2018 Workshops

To register for a workshop, please call (830) 367-5120

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to learn about our registration & cancellation policy.

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Open Studio Figure Drawing @ HCAF!


Every Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Work from a live model with short and long poses!

Tuition: $15 per person

CLICK HERE for info on figure drawing studio etiquette!

Quilting Landscape Interpretation with Gay Young


The Landscape Interpretation Workshop explores a method for designing and constructing a landscape quilt based on a sketch or photo of the student’s choosing.  We will use machine appliqué and machine quilting and utilize both blind-and satin-stitch appliqué methods and a variety of quilting techniques. The method presented in this workshop is easy and versatile and can be used to construct other pictorial quilts.

(Sat. – Sun.) April 21 & 22, 2018 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Tuition: $180 for HCAF Members & $200 for Non-Members

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Pastel Landscapes with Doug Dawson


Dawson is a founder and teacher at the Art Students League in Denver.  He taught figure painting for over 20 years, and landscape painting for the last 15. He wrote a North Light Book (no longer in print), titled “Capture Light and Color with Pastel”  His work can be found in over 20 other instructional books and magazine articles.  Dawson is a member of the American Watercolor Society, The Pastel Society of America, and the International Association of Pastel Societies.  He is Master Pastelist and Hall of Fame Honoree of the Pastel Society of America.

The workshop will be filled with many useful ideas, principles, and techniques. Ask  anyone who has taken a Dawson workshop.  Lots of personal help.

(Thurs. – Sat.) April 26 – 28, 2018 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

Tuition: $375 for HCAF Members & $395 for Non-Members

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Creating in Concrete with Stephanie Shroyer


In this two-day workshop students will learn two techniques in casting concrete; sand cast pieces and slump cast too, all using leaves in the cast. These pieces can be used for so many things including wall pieces, serving pieces, downspout returns, hanging feeders, bird baths,  garden decor and more! 4 pieces will be cast by each student.

On Sunday students will unmold their pieces, see demonstrations, and have hands on practice staining with acid stains and sealing sample pieces. Concrete needs to cure for at least two weeks to a month before staining, so products will be available to take home and finish at a later date.

Many other techniques will be discussed during the workshop. Students will receive a digital copy of a booklet covering the process and sources for materials.

Students are encouraged to bring:

Green pliable leaves no larger than 16 inch (cut them with long stems and place stems in water)

Apron or grubby cloths

(Sat. – Sun.) April 28 & 29, 2018 (9:00am to 5:00pm)

Tuition: HCAF Members $150 & Non-Members $175
Plus a $35 Supply Fee.

Learn to Paint Bold & Fresh with Acrylics with Dyan Newton


Dyan’s workshops are for beginners, intermediate and advanced painters. She will be sharing with you her style and technique of painting.  She will teach you, in a relaxed atmosphere, how to create energy in your paintings, obtain strong values, and how to use expressive, fresh, clean brushstrokes, while not being overworked.

Dyan will go over how to mix your acrylics to create vibrancy, keep your paintings looking spontaneous and fresh and to create those great dark values.  She will start a painting and then let the students “catch up”, with plenty of individual instruction.  She feels like this helps the students not have that “lost” feeling after watching an instructor complete a 2-hour demo and then say “ok, now it’s your turn”.   If you prefer, students can bring their own photos to work from.

By using her techniques and vivid colors, you can work on starting to create your own style of painting. This is how Dyan learned throughout the years, was from taking from many different instructors and picking up something from each one of them, and creating her own style.

(Thurs. – Sat.) May 10 – 12, 2018 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

Tuition: $250 for HCAF Members & $290 for Non-Members

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“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”-Robert Frost

Poetry’s power has endured thousands of years, captivating the most passionate souls. To write excellent poetry, you must learn the art of packing the maximum punch with a minimum of words. In this workshop, you will learn about the specialized techniques, demands, and forms of poetry, as well as how to publish your work.

This is a workshop in poetry where you will think deeply about elements of craft in order to push the limits of the form of poetry in which you’re working such as: lyric, narrative, or experimental. The writing workshop will be run like a college level poetry course. It will be a collegial and rigorous space, guided by empathy, where we will discuss your new poems as works in process.

14th Poetry Basics
15th Types of Poems
16th Critiquing Poems
17th Publishing Your Poetry

If you seek to write for publication or performance, yourself or the world, Justin Rogers will show you how to write exquisite poetry.

