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"Rick Worth’s Painting Boot Camp with Jack McDonald"
Mondays, March 4-25, 2024
 

Leave each class with a finished painting, and appreciation for talents you didn’t know you had. As a visual artist and proud Key West native, the island landscape has always been Jack McDonald’s muse. Primarily interested in street art, Jack is influenced by local color as well as art in public places. He is driven to stretch the boundaries of “street art,” with the hope to raise awareness and establish it as a more legitimate art form. (And, of course, while having a bit of fun!) Through the use of whimsical illustrations, brights colors and shapes, his desire is to have a positive influence on the Key West art scene, while adding an element of familiarity, exploration, and discovery.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Jack McDonald
Cost: $160 / $135 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Watercolor Skies: Painting from Memory"
March 4, 2024
 

Watercolorist Scott Ponemone offers students a new way of looking at skies and rendering them. Students will view a presentation of Ponemone’s work and discuss what features of the clouds and light stand out in their mind before painting their chosen sky from memory.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Scott Ponemone
Cost: $85 / $70 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Writing Creatively About Art"
March 4-5, 2024
 

Explore writing creatively in response to art. Begin by studying about the history of writers responding to art. Meditate on these classic pieces of art and read creative responses to them. Melanie Almeder’s first book of poems was shortlisted for the Walt Whitman Award and was given the Editor’s Prize by Tupelo Press. Her individual poems have received awards, been published widely in a range of journals, including Poetry, The Seneca Review, 32 Poems, Five Points, and The American Literary Review, and been nominated by editors for Pushcart Prizes. Her writings on art have appeared in national and international books and exhibitions.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Melanie Almeder
Cost: $70 / $55 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Key West by Moonlight"
March 6-7, 2024
 

Students learn to use metallic paints on black canvas in order to depict familiar local scenes, as they appear transformed by moonlight. The paintings may also contain touches of blacklight colors, which glow when exposed to that type of lighting. Priscilla Coote is a lifelong fine art painter who is driven to search for the real. She works with a variety of mediums, from oil to watercolor to gouache and her subjects vary from sultry tropics to wild Maine coastline, a house, a tree, a rock—as long as it speaks with its own voice.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Priscilla Coote
Cost: $160 / $145 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Duality, Aesthetics and The Expressive Arts"
Thursdays, March 7 - May 16, 2024
 

A series of workshops exploring opposites and art appreciation utilizing Tamalpa somatic based approach. Through drawing, writing, embodied anatomy, natural movement, dialogue and improvisation we will develop personal perspectives and resources for navigating ourselves and our environments. Katharine Doughty studied postmodern dance, somatics and visual art at Hampshire College, paving the way for her work as a multimodal artist, massage therapist and movement educator, and eventually leading to training with Anna and Daria Halprin. Her approach inspires both artists and “non-artists” across disciples, ages, abilities, and backgrounds by sparking embodied creativity and assisting in personal growth. Dancing at mile zero since 2003, Katharine is an ISMETA registered somatic educator and somatic based expressive arts therapist.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Katharine Doughty
Cost: $275 / $225 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Mixed Media"
March 9-10, 2024
 

Internationally renowned artist Jean Pederson returns to offer her accessible approach to art-making. Students will explore various combinations of mixed media with an emphasis on water-soluble paints and mediums. During the workshop, students develop a variety of surfaces and grounds. These techniques can be applied to a variety of subject matter, to create a unique artistic statement. Pederson emphasizes design, personal style and beautiful surface quality using both abstract and referential subjects.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Jean Pederson
Cost: $270 / $230 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Painting Still Life and Reflections"
March 9-10, 2024
 

Join us for this 2-day workshop with Marla Greenfield! We will be painting a still life together, step by step, that will include reflections on silver. This will be a valuable lesson that can be translated into painting other reflective surfaces including glass and water. Students will receive clear instruction and learn how to break the process of creating a painting down into manageable steps that can be used to approach virtually any subject matter. The class will cover glazing and layering, “learning” to see, using wet into wet techniques to let the paints combine on the paper, how to create rich dark values, and tackling reflective surfaces.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Marla Greenfield
Cost: $365
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Small Island… Small Prints"
March 11, 2024
 

