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Studio Art

Our hands-on studio art courses offer a welcoming environment for beginning, intermediate and more advanced artists to stretch themselves creatively. Instructors are practicing artists and educators who provide expert technical guidance, individual feedback and creative inspiration in a supportive group setting. 

Spring Studio Art Courses

Alla Prima: A Painting a Week     Laura Spector 
This course focuses on completing one small still life painting during each class using methods of “alla prima” painting, a wet-on-wet painting method in which painters work quickly to create bold illusions.

The Art of Collage     Ellen Orseck, M.A. 
“Coller,” the French word meaning to glue, defines this technique of assembling different forms to create something new. The class explores innovative collage artists and will include a museum visit. In-class time will be devoted to creating collages.

The Drawing Lab     Laura Spector 
In this exploratory workshop, students will draw from life with charcoal and silverpoint. While sessions will focus primarily on still life drawing, the course will also include two clothed live model sessions.

Masterful Painting      Laura Spector 
Masterful Painting takes inspiration from art history and encourages participants to develop creative new works that blend the past with the present. Each student will complete two paintings.

The Self-Portrait: Beyond the Surface     Ellen Orseck, M.A. 
This course explores self-portraits throughout art history and includes class demonstrations, a museum visit and substantial in-class time creating one or more self-portraits.

Watercolor for All     Ellen Orseck, M.A. 
Fit for any skill level, this course will help you master techniques in watercolor such as transparency and opacity, flat and graduated wash, wet-on-wet, lifting and resists. Includes a field trip to an exhibition or artist studio.

You, Too, Can Draw!     Stanley Kaminski, M.F.A. 
Find your artist within as you learn to draw what you see, one step at a time. Beginners will acquire essential methods for object drawing, while intermediate artists will benefit from re-learning fundamentals.


Instructor Spotlight: Ellen Orseck

Ellen Orseck has taught studio art courses at the Glasscock School since 2012. Her artwork has been exhibited across Houston and Texas, as well as in New York City and Lima, Peru.

“I try to encourage all the artists that take classes here to find their own, individual, unique voice. I think having that authentic voice is really what makes someone an artist and not just a copyist.”