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Art.Beat – Kids Art Extravaganza Camp 2015!

Children’s Art.Beat Art Extravaganza Camp June 23th–25th, 2015

What: Children’s Summer Art Camp
When: June 23-25, 2015 Tuesday – Thursday
Where: Amarillo Art Institute
Time: 9am – Noon
Cost: $95 with all supplies included
Other: Ages 6-12

Please dress in play clothes that can get messy!

Chris Johnson Mural

We are going to have some fantastic fun for 3 busy days of creativity and awesome art! We are going to work in Acrylic, Chinese Brush Painting, Clay, and Printmaking! Masterpieces are going to happen!

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Updated Date: Dyan Newton 
One Day Acrylic Workshop May 9, 2015

9am – 4pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015               

Cost: $90 – Members $100 – 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.

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Michael Longhofer – 2-Day Mixed Media Workshop

Michael LonghoferFriday, March 20, 6-9pm & Saturday, March21, 2015, 1pm – 4pm
Cost: $140 – Amarillo Art Institute  Members $155 – Non-Members
Level: Beginner to Advanced

This workshop will consist of learning incredible mixed media techniques!

Supplies – whatever you’re painting with, please bring it! Supplies needed for this mixed-media workshop are provided.

Michael earned a B.F.A. from The Laguna College of Art and Design. He is currently working towards his MFA at WT A&M. Michael’s commissioned works include murals, portraits, landscapes, and custom hand painted art boxes. He teaches beginner to advanced acrylic painting classes, Mixed Media workshops, and Fun Painting at Amarillo Art Institute.


Sign UP TODAY! Spaces are limited. No previous experience required!

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Amarillo Art Institute Annual Members Meeting – March 17

DSC_0044Dear Members of Amarillo Art Institute,

It is once again time for our regular annual members’ meeting on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at 5pm at the school.  We will start with a short social time with heavy snacks and drinks.  We will then conduct our business meeting including an update on Amarillo Art Institute, what has happened during the last year and what we can expect for the coming year. Our slate of new officers will be presented and then, be voted on.  We thank you for your support.

If you have not yet renewed your membership, this will be a great time to do so.  Your support of Amarillo Art Institute is very important to us.

Please try to attend.

Thank you,

Marshi Lair

Chairman of the Board

Learn How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal from Photographs with Mel Richey

mel-richie-IMG_0948February 19 March 26, 2015    6-week session

Thursday mornings  9am – Noon

Cost: Members – $120    Non-members – $135

Level: Beginners to Intermediate

Purpose: Present basic drawing fundamentals, materials, and techniques.

In 6 sessions we are going to explore the basic foundation of drawing people. You will learn step-by-step techniques for drawing portraits from photographs. Students should bring supplies they currently use, a sketchbook and pencil to the first class; suggestions for additional materials, including photographs will be discussed at that time.

mel-richie-IMG_0946SIGN UP TODAY! Spaces are limited. No previous experience required!

Supply list:

  • Protractor (circle drawer)
  • Paper Stump
  • White Charcoal Pencil
  • 2 – Charcoal Pencils (1-Soft/1-Hard)
  • Graphite Soft Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler 6  inch or longer
  • Drawing Paper 11”x14”
  • 80 lb Strathmore

$135.00 Add to cart

Updated Time: Watercolors 
with Janette Dickerson Starting February 17, 2015

Date: Feb 17 – March 31, 2015 Tuesdays

Time: 9:00am-Noon


Watercolor, how to control the unpredictable! At all skill levels, we want to choose how the paint will flow. Whether a beginner or experienced painter, this class will teach you how to improve the outcome of your paintings in transparent watercolor. We will review and learn the basic ways to paint with watercolor.

  • Learn to paint a flat wash and a graded wash.
  • Learn value scale.
  • Painting wet in wet and dry in wet.
  • Simple and complex still life.
  • Learn or revue the color wheel.
  • Complementary colors, analogous colors, monochromatic colors and color triads.
  • Composition, what makes it interesting.
  • Painting atmosphere in landscapes.

Supply list

Watercolor Class with Janette Dickerson:
Cadmium Lemon Yellow
Viridian Green
Sap Green
Ultramarine blue
Alizarin Crimson
Cobalt Blue
Burnt Sienna
Any other colors you may have.

140 lb Arches Cold Press Water Color Paper, either in tablet or sheets

Spray bottle
Kleenex or soft paper towel roll
Masking tape
Board to place paper on.

1 inch flat brushes
4, 8, 12 round brushes of good quality synthetic sable or sable.
Any other brushes.
Water container
HB pencil
Pink pearl eraser
An old toothbrush.

$155.00 Add to cart

Ned Mueller Workshop

Last Light St. Ives - England- Ned Mueller

Last Light St. Ives – England- Ned Mueller

Date Updated April 10-12, 2015, 9am-4pm.

$300 for price of workshop that is normally $350!

“The Art of Seeing – Making a Painting Work”

For oils, Pastels and Acrylic mediums

A good painting is a very personal statement by the artist and tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. We will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together, from the first concept, to small idea, value or color studies to a more finished product. Weather permitting students may work outside if they choose as Portland has a multitude of great painting subjects. The emphasis will not be so much on a finished painting as the process of achieving it. Most paintings are ruined at the start because of little thought and idea of what to paint and how one will do it. We will work on color harmony and the balance of shapes and edges in size, value and color. We will work on seeing things in a more “abstract” way instead of more literally. In other words, to not see things as sky, water, trees, and ground, but as an interesting and compelling arrangement of shapes and colors. This opens up to seeing more options of what to paint, seeing more as an artist and being able to find your own “voice”. Bring a good sense of humor and we will have a grand time, making mistakes, working hard, and enjoying the whole experience. Artists may work from their own photos and I will have a large selection and variety of great things to paint from, including landscapes, figures and portraits. Students can work outside or inside in the studio as the weather an inclination of the student desires. Join Ned Mueller in this exciting 3-day indoor painting workshop. Please visit Ned’s website for more information.




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Merry Christmas!


We are blessed this year and I am thankful for all of you!

Dear Amarillo Art Institute Friend,

As I prepare for a few days with my own precious children for this Christmas time, I am reflecting today on each of you being a part of Amarillo Art Institute and I am so very thankful for you all. Our opportunity and privilege to reach out to those in our community for the sake of beauty, art, and creativity is dear and wonderful to me. I am honored and blessed to know all of you as you choose to be involved in Amarillo Art Institute, this incredible place we all love! Thank you for all! I pray blessings of love and joy for you and your families during this Christmas holiday.



Adult Clay Classes Starting in January

Alex Gregory – Tuesday Clay Class – January 20, 2015

Nannette Womack – Thursday Clay Class – January 22, 2015

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

Clay Prices

Box 50 Lbs – $34.00

Bag 25 Lbs – $18.00

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 Add to cart

Instructor Nannette Womack

Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 PM

$180.00 Add to cart

Beaujolais Nouveau Party and 10 Year Celebration of Art & Excellence on Thursday!

The Amarillo Art Institute will pop the cork on its second annual Beaujolais Nouveau Party and 10 Year Celebration of Art & Excellence on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in the Special Events Room at Sunset Galleries, 3701 Plains Boulevard from 5:30 – 8pm.

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It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time!

What: Beaujolais Nouveau Party, a wine-tasting fundraiser to benefit Amarillo Art Institute
When: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 20, 2014

Where: Special Events Room, Sunset Galleries, 3701 Plains Boulevard

Details: Tickets cost $50 per person, and can be purchased online or at the Amarillo Art Institute by calling 806-354-8802. Office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at the door.

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