Education & Outreach Programs
In 1990, Art League Houston (ALH) founded its free Healing Art program for adults living with HIV+/AIDS. In 1995, ALH provided additional Healing Art classes to serve the needs of adults living with other severe illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and physical disabilities.
ALH Healing Art classes are conducted in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Each Friday, September to May, two Healing Art classes are presented in four-hour sessions. The HIV+/AIDS and Cancer Related Illnesses Class is taught by Rebecca Bass, and Emily Sloan instructs the MS and Physical Disabilities Class. Tuition and art supplies are provided at no cost to the students as a majority are living on fixed incomes.
Healing Art students participate in two ALH sponsored events: The MARTY: A Montrose Art Party held each spring and the ALH Healing Art Gala Silent Auction in the fall. There is a sense of camaraderie in the two Healing Art groups, and the on-going opportunities to exhibit and sell artwork gives students a sense of accomplishment.
Quotes from Healing Art from 2012-13 participants:
"Healing Art has given me something to believe in for myself"
"Healing Art reaches out to those in the community who may need an activity to occupy them while touching others and advancing skills"
"Healing Art has improved my overall health and peace of mind"
For more information about Healing Art or to be added to the wait list, please call Art League Houston at 713-523-9530.
Art League Houston's artist residency program, ArtBound!, is a curriculum-based, in-school arts program at H.I.S.D. Title-1 elementary schools with little or no visual arts instruction. Classroom teachers participate in the planning process to ensure that the residencies support and enhance their classroom objectives. Each residency has an Art League Houston teaching artist visiting a school eight to ten times during a semester, working with three classrooms per visit. For each visit, the teaching artist works with each class for approximately one hour. Art League Houston teaching artists are professional artists and experienced teaching artists. The residencies, including art supplies, are offered free of charge to the participating schools. In addition, the ArtBound! residencies connect to H.I.S.D. curriculum and is provided primarily to grade levels third through fifth.
Each ArtBound! residency includes a culminating event, which can be an informal showing of student art work at the participating school or at a neighborhood library or other venue. The Art League Houston teaching artist collects the artwork from the teachers and works with an Art League staff member to prepare and hang the art.
Since 2011, Art League Houston has partnered with Writers in the Schools (WITS) at Wharton Dual Language Academy to create a visual arts and literary learning project. Over the course of the weekly visits, WITS writer and Art League Houston teaching artist share with students the ways that the arts feed one another as they share stories and images of their lives, families, and community.
For more information about ArtBound!, e-mail Zachary Gresham, Education Programs Director at email@example.com or call Art League Houston at 713-523-9530.
Summer Art Camps
Art Camp at Art League Houston provides children with creative, fun ways to engage their imaginations through visual art activities. Each session, held annually during the summer breaks, is taught by one of Art League Houston's outstanding teaching artists. As kids create art, they will explore ideas, learn arts vocabulary, and experiment with a variety of arts media. They will reinforce critical thinking skills while fostering confidence and creativity. Most of all, they will have fun! Art League Houston provides all art supplies, a camp T-shirt, and snacks. Campers must bring a sack lunch each day.
Registration for the 2014 Summer Art Camps will begin in Spring 2014.
Each summer, twelve students are awarded the opportunity to attend one week of Summer Art Camp at Art League Houston for free through the Gertrude Barnstone Scholarship Fund. Applicants must be between the ages of 5-12, have a demonstrated interest in visual arts, have a financial need for assistance, and have participated in Art League Houston's ArtBound! program during the previous school year.
Each scholarship is valued at $335. If you wish to contribute to the Gertrude Barnstone scholarship fund or sponsor a camper, please contact Jill at 713-523-9530 to donate or contribute online through our website by clicking here.
Open Figure Live Model
A live model is provided weekly for Art League Houston members to draw, sketch, or paint. The cost is only $15 for a three-hour session; this money goes directly to pay the model. Classes meet weekly on Thursday and Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 PM.
To view the full schedule, visit: http://artleaguehouston.org/modellab.pdf
Bayou City Art Festival
For over a decade, Art League Houston has provided art activities for families at both the fall and spring Art Colony Association's Bayou City Art Festivals at Memorial Park and in downtown Houston. For these festivals, Art League Houston is part of the Art Colony Association's Creative Zone, where children and parents create fun and creative art making activities. Art League Houston is honored to be one of the Art Colony Association's non-profit partners for the fall and spring festivals.
Life Drawing for HSPVA Students
Art League Houston offers weekly life drawing classes during the school year for students, ages 14-18, from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). Students in the program participate with parental consent. The skills gained in this class are invaluable to those students wishing to build a portfolio, advance their careers as artists, and/or continue their education in the arts field.