Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, January 5-26, 2022
 

Learn all about the hot new painting method of pouring paint! Jenni will teach you the ins and outs of paint pouring and plenty of tricks that will create amazing and unique results. She has been pouring and experimenting with this technique for three years now and is so excited with the results. All ages welcome. Come and join Jenni for this fun workshop and let the pouring begin!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenni Messina
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Before Painting Outside"
Mondays, January 10 - February 14, 2022
 

Painting the landscape is a real challenge when outside and for beginners, it can be overwhelming. Even seasoned painters sometimes struggle to have variation in their greens or to interpret color in a more interesting way. Learn how not to take your entire studio with you. Beginners: Better to simplify and edit the landscape leaving out unnecessary elements. Seasoned: Capture a more pleasing rendition of what you see by translating the landscape into poetry. Understand the value of a quick study and create a light/dark value pattern in case the weather changes mid-way. Richichi will conduct a short demo each class to show how to bring the feeling of the outdoors inside and use green more successfully.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $185 Member | $215 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Mixed Media Painting Explorations"
January 10-12, 2022
 

Let’s explore new paint delivery systems for the purpose of creating random marks and shapes…you’ll discover that what shows up has great value for constructing meaningful content! Inspiring demonstrations will excite you to become more aware of the power and intricacies of value, shape, line and color. You will learn to appreciate your own distinctive creative voice and create a series of uniquely personal paintings.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joan Fullerton, www.joanfullerton.com
Cost: $550 Member | $590 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting like the Masters: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor"
Mondays, January 10 - February 14, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Plein Air Painting Class"
Tuesdays, January 11 - February 15, 2022
 

Join me in painting outdoors in various locations around Sarasota. Among other things, we’ll paint trees, water and beaches as well as structures and boats with distant and close up views. Learn methods and techniques to produce exciting paintings. You can eliminate unnecessary detail while being more spontaneous and painterly! I emphasize keeping everything simple including brushes, limited colors, and easels. I’ll be available to give you individual guidance as your paintings develop. You will see how you can alter the composition of the scene to create a better relationship of the parts. I encourage risk taking and boldness in painting.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $185 Member | $215 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Sketchbook Studio Class"
Tuesdays, January 11 - February 15, 2022
 

Students will bring their own sketchbooks and explore their creativity in a social setting. Students can work on their own subjects and mediums or follow teacher assignments and drawing prompts.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Charlotte Jordan
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Open Studio, Advanced Abstract"
Wednesdays, January 12 - February 16, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Intuitive Abstract Landscape Painting"
January 13-15, 2022
 

Learn how to coax hints of reality from an abstract background or start with the inspiration of a place and abstract it to reveal more emotional essence. Learn how to control values and colors and how to suggest rather than delineate.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joan Fullerton, www.joanfullerton.com
Cost: $550 Member | $590 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Experimental Mixed Media"
Fridays, January 14 - February 18, 2022
 

A six week course designed to help you develop your own language in art. Using mixed media (or not!!) you will potentially transform the way you make art. It is not about making art bigger or more complicated, but a search to communicate in a different way. You may use what you have already learned (or not!) in art making, but we will, together, identify new possibilities for your work to evolve.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Peter Gaztambide
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Outrageous Color in Landscape Painting"
January 27-28, 2022
 

Focus on learning to use a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique in your landscapes. Learn to organize and edit scenes to achieve better compositions. Improve your skill and confidence while putting pizazz into your paintings with bold color. His paintings start fast and end slowly and thoughtfully. Joseph always chooses poetry over correctness in his paintings. Students should have their own photo references. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. He starts each day with a 30-minute demo in acrylic while sharing tips, techniques and procedures. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Portrait Painting"
February 1-3, 2022
 

This workshop is designed to teach students to paint a convincing portrait. Students will learn how to capture a likeness of their subject through the use of color value to add depth, brushwork to depict hate, glowing skin tone and clothing. Jenny will demonstrate techniques throughout the workshop. Students can work in acrylic or oil. Students who wish to paint in Oil can use materials (oil paint, brushes, palette, turpenoid) supplied by instructor for $10 fee (canvases are still supplied by student).
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenny Berry
Cost: $135 Member | $165 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, February 2-23, 2022
 

