Art Classes and Workshops — Workshops

FILMMAKING – 1 Day Workshop

“The Art of Documentary” – 1 Day Filmmaking Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:30 am – 4:00 pm 

MDCA presents “The Art of Documentary,” a 1-day Filmmaking Workshop!

This is a Saturday, full day, workshop with Emmy Winning Filmmmaker, Bill Suchy and Lighting Director/Videographer Orlando Ojeda. This workshop will go over teaching the skills, craft and business of creating different styles of films and videos.

Are you a novice or seasoned photographer, videographer, writer, actor, teacher or student? This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning how to produce professional looking videos that tell a story. From different documentary genres, how to shoot interviews, storytelling, lighting, legal requirements, music options and more!

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Where: MDCA Art Gallery (138 E. 5th Ave. Mount Dora, FL 32757)
Time: From 9:30am – 4pm

Workshop Schedule:
9:30 am – 10:00 am: Registration, Meet & Greet
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: PowerPoint Presentation/Demo
12:00 pm – 12:55 pm: Break for Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Hands on Workshop

Regular Pricing: $125
Special Member Pricing $95*
for MDCA Members, Board Members, MDCA Photography Club, The Villages Photography Club, Teachers and Students (*show proof/credential at door registration)

Three Ways To Register/Pay:  We Accept Cash, Check, and ALL Major Credit Cards

  • Call MDCA at 352-383-0880 
  • In-Person at MDCA (138 E. 5th Ave. Mount Dora, FL 32757)
  • Pay Online:

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Instructor Bio:

Bill Suchy is a former Managing Producer for Disney Attractions Television and has written and/or produced over a dozen documentaries including the Emmy-winning PBS program Earl Cunningham: The Dragon of St. George Street; the Emmy-nominated Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots; the WNET PBS NATURE Special Cats; the Academy Award nominated documentary, Building Bombs; and the acclaimed PBS documentaries, In Praise of Wild Florida, For the Love of Manatees, Writing in the Upward Years, A Citrus LegacyFuture Vision, and Nature’s Landlords. Suchy also created, wrote, produced and directed the Emmy-nominated syndicated Disney series, Secrets of the Animal Kingdom; created the Emmy-winning youth series Sports Zone; and co-wrote and co-produced the feature film, Deadly Species

Creative Mystery – 1 Day Workshop (Sat.)

One Saturday
Session I: 1/7/17; Session II: 3/18/17; Session III: 4/6/17
Time:   10:00am – 4:00pm (Bring Lunch)

Mysteries are intriguing and everyone loves them. I will not reveal the project until all pieces are in place.  Each month we will create a project by exploring different techniques using familiar and unusual materials. Curious?? No clues given except…Guaranteed fun!

Contact the art center for a list of recommended supplies two weeks prior to each project.

Instructor: Ronda Maseman
$100 members, $125 non-members

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Greeting Cards & Envelopes – 1 Night Workshop (Thur.)

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Session I: 1/19/17 and/or 2/16/17 (one class)
Session II: 3/9/17 and/or 4/6/17 (one class)
(may attend more than one class/session).

A fun and easy class! In just a couple hours, you will create
your own unique greeting cards with envelopes by using wallpaper sample books! Please bring a pencil, ruler, scissors, and glue.

Instructor will provide wallpaper samples and instructions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor. (352) 365-1264.

Instructor: Sandra Wright
Fee: $35.00 (for both members/non-members)

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Visual Journaling Intenstive – 2 day Workshop

Saturday, February 18th & Sunday, February 19th, 2017
10am – 4pm

This is not your mama’s scrap-booking class!
It’s not about making pretty, little pages. This workshop is about getting messy and digging into our souls, by pulling out the words and images, that are meaningful to us. You’ll follow a guided journal and art-making prompts, by using a variety of materials and techniques. In return, you’ll create visual journal pages, that truly reflect your own internal stories.

Instructor: Chelsey Velilla (
($10 materials fee payable to instructor).
Members $120; Non-members $150

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Using Clay in an Unusual Way – 2 Day Workshop

February 11th & 12th, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Learn to use clay in a very different way!

In this two-day, hands-on workshop, you will learn very unusual ways to add colored clays and slips, as well as textures to make handbuilt pots, that can be altered and finsished on a wheel. Using Mitch’s “broomstick” method of making pots, color, and textures are introduced before the pot if fully formed. This way, there is a natural bond with the surface, while the pot is being built. Mitch feels this way of working, comes close to the way of nature forms its magic. Uncomplicated, simple techniques, are demonstrated to give a very sophisticated result.

Mitch Lyons received his MFA from Tyler School of Art in Ceramics and his BFA in Graphics from the University of the Arts. His work is in many private collections, as well as corporations such as; AstraZeneca, DuPont Chemical Company. As well as museum collections at Delaware Art Musesume, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Noyes Museum of Art. To learn more about Mr. Lyons, please visit his website.

Alcohol Inks – 1 Day Workshop (Sat.)

Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

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
$75 members, $105 non-members
($10 materials fee paid to the instructor)

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“Wax On, Wax Off”- 2 Day Encaustics Workshop

March 11th & 12th, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

All levels from beginners to advanced are welcome!

Come explore the ancient medium of Encaustics. From the basics to an in depth study of the process using melted beeswax, pigments and damar resin to create richly colored paintings. We will explore the history, safety and versatility of this intense medium that invites you to experiment!

Day 1: Hands-on practice will follow demonstrations covering various processes including fusing, incising, image transfer, collage, pigment sticks, shellac and multiple mixed media possibilities.
Day 2:  Finding your voice, working in a series, incorporating photography and paper with wax.

Materials Fee: $35 payable to instructor on first day.
Instructor: Shelley Jean

$190 members, $220 non-members
Material Fee: $35 (payable to the instructor on first day)

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