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Art Sampler – Children

Instructor: Patti Reed

Date/Time: Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

04/05/17 – 06/07/17


Students will venture into discovering their creative and critical thinking skills by sampling various mediums in art. They will learn an appreciation for the visual arts and gain a better understanding for other subjects in the world of art – ceramics, drawing and painting.

All supplies and tools provided by Inspire


Color Lab – (Learning the basics of Painting)

Instructor: Laura Rhodes

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

04/08/17 – 06/10/17  


Explore colors – complimentary, cool, warm and experiment with different  mediums such as Acrylics, Inks and Watercolor.  There’s no right or wrong way to paint in this class, as we will be focusing on developing your own creative vision introducing you to basic tips and techniques that will help you create your own original artwork.


  • For Acrylics:  Canvases, acrylic paints in Cadmiun Yellow, Primary Yellow, Cadmiun Red, Alizarim Crimson, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium white (Golden brand preferred), plus Filtbert Brushes in assorted sizes.
  • For Inks & Watercolors: Liquid Panels no bigger than 16 x 20, watercolor paper/sketchbook, watercolor brushes in assorted sizes.
  • Images of things you would like to paint or sketches of your own idea sketches.

Creating Experimental Watercolors

Instructor: Lynn Denzer

Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 pm.



This class can be for all levels of experience. We will cover basics of watercolor. Elements of design of composition, lighting, shading, perspective, and color theory will be covered, in order to compose your art works.  This is a fun, yet challenging medium to work in.  We will spend some time on drawing in preparation for better  watercolor projects, and outside drawing will be encouraged. If you have good photos you want to use as reference, those can be used also.  Techniques, that are characteristic to the watercolor medium will be explored, to add interest to your creations. Projects at first will be more structured and, later lead toward using more creativity and choice, but at all times experimentation is encouraged. Also, your level of experience, and the class’s preferences, will influence the direction we travel.

Supply list:

Creating Experimental Watercolors:
One of these triads:   Windsor Blue, Windsor Red, Windsor Yellow or
                                            Cobalt Blue, Permanent Rose, Transparent Yellow- Windsor Newton
                                            Pthalo Blue/green shade, Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow- Daniel Smith
You can get other secondary and other colors, or wait until 1st day to see my samples. Other brands I like are QOR, Holbien, Grumbacher, Koi, and Turner.  Small .5 ml or larger tubes.
plastic divided palette . You need extra room for mixing, in center or larger areas. Covered palettes are nice to have.
140 lb. cold press cellulose or cotton watercolor paper, aprox, 11x 14″ pad. suggested brand Strathmore or Arches
Assortment of round and filbert brushes, 2 to 4, and wait to see my wash brushes and sizes
large ( 1 to 2 quart) clear jar
rubber cement or masking fluid
Half roll (aprox.) toilet paper
cellulose sponge
drawing pad or paper and clip board
Pencil, sharpener, eraser, pocket folder for samples
ruler. Possibly other household items and images as we progress.  Questions? I prefer shopping at Asel Art, Jerry’s or Herwecks, and ask if student discount is available.

Digital Photography Boot Camp

Instructor:  William Timmerman

Date/Time: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.



Learn how to take stunning photos by exploring the techniques of digital photography. This class is for all skill levels and there will be both discussion and real life application. Weather permitting; we will take field trips to Brackenridge Park to practice. Topics include composition, framing, aspect ratio, proper exposure, histograms, shooting in manual, and basic editing.

You must bring a DSLR camera to each class. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom will be a valuable tool for the class, but not required.


Drawing & Painting – Youth

Instructor: Laura Rhodes


Date/Time:  Wednesday – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.



Come learn the ins and outs of drawing/sketching in black and with color.   Experience working with pencil, charcoal and pastels as we create work from both still life and photographic sources.   An introduction to acrylic and/or watercolor painting will also be part of this course depending on the students preferences.  Most supplies will be provided for this course.   The instructor will discuss any extra materials needed on the 1st day of class.   The instructor is bilingual (English & Spanish).


