The Hill Country Council for the Arts, in conjunction with the Majestic Ranch Art Foundation and Boerne Professional Artists, is offering a series of 6-hour Mini-Workshops to advance your venture into the world of fine art.

Current Open Workshops:

Saturday, March 11, 2017 / Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grey Forest Community Center 18249 Sherwood Trail, Grey Forest Texas 78023

Class Fee: $50
$50 includes lunch

Participants will gain an understanding about basic principles, techniques, and material/supply requirements to begin painting in oils unassisted. During the workshop participants will be guided through painting a still life and a landscape.

Participants need only bring an apron or painting clothes, a cap, and a willingness to learn and have a lot of fun while doing it. All other supplies for the workshop will be furnished as well as a free delicious lunch.

About the Artist: Don Darst

Don enjoyed drawing at an early age. Drawing eventually led to oil painting some 20 years ago when his wife gave him an oil painting class with Kentucky artist, Angie Campbell. Don's landscapes have a subtle tonalist quality evoking mood that allows the viewer to contribute his or her own feelings to the work. His still lifes are reminiscent of an earlier era and his subjects are often antiques or Native American art. Don is particularly inspired by the work of George Inness and the Hudson River School. Donald is a member of Oil Painters of America, Boerne Professional Artists and Hill Country Council for the Arts. He is represented by Carriage House Gallery in Boerne, Fredericksburg Art Gallery in Fredericksburg, and the Old Milltown Depot and Gallery in Star Lake, Wisconsin.


Saturday, April 15, 2017 / Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grey Forest Community Center 18249 Sherwood Trail, Grey Forest Texas 78023

Class Fee: $50 includes lunch

Professional Artist Maren Phillips will present a plein air mini-workshop. Plein Air painting involves working from life outdoors. Seeing what you are painting in real time and real life makes for a much more accurate, beautiful, and exciting painting. Working from photographs can be misleading and never gives the painter the experience of actually seeing the things he/she is painting! You can SEE so much more and experience so much more! Join us as we explore the world of plein air painting at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. The class will include a demonstration by the instructor and individual attention during the student’s painting time. You will receive notes and essential bits of information pertaining to Composition, Atmospheric perspective, Color, and Value. Suggested equipment and supplies list is available for each enrollee before the class. This class is designed for people who have had some experience with painting and mixing colors. This is NOT a ‘how to paint’ class, rather it will expand your knowledge and further your experience! The instructor will be painting in Oils. You may work in either Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, or Pastel. The essential information and experience is the same in any medium.

Please note her comments below for a successful experience:

You must have a portable, lightweight outside set up, including easel, palette, and some way to transport it like a cart, backpack, etc

There are many plein air easels on the market, use Google to search..

Always be prepared with extra canvases, paint, brushes and cleaners.

Wear comfortable and appropriate clothes, good walking shoes, hat, and gloves if necessary

An umbrella is helpful, but not always necessary

Understand that you may have to stand to paint. Benches or seats may not be available, bring your own if you need it.

BUG SPRAY, SUN SCREEN, WATER for DRINKING, SNACKS.... Always remember each of these

A notepad is helpful, possibly necessary! AND a pencil!

A viewfinder or composition finder is helpful.

A value chart is necessary.

A color wheel that you have made yourself is helpful/

Rain gear is helpful, a clear plastic poncho might come in handy. In winter, it is a big help to keep out the wind.

Something to carry wet paintings in is VERY helpful. Pizza boxes are excellent, and there are many products on the market for this purpose.

Think compact, portable, easy to carry for everything. Small tubes of paint, small sample sizes of turp, just the exact brushes you need... etc


About the Artist: Maren Phillips



Saturday, May 20, 2017 / Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Comfort Inn and Suites, Boerne

Class Fee: $50
Story Telling From the Soul

Have you ever wondered why a piece of art calls you while another you might walk right by. Or perhaps you wonder why a certain piece of art inspires you. Do you think about the story told from the soul? Join contemporary professional artist Kristin La Rue as she leads you through discovery and deeper understanding of your own “Soul” story in art. You will explore why art calls you and what is meaningful to you as an artist or art patron. Participants will examine the use of elements of art and gain a stronger understanding of the relationship of Story Telling From the Soul to creativity, appreciation and inspiration in art. Examples of artwork brought in by participants will be critiqued in terms of what speaks to them and what doesn’t. Using her own art as examples, Kristin will discuss processes, tools and the stories within. Later in the workshop participants will create multi-media artwork with materials provided by them and the workshop.

Participants should bring to class:

• Magazines, periodicals, that can be shared and used (destroyed) for a multi-media art.

• 11x14 or 12x16 blank canvas on board.

• Artwork, or photo of art, yours or others’, that the participant considers inspiring. The photo should be large enough to share with others in order to discuss.

About the Artist: Kristen LaRue

K. LaRue’s work can be seen on the web at: 

On facebook at: KLARUEART

And in Rivers Edge Gallery, 832 Water Street, Kerrville


Saturday, June 10, 2017 / Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location TBA

Class Fee: $50
Boerne Professional Artist Paula Lay will introduce students to the wonderful art of watercolor. Class members will learn about basic watercolor supplies and the techniques and methods used by watercolorists. Expect a mini-workshop filled with demonstrations, instruction and fun!

About the Artist: Paula Lay

Information coming soon.


Contact Us

P. O. Box 2024
Boerne, TX 78006

Phone: (210) 269-8349

About Us

The Hill Country Council for the Arts (HCCArts) is a 501c3, non-profit organization that has been nationally recognized as a regional Business Committee for the Arts (BCA)...

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