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Online Watercolor Classes

For those of you who would like to learn more about watercolor in the comfort of your own home!

Click on the link below:

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Free Online Art Event Tomorrow

A Message From Laura Spector:


Let’s do this. Virtually.

Dear All,

I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. I’m not going to talk about the pandemic because we’re likely exhausted by the subject. Instead, I’m writing to invite you to a freebie lecture. All you have to do is respond to this email with your RSVP.  On the day of the lecture, I’ll send you an email with a link to Zoom and a password to join.

What is this “lecture” about?

One of my favorite pre-pandemic classes was my Wednesday night Narrative Portrait class at Art League Houston. At the start of each class, students gave an informal 10-minute presentation on an assigned artist. The artists we discussed were from all over the world, some living, some local, and other lesser-known artists who left behind work inspiring generations. Their work offers insight into their unique timeline and a variety of art-making techniques. Class presentations encouraged student’s individual advancement in their practice while sharing great stories about artists.

Since lockdown began, I have continued my practice of picture hoarding. I am kind of ashamed to admit I have 25,527 photos on my phone at the moment. (My husband is rolling his eyes at this while I type!) Most of my photos are of other people’s artwork that I admire or am curious about (..and lots of photos of my cats… I’ll leave you with a recent one below.) I’m going to share some of these images with you, focusing on the following:

  1. I have noticed a changing trend in art-making after a month into the pandemic, and it’s not ust portraits of front line workers.
  2. New work I have come across since I’ve been deep-diving into other artist’s practices.
  3. Artwork that shows beautiful techniques that I want to share with my painting and drawing community.
  4. Upcoming online classes I have at Watercolor Art Society – Houston (The Wet and dry charcoal portrait- see example above – registration is not active yet), and a course on the Narrative Portrait via Zoom.

A few things to note about this event:

* My lecture will be informal. It’s more of a “presentation” or a  “virtual fireside Zoom chat”. I want to share creativity with my community. By community, I mean you.

*This presentation will likely contain nudity.  If you’d like to invite your spouse, partner, kids, or anyone else in your home pod to watch, please note that there will be nudity in some of the paintings.

*I will try to record this lecture on Zoom to share with others. I haven’t recorded on Zoom yet, so it’s a bit experiment. The recording may fail. If you want to hide your background please do.

*If you arrive after 8:10 pm, you will not be let into the Zoom room.

The event is happening THIS Wednesday, May 27th from 8pm – 9:30pm (CST). It is FREE.

Tips are always appreciated. Here are links to my “tip jars”:
Venmo @LauraMakesArt 


Please reply to this email to RSVP.

Thank you. Please be safe out there.

Lots of love and gratitude to you,


Online Painting Class Opportunity



Laura Spector will be offering a new Narrative Portrait class this summer, entirely online.  Laura has given  a couple of art demos at our meetings, and I have taken several classes from her.  Narrative Portrait is one of my favorites.


Join me online this summer! ☀️ 🎨 (From anywhere in the world!!!)

💥 Narrative Portrait Painting & Drawing -> 5-week course 💥

5 Wednesday Evenings, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
July 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26

Oil and acrylic painters are welcome!
Registered students will be provided with high-quality photographs of models to choose from that they will translate into drawings, then build a finished painting. This course is recommended for anyone with painting experience to those who are advanced and looking to paint in a group setting.

Each class will begin with a presentation/ lecture that I create which will cover various techniques and approaches to our goal in class. I will also be introducing work from a variety of painters.

🌸 Read more about the course syllabus and register at the link below! 🌸

💥 New to online learning? 💥
Zoom has proved to be a significant advancement in many aspects of the my classroom. I’m able to draw directly onto artwork using my Apple Pencil, allowing immediate understanding of changes that can be made in student’s artwork. I am also able to quickly serve up images of work and process as examples. Online teaching offers me more multi-media options to utilize than I’ve ever had at my fingertips in a classroom before. This expedites learning. As a result, I have seen some profound advancements in student’s work across the board (5 courses so far) as a result. While teaching on Zoom is not an apples-to-apples replacement for in-classroom teaching, I find myself truly enjoying both the teaching process.…/narrative-…/129…

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April and May General Meetings

Artist Friends,

In the light of the ongoing virus crisis, we have cancelled our April and May general meetings.  Those of you who still have art hanging at the Kingwood Public Library, it will have to wait until a changeout of art is possible.  We are very sorry for your inconvenience.

LSAG Convention

Lone Star Art Guild has cancelled its May convention for 2020.  They are planning their next convention for May of 2021 at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe.  Qualifying art from our Fall Art Show should be eligible for competition then.

We will continue to share whatever information we have on our website and on Facebook.  If there are further bulletins, we will be sure to let you know.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, and Nourish Your Creativity!


Getty Museum Challenge

We Hope All of You are Staying Safe and Healthy

While we all shelter at home, we thought we would suggest the recent challenge by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles:

Getty Museum’s quarantine challenges sees people recreate works of art using household items

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has challenged fans around the world to recreate their favourite famous pieces of art whilst in isolation at home — and the results are genius.

Taking inspiration from the the museum‘s online catalogue of artwork, the playful challenge has only one requirement: you must use no more than three objects lying around the home. You’ll see below that the rule hasn’t always been strictly followed, but it is just a bit of fun after all!

There’s been thousands of entries across social media with creative takes on some of the most iconic paintings and sculptures. From David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash to Van Gogh’s Starry Night, take a look at some of the brilliant uploads using household items…

And the results are just brilliant.