Drawing Dynamics for Teens and Adults (Session 2)

Instructor: Lynn Denzer

Thursday, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

2/23/17-03/23/17  (5 Weeks)


Drawing can be simple, natural and fun.  If you can see you can draw.  Like Leonardo Da Vinci, your drawings can be a reflection of your experiment in seeing.  In this class you can approach your experiments in drawing with a delightful anticipation of discovery. Your teacher will guide you through basic to more thorough techniques to  draw from what you see and what you want to compose through your imagination..


Supply List –-suggested brands are in italics  
  • graphite pencils: 6-H, 4-H, 2-b (Kimberly) 
  • charcoal pencil (Prismacolor)
  • blending stump
  • colored pencils    (Prismacolor or Prang)
  • artist pen (waterproof) 2 of choice (Faber-Castel)
  • eraser
  • 2 sharpeners (separate one for colored pencils)
  • 2 sketch pads (9×12 and 11 x14)      (Strathmore)
    • one smooth pad and one rough (with assorted tints in one and one white)

Encaustics & Mixed Media (2nd Session)

Instructor: Laura Rhodes

Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

2/23/17 – 3/23/17 (Most supplies covered in lab fee)

An Introduction to the world of Encaustic Painting.

Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint.

In this workshop you will be introduced to this wonderful and unique art medium that dates back centuries, and get acquainted with  some of the many techniques utilized to create artwork on different substrates.  We will produce work that will range from abstract to representational, painting in molten wax.

No previous experience required just the desire and willingness to have fun and let your imagination take the lead.

Most supplies will be provided and are covered by a lab fee.  We will discuss any extra materials needed the first day of class.

 Lab Fee: $30


Famous Artists – Children

Instructor: Patti Reed

Date/Time: 04/06/17-6/08/17

Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


In this class we will talk about a different artist each week. We’ll consider examples of each artist’s most famous works, discuss the various art styles, and media used, and talk about our own responses to the art. Then the students will create their own piece of art according to examples of the artist being studied.



Fibers/Hand Sewing

Instructor: Loretta Medellin

Monday  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Join this fun class and learn the tricks and techniques necessary to create vibrant and whimsical Fiber Art.


Figurative to Abstract – Clay

Instructor: Trace Guthrie

Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.



Student will learn the fundamentals of analyzing forms and to solve construction challenges. With 40 years experience, the instructor will help you to avoid pitfalls in building clay sculpture while helping you to develop your own visions.

Open to beginners and advanced students, no experience required

*Lab Fee: $30
(includes log of clay and use of tools)


Here’s a list of items that will help diminish frustrations thus leaving more room for creativity and happy thoughts

  • Workboard;  suggested size 13x 13x 3/4 . It’s important that this board is flat and not warped
  • A couple of shear plastic bags. Those white 5 gal. bags are ideal.
  • Lazy Susan; Plastic spice tray or metal ball bearing Susan at Home Depot
  • Tuna or cat food can for water finger bowl.
  • Plant mist water bottle
  • Paper towels and or terry cloth wash rag.
  • A Dollar Store shower curtain will relieve you in clean up . One piece for the floor under work area as well
  • Later on when you carve down your project have a plastic gallon bucket to recycle scraps
  • A dull butter knife.
  • A cheap sketch pad or a spiral notebook will do.. IMPORTANT
  • Butter or cottage cheese container with a snap top for preserving slip (your ‘glue’ )
  •  Photos, illustrations, etc for models and inspirations, If you draw a blank at first , we will do a step by step project that allows you to practice control of shaping clay.
  •  Toothbrush to clean your cuticles.. I will have a 5 gal. water bucket for hand cleaning thus keeping as little clay going down the sinkhole.  Of course you will want to wash your toothbrush thoroughly before you take it back home to clean your teeth.
  • For sculpting I find there is a better shaped tool  than the wood tools that potters use. So,…I make two tools that are most useful to me and I will supply them both for $3.oo . But if you see some of the curved wood tools that look interesting to you.,…then go for it. Also I make a nice little mallet out of a 2×4 for tapping things into shape. $3.oo (optional)