Key West is an island full of creative resourceful people and space is at a premium. So let’s get imaginative and scale it down with miniature prints on a miniature press. Students will learn the basics of relief and intaglio printmaking. All supplies are included including plates, ink, paper and a DIY printing press to take home and continue your printmaking journey. Price includes a $30 materials fee.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Doreen Holley
Cost: $110 / $90 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"The Art of Caricature"
March 13-15, 2024
 

Speer explores caricature in multiple live demos, projected on a TV for better viewing. Learn the process of a caricature drawing and the anatomical and formal considerations that create the magical transformation from informed distortion to a hyper-likeness more succinct than any portrait could boast. Participant drawings will be executed in charcoal and pencil. Lothar Speer is a master caricaturist with 30 years experience. His client list includes America’s Fortune 500, such as retirement caricature illustrations for McDonald’s corporate elite and graduation illustrations for medical universities.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Cost: $215 / $185 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Mastering Edges and Paint Manipulation"
March 13-15, 2024
 

In this workshop students will be encouraged to take authority over the edges in their paintings. They will be assisted in creating a variety of edges from firmly held to lost and found. Emphasis will be placed on the where, when, and why of edges as well as paint manipulation in general. Secondary emphasis will be placed on the use of both conventional and unconventional tools.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Robert J. Simone
Cost: $375
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Drop-in Figure Drawing"
March 21, 2024
 

Gain valuable experience working from a live model. Both clothed and nude models will be available once a month for anyone wishing to brush up on their figurative work, take it back to basics, or try anatomical drawing for the first time. These are uninstructed sessions, though a monitor will be present.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Cost: $35
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Advanced Watercolor and New Ideas"
March 22-24, 2024
 

This workshop is design to introduce more advanced techniques and new ideas and push you to a higher level; to help get you beyond your comfort level! You will be doing your own work from your own personal resources and from Sue’s handouts. Please do not bring any imagery from the web, magazines, or books.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Sue Archer
Cost: $475
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Improving Your Iphone Photography with Editing"
March 23-24, 2024
 

Take your phone photography further with guidance on the best apps and editing techniques. This course teaches students to take better photos with their phones, providing editing instruction and time for practice. Bill Carito is a retiree from Maine who has found the world of iPhone Photography and loves the ease and adventure of seeking out subjects, sharing, and exploring with photographers of all stripes from all over the world.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: William Carito
Cost: $180 / $160 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Figure Painting with Light and Color"
March 23-25, 2024
 

Grasp a better understanding of light and color through painting from life, both plein air around Key West and in the classroom. John Clayton introduces various ways to mix and apply color that will make your painting filled with light and capturing the light key. This class will offer different lessons each day, including using a knife to bring out expressive designs. Clayton studied at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown where he embraced the “Art of Seeing Color” as taught by the late Henry Hensche and Charles W. Hawthorne. He now makes his living painting and teaching throughout Cape Cod in the Summers and the streets of Key West in the Winter.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: John Clayton
Cost: $360 / $325 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"The Artist Entrepreneur"
Mar 25, Mar 27
 

The 21st century art world offers artists an unrivaled variety of opportunities, but also requires a never-before-seen investment in skills beyond artistic talent. Learn how to step into the new arts landscape and build your arts career. Based on his book, The Artist Entrepreneur: Finding Success in a New Arts Economy, with Dr. Ron McCurdy and Dr. Rick Goodstein, Lapin crafts a session that explores practical skills artists need for success. This class will discuss the creative process, idea generation, entrepreneurship, managing your business, grant writing, and fundraising. Every aspect of the workshop will be practical, personalized, and hands-on. This way, participants leave the session with actual outlines, plans, and strategies that they can put into action immediately.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Eric Lapin
Cost: $35 / $25 for members (per session)
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Encaustic Collage"
March 30, 2024
 

Combine curation with creation in a class that offers hands-on exploration with hot wax. In addition, there will be oil sticks, crayons, stamps, and markers to use for drawing onto the encaustic collage. This class is the third in a progressive series, but may also be taken as a stand-alone workshop.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Pamela Kostmayer
Cost: $185 / $155 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Rick Worth’s Painting Boot Camp with Jack McDonald"
Mondays, April 1-29, 2024
 

