meet the instructors

    Elm Street Studio offers a variety of art classes throughout the year for students as young as 5 up to adults. Throughout the year many different instructors hold classes at the studio.

  • Billy Mabrey (affectionatley called "Mr. Billy" by his students) is a fine arts graduate from Southern Methodist University and has been teaching drawing, digital arts, and many other subjects to kids and adults in the Keller area since 2008.
  • Liz Bonham holds BFA degree in painting from Abilene Christian University. She has been a demonstration artist at the Amarillo Art Institute and has taught Advanced Placement Studio Art in Texas for many years.
  • Jacquelyn Sorenson is a self-taught artist born and raised in Grapevine, TX. She spent most of her childhood drawing, painting, or coming up with something creative to do. Now she is a full time working Artist, loving life, and very blessed she gets to share a little piece of her passion with the world.
  • Chris Brandley, an award winning artist, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Baylor University and is a professionally certified art educator. She has over 25 years of teaching experience, including teaching art in the public schools, training artists on the job, as well as teaching adult workshops and classes.

Workshops

    Oil Painting in the Alla Prima Style
    "Spread Your Wings"
    - with Chris Brandley

  • Ages teen to adult
  • 9:30am to 4:00pm (1-hour lunch break)
  • January 12-13 2018 (2-day workshop)
  • $250.00 - Supplies required, see LIST
  • Theme: Birds
  • Birds offer endless inspiration for painting! There are so many variations and they can be found in your own backyard!

    On Day 1 Chris will demonstrate step by step how to paint a bird using layers of transparent and opaque oils to get a clean, colorful, vibrant painting. Emphasis will be placed on color mixing, loose brushwork, and composition. Painting will be done in the “Alla Prima” style, or “wet into wet”, which results in a fresh, spontaneous look.

    Students will have the opportunity to finish a bird painting of their own with individual help from the instructor. A bird photo for this painting will be provided.

    On Day 2, the group will complete an exercise that will help to loosen brushstrokes for a more impressionistic painting. Students will also have time to “take flight” and work on a painting of their own choosing; receiving guidance as needed. Be sure and bring some extra photos (of any subject matter) that inspire you!

    This workshop is open to all levels from beginners to seasoned painters.

Fall 2017 Classes

Mr. Billy's Fall classes end on Dec 14th.
Liz's Oil painting class ends Dec 18th.
See below for the winter term of classes.

December

Winter 2018 Classes

Mondays:

    Oil Painting – Beginner to Advanced - with Liz Bonham

  • Ages Teen to Adult
  • 9:30 to 11:30am
    or 5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Option 1 – Beginner:
    7 Weeks - January 8 to February 19 - $250
  • Option 2* – Intermediate/Advanced:
    6 Weeks – January 15 to February 19 - $220
  • *Intermediate and Advanced students may elect to skip the January 8 session as it will address entry level set up and material concerns.
  • This course will introduce and develop oil painting skills and will begin with an introduction of materials, color theory, composition, and still life and landscape painting from life outdoors. This course can be used for continuing education, AP portfolio supplement or just for the fun of learning. Painting outdoors will help you to see and explore colors with natural light and introduce you to “Plein Air painting,” which was inspired by the Impressionists.
  • supplies required - see LIST.

    Basic Drawing (Monday) - with Mr. Billy

  • Ages 5 to 7
  • 4:30 to 5:30pm
  • Jan 8 - Mar 5 (9 weeks)
  • $140 supplies included. Fee prorated by $12/missed class for late registrants
  • A drawing class geared for younger artists to explore realistic drawing, improve hand-eye coordination, light logic, and coloring techniques through different media like markers, colored pencils, and oil pastel. Subjects include animals, people, and architecture.

    Drawing Fundamentals (Monday) - with Mr. Billy

  • Ages 8 to 12
  • 5:45 to 7:15 pm
  • Jan 8 - Mar 5 (9 weeks)
  • $180 supplies included. Fee prorated by $16/missed class for late registrants
  • A drawing class for kids where we explore a variety of artistic techniques including light logic, color theory, realistic drawing, human proportion, and perspective. We will use markers, color pencil, graphite pencils, and oil pastel to draw animals, people, architecture, and just about anything!

TUESDAYS:

    Digital Painting/Animation in Krita- with Mr. Billy

  • Age 10 and up
  • 6 to 8 pm
  • Jan 9 - Mar 6 (9 weeks)
  • $230 supplies needed. Fee prorated by $20/ missed class for late registrants
  • Students will use Krita, a popular free digital painting program, to explore digital painting techniques, pixel art, and 2D animation. Students are required to bring their own laptops to class. A Wacom or Bamboo (or other brand) drawing tablet is also required. Graphics tablets come in a variety of sizes, the larger being more expensive and designed for professionals. Typically the smaller ones range from $30 to $100 in price. Many students opt for the "Wacom Intuos Draw". This is a great course for older students, teens, even adults looking to expand their traditional drawing skills. You can download and try Krita free from Krita.org.

WEDNESDAYS:

    Cartooning - with Mr. Billy

  • Ages 8 to 12
  • 4:15 to 5:45 pm
  • Jan 10 - Mar 7 (9 weeks)
  • $180 supplies included. Fee prorated by $16/missed class for late registrants
  • A drawing class covering the special techniques of drawing stylized cartoon characters. Students will learn to draw well-known characters such as Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes, and learn techniques to develop their own original characters.

    3D Digital Modeling/Animation in Blender- with Mr. Billy

  • Age 10 and up
  • 6 to 8 pm
  • Jan 10 - Mar 7 (9 weeks)
  • $230 supplies needed. Fee prorated by $20/ missed class for late registrants
  • Students will use Blender, a free professional 3D rendering program, to make 3D models, shade with realistic materials, and explore animation techniques used by big movie studios like Pixar or Dreamworks. It can appear to be overwhelming at first glance but Mr. Billy takes care to break down the concepts and tools in a variety of small and large proects geared for kids, building upon that knowledge each week. Students are required to bring their own laptops to class. Working in 3D is much easier when students also bring a 3 button mouse. Everyone can download and try Blender for free from Blender.org.

THURSDAYS:

    Drawing Fundamentals (Thursday) - with Mr. Billy

  • Ages 8 to 12
  • 4:15 to 5:45 pm
  • Jan 11 - Mar 8 (9 weeks)
  • $180 supplies included. Fee prorated by $16/missed class for late registrants
  • A drawing class for kids where we explore a variety of artistic techniques including light logic, color theory, realistic drawing, human proportion, and perspective. We will use markers, color pencil, graphite pencils, and oil pastel to draw animals, people, architecture, and just about anything!

    Teen/Adult Drawing - with Mr. Billy

  • Age 12 and up
  • 6 to 8pm
  • Jan 11 - Mar 8 (9 weeks)
  • $230 supplies included. Fee prorated by $20/missed class for late registrants
  • A realistic drawing course for teens and adults of any skill level. We will use marker and color pencil techniques, explore graphite and pen drawing, and explore a variety of subjects each week. Students are encouraged to develop their own ideas related to each project. Emphasis is placed upon building skills of shading, form, perspective, composition, layering, drawing people, and color theory.
Payment Policies: Classes and camps must be paid in full prior to start date in order to save the student's spot. Returned check charge is $35. A sibling discount of 10% off the lowest cost class/camp is applicable only when registering two or more children from the same family and paying for both/all children at the same time.