Friday, April 29, 2011

Facial Proportions

Our weekly studio artists have been studying facial proportions and the work of Leonardo da Vinci. This is a lovely painting in progress by seven year old Cleo.

Color Wheels at Oil and Cotton

Our weekly adult studio art class has been exploring color. This week they mixed colors to create these beautiful color wheels.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Felted Ponchos this Sunday, May 1st 11-3pm

This Sunday, May 1, 11-3pm join fiber artist extraordinaire, Lizzy Wetzel. Lizzy will lead a workshop teaching students to work with large felt projects. Learn to design and hand make your very own poncho using a variety of felting methods. The resulting yardage may be shaped into a poncho, bag or used for other fiber projects. Students will be introduced to new felting techniques such as PREFELT, that allow larger scale work. This class will delve into traditional and new processes and materials. All tools and fibers are included. The class is limited to eight students. Register NOW to reserve a table. Lizzy will have additional materials and kits for students that would like to continue exploring felting after class.

This Weekend: Paint Your Pet Portraits

Join us this Saturday, April 30th from 11-2pm for our second Paint Your Pet Portrait Class. Adults and mature children (age 8+) learn step by step how to look, draw, and paint on canvas a portrait of their best friend. Bring photos of your pet (8" x 10" crop is best) and a sack lunch. Please register online here. Beginners are VERY WELCOME!

Anémic Cinéma Presents: "Sans Soleil AKA Sunless" (Chris Marker, 1983)

Tonight! Monday, April 25, 2011 at 8pm. FRIENDS! FILM! FUN! BYOB! POT LUCK! $5 suggested donation. A relaxed environment to view incredible works of art/avant garde/experimental cinema deserving of a fabulous audience just like you!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Basket Shopping and FREE Earth Day Craft at Oil and Cotton

Come to Oil and Cotton and fill your Easter Baskets with sweet handmade gifts and creative art supplies. We have wooden pocket knife puzzles, wooden wee cups and crayon rocks that help little ones develop motor skills, Play Clay scented with essential oils, recycled crayons in glass jars with hand sewn Easter tops, Gravestone Rubbing Kits, leather bound field guide books and Oil and Cotton Creative Kits! Kayli and I will help you create baskets for your chicks and hens.
 Join us today from 3:30-4:30 for a FREE Earth Day craft. Show your love for our planet and create a landscape necklace from recycled materials.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bulb Baskets for Spring

This past Saturday, Jan guided our class through the steps of weaving a basket in the round. Each student formed a six pointed star shaped base of round reed and then wove a spiral to form the basket. A leather handle was secured with a waxed linen thread. We had a full class of wonderful students, each left with baskets woven and shaped by their own hands. Look for more basket and loom weaving this summer and fall.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Summer Camps are Here!

Camps available morning &/or afternoon all summer long. Full-Day (9-4) campers can lunch with us. Supplies included.  
Siblings receive 10% discount (use code SIBLING when checking out online). 

Home Brewed Beer in Oak Cliff

Our first culinary arts class was held at Oil and Cotton this Saturday. Robin and Sarah, our super teachers lead our class through the process of making home brewed BEER! We liked the earthy scent that filled the studio and the sharing of ideas and home brewing secrets. The second half of the class will take place on May 7th.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Weaving at Oil and Cotton

We hosted our first weaving class this weekend. June Covingtion introduced students to the basics of frame weaving. Spiderweb looms were fashioned from fallen branches and a variety of hand spun and synthetic fibers were woven into the tree limbs. The results were beautiful.

WigWam PARTY!!!

This Friday we had a wonderful welcoming party for our WigWam sisters! If you didn't make it this weekend, no tears. WigWam will be with us for the entire month of April.
Hours are Friday through Sunday, noon to 6pm. The shop is full of objects with hidden stories, handmade magic and more.

Friday, April 1, 2011


Oil and Cotton is excited to announce our recent expansion into the storefront adjoining our original brick and mortar. The addition means not only more room for classes and workshops and a larger retail art supply selection, but a space for a...n ever-rotating series of art and community happenings. We invite you to come by the shop to take part in learning and creative exchange.

To celebrate our expansion, we're thrilled to announce that the WIGWAM pop-up shop experiment is moving in throughout April to curate and transform the space into a unique shopping experience. WIGWAM was successfully established (as were we!) during the Better Block Projects in Oak Cliff and attracted a significant fan base. It was an adventurous collaboration between eight super-talented friends who, twice, re-vamped a rough, vacant space into a welcoming shop featuring a fun mix of art and craft, new and old, and surprising additions like farm fresh eggs and potted succulents.

You're invited to come christen Oil and Cotton's Art Supply Store expansion and join the kick-off party for WIGWAM'S one-month pop-up shop. Stop by Friday, April 1, from 6-10 p.m. for the grand opening. Guests are encouraged to shop, enjoy music, sips, and bites. There will be other surprises, in true WIGWAM fashion, a build-a-dream-catcher post as well a feather hair extension station.

For WIGWAM three, you can delight in much of what you came to appreciate previously including: offerings from a rich network of Texas artisans, handmade gardening tools, wood crafts, sculpture, vintage trinkets, mixed media art, jewelry, printed matter and much more. Everything will be affordable priced from $5 to $500. New items will we added weekly so stop by often.

Wigwam will be open Friday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 p.m. throughout April.
837 W. 7th Street
Dallas, Texas 75208

For more WIGWAM information, please contact Malina Pearson at