of substances. In this class, we will explore the more conceptual and creative aspects of working in this medium. This workshop will cover incising in the wax with various tools, handcoloring with color pigment, image transfer onto the wax with inkjet copies and graphite paper, layering of images with tissue paper on boards, finishing the sides of the boards and proper hanging techniques. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $175.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Beginner Level

Wire Wrapping the Stone: Wrapped Cabochons
May 7, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Are you looking for a way to show-off all those beautiful cabochons in your collection? Wire wrapping is a great way to create one-of-a-kind pieces with those special stones. In just one day, metals instructor Gwen Youngblood will show you the fundamental techniques necessary to securely and attractively combine wire and undrilled stones using your best tools – your hands! – and a few extra odds and ends. You’ll will take home at least one pendant – so be sure to bring a cord or necklace with you to class. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $30 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Rock ‘n Roll Necklace: Fine Silver Fusing
May 13, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join instructor Gwen Youngblood for a full day of exploring fine silver fusing and riveting. You’ll learn how to form and fuse fine silver links and fabricate a chain – no solder needed! After you cut and texture your centerpiece, Gwen will make riveted embellishments easy-peasy with her patent-pending riveting tools, Riveting Essentials. Learn to make balled headpins and how to use them for riveting, as well as making and setting traditional wire rivets. Add that last bit of bling by riveting a bezel cup to the centerpiece and set a brilliant gemstone – still no soldering! And finally, attach the leather cord and wear your Rock ‘n Roll Necklace home. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $50 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Wet Plate Photogram Workshop
May 19, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Introductory wet plate workshop. Topics covered will be the wet plate process and its history, the chemistry used and recipes for the chemistry, demonstration of coating a plate, sensitizing, exposing, developing, fixing, finishing and scanning tintypes, and instructions on setting up a wet plate darkroom. Students will create photograms with an enlarger and available light, creative collage and storytelling with photograms, plus a group project. Students will create tintypes and ambrotypes in this beginning class. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $200.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Beginner Level

Wet Plate Digital Positive Workshop
May 20, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Introductory wet plate workshop. Topics covered will be the wet plate process and its history, the chemistry used and recipes for the chemistry, demonstration of coating a plate, sensitizing, exposing, developing, fixing, finishing and scanning tintypes, and instructions on setting up a wet plate darkroom. Students will create contact printed tintype plates with and enlarger using digital positives. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $200.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Beginner Level

Book Making: Exposed Stitch Eco Journal
May 20, 2017 (12:00 - 4:00 pm) — Carrie Avery brings us a technique featuring a beautiful exposed stitch, meaning the binding is visible from the outside of the book. The result is a rustic and organic book with a hint of romance, ideal for saving mementos or journaling special moments. It’s the perfect workshop for the paper and fabric created in Laura Dehart’s eco printing workshop: you can choose to have fabric and paper ready for you if you missed it. If you’re bringing materials from Laura’s workshop, we’re providing a discount on the workshop fee. Otherwise, all supplies are covered and no previous bookbinding experience is required. (If you have your own book binding tools and materials, you are welcome to bring them!) Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Carrie Avery
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $50 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Wet Plate Holga Workshop
May 21, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — Introductory wet plate workshop using a Holga plastic camera. Topics covered will be the wet plate process and its history, the chemistry used and recipes for the chemistry, demonstration of coating a plate, sensitizing, exposing, developing, fixing, finishing and scanning tintypes, and instructions on setting up a wet plate darkroom. Students will create tintype plates using a Holga plastic camera. All chemicals and plates are provided, students need to provide a Holga plastic camera (or other medium format camera such as a Brownie Hawkeye) with a bulb setting and a cable release. Purchasing recommendations can be made. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $200.00
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Intermediate Level

Silver Metal Clay & Argentium - with Vickie Hallmark
September 16-17, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — These two novel materials are perfect when combined in ways that use the advantages of each. This two-day workshop includes one day to explore working with silver metal clay components that will be fired to use in the projects. The second day introduces Argentium and various simple ways to fabricate jewelry utilizing the metal clay elements. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced students are encouraged to work these principles into their personal repertoire. Students will experiment with a variety of techniques to produce metal clay elements, while learning concepts that will allow them to build more complex structures and to personalize their jewelry designs. Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Vickie Hallmark
Sponsor: Stouffer Studios
Cost: $350
Email: Gail Stouffer
Phone: 210-887-6048

Beginner Level

Metal Clay & Metalsmithing Master Class
September 29 - October 1, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — This 3-day master class with Anne Mitchell will encompass the best techniques in metal clay and metalsmithing combined. Anne has become known for her clean designs that combine Silver Metal Clay and fine silver components. Projects will include: 1)Silver metal clay with semi-precious stone heavy gauge bezel pendant – Instruction will include constructing a silver metal clay base, firing, prongs, a heavy hand created bezel, bail, and chain. 2)PMC Hinged Locket - This precious metal clay construction will include hinges, pressure ball closure, and bail. 3)Forged Heart Pendant with Metal Clay Accents - Unlock the joy of working a piece of thick 8 gauge round wire to form this personalized heart pendant with rivet accents and bail. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Anne Mitchell
Sponsor: Stouffer Studios
Cost: $875.00
Email: Gail Stouffer
Phone: 210-887-6048

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Wet Plate Advanced
September 30 - October 1, 2017 (9am to 4pm) — This two day Wet Plate Advanced workshop will be tailored to each participants needs and wants. Large format tintypes, combining photograms and photographs, Cliche Verre photograms, mixing chemicals are among the topics covered in addition to working in a series. Visit website


Location: Johnson City, TX
Instructor: S Gayle Stevens
Sponsor: A Smith Gallery
Cost: $400.
Email: Amanda Smith
Phone: 512-422-4080

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
October 13-15, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: New Braunfels, TX
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: New Braunfels Art League
Email: Sandy Oberg
Phone: 210-861-0751

Intermediate Level

Michael Dupille - Watercolor Effects in Glass
November 3-5, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — In this workshop you will discover how to create imagery in glass that has the feel, vitality, and expressive qualities of a watercolor. Using glass as our "paint," we'll utilize the properties of the material to express its unique character; color, depth, and transparency. In addition, We'll learn exciting ways of implementing & altering dichroic glass to add spice, sparkle and interest to the pieces. Come and learn about color combinations, how to use colors (& frit) effectively, as well as multiple firing schedules. This is a great opportunity to pick up tons of technical knowledge from a innovator in the industry. This is not your average technique class, don't miss it!! Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Michael Dupille
Sponsor: Stouffer Studios
Cost: $725.00
Email: Gail Stouffer
Phone: 210-887-6048

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Private Painting Lessons in Watercolor or Acrylic
By Appointment — Get personal one-on-one painting lessons from artist & teacher Ann Bell in her Houston studio at mutually convenient time and day. Ann has taught hundreds of people how to paint in watercolor and acrylic. You can begin to paint for fun in as little as one 4 hour lesson. Even if you have never painted before. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Even if you "don't have talent." Of course, expertise takes longer, but once you understand the basics, books, videos and group classes will make more sense. Individual attention speeds your progress. All materials are provided for your first lesson. Online classes are available if you can't come to Houston. Near downtown, close to all freeways. Visit website


Location: Houston, TX
Instructor: Ann Bell
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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