Students of all artistic levels are welcome in my class. I give a presentation at
the beginning of each class. Then the students have the rest of the time to
work on their own paintings. During this time, I help each student individually
responding to the needs on his or her own level. At the end of class we do a
critique of the day's work. I teach the essential principles of painting. These
essential elements can be studied and deepened for years.
Each week I offer either a still life set-up or a landscape. We view the
landscapes on a HD-TV. I try to provide more than one choice each week.
Students are also invited to bring their own set-ups or photos. Usually we
begin a new painting each week, unless the student has a photo or set-up of
their own. My theory is getting things right from the start is the most important
phase of the painting. Students often try to finish them on their own at home.
The classes are about three hours in length. Classes are ongoing so
students my start at any time. Acceptance of new students depends on
Grab your paints and brushes and join us for a journey of artistic growth.
TIMES - In my studio
Wednesday mornings 9:00 - 12:15 a.m.
Thursday evenings (please call)
The cost is $35 each 3 hour class with advance payment for the month. The
cost is $40 for individual classes. Students who cannot come to every class
during the month may either pay the whole month and do a make-up class in
another time slot, or pay the individual class rate. Make-up classes may be
done at other class times as long as the individual is enrolled. Unused
classes may not be transferred to the next month. Sometimes private make-
up sessions can be arranged. Those with special needs, for example those
trying the class to see if they like it or not, may make arrangements to pay on
a per-class basis. The extra $5 will be credited back if the person does
complete all the classes of the month.
Canvases or Canvas Boards – Various Sizes: 11” x 14” to 12” x 16” and if
you have some experience 16” x 20” for complete work or smaller for studies.
Working on white or on toned canvases is left to the preference of the
student. Toning may be done ahead of time and allowed to dry or with a
turpentine wash applied with a brush and slightly dried with a paper towel at
the time of painting.
I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN USING A LIMITED PALETTE - THE COLORS
MARKED* ARE ALL THAT ARE REALLY NECESSARY. IF YOU LIKE A
COMPLETE PALETTE BUY ALL BELOW, IF YOU WANT TO LIMIT THEN
BUY ONLY THE MARKED* COLORS.
THE SUGGESTED COLORS ARE: Cadmium Yellow Lemon*, Cadmium
Yellow Light*, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light*, Cadmium Red,
Permanent Alizarin Crimson*, Permanent Green Light, Viridian Green*,
Cobalt Blue*, Ultramarine Blue*, Transparent Red Oxide*, Yellow Ochre,
Titanium White* (Soft formula).
Natural Bristle Brushes: I use Robert Simmons Signet Flats, they cost more
but are worth it. I use size 6 or 8 flats. It is helpful, especially if you have rough
canvas, to use a Bright size 8 or 10 (instead of a flat) for the initial stage. The
flats are still necessary for the painting stage - or filberts may be used.
Palette for mixing paints. Paper palettes are not good (except in a pinch)
because they are light and slide around, making mixing on them difficult. A
wood palette is good but must be varnished first. Some use glass or
Plexiglas placed in a box with a lid (these can be purchased at the art stores)
so that left over paint can be carried home and not wasted. Usually a mid-
tone gray or brown paper is placed under the glass.
Absorbent Paper Towels (Viva was the best I am experimenting to find a new
brand). And odorless paint thinner (mineral spirits). The best is Startex from
Sherman Williams - but you may have to get them to order it. It is about
$15.00 per gallon. Let me know and I can get it for you.
Palette Knife (Scraper).
Studio Location: 4848 Guiton, Ste. 240 Houston, TX 77027 (at 3151 W.
Loop South - NE Corner Richmond & 610 - upstairs - beside Hertz and NTB
CONTACT Please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call me
at 713-927-8517. If you need to send a check please mail it to: Bruce
Williamson, 1015 Kemberton Dr, Houston, TX 77062.
For a map to the studio click on the following link then type in 4848 Guiton St,
Houston, Texas 77027