Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting Like the Masters"
Mondays, February 17 - March 23, 2020
 

This class is designed to take the students' skills to the next level of their current abilities. Students will learn proper brush control techniques including blending of colors, learn color perspective, vertical roundness, proper color mixing, etc. Learn to paint watercolor on canvas or paper and oil and acrylic painting on canvas or panel. Daily, I will demonstrate brush techniques, provide hands-on guidance and give individual critiques during class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Watercolor Impressions -Flowers - Session I"
February 17-18, 2020
 

Fresh flowers in the studio are the inspiration for this workshop! Janet will demonstrate various "fun" exercises to interpret flowers in a loose and expressive manner. Discovering the unique "nature" of individual flowers as well as interpreting the bouquet are among the highlights. - Letting the medium of watercolor lead students to new adventures in the flowing of color! Demos and hands-on help!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $300.00
Sponsor: The New Studio of Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-452-5710


"Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - South Florida"
February 18-20, 2020
 

Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL for the fabulous Anne Abgott with her daring mastery of color and more! You will learn to exaggerate the possibilities of an image using Design, Photoshop, Power Repetition, Balance, Color Games, and Mingling. Paint a different image each day. All will be learned as you work from Anne’s photo or your own photo. All Levels are welcome. You will never fear watercolor again! Get more info/Sign up with PayPal on our website or contact Teresa Kirk at swgfl@aol.com/ 954-436-2858
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Instructor: Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS
Cost: $350 Members / $395 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gold Coast Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-436-2858


"Pushing Boundaries: A Fresh New Look"
Tuesdays, February 18 - March 24, 2020
 

This class is designated to discover and explore mixed media techniques, while learning how to paint in a more loose and fresh way. Students will gain an understanding of the work as a result between the planned and the accidental. The goal is to connect with creativity while understanding the process by way of searching, playing and introspection. Daily exploring of fluid acrylics, Layers of color. Positive and negative painting. Different Collage techniques, Painting our own papers. Learn new ways to use soft pastels and gold leaf during this class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Victoria Mayol
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members | $5 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Batik Essentials"
February 18, 2020
 

Students will learn how to create a traditional batik artwork, using a step by step process, as well as how this art-form originated. Students will create two batik artworks on muslin fabric, which can later be made into hangings, pillows, scarves, or framed. Judy will start the workshop with a full demonstration of the process, along with step by step instructions. Students should arrive with an idea or two in mind for their work. Perhaps a flower, an animal, a bird, or a tree or just a pattern. Keep in mind designs need to be bold and relatively simple.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Judy Lyon
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Beeswax Collage"
February 19, 2020
 

Learn how to create a collage entirely with beeswax - no other glues or adhesives are necessary! You'll discover and practice techniques including layering, transparency and wax stamping. Some supplies will be provided for basic collages, but feel free to bring your art box (with scissors, glue, brushes), your favorite images and ephemera as well to personalize your art. Any images you bring should be on regular computer paper, or Xerox. The thinner the better, (reduce and enlarge these to have choice in scale) Glossy photos won’t work well with this process, but fabric, stencils and small 3-D object work great!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Elena De La Ville
Cost: $150 for Members | $170 for Non-Members | $15 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"No Fear Portrait Drawing"
Wednesdays, February 19 - March 25, 2020
 

This class is designed to improve each artist's ability to capture a subject's likeness and expand on the design and style of their drawing technique. Students will learn principles of anatomical proportion and rendering techniques that help them improve their portrait ability using photographic references and a live model. Daily we will discuss the history of portrait art with examples and learn techniques to improve composition, lighting and rendering.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Craig Carl
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members | Plus Model Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting in Full Color"
Wednesdays, February 19 - March 25, 2020
 

This class combines intermediate painters and advanced painters into one class. Mediums in order of preference are oil, water-soluble oil, and acrylic. Although watercolor is not the best medium for this approach, you can very easily apply this new knowledge to your watercolor painting. We will work from photographs in the studio. Julie will walk students through each image (with a new one chosen each week) in her step by step proven method as seen in her recent book, Fire & Light. Students are welcome to paint the image that Julie is painting or paint what they would like.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Julie Hanson
Cost: $205 for Members | $235 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser"
February 19-21, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting in their studios.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375 GACM/TAWS Members, $405 nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"Watercolor Impressions - The Head and Figure"
February 19-21, 2020
 

