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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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"Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and More" - Week I, Session I
January 23-24, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Bouquets of fresh flowers in the Studio will be the inspiration for this dynamic, fun and creative workshop. We will learn to discover intuitive color and design, to "see" in new ways, conquer "mud", leaving white spaces and a loose and natural application of paint. An impressionistic approach to the Landscape will be covered also. Janet Rogers, AWS is a popular national instructor and demonstrator who conducts workshops throughout the US and Europe. Workshop held at the historical Casements - home of John D. Rockefeller. Visit website


Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $169.00
Email: Janet Rogers, AWS
Phone: 386-451-8441

Beginner Level

Introduction to Chinese Painting and Calligraphy with Bob Schmitt
January 25-26, 2017 (10am-4pm, with 2-hour break 12-2pm) — Learn the practice of grinding ink and brush loading. Practice the immediacy of putting ink to paper while exploring the discipline of brush painting. Participants will create a complete Chinese couplet and a simple landscape. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Bob Schmitt
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $230, $210 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Advanced Level

"Watercolor Impressions - The Head & Figure" - Week I, Session II
January 25-27, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — This dynamic workshop is designed to enable students of all levels to quickly gain confidence in their approach to the head and figure in a more spontaneous an intuitive manner. Demonstrations, class instruction, individual assistance, "show and tell", and fun painting exercises weave into wonderful learning experience. We will focus on creating translucent flesh tones and capturing the "gesture" in a fluid "alla prima" application of watercolor. Painting helps for all levels. Janet is an award-winning artist - very experienced National Instructor around the US and abroad. Visit website


Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $255.00
Email: Janet Rogers, AWS
Phone: 386-451-8441

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Chinese Brush Painting: Animal Edition with Bob Schmitt
January 27-28, 2017 (10am-4pm, with 2-hour break 12-2pm) — Explore techniques of Chinese calligraphy by painting animals and insects. Learn to employ minimal strokes for greater effect and have more fun than a barrel of monkeys – even though it’s the year of the rooster. Supplies included in the class price. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Bob Schmitt
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $230, $210 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

"Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and More" - Week II, Session I
January 30-31, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — Bouquets of fresh flowers in the Studio will be the inspiration for this dynamic, fun and creative workshop. (Plein air en studio!) We will learn to discover intuitive color and design, to "see" in new ways, and learn a more loose and natural application of paint. An impressionistic approach to the Landscape will be covered also. Janet Rogers, AWS, is a popular national instructor and demonstrator who conducts workshops throughout the US and Europe. Workshop held at the historical Casements - home of John D. Rockefeller. Visit website


Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $169.00
Email: Janet Rogers, AWS
Phone: 386-451-8441

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Exquisite Watercolor with Lian Quan Zhen
January 30-31, 2017 (10am - 4pm) — Zhen is a tireless teacher. He spent eight years teaching watercolor techniques at the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, he travels the globe to present his hugely popular watercolor workshops. His work is infused with undeniable Asian influence, so western artists uniformly find his techniques to be new to them. Despite his credentials, his workshops are friendly to artists of all skill levels. Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods including “Color Pouring and Blending” and “Paint Around”. Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Lian Zhen
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $260
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Art Conservation in the Tropics with Judi Lank
January 30, 2017 (6:30pm) — Judi Lank is a master framer who has owned and run frame shops and galleries in Ithaca, NYC and Brooklyn, framing for major museums and galleries as well as the public. When she moved to Key West after Wilma and saw a lot of damaged artwork, she began to consider the special needs in this kind of environment. With the help of a conservator friend she wrote the guide “Care of Artwork in a Tropical Environment,” which outlines tactics for artists, galleries, and individuals to protect their works. Lank covers paper works, paintings, prints, and works on wood and addresses UV, heat, humidity, mold, mildew, insect damage, hurricane prep and disaster recovery. She also provides tips on best practices for display and storage. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Judi Lank
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Cape Cod School Underpainting with Mike Rooney
February 1-22, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-1pm) — It’s all about temperature, and we’re not talking about the tropical sunshine. Rooney walks his students through the classic Cape Cod School approach to building an underpainting. By selecting colors with the right values, you’ll ensure your painting has the successful foundation it needs to become a finished piece. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $135, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

