Workshops at the Visual Arts Center are a great way to sharpen your skills, or learn something new all together. See our listing up upcoming workshops below. Register in person or by phone: (941) 639-8810
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The goal of gesture painting is to capture an impression of the model and of light. In this workshop portraits are painted from life in under an hour which gives them a fresh, loose appearance. The time constraint forces students to concentrate on form and light and leave out unnecessary details. The workshop begins with students making a simple tool that will help them capture the gesture. Students will also explore dierent palettes to create beautiful color harmony. This class is for artists who are new to portrait or to more advanced students who wish to make their work more expressive. Familiarity with your medium is helpful. Vianna will demo in pastel, oil, and watercolor.
The 2016 NAE best in show winner will teach a four day oil painting plein air and in studio workshop. Paint two days on location and learn about choosing a scene, editing, photography and capturing the essence of the scene. In the studio Bill will discuss how to create a believable painting using eld studies and photographs. Every morning Bill will demo how to create a painting full of light.
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Purely Abstract with Shirley Blake
2/2 - 2/4
9am – 3pm
Experiment with abstract painting by following guided exercises in a supportive environment. The focus is on composition, techniques, and textures used in abstract art. All levels and all media welcome.
Expose Your Inner Photographer with Donna Valenti
2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
9am – 12pm
This workshop will show you how to use that fancy new camera of yours. It's broken down into 4 parts: 1. Is this thing on? (Go over every inch of your camera) 2. Expose yourself (The Art of Good Photography) 3. The Great Outdoors (Shooting Outside) 4. This Won't Hurt a Bit! (Critiques)
Stone Sculpting with Wayne Harsherburger
The goal is to learn the basic steps of stone carving. The process includes using metal files to shape an abstract form. You will also learn to use wet and dry sanding procedures. The materials supplied by the instructor include a stone blank, granite base and all the tools. $20 materials fee
6pm – 9pm
Portraits in Oil with Robert Pavon
2/17 - 2/19 & 2/24 - 2/26
9am – 4pm
This class is geared towards the beginner who wants to learn the basics of oil paints. We will discuss the different surfaces that can be used for painting along with basic color theory/mixing. We will explore the materials used such as solvents, mediums, and oils. We will also explore different techniques in painting like wet into wet, layering, glazing, scumbling and under painting
Color Theory for Beginners with Mike Grecian
Work with a limited palette of primary colors: cyan, magenta and yellow. The goal is to use minimal colors to mix secondary, tertiary, and the complete color wheel. Explore mixing to achieve a better understanding of color and its properties.
Advanced Color Theory with Mike Grecian
1 – 4pm
Explore juxtaposed color in a variety of examples, and create our own reference boards for each artist to take home. We will do multiple exercises to exemplify why correct use of color in composition and design will make a better painting.
Pine Needle Baskets with Kathryn Erickson
12 – 3:30pm
If you can sew you can learn how to form pine needles into a piece of art. Learn to coil pine needles and finish a basket on your own. This class is for beginners, nothing but patience is needed. Please bring: $11 for the materials kit.
Chasing & Repousse Bracelets with Tom & Kay Benham
2/18 & 2/19
Tom & Kay invite you to spend a fun weekend creating your own bracelets using Chasing & Repoussé. Experienced and newbies of the process both welcome. We provide the equipment, tools and base metal, students provide their inspiration.
Dynamic Duo Watercolors with Jim Beech & Don Melander
Jim and Don will teach basic and intermediate watercolor techniques. In the afternoon, students will work on a painting of their choice. They will work closely with beginners and help to solve problems and answer questions. At the end of the day there will be a critique of attendee work.
Glass Etching with Belinda Duclos
6 – 8pm
Let’s get together for some fun! We will create a set of playfully etched wine glasses that are dishwasher safe and won’t fade over time, unlike those painted ones! No experience is necessary. All materials will be included to make a set of 4 glasses, which make fantastic gifts!
Pet Portraits with Kathleen Kelley
2/23 & 2/24
Learn techniques conductive to creating not only a great pet portrait that looks like the breed, but looks like the actual dog. Kathleen will demo a dog portrait, then you will bring your own photograph and she will help you create a painting that looks just like the real thing.
Let’s Get Splashed with Marki Raposa
Let’s get splashed wine and paint party. Paints, canvas, wine and snacks are all included. A fun evening out with lots of laughs. Bring a friend or two.
3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24
Gesture Portraits with Vianna Szabo
3/4 - 3/5
The goal of gesture painting is to capture an impression of the model in a specific light. In this workshop, portraits are painted in under an hour and focus on form and light, leaving out unnecessary details. Students will come away with a greater understanding of facial structure, brushwork, color mixing and harmonies.
Still Life in Pastel with Robert Pavon
3/10 - 3/11
If you have ever wanted to learn about color, drawing, or pastels, this is the class for you. In this workshop we will explore the use of pastels to produce a beautiful still life while exploring drawing color and learning solid drawing skills.
Portrait in Charcoal with Robert Pavon
3/17 - 3/19
In this intensive workshop we will focus on the portrait and how to achieve a likeness in a comprehensive and logical method. We will look at how to measure when drawing from life as well as from pictures. Using a photo, we will work together to finish at least one masterpiece.
Kaleidoscope Jackets with Patt Bacon
3/28 - 4/1
This is a FUN and RELAXED class! Group and individual instruction is part of the process, a person with any level of sewing experience can create this jacket. Enthusiasm is the only course requirement.
The Best of Both Worlds with Bill Farnsworth
4/4 - 4/7
The 2016 NAE best in show winner will teach a 4 day oil painting plein air/ studio workshop. Paint two days on location and learn about choosing a scene, edit, photograph and capturing the essence of the scene. In the studio Bill will discuss how to create a believable painting using field studies and photographs. Every morning Bill will demo how to create a painting full of light.
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