Monday, January 24, 2011


Lots of classes are scheduled for February, including Basic Digital Photography taught by David Jacobson. In this 4-week course, David will show you how to take your camera off automatic mode and understand what the various preset modes offer. Manual camera settings will also be explored in ways that will have you learn the flash, macro, ISO, exposure ans shutter speed for many indoor and outdoor situations. You'll also learn to use perspective, composition and lighting to create a story about your photo. Also learn how to properly mat your photos for presentation.

Basis Digital Photography meets on Saturday afternoons, 3-5 p.m. for 4 weeks starting Feb. 5. (The class will be repeat in April on Wednesday mornings.)
Fee is $125, which includes use of camera during class, CD of all images shot and 2 enlargements with mats.

For a complete list of classes, visit

Friday, January 14, 2011


We have some really fun classes starting in February...classes that are especially designed for SHARING!

Papier Mache Family Pet

This is similar to one of my most popular summer camps but this time adults are invited to join the fun! Bring a photo of your family pet...a dog, cat, hamster, potbellied pig, whatever....and I'll help you and your companion built a 3-D version from the ground up. That companion can be a child, age 5 and up, a teen or another adult.

Meets: Feb. 5 9a.m.-12:30 p.m. then from 10-12 on Feb. 12, 19 and 26.
Fee: $125 for TWO PEOPLE, working as a team on one project. ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED.

Silk Painting with Leila Reynolds.

Using special dyes and techniques, Leila will teach you and friend (adult or child age 5 or older) how to create a work of art from silk material. Each student will work on their own creation as they share the experience of silk painting side by side.

Meets: Saturday, Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m.-Noon
Fee: $65 for TWO PEOPLE, doing a project each. SILK, DYES AND ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED.

Stained Glass Windchimes with Lynette Clauser

Choosing from six different designs, a team of two will create a stained glass windchime. Your companion for this project may be another adult or a child who is at least 8 years old.

Meets" Saturday Feb. 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fee: $65 for TWO people, working on one project as a team. ALL SUPPLIES AND USE OF TOOLS INCLUDED.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Looking for something new and different? Why not try your hand at wood carving? Master carver June Russell, whose work is shown here, is offering a basic wood carving class on Sunday afternoons in February. Obviously, you won't turn out a piece as advanced as this Turkey Hen, but you will get a good taste of what it takes to turn a piece of wood into a work of art. We have 3 seats open so let me know ASAP if you want to sign up! Here's the info...


Taught by June Russell. This 4-week class will cover basic wood carving techniques. Each student will complete a duck decoy. Learn how to plan and carve the design, what woods work the best, how to select and use tools and more. The fee of $145 per student for 4 weeks will cover instruction, materials and use of tools. Each class will meet for 3 hours. Students will also need to take projects home to work on between classes. Time permitting, June will also demonstrate more advance techniques.

Spring 2011 schedule:
Sundays 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Max # of students: 4

Classes will be held at Casa de Linda Art Center, 850 S. Bus I-35, New Braunfels.
Call 830-624-5302 to enroll.

Friday, January 07, 2011


I'm thrilled to announce the launch of our newest program: ART-2-Gogh (tm) Painting Parties at Casa de Linda Art Center - New Braunfels! While the program is new, it really just combines several things I've been enjoying for years...teaching painting, local scenery and wine!

First of all, for the last several years I've been teaching "paint along" style of instructions for my children's classes, and, might I add, with great success. Everyone is always so impressed with the student's paintings, I began thinking about offering a similar class for adults.

Secondly, I've always had a deep appreciation for all things Texas (afterall, I am a native Texan), so painting bluebonnets and oak trees is just natural. Add to that Gruene Hall, the Water Tower at Gruene, the Guadalupe River, Canyon Lake and the Plaza in downtown New Braunfels and you have a great little gallery of Texas Art!

And finally, students in my adult painting classes have found that a little wine can sometimes take the stress off the day and make the painting experience even more enjoyable.


For the last several months I've been working on a series of paintings that adults would enjoy doing while sipping some wine and visiting with friends. Instead of spreading the classes over several meetings and several weeks, I've worked out the instructions so that you can finish a painting in 3 hours or less. Plus, I've set it up so all of the supplies, canvas, paints, brushes, are included. You bring your own wine or beverage (coffee, tea and water are complimentary), we'll provide the cups and corkscrew! The fee is $39 for one person or $60 for two. Again, that includes ALL of the supplies!

The Painting Parties are scheduled for Friday nights, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday nights, 7-10 p.m. To celebrate the introduction of this new program, I'm offering a 2-for-1 $39 and bring a friend for FREE! Check out the calendar for January and February posted on this blog, pick a date and make it a date!