Learn all about the hot new painting method of pouring paint! Jenni will teach you the ins and outs of paint pouring and plenty of tricks that will create amazing and unique results. She has been pouring and experimenting with this technique for three years now and is so excited with the results. All ages welcome. Come and join Jenni for this fun workshop and let the pouring begin!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenni Messina
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Creating Luminosity in Landscapes"
February 10-12, 2022
 

Learn three secrets to create a luminous painting, one that has an inner glow. Experiment with the medium of your choice using prismatic color. Exercises will be offered to enable you to use more sophisticated color choices in your work. Experiment with small color studies and choose your favorite to develop into a larger piece. See how adding tonal variations into shadow areas hold an opportunity for your paintings to take on a richer feel. Better understand why some paintings stand out in a crowd. Use colorful neutrals to help enhance your sunlit areas. Personal one on one time at your easel will assist you in advancing to the next rung in your work.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $295 Member | $325 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Just Mixing it: Mixed Media"
February 15, 2022
 

With complimentary colors and their neutrals, watercolor, acrylic, ink, newsprint and stencils we’ll explore botanical illustration from a print and put our own twist on it.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Allison Lehti
Cost: $45 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting like the Masters: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor"
Mondays, February 21 - March 28, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Loose & Expressive: All Subjects"
Tuesdays, February 22 - March 29, 2022
 

Joseph will guide and encourage you in painting any subject and offer gentle critiques that will have you painting with better design, vivid color, and pure spunk than you thought possible. He emphasizes creativity and has a no fear attitude about painting. Fear of failure can prevent one from advancing. Learn more about brushes, palettes, paints and techniques. Learn to simplify in painting your subject, create varied pure color from a limited palette and leave out unnecessary detail. He will generously share his lifetime of knowledge in drawing and painting. Each student can supply their own reference sketches, photos or still life to paint from or use Joseph’s reference photos. Joseph’s demonstrations will be done in acrylics. Join us!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $185 Member | $215 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Open Studio, Advanced Abstract"
Wednesdays, February 23 - March 30, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Experimental Mixed Media"
Fridays, February 25 - April 1, 2022
 

A six week course designed to help you develop your own language in art. Using mixed media (or not!!) you will potentially transform the way you make art. It is not about making art bigger or more complicated, but a search to communicate in a different way. You may use what you have already learned (or not!) in art making, but we will, together, identify new possibilities for your work to evolve.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Peter Gaztambide
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, March 2-23, 2022
 

Learn all about the hot new painting method of pouring paint! Jenni will teach you the ins and outs of paint pouring and plenty of tricks that will create amazing and unique results. She has been pouring and experimenting with this technique for three years now and is so excited with the results. All ages welcome. Come and join Jenni for this fun workshop and let the pouring begin!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenni Messina
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Plein Air Painting Class"
Mondays, March 14 - April 4, 2022
 

Get ready to paint outside. Linda shows students how to capture light, color, and the spirit of Sarasota with demos and one on one help in the beautiful garden surrounding Art Center Sarasota.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Linda Richichi
Cost: $125 Member | $155 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Water and Beaches"
March 17-18, 2022
 

Every object in a landscape painting involves the use of perspective which means buildings, roads, trees, people, boats, paths…well you get the drift. It is simple to learn and your paintings will be easier and improve drastically. Learn how Joseph chooses subjects, organizes and edits his ideas to get the most dynamic, expressive paintings. Learn to be bold and confident using a fully loaded larger brush. He will share generously his knowledge of painting in each class with demonstrations and feedback. Remember Joseph chooses poetry over exactness, so be bold. He will supply photo references and students are welcome to bring their own. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Paint, Paper, Paste: Mixed Media"
March 17, 2022
 

