The nonprofit Galveston Art League hosts workshops as one way to fulfill its mission of supporting visual arts and art education. In December and January, the Art League has scheduled three workshops at its newly remodeled gallery, 2119 Postoffice St. in Galveston. The public is invited to participate.
1. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15: Paint an Apron with Jane East. Using Gelli printing pads and acrylic paints, instructor Jane East will help participants create a one-of-a-kind apron that's perfect for hostessing or as a holiday gift. The designs can be abstract, impressionistic, realistic, or a mix; holiday motifs will be available, too.
Jane has painted for 46 years in most media, but most recently has been fascinated with gelatin mono printing, now available with a pad for making monoprints with paints, usually acrylic, on textiles.
All materials are provided, even the apron, in the $55 workshop fee. For an additional $7, a participant can create a second apron. Have a question? Email email@example.com or call 409-621-1008. Registration: www.GalvestonArtLeague.com/workshops.html
2. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5: Free Bird Mask Workshop for Kids. Children in grades 1-8 (minimum age of 6 years) accompanied by an adult are invited to simply drop in during the workshop hours to create their mask. Kids will select an appealing bird to render and then instructors will help with details such as crests, beaks, and eyes. All materials provided.
Masks may be entered in the FeatherFest Birdiful Faces Scholarship Contest between Jan. 2 and Feb. 1. All finalists’ artwork will be publicly displayed. Additional contest details are available at www.GalvestonFeatherFest.com (click on "Scholarships").
3. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26: The Write Stuff ― Create Your Bio. Who needs a bio? You do ― if you sell your artwork and crafts; if you judge, teach, or perform in a creative medium; or if you have an online presence (social media, website) for your talent. A strong bio makes a lasting, favorable impression that can propel initial and follow-up sales of your work, and it can help you land gigs as an exhibitor, judge, instructor, and performer.
At this workshop, you’ll learn what to leave in and what to leave out in developing your bio. And you’ll learn how to tailor your bio to suit new and changing opportunities. Instructor Mary Vinnedge ― with 40 years of marketing, writing, and editing experience ― will begin with a presentation of do’s, don’ts, and examples. Then all participants will write their bios, which Mary will edit one-on-one. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a completed professional bio.
Bring a pencil or pen and paper, preferably lined, or a laptop computer. $25. Have a question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 409-621-1008. Registration: www.GalvestonArtLeague.com/workshops.html
ABOUT THE GALVESTON ART LEAGUE: The 104-year-old, all-volunteer organization has two galleries that sell the works of artists from Galveston County and beyond. The original gallery is in Galveston at 2117A Postoffice St., and the newer one is at 611 6th St. N. in Texas City. Each gallery hosts three juried competitions per year. The league is supported by membership fees (tax-deductible), contributions (tax-deductible), and commissions and entry fees. Art League memberships, which offer benefits such as discounted gallery exhibit and juried-competition entry fees, start at $10 per year for students and $35 for nonstudents; please visit www.GalvestonArtLeague.com/Join.html for details.