Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Portrait Workshop with Clayton Beck III

Woodlands Art League Gallery at Market Street
presents Clayton Beck III

After graduation from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Clayton studied at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts with Richard Schmid. Clayton’s career began while still at the American Academy, exhibiting at Jody Kirberger’s Talisman Gallery and winning awards from the Midwest Pastel Society, the Palette and Chisel and the Pastel Society of America. He began teaching Saturday classes in Chicago after graduation from art school.

Artist Statement: "My love for painting has always been enhanced by my love to teach. Any artist who thinks they understand painting should try teaching. They will soon realize how little they know. I have always felt that I have a responsibility to teach because I have been given a generous gift from my teachers (i.e. Bill Parks, Ted Smuskiewicz, and Richard Schmid) and it should be passed on to the next generation of painters who share this love of art."

Recently, Clayton has been featured in International Artist Magazine, and in last fall's American Artist Workshop Magazine.

Workshop offerings:
Week 1: Portrait Painting Nov 8-12 9am-4pm $450
Week 2: Portrait Painting/looking at masters such as Sargent, Fechin, Mancini... Nov 15-19 9am-4pm $450
To register contact Kim Abbati (
Nonrefundable deposit of $200 required.
Please send to:
Woodlands Art League
P.O. Box 7234
The Woodlands, TX 77387

Artists interested in the November classes are encouraged to get together for a color chart painting group. In last fall's workshop magazine Clayton stressed the importance of color charts and used them in his classes. We will try to meet on Mondays after portrait group to share our progress. Click here for Beck's Color Chart Instruction

Portrait Class Offering - Fall Sessions

Portrait Class -- Fall Schedule
Susan Hotard, instructor

Bi-monthly class
-- September through December
Beginning September 14th, 6-9 pm

New location! The class will move to Woodlands Art League Gallery in Market Street across from Aaron Bros. Art Supply. We will provide easels, taborets, and chairs. Just bring your paint supplies. Class is limited to 12. There will be several returning students, so space is limited!
Contact Susan Hotard to sign up!

Portrait Class: 2 Tuesday evenings a month, 6-9pm
Fee: $110/monthly includes model fee, but payable for entire month even if you have to be absent. Contact Susan for supply list.

Fall Schedule:
-- September 14, 28
-- October 12, 26
-- November: no classes
-- December 14, 21

The first class will be back to the basics: study of the skull and planes of the head.

Send checks to:

Susan Hotard
35 Wingspan Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
936-271-4879 home
504-458-8245 cell

Monday, August 23, 2010

WAL General Meeting - August 26th - UPDATE


Thursday, August 26th is the next general meeting of Woodlands Art League. We will be meeting at the South County Community Center on Lake Robbins. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 pm for important Gallery training. Uri Kelman will be our featured artist for this meeting.

Alice, our librarian, would like to remind everyone to return all videos and DVDs that were checked out during the summer. Please call or email Alice if you will not be able to attend the meeting and have a library item that you need to return.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

WAL Street Journal - Call for News

Please submit any newsworthy items or photos to at your earliest convenience in order to be included in September's edition of WAL Street Journal.

Woodlands Art League wins Chairman's Ball Award

On Saturday night August 21st, South Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chairman's Ball at the Waterway Marriott Hotel. Woodlands Art League participated in the event by sponsoring a Tabletop decoration. This was WAL's first time to attend the Chairman's Ball and also to donate their efforts by decorating one of 58 banquet tables at the event. Numerous WAL members assisted with this endeavor and to everyone's delight, Woodlands Art League was awarded a wonderful trophy for the "Best Use of Theme" category! WAL is very proud of its many talented members and so thankful for all the support and encouragement from each of them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WAL 2-Day Art Camp

Woodlands Art League
2 Day Art Camp
ages 7-12

Tuesday August 17th and Wednesday August 18th
9:30-12:00 noon
• Tuesday: perspective lesson, color mixing, make color wheel
• Wednesday: “Paint Out” at Market Street-plein air painting on canvas with acrylics

• FEE: $30 each day (supplies included) --- join us for one day or both

• Contact: Kim Abbati at or
Anita Marshall at
Location: Woodlands Art League Gallery at Market Street
(across from Aaron Bros.)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

WAL Street Journal - August 2010 Edition

The latest WAL street is complete and available for viewing at
This issue highlights the new Woodlands Art League Gallery at Market Street and reminds everyone about the exciting demonstration by Uri Kelman, which will be held at the South County Community Center on Lake Robbins Road on August 26th, starting at 6:30pm. The issue also contains updates about WAL's various activities and the successes of our members. Alice, our WAL librarian, asks that all library items previously checked out be returned for this meeting. Everyone is also invited to bring their latest endeavors to the general meeting to share with the league.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Woodlands Art League Gallery - UPDATE

Artwork is being accepted for the new Woodlands Art League Gallery in Market Street.