Demonstrations, Class instruction, individual assistance, "show and tell" all weave into class painting time. Special emphasis on achieving a fresh look of translucent flesh tones in the figure with unique color changes - no fear - plenty of helps - all levels - working from photos and a model. Seeing in new ways and bringing life into our paintings - naturally!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Cost: $375.00
Sponsor: The New Studio of Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-452-5710


"Exploring Monotype: Lines, Textures and Shapes"
Thursdays, February 20 - April 2, 2020
 

Plunge into Monotype! Broaden your artistic horizons with printmaking. Monotype offers a unique opportunity to explore new ways of making images with Akua intaglio inks that are nontoxic and are easy to clean up with water. Judy will demonstrate how to work with the inks and the tools suited for use with this ink. You will experiment with basic techniques including ink mixing, rollout, additive/reductive, stencils, working with the “ghost” image, trace monotype, mark making, layering of color and much more. Judy will demonstrate all of these techniques. This class welcomes artists new to printmaking and Akua Inks as well as experienced printmakers. No class Feb 27th.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Judy Just
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members | $20 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Mixed Media Painting"
Thursdays, February 20 - March 26, 2020
 

This class is designed to focus more on the process than the end result. Students will learn how using a combination of different mediums react and interact with each other creating new and unique surfaces, distortions, and movement. Daily, there will be demonstrations and critiques with the instructor.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Allison Lehti
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Exploring Watercolor"
Fridays, February 21 - March 27, 2020
 

This class is friendly and supportive, and offers guided instruction and demonstrations. The lessons include: design aspects of planning a composition, use of photo references and live setups, watercolor techniques and discussion of color usage and properties of various pigments.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Gail White
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Altered Book & Other Recipes"
Fridays, February 21 - March 27, 2020
 

This class will offer a new page layout each week. It will include a variety of backgrounds and altered book techniques. Students will learn to alter a book with a sewn spine. Other topics include how to reinforce damaged spines, add textures, and pockets along with recipes for DIY mediums and pastes.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Surreal Wallpaper Murals"
February 22, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to introduce beginning and seasoned mixed media artists to different techniques in creating a 2D large scale collage on textured wallpaper. Students will learn to let their art lead them through intuitive decision making and just let the work flow creating a 6 foot tall mixed media collage on textured wallpaper.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Harris
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Turn the Mundane into a Showstopper (Sunny Cottage)"
February 22-23, 2020
 

Let me show you how I convert a mundane reference photo into a work of art that makes the viewer stop in their tracks! You will learn to become freer in your color choices and painting style! I'll share many painting tidbits throughout our 2 days together so that you come away with a wealth of knowledge...bonus! (Note: I’ll send you our reference photo as well as a copy of one of my finished paintings to use as our inspiration. You’ll print out both to bring with you, and you’ll draw our scene onto your w/c paper ahead of time.)
 
Location: Palm Coast, Florida
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Flagler County Art League
Website, email, (386) 986-4668


"Saturday Emerging Artists (ages 11-17)"
February 22, 2020
 

This Saturday class is for youth ages 11-17. Teacher Allison Lehti will have a unique and fun still life set up for students to draw from using graphite and colored pencils, after which they will experiment with adding sepia tones and colors to their drawing with watercolors. This will be a great class for students who want to learn more about drawing and shading. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Allison Lehti
Cost: $20 for Members | $25 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Gelli Plate Printing"
February 22, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to teach students a variety of gel plate printing techniques and how to print without a press. Students will learn a variety of skills to help them make beautiful prints with their gel plates.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"From Flowers to Landscapes"
February 24-26, 2020
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this workshop. Janet will demonstrate various exercises geared to interpreting flowers in a loose and expressive manner. Discovering the unique “nature” of individual flowers and “finding” new colors will be highlighted. We will also explore how to interpret the landscape from photos in an impressionistic style. Demonstrations and individual help will be given throughout the workshop focused on flowers, trees, landscapes (and water).
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $350 for Members | $390 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Watercolor Impressions"
February 24-28, 2020
 

