Acrylic Painting with Lauren

Acrylic and Mixed media artist, Lauren Combs, gives group and private classes at Studio in the Woods, 26002 Budde Rd,77380. I am currently the president of the Woodlands Art League

I believe everyone can learn to create art either as a healing practice, an activity to enrich our lives, or as a full or part time career. My approach it to help those who join me in the studio to learn basic skills then develop a personal style to tell their stories. Art should be accessible, affordable, and available to all!

Operating as usual 01/07/2021

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[12/12/20]   Come January I will have (very small and distanced) classes at both Conroe Art League and Woodlands Art League!
WAL has a new gallery/classroom on Sawdust Rd; classes there will be on Monday afternoons. They are the basic acrylic painting for beginners and intermediate students.
I will offer my 3 session quick start classes...all supplies included at the CAL gallery on Simonton St in downtown Conroe on Tuesday afternoons.
I will still offer private and semi-private lessons by arrangement in my own studio on Budde Rd, The Woodlands. These may be acrylic, mixed media, or even cold wax and oils depending on your interests.
Social distancing and masking will be required to keep us safe for the next months. 04/26/2019

WAL. - Colored Pencil for Beginners

I am adding classes in my own studio ! These will be small more than six participants.
First, starting in May (as soon as we get 3 participants) is Colored Pencil for Beginners on Wednesday 10 am to 12:30. Follow the link for more info or to register: Later in May will come Basic Drawing...details to be firmed up soon!


[05/11/18]   New Class! Teens and Tweens Summer Mixed Media!

Pour a Texas plaque, paint your favorite sea creature, and explore texture with mediums, papers, and found objects in our summer art class! All supplies included, projects brought home in ready-to-hang condition.

Session 1: June 13, 20,and 27
Session2: July 11,18,and 25

Wednesdays 10am to noon

Each session $140 per student, includes $40 supply fee

Limit of 8 per class, ages 11-15 Go to and click on the Events tab for more info and to register! Or email me at [email protected]


I am working hard on this webste...still haven't got great images and only have a sample...but the prototypes are there, the blog set up and ready to roll...ditto the newsletter (didn't know I had either of those but I will commit since they look so nice), AND a new workshop scheduled for December...printing. Please...check it out, sign up for blog/newsletter and send me some feedback! 08/03/2017

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[07/18/17]   Nice little starter pack of texture and gels for mixed media...especially with a coupon! And the rust effects...kinda cool. 07/15/2017

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[07/10/17]   Spring schedule and pricing: all classes now held at Studio in the Woods, 26002 Budde Rd,77380!

Mondays 12:30 -2:30 Mixed Media with Acrylics
Explore textures, collage , printing and stamping on your paintings.
$35 per class or prepay 4 classes for $100, supplies not included.

Tuesdays 12:30 - 2-30 or 6:30-8:30 Basic Acrylic Painting
Brush up on color mixing and basic techniques, then set out to explore this wonderful medium.
$30 per class or pre-pay 4 for $100. Supplies not included.
* Intro special...prepay cash and get 5th class free!
INTRO PACKAGE: 3 classes ALL supplies INCLUDED, $100

For more information please go to the Woodlands Art League website. Classes listed under events.
To register email [email protected] or text 832 797 1412

[06/25/17]   This week in Monday's Mixed Media class we will be Gelli printing!

If you wish to join in after the demo bring some paper...80 lb smooth watercolor paper, Japanese papers, printing and drawing paper...even good quality printer paper will do!
If you have craft paint laying around this is a great way to use it toss that into your bag!

Not enrolled or just want to take a single class? Email me for info or go to www. and look under Events for the class.

[email protected]

[06/02/17]   Wow...have had a great response to my Tuesday day classes; they are now waitlisted and I may have to move them to the studio! If you are a former student who has class credits and who likes to drop in please let me know you are coming so I can configure the tables in the room!
I still have seats Tuesday nights...a great way to spend a muggy summer evening...sipping a cool drink and painting!

[04/23/17]   This Monday the class demo will be on acrylic pouring, using both pouring medium and Floetrol. There is still room to join this class. If students wish to try a pour rather than just watch and continue working on their pieces, you will need to bring a rigid surface such as a small plywood, canvas or Ampersand panel (11X14, 12 X 12...up to 16X20 if you bring a enough medium) Liquitex pouring medium and your paints.Craft paints can work well with this technique. I have mixing cups, stirrers, gloves and boxes to act as pouring liners. It is recommended to leave the work in place at least overnight but if you want to bring it home you will need some way to carry it so it remains level and dust cannot land on it. I have found that pizza boxes (ask your shop for unused ones!) work admirably 04/20/2017

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[04/10/17]   Off to my class at Studio in the Woods this morning. We begin at 12:30 .
Our new class format is a half hour...more or less demo of a mixed media technique, followed by our painting session.
Today I am teaching the plastic wrap texturing technique, which actually adds very little texture per se, but give the effect of complcated layering.

[03/20/17]   Heading into summer; note new classes and time changes on another!
Mondays Mixed Media12:30 at WAL Studio. (currently waitlisted) $30 per class or 4/$100 prepaid
Tuesdays Acrylic Painting 12:30 Hobby Lobby,Sawdust Rd (currently waitlisted; may be moved to larger studio) $25 per class 5/$100 prepaid, or all materials included 3/$75 intro special
Tuesdays 6:30 (My only open class! Class not formed yet,contact me if interested!),WAL Studio 4/$100
Wednesdays 12:30 PM Michael's Stores, Portofino Shopping Ctr, will resume June 28th. Half price sale June 3rd on line or in store $12.50 class

Woodlands Art League (WAL) Studio located in Studio in the Woods,26002 Budde Rd, 77380.

Seats still available in these classes. Contact me [email protected] for information


Woodlands Art League Gallery Online

Calling all WAL Artists...please fill out the attached cultural arts facility survey to give the township your opinion. Let them hear our voice! 02/16/2017

Lauren Combs, Spring

Hey student and friends, please write me a recommendation so I can use this business page to reach more students! Thank you! 0 neighbors recommend Lauren Combs on Nextdoor.

[02/16/17]   Here is the class schedule for the next few weeks.

Tonight...Feb 6:30 is my last evening class HERE
Mondays at 12:30... Feb.20th, March 6th, March 13th (last Monday class at Michael's; see new location below)
Wednesdays Feb 22nd, March 8th, 22nd

Hobby Lobby on Sawdust Rd
Tuesdays at 11 AM...Feb 21, March 7th, 14th, 21st, April 4th, 11th, 18th

NEW LOCATION: Studio in the Woods, 26002 Budde Rd, 77380 (just down the street from Hobby Lobby)
Mondays at 12:30...March 20, 27, April 10,17, 24
And NEW TIME for those asking for an evening class...Tuesday evenings at Studio in the Woods March 7th, 14th, 21st, April 10th, 17th, 24th.

Register for all Michael's classes on their website or in the store.
All other classes are sponsored by Woodlands Art me directly at [email protected] to sign up! More info at

See below for my upcoming 2-Day Encaustic Wax Workshop!




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26002 Budde Rd
The Woodlands, TX

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 18:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
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