Busy yet satisfying abstract exercise. On two different weights of paper we’ll experiment using modeling paste with stencils - scratching into it, masking areas with tape, applying a strong color with tissue paper - layering on and covering up with acrylics and pondering composition. We’ll focus on a limited complimentary palette with lots of values, some created by adding newspaper and see where the practice takes us.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Allison Lehti
Cost: $45 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"All Subject Painting"
March 22-24, 2022
 

Personalized instruction in composition, color mixing, light and shadows and brushwork to help make any subject appear more realistic and add depth to the paintings. Jenny will demonstrate techniques throughout the workshop. Students who wish to paint in Oil can use materials (oil paint, brushes, palette, turpenoid) supplied by instructor for $10 fee (canvases are still supplied by student).
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenny Berry
Cost: $135 Member | $165 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Freedom of Acrylics"
April 4-6, 2022
 

Jane’s love of life bubbles up and over through her motivational artistry approach, as she teaches students to just relax and have a good time. They truly enjoy her outlook and the foundation of her methodology, where she enables the connection between the artist and their art to flow openly without reservation. Jane demonstrates and vividly describes to her students how to utilize color with confidence. As a student, you can look forward to painting still life, landscapes, figures, and if time permits, you might even explore the exciting form of abstraction. Jane's students leave with more than a few canvases in hand; they leave with a sense of accomplishment, a new appreciation for their own abilities and the motivation to keep on painting.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Slivka, janeslivkagallery.com
Cost: $375 Member | $415 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting like the Masters: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor"
Mondays, April 4-25, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Pushing Color with Landscapes"
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 2022
 

Focus on learning to use a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique in your landscapes. Learn to organize and edit scenes to achieve better compositions. Improve your skill and confidence while putting pizazz into your paintings with bold color. His paintings start fast and end slowly and thoughtfully. Joseph always chooses poetry over correctness in his paintings. Students should have their own photo references. This is an easy going, casual workshop for all levels of painters. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. He starts each day with a 30-minute demo in acrylic while sharing tips, techniques and procedures. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $125 Member | $155 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, April 6-27, 2022
 

Learn all about the hot new painting method of pouring paint! Jenni will teach you the ins and outs of paint pouring and plenty of tricks that will create amazing and unique results. She has been pouring and experimenting with this technique for three years now and is so excited with the results. All ages welcome. Come and join Jenni for this fun workshop and let the pouring begin!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jenni Messina
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Open Studio, Advanced Abstract"
Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022
 

Learn to paint like the masters by a former Ringling instructor in your medium of choice with simple techniques. Depth and perspective, light and shadow will be covered with personal instruction and demonstrations. Easy subject materials will be provided. A delightful method of creating beach scenes, seascapes, landscapes, florals, abstract, etc. will be introduced. Seasoned artists or complete novices will enjoy these classes. Students can bring their own materials or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Be prepared to have fun while learning.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Experimental Mixed Media"
Fridays, April 8-29, 2022
 

A course designed to help you develop your own language in art. Using mixed media (or not!!) you will potentially transform the way you make art. It is not about making art bigger or more complicated, but a search to communicate in a different way. You may use what you have already learned (or not!) in art making, but we will, together, identify new possibilities for your work to evolve.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Peter Gaztambide
Cost: $115 Member | $145 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Loose & Expressive Painting Any Subjects"
April 14-15, 2022
 

Joseph is an award-winning artist known for his loose and expressive style of painting. He is completely unafraid of bold color and design and will help you put a fierce, creative freshness in your painting. The whole point is to enjoy the adventure. He paints in acrylic, oil, and watercolor and is eager to show you what you are capable of. Working from objects, photos and sketches, each day will be a new subject but approached to get the most from color, design and light. This is an easy going, casual workshop where each painter gets personal attention. He believes in patience, good humor, and boundless encouragement. Each day will end with an always, gentle class critique.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Brayer Layer Player: Mixed Media"
April 19, 2022
 

Discover the joy of mixed-media painting with tissues, papers and acrylic layering effects. This 3 hour workshop is designed to increase students creative skills using an abstract composition with a contracting color palette.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Allison Lehti
Cost: $45 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


 

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