Saturday, January 28, 2012

M. Graham & Co. Paints at Oil and Cotton

Come By Oil and Cotton to checkout our Sale on M. Graham & Co. Acrylic Paints.

Buy three 2oz. tubes
Get an extra 2 oz.

M. Graham & Co. paints are crafted in small batches with high levels of pigment in order to provide the best color quality.  Each tube of paint is unique and made without fillers and extenders so as to ensure color brilliance for your art making. Their creamy acrylic paints, are made with a whopping 60% of high solid acrylic emulsion. Both their watercolors and gouache mediums perform smoothly and controlled because they are formulated with American honey. These paints are a great addition to any art supplies box.
M. Graham & Co. paints are also the brand of choice for our on going Adult Color Theory Class : Color in Depth. Classes are held Wednesdays nights 6:30-8:30pm from now until May 23. Find more about our adult studio art and craft classes on our website.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Special Valentine's Day Workshops

Register for a special Valentine's Day Class and share the love. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Genesis Women's Shelter.

Bella Polka Dot Wreath
This class is offered on two different nights to accommodate your schedule!
Monday, January 30, 6:30-8:30pm OR Friday, February 3 6:30-8:30pm
To make wreaths, students will stamp lavender polka dots onto hand-dyed fuchsia corn husks and then shape and fasten the dotted husks to a straw wreath form for a lovely ruffled effect. Tie with a lavender grosgrain ribbon to hang on your door, in your window, or wall.
While you craft, relax with a cup of genuine hot chocolate from CocoAndre Chocolatiers, and nosh on baked goodies from the award winning Rush Patisserie bakery.
SPREAD THE LOVE!!!!!! A portion of proceeds from this class will go to Genesis Women's Shelter.
Instructor: Brooke Herrin
Price: $40

Love Letters: Introduction to Calligraphy
Friday, February 3, 6:30-8:30pm
Before tapping text messages and typing emails, people used pen and paper to communicate. Calligraphy is the art of fine handwriting. In this workshop students will learn flourished Italic and layout for printing Valentine's Day cards. Felt tip pens and metal nibs with India ink will be used in class. Take-home practice materials will be provided and all materials included. ALL LEVELS WELCOME!
Materials include: a writing pen, marker paper, and blank stationary.
Instructor: Andrea Estrada
Price: $55

Sweet Origami Chocolate Box
This class is offered on two different nights to accommodate your schedule!
Monday, February 6, 6:30-8:30 OR Friday, February 10, 6:30-8:30
In this class, you will pick your favorite color of cardstock and fold a perfect square box, just the size to hold one of CocoAndre Chocolatier’s fine chocolates. Apply a square of patterned paper to the top of the box, tie a neat bow, and you have a gorgeous handmade gift. The final touch is a nifty double heart gift tag made using paper cutouts and a luggage tag.
Instructor: Brooke Herrin
Price: $40

Felted Flower Sculpture
Sunday, Feb 5, 3-5pm
Felt is made by a process called wet felting where the natural wool fibers are stimulated by friction, moisture, and alkalinity (soap). In this class students will explore the sculptural possibilities of felt and learn to make 3-dimensional felted flowers.
Instructor: Lizzy Wetzel
Price: $65

Please visit our website to register for these classes and more...

Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Oak Cliff Creperie
Coco Andre
Odd Fellows
Urban Acres
Rush Patisserie
Bolsa Dallas
Incense and Peppermints

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oil and Cotton on Art Matters

Listen to our recent interview on Art Matters with our friend Quin Mathews. A big thank you to WRR Classical 101.1 FM and the folks behind the very wonderful Art Matters!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Silkscreen Printing (6 week series) at Oil and Cotton

Register now for our awesome DIY SILKSCREEN PRINTING CLASS! This is a six week series, class take place on Saturdays, beginning February 4 through March 10 from 3-6pm. Payment plan available in two parts, first part due to register, second part due by third class.

This six week workshop will provide an in depth understanding of the silk screening process. Students will build their own press and learn everything they need to know to silkscreen within their own home. Students will complete two silkscreen projects and work with multiple colors. Each student will receive an 18 page workbook filled with information and tips for continued printing after class! Our talented and fun teachers explore aspects of both commercial printing and studio art practice. See more images from our last class on our Facebook page.
Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. the Attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink through the mesh as a image onto a substrate. Instructors: Mylan Nguyen and Jessica Trevizo
 Don't miss this awesome opportunity to learn, have fun and PRINT!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jan 24-Mar 13 Printmaking | Essential Copper Plate Processes for the Press

Due to high enrollment, we have added a second time slot for this class. The 8 week class is now offered on Mondays or Tuesdays. The Monday class is full, but we have a few spots available in the Tuesday series. Please contact us or visit our website if you would like to register!

With printmaker in residence, Kyle Hobratschk
Starts January 24 | 8 Week Series | Mondays | 6:30pm-8:30pm
January 24 – March 13, 2012
Supply fee and tuition or part one of four payment plan installments due to register.
This eight-week course will teach the essentials to printmaking from copper plates, a medium rooted in five hundred years of history. The first week will familiarize students with the press as they create monotypes from pattern rich still life arrangements. The second and third week will cover techniques for dry point with monotype applications, and weeks four through eight will concentrate on the etching process. Historical contexts with artists ranging from Rembrandt and Goya to Whistler and Hopper will complement class time. Still life materials will be available each week, although students are invited to bring objects of their own liking, or work from existing drawings and photographs. It is also recommended that students save time for some drawing work at home throughout the workshop’s duration.

