Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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


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