Leave each class with a finished painting, and appreciation for talents you didn’t know you had. As a visual artist and proud Key West native, the island landscape has always been Jack McDonald’s muse. Primarily interested in street art, Jack is influenced by local color as well as art in public places. He is driven to stretch the boundaries of “street art,” with the hope to raise awareness and establish it as a more legitimate art form. (And, of course, while having a bit of fun!) Through the use of whimsical illustrations, brights colors and shapes, his desire is to have a positive influence on the Key West art scene, while adding an element of familiarity, exploration, and discovery.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Jack McDonald
Cost: $200 / $170 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Paint Pouring"
April 6, 2024
 

Enjoy a fun step-by-step lesson in a loose, unpredictable and satisfying medium. Acrylic paint pouring involves a bit of chemistry, as ratios and fluidity have a direct impact on the end result. Heavier paints sink as lighter ones come to the surface creating beautiful cells. It’s also an exciting and fun technique because you don’t know what the finished product will look like! Sandy West carries a BFA in Commercial Art and is a long-time resident of the Florida Keys. She has been sharing her love of art with others as an instructor at several venues in Key West, and as an artist through her own works depicting the tropical surroundings.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Sandy West
Cost: $90 / $85 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Encaustic Photography"
April 6, 2024
 

Add a layer to your photography with the luminosity of encaustics. This workshop offers tips on prepping your image with apps beforehand plus guided exercises to help you discover photo transfer and inlay techniques, mark-making methods, and color, texture and embellishment possibilities. Cricket Desmarais is a local visual and performing artist who has taught workshops to all levels and ages.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Cricket Desmarais
Cost: $195 / $175 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Making Cyanotypes"
April 9-10, 2024
 

Cyanotypes exist at the intersection of photography and printmaking – perfect for Florida sunshine. Join Timothy in a fun, easy and informative workshop and leave with a few cyanotypes and newfound knowledge of the medium. With a background in printmaking and alternative photographic processes, Timothy has innovated the historical cyanotype process into a larger format using photographic negatives as a base. His time spent with graffiti artists across the country has led him to expand upon the uses of the traditional wheat-paste process to create beautiful and unique pieces. Timothy has a passion for altering spaces through the creation of massive wall pieces that are impactful, boundary-pushing, and completely unique.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Timothy Goldkin
Cost: $125 / $100 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Batik: Painting with Wax and Dye on Fabric"
April 11-12, 2024
 

Learn contemporary approaches to an ancient fiber and dye art that originated on the island of Java, Indonesia. Come with 3 pencil drawings on white cotton fabric and leave with hand dyed works of art. Wendy Tatter has lived in the U.S., West Indies, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Brasil. She was introduced to the art of batik in Mexico while attending Instituto Allende. Fascinated by the technique, she has developed a style all her own. Her work often reflects the people and places from her travels and has been exhibited and collected worldwide. Tatter is the recipient of the Dr. Gail Pflaster ROWITA (Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts) lifetime achievement award for women who have made significant contributions to the arts.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Wendy Tatter
Cost: $185 / $160 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Drop-in Figure Drawing"
April 18, 2024
 

Gain valuable experience working from a live model. Both clothed and nude models will be available once a month for anyone wishing to brush up on their figurative work, take it back to basics, or try anatomical drawing for the first time. These are uninstructed sessions, though a monitor will be present.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Cost: $35
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Color Theory Through Drawing"
May 4, 2024
 

Paloma Martinez bases her artistic practice on color theory, and is excited to share her passion for it. This workshop explores color and its theory through drawing and a detailed lecture. Students will learn how to use color to manipulate drawing composition, create harmony, and to contextualize their desired aesthetic and conceptual framework. Students will be provided an array of materials to deepen their understanding of color (i.e. pastels, color pencils, color cut-outs, watercolors) and will also obtain guidance on how to use these materials.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Paloma Martinez
Cost: $75 / $60 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Photographing Key West from A Different Viewpoint"
May 23, 2024
 

Photograph Key West with a different viewpoint, looking for beauty in less-picturesque spaces of the city. Denise Burge draws upon her 32 years of experience in teaching art to lead a workshop that is packed with experiential and fun learning. The afternoon begins in the classroom with some showcasing of images and writing samples to get students in the right frame of mind. The group will then proceed outdoors to spend some time photographing before meeting up to discuss the day’s discoveries. This experience aims to sensitize artists to the deeper beauty of eroded and overgrown form, vernacular spaces, and the beautiful effect of light on a surface as surprising as a sidewalk.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Denise Burge
Cost: $75 / $60 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Drawing Auto-Biographical Comics"
May 27, 2024
 

