Galveston Art League is offering three distinctive workshops during August, and little or no experience is
needed to learn a lot, have fun and take home your personal masterpieces. These low-cost workshops
align with the nonprofit Art League’s mission to advocate on behalf of visual arts, art education and
regional artists in Galveston County and beyond.
All workshops are held in the Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. in downtown
Galveston. Register and pay at www.GalvestonArtLeague.com (click on “Workshops”). For questions,
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment is limited.
Here’s what’s coming up:
IMAGINING FIGURES AND CREATURES: Two-day drawing workshop; session 1 - 9 a.m. to
noon Wednesday Aug. 4; session 2: 9 a.m. to noon Thursday Aug. 5; $50
Instructor Mark Greenwalt will be teaching artists of all ages, regardless of skill level, in this drawing
class with an emphasis on skills and concepts related to design and animation. Attendees will focus on
basic concepts such as cross-contour drawing (describe the form or dimensionality of an object) and
gesture drawing (capturing the form, pose and action of a subject). Students will design figurative
subjects, and then reconfigure and flexibly reimagine these ideas.
Greenwalt, a professor of art at College of the Mainland, also teaches life drawing for the Glassell School
of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Participants will need to bring a range of graphite pencils (e.g., 2H, HB, 2B, 6B leads), an eraser (e.g.,
Faber-Castel), drawing paper (this can be a sketchbook), and a small housepainter’s brush to remove
eraser crumbs from paper. Stumps (tortillons) aren’t required but would be useful. A 16-by-24-inch
drawing board and clips will be provided to each participant.
COLOR WORKSHOP: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday Aug. 7. $40 (includes all supplies)
Instructor Sally Knight and her students will use Spectra paper to explore the relationships among colors,
blending them and designing with composition techniques. No experience is necessary.
Spectra paper is strong and stands up to folding and crinkling to give depth to patterns. It responds to
sprinkling to impart textures to fabric or paper. Spectra paper can be layered onto silk over natural objects
like flower petals, small flowers, and leaves and then left in the sun to dry.
Through this technique, students will express themselves artistically via overlapping Spectra paper and
blending it to create translucent, watercolor-like designs on diverse objects. Attendees can use silk or
paper as they craft unique cards, pictures or clothing accessories; each participant will leave with two
BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE TRIPTYCH ACRYLIC POURING CLASS: 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Aug. 21; $50 (includes most supplies)
Troy Knight will help students make a triptych, which is an artwork that’s divided into three sections or
three canvases and displayed together as one.
This class is for folks who have a rudimentary knowledge of acrylic painting and pouring. If you have no
experience with acrylic pouring, you are still welcome and like everyone in the class, will leave with a
Knight will cover pouring methods, materials and supplies as well as demonstrate how to prepare your
canvas for painting and discuss methods of preserving the finished canvases. He will teach various
techniques, including powering up a blower (hair dryer) to move and blend paint and using a kitchen
torch in creating artwortks. Bring a hair dryer and torch if you can; if not, Knight will have extras to
Acrylic pouring can be messy, so wear appropriate clothing or bring an apron. Also, wet acrylic paintings
are difficult to transport, so bring cardboard boxes or plastic trash bags large enough to place three 11-by-
14-inch canvases on in your car. All other supplies (canvases, paint, gloves, paint cups, stir sticks, paper
towels, etc.) will be furnished.