This 5-day workshop with Janet will consist of a 3-day session on flowers, trees, landscapes (and water) as well as a 2-day session on capturing the spirit and spontaneity of children in watercolor. Demonstrations and individual help will be given throughout the workshop, with an emphasis on letting the medium of watercolor lead the students to new adventures.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $550 for Members | $605 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Collage as Art"
Mondays, February 24 - March 30, 2020
 

Explore the fine art of collage taught by Ali Lambert based on Judy Nadler's teachings. Technique and design will be given equal attention as paper collage is combined with a variety of other mediums to expand and stimulate creative expression. Excellent for all levels. Beginners are welcome. It's cheaper than therapy! Students are required to bring their own images, copies and materials. Art Center Sarasota is not able to make copies. Magazines and images to cut and tear are available for student use.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Ali Lambert
Cost: $175 for Members | $205 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Watercolor Impressions - Flowers and Landscape - Session I"
February 24-26, 2020
 

Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this workshop. We will explore the organic and natural qualities of color and paint to create floral shapes. Also the landscape will be another source of inspiration (from photos - either yours or Janet's. Demonstrations and individual help will weave throughout the workshop, with an emphasis on letting the medium lead the student to new adventures in watercolor. (Plein air in studio) Goals will be to discover new color, keep the white paper - paint directly and naturally and "show and tell"
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Loose Landscapes with Water & Structure"
Tuesdays, February 25 - March 31, 2020
 

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 class for all levels of painters.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $185 for Members | $215 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Potichomonia: Cutting Edge Decoupage"
Thursdays, February 27 - March 26, 2020
 

Join our decoupage class and expand your knowledge of the 17th century art of the 3 “C”s- cutting, composition, and covering. Students will prepare, cut, and arrange the prints/ fabric into an original composition and a functional work of art. This class will be exciting, you will be working inside a clear glass ginger jar. Your finished piece will be a beautiful lamp.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Val Dwek
Cost: $150 for Members | $180 for Non-Members | $25 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Children in Watercolor"
February 27-28, 2020
 

This two-day workshop will focus on capturing the spirit and spontaneity of painting children in watercolor. Students may bring in personal photos of children. Photos should have good “shadow shapes” that describe the facial shape and features. Flash photos are not recommended and are rather difficult to work with. Drawing exercises will be included in order to quickly understand the gesture and character of the child. Painting exercises will enable students to capture the lovely translucency of the flesh tones in children.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
Cost: $235 for Members | $265 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Children in Watercolor - Session II"
February 27-28, 2020
 

This workshop is for all levels. Lessons will be geared to capture the innocence of children in their faces (helps provided) - (you may bring your own reference material and Janet will have some photos and drawings) and we will also discover the gestures of children through some fun drawing and painting exercises. We will be working from limited palettes in order to "unify" and "simplify" our paintings. Demonstrations, individual attention will weave into our painting time. Janet's unique style has been called "inspirational and organic". Janet is also a National Instructor around the United States and in Europe.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers, AWS
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Intermediate Alcohol Ink Painting"
February 29, 2020
 

Once you have taken Mary 's Beginning class you are encouraged to take this class to learn tips and techniques to help you successfully paint on canvas, metal and yupo. While learning you will paint a floral field on canvas, a moon beach scene on yupo, an abstract on metal and your own creation on tile (with Mary coaching you.) Space is limited so register early. All materials are provided.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Mary Haller
Cost: $50 for Members | $60 for Non-Members | $20 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Saturday Fashion Bootcamp (ages 9-17)"
February 29, 2020
 

For designers ages 9-17 who want to create fashion from conventional and unconventional materials. Students will complete a basic sewing project and work on a fashion design of their own creation aided by our skilled teachers. Students will explore, design and create with the materials they bring and those that we have on hand. Students will learn about fashion design, construction, creative thinking and more. Participants will need to bring an idea for an unconventional material outfit, some requested materials and a basic sewing kit.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $45 for Members | $55 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Fast & Furious Painting: Myakkalike Landscapes"
March 2, 2020
 