UPDATED -- Drop off will be on Sunday through Thursday (August 8th-12th) from 2:00 pm thru 5:00 pm.

The following forms are available for download and are required for submission:

Gallery Guidelines
Gallery Registration Form
Gallery ID Form

Any questions, all of the WAL Board Members are available to help.

Thank you for making this opportunity a huge success!

Thursday, August 5, 2010



Hi Everyone,

We still have openings in Holly Hunter Berry's Palette Knife workshop this Saturday, Aug. 7. It's only $65 for the day and you will learn lots of great information as well as tons of fun doing it.

By summer's end, we will be ready for a fun one-day workshop to rejuvenate our artistic juices anew and get us geared up for the fall shows. Holly Hunter Berry is the perfect instructor to motivate us as she demonstrates the implementation of color, design and texture using a palette knife as a main tool.

Media: Acrylics or Oil
Date: Saturday, August 7
Cost: $65
Location: Christ Church, League Line Rd., Conroe

See course description below.

Learn how to effortlessly and intuitively apply acrylic or oil paint (with brushes, knife, even fingers) and other materials, including charcoal, crayons, pencils and more, in this mixed-media class. Demonstrations with extensive explanations plus personal guidance will aid in helping find your "voice" as an artist.
Your "toolbox," the elements of design, will be reinforced as you enjoy the freedom in exploring materials and being confident as you create, knowing the "why" behind the choices of color, composition, etc.
We will work from photos and/or drawings. Holly will be sharing many things from her studio so you may experiment.
All levels. Only a desire to create and have fun is required.

Holly will be bringing some materials for you to borrow and experiment with if needed such as various paints, papers, mediums and even some unusual knives!
A supply list will be given out upon registration.

Contact: Jeanne Matthews at

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How to Write Grants

On Tuesday, August 17th, Joe Wilson from the Houston Arts Alliance will discuss ART GRANTS. Presentation will be held on the  6th floor of Conroe's City Hall, 300 West Davis St., starting at 9:30am. 

If you have any questions contact Janna Patrick the Arts & Communications Coordinator for the City of Conroe at 936 522-3025.

Monday, August 2, 2010

WAL Opens Market Street Art Gallery!

Warm greetings WAL Members,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the WAL board of directors is pleased to announce that TM MARKET STREET LLC has granted Woodlands Art League a temporary license space for the right to show art and to offer art classes. Members, we have a gallery!

The temporary license runs from August 1st, to December 31st, with first right of renewal. Rent for the space is $500 plus electricity and is located at 9595 Six Pines #1370, across from Aaron Brothers Art. The space is about 2,800 square ft., with a large back room that we will be using for studio classes, workshops and group gatherings to expand our artistic interests. The space is well suited for our needs and is in very good condition except for the lack of a good cleaning (currently underway) and possible repainting. We have been able to obtain some free fixtures and materials to build three model platforms. We also have plenty of room to house a children's program, library, gathering area, and exhibition.

We are not letting go of our other venues with the Community Center or the Library as it is important that we stay connected to these venues for our many community activities. In fact many venues to show art in our community have opened up for us to act on in the coming months.

This new space helps to advance our mission statement which is: “The League’s purpose is to further the cause and interest in the visual arts through scholarships, teaching, programs, demonstrations, exhibitions, and community involvement." Our league was founded exclusively for educational purposes and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We are WAL, a unique group of artists and supporters of the arts. Let’s all come together in the next few months, make this opportunity a huge success, and show The Woodlands and surrounding communities the wealth of talent available for them.

Further information concerning classes, workshops, events, and collection of art work for the Gallery will be announced through our web site very soon.
Thank you, to all the board members and members who have worked so hard to make this Gallery come together in less than a month.

Vida Tuminas, President
Woodlands Art League