Adult Classes & Workshops

“Start to Finish – A Love Affair with Pastels”

Instructed by Steven Napper









Kerr Arts and Cultural Center

February 22nd-24th, 2017


$300 for all 3 days – $200 for days 2 and 3 ONLY – $100 for day 1 ONLY

Join this workshop to experience the medium of pastel – start to finish! Day one will begin with an introduction to pastels, as days 2 and 3 will focus on honing techniques. 

Steven was born and raised in West Texas, and he currently resides in Odessa, Texas. He attended West Texas State University as an art major, receiving both a Bachelors and Masters degree. After working as a commercial artist in Los Angeles, California, and as an art educator and administrator in Texas, Steven turned his full attention to fine art and developing workshops to share his skills. Steven handles several mediums with distinctive freshness and strong use of color. His interaction of warm and cool, high and low contrast, strong color, and his skills as a draftsman have made his work easy to distinguish and highly sought. Dedication, love, and talent has led Steven to be recognized over the past 40 plus years with both awards and membership in many of the most prestigious art organizations in America. In addition, both PBS and CBS have done features on his creations.

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“Abstract Painting”

Instructed by Andy Villarreal, M.F.A


Kerr Arts and Cultural Center

March 23rd-25th, 2017


$200 per student 

No experience is needed to join this abstract painting workshop. Bring your preferred materials for making art, and listen as Andy works with you to develop your personal style. This workshop will teach color mixing, paint application, and beyond. Please bring desired subject matter (pictures, forms, etc.) 

Andy Villarreal has shown his work all over the country and has well over 25 years of teaching experience. He earned a BA from Corpus Christi State University in drawing and painting. He continued his education at Arizona State University where he was awarded his MFA in drawing and painting. Andy is currently also teaching art classes at the University of Incarnate Word and also for the Alamo Community College district. He teaches kids classes at College for Kids at San Antonio Community College. Andy works well with beginners and has a very relaxed teaching style. He also has experience to help experienced artists fine tune their work.

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“Creating Watercolor Portraits from Photos”

Instructed by Michael Holter










Kerr Arts and Cultural Center

April 5th-7th, 2017


$375 per student

      Many artists have an unnatural aversion to painting people, yet we know there is an attraction to the human form when viewing a painting. Not only does including people in artwork add interest and connection to the viewer, it takes the same skills as painting a landscape or still life. The method Michael demonstrates and instructs you in will take you through the necessary steps to achieve your goals and give you tools to create a well-structured representation while still allowing for the expressive use of color and brushstroke.   

      Michael’s workshop will include insightful discussion of important aspects of figurative work such as composition and capturing a mood. You will spend time on exercises designed to heighten your techniques. There will be real-time demonstrations as well as high-speed video demos of Michael working in his studio. Students of all levels and interests will enjoy Michael’s personal and up-front style of teaching as well as his inspirational approach to his work. Students will leave prepared and challenged to move on to a new level of confidence in painting portraits in watercolor.    

Texas artist, Michael Holter, works in both watercolor and oil. Michael’s work has received numerous awards and recognition and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication. Michael is a signature member of The National Watercolor Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society and The Society of Watercolor Artists. He is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society, The Outdoor Painters Society, the Portrait Society of America and the American Impressionist Society. Michael says, “I think of my work as impressionistic. I like to represent people or places and allow the painting to evolve from the structure of what is recognizable. The challenge is to balance the care needed to make the representation interesting… and perhaps believable, with the freedom, looseness and painterly quality that makes painting so unique and expressive. I have been influenced by artists such as Charles Reid, Richard Schmid, Burt Silverman, Frank Webb, John Singer Sargent, Ted Nuttall and many others. Even though I have an art degree, most of what I put into practice is self-taught through studying the work of these distinguished artists and much painting. My wife, Cyndy, and I grew up in on the wide-open plains of North Dakota and arrived in Plano, TX by way of Minnesota (I can paint a snowy winter landscape with the best of ‘em) prior to our east coast years in Virginia. We often travel enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.”

