Free Basic Art Classes

The Irving Art Association
offers free basic art classes for adults to get you started in art or in a new medium.

The Free Basics Classes follow a progressive sequence where you will learn basic skills via instructor demo/lecture — exercise —-practice. The series is designed for beginners to a particular art medium. Expect traditional as well as new and nontraditional materials and approaches.

Registration is open for the Winter 2018 classes

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving. Held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. Doors open 6:30 pm.

Supplies:  Basic supplies are provided. Please bring whatever extra supplies you wish to try out. (paint, brushes, paper, etc.). Wear old clothes or bring an apron.



Winter 2019

January 10, 17, 24 & 31 FREE BASIC OIL PAINTING CLASSES (large gallery)
Instructor: Sarah Murphy  REGISTER

January 10, 17, 24 & 31 FREE BASIC DRAWING WITHOUT TEARS CLASSES (small gallery)
Instructor: Michele Quarton  REGISTER (left brain-right brain drawing fun!)

February 7, 14, 21 & 28 FREE BASIC ART JOURNALING CLASSES (large gallery)
Instructor: Jackie Byers  REGISTER

February 7, 14, 21 & 28 FREE BASIC COLLAGE CLASSES (small gallery)
Instructor: Sarah Murphy  REGISTER

March 7, 14, 21 & 28 FREE BASIC DOT PAINTING CLASSES (large gallery)
Instructor: Susan Murray  REGISTER

March 7, 14, 21 & 28 FREE BASIC ABSTRACT ACRYLIC CLASSES (small gallery)
Instructor: John Hunter  REGISTER

Spring 2019

Tentative schedule – registration will open in Febrauary

Large Gallery: Terry Cockerham [John Hunter] –  Photography
Small Gallery:  Instructor TBA – Picture Painting
Large Gallery: Ruben Contreras – Portrait drawing
Small Gallery: Sarah Murphy & Sharon Giles- Printmaking
Large Gallery: Instructor TBA – Landscape painting, oils
Small Gallery:  Instructor TBA – Pastels 

No Summer Classes

Fall 2019

Tentative schedule – registration will open in July

Large Gallery:  Instructor TBA – Basic drawing and sketching
Small Gallery:  Michele Quarton – Gesture Drawing
Large Gallery: Instructor TBA– Acrylic painting
Small Gallery: Instructor TBA – Acrylic pour painting
Large Gallery: Sarah Murphy – Watercolor
Small Gallery: Instructor TBA – Cardmaking
No Classes in December

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4 thoughts on “Free Basic Art Classes

  • June 23, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Hello! I am very interested to join the art classes – to see whether I have any bit of talent in me. Have always been inspired by the grandmasters and how art has changed over the centuries. But I have never received any professional training. Would love to be part of this group to see if I have it in me!

  • August 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Hi looking for some art classes for my kids if you have or know where I can look for it. Thank you!!

  • May 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I have a student who turns 15 in October who is interested in the art class. Although he is not an adult, he is quiet and very well mannered. Would he be able to attend and do you have classes this summer?
    Thank you!

    • June 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Hi Lyn,

      We don’t have Free Basic Classes in the summer. Yes, we do accept older teens in classes. We will be posting fall classes in August.


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