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Children’s Summer Art Camp – June 24-26

An African Journey

Art Extravaganza Camp

Dear young artist, I hope you are having a happy summer! Camp is next Tuesday – Thursday! It’s going to be amazing! We will create some awesome masterpieces as we journey through Africa!  Sign up today! Spaces are limited!

Children's Summer Art Camp

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When: June24-26,Tuesday-Thursday

Where: Amarillo Art Institute

Journey with us into the jungles of Africa where we will get creative in a wonderful and crazy way with animals, masks, portraits and all that is wild and fun! Learn about lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras and monkeys! We will paint, draw, and create amazing masterpieces as we go on safari and explore a land far away!

Time: Cost: Other:

9am – Noon
$95 with all supplies included

Please dress in play clothes that can get messy!

$95.00 Register

Alexis Lavine - Watercolor Workshop – August 14-16

By Alexis Lavine

Hello to everyone who painted with me last September at Amarillo Art Institute. I hope this letter finds you well, painting well and often, and enjoying Spring in Amarillo!

Spunky and I have been planning another watercolor workshop in August, and I am so looking forward to coming back to Amarillo and AAI!  I hope that you will be in town and will sign up for it.

Here are the details:

“From Ordinary to Extraordinary”

August 14-16 @ AAI

I developed this workshop after an interesting plein air experience in St. Croix a few years ago.  I was with a large (20+) group of plein air painters, at a lovely home which had several expansive porches overlooking the ocean.  Virtually all of the painters were out on the porches, painting the “million dollar view.”  I painted inside, where my eye was attracted to an old, paint-spattered ladder with a can of paint sitting on top of it.  The other painters thought I was nuts.  Why wouldn’t I be outside painting the sparkling Caribbean sea and the shapes of the cliff?  Truly, I thought that my subject was much more interesting and it was certainly different.  Here is the result.  I called it “Redecorate.” 

So – after this experience I thought a lot about the fact that many of us feel like we have to find the PERFECT, fabulous, ideal, picturesque subject in order to make a good painting.  And that’s just not true.  Oftentimes there are fascinating, surprising, engaging subjects right at our feet – - if we just allow ourselves to see them.

So this workshop will be all about painting those humble subjects and making great paintings from them.  It’s all in the seeing, designing, and interpreting. Fun!  And exciting too!

I will have several watercolor demonstrations planned for you, using “ordinary” subjects.  I’ll paint for you and give you lots of useful information about everything that goes into making them, from my first idea to my last stroke on the paper.  We’ll have at least one group critique plus lots of individual painting time and one-on-one help.  Please tell your friends they are invited too.  And people working in other media are welcome too.  Aside from my manipulation of watercolor on paper, most of the info I will be sharing will be very useful for people using oils, acrylics, or pastels.

Spunky has three new watercolors of mine on display at AAI – ordinary subjects for you to see.  I have also updated my web site recently, so you can see lots of new paintings there.  And I’ve been using Facebook every couple of weeks, to post a new painting and some info about it.  So if you are on facebook, do look me up.

Oh, and one more thing: I have two paintings in two different juried exhibitions in Texas right now!

Southern Watercolor Society‘s annual exhibition is in Kerrvile, Texas this year!

$350.00 Register

Dyan Newton 
1-Day Acrylic Workshop August 9, 2014

9am – 5pm, Saturday, August 9th                  
Cost: $120 – Amarillo Art Institute Members $135 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Dyan is a signature member of West Texas Watercolor Society, has won numerous awards, and has paintings in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.

She also teaches classes at Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, Texas and at Amarillo Art Institute in Amarillo, Texas starting in February 2013.

$135.00 Register

Adult Clay Classes are Happening NOW!

Alex Gregory – Tuesday Clay Class – July 8 – August 26

Nannette Womack – Thursday Clay Class – July 10 – August 28

Cost: AAI Members – $165, Non-Members – $180

This is an adult class for (ages 15 & up) The class is for beginners through advanced. Students can expect to receive quality instruction in a variety of clay techniques including wheel throwing, hand building, and sculpture.  The fee for our eight week sessions includes instruction, glazes, and firing. Our studio is fully equipped with 12 potter’s wheels, a slab roller, a wedging table, extruder, basic tools, three kilns and a variety of glazes.

Instructor Alex Gregory

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 PM

$180.00 Register

Instructor Nannette Womack

Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 PM

$180.00 Register

Guido Frick Workshop to be Held May 30 – June 1

May 30 – June 1, 2014 - 9AM – 4PM 

Members – $550 Non-Members $600

($100 deposit to hold your spot in workshop)

German impressionist artist, Guido Frick will be at the Amarillo Art Institute on MAY 30 – JUNE 1 for a three day workshop.  Guido has been referred to as one of the “up & coming” artists of our time. Guido began his art career by enrolling in an art academy in Constance, his home-town in southern Germany, Frick decided on landscapes for his subject matter, and became “absolutely dedicated to painting outdoors.” Now living in Germany as well as in USA… , Frick conducts Workshops for Student painters while he explores the land on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. His brilliant colors and loose impressionistic style are both things that you can learn in his class.

Contact AAI at 806-354-8802 or sign up online.  We have a supply list that we can email you after you register.  But, do so soon, as time is quickly approaching.

Dyan Newton – Develop Luminous Paintings with Vibrant Crisp Colors – May 10, 2014

1⁄2-Day Acrylic Workshop May 10, 2014
May 10 (Saturday) & May 22 (Thursday) 1pm – 5pm
Cost: $60 – Members $75 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

Dyan Newton has been painting for over 30 years, working in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils. She has studied with well-known local and national artists. Throughout the years, Dyan has developed her own impressionistic style of painting, recognizable by her lively brushwork and bright, vivid colors. Her love of painting is evident whether she is painting landscapes, portraits, animals or florals. Visit Dyan’s website at dyannewton.com

$135.00 Register

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