"Watercolor Impressions - The Head & Figure" - Week II, Session II
February 1-3, 2017 (9:00am to 4:00pm) — This dynamic workshop is designed to enable students of all levels to quickly gain confidence in their approach to the head and figure in a more intuitive and spontaneous manner. Demonstrations, class instruction, individual assistance, will weave into a wonderful learning experience. We will focus on creating translucent flesh tones and capturing the gesture in a fluid, "alla prima" application of watercolor. Painting helps for all levels. Janet has been a professional and award-winning artist for over 30 years and has a popular following in the US and abroad. Visit website


Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $255
Email: Janet Rogers, AWS
Phone: 386-451-8441

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Shadowbox History and Composition with Rachel Grobstein
February 3, 2017 (10:30am-4pm) — Humans have a natural impulse to collect and catalog. Artist Joseph Cornell, as well as the early Cabinets of Curiosity, show how this impulse can be channeled into artistic expression. Learn about this history and then create your own piece of artwork reflecting your personal history and memories. Grobstein teaches students how to build a simple box and then create a meaningful composition of found objects within it. Each participant will walk away with a finished shadowbox that expresses their own history and sensibility. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Rachel Grobstein, rachelgrobstein.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $95, $80 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Intermediate Level

Lightroom Basics with Mark Hedden
February 4, 2017 (10am-4pm) — Lightroom is the new darkroom. The integral Adobe-produced software has quickly become the standard for organizing and processing digital photos. Take it for a test drive and learn the basics of what Lightroom does and how it can be used to establish a workflow. Hedden also discusses how to use presets to simulate film and other effects. Requires a laptop with Lightroom (free trial version available). For Intermediate level students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mark Hedden, www.markhedden.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $90, $75 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Glass Pyramids with Joseph Cavalieri
February 4-5, 2017 (10am-4pm) — Visiting Artist (2012) Joseph Cavalieri returns to The Studios to instruct a fun class in stained glass. Over two days, students will use beveled glass triangles, solder, Key West sand, shells and other found objects, to create a series of tropically themed glass pyramids. We will do a class trip on the second day to gather the elements to place inside. Students are encouraged to explore other themes to add to make more individualized, like beads, jewels, plastic figures, wherever your imagination takes you! You will learn construction techniques to make about 4 to 6, 3 x 3 inch glass pyramids, how to solder with a texture and how to patina of the metal edges. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Joseph Cavalieri, www.cavaglass.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $210, $175 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Advanced Level

