RCA | February Classes & Workshops

An Introduction to
Digital Photography
with Stephen Fisher
This 4 week course is the first in a series of classes designed to explore the fascinating medium of digital photography. We’ll start at a fairly basic level discussing;
  • The components of a digital camera system. This will include everything from cell phone cameras to moving into high-end digital single lens reflex (DSLR) systems.

  • Composition and how it takes a photograph from good to great. 

  • How to get your photographs off of your camera to share with family and others on social media. 

  • Taking your photographs to the next level with post-processing. 

Initially we’ll be taking photographs with our cell phones. The students will email or text their photographs to me and we’ll do some GENTLE critiquing together in class. I’ve found this a good way to learn from each other’s work.  

This initial course is perfect for both beginners with only a cell phone camera and those who already have more advanced cameras… but maybe don’t really understand everything yet. Subsequent courses will address some more advanced digital photography topics and include field trips around Rockport.

Bring a cell phone and any other camera gear you might own. Please bring the owners manual for your camera if possible. A notebook would be handy.

4-Week Series
Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 AM
February 6 - 27

Member Tuition $100
Non-Member Tuition $125

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Juicy Oil Painting
Using a 4-Color Palette
with Carol Frappier
What is Juicy Painting? Luscious, luxuriant brushwork, buttery, creamy paint, compelling, complex color…all this can be achieved with the right combination of painting support, medium and brushes and a direct expressive painting technique.

Which four colors will define YOUR painting personality? We will explore colors in depth, mixing and creating color charts to find the perfect combination of colors for you. We will then explore using your unique palette to explore still life, land/sea scape and abstract painting. This is a perfect class for painters of all levels. 

MATERIALS: The first class will include an in depth discussion of materials. Bring what oil painting supplies you already have to the first class. Do not buy anything yet. We will evaluate what you need and what I recommend. There will be some supplies available for use for the first class. There will be an opportunity to place a group order for supplies at the end of class if necessary. 

4-Week Series
Thursdays, 1 - 4 PM
February 8 - March 1

Member Tuition $120
Non-Member Tuition $150

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Sculpting Wire Birds
with Audrianna Rios
Explore the sculptural, technical and engineering elements of sculpting with wire. In this workshop students will learn how to craft birds and how to seal their sculpture for a long lasting and beautiful work of art. 

3-Hour Workshop
Friday 1:30 - 4:30 PM
February 7

Member Tuition $75, all materials provided
Non-Member Tuition $95, all materials provided

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Mixed Media Valentine Collage Triptych
with Kelly Schaub
In this 4-hour workshop, students will create a one-of-a-kind Valentine triptych using a variety of mixed media and collage techniques. Each student will complete 3 panels that work together into one comprehensive piece of art that reflects love.

4-Hour Workshop
Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bring a sack lunch
February 2

Member Tuition $50, all materials provided
Non-Member Tuition $65, all materials provided

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Blue Crab Mixed Media Collage Step-by-Step
with Kelly Schaub
In this six-hour workshop, students will learn to create a colorful mixed media background for a large-scale collage that will embody their interpretation of Rockport’s Blue Crab, using various techniques and materials.

6-Hour Workshop
Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bring a sack lunch
February 16

Member Tuition $70, all materials provided
Non-Member Tuition $90, all materials provided

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Found Object Fishies
with Kelly Schaub
In this four-hour workshop, students will create a three-dimensional fish sculpture or wall hanging from found objects and old, broken “junk”. Basic materials, adhesives, paints, and a whole host of rusted, broken, found objects will be provided, along with ideas and inspiration for creatively re-using old items and turning them into unique one of a kind assemblage art!

4-Hour Workshop
Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bring a sack lunch
February 23

Member Tuition $50, all materials provided
Non-Member Tuition $65, all materials provided

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Collage Exploration
with Kelly Schaub
In this four-week course, students will explore hand-cut paper and mixed media collage using a variety of techniques and materials. We will explore scale, color, composition, thematic work, texture, layers, and abstract collage, working in a range of styles and with a wide assortment of materials. Students will be able to share homework in an online group and will participate in an online exhibit at the end of the course. 

4-Week Series
Thursdays, 9 AM - 12 PM
February 1 - 22
Member Tuition $95 or $25 per drop-in class
Non-Member Tuition $120 or $32 per drop-in class

All materials included in tuition fee.

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Watercolor Painting
with Sandy Reese
Come join us for some watercolor fun. We will learn basic tips and techniques and create finished paintings. Beginners are welcome as well as those more experienced painters will have the opportunity to brush up on composition and techniques.  We will have a demo and then you will be able to work on a class project or a project of your choosing.  

4-Week Series
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
February 14 - March 7
Member Tuition $100
Non-Member Tuition $125

Materials list available

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Responding to Nature:
Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop
with Susie Baker
Signature Member of
Oil Painters of America
The workshop will kick off with a lecture and demo. Students receive instruction on principles of painting ranging from drawing, color, value, composition, color theory and so much more. Every day, you will apply what is being taught by getting outside and painting, observing and recording nature as it changes. Suzie will demo on location and offer one-on-one instruction in the field at every student’s easel.

Suzie’s goal is to help each student identify their level of mastery and provide strategies for personal progression through group instruction, example, and individual interaction. Her humorous, informative manner makes tackling this multi-faceted challenge a fun and rewarding experience.

“Not only is Suzie an accomplished Plein Air painter, AND portrait artist, but she is one of the nicest people you’ll meet. When having a conversation with her, you get the feeling that she’s really listening. She’ll offer you good and constructive advice, and throw in a couple of favors as well! In the short time that I’ve known her, she’s bent over backward for me. She’s a kind, “giving”, artist.”
-Marjorie Hicks

4-Day Workshop
Monday - Thursday9 AM - 4 PM
March 26 - 29
Member Tuition $450
Non-Member Tuition $562.50
Annual Membership Levels Begin at $40 each

Materials list available

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Print Studio Is Open
On Alternate Tuesdays
We were able to salvage both the small and large print presses and we're excited to see them back in use! So, we're setting aside every other Tuesday in January to Printmaking Studio time. We hope to continue in February as space is available. All print makers are welcome, but we do ask that you be a member of Rockport Center for the Arts to use the facility.

*Alternate Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:00 PM
February 13 & 27
FREE for Members

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Open Studio Time
for Members
We've done our best to set aside Wednesdayafternoons each week from 1 - 4 PM for our artists to work on their own projects and enjoy time for conversation and collaboration. Easels, tables, print presses and such will be available for your use. Studio use is a free service for Art Center members only. 

Open Days for February
February 14, 21 and 28,
There is no open studio Feb 7.
*Room availability is subject to change.
FREE Family Saturdays
For all parents, grandparents and children at heart-

Your favorite community art program will return on Saturday, January 13 from 10 am - 3:30 pm and meet every Saturday throughout the Fall months.

We will be meeting at 106 S Austin Street
January 13 - May 19

Weekly projects will be posted on our Facebook page.

This program is free and open to all thanks to the generosity of the Nystrom Family Foundation.

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