Rockport Art Center | "Education updates February 21, 2018"

We have a fun workshop planned for Friday with Kelly Schaub. Found Object Fishies! Registration deadline is Noon Thursday for this workshop.

Also, Nell Bednarz will be joining us in Rockport on March 2 for a special jewelry workshop: Variable Patterns: Herringbone Earrings."

Call or Email to register!

Happy Creating!
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
Variable Patterns:
Herringbone Earrings Workshop
with Nell Bednarz
Join Nell for a delightful afternoon of Jewelry Making. She will show you how to layer a wire pattern onto a bead in Herringbone to create post earrings as well as dangle style earrings.

1-Day Workshop
Friday1-4 PM
March 2

Member Tuition $75
Non-Member Tuition $93.75

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Light and Color
with Janice Bartke Thompson
2-Week Series
Second Section will meet on Thursdays, 1-4 PM
February 22 & March 1

Member Tuition $50
Non-Member Tuition $65

To register, email Karen here or call (361) 729-5519
Course of Study: Light & Color

Synopsis: A structured presentation of the components of Light and Color. The course builds toward a foundational knowledge base for the student-artist of the composition of Light, the components of color theory, and an understanding of the mechanics of color mixing.

Student profile: Advanced Beginner adult

Course Length: A three-hour weekly class for 2 consecutive weeks beginning Monday, February 19, 2018 and Monday, February 26, 2018 both beginning at 9:30 AM– 12: 30 PM. Due to the accumulative nature of subject matter, this course of instruction is not recommended for the “drop-in” student. Material presented via computer based visual presentations, video, and instructor led demonstration within a three hour lectured presentation format and culminating with a guided three-hour hands-on student reinforcement lab and practice.

Course description:   Subject matter inclusive of comprehensive discussions of the following topics: 
o  The relationship of Light and Color
o  Understanding the Color Gamut
  • Color in RYB painting
  • Color in CYM printing
  • Color in RGB digital
o  The language and terms of Color
o   Dissecting the color wheel
o   The Painters Palette and Mixing color

Materials required: 
1 tube each of any brand any size oil paint pigments:
o  Cadmium Red Medium*
o  Cadmium Yellow Medium*
o  Cobalt Blue*
o  Titanium White
o  Ivory Black
 *Above colors are preferred but any Red, Yellow or Blue is acceptable for lab work if already on hand.

Palette Knife ( Plastic or metal flat blade)
Roll of Paper Towels
3 – 11” x 14” cheap plastic frames with glass.
Small Glass Jar with lid

Instructor Bio: Janice Bartké Thompson
Janice began painting and drawing under the tutelage of her mother at the age of 18. Her interest continued following her throughout her educational years as a hobby and avocation; developing her skills with experimentation in a broad variety of inquisitive explorations. Her undergraduate studies in biological sciences directed her painting toward wildlife and nature illustration. She was introduced to stipple drawings of biological organism which she expanded beyond the microscopic, encompassing a broad spectrum of animal and bird subjects. She continued to paint and draw prolifically over the years as she continued her educational endeavors and beyond into and past her professional career. She retired in 2007 from Southern Methodist University, School of Engineering, Advanced Computer Education Center where she held the position of Technology Educator. Upon retirement she directed her sole attention to enhancing her skill set with new direction and focus into the development of her unique style and artistic explorations. She considers oil paint her preferred media, but has produced renderings in watercolor, pastel, acrylics and ink. She is a skilled amateur wood smith and photographer. She has been presented with numerous awards for her work and was recognized by Southwest Art Magazine September 2016 issue as a National Emerging Artist. She is a member of Artist of Texas and Oil Painters of America. Her works can be enjoyed at Her experience in educational presentation, digital technologies and instructional design compliment her ability to assist beginning students into the mechanics and knowledge required to build a strong foundational understanding of artistic expression. 

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 - Thursday, 9 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 Wednesday afternoons 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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