Summer is here, regardless if you’re ready, you can put those coats and sweaters away, there will be no more cold fronts for a while.
They sure were pleasant little surprises though, weren’t they?
Let’s get your art on this summer, and maybe I’ll get to write about you or your children in the future.
Did you notice the Museum of Fine Arts Houston had a big event last weekend? It does mean the traffic cones are gone now from Montrose at Bissonnet. Most Houstonians may know the MFAH’s Glassell School of Art for the enormous mirror like sculpture installed a few months ago titled Cloud Column by Anish Kapoor.
From my observations of adult students that attend here, Glassell takes a student of art and turns them into the artists they were meant to be. Instructors are top notch.
In an interview, Joseph Havel, director of the Glassell School of Art talked about the new buildings and the future.
“The new Glassell School building is both an incredibly student-friendly facility and an instantly iconic expression of contemporary culture. Students of all ages will have first-class facilities on the campus of a major museum. Can you think of a more inspirational environment to discover and develop your own expression?” said Havel “The 21st century deserves a vanguard art school looking toward the future. Now, we have one!”
Currently, at Glassell they are enrolling children ages 3 to 18 for summer art classes held in the new building and starting June 15, a free summer music series comes to The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza. Visit mfah.org for details.
While we’re talking tots, HITS Theatre has expanded their programming to include toddlers ages 3-5 years old. The classes are “Mommy and Me” style dance classes are for children and their parents. That sounds cool to me. Even I can dance better than a 3-year-old. (I think) hitstheatre.org.
Make it a day trip with the little ones – head to Galveston Art Center and while they’re learning you can shop or hit the beach! A diverse range of mediums including sculpture with paper and cardboard to find an object, drawing, and painting and there are 5-day art camps with more intensive instruction for painting, felt or clay for 8-14 kids. For the adults, the center has numerous workshops and artist talks year-round, galvestonartscenter.org.
Art League Houston is enrolling for art classes now and classes start July 9. visit them 1953 Montrose Blvd. Houston, Texas 77006 and sign up at artleaguehouston.org.
The best for last for you artsy types or you wanna be’s. Brittany Bly’s Pop Shop America has it all and is close by the Heights with locations both downtown and on the energy corridor.
I asked Brittany to tell me more about her adult-themed workshops.
“It’s a great place to hang out with your friends, listen to music, and create something special,” Bly said. “We help people create goods that they will love for a lifetime! We teach workshops where the supplies do all the work. You do not need the experience to make something amazing.”
Plan on BYOB, light bites and light sips included.
Courtesy of the Downtown District visit www.popshopamerica.com
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.