Registration is open for four Galveston Art League workshops during January and February at the Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. in Galveston. All four workshops are suitable for beginners — no experience is necessary to learn the techniques and/or create artwork during the presentations. But more experienced artists will appreciate learning new techniques, too.
Registration and payment for these workshops is available online at www.GalvestonArtLeague.com. For more information, please call 281-451-5814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Design a Seascape; Saturday, Jan. 11
Join award-winning Galveston painter Randall Cogburn as he demonstrates planning, designing and executing a seascape that contains a human figure. His presentation will last from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 11, and cost $40.
The demonstration is designed so everyone, whether experts or novices – or just an art enthusiast – can sit back to watch Cogburn create an interesting seascape with a person included in the scene. He will talk attendees through each step of his painting, including principles of layout, lighting, color harmony and finishing touches.
Attendees need to bring only a note pad and pen/pencil if they wish. Picture-taking will be allowed, but no video recording, please.
Silk Painting with Spectra Tissue Paper; Friday, Jan. 24
Instructor Sally Knight will teach silk painting with Spectra tissue paper at a Galveston Art League workshop 1-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Attendees will cut, tear, and wrinkle this paper, which bleeds color to create varied effects, on a silk scarf that they will take home. All materials are provided and the cost is only $25.
Spectra tissue can be used for a variety of art projects. When wet, it bleeds color, making pleasing patterns that are especially effective on silk. Participants in this workshop will learn to cut, tear and wrinkle the paper to create a variety of effects on silk. Students also will create different colors by layering and overlapping paper to produce additional and more intense colors.
Knight learned to paint on silk from the Galveston Art League’s master silk painter, Susan Douglass Moody. “I fell in love with painting on silk and have enjoyed making and selling silk scarves through the Island Market,” Knight says. “I also have explored creating designs on silk using Sharpies and Spectra paper.”
Pour Painting Workshop; Friday, Feb. 7
Participants in this acrylic pour painting workshop will see colors magically blend on the canvas and then change once heat is applied. Instructor Troy Knight will provide all of the materials necessary for attendees to leave with two pour paintings that they will finish in the two-hour class, 10 a.m.-noon on Friday, Feb. 7. Bring a hair dryer to dry your paintings and wear something to protect your clothing. Cost is $30.
Knight says that during the workshop, “we will explore various methods of pouring as well as the use of simple household items to create a variety of effects on the canvas, and the effect of heat on the painted canvas. The physics of pigment weight and heat also makes this project scientific as well as artistic.”
Dare to Wear Art Workshop; Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1
High-profile regional artist Bonnie Blue takes time out from Ellen, Great Day Houston, and other TV appearances to teach the two-day Galveston Art League workshop “Dare to Wear Art.” Her class will last from 2-5 p.m. both days: Saturday, Feb. 29, and Sunday, March 1. The cost is $125.
Participants need to provide apparel for their projects, and Blue suggests a jacket, hat, boots, shoes or purse. Students also need to bring a package of small to medium flat paintbrushes, three fine-point Sharpies, one bottle each of gold and silver glitter Tulip paint, and a hair dryer. Blue will provide the other paints needed during the class.
During the first day of the workshop, attendees will design their art on paper and prepare the item to paint by putting down a base color to dry overnight. On the second day, they will draw the design on the item and paint it.
About the Galveston Art League
The Galveston Art League is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1914 with the mission of promoting visual arts, art education and art appreciation throughout the region. It supports itself largely through an annual gala and memberships offered to artists and non-artists (visit www.GalvestonArtLeague.com and click on “Join” to learn more).