Plein Air to Studio, Oil 3-Day Workshop
February 6-8, 2017 (9am - 4pm) — For one day students will paint Plein Air and learn how to choose a subject, edit, and capture the essence of the scene. The other two days will be spent in the studio where students will learn how to bring their Plein Air experience into the studio using studies and photographs. Bill will talk about the advantages of photography as well as the pitfalls. Whether painting outdoors or indoors students will understand the principals of good shapes, values and edges. Farnsworth is a Signature member of The Oil Painters of America, American Society of Marine Artist’s, and The American Society of Impressionists. FineArt Views: “Sensitive and full of human emotion, the heartfelt work of Farnsworth takes us to inner depths.” Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Bill Farnsworth
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $425
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Demo 2 with Sean Callahan
February 6-27, 2017 (Mondays, 10am-12pm) — Sean Callahan condenses his legendary demos and best watercolor pointers into a series of morning sessions. Watch the master at work. Please note this is not a studio class. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Sean Callahan, dogtiredstudio.net
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $100, $80 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Watercolor Studio 2 with Sean Callahan
February 6-27, 2017 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — Sean Callahan walks students through the basics of taming a challenging medium and producing beautiful results. Callahan is one of the island’s best watercolorists and instructors, with over 20 years of professional dedication to the craft. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Sean Callahan, dogtiredstudio.net
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $100, $80 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Lighten Up / Loosen Up: Watercolor with Richard Stephens
February 8-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Richard Stephens has won fans across the country by mixing technical information with humor and anecdotes, entertaining and educational painting demonstrations and lots of one on one time. He constantly explains what he is doing, and more importantly, why. Students will find themselves challenged but informed, and loving every minute of the ride. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Richard Stephens, www.raswatercolors.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $375, $335 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Photo Editing and Sequencing with Jeane LaRance
February 9, 2017 (1-3pm) — A series of photos – whether for a book, a portfolio or an exhibit – should tell a story. In this class you will learn to fine-tune your composition, read your images, and choose the strongest ones to make powerful connections between groupings. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Jeane LaRance, www.jlarance.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $35, $25 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painted Glass Monogram Boxes with Joseph Cavalieri
February 11-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn cutting, painting on glass, copper foiling and soldering in this fun class instructed by former Artist in Residence (2012) Joseph Cavalieri. Students will create two 4 x 4 inch square monogramed glass boxes. These can be used for storage or to place a candle inside. Day one we will learn how to make a cardboard model, cut glass to size, and choose letters to paint on glass with enamels. You have the option of painting other images. The glass will be kiln fired overnight. Day two will consist of construction of the boxes, and how to patina the metal edges. All materials are included in this workshop. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Joseph Cavalieri, www.cavaglass.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $215, $180 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Composition in Plein Air: working with water-mixable oils
February 11-13, 2017 (9am - 4pm) — Charlie Hunter’s distinctive plein air work turns heads and raises questions. Why water-mixable oils? Is it true that a squeegee is involved? And what about those Stim-U-Dents and Q-Tips we keep hearing about? All will be revealed in this fun and fast-moving workshop. There will be daily demos and plenty of time for painting; we’ll go over some simple, yet invaluable tools for accurate rendering, and Charlie will expound and instruct about how and why he uses water mixable oils. Most importantly, there will be discussion and mutually-supportive critique sessions at the end of each day’s painting. We’ll learn and laugh a lot each day while staying true to the credo of have big fun; make big mess. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Charlie Hunter
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $400
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Anatomy Casting & Drawing Intensive Alaina Plowdrey
February 17-19, 2017 — The best way to learn anatomy is by studying your own body. Take casts of your hands, arms, and feet as you study the way muscles work and skeletal structure connects. Students will then use the cast to create finished drawings and figural studies. A fun and intensive approach to studying the figure for those who wish to advance their studies. All materials are included in this price. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Alaina Plowdrey, www.alainaplowdrey.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $210, $175 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 22-24, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Island Art Association
Email: David Kessler
Phone: 3364183038

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Ground Breaking: Water Media with Jean Pederson
February 22-24, 2017 — Pederson is an internationally acclaimed instructor and the author of “Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People”. In this five-day intensive, students develop a variety of surfaces, or grounds, using combinations of mixed media with an emphasis on water-soluble paints and mediums. The surface quality achieved in your initial layers provides rich surfaces to develop into finished paintings. These techniques can be applied to a variety of subject matter, styles and surfaces to create your own unique artistic statement and develop a knowledge base for how the paints and mediums can be used. Emphasis is placed on design and personal style. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Jean Pederson, www.jeanpederson.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $325, $290 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Art of Nature Printing with Dawn Wilkins
February 25, 2017 (10am-4pm) — An island favorite, Dawn Wilkins’ work takes its inspiration from the beaches, reefs, and gardens around the Keys. She creates her elegant pieces by printing directly from nature, pulling prints from leaves, coral and other natural objects. Wilkins teaches students to record their world as naturalists, but with an artist’s eye and a touch of a whimsy. Materials are included for this workshop. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Dawn Wilkins, www.heliographics.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $140, $120 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

2 Day Workshop with Hai-Ou Hou
February 25-26, 2017 (9am - 3pm) — Hai-Ou Hou was born in Beijing where she studied painting and ceramics at the prestigious Central Institute of Fine Art and Design. She accepted a teaching post at the Hubei Fine Art Institute where she taught painting and design. After immigrating to the United States, she received her Master of Fine Arts from Towson University. Hai-Ou’s work has been widely published and exhibited both nationally and internationally and hangs in many museum, corporate, and private collections. She is the recepient of numerous fine arts honors and awards. In this workshop she will be teaching Color Mixing Theory and Color Design: how to compose with color and the value. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Hai-Ou Hou
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $295
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