Draw on your experience to create graphic renderings of your life. Ajuan shares the works of several comic creators, showing how this diverse group of individuals draw themselves. Students compare the artists’ self portraits with the artists’ press photos, while Ajuan discusses the strategies veteran comic creators use to create a character to represent themselves on the page. Participants will then use the same strategies to create drawings of themselves, and using a handful of autobiographical writing prompts, create a 4- to 6-panel autobiographical comic.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Ajuan Mance
Cost: $85 / $70 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Workshop"
June 18-21, 2024
 

Enhance your painting skill and technique, guided by a popular instructor, New York/Key West artist Susan Sugar. Each evening begins with a group critique with the goal of becoming comfortable sharing your process with other painters. After the group critique, students disperse to paint on their own. Sugar circulates from person to person, offering individual counsel, as needed. The workshop culminates with a final critique and potluck at Sugar’s home/studio Turtle House and an exhibition of student work hosted by The Studios of Key West at a later date. With a background in dance and architecture, Susan Sugar interprets life in terms of rhythm, space, and light, recreating what she sees with her brush.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Cost: $275 / $225 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Developing Personal Visual Archetypes"
July 8-9, 2024
 

Often, Southern folklife is represented visually as a whole in redundant cliches. The repainted tropes strip away all meaning, beauty and dignity, and unfortunately, result in a loss of interest and respect, with the real danger of having no societal contribution. Nonney shares new visual archetypes that are based on specifics – regional folklife, folklore and indigenous flora and fauna, but with an added personal twist. These twists reclaim individuality, and use modernism coupled with tradition to create a new depiction of Southern Art. Create your own new archetypes influenced by her presentation.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Nonney Oddlokken
Cost: $80 / $65 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Workshop"
July 9-12, 2024
 

Enhance your painting skill and technique, guided by a popular instructor, New York/Key West artist Susan Sugar. Each evening begins with a group critique with the goal of becoming comfortable sharing your process with other painters. After the group critique, students disperse to paint on their own. Sugar circulates from person to person, offering individual counsel, as needed. The workshop culminates with a final critique and potluck at Sugar’s home/studio Turtle House and an exhibition of student work hosted by The Studios of Key West at a later date. With a background in dance and architecture, Susan Sugar interprets life in terms of rhythm, space, and light, recreating what she sees with her brush.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Susan Sugar
Cost: $275 / $225 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Making and Printing Linocuts"
July 26-27, 2024
 

The workshop will show participants how to make a relief print without a press. There will be a visual lecture showcasing the variety of artists working in this medium and the history of relief printmaking from both fine art imagery making and commercial use. Jennifer Basile also introduces the materials on which these lino-blocks can be printed, guiding participants toward the best surface for their work. Participants will create works of art or repeat patterns that can be printed numerous times to make other artworks beyond their relief image.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Jennifer Basile
Cost: $110 / $85 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Storytelling Through Mixed Media Collage"
July 29-30, 2024
 

The workshop includes a short lecture and presentation highlighting storytelling through mixed media collage with the use of historical imagery. Participants will observe a demonstration and view artwork made by the artist instructor. A hands-on session follows, covering the use of mixed media collage including examples of methods and projects as well as reference materials for the classroom. Lavett Ballard is a female mixed media visual artist, art historian, curator and author. She holds a dual Bachelor’s in Studio Art and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from Rutgers University- Camden and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Ballard’s art has been commissioned twice as a cover for Time Magazine.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Lavett Ballard
Cost: $100 / $75 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Portrait Painting from a Photograph"
August 1-2, 2024
 

Dianne Hebbert leads a portrait painting workshop. Students are invited to bring in a printed or digital copy of a photograph they would like to translate into a painting. The class begins with the drawing and moves into developing the acrylic painting, going over the grid method, under paintings, and finally, how to add personal details to finalize your painting. Regardless of skill level, there’s something for everyone to learn. Dianne Hebbert is a Nicaraguan-American artist based in New York. She works primarily in painting, printmaking and installation art. As a Miami native she attended New World School of the Arts before she earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Purchase College and her MFA in Printmaking from Brooklyn College.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Dianne Hebbert
Cost: $110 / $85 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


 

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