We invite you to join us for this First Friday’s Art Walk, October 7, from 5p.m.-9p.m. to check out our student art exhibition! We are excited to display work in a variety of media, all created by students of the Amarillo Art Institute. Enjoy food and drinks and celebrate the accomplishments of our students.
There are still a few spots available for Lorenzo Chavez’ workshop October 14-16. Chavez will teach participants landscaping fundamentals as they explore the beauty of Palo Duro Canyon with their paint and pastels. You must be registered by Friday!
Did you miss the opportunity to learn under master artist Guido Frick in May? Guido will be returning at the end of the month to teach more eager students how to paint bold, vigorous and brilliant with his unique style and talent.
We hope you’ll join us!
Dyan Newton’s workshop “Learn to Paint Vivid Loose Watercolors” has been rescheduled from it’s original August date to February 24-25, 2017. Learn to use Dyan’s unique palette to create vibrant and fresh paintings!
Check back on the website frequently as we add more workshops for 2017!
We invite you to join us for the next First Friday Art Walk, October 7, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. to check out our student art exhibition! We are excited to display work in a variety of media, all created by students of the Amarillo Art Institute. Enjoy food, drink, and celebrate the accomplishments of our students.
September 10, 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: AAI Members – $65, Non-members – $75 (all supplies included)
Don’t miss instructor Bethany Fields as she shares her unique and beautiful talents while leading participants through pastel basics and a variety of techniques.
Bethany is an award-winning artist working primarily in soft pastels. Her paintings are centered around semi-abstracted landscapes, saturated colors, and a slightly whimsical, dreamy rhythm.
September 17, 9am-3pm &
September 18, 3pm-6pm
AAI Members – $65,
Non-members – $75
Click here to sign up!
Looking to have some fun with friends? Join us for an art party in September, October or November!
September – Clay Halloween House Party
October – Painting Party
November – Christmas Canvas Party
*Also available to schedule private parties.
Contact Rachel at email@example.com for more information on cost and dates!
Awards & Reception – October 7, 2016,
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Artwork submissions are due September 23rd. Come by Rachel’s office at AAI to get an entry form. All entries must be from current students.
Stay tuned for information on new dates for the Dyan Newton Watercolor Workshop.
Saturday Art Beat
One Saturday a month, the Amarillo Art Institute hosts a Saturday Art Beat. These mini-workshops explore a variety of media and techniques. The price of the workshop includes supplies, and we welcome artists of all levels of ability to attend!
The next Saturday Art Beat will be for kids ages 6-12 on April 9, from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will be learning about French artist Henri Matisse. Instructor Carol Snelson will then help children create their own beautiful work of art in true Matisse style!
It’s not too late to register for “The Painting Process” workshop with Mike Mahon, April 14-16. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
We are also excited to host German artist Guido Frick on May 4-6. Learn to paint bold, vigorous and brilliant with this talented instructor, and end up with more than just a copy of your subject. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
June 18 – All Things Artful Art Festival- We will be sending out updates and invitations as we get closer to our annual arts festival. The event will feature the art of the handmade, and include everything from regional artists’ latest creations to locally produced artisan specialty products. We hope you can join us!
First Friday Art Walk
Every first Friday of the month, you’ll find the Galleries at Sunset Center alive with activity, teeming with art lovers and artists gathering to enjoy local art.
What do First Friday Art Walks mean for the Amarillo Art Institute? For our school, it’s an opportunity to showcase our instructors’ and students’ artwork, to educate people through demonstrations, and start conversations with people who are interested in the arts. It’s a way to reach out to those who might not venture to our school on their own.
We invite you and your friends to join us every First Friday Art Walk to experience the excitement of the galleries and our school! The Art Walks are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and also include live music and food. All ages are welcome.
April 14-16 – THE PAINTING PROCESS with Mike Mahon
Learn to use Mike’s DiVine SETUP © systematic painting and critiquing process to see your paintings through from start to finish. Sign up to participate here.
May 4-6 – HOW TO PAINT BOLD, VIGOROUS, BRILLIANT with Guido Frick
Guido will teach us how to put soul, power and emotion into your painting to avoid ending up with just a copy of your subject. Sign up for his workshop here.
October 14-16 – PLEIN AIR: LANDSCAPE PAINTING FUNDAMENTALS with Lorenzo Chavez
Focus on the fundamentals of landscape painting outdoors with pastels and oils under the instruction of Plein Air painter Lorenzo Chavez. Sign up here.
Other Upcoming Workshops:
Stephanie Birdsall – Oils and Pastels – RESCHEDULED – TBA
Dyan Newton – TBA
Check out all of our 2016 Ongoing Classes here.
Become an AAI Member
Support the Amarillo Art Institute by becoming a member. Members have access to open studio hours, early registrations, and discounts on classes and workshops. Visit our website to learn more.
We are looking for help in our library! We have a fantastic collection of books, but need some volunteers to help us organize it. If interested, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with days you are available.
Workshop Date: April 14-16, 2016
AAI Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
We are delighted to have Mike Mahon back in our midst to lead another great workshop! Mike Mahon is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, American Plains Artists, Pastel Society of New Mexico, and Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.
Workshop Date: March 6-8, 2016
AAI Members: $350, Non-Members: $400
Join us for a workshop with master pastellist and painter Stephanie Birdsall!
Stephanie’s workshop will be high energy, intense, fun, and rewarding. Conscious painting is about being conscious/thinking carefully about what you are doing, while you are doing it. This workshop fills in many blanks. It will concentrate on “clean” color, knowing your brush and how to make effective and descriptive strokes, composition, edges and values, bringing this all together.
Stephanie Birdsall, a member of Putney Painters, founded by Richard Schmid, works in both oil and pastel. She has been featured in many publications, on PBS, Galleries, Museums, and Plein Air events. She is also the recipient of over 50 awards. She is a member of OPA and a master Pastellist with PSA and IAPS. Her joy is in working from life, whether it is in the field or in her studio.