visual arts

Below you'll find information about:

  • Workshops: Hands-on workshops bring together individual artists to encourage students to actively discover their own artistic potential. Ideal for after school, library, or community center programs. Most workshops are product based.

  • Residencies: Offer experiences implemented by a specialized teaching artist. Residencies are multiple, participatory workshops and require a minimum of 3 sequential sessions per student group, and can be expanded into semester-long projects. Residencies take place in partnership with the classroom teacher and either focus on arts-integration or the artistic process.

 

For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.​

 

 

WORKSHOP

Recycled Art

Charles Washington

Mr. Washington is a visionary environmental artist whose wide range of techniques and materials defy a single definition. His work on canvas is bold and fluid, with subjects including African pastoral, American jazz, and free-form designs. A master of mixed media, Mr. Washington also creates spectacular functional and wearable art. In this class, students will learn to create art using found objects in their classroom and community. They will learn about different mediums to work with such as drawing, painting, and sculpture. Students will gain an appreciation for art around them, and be able to think critically and create art from everyday objects.

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

4-12

WORKSHOP

Healing Arts

Diana Sanchez

Join artist Diana Sanchez and explore social emotional learning concepts through art. Students experience various art forms from origami to paper collage projects with a literacy focus. Through direct, hands-on participations, students express emotions through self-created projects with the guidance of an art therapist. Classroom projects are customizable and grade level focus may vary. Bilingual option available for virtual or in-person instruction. 

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

K-12

WORKSHOP

Screen Printing

Danny Russo

Welcome to the wonderful and exciting world of screen printing. Danny Russo introduces students to a versatile printing process utilized by visual artists worldwide. The printing technique allows students to quickly and easily make multiple images of original art. Countless ink and paper color choices are possible; students will be amazed by how quickly and easily they learn to make stunning prints. This workshop can also reveal to students how math, science, and history are an integral part of the screen printing process – which is actually centuries old! Students can also print T-Shirt designs with school logos, mascots, or anything else!

Virtual Option Available

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

PK-12

WORKSHOP

Living Mural Project: An Outdoor Garden Experience

Danny Russo

This unique program combines visual arts and horticulture to create a living mural for the selected schools and their community. The program is designed to utilize the arts to provide the participants the inspiration, interest, and opportunity to connect to nature through gardening. Supply fees are an additional cost. Projects include a planning session with the artist to determine size, scope, materials, and customize project to fit your campus needs. Your entire campus can be involved in this project through separate classes and learn how to create environmental art.

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

PK-12

WORKSHOP

Framing Imagination

FotoFest

Through a combination of photography, creative writing, and social emotional learning, students will spark their imagination and create a positive environment for personal visual and written expression. Workshops and/or residencies are structured around four themes: Self, Home, Community and Dreams. A FotoFest teaching artist will teach students camera and photography principles, including composition, framing, and the elements of photography. Students will also engage in visual literacy, learning how to “read” and analyze photographs and expand their descriptive language and inference making skills. FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography curriculum is TEKS aligned with both ELA and Fine Arts and custom tailored arts integrated programming for a variety of core curricular subjects can be designed for any student group.

Virtual Option Available 

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

3-12

WORKSHOP

Make Art that Moves

Judy Malone-Stein

Learn about science and geometry through the eyes of artists from bending wire-like Calder’s mobiles to interpreting shapes from drawings in metal and clay, to creating your school’s own rolling Houston Art Car! This process teaches concepts of spatial relationships, balance, patterning, geometric shapes, and kinetic energy though students’ own, hands-on artistic experiences.

Virtual Option Available

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

PK-12

WORKSHOP

Meet the Masters 

Judy Malone-Stein

Let's bring the art studio to your classroom! Art history explored through hands-on painting or sculpting allows students to become part of the art making tradition and increases their tactile experience. Art history courses provide a certain amount of historical information about art, but the studio process allows one to become part of the universal tradition that has brought forth these works, as well as teaching many skills.

Virtual Option Available

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

PK-12

WORKSHOP

Harlem Renaissance Painters

Judy Malone-Stein

“Harlem was in Vogue” (1919 – 1929) wrote Langston Hughes.  Poets, novelists, dramatists and musicians were joined by painters and sculptors in an outpouring that established Harlem as the International capital of Black Culture.  From that movement, Harlem’s writers gained recognition but the visual artists remain virtually unknown. This can be done with any age group and can be offered as a one class retrospective of the three primary artists or a residency that studies the details of each artist full bodies of work as they were developed and influenced by the Harlem era and the period of history.

Virtual Option Available

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

PK-12

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Walls That Work

Judy Malone-Stein

What if birds could fly, students in buses could move down the road, and fish could jump out of the water all within your classroom? They can with an interactive mural! Artist Judy Malone-Stein guides students to create a one-of-a-kind project, tailored to incorporate classroom or community content. Preschool age children can learn shape and color through mosaics, more advanced students can study the colonization of America through depictions of historical timelines, high school students can create a lasting mural for their community and school to enjoy. Along with creating the mural, students learn conflict resolution, develop fine motor skills, and utilize creative writing skills.

Virtual Option Available

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

PK-12

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Calligraphy 

Junrui Garcia, Ph.D

This course is designed to facilitate students to explore why and how some cultures value handwriting and calligraphy and how they can turn daily writing into calligraphy art. Students will also discuss the significance pf handwriting in this digital age.

