Art Classes and Workshops

Creative Spirit of Palette Knives – 3 Day Workshop

September 21 – 23,
Rescheduled to:
October 20 – 22, 2017

Time: 10 am – 5 pm
1 hour lunch from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

No previous palette knife experience is required!

This workshop is about discovering the excitement and passion of palette knife painting. During this time, you will explore unique color mixing and knife painting techniques that promise to breathe new life into your repertoire of artwork. T he energy that is generated during these workshops not only teaches students more about painting, it also inspires the practice of acceptance.

There is no such thing as perfect here! Students use provided photo references of landscape; floral and figurative subject matter to learn how to apply paint with a knife. Through demonstration, Sally will introduces you to different knife sizes, stroke shapes and directions, textures, lost and found edges, etc. Students will practice painting with a full range of shoulder, elbow, and wrist motion in order to discover all the possibilities. Pre-mixed color palettes will be used to allow clean, decisive paint application.

Instructor: Sally Cummings Shisler
Cost: $325 (members/non-members)

Therapeutic Art Immersion

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Session I: 10/10/17 – 10/25/17 (4 classes/weeks)
Session II: 11/7/17 – 11/28/17 (4 classes/weeks)

Recovering from a loss, health issue, or other stressful situation?
Let go and let art, in a non-judgmental, guided art experience class. Our group will encourage creativity and relaxation, while fostering a sense of simple joy, accomplishment, and community. Art exercises will include mixed media, collage, mandalas, pen and watercolor wash, doodling, journaling, and more!

** $10 material fee per week, all supplies are provided

Instructor: Jackii Molsick, FWS
$100 members, $130 non-members


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Painting with a Graph

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Session I: 9/11/17 – 12/2/17     (4 classes/weeks)
Session II: 10/16/17 – 11/6/17  (4 classes/weeks)

Discover your creative gene. Bring your favorite photo or clipping from a magazine, that you would like to paint! Choose a canvas size and bring a print, the same size as your canvas. We will begin working in acrylics to create your personalized masterpiece!

** Please bring a ruler and a canvas (the same size as your image). All other materials will be included.

Instructor: Kathy Kasper
$85 members, $115 non-members


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Basic Beginning Watercolor

Time:  9:30am to 12:00pm

Session I:           9/6/17 – 10/25/17       (six classes/weeks)
Session II:          11/1/17 – 12/6/17     (six classes/weeks)

Interested in exploring watercolor, but afraid to take the plunge?
Come play and explore the possibilities of what the medium can do.
Learn in a “no pressure” setting about color mixing, how to use your brushes, watercolor techniques, special affects, light/shadow, and what makes a good composition. The final class will produce a simple landscape painting.

No experience necessary!
Must have a positive attitude, a willingness to learn and constant practice is encouraged.

Instructor: Jackii Molsick, FWS
$130 members, $160 non-members

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Florida Favorites – Acrylic Painting

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Session I:         9/7/17 – 1/19/17          (three classes/weeks)
Session II:        10/5/17 – 10/19/17      (three classes/weeks)
(4th class to make up any unfinished paintings or make up a missed class)

Beginners welcome!
Enjoy painting what you love about being in Florida! You will enjoy painting palm trees, back-lit with a dramatic sunset, lacy ocean waves coming onto shore, full moon and clouds over the ocean.

Emily will guide you through the process of creating Florida scenery in acrylics on canvas.Instructor:  Emily Lewis $110.00 members, $140 non-members

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Abstract Painting with Acrylics

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Session I:   9/20/17 – 10/25/17  (six classes/weeks)

This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced painter or anyone who just

wants to loosen up their painting style. Each class will begin with an abstract exercise/demonstration.

Learn the basic principles of abstraction with a concentration on concept, color and composition. Learn the principles of simplifying nature (reduction), making shapes within shapes, with emphasis on negative shape making. Liz will demonstrate lots of abstract techniques to help achieve a cohesive look for your paintings.

Contact the art center for a list of recommended supplies.

Instructor: Liz Wincup
Members $125, non-members $150


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Create a Masterpiece in the Style of Oriental Brush Painting

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm.
Session I:     9/6/17 – 10/11/17    (six classes/weeks)
Session II:    10/22/17 – 11/22/17 (six classes/weeks)

Learn to paint the Sumi Style (oriental brush painting). Subjects to be taught. Bamboos 竹, Orchids 蘭,Chrysanthemums 菊,Plum blossoms梅,岁寒三友 (Three amigos) bamboo, plum blossoms, and the pine tree, 蘭(春spring)、竹(夏summer)、菊(秋autumn) 梅(winter)

**Instructor will supply the Chinese brushes for use in class, Bottle black ink, Wet-one, paper towels, if anyone prefers to use their own watercolor, please bring them, we will have Chinese watercolor on hand for use in class.

Instructor:  Jane Moody 梁玉珍.
Price: $120 members, $150 non-members.

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Painting – All Skill Levels

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Session I:    9/7/17 – 10/12/17     (6 classes/weeks)
Session II:   10/26/17 – 12/7/17   (6 classes/weeks)

This class allows students to choose their preferred subject matter and medium. It covers setting up your palette, color mixing, composition, the importance of value contrast, glazing and under-painting techniques and offers support and suggestions on where to go next with your work.

This class is suitable for beginner to advanced students.

Instructor: Ken Fuller
$120 members, $150 non-members

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Exploring Watercolors – Intermediate/Advanced

Time:  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Session I:       9/11/17 – 10/16/17   (6 classes/weeks)
Session II:      10/30/17 – 12/4/17   (6 classes/weeks)

Learn to paint with the luminosity of watercolor and further your painting ability. Challenge yourself with new techniques as well as sharpening your skills in basic watercolor. This class will cover value, color mixing, composition, and design. Come explore new ideas and experiences! Students must be approved by instructor. 

Instructor: Susan Grogan
$130 members, $160 non-members

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Painting Open Studio

Time: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Starting 9/15/2017 thru 12/21/2017

This is an ongoing open class starting Tuesday, September 9th. If you are stuck and need some direction, or if you just want to hone in your skills, this is the class for you! No registration required.

Suggested donation: $8 per class

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Life Art Open Studio

10:00am to 12:00pm
Starting 9/9/2017 thru 12/16/2017

The Open Studio is offered for everyone to practice drawing, sculpting, painting or any medium from a live model. Artist Gary Hopcraft will be on site for any instruction or advice you will need. Don’t miss this opportunity to express yourself through Life ART!

Instructor: Gary Hopcraft
Suggested donation: $8 per class

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Group Art Open Studio

Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Starting    9/7/2017 thru 12/14/2017

Oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, drawing, whatever! No matter what your medium or ability, come and join a weekly group in a relaxed social setting for practice and camaraderie. Enjoy coffee, tea, and friends while working in a studio arts classroom.
Bring your projects. Sit back and have fun!

Facilitator: Cathy Caine
Suggested donation: $5 per class

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Alcohol Inks – 1 Day Workshop (Sat.)

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

The alcohol inks have a mind of their own and they are crazy fun!  Be prepared for some intense color in this workshop!  In the morning session we will explore non- traditional tools for painting with the alcohol inks and you’ll learn some techniques to achieve a nice abstract quality using yupo paper for your surface.

In the afternoon session we’ll use markers and brushes and you’ll learn techniques to control the ink. We’ll paint on ceramic tile, yupo and terra skin paper.  Either way it’s kindergarten without the sharing!

Instructor:  Liz Wincup
$70 members, $100 non-members
($10 materials fee paid to the instructor)


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