2020 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.

Want to attend one of our workshops, but aren’t from the area?
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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!

Watercolor Rock Formations with Robert Ruhmann

Ruhmann Rock

Come learn about painting rock formations 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 rock formations, landscapes, and seascapes.

(Sat.) February 29, 2020 (9:00am – 1:00pm)

Tuition: $75 for HCAF Members & $95 for Non-Members

CLICK HERE for a supply list.

From “Painting” – To Art! with Roger Parsons

Entering Palo Duro

This oil landscape workshop is for intermediate to advanced painters who have a strong desire to paint better!

We’ve all said something like “I can paint, but I want to get better” or words to that effect.  In this workshop, we’ll briefly review fundamentals (drawing, composition, value, edges, and color), then we’ll explore concepts that are crucial to making better paintings.  I’ll explain these concepts and demonstrate “how I do it”—my tools, tips, techniques—the things I’ve learned from books, from other artists, and from years of experience.  Then, you’ll practice these concepts as you paint landscapes from photographs in the studio.  The goal is to use the knowledge gained from the workshop to elevate your art to the next level as you paint and practice, practice, practice after the workshop.  To paraphrase Edgar Payne, creative mastery comes after knowledge and continual practice.

(Mon. – Fri.) March 16 – 20, 2020 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

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

CLICK HERE for a materials list for this workshop

Powertex Suma Workshop with Sue Haberer


Powertex  is a highly versatile product that makes most porous surfaces hard and weather resistant. This amazing product gives form and structure to cloth, paper, wood, gauze, concrete, plush toys, cardboard and more. The textile hardener makes it easy for a novice crafter to create beautiful sculpture using only a wire armature and an old t-shirt.

Powertex is a liquid medium, ready to use out of the package. Items can be dipped directly into Powertex or brushed on. Once applied, Powertex begins to dry but will remain flexible for hours, depending on room temperature. While it is in this flexible state, Powertex can be draped, folded, pleated and manipulated in countless ways. Once the treated item has been cured, it will be hard and durable. It will also be weather resistant and suitable for use outdoors. The exception to this is the transparent medium which will require a coat of outdoor (marine) varnish before it becomes weather resistant.

(Sat.) March 21, 2020 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Tuition: $165 for HCAF Members & $185 for Non-Members
This cost includes all supplies.

Watercolor Secrets Revealed with Tom Lynch

Tom Lynch

Experience the vast range and flexibility of watercolor in an atmosphere that welcomes the adv. beginner, intermediate, and advanced painter. Add emotion and conviction to your painting by pushing the limits of color, contrast and light.  Tom puts fun into the process of painting along with enthusiasm and new techniques. Daily demonstration paintings with detailed explanations of the “hows” and “whys,” followed by individual attention so that each student understands and has an example of the day’s objective and a positive critique session. Tom includes tips on photography, “on-location” painting, matting, and salvage techniques for discarded paintings.

(Wed. – Sat.) April 15 – 18, 2020 (9:30am – 4:30pm)

Tuition: $500 for HCAF Members & $525 for Non-Members

Non-Objective Art vs. Descriptive Art with Judi Coffey

This workshop is handled through the Texas Watercolor Society. Please CLICK HERE for a registration form for this workshop.

Judi Coffey

In watercolor painting there is lots of room for an artist to incorporate both objective and descriptive art. Experience this painting adventure workshop using painted papers and your imagination. The excitement of designing will be done without drawing. The materials you select along with your chosen colors will lead you on this totally unique painting journey.

(Tues. – Thurs.) May 5-7, 2020 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

Tuition: $375 for Texas Watercolor Society Members & $475 for Non-Members

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.)  May 14-16, 2020 (9am – 4pm)

Tuition: $375 for HCAF Members & $395 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.) May 20 – 22, 2020 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

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

CLICK HERE for a supply list

Introduction to Monotypes with Amado Peña

Amado Peña is a nationally known Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. He studied art and education at Texas A & I (now Texas A & M Kingsville), where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. 

Visit Amado’s website by clicking here.


A Monotype is a print pulled in an edition of one from a painting or drawing done on a surface such as Plexiglas, metal, or board. The image is transferred to surface, usually paper either with a printmaking press or with the pressure of a hand tool. The end result is a one-of-a-kind produced image offering an artist a unique opportunity to create variations of one idea. These variations make a perfect medium for participants who love to experiment. 

Objectives for this class include:
1. Create Monotypes using water-base media
2. Learn how to use a printing press to execute a Monotype
3. Understand what a Monotype is and why artists create them
4. Distinguish between different types of papers used in the Monotype process
5. Work with different water-base media
6. Make final presentation of a finished Monotype

(Tues. – Thurs.) May 26 – 28, 2020 (9am – 5pm)

Tuition: $650 for HCAF Members & $675 for Non-Members
All supplies are provided.

Folk Art with Heidi England Week I

Austrian Museum Chair

“Austrian Museum Chair”

Cowboy and His Horse

“Cowboy and His Horse”

French Rolling Pin

“French Rolling Pin”

German Wedding Chair

“German Wedding Chair”

(Sun. – Fri.) June 7 – 12, 2020

Tuition: $245 for HCAF Members & $265 for Non-Members

Folk Art with Heidi England Week II

Strawberry Chicken“Strawberry Chicken”

Jo Sonjas Swedish Granddaughter Clock

“Jo Sonja’s Swedish Granddaughter Clock”

Texas Star

“Texas Star”

French Rolling Pin

“French Rolling Pin”

(Sun. – Fri.) June 14-19, 2020

Tuition: $245 for HCAF Members & $265 for Non-Members

Folk Art with Heidi England Week III

Watering Can

“Watering Can”


“Antique Quilt Table”

French Rolling Pin

“French Rolling Pin”

(Sun. – Fri.) June 21 – 26, 2020

Tuition: $245 for HCAF Members & $265 for Non-Members

Watercolor with Ken Hosmer


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 22-25, 2020 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

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

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.

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.) October 28 – 31, 2020

Tuition: $475

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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