Many of my paintings are done from what I see in my own neighborhood within walking distance to a canal, park, golf course, pond and even my own back yard. My reference photos and paintings will be from these environs but students are also welcome to bring their own. It’s more about how you paint than what you paint. I choose poetry and creativity over correctness and am willing to change course as my painting progresses. We’ll focus on using a loose, colorful and expressive painting technique. Skill and confidence will follow while putting pizazz into your paintings. This will be a fun, easy going, workshop where you can’t have too much fun. Each student will get ample personal guidance.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Naples and Nature"
March 2-4, & 9-11
 

“Naples and Nature” Plein Air Painting Workshop Kevin Shea In Naples paint with us on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the gulf coast of Florida where the atmosphere is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures. Nature features palms, mangroves, and flowers in southwest Florida’s subtropics. Demonstrations and individual instructions in inspiring settings. Shea conducts his popular workshops in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, on television and displays paintings in several galleries.
 
Location: Naples, Florida
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Cost: $375 each, $695 for both
Sponsor: Kevin Shea Fine Art
Website, email, 978-387-8105


"Tiny Treasures: Mixed Media Painting"
March 3, 2020
 

Paper / Mixed Media – In this fun session we will create miniature mixed media works of art that can stand on their own or be incorporated into larger works. All supplies provided.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $55 for Members | $65 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Watercolor & Pastel: Impressionistic Flowers"
March 3, 2020
 

A colorful and intuitive painting approach for beginners. Following a loose abstract pattern, we will create this painting by throwing and spraying paint to let the watercolor “paint itself”. The flowers will literally surface, after which when the paper is dry we will draw some suggestible flower shapes in pastels. Though we will do step by step, every painting will be different, as this approach allows for the subject to merge from random unique abstracts. No experience necessary. Perfect for the experienced painter who wants to loosen up and explore combining the mediums.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Cedar Kindy
Cost: $120 for Members | $150 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Nuno Felting - Scarf"
March 4, 2020
 

Explore the texture and adventure of nuno felting in this all day workshop. Students will learn to create a scarf a one-of-a-kind work of art with dimension and interest through nuno felting wool and other fibers onto silk. Small class size will give each student the attention and time they need to perfect their project. Bring additional fibers if desired (such as locks, silks and yarns) and get ready for a fun day of felting, work, rolling, and play!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Irene Dizes
Cost: $150 for Members | $170 for Non-Members | $40 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Eco-Printing on Paper & Fabric"
March 4, 2020
 

Students will learn basic eco printing on paper and wool. While the student materials are cooking, we will work with prepared eco prints to make a piece that will be suitable for framing. Students are welcome to bring additional plant material to use and papers.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Anna Maria Island - Sarasota Florida"
March 5-6, 2020
 

Outdoor Painting from Life. Oil/Acrylic art workshop. 2 day workshop only. Here's your chance to stay and take a workshop in the beautiful Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Florida area. Each day focuses on creativity, bold composition, getting atmosphere in your paintings. 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' More info on website.
 
Location: Anna Maria & Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Portrait Painting"
March 5-6, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to improve composition, color use and likeness of the subject in portrait painting. Students will learn how to apply underpainting, color layers and texture in their choice of oils or acrylic. During this workshop we will compare and demonstrate techniques in each medium that build a portrait from the initial sketch to a finished painting. Students will work from a live model or their own photo reference.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Craig Carl
Cost: $185 for Members | $215 for Non-Members | $33 Model Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Vibrant Watercolor Pencils"
March 9, 2020
 

Watercolor pencils and crayons are among the most amazingly versatile art materials available. You can draw, paint, color, add detail and more with just water and these pencils and crayons. The colors are extremely vivid and best of all—fast and easy to use and clean up! Either a floral or an abstract painting—as desired by the group—will be demonstrated and the class will be encouraged to follow along. Photo references will be available but participants may certainly bring their own photos. Drawing techniques will be explored in depth, demonstrating how to begin the painting. Color application techniques will be fully covered as well. The pieces will begin as drawings but evolve into brilliantly vibrant paintings.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kathryn Morrill
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Daring Color"
March 9-12, 2020
 