Beginner Level

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
February 27-28, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Key Largo, FL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Ocean Reef Art League
Email: Sherri Harris
Phone: 305-509-2359

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Small Studies to Large Studio Paintings with Mike Rooney
March 1-29, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-1pm) — In this class you’ll learn how to paint successful paintings by planning your painting with thumbnail sketches, learning to take “smart” photos, doing multiple color studies, and then painting a large version from these references. It’s that easy! Use thumbnail sketches, “smart” photos, and color studies to plan larger works. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $165, $135 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Classical Figure Drawing with Lothar Speer
March 2 - April 6, 2017 (Thursdays, 10am-1pm) — Lothar Speer brings his classical approach to the figure back to The Studios. Following in the footsteps of the masters, Speer leads his students through the basics of anatomy, rendering muscle and skeletal structure and the importance of lighting and tone. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lothar Speer, renproject.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $270, $235 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sarasota - Anna Maria 2 day Painting Workshop
March 2-3, 2017 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Sarasota and surrounding area. Here's your chance to stay and take a workshop in the beautiful Sarasota, Florida area. Each day starts with a morning demonstration and lecture focusing on creativity, bold composition and atmosphere. You will learn to make quick decisions and simplify for the most impact. We will discuss Color relationships, detail, form and edges and 'what you want to say with your work' Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $325.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270 studio 9-5 weekdays

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Watercolor Storyboarding with Sean Callahan
March 6-27, 2017 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — We all have stories to tell. Tell yours in full color! Sean Callahan brings his painting expertise to the world of illustration. Create a group of small watercolor paintings that tell a fictional story or favorite memory. A picture is worth a thousand words. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Sean Callahan, dogtiredstudio.net
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $130, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Advanced Level

“Painting Landscape” Plein Air Workshop
March 15-18, 2017 (9am - 4pm) — Paint PleinAir with nationally recognized and award-winning artist Mark Boedges. "Given the priority of authentic light in my work, it is this element that I like to focus on during the three-day workshop. As such, we will focus on value and color temperature relationships above all else. There is no question that good drawing is paramount to our effort since nothing wrecks a painting faster than drawing errors. But I typically tell students that no one needs to spend good money to have me tell them to measure harder. Our time is better spent on the more difficult and crucial concepts of value and color temperature. Elements such appropriate edges, surface texture, composition, and others will also be discussed." Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Mark Boedges
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $475
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

“Plein Air Painting; Approaches and Techniques”
March 18-19, 2017 (9am - 4pm) — We’ll work on how to paint the landscape and figure on location out of doors. I will discuss how to approach the subject even before picking up a brush, how to think about composition and color harmony. Then we will cover materials and color choices, and then how to block in the painting, and how to move it forward from there. At the end we will discuss how to complete the painting in the studio, if necessary, and when and how photo references can be helpful. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: George Van Hook
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $275
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Advanced Level

Watercolor with the BoldBrush Plein Air Workshop
March 24-25, 2017 (10am - 4pm) — Vladislav Yeliseyev is a The BoldBrush Award winner. What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this intensive workshop on location. Vlad will share with you his best approaches to working outdoors starting with location and “point of view”... Special attention of this particular workshop will be the choice of color which may be different from what’s there. Loose painterly style watercolor techniques will be demoed. Starting from the sketch to the finishing touches, the values and how to work with them will be revealed. Each student will be guided individually through the process while creating their own painting. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Cost: $365
Email: Marina
Phone: 941-330-6865

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Advanced Level

Florals in Oil with Michele Van Maurik
March 31 - April 1, 2017 (10am-4pm) — Master oil painter Van Maurik walks students through her process step by step. Working from reference photos, students receive specific instruction on composition, use of color, light and brushwork. No one is left behind and even the most timid beginner will leave with an accomplished painting and new methods of approaching oils. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Michele Van Maurik
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $190, $165 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Ink and Watercolor Studies with Judi Bradford
April 5-19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 5-7pm) — Capture the essence of a scene in just a few strokes of the pen. Bradford teaches tricks and techniques for quick sketching in permanent and washable inks. These ink drawings can then be highlighted with ink wash or watercolor to emphasize certain elements of the piece. Bring photos of people and places (can be on your phone or ipad) to work from. All levels welcomed. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Judi Bradford, www.judibradford.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $135, $115 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Advanced Level