(Mon. – Thurs.) May 14 – 17, 2018 (6:00pm – 8:00pm)

Tuition: $100 HCAF Members & $120 Non-Members

Oil Portraits From a Photo with Holly White-Gehrt


(Thurs. – Sat.) May 17 – 19, 2018 (10:am – 4:00pm)

What makes a good photo reference for a painted portrait? Learn tricks to help your painting look like it was done from life. This workshop will cover good photo reference, features of the face, using value for 3D effects, and natural flesh tones and color.

Tuition: $350 HCAF Members & $375 Non-Members

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Heidi England Week I

RedSled“The Red Sled”

Ranch_Tote“Os Tote”

(Sun. – Fri.) June 10 – 15, 2018

Tuition: $225 for HCAF Members & $240 for Non-Members

Heidi England Week II

jo_web_noah“Jo Sonja’s Noah’s Ark”

ChickenChestonmat(12)“Chicken Box”

(Sun. – Fri.) June 17 – 22, 2018

Tution: $225 for HCAF Members & $240 for Non-Members

Watercolor with Ken Hosmer

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In this powerful workshop, Ken reveals “color secrets” and design ideas each day.  He offers guidelines which encourage you to creatively interpret painting subjects in your own style. Painting demonstrations emphasize free, spontaneous painting and cover a variety of subjects, including landscape, flowers, human figures, or animals.

This class is ideal for beginning and advanced students. Days will include demonstration and lecture in the morning with class work time and Individual help in the afternoon. The workshop ends with an informative critique session.

(Mon. – Thurs.) June 18 – 21, 2018 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

Tuition: $325 for HCAF Members & $365 for Non-Members

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Heidi England Week III

StoolHeidi“Narrow Boat Painting on Stool”

BunchOfGrapes“The Grape Box”

(Sun. – Fri) June 24 – 29, 2018

Tuition: $225 for HCAF Members & $240 for Non-Members

Atelier Drawing Workshop


Artists in this workshop will learn a step-by-step method for drawing anything from life. Whether we’re drawing a figure, a plaster cast of a sculpture, or a lion at the zoo, the process is exactly the same. Viewing the subject as one whole piece, we will begin by treating it simply as a collection of interlocking, two-dimensional shapes in the block-in phase. Paying attention to the relationships of points, tilts, and shapes, as well as utilizing tools like comparative measuring, students will refine basic shapes and angles into clean, organic lines. Defining the light and shadow areas of the subject will begin our modeling, or three-dimensional phase of the drawing. By carefully studying the way the light source illuminates our subject we will treat our graphite like a sculpting tool to model the forms in the light, keeping in mind our overall hierarchy of values.

(Fri. – Sun.) August 10 – 12, 2018 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

Tuition: $300 for HCAF Members & $340 for Non-Members

CLICK HERE for a supply list.

Heidi England Fall in the Hill Country

TriptychHeidi TriptychHeidi2“Swedish Christmas Triptych”

(Sun. – Fri.) October 14 – 19, 2018

Tuition: $225 for HCAF Members & $240 for Non-Members

Registration Policy

All HCAF workshop registration is done by phone or email.

Email inquires to: visualarts@hcaf.com or call (830) 367-5120

To pay by mail, please send a check or money order for the full tuition or a 50% deposit for the workshop of your choice to:

HCAF/Visual Arts
P.O. Box 1169
Ingram, TX 78025

Students using MasterCard, Visa, or Discover may call (830) 367-5120.

Register early to insure participation in the workshop. Please send full tuition if registering less than 30 days before your workshop begins. If you are registering more than 30 days in advance, please send at least a deposit of 1/2 the total tuition of your workshop to hold your place. The balance is due 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

  • Unless otherwise stated, deposits are refundable, less a handling fee, if you cancel 30 days or more before the start of the workshop. The cancellation notice may be sent by mail or email.
  • If you cancel less than 30 days before the start of a workshop, you will forfeit the tuition for that workshop. However, you may have someone attend the workshop in your place, or you may donate your spot as a scholarship and you will receive confirmation of the donation to HCAF, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. No exceptions can be made to this policy, including personal or medical emergencies.
  • Deposits may be applied to another workshop if cancellation is made within 30 days before the workshop.
  • In the event that a class is cancelled by HCAF a full refund will be made.

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