Anne Abbgot, AWS, NWS, has the number one selling watercolor book, "Daring Color". Anne will be doing a 4-Day workshop for Miami Watercolor Society. She will focus on a different one of her paintings and painting style each day. Anne will be teaching her famous "Daring Color" technique of dropping color into color. You will learn about pigments and color mingling. She will also teach computer-altered images and how to use your computer to make your photo into an award winning painting. To Register go to miamiwatercolor.org/workshops/
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Anne Abgott
Cost: $345 members, $405 non-members - early bird prices
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-646-8698


"From Sketchbook to Studio"
March 11-14, 2020
 

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Through demonstration, critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career, Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $460 GACM/TAWS Members, $500 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"It's a Snap: Advanced Photography"
March 11 & 13, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to help students take their basic digital photography skills to a higher level. Students will participate in walking field trips to places like the Garden Club, will learn some basic editing skills, will experiment with different photography techniques and push their creativity to create more interesting photographs. Must have basic Digital Photography skills. Students must have/bring a DSLR Camera, memory cards and a flash drive. Please bring a laptop if available.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Gerdeman
Cost: $190 for Members | $220 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS at Gold Coast Watercolor Society - South Florida"
March 17-19, 2020
 

Join us in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS, as we discover the pure joy of painting Intuitive Abstract Painting with Fluid Acrylics, Watercolor Pencils and Crayons and more. Letting go and realizing that there are no rules, using an understanding of Design and Color Theory. All of which will be thoroughly explained and illustrated. Then the fun begins! Lots of intuitive painting time with help finding your direction and finally what it takes to pull an Abstract together. More info. / Sign up with Paypal at our website or contact Teresa Kirk at swgfl@aol.com -954-436-2858
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Instructor: Steve Rogers, AWS, NWS
Cost: $350 Members / $395 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gold Coast Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-436-2858


"Creating Painterly Pastels"
March 17, 2020
 

Learn an approach to creating colorful and impressionistic scenes or portraits with the beauty of pastel pigments. You will discover how to simplify and enhance your painting with emphasis on composition, drawing and color temperature. This is a workshop for students of all levels conducted in a relaxed atmosphere with individual help at the easel. Some experience with pastels is suggested.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Gary Eisenberg
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Mixed Media Assemblage: Art Dolls"
March 19, 2020
 

In this workshop you will be creating your own wall art doll. We will be using a variety of materials including paper clay, wood, wire, paint, paper, threads and found objects etc. We will start with a supplied kit consisting of a dried clay (flat back) head, a piece of sanded wood (body) pre-drilled, and choice of arms and legs. We will have fun painting, gluing, nailing, decoupaging and being creative as we give our dolls their characters. There will be plenty of decorative items to choose from but you may also bring in anything you may want to add to your own doll or items you’d like to share with the class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Melanie Carlstein
Cost: $45 for Members | $55 for Non-Members | $15 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Cold Wax & Oil"
March 20, 2020
 

In this workshop, students learn to combine and manipulate the soft impasto medium of cold wax with oil paint and pigment sticks, using a variety of tools, techniques and other materials to create layered textured expressive surfaces. Demonstrations, presentations and group discussions.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Elena De La Ville
Cost: $160 for Members | $180 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Discovering Your Visual Language"
March 21, 2020
 

Develop personal imagery and symbolism in this exploratory workshop. Create content by mark-marking on paper and discover your unique visual voice. Collage imagery with paint and other media to add texture and contrast. Learn to develop personal imagery and symbolism. Better understand multi-dimensional collage and mixed media. The first half of class will be drawing based, where the “parts” are made to later collage. The second half of the day 1 - 2 artworks will be made on canvas or canvas board.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Julie Kanapaux
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Saturday Emerging Artists (ages 11-17)"
March 21, 2020
 

Students will change an ordinary mint tin into the extraordinary! See where your imagination leads you as we work in miniature. These Saturday classes are for youth ages 11-17. All supplies included.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $20 for Members | $25 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Kathleen Giles: Realistic wet-into-wet portraits"
March 23-25, 2020
 

