2019 Workshops

To register for a workshop, please call (830) 367-5121

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

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Adult scholarships are available for certain workshops.
Please CLICK HERE for a scholarship application form.

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!

Painting from the Head and the Heart with Roger Parsons

Emerging From the Shadow 10x30 (002)

We’ll paint landscapes in the studio with oils, using two different processes.  The purpose is to explore and experiment to develop your own process — an approach that makes sense to you, and ultimately, a process that allows you to express your passion.  We need the intellectual/ analytical side [our Head], to express the passionate side [our Heart].  Roger will demonstrate different painting concepts with simple still life arrangements, then demonstrate each process painting a landscape from a photograph. The workshop will address color mixing (value & hue) using cool and warm colors, and composition.  If you’ve taken from Roger before, you know he explains all aspects of his decision-making — composition, color, and more.  Students will receive individual help.  For beginner-intermediate painters, with some experience.

(Tues. – Fri.) September 10-14, 2019 (9am to 4pm)

Tuition: $350 for HCAF Members & $370 for Non-Members.

CLICK HERE for a supply list.

Watercolor Landscapes with Robert Ruhmann


Come learn about landscapes and seascapes from this award winning artist! Robert Ruhmann graduated from the University of Houston in 1991 with a degree in Graphic Communications. He discovered fine art after graduating from college and has been creating paintings ever since. Robert uses watercolors, oils, and acrylics, However, his favorite medium is watercolor. He loves to paint landscapes, rock formations, and seascapes.

(Sat. – Sun.) October 12-13, 2019 (9:00am – 1:00pm)

Tuition: $60 for HCAF Members & $80 for Non-Members

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Fall in the Hill Country with Heidi England

trashtotreasures“Trash to Treasures”


“Statue of Liberty Cross”

christmasmemoriesbench“Christmas Memories Bench”

(Sun. – Fri.) October 13-18, 2019

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

Character Concept Drawing for Children’s
Books and Comics
with Gaylynne Robinson


We will use several techniques to develop characters for your children’s books, comics, or illustrations. If the lack of drawing skills is holding you back, let me show you several quick and easy ways to illustrate your story ideas. We will develop a collection of animal and human characters and use ink, color pencil, and watercolor pencils to render the illustrations.

(Thurs. – Sat.) October 24 – 26, 2019 (10:00am – 12:00pm)

Tuition: $150 for HCAF Members & $175 for Non-Members

Creating in Concrete with Stephanie Shroyer


In this jam-packed two-day workshop students will be the first to learn Concrete Couture from concrete Sculptor Stephanie Shroyer. You are asked to bring one or two articles of clothing to immortalize in concrete! Since the technique requires many steps, with waiting in between you will also learn two more techniques and formulas. A large bowl will be cast using leaves to create the imprint design, and a hypertufa planter will also be cast by each student.  The bowl makes a great dog or cat bowl! Since concrete takes time to cure, a take home kit is provided with 4 colors of stain, two kinds of sealer, and various tools to complete your projects. A booklet with instructions is also provided so you don’t have to write everything down! A slide show of the artists works will be shared as well as a time for Pinterest Fails. So if you have seen ideas on the web and want to know more on how to be successful at them, this is the perfect place for that.

(Sat. – Sun.) November 2-3, 2019 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Tuition: $200 for HCAF Members & $225 for Non-Members
Plus an additional $60 supply fee payable to the instructor

Exploring Hand-Stitching and Sashiko
with Aaron Sanders Head


Participants will learn the basics behind hand-stitching, as well as the stitches and patterns of Sashiko stitching. After learning the basic rules of Sashiko, participants will then be encouraged to bend those rules and develop their own stitching voice. Participants will learn the meditative and mindful properties of hand-stitching, and learn to read Sashiko patterns.

Students are provided with naturally dyed fabric for stitching on, along with Sashiko thread and other naturally dyed thread for stitching with, and students will leave with at least 4 stitched swatches.

Students are also encouraged to bring a textile, home good or article of clothing that could use some hand-stitched embellishment or mending. Denim clothing, linen accessories and any medium-weight home good are perfect for this.