Embroidery on Clothing with Margo Ellis
April 8, 2017 (10am-4pm with a break for lunch) — Decorate a shirt to make it uniquely yours! Students provide a woven shirt and learn to embroider and embellish it with threads and beads. Ellis teaches 8-10 basic embroidery and beading stitches to dress up your wardrobe and make your outfits one of a kind. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Margo Ellis
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $120, $90 members (includes supplies)
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Kumihimo with Cords
April 15, 2017 (10am-1pm) — Textile artist Margo Ellis teaches how to make attractive and unique corded bracelets using a Kumihimo loom. Students learn a simple weaving technique, using a round loom and satin cord, which can be done at home. This class can also be taken as a parent/child class (discounts available). Want to take things a step further? Ellis also demonstrates beaded Kumihimo bracelets. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Margo Ellis
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $85, $70 members (includes supplies)
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Race Day Hat Making with Judi Bradford
May 5, 2017 (3-6pm) — Join Studio Artist and Milliner Judi Bradford on the first day of the Kentucky Derby to create straw broad brims and fascinators. Bring your favorite silk flower or fabrics for ornamentation or invent your hat from supplies at hand. We’ll be feeling festive with fresh mint juleps and race coverage playing live in the background. Supplies and one mint julep or glass of wine included. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Judi Bradford, www.judibradford.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $100, $80 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Documenting “Non-places”
May 27-28, 2017 (10am-12pm) — Godlewska challenges participants to look beyond the tropical veil of paradise to see the ordinary. Participants will wander Key West with Godlewska photographing or sketching everyday settings – “non-places”. Key West is a unique place but to serve people’s everyday needs, it requires ordinary areas such as parking lots, loading docks, and chain stores. Back in the classroom, participants will create one drawing or painting based on one of their photos or sketches. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Maja Godlewska, www.majagodlewska.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $75, $60 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Photography Critique/Exchange
June 5, 2017 (6pm) — A special guest and a special opportunity for photographers, to gather as a group and share feedback in a relaxed setting. Visiting artist Sharon Lee Hart will lead a fine art photography-centered critique and share her unique insights. At the close of the evening, photographers who brought 1 – 3 prints can opt to exchange photographs with the other photo-based artists present. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Sharon Lee Hart, sharonleehart.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: Free
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Summer Solstice Plein Air with Susan Sugar
June 21-24, 2017 (6-9pm) — Learn to capture the light at day’s end, surrounded by sea and sky at sunset. Through painting demonstrations at the beach and one-on-one instruction, popular Key West-New York artist Susan Sugar fosters new ways of seeing. Enjoy the adventure of recording the fleeting light and shifting moods at dusk. Open to all levels, although some experience with watercolor is helpful. Concludes with an exhibition at The Studios as well as a celebration and final critique at Sugar’s Turtle House Studio. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $215, $175 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Colors of Key West: Summer Plein Air Study
July 8, 2017 (8am-12pm and 4-8pm) — Dodge the summer heat in the morning and evening while capturing the unique glow of Key West’s most sultry month. Joseph Sweeney shows students how to capture and mix, in oils, the true colors of the island. The clouds, the land, the water, and the changing light of day all speak to the qualities of the island that make it Key West and nowhere else. Capturing this richness for visitors, as well as locals, renews the appreciation of place. Joseph Sweeney has taught landscape for nearly 20 years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest art school in the US. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $120, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level

Watercolor Painting
year round, Tuesdays (9:30-12:00) — This is a fun beginner and intermediate ongoing watercolor painting class. Each week is a new painting using all sorts of different techniques and subjects. Arches paper is furnished. Class begins with critique of past paintings, then a demonstration of new painting, and personal attention to each student as they paint. Many go to lunch afterwards. Visit website


Location: St. Augustine, FL
Instructor: Linda Hammons
Sponsor: Linda Hammons
Cost: $60 mth or $20 wk
Email: Linda Hammons
Phone: 904-466-8817

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