Paint. Pixels. Pitch. Whether your preferred creative expression is studio art, photography, music or another medium, the lectures and hands-on workshops of our Arts courses offer expert guidance and welcoming environments. Absolute beginners, serious amateurs and seasoned professionals are invited to deepen their understanding of arts and design, enhance their skills or learn something entirely new.


Spring 2020 Courses

Beethoven 250

On the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, Rice University musicologist David Ferris provides a sweeping overview of Beethoven’s life, work and influences.

Behind the Curtain on Broadway

DAYTIME & EVENING - Former professional actress, singer and director Debra Dickinson reveals the inner workings of blockbuster Broadway shows like “Hamilton,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats” and “Les Misérables.”

Creativity Up Close: Creative Process and Practice

Foster your creativity in this dynamic course with composer, professor and creativity scholar Anthony Brandt.

Designing, Building and Remodeling Your Dream Home

Architect and interior designer Brent Nyquist guides you through the process of home design, new construction and remodeling with tools to help you manage your project and assess the professionals involved.

From Rembrandt to Vermeer: 17th Century Dutch Art

Experience Dutch art from the 17th century, examining the lives, artwork and legacies of Frans Hals, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Includes a tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Seasonal Cooking with Chef Roger

NEW MENUS - This hands-on course shares techniques for stepby-step preparation of seasonal meals with Chef Roger Elkhouri, an award-winning senior executive chef at Rice University.


Studio Arts Courses

The Art of Watercolor

Whether you are a novice or a master artist, enhance your ability to harness the luminosity of watercolor. Includes a field trip to an exhibit or artist studio.

Bring the Light: Mastering Value in Studio Art

Deepen your mastery of the value scale—a foundation of all visual arts—and enhance the intensity of your artwork in this workshop for artists at all levels.

Introduction to Drawing

Bring your drawings to life by learning the basics of composition, value and contour while practicing a variety of approaches to create a drawing.

The Painter’s Toolbox: An Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Build a strong foundation of skills to create a painting from start to finish. Explore paint application, the value scale, texture and color theory.

Word Play: Art + Creative Writing Workshop

This “crossed genres” workshop blends flash writing, sketching, optional painting exercises and other approaches to enhance creative expression. To participate, all you need is something to express.

You, Too, Can Draw!

Learn or relearn the fundamentals of drawing in this class for beginning and intermediate artists.


Photography Courses

Advanced Photography Workshop With Peter Brown

Experienced photographers grow creatively by offering and receiving critiques on independent projects in a supportive environment.

The Basics of Photography

DAY & EVENING - Learn the technical and artistic aspects of basic photography in this introductory course, with weekly assignments and critiques.

Introduction to iPhone Photography

This course covers the basics of the iPhone® camera, the art and science of photography, strategies for taking better photographs and recommended apps.

iPhone Photography Critique Workshop

Take your iPhone® photography skills to the next level in this interactive workshop that includes classroom instruction and critiques.

Lightroom and Photoshop for Photographers

This class guides photographers through the essentials of Adobe® Lightroom® and Adobe® Photoshop®—the most popular digital photo processing software available today.

Street Photography

Review the history of street photography and explore its distinct qualities. Class sessions alternate between on-location shooting in Houston and in-class critiques.


Interested in exploring our diverse course offerings? Consider our Midweek Medley sampler series class.