Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Abstract Painting Class"
Tuesdays, November 2 - December 14, 2021
 

No class on Nov 23. Abstract art is not the literal representation of our world and the things in it. It is taking them to a place where they are represented in various ways using the visual language of shape, form, color, line, texture to form a composition pleasing to the eye but not in its recognized reality. It could have the feeling of drama, serenity, excitement, lyrical etc. There are different degrees of abstraction. It can be derived simply from shapes, lines and color or from distorting reality. We will have fun exploring abstraction in its various forms in this class. No art experience is necessary but it can help if you are already making art of some kind.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $185 Member | $215 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Artrageous Paint Pouring Classes"
Wednesdays, November 3 - December 1, 2021
 

No class on Nov 24. 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, November 3 - December 15, 2021
 

No class on Nov 24. 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


"Collage Collective Class"
Thursdays, November 4 - December 16, 2021
 

No class on Nov 25. Each class will include show and tell of student work (Voluntary), a discussion of a different collage artist each week, a teacher demo, and playtime. Over time, we will explore a variety of styles and methods of collage, often with a sprinkle of mixed media. A materials kit will be suggested each week with the materials needed to complete the project which will be demonstrated the following week.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $175 Member | $205 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"ArtVenture - Decorative Wood Slices"
November 4, 2021
 

Mixed Media. Students will create designs and paintings on 2-3 wood slices. The subjects can range from landscapes, holiday themes, florals, galaxies or animals. They will use acrylic paints and pens for the finer details. All supplies included plus an Art Center apron.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Charlotte Jordan
Cost: $55 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Gelli Plate Printing"
November 8, 2021
 

Students will learn to make a variety of prints using gel plates and items commonly found in the home or studio. The instructor will demo a variety of techniques. Learn by observing, doing, and experimenting.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 Member | $110 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Painting Loose & Furious Myakka-Like Scenes"
November 11-12, 2021
 

Joseph can demonstrate remarkable boldness in painting landscapes and offer gentle critiques that will have you painting with better design, vivid color, and pure spunk than you thought you ever could. He has a no fear attitude about painting. Learn to simplify and edit your views, create more nuance in color from a limited palette and paint boldly. He will generously share his knowledge and vast experience of drawing and painting nature. Each student can supply their own reference photos to paint from or use reference photos and drawings Joseph will supply to you. Joseph’s demonstrations will be done in acrylic paint. Join us! We have big fun!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Joseph Melancon
Cost: $180 Member | $220 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"ArtVenture - Save Me a Place"
November 16, 2021
 

Floor Cloth (Placemats) – Art is not just for walls…art can look great on your table as well! Learn how to make placemats in the technique of floor cloths. Students will design and paint them, creating beautiful pieces of art that will add color and character to any kitchen or dining room. All supplies included plus an Art Center apron.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Barbara Gerdeman
Cost: $55 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"ArtVenture - Framed Again"
December 1, 2021
 

Mixed Media. Students will work with wood panels, to make distinctive and creative frames for displaying photos, poems, letters, or other special works.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Amy Karki
Cost: $55 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Eco-Printing on Paper & Fabric"
December 6, 2021
 

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. As this is an all-day workshop lunch will be ordered and brought in (Cost less than $10 including tip). Please bring cash if you wish to order lunch or bring your own lunch. We have a refrigerator that lunches and drinks if needed. Supply Fee: $10 All Materials Provided (plant material, paper, fabric)
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
Cost: $90 Member | $110 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"ArtVenture - Doodle All Day"
December 15, 2021
 

Drawing. Develop a few doodles into cartoon characters using pencil and watercolor. Use your images for T-shirts, greeting cards or short stories and start a new career! All supplies included plus an Art Center apron.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Allison Lehti
Cost: $55 Member | $65 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"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


"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


"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


"Collage Collective Class"
Thursdays, January 13 - February 17, 2022
 

Each class will include show and tell of student work (Voluntary), a discussion of a different collage artist each week, a teacher demo, and playtime. Over time, we will explore a variety of styles and methods of collage, often with a sprinkle of mixed media. A materials kit will be suggested each week with the materials needed to complete the project which will be demonstrated the following week.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
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


"Photo Essay Workshop"
Wednesdays, February 2-16, 2022
 

Students will learn and utilize photographic skills to create an effective and cohesive photo essay or series. Over the course of the workshops, photographic concepts (exposure basics, depth of field, composition, etc.) will be explored in addition to the journalistic ideas and structure of a small body of work that is either narrative or thematic. At the conclusion of the course, students will present their work for feedback and critique. As this is an all day workshop lunch will be ordered and brought in. Cost less than $10 including tip. Please bring cash if you wish to order lunch or bring your own lunch.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Amy Karki
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


"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


"Collage Collective Class"
Thursdays, February 24 - March 31, 2022
 

Each class will include show and tell of student work (Voluntary), a discussion of a different collage artist each week, a teacher demo, and playtime. Over time, we will explore a variety of styles and methods of collage, often with a sprinkle of mixed media. A materials kit will be suggested each week with the materials needed to complete the project which will be demonstrated the following week.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
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


"Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor & Gouache"
March 14-16, 2022
 

This workshop is designed to teach all levels of students to paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Process will dictate direction as students use watercolor, ink and gouache to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with random ink marks, then color using a mixture of ink, watercolor and gouache to create a library of design elements. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Cost: $410 Member | $450 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


"Mega Mixed Media Workshop"
March 25, 2022
 

Beautiful colored and textured papers—acrylic paints—colored crayons and pencils—gloss or matte medium—string, feathers shells or any add-on that can be glued down—stretched canvas—all used to create exciting colorful or even monochromatic personal pieces of art! Layering techniques, drawing techniques, cutting techniques, ripping techniques, painting techniques and more will be demonstrated. Samples that may be studied will be available. This mode of putting together numerous materials to produce a unique and personal work of art is both satisfying and fun!
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kathryn Morrill
Cost: $90 Member | $110 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


"Collage Collective Class"
Thursdays, April 7-28, 2022
 

Each class will include show and tell of student work (Voluntary), a discussion of a different collage artist each week, a teacher demo, and playtime. Over time, we will explore a variety of styles and methods of collage, often with a sprinkle of mixed media. A materials kit will be suggested each week with the materials needed to complete the project which will be demonstrated the following week.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Margaret Hillman
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


 

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