Between Two Palms

Between Two Palms is a livestream series of intimate conversations between award-winning art-makers from the performing, visual and literary arts and members of The Studios family. Select Wednesdays at 6PM EST join us for an hour as we explore how stage, TV & film performers, designers, writers and visual artists are keeping the creative spirit alive through these turbulent times.

January Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth

Join our most popular class in a new setting, at a new time. Paint along with Rick Worth and discover why he’s one of the island’s most beloved artists! Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand new painting each week. All levels, materials included.

Drawing Made Easy with Mike Rooney

Mike Rooney gives students a succinct four-session course in visual art’s most essential skill. Painters, sculptors, and problem-solvers are invited to start from scratch on a new skill, or to brush up their existing technique with a solid review of fundamentals.

Timeless Textiles with Andrea Varga

Explore the deep cultural connections of textiles and the historical importance of fibers.

The Photographer’s Playbook with Mark Hedden

A collection of exercises, designed to change the way you think about photography.

Intuitive Writing with B. Lucy Stevens

Let loose, write whatever is on your mind and in your heart.

Comedy Scene Study with Dennis Zacek

Explore farce, realistic comedy, and high comedy through scene study. Some experience required.

Key West Rooftops with Douglas David

A brand-new workshop from Douglas David! This class covers the basic principles of oil painting with specific regard to the vistas and rooftops of Key West. David introduces fundamental concepts of painting before working with students create a perfect Key West composition. Students will work on the newly opened rooftop terrace at the Studios to capture the rooftops of Old Town with their own eyes. 

Fundamentals of Drawing with Douglas David

Simple and fun approaches to a fundamental skill by a favorite instructor.

Paint Pouring with Sandy Trupcevic-West

Acrylic paint pouring involves a bit of chemistry, as ratios and fluidity have a direct impact on the end result. Heavier paints sink as lighter ones come to the surface creating beautiful cells. It’s also an exciting and fun technique because you don’t know what the finished product will look like!

Hand-Stamped and Stenciled Papers with Pamela Kostmayer

Create one-of-a-kind sheets to use for collage, or as singular works of art.

Exploring Gender and Sexual Identity Through Musical Theatre with Stephen Kitsakos

An examination of three seminal works of theatre, explored through the sexual lives of their principal characters using the conventions of musical theatre to edify, educate and entertain.

Rooftop Sunrise Yoga with Cricket Desmarais – January

Get your Zen on with a beautiful view & a gentle sunrise yoga class that respects the varied nature of each student’s body & range of motion. Experience a slow flow with longer holds in both standing & seated poses, micro-movement, breath-work, meditation, & self-care tips & techniques.

Palette Knife Painting with Kim McAninch

McAninch provides demonstration and in-depth theory, tailoring her instruction to each artist’s individual expertise.

Collage with Pamela Kostmayer

Collage artist Kostmayer starts her introduction to collage by presenting samples of different kinds of collage, and then moving into surface preparation, elements of value, color and texture, balance, compositions, variety of papers, textures, adhesives for different papers, elements of design and principles of design.

February Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth

Join our most popular class in a new setting, at a new time. Paint along with Rick Worth and discover why he’s one of the island’s most beloved artists! Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand new painting each week. All levels, materials included.

Lighting the Fire to Write with Cricket Desmarais

Encourage confidence, release resistance, & embrace process while you put words on the page. These writing sessions will explore stream-of-consciousness journaling, sensory awareness exercises, & a series of writing prompts that will loosen you up, spark your flame, & discover the voice that is truly your own.

Rooftop Sunrise Yoga with Cricket Desmarais – February

Get your Zen on with a beautiful view & a gentle sunrise yoga class that respects the varied nature of each student’s body & range of motion. Experience a slow flow with longer holds in both standing & seated poses, micro-movement, breath-work, meditation, & self-care tips & techniques.

Works & Words with Roberta Marks

Works and Words concentrates on concepts pertaining to “why we work”, “how we work” and the results we aim for as artists. Creative and engaging discussion is generated by assignments, critique and slide lectures. Work will be done in each individual’s studio or home and discussed online via Zoom each week.

Hands & Faces with Donna Nadeau

Nadeau is known for her colorful stories and stunning watercolor renditions of the strip clubs in which she worked for decades. Before the bodies though, come the basics. Nadeau teaches techniques to make hands and faces, sometimes the scariest part of figure painting, less intimidating.

iPhone Photography with Tamara Alvarez

Alvarez works with students to get the most out of their smartphone photos. Students will receive assignments that send them out into the world to capture people, places and moments and then return to the online platform for critique sessions.

Urban Sketching with Mike Rooney

Ever wanted to walk around your favorite city, or neighborhood and quickly draw and/or paint the scene in front of you in about an hour? In this class, Mike Rooney will show you how to take a pen, a piece of paper, and a palm sized watercolor set and do just that.

Papercutting 101 with Lucy Hawk

Create intricate, island-inspired designs from a single sheet of paper.