The printmaking studio will be available for extended work one hour after each two-hour class. This workshop will use a floor model American French Tool Etching Press: plate bed 24” x 48”, and print shop equipped with a ferric chloride acid bath, asphaltum station, aquatint chamber, and heated inking station.

Student should have a strong interest in drawing.
$45 supply fee includes:
- copper plates covering a sum 160 square inches
- etching needle
- burnisher
- printmaking ink, Tarleton, gloves, newsprint
- miscellaneous materials supplied in print shop
- paper available at nominal costs

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Forged Leather Jewelry at Oil and Cotton

Join us this Saturday, January 14 from 3-6pm, for the first of our leather working classes with artist Lyndsey Rieple. With leather lacing, students will learn how to look at the leather as a line for drawing in order to design and create unique earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Wire and found objects from nature will be introduced as design elements and dangling accents. Some objects that could be incorporated are: various seeds and nuts, mini pine cones, antler pieces, wood, bones and shells. Materials will be provided, but if there is a particular item that you would like seen on your piece, feel free to bring it! This workshop is best for adults and teenagers. Please visit our website to preregister for this class.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Color In Depth: Adult Art Series at Oil and Cotton

Register now for Color In Depth, a weekly adult art series on Wednesday evenings beginning January 18th through May 5, 6:30-8:30pm at Oil and Cotton.

Using David Hornung's Color: A Workshop Approach, as a text, this course will focus on the subtleties of working with color. Students will complete a series of small gouache-on-Bristol board color studies to practice mixing paint and combining color. The materials fee enables each student to begin the course with a comprehensive set of hand made gouache paints with 6 prismatic co-primaries (warm & cool) as well as a set of earth tone primaries. Beginners welcome. The studio environment is casual yet intentional.

Students will leave the class with a confidence and sophistication in their ability to work with color applicable towards any creative endeavor.

About the Instructor:
Rebecca Carter currently has work installed at the DMA.
To see more + contact the artist visit her website at:

New Felting Classes at Oil and Cotton

Join us this Sunday, January 8 from 3-6pm for the first of our new felting classes with talented teacher and artist, Lizzy Wetzel. Many folks inquire about felting, not having a clear understanding of this ancient craft. Felting is a method of joining loose wool fibers to form wool felt. The resulting felt can be soft and used to make slippers or a fedora hat. Some felt is tough enough to build a yurt or a sculpture. The image above shows loose wool rovings, wool batting, and prefelt before the felting process.
Felt is made by a process called wet felting where the natural wool fibers are stimulated by friction, moisture, and alkalinity (soap). The image above shows felted wall pockets, fabric, and bottle blankets (coozies), no sewing was used to construct these objects.
In the image above Lizzy is laying out a design using prefelts. Prefelt is carded wool that has been partially felted. It comes in comes in sheets that can be cut in to shapes and patterns. Lizzy used a large sheet of prefelt as the base for our FELTED PONCHO class and smaller pieces to create a Native American inspired design. Other natural fibers like silk can be integrated into felted projects.
After the design is laid out, water and soap are added. Then it is time for friction. The felted surface is rolled back and forth inside of a mat. Some of our students decided to use their feet after their arms got tired.
Above is a completed felted poncho. This Sunday students will be introduced to the history and process of flat or wet felting. Learn about this versatile art form and use your creativity and hands (or feet) to make felted art.

Take all four of Lizzy's felting workshops this Spring, and save 10%. Use SERIES10 when you check out with all four workshops:
Jan 8 Intro to Wet Felting
Feb 5 Felted Flowers* 20% of proceeds go to Genesis Women's Shelter
Mar 4 Felted Vessel
Apr 1 Drawing with Felt

About the Instructor:
Dallas artist Lizzy Wetzel has a very strong personal iconography that draws on notions of the spiritual and supernatural from a variety of cultures. In addition to her intensely detailed sculptures and installations, she also performs what she calls “service actions,” which would traditionally be called performance art by anybody else. These service actions are inspired by her grandfather, a medical doctor who routinely made house calls on horseback.
Born in Austin, Texas, Lizzy Wetzel received her BFA from the School of Visual Art at the University of North Texas in Denton. She has shown work at Road Agent Gallery in Dallas, FotoFest Houston, the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Art Palace in Austin, 500X Gallery in Dallas, and Salon Mijangos in San Antonio.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Basket Weaving at Oil and Cotton

Basket weaving is the process of weaving unspun vegetable fibers into a basket or other similar form. Traditional basketry is made from a variety of fibrous or pliable materials including pine straw, stems, animal hair, hide, grasses, thread, and wood.

Next Saturday, Jan 11 from 10-3pm, students will learn an open weave pattern and make a functional bulb basket in one class day. The basket is woven in the round in your lap and takes on a beautiful organic shape.  This is a wonderful beginning level basket weaving class, all levels are welcome. Visit our website to preregister online.
The basket begins by making a star pattern of reeds that are held in place with a weight. Then a small thin reed is woven around and around to form the bulbous body of the basket.
A pretty leather strap is added so that the basket can hang from a door knob or hook. The open weave basket ends up looking like this...BEAUTIFUL!
Jan has developed a series of classes for Oil and Cotton that will be taught monthly. Students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of this beautiful craft should consider registering for:

Large Market Basket - Feb 11
Double D Basket - March 25
Bicycle Basket - April 21
New England Tote - May 19
Summer classes coming soon!