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    • 6 Nov 2018
    • 18 Dec 2018
    • ART on the Square Class room
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    CLASS DATES:  Starting November 6 and running thru December 18. (no class Nov. 20).

     TUESDAYS: Nov. 6, 13, 27 - Dec. 4, 11, 18

    2:30 PM - 5:00 PM


    This series of classes, 6 total, will focus on three foundations of oil painting, and really, creating art in general: Composition, Value and Color.

    Learning or strengthening these three pillars of visual expression will move you in the direction of well composed, harmonious paintings.

    We will first consider the pros and cons of using photo reference and how to strengthen a photo reference by altering the composition and values it contains.

    This will move us into composition ... arranging the elements in a painting so that it is visually pleasing. Creating thumbnail sketches of your proposed painting will give you some quick visuals of how the elements come together, before you actually start a painting. The goal of a good composition is to guide the viewers eye to the focal point, or the main reason you were drawn to the subject in the first place.

    We will also look at value and how it effects the mood of a painting and gives it some depth, and how value and color work together.

    Finally, we will look at palette options, and what is gained by limiting the palette to fewer colors. If you have never worked with a limited palette, this will be a great opportunity to see the many benefits it brings to the easel. Limiting the palette will simplify the painting process, fine-tune the color mixing process and unify the painting, giving the work harmony. Harmony is simply an arrangement of things that is pleasing. When a painting has the structure supplied by color harmony, it’s easier for the brain to understand.


    Painting Fort Worth's Texas & Pacific Railroad Station, an excellent example of Art Deco

    Painting a 24 x 30 oil on canvas of Fort Worth’s Texas & Pacific Railroad Station in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

    In past years I have worked as an illustrator at a curriculum publishing company, worked as a free-lance illustrator, worked as an animator and graphic designer with a multimedia company. I’ve created children’s magazine illustrations, book illustrations, book jacket designs and painted works on commission. During one segment of this journey I airbrushed vans, motorcycle tanks, T-shirts and a 40 foot mural.

    My current subject matter is varied; I simply love to paint God’s creation, past and present; be it architecture  animals, people or the landscape. For me, art must have some kind of meaning and tell a story. I am drawn to subjects that are rich in purpose that may be hidden below the surface. The look in the eyes of a hard working cowboy. The beautiful architecture created by gifted men made in the image of God…the beauty in the pedals of a flower. A pair of well worn boots resting on a wooden floor. Things like an old abandoned barn or house that once heard the laughter of those who called the place “home”. Places and things that speak deeply of life … ideas that live beyond the paint on the canvas.

    • 8 Jan 2019
    • 26 Feb 2019
    • ART on the Square classroom


    Children’s After school Art Class


    8-week art class for children ages 6-12

    JANUARY 8, 15, 22, 29

    FEBRUARY 5, 12, 19, 26

    3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

    Fee Schedule: 

    Weekly fee per class $30


     8 classes in Advance:  $190 - due Jan. 8th, 2019

    January Classes in Advance:  $100 - due Jan.  8th, 2019

    February Classes in Advance:  $100 - due Feb.  5th, 2019



    Weekly classes will cover a variety of mediums.  Students will be introduced to watercolor, tempera paint, oil pastel, and paper sculpture.  Students will have the opportunity to produce pieces of artwork that explore landscapes, still-lifes, animal drawings, and famous artists.  Come join us down on the square for Art Fun.  For children ages 6-12.

    Classes are limited to 10.  Register today!  All materials supplied

    Class location is ART on the Square gallery - 113 W. Franklin St. Waxahachie, TX.  the classroom has a separate back entrance - From Franklin & Rogers, drive 1/2 block south, turn left into parking lot.  Steps lead directly to back door.  There is also a ramp access.


