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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!

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Introduction to Painting with Alcohol Ink

Saturday September 27, 2014 10 am – 4 pm
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Cost: $120 for AAI Members $135 for Non-Members without supplies included.
Cost: $150 for AAI Members $165 for Non-Members with these supplies included: 6 shades alcohol ink and 10 sheets of 9×12 yupo sheets

This is an introduction to alcohol ink painting. It is meant to be fun – no expectations except but for pure entertainment and exploration of a new medium! Alcohol Ink is a permanent ink that reacts with rubbing alcohol similar to the way watercolor pigment does with water. It is intended for non-porous surfaces such as slick Yupo watercolor paper, ceramic tile, glass, etc. It dries very quickly due to the alcohol base, and the fluid motion lends most toward abstract images. Enroll online or call (806) 354-8802.

Instructors are Multi-Media Artists Mary Barton, Barbara German, and Sheryl Nichols. Mary www.marytbarton.com has been working with ceramics/pottery and painting for over fifteen years. She completed her BFA in Fine Arts at Texas State University. She and her family live in the beautiful hill country of Texas. Mary works at her home studio, displays her works at local galleries, and is an experienced instructor. www.facebook.com/mary.t.barton Her sister, Barbara, www.barbaragerman.com is an active artist, exhibitor, and instructor in Bryan-College Station. A graduate of West Texas A&M University, she taught school for 15 years, mostly teaching middle school art.

Their cousin, Sheryl, has enjoyed artwork for decades and taught public elementary school art. She has also been intrigued with this new form of painting with Alcohol Inks. Her work was displayed at the June 2014 ArtWalk in “Art in Bloom” gallery.

Introduction to Painting with Alcohol Ink

Supply List

Artist Supplies necessary for YOU to bring — MUST HAVES:

  1. 91% or higher Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol with small container/bowl to hold alcohol
  2. Rubber/latex-free gloves (this is permanent ink –wear these!)
  3. Eye dropper, cotton balls, straw, Q-tips
  4. Sea sponge or makeup sponge – small size for texture
  5. Inexpensive paint brushes (1”, liner, varied sizes)

With Supplies

$165.00 Register

Without Supplies

$135.00 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.

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Mike Mahon Workshops™ – Painting Large in Oil & Pastel September 25-27, 2014

$325 for AAI Members $360 for Non-Members.

Begins with a reception and painting demo from 6-9 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

“Truchas Sunset”  Oil 30” x 40”

“Truchas Sunset” – Oil 30” x 40”

Some Things You Will Learn

  • What must be done before you even start a painting
  • How to draw and paint accurately in large scale from your photos and life
  • How to accurately determine the relative proportion for large size painting, working from ANY size photo
  • How to crop your subject and create powerful compositions
  • How to use a camera and photography for paintings
  • How to color correct for poor lighting situations
  • Professional commercial art techniques for controlling your drawing quality and accuracy
  • Unique design challenges for larger pieces

Mike is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM) and American Plains Artists (APA). He is frequently an art show judge and has received many awards and honors for his work throughout the country. Mike was a featured artist in the book, 100 Ways to Paint People and Figures, published in 2004 by “International Artist Magazine.”

Mike with “Good Hands” painting - Oil 40” x 30”

Mike with “Good Hands” painting – Oil 40” x 30”

A Systematic Painting Process

You will learn about Mike’s DiVine Setup©, a 7-step systematic approach to painting based on classic principles of art which are logical, learnable, memorable, and which free the artist to be more spontaneous but in control of the painting.

You will learn about how to plan your painting so that you can be confident that it is good at the beginning rather than waiting to the end to see if it “works.”


  • Tuition is $325 for members & $360 for non members. A $100 registration deposit is required.
  • When we receive your deposit, you will be sent a notice of confirmation and a materials list. Class size is limited, so don’t delay.

A Word About Skill Levels

This is a beginner-friendly workshop! Just call for a preparatory phone consultation with Mike if you have had little or no experience painting. You will learn how a systematic approach to painting will help free you from not being familiar with your materials or technique. I recommend pastel rather than oil or acrylic for beginners. Since so much of the information in the workshop is new, even for experienced painters, it will be a challenging learning experience for all. Your opportunities to learn are enhanced by being around others of varying skills.

If you are an intermediate or advanced painter, you may use your favorite medium, oil, pastel or acrylic, but we recommend that you limit your choice to only one medium for the workshop. Mike’s DiVine Setup© systematic painting procedure applies to any medium, but class demos will be in either oil or pastel.

“Sun Swirl” - Pastel “20 x 24”

“Sun Swirl” – Pastel “20 x 24”

Any Questions?

Contact Mike or Cynthia at (505) 473-1098 or E-mail art@mmahon.com; OR contact Spunky Harrel at the Amarillo Art Institute: (806) 354-8802, email: director@amarilloartinstitute.org


You may sign up for this workshop on line by simply logging on to the Institute’s website at http://amarilloartinstitute.org/ or call Spunky Harrel at (806) 354-8802.

Mike enjoys teaching, and will do everything he can to insure a good learning situation for you!

After graduating from art school, Mike was the art director of an advertising agency and of a large commercial printing company; he operated an independent film animation studio and was owner of a commercial art and photography studio before starting his full time fine art career. During his over 35 years of commercial and fine art experience, he has developed the speed and accuracy that are essential in successful painting and will show you how to do it, too!

Mike Mahon

Mike Mahon


$360.00 Register

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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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