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THE BEAUMONT ART LEAGUE will host a BEGINNING DRAWING WORKSHOP, Thursday, March 9 through March 30.

The workshop will explore observational drawing in graphite on paper, and introduce terminology related to drawing and techniques of observational drawing, such as mark making, shading, measuring and seeing 3D form as 2D shape.

Christopher Troutman

The instructor is Christopher Troutman, assistant professor in the Lamar University art department

Cost is $125 per person (supplies included).

The workshop is for adults 18 and up and enrollment will be capped at 15 students.

To register, call 833-4179  or email to request a registration form.

Born in Kansas City, Mo. and raised in Peoria, Ill., Christopher Troutman has lived in Beaumont since 2013, where he teaches all levels of drawing at Lamar University. In his work, Troutman uses drawing to define the form and space of figures and environments, as well as examine storytelling inspired by personal narrative.

In 2003 Troutman received a BFA from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he grew up, then moved to Japan, where he and his wife opened a conversational English school in Kagoshima City.

While living in southern Japan, in 2005 he was the first foreign resident of Kagoshima to be awarded the Grand Prize at the 52nd Kagoshima Prefectural Art Exhibition.

After completing an MFA in drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach in 2008, Troutman taught in at Eastern Kentucky University, Vincennes University and Eastern Illinois University.  

He has had solo exhibitions in Japan and at several locations throughout the US.  In 2014, Troutman was awarded the Grand Prize (Paris Prize) at the 66th Miyanichi Sougou Art Exhibition in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. He and his family return to Japan annually.

The Beaumont Art League is located at 2675 Gulf St.



An opening reception will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 17, featuring a gallery6 talk by Michael Graur.

Galveston Dry Dock” by Jose Arpa

Jose Arpa y Perea (1858-1952) opened a studio in San Antonio around 1901 and became an important part of the San Antonio school. Born in Carmona, the son of a cobbler, Arpa began studying part-time at the Academia des Bellas Artes in Seville, Spain, in 1868. He became a full-time student by 1876 and from 1882 to 1886 painted in Rome. Returning to Spain in 1886, Arpa sent paintings as part of the Spanish contingent for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, where Impressionism was all the rage.

He traveled to San Antonio in 1899, and exhibited in the San Antonio International Fair in 1900. Arpa met Robert and Julian Onderdonk and divided his time between Mexico, Spain, and San Antonio until 1923, when he founded a painting school in San Antonio. Arpa continued to exhibit frequently at museums and galleries throughout Texas as well as New York and Spain. 

He won the “Texas Prize” at the Texas Wildflower Exhibition in 1927, and exhibited in the remaining two “Davis Competitions” in 1928 and 1929. Arpa permanently returned to Spain in 1931. This exhibition is the first major Arpa exhibition since 1998, and is organized by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. A full-color catalogue will be available.

AMSET is located at 500 Main St. in downtown Beaumont. For more information, visit