    *Retired Teacher, certified in California and Texas *Taught Kindergarten and 1st Grade for 25 years *Artist in Residence on campus:  Presented art lessons to grades K-6th *Led the school’s yearly community mural *Taught Gifted and Talented art classes

    Questions? Contact Barbara:  babz1954@gmail.com 

    • 17 Jan 2019
    • 21 Feb 2019
    • ART on the Square classroom





    for beginning and intermediate skill levels


    $25 per individual class

    January 17, 24, 31 - February 7, 14, 21

    Thursday Afternoons

    2:00pm - 4:00 pm

    ART on the Square Classroom


    Class fees are due at 1st Class - paid directly to Instructor 

    For supply list:  contact Michael 


    Or to see more of Michael's work - visit his website:  



    I started out as a church choral director, but wanted to develop my drawing skills, which had been put on a shelf. I obtained a visual art degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and worked as an illustrator for several years specializing in the medium of pastel. As I developed skills with oils, I began to do more portrait commissions and plein air (on-site) paintings.

    Current work focuses on portrait and figurative paintings, and plein air paintings in oil and pastel. The content or feelings evoked by music are sometimes the impetus for a painting: My oil painting “When David Heard” was inspired by Eric Whitacre’s moving choral work by the same name.

    I've entered many competitions, resulting in being included in some prestigious shows, and winning awards in others. I've also recently studied classical realism approaches to painting at the Creative Arts Center in Dallas, and the Texas Academy of Figurative Art in Fort Worth.

    Currently I teach an "Introduction to Fine Arts" class at Dallas Baptist University.


    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 18 Mar 2019
    • ART on the Square Classroom

    "ITSY BITSY" (Miniature) PAINTING


    J. D. Fields is now accepting students

     8-week Acrylic class for adults

    CLASS DATES:  Starting January 21 - March 18

    (no class on February 27).

    Time: 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Fee Schedule: 

     8 classes in advance:  $160.00 - due at 1st class

    drop ins - (space permitting) $25.00 per class

    Registration limited to 9

    Minimum of 4 students for class to begin


    Whether you participate in the Golden 1-DAY Acrylic Workshop or if you miss it....J.D. Fields will introduce you to the basics of acrylic painting. You will have fun while you explore a new way to paint!

    One of the things that we will be learning to do is getting back to basics, working on small study painting, how to experiment with different brush strokes, dry brush, scrumbling, Acrylic medium, wet on wet, Palette Knifes and so much more.

    Each week we will learn How to paint a landscape, boat with reflection, palm tree, skies with clouds, Sea life, Sunsets, trees (palm tree), simple architecture and how to take acrylics and use them like water color. With each painting we will address the challenges that all acrylic artist face.  We will also learn technique, color mixing, how to use your brush and palette knife. I will start each class with a quick demo of the lesson for that day followed by guidance with each student.

    Click Here to view the supply list

    Register today!  Supply list is also included with registration confirmation email.

    And remember to bring a smile and a winning attitude!  

    • 9 Feb 2019
    • 10 Feb 2019
    • ART on the Square Classroom

    S C U L P T I N G   with   C L A Y


    A 2-day workshop for adults seeking to learn the basics of sculpting in clay

    February 9 and 10, 2019

    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


    Fee includes ALL supplies!

      Registration limited to 20

    Memory and Imagination   

    John was ECAA's guest artist demonstrator at 1st Monday a couple of months ago and several in attendance expressed an interest in a workshop.  If you've ever given thought to working in "3-D", but had no clue about the clay or tools needed or how to begin...this workshop is for you!  John is providing the clay and all the tools necessary to complete 3 to 4 small projects, including a pear, house, and the human head.  This is a MUST DO workshop for everyone....guaranteed to be fun and informative!

    "My sculptures are a blend of past and present influences and rely on nature for clarity of form." 

    JOHN DAVIS grew up in North Carolina and moved to Texas in 1992. His mother was an art teacher in the public schools and encouraged him to take art lessons as a child.  This interest was pursued on and off throughout the elementary school years, but wasn't taken seriously until the year 2000 when he happened to meet Ludwig Kieninnger, a wood sculptor teaching in Desoto, Texas.  John began taking wood carving lessons from him and soon recognized the need to develop more skills in drawing and painting as part of the artistic process.  this led to seeking out other instructors in the area such as Blair Currin, Jonathan Hardesty, and Ron Cheek.  After several years of carving wood he began working in clay and enjoyed the possibilities offered.  His focus shifted from western based themes created in wood to more of an interest in classical styled figurative pieces.  Lorenzo Bernini's modeled terracotta studies became some of his favorite works to learn from. 

