The Advantage of Classes

Bayou Bend Museum, part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Bayou Bend Museum, part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

I know that many artists believe that classes are time wasted repeating a process that has already been predetermined. I prefer to see it as taking advantage of someone having worked out a process that I can then employ as a starting point for future exploration of my own-a jump start, if you will, that will allow me to explore in more depth a technique or process that I might not otherwise have the time to explore on my own.

Game table, The Museum of Fine Arts; The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg.

Game table, The Museum of Fine Arts; The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg.

There are three classes coming up on the IGMA calendar this September, taking place at Bayou Bend in Houston, Texas, each of which would increase my repertoire of skills nicely. Bayou Bend is one of those stately homes; this one built for, and its collections primarily amassed by, Ima Hogg, in the second quarter of the 20th century. Miss Hogg thoroughly enjoyed collecting the many stunning examples of American furniture and art that now decorate this beautiful house/museum. The classes make up the Study Program at Bayou Bend and include a tour of the collections and gardens.

Taunton Chest, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg.

Taunton Chest, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg.

Three expert Guild teachers, all IGMA Fellow members, will be teaching at Bayou Bend. The classes cover several different processes and medium, and include:

Needlepoint Panel for a Game Table Annelle Ferguson will guide you through designing and stitching a top for a card table. You can replicate the original floral bouquet or take inspiration from other works to create an original design.

Small Taunton Chest Mary Grady O’Brien will use her considerable talents as a teacher and painter to guide you through the process of painting a delicate and graceful pattern of twining foliage on the front of a chest.

Texas Sofa, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of William J. HIll in memory of Peter C. Marzio.

Texas Sofa, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of William J. HIll in memory of Peter C. Marzio.

The Texas Room Sofa Nancy Summers’ students will assemble and upholster the lovely curving lines of a Texas made sofa of the mid-1800’s.

As a final attraction, Tom Bishop has a miniatures show on that weekend in Houston and all participants of the study program will be attending the preview of the show Friday night following the tour of Bayou Bend. Sounds like several good reasons to attend!

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