2020 Workshops

To register for a workshop, please call (830) 367-5121. Please register at least a week BEFORE the start date of a workshop.

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

Want to attend one of our workshops, but aren’t from the area?
CLICK HERE for a list of hotels and resorts close to us!

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 (Postponed until further notice.)

Work from a live model with short and long poses!

Tuition: $15 per person

CLICK HERE for info on figure drawing studio etiquette!

Fauna, Meet Function & Put a Lid on It with Susan Bergman


 Fauna, Meet Function

Do you ever look at a bowl and think, “That looks just like a rhinoceros”? Or a cup and think, “That would be perfect, if only it had a long neck and a beak”? Even if you haven’t had those epiphanies, you’ll want to take this workshop! Susan will show you how to transform ordinary functional vessels into animals and birds that want to serve. You will create gesture and expression through the addition of legs, hooves, heads, and eyes to blank bowls, cups, and boxes; you will also experiment with techniques to add graphic interest to the clay surfaces. The instructor will provide blanks for you to build on and colored slips for you to decorate with. Bring photos or drawings of animals that you find animated and interesting, and you will turn them into stoneware friends that you’ll never have to feed – but that will happily feed you!

Put a Lid on It

Whether it holds extra buttons or the key to your heart, the clay box tells a story that is always at least partially concealed. In this workshop you will consider the box as both a practical and a metaphorical container, exploring the multitudinous ways in which form, gesture, and surface decoration interact to produce a useful tool with a compelling narrative. Using building techniques from slabs and coils to bisque molds and extrusion, we’ll look at how to create strong seams, cut lids, plan for warping and shrinkage; how to incorporate drawers, doors, handles, and knobs; how to nest trays, cups, sculptures, or additional boxes inside the primary one; how to incorporate animal and botanical themes in both two and three dimensions; how to apply slips and textures for cohesive design; and how to craft the container so that individual components make sense whether they’re concealed or free-standing. By the end of the workshop students should have a few pieces ready for bisque firing.

(Sat. – Mon.) October 17-19, 2020 (9:00am – 5:00pm)

Tuition: $300 for HCAF Members & $325 for Non-Members.

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
with David Kessler

Caribbean Breeze

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Here is some of what we’ll cover:

  • How to loosen up and paint spontaneously with no pre-planning
  • How to use big brushes and lots of juicy paint
  • How to paint from your heart, not your head
  • How to create fresh beautiful color without making “mud”
  • Art business information
  • And much more!

This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting in their studios.This workshop is non-media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, pastel and oil are welcome.

(Wed. – Fri.) Dec. 2 – 4, 2020 (9:00am – 4:00pm)
Tuition: $375 for HCAF Members & $395 for Non-Members

CLICK HERE for a supply list

2021 Workshops

Creating a Painting from Sketches & Reference Material with Stacy Kamin

golden gate

If you have ever planned an overseas trip and been inspired to paint, but the thought of packing oil paints and canvases seemed daunting or prohibitive, Stacy Kamin has the solution. 

For years Stacy has been traveling to Europe armed only with a sketchbook, ink pen and a small travel watercolor kit. There she does sketches and takes photos as reference material so that once she returns to her studio, she can recreate these visual ideas in a larger format, and all done while traveling light.  

Now that she has her process down to a science, she can share her supplies and ways of working so that you too can respond artistically to your surroundings even when you travel. She will do demonstrations to explain her process as well as help you transform provided reference material into paintings of yourown. 

In this class you will learn how to compose a painting from sketches and pictures, as well as how to decide what information is relevant to include. This class will focus on creating a unique painting inspired by Stacy’s own beautiful sketches and photos.  if time permits, she will help students decide what reference material would make a beautiful painting of their own and perhaps start that painting. But regardless of time, Stacy will guide students on how to use their reference material to create unique compositions once they’ve returned to their own studios.

Since this is a shorter class, you will learn how to use pictures and sketches to create a painting as practice for work you’ll do on a future trip. You will learn what to look for when choosing a scene so that the result will depict a simple visual idea. 

This is a not-to-be-missed class for anyone contemplating traveling with the idea of gathering material to produce larger works back in your studio, and for someone who wants to travel light. 

*There will be demonstrations and daily individual critiques; all levels are welcome

(Wed. – Sat.) March 3-6, 2021

Tuition: $475 for HCAF Members & $500 for Non-Members

Click Here for a supply list for this workshop.

Pastel Landscapes with Doug Dawson

Trail House

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. 

(Thurs. – Sat.) Oct. 7 – 9, 2021 (9am – 4pm)

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

Registration Policy

All HCAF workshop registration is done by phone or email.

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

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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