Summer Arts Workshops 2020

June 22-July 2, Monday-Thursday (9:30 am – 12:00 pm)

In Character: Who are we and who can we be? How does our various roles in our lives influence us and our creativity?


Join us at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston for a hands-on art-making workshop. Everyone plays many roles in life. How do we see ourselves? This summer we will explore our roles, past, present, future and imagined. Through various art media, we will create self-portraits, realistic and abstract, as we consider our many identities, avatars, or characters and how they connect.

The workshop features both Individual and group projects. We will tour the current Blaffer Museum exhibition and make associations to our themes.

Session 1: Mondays and Wednesdays (June 22, 24, 29, July 1) $105/child
Session 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays (June 23, 25, 30, July 2) $105/child
Sessions 1 & 2: $210/child

Mon/Wed: Self-Portrait
We have many roles (for example: family member, student, friend, creator, adventurer). Imagine what you could be in the future, the past, even the present moment. For example: player of games, viewer of sunrises, painter of colors. How many types of self-portraits can we create?

Tue/Thurs: What if you could be anyone or anything, at any time, or in any place?
If you could go to the past or future? Explore the galaxy or a tiny microcosm? Be a force of nature (earth, air, water, or sun), roam the ancient earth as a dinosaur, live on another planet? Explore and create images of your imagined self and your roles.

Registration will be completed with payment by cash, a check payable to University of Houston, or via credit card, by calling 713.843.9521 or for questions about the workshop, 713.743.9526. Space is limited. After registration, parents/guardians will receive info including UH forms to be completed and turned in on the first day of class.

Scholarship Deadlines: APRIL 15. Limited scholarships (½ off the tuition) are available. To apply, send a letter of request with the application form to Katherine Veneman, kveneman@uh.edu.

Tuition discounts: A limited number of scholarships are available. (See above). There is a discount for KGMCA faculty, staff and students.

Withdrawl: Paid workshop applicants may withdraw no less than 1 week before session.

Ages 6-12 is a wide age range. Do students work together? During workshops small groups are formed of similar age levels and the activity is modified for varying ages. Also, there is a collaborative project where students work together.

Instructor: Artist Rona Lesser is a practicing artist who primarily works in watercolor, maintaining a studio at Spring Street studios in Houston and exhibiting her works both locally and nationally. She has extensive experience in instructing studio art to children, and as a museum educator and docent at Blaffer Art Museum. This is her fourth year teaching the Summer Arts Workshops.

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Phone: 713-743-9521
Mailing Address: Blaffer Art Museum
University of Houston
120 Fine Arts Building Houston, TX 77204