    "I enjoy the impressionistic feel of these pieces, the interesting textures and the areas left for the imagination to respond to." 

    Soon after casting his first piece in bronze he began showing his work in local galleries.  His work is presently available at the Dow Art Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas.  John enjoys sculpting the figure but also loves the energy, emotion, and movements that can be found in animals. 

    "The process of studying the human figure or the forms of animals and learning to recreate them in clay is a lifelong journey.  There is always more to discover and that is what keeps it interesting." 

    John presently teaches Art full time at North Side High School in Fort Worth, Texas.  He has 23 years of experience working in the district.  He attended Wingate College in North Carolina for his undergraduate and received a BA in English.  He also studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth where he received his MDIV.  It is his hope to one day be employed full time as a sculptor and to share what he has learned with others.

    • 25 Feb 2019
    • 27 Feb 2019
    • ART on the Square, 113 Franklin, Waxahachie, TX
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    "Nostalgic Impressionism"

    "The Climber"

    Honey, Greens & Pepper"

    The "practice" of Plein Air requires a balance of spontaneity and accuracy, Learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start and when to stop. Each day will include a demonstration followed by opportunities to create multiple paintings with frequent one-on-one instruction.  On site painting will be in & around picturesque historic downtown Waxahachie as well as the scenic Ellis County countryside.  Waxahachie is only 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas, Texas. 

    The opportunity to participate in a workshop like this doesn't present itself very often. REGISTER TODAY~ this class will fill quickly. IF WORKSHOP IS FULL, PLEASE JOIN THE WAIT LIST IN THE EVENT OF A CANCELLATION.     

     The total cost is $395.00.  A $50 cancellation fee applies.  No refunds after January 31, 2019. 

    Kathie Odom is proud to be from the great state of Tennessee, and especially proud to live in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

    “It’s hard to ignore beauty when it happens”, Kathie is fond of saying. So she keeps her car packed with all the painting supplies needed for the road. Kathie has received several awards over the last few years from plein air events across the nation. 

    Please visit Kathie's website www.kathieodom.com 

    "Kathie's work is as distinctive as it is down to earth. It's hard to look at Kathie's paintings without feeling that vague sense of nostalgia. 

    There is something that draws out a wistful feeling when you see the most mundane view captured with love and honesty. I once heard someone look at her art and say, "She makes ugly, pretty!" Although I understand what he was saying, I disagree. She doesn't turn ugly to pretty, she shows us how the simple things we overlooked were pretty all along."

    ~Susan Groves, Curator, Cabell Gallery, March 2018

    2018 EVENTS

    Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA
    Wayne Art Center's 12th Annual Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA

    Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD

    Door County Plein Air Festival, Fish Creek, WI

    Laguna Beach Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA

    EnPleinAir Texas, San Angelo, TX


    2018 HONORS

    - Town and Country Show, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, CA

    - American Miniatures Show, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, AZ

    - American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase, Cincinnati, OH

    - MASTER CLASS FINALIST, Art Muse Contest, March

    - Solo Show, The Cabell Gallery, Lexington, VA

    - Faculty, 7th Annual Plein Air Convention, Santa Fe, NM

    - BEST IN SHOW, The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA

    - JUDGES AWARD from Tim Newton, The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA

    - Oil Painters of America 27th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Steamboat Springs, CO 

    - Summer Show, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, AZ

    - HONORABLE MENTION, Wayne Art Center's Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA

    - Airstream Fine Art Invitational, Jackson Center, Ohio

    - PAP-SE Paintout, Leiper's Creek Gallery, Franklin, TN

    - The Great American West Show, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, AZ

    - Leading Member Paint Out, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, December, CA

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