Art For The Masses

HAL’s classes are designed to fit the needs and interests, not only of practiced artists in
many genre, but also to appeal to the masses – from moms/dads/grandparents and
their toddlers, homeschool students, after-schoolers, and teens to adults who want to
begin their foray into the world of art. HAL offers something for everyone. Classes are
built for novice to professional and allow you to test your interests, improve your skills,
and build community with others while appreciating the Arts.

Due to the fact that all ages are invited to participate in these classes, alcoholic
beverages will NOT be provided by the Art League. However, we will have many snacks
and other light refreshments available for all classes taught at HAL and are included in
the class fee. Where noted materials will be provided by students, but will note
suggestions our artist/teachers have made for your convenience and aide in practicing
what you’ve learned.

Art for Professionals. Art for Novices. Art for the Masses. HAL.

Classes for August, 2019: [Children’s/Teens Offerings – update coming soon.]

Upcoming Classes

ML Herald Drawing Class

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Learn to see and draw objects as they are.  Artist/instructor Mary Lou Herald will lead you through a study of perspective, helping you develop your artist’s eye for seeing the angles, lines, shapes and forms of objects!

This two-hour class introduces beginning artists to the basics of composition but allows them to see form in a way that captures the imagination and the eye.  

Ms. Herald received her art degree from Seton Hill College and previously taught art at Alex Fletcher Memorial Art Center, where she specialized in perspective drawing and pen and ink courses. Herald’s pen and ink drawings have graced exhibits from Pennsylvania to Florida. We are pleased to have her as one of our area artists featured in our August 2019 offerings at HAL. 

Class Date/Time:  August 14, 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Place: Visual Arts Center, HAL [teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot]

Instructor/Artist: ML Herald

Cost: $35 for member; $40 for non-member

Materials [please bring with you to class]:

  • #2 lead, mechanical pencil [Paper-mate Sharp Writer is best]
  • Good paper drawing pad or book – [9 x 12, 12 x 14; no newsprint paper]
  • Plastic white eraser [Mars brand]
  • Straight edge ruler

The Art of Coiling – Pine Basket Making Series

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 For 21 years artist, Gloria Peters was aboard a 40’ sailboat, traveling the world. Peters had an older sister who took art classes in high school. Fascinated, she tried her hand at it. She’s always loved being creative – whether with paper, fabric or glass.  In the late 60s, Billie Ross, a purse designer on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue, created fashion that fascinated Peters. She began painting purses for Ross.

Peters has always been a designer at heart; self-taught in several art areas. From creating her own wardrobe when she was young, to Ross’ brand-name purses, while at sea Peters created designs for inlaid wood table tops for boats, specializing in the Compass Rose and special orders. For three or four months, Hurricane season landed Gloria and her husband Mike up the Rio Dulce River in Guatemala, where other cruisers in the marina passed the time making pine needle baskets. Peters creative nature took over. Twenty-one years later, her baskets created for family, friends, and clients are a treasure of Peters’ artistic efforts. 

Peters also does stained-glass, mosaics, and paints watercolor. “Everything I do is related to nature,” Peters said about her work. She claims her process is sometimes not as others do, but it works for her. We are pleased to have Peters with us this First Quarter, beginning with a class on basket making, “The Art of Coiling.”

The Art of Coiling will teach the basics of pine needle basket making, including selection and preparation of materials, four different stitches, embellishment, and finishing. Participants will come away from the class with a beautiful decorative basket, as well as the knowledge that they can use to begin this artform on their own. 

Class Date/Time: Saturdays, August 10 – September 7 [no class on August 31], 1 – 4 p.m.

Place: Visual Art Center, HAL [teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot]

Instructor/Artist: Gloria Peters

Cost: $65 – includes all materials for your 8” x 4” basket for members; $70 for non-members.

The Art of Animals ~ Sketch your Pet

Animals are one of the hardest things to draw, but they don’t have to be. Artist Mary Lou Herald set out to learn how to draw these precious pets and along the way found a practical approach to not just drawing dogs and cats, but all kinds of mammals. Join her as she passes on her skills and years of accumulating drawing know-how to you.

In this class Herald deconstructs complex animal anatomy and mechanics into basic, understandable components, making drawing your pet your new passion as a beginning art student. The lesson is broken down into these sections:

The Basic Structure of a Mammal

The 4 Main Sections of the Body

Drawing Heads

Drawing Fore Limbs

Drawing Back Limbs

Drawing the Body

Ms. Herald received her art degree from Seton Hill College and previously taught art at Alex Fletcher Memorial Art Center, where she specialized in perspective drawing and pen and ink courses. Herald’s pen and ink drawings have graced exhibits from Pennsylvania to Florida. We are pleased to have her as one of our area artists featured in our August 2019 offerings at HAL.

Class Date/Time: 9:00 – 12 noon., September 11, 2019

Place: Visual Arts Center, HAL (teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot)

Instructor/ Mary Lou Herald

Cost $35 for HAL member, $45 for non-member

Snack/Drinks provided.

Materials to Bring:

  • #2 lead, mechanical pencil [Paper-mate Sharp Writer is best]
  • Good paper drawing pad or book – [9 x 12, 12 x 14; no newsprint paper]
  • Plastic white eraser [Mars brand]
  • Straight edge ruler