In this exciting and challenging workshop students will learn how to paint realistic faces and gain new confidence working wet-into-wet. Correct proportion and drawing will be the foundation for a few painted studies of parts of the face. Students will work up to a full face painting while also learning to match skin tones and values. How to choose and paint a great background will be explained and demonstrated. An emphasis will be made on learning how to increase value and color saturation with a damp brush on wet and dry paper. Teaching with knowledge and humor, Kathleen will demonstrate, critique and provide one-on-one guidance. Templates and photo references will be provided.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kathleen Giles, www.kgilesstudio.com
Cost: $425 for Members | $465 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Surreal Wallpaper Murals"
March 26, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to introduce beginning and seasoned mixed media artists to different techniques in creating a 2D large scale collage on textured wallpaper. Students will learn to let their art lead them through intuitive decision making and just let the work flow creating a 6 foot tall mixed media collage on textured wallpaper.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Jane Harris
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members | $10 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting without a Brush"
March 27, 2020
 

Can you paint a large painting without a brush? Let’s try out some unorthodox tools to create an exciting work. Supply list: Instructor will contact students about class materials a few weeks before the class date.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Eisenberg
Cost: $90 for Members | $110 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Beginning Alcohol Ink Painting"
March 27, 2020
 

Mary takes you on a fun and informative journey into the world of alcohol ink painting. You will learn six basic painting techniques while creating your own abstract tile. Then Mary teaches you several more advanced techniques as she guides you through a step by step impressionistic beach scene painting on tile. Finally, you paint a third tile of your own creation with Mary's coaching.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Mary Haller
Cost: $50 for Members | $60 for Non-Members | $15 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Jane Slivka: Freedom of Acrylics"
March 30 - April 1, 2020
 

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 her methodology that 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, www.janeslivkagallery.com
Cost: $375 for Members | $415 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Like the Masters"
Mondays, March 30 - April 20, 2020
 

This class is designed to take the students' skills to the next level of their current abilities. Students will learn proper brush control techniques including blending of colors, learn color perspective, vertical roundness, proper color mixing, etc. Learn to paint watercolor on canvas or paper and oil and acrylic painting on canvas or panel. Daily, I will demonstrate brush techniques, provide hands-on guidance and give individual critiques during class.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Renee DiNapoli
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"No Fear Portrait Drawing"
Wednesdays, April 1-22, 2020
 

This class is designed to improve each artist's ability to capture a subject's likeness and expand on the design and style of their drawing technique. Students will learn principles of anatomical proportion and rendering techniques that help them improve their portrait ability using photographic references and a live model. Daily we will discuss the history of portrait art with examples and learn techniques to improve composition, lighting and rendering.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Craig Carl
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members | Plus Model Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Intermediate Alcohol Ink Painting"
April 2, 2020
 

Once you have taken Mary 's Beginning class you are encouraged to take this class to learn tips and techniques to help you successfully paint on canvas, metal and yupo. While learning you will paint a floral field on canvas, a moon beach scene on yupo, an abstract on metal and your own creation on tile (with Mary coaching you.) Space is limited so register early. All materials are provided.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Mary Haller
Cost: $50 for Members | $60 for Non-Members | $20 Supply Fee
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 3-5 and/or 7-9, 2020
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $625 each
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Collage as Art"
Mondays, April 6-27, 2020
 

Explore the fine art of collage taught by Ali Lambert based on Judy Nadler's teachings. Technique and design will be given equal attention as paper collage is combined with a variety of other mediums to expand and stimulate creative expression. Excellent for all levels. Beginners are welcome. It's cheaper than therapy! Students are required to bring their own images, copies and materials. Art Center Sarasota is not able to make copies. Magazines and images to cut and tear are available for student use.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Ali Lambert
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Altered Book & Other Recipes"
Fridays, April 10 - May 1, 2020
 

This class will offer a new page layout each week. It will include a variety of backgrounds and altered book techniques. Students will learn to alter a book with a sewn spine. Other topics include how to reinforce damaged spines, add textures, and pockets along with recipes for DIY mediums and pastes.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $115 for Members | $145 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Life Sessions"
Saturdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm
 

We have a different model each week! Practice your life drawing skills with weekly life sessions on Saturdays. 3 hours of studio time with a model and your fellow artists. Undraped life models vary each week in age, sex and body type. This is a self-guided class - no instructor is present. Easels are available for use. Members can purchase a Life Sessions card at the front desk for $70 good for 8 sessions.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cost: $12 for Members | $16 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


 

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