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Ceramic and Life Drawing Studio at Galveston Arts Center This Month


This Month at Galveston Arts Center

On Exhibit Through April 15th

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) continues two exhibitions this month.

On the first-floor of the gallery, AnnieLaurie Erickson investigates the physical apparatus of the Internet through photographs and interactive video works for the exhibition “Into the Digital Mesh.”

On the second-floor of the gallery, Paho Mann and Leigh Merrill investigate our personal and cultural relationships to the objects we collect and environments we inhabit for the exhibition “Collections, Keepsakes, Souvenirs.”

These exhibitions are on view through April 15th.

On Exhibit April 21st-May 27th

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents three exhibitions opening Saturday, April 21st, 6-pm, with artist talks beginning at 6:30pm.

On the first-floor of the gallery, the exhibition “Stratiforms” features work that examines layers in the natural environment through photography, sculpture, and painting by Robin Dru Germany, Jason Makepeace, and Page Piland.

In the second-floor 1878 Gallery, Chance Dunlap presents his hand-crafted fishing lures alongside a selection from his personal collection of folk art lures for the exhibition “Best Chance.”

In the second-floor Brown Foundation Gallery, Marcos Lutyens and Laray Polk’s installation, “The Trinity River Project,” presents new perceptions of the Trinity River.

“Stratiforms” features the work of three artists who examine layers in the natural environment through photography, sculpture, and painting. These artists demonstrate acute observations of place, process, and materials, specifically in reference to wood and water. Robin Dru Germany portrays waterways in her recent series, titled “Surface Tension,” through photographs that reveal the parallel systems between water and air. Navigating the creeks, rivers and lakes from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast, Germany reveals these intertwined environments that are laden with implications for our future. Jason Makepeace excavates miniature kayaks and oars from whole logs in his “Moldable Subtractions” series. As an avid kayaker, these works honor the shape and form of the vessels he often uses to navigate our coastal waterways. Page Piland’s trompe l’oeil paintings reveal mirrored surfaces painted from the cross sections of reclaimed wood taken from sites he encounters in his daily life.

Trained as a sculptor and painter, Chance Dunlap’s recent practice has focused on his passion for handmade fishing lures. “Best Chance” features a selection of Dunlap’s hand-crafted lures, along with examples of folk art lures from the artist’s personal collection. These works mirror Dunlap’s own experience and interests as a fisherman, collector, and maker of lures. Created with the utilitarian and hopeful gesture of attracting something you can’t see from the surface, Dunlap’s tackle making possesses the formal qualities of form, texture, and color, while also harboring a relationship to place. In conjunction with the exhibition, visitors are invited to participate in an ongoing lure swap. Bring a lure and trade it for a selection of bait left by other visitors.

“The Trinity River Project” is a collaborative exhibition by Marcos Lutyens and Laray Polk, seeking to provide an opportunity for viewers (as readers and contemplators) to become uprooted in their perceptions of the Trinity River, then re-rooted in the spirit of new possibilities. This project began with a series of ten essays, recounting the complex history and relationship between Dallas and the Trinity River from pre-colonial times to date. The essays, published by “D Magazine,” were followed by a weekend of guided meditations conducted by Marcos Lutyens, and a physical exhibition at the Liliana Bloch Gallery in December, 2016. The presentation of this project at GAC traces the river from Dallas to the mouth of the Trinity River at Galveston Bay.


April 23rd-May 14th (5:30-7:30pm) – Life Drawing Studio – Drawing the human figure from a live model is the foundation of nearly all studio art programs. If you have an interest in portrait painting, character design, comics/manga, game design, illustration, animation, fashion design, anatomical drawing, or just learning to “see” like an artist, this is for you. Live models pose for short “gesture” and longer poses of up to 90 minutes. Artists are invited to bring their own materials and supplies. Cost is $40 per 4-week block.

April 24th-May 15th (6-8pm) Ceramic Studio – This is offered in 4-week blocks following ArtWalk. Learn hand-building techniques in pottery, figurative sculpture, and glazing with earthenware clay. Create sculptural relief tiles, full 3-d sculpture, functional pottery and tableware, figures, and more. This course uses methods that don’t require a potter’s wheel, including pinch-pots, coil construction, slab-construction. All materials and supplies provided. Beginners welcome. Cost is $100.

April 27th (5-7pm) – Family Art Night – Select Fridays after ArtWalk, GAC hosts a casual open-studio session in the spacious Studio Classroom. Bring a project to work on or use some of the basic art materials provided for a self-guided activity.

Summer Camps

It’s not too early to plan your children’s Summer Camps. These are offered:

Friday Morning Classes

This summer, GAC will offer two distinct focus areas during the summer. Each class date is a self-contained lesson, however, signing up for a block of classes will give kids the chance to build skills up from week-t0-week in a particular focus area. Ages 5-8 years old meet from 9-11am. Cost is $120 for the whole summer, or $15 for a single class. Ages 9-12 year olds meet from 10:30am-12 noon. Cost is $160 for the whole summer, or $20 for a single class. Topics are the same for both age groups.

Sculpture Section

  • June 8th – Paper & Cardboard Sculpture
  • June 15th – Plaster/Concrete Sculpture
  • June 22nd – Wire and Clay Sculpture
  • June 29th – Found Object Sculpture
  • July 6th – Reductive Sculpture (Carving)

Drawing & Painting Section

  • July 13th – Drawing from Life
  • July 20th – Printmaking (block printing and monotypes)
  • July 27th – Layered Pattern Paintings & Drawing
  • August 3rd – Mixed Media Painting (Self-Portraits)
  • August 10th – Drawing and Collage

5-Day Art Camps

These are mini-courses allow students to delve more deeply into a project or theme over a total of 15 hours. All camps meet from 1-4pm, Monday-Friday. Enrollment fee is $150

June 18th-22nd – Painting Camp I – For ages 7-10 years old, come explore all sorts of different kinds of painting, from watercolor to acrylic and mixed media, from representational to abstract and decorative. Try painting on different artist’s surfaces with different tools, learn to draw with paint and paint from your imagination and observation.

June 25th-29th – Painting Camp II – For ages 11-14 years old, this is similar to the Painting Camp I but for older artists. Try more refined techniques with water-based oils, watercolor pencils, and more.  Challenge your observational drawing, planning and designing skills, and practice conceptual thinking.

July 9th-13th – Felting Camp – For ages 9-14, make soft, colorful sculptures out of beautifully hand-dyed raw wool. This is nothing like the machine-made sheets of felt you can buy at the craft store; students in this camp will create and mold real wool felt to make soft, whimsical, one-of-a-kind creations after they draw and plan their own designs.

July 16th-20th – Clay Camp – For ages 7-14, explore a variety of hand-building techniques including coil and slab-construction, using low-fire stoneware and pro­fessional glazes. Learn in the context of both historical and contemporary ceramics to see how clay can be used to create both useful and expressive objects of art.

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