Virtual Option Available

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

4-12

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Digital Art 

Junrui Garcia, Ph.D

This course is designed to facilitate students to start their digital art journey by magically visualizing their imagination. Students will learn how to draw items, how to edit any images, create a subject, set an environment, and composite a fantasy art.

Virtual Option Available

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

4-12

WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Sand Art 

Junrui Garcia, Ph.D

Mostly 2D Arts are not changeable, but sand art is! Students explore different ways of manipulating sand as media to create artwork, then transfer it into another, and so on. Students will demonstrate their creative expression, cultural awareness, aesthetic thinking skills, and critical thinking skills by creating and transferring sand art, understanding, and judging artworks from others. Student’s original sand artworks will not be saved as sand art is a temporary medium. Additional supply fee pending size of class. Photo pictures and videos will be saved to document student work.

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

4-12

WORKSHOP

Advertising: The Media and the Message

Liz Conces Spencer

Liz Conces Spencer has been working in broadcast production for over 15 years. Typical residencies or workshops on this topic help students recognize and apply different types of ads (print, radio, TV) to a topical subject of their choice in a branded campaign. Additionally, students are taught to evaluate the information given to them in various forms of advertising, so they will emerge with the knowledge to make informed decisions as consumers and be able to create effective advertisements.

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

2-12

WORKSHOP

Drawing Outdoors

Liz Conces Spencer

Plein air sketching is an age-old exercise in capturing the world around us. Using wet and dry media, young artists will participate in learning to depict natural and man-made elements of our environment, creating a visual diary of day-to-day life. 

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

2-12

WORKSHOP

Gesture With Ink and Wash

Liz Conces Spencer

Learn to sketch using gesture drawing and ink wash, a technique employed by artists from Leonardo da Vinci’s time to ours. Discover how to apply both light and shadow to give drawings depth, form, and movement. This basic exercise is one of the foundations for all two-dimensional work.

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

9-12

WORKSHOP

The "Sacred Geometry" of Pattern

Liz Conces Spencer

Using the work of famed African American artist Dr. John Biggers as inspiration, students examine two-dimensional pattern as a compositional structure and as an end in itself. Resist techniques will be utilized in water media-based works. Residencies develop collaborative, larger-scale projects.

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

1-12

WORKSHOP

Time Capsule: A Trip to Ancient Times

Liz Conces Spencer

Go back in time to the fateful year 79 A.D., when massive volcanic eruptions from Mount Vesuvius covered Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Excavations by archaeologists have revealed remarkable art, artifacts, and human remains. Through this program, art activities including fresco painting, mosaic, and architectural design/ rendering help students understand and appreciate this ancient civilization. As Pompeii and Herculaneum were originally settled and greatly influenced by the Greeks and people of the Mediterranean area, Greek and Roman history, mythology and culture are tied in to this series of lessons.

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

4-12

WORKSHOP

Passport to the World 

Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw

Explore cultures all over the world through the uniqueness of their crafts. Single workshops or residencies will introduce the form, function and spiritual significance of their tools of the trade and honorable adornments. Be inspired by the classic corn husks dolls and construct ornate figures celebrating the American Kachina, Japanese Edo, or royalty from various African cultures. Translate ancient African or Asian proverbs into metal relief, beading and weaving which bear symbols of power and unity. Examine how a famous European artist used light as a tool to project the beauty in nature. These and more offer a fun and encyclopedic survey of world art that is both aligned with TEKS and flexible to support multiple disciplines.

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

K-8

WORKSHOP

IGNITE Your Life 

Sarah Gish

This is an art project and community campaign by Sarah Gish whose goal is to inspire everyone around the world to light a fire to their own passions and to create connections among people. This is a project that has changed countless lives as Sarah has worked with therapists, teens in recovery, children of all ages, homeless citizens, senior citizens, the City of Houston, and many more groups. She can create a special workshop or series of art classes inspired by that project for your group that will help people (children or adults) connect to themselves through creativity and new ways of thinking.

Virtual Option Available 

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

2-12

WORKSHOP

Peaceful Labyrinths 

Sarah Gish

Labyrinths are an ancient design that kids or adults will get to explore as a tool for meditation, creativity, and calming down. Artist and certified labyrinth facilitator Sarah Gish will lead students as they either walk a 20’ x 20’ portable labyrinth or use individual finger labyrinths. If desired and there is time, the kids can then create their own finger labyrinth or other art inspired by labyrinths to take home. This program fulfills TEKS fine arts requirements by using creativity to nurture and develop the whole child and by connecting visual art to everyday life and personal stories. Program length: 1 hour (labyrinth walk only) or 2 hours (labyrinth walk + art-making)

Virtual Option Available 

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

2-12

WORKSHOP

WildLIFE! Interactive Mural Making

Vickie McMillan-Hayes

Transform your bare walls into interactive, arts activated teaching and learning spaces with artist Vickie McMillan-Hayes. Ms. McMillan-Hayes is a nationally acclaimed artist born in Dallas and raised in Austin. Her breathtaking wildlife, landscape, and nature paintings advance global conservation causes and are inspired by the abstract shapes, textures and color combinations seen in nature. Her work and process are TEKS-aligned, great for STEAM units, and focus on large-scale, community-led mural making, adapted for schools, healthcare facilities, in community centers, and more. Programs are presented as scalable, multi-visit residencies, with fees accessed on a per-project basis, considering size, materials, support, and the artists time on site.

*Subsidies available, call for details

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2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

20

Grade Levels

PK-12