PROVIDED BY INSTRUCTOR: Naturally dyed fabric, Naturally dyed thread , Needles, thimbles, threader, snips and all sewing materials, Rulers and marking pens

OPTIONAL EXTRAS PROVIDED BY STUDENTS: Clothing or home good for embellishment.

(Tues.) November 5, 2019 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Tuition: $125 for HCAF Members & $145 for Non-Members

Intro to Indigo & Shibori
with Aaron Sanders Head


Join Aaron Head, Nashville-based visual artist, for an exploration of Indigo and Shibori.

Participants will learn basics of dyeing with an organic indigo vat, along with various approaches to shibori dyeing. We will focus on Itajime (shape resist) and Kumo (twist resist) techniques, as well as more experimental techniques. Materials will be provided, and participants are highly encouraged to bring their own small, natural fiber items to dye if time allows. Students will leave with dyed cotton fabric, dyed goods from home, and a handout detailing the dye process.

Detailed Description: • Learn to dye natural fiber goods in a plant derived indigo vat. • Learn basics of Itajime (shape resist) and Kumo (twist resist) shibori dyeing, and other shibori techniques. • A yard of cotton will be provided for experimentation. • Students are highly encouraged to bring small goods to dye. Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept the color the best. Vintage linens, pillow cases, dishtowels and clothing are all perfect for this. Prewash in hot water before the workshop. • Wear old clothing and shoes that can be stained. The dye will splash.

(Wed. November 6, 2019 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Tuition: $125 for HCAF Members & $145 for Non-Members

Advanced Indigo & Shibori Techniques
with Aaron Sanders Head


Join Aaron Head, Nashville-based visual artist, for an Advanced Indigo and Shibori workshop. Participants will learn to create their own organic, plant-based indigo dye vat, as well as how to create patterns using Nui Shibori (stitch resist), Arashi Shibori (pole-wrapped resist) and wax resist shibori. All materials will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own small, natural fiber items to dye if time allows. Students will leave with dyed cotton fabric, along with a handout detailing the dye process and basics of an indigo dye vat.

(Thurs.) November 7, 2019 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Tuition: $125 for HCAF Members & $145 for Non-Members

2020 Workshops

Throwing, Spraying and ^6-8 Electric Firing
with Steven Hill


This workshop is designed to help you get the most out of YOUR glazes, applied to YOUR pots and fired in YOUR electric kiln. I will demonstrate the basic techniques of spraying and also spend time with more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes. I will cover ^6-8 glaze firing and briefly discuss lowering the maturation point of ^10 glazes to ^6-8. I will suggest ways to experiment with the layering process to create your own unique look.

On the first day I will throw, assemble, apply slip and discuss my philosophical approach towards making functional pottery. On the second day I will demonstrate my personal techniques of spraying and layering glazes and students will glaze their pottery. We will then load the kiln(s) and fire overnight to ^6-8. On the third day I will lead discussions on firing schedules and the equipment required to set up your own spraying studio and on further glaze experimentation. The workshop will end with unloading the kiln(s) and discussing the work.

(Fri. – Sun.) February 7-9, 2020

Tuition: $350 for HCAF Members & $395 for Non-Members

CLICK HERE to learn more about Steven Hill and this workshop.

Portrait Drawing with Danny Grant


Over the course of three days in this workshop each participant will walk away with three drawings. We will spend both the morning and afternoon sessions on a single drawing, allowing each artist to take his/her drawing to a high degree of finish. Focus will be placed on understand and executing the three phases of drawing: the block-in, line drawing, and full rendering. Participants will have the option of drawing on white paper with graphite, toned paper with graphite and white chalk, or both. 

(Fri. – Sun.) August 7-9, 2020 (10:00am – 5:00pm)

Tuition: $325 for HCAF Members & $340 for Non-Members

CLICK HERE for a supply list.

Registration Policy

All HCAF workshop registration is done by phone or email.

Email inquires to: visualarts@hcaf.com or call (830) 367-5121

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) 367-5121.

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 mad



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