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“Landscape Painting Fundamentals”

Instructed by Matt Smith

This workshop is currently full – Find the link below to join the waiting list



Kerr Arts and Cultural Center

April 12th-14th, 2017


$575 per student

This will be an indoor class focusing on the fundamentals of sound painting and how these fundamentals relate to our chosen subject, the landscape. A thorough understanding of these basics, drawing, value, design, and color will help you make many of the decisions necessary in the creation of art rather than just another painting. You will learn how to use this information to deconstruct your subject so that you can understand it artistically as opposed to functionally. We will also cover the importance of subject, character of medium, tools, calligraphy and vision. Expect demonstrations and plenty of personal attention.

Matt Smith was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1960.  At an early age he moved to  Arizona.  He later moved to Europe where he lived two years in France and one in Switzerland. In subsequent years Smith painted in Germany, Austria and Italy.  Smith has lived most of his life in Arizona, where he has a deep attachment and respect for the Sonoran Desert. Smith graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting. After graduating he spent the majority of the next six years painting the landscape on location. Most of the time, Smith can be found painting en plein air from southern Arizona to the Canadian Rockies.  He also paints the California coast to the mountains of Colorado.

“I appreciate traditional landscape painting and I am inspired by the pristine landscapes of the American West.  I enjoy working in areas where one can travel for miles without seeing the influence of man.  When I paint, I feel I’ve hit the mark when I’ve captured a balance between mood, look and feel.  You know you’ve succeeded when viewers sense the desert heat or the chill of a mountain snowfall.”

Smith currently lives in Arizona with his wife, Tracy, who is also a painter.

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“Watercolors En Plein Air”

Painting the Texas Hill Country

Instructed by Lee Ricks



On location at The Neunhoffer Ranch in Kerrville, Texas

Preceding Kerrville Outdoor Painters’ Event (KOPE) 2017

October 2nd-3rd, 2017 


$220 per student

This workshop will be on location at Neunhoffer Ranch in Kerrville, Texas. Students will meet at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center on day one at 8:30am. From there, students will caravan to the Neunhoffer Ranch. The workshop will begin with a demonstration by Lee, then each student will be given individualized instruction each day as they work on their paintings.

Lee is an award winning South Texas artist with a love of the beauty of nature. He has a respect for and interest in the older things and people that are vanishing daily from our modern world. A native of Pleasanton, Lee is a 1957 graduate of U.T. Austin with a BS in Art. While there he was an illustrator and Art Editor for the Texas Ranger magazine. After 35 years as an independent businessman, in 1993 he turned his full attention to his first love and second career: Art. Watercolor is Lee’s medium of choice. Favorite subjects are the old West, Southwest and Mexico landscapes, coastal scenes, and the old colonial buildings of Mexico and Europe. He is a signature member of the Texas Watercolor Society. His painting travels have taken him over much of Europe and Mexico. Lee is a past president and current treasurer of the Texas Watercolor Society. He has been a consistent award winner in their annual exhibitions.

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Registration Policy

Unless noted otherwise, in the specific workshop information, the following policy will apply to all KACC classes and workshops. Early registration is encouraged to insure participation in the workshop. Please send full tuition if registering less than 45 days before your workshop begins. If you are registering more than 45 days in advance, please send at least a deposit of ½ the total tuition of your workshop to hold your place. The balance is due 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop, this is your responsibility, so PLEASE, mark your calendar. Reminders are not sent. Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. If a class is full, enrollees will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if there is a cancellation.   Registration by Mail Send a check or money order for the full tuition or the deposit for the workshop of your choice to: KACC, POB 293634, Kerrville TX 78029. Registration by Phone Students using MasterCard, Visa or Discover may call 830-895-2911. Registration by Internet In some cases, registration may be made online through Paypal. In these cases, there will be a link by the class description on the education page at Cancellation Policy • Unless otherwise stated, deposits are refundable, less a $50 handling fee, if you cancel in writing 45 days or more before the start of your workshop. Your cancellation notice may be sent by mail or email. • If you cancel less than 45 days before the start of your workshop, you will forfeit the tuition for that workshop. You will not get a refund. However, a friend or family member may attend the workshop in your place, or you may donate your spot as a scholarship and you will receive confirmation of the donation to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. No exceptions can be made to this policy, including personal or medical emergencies. • Deposits may be applied to another workshop if cancellation is made within 45 days before the workshop. • In the event that a class is cancelled by KACC a full refund will be made. KACC strongly urges all students to make travel arrangements within 45 days of the workshop or to buy refundable airline tickets in case of a workshop cancellation. Mailing Address: KACC PO Box 293634 Kerrville, TX 78029