Monday, April 3, 2017

WAL: Groups, Classes, and Waterway!

Woodlands Waterway Art Festival - April 7th, 8th, and 9th

Volunteer spots still available! Get a 3 Day Pass and T-shirt for donating just four hours of your time to help the Woodlands Arts Council and the partner charities support art  throughout the Woodlands, and surrounding communities. This year the Woodlands Art League is partnering with Cassidy Joined for Hope, an organization dedicated to  awareness of  the high incidence of teen and young adult suicide in Montgomery and Harris Counties, and to partnering with community organizations, schools, and churches to prevent more tragedies. Our Community Art Project is Hearts for Hope, an assemblage of small paintings by festival attendees, which will be made into a large piece to display in the community. We would love to have fellow artists volunteer to work for the festival in our name; some of the donation we receive from this year's festival will be used to fund projects or events for non-profits like this. All the charity partners are worthy, and what helps one of us, helps us all, so if you choose another cause, please stop by our booth to add some paint to the project...and if you cannot volunteer, please attend so the Woodlands Arts Council can continue sponsoring what is now one of
the best arts festivals in the nation. For information go to :
For information about Cassidy Joined For Hope, their mission, and their clubs for teens go to:

Fridays Open Studio
WAL members can now enjoy Open Studio most Fridays from noon to five PM in our studio at 26002 Budde Rd, 77380. . Bring your supplies, snacks, and come work in our creative space! Just $2 per person per session donation from members; new visitors welcome for one session for $5. No instruction provided...just fun and companionship. Next Open Studio will be April 14th. Check WAL calendar for further dates

Artist Trading Card Group 

Meets Second Thursday of each month. Next meeting April 13th at 6:30 PM. Bring your supplies, some wine and a snack, and $2 to Studio in the Woods, 26002 Budde Rd ,77380.
This month's themes (prompts) are Blue and Water, but all subjects and mediums are welcome! Bring completed cards with you if you have them or make some there...and trade at the end of the night. Some supplies provided, some scrounged and shared.
Contact Cindy Johnson if you have questions :

New Group for Encaustic Wax Lovers!

For those who have some encaustic wax experience, we now have an encaustic wax group! We will meet twice per month at the WAL studio during the Open Studio time to explore our favorite medium. No instruction given, supplies not included but some tools and equipment available. Group may purchase supplies together. To join this group please contact Lauren at
Fees of $10 per session will be split between WAL and the group. Next session April 14th. Space may be limited.

Still Life/Plein Air Group re-forming  

Tuesdays 9:30 AM to noon at the WAL Studio. Group members will take turns selecting props, and setting the scenes for members to paint or draw. No instruction available, bring your own supplies. Twice per month in good weather group may opt to meet outside to paint plein air.  Fee: $2 per session, first time non-members $5, first time members no charge. Contact Kader Bachesais for more information or to join the group: Kbachesais@yahoo,com

For more information on any of our groups please visit our website:


Beginning Sculpture and 3-D  with Shailja Kumar

In this six session class students will create small works in clay, mache clay, and mixed media assemblage. No firing or wheel work .
Weeks 1 and 2: Air dry clay
While learning the basics of working with clay, you will make a small hand-formed pot and a sculpture with wire and wood armature.
Weeks 3 and 4: Mache clay
Switch to Mache Clay for the next two weeks and continue to expand your skills. Mache clay can be sanded, painted or left in it's natural state for unusual folk and faux effects.
Weeks 5 and 6: Assemblage
Add wood, wire, glass, metal and found items to your clays to create one of a kind 3-D art!

Classes held Mondays, 3:30 - 5:30 PM beginning April 17th in Studio in the Woods, 26002 Budde Rd, Spring, 77380.
$100 for each two week unit or $250 for all six classes
Supply list available from instructor; some supplies provided

Contact instructor for more information and to register for this class:

New time and place for  Acrylic and Mixed Media

Two classes have been added to take advantage of our studio space! Now learn new techniques Mondays at 12:30 to 3 PM, or  Tuesday evenings at 6:30 - 9:00 PM. Beginners will learn the basics of color mixing, composition, and materials while painting in a more realistic style. Intermediates may choose to add collage, textures with mediums, try out new supports,  and explore abstract or experimental techniques. Try making skins or pouring, working large or painting minis's... using tools, brushes, fingers, or palette knives...the sky is the limit!

Classes $30 each or 4 for $100 if prepaid.  Supplies not included; BASIC supply list will be emailed; other supplies purchased as you go. 

Come find out why acrylics are said to be the most versatile of all mediums! Contact Lauren for information, supply list and to register at