Mixed Media Layering on Yupo with Jean Pederson

Students will explore various combinations of mixed media with an emphasis on water-soluble paints and mediums. During the workshop, students develop a variety of surfaces and backgrounds grounds.

Open Critique – February

Get feedback on recent work, or just come for the conversation, with a social and relaxed evening of critique. Moderated (loosely) by Erika Heffernan and Studios staff, with occasional drop-ins by visiting professionals. Join us every week, or just pop in when you have new work brewing.

Rooftop Figure Drawing with Lothar Speer

Following in the footsteps of the masters, Speer leads his students through the basics of anatomy, rendering muscle and skeletal structure and the importance of lighting and tone. Learn these classical techniques by working with a model on our new rooftop terrace.

DIY Spa Night with Angela Berube

Treat yourself…and teach yourself. Learn how to make your own hydrating lotion bars, bath bombs and salt scrubs. Give them as gifts or keep them and just pamper yourself.

Spontaneous Gardens with B. Lucy Stevens

Create a unique fabulously colorful flower garden painting in this fun and relaxing class. Play around with colors and shapes and mark-making and watch the magic happen! 

Sunrise, Sunset: The Americanization of Jewish Culture with Stephen Kitsakos

From the roots of the Jewish diaspora, to the emergence of the Yiddish language in the early Middle Ages, the themes of suffering and survival have been associated with Judaism. Though an examination of Alechim’s book “Tevye, the Dairyman” published in 1894, we trace how his stories, adapted into the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof, set the stage for the thematic universality of a myriad of world cultures.

Broad Strokes with Mike Rooney

Every painter has a palette knife in their case, but most think of it only as a tool. Popular instructor Mike Rooney takes students through the ins and outs of turning an simple tool into the perfect instrument for creating dramatic paintings.

Intro to Handmade Gemstone Jewelry with Abigail Houff

Learn the basics of creating semi-precious, handlinked jewelry. Gemstones and metal kit included.

Decoupage: A New Look at an Old Craft with Leslie Linsley

Linsley, whose work was collected by Jackie Kennedy and has been carried by Tiffany & Co., teaches students how to create decoupage objects worthy of becoming heirloom objects.

Zen of Nature Printing with Dawn Wilkins

Explore the many qualities that Nature Printing & Zen share in this print making class connecting artists with nature.

Art Journaling with Marlene Koenig

Express your deepest thoughts or daily goings-on through a creative journal.

Outsider Art: Black Artists of the American South with Erika Heffernan

Are you familiar with The Highway Men (not the band)? Ever been to Margaret’s Grocery? These individuals and locations, along with visionaries like Purvis Young, Missionary Mary L Proctor, Ruby Williams have become synonymous with the Outsider Art movement of the American South. Listen and discuss the racial and socio-political implications of the term “Outsider Art”.

Figure Drawing in Watercolors with Lothar Speer

Take your figure work a few steps further by incorporating watercolor.

Paint Pouring with Sandy Trupcevic-West

Acrylic paint pouring involves a bit of chemistry, as ratios and fluidity have a direct impact on the end result. Heavier paints sink as lighter ones come to the surface creating beautiful cells. It’s also an exciting and fun technique because you don’t know what the finished product will look like!

March Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth

Join our most popular class in a new setting, at a new time. Paint along with Rick Worth and discover why he’s one of the island’s most beloved artists! Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand new painting each week. All levels, materials included.

Street Photography & Portraiture with Matthew Leifheit, AIR

Photographer, magazine editor and publisher Leifheit leads students on photographic expedition through the streets of Key West. With a keen eye toward street photography and portraiture, Leifheit imbues the sessions with a mix of historical references and technique training. The course culminates with a group critique on Friday.

West Side Story: A Cultural Perspective on an American Tragedy with Stephen Kitsakos

Is it racism that precipitated the tragedy in West Side Story and not just miscommunication as in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet? How does the marginalization of outsiders keep repeating itself in the story of America? How did four gay men: Bernstein, Sondheim, Laurents & Robbins create a musical which captures the universality of the immigrant experience and provide the basis for racial conflict in mid-20th century urban life?

Rooftop Sunrise Yoga with Cricket Desmarais – March

Get your Zen on with a beautiful view & a gentle sunrise yoga class that respects the varied nature of each student’s body & range of motion. Experience a slow flow with longer holds in both standing & seated poses, micro-movement, breath-work, meditation, & self-care tips & techniques.

Demystifying Classical Music with Nancy 3. Hoffman

What’s the difference between Beethoven and Bach? Sharpen your ear in a fun class.

Open Studio with Mike Rooney

Move your artwork out of the realm of your dining room and treat yourself to four weeks of studio space. For three hours each week, Mike Rooney will court in the Studios’ classroom. Students will receive 45-minute mini-lessons each week and Rooney will also go easel-to-easel giving feedback and answering questions.

Light Up Your Mood with Priscilla Coote

Use the effects of light in your paintings to create atmosphere, interest and three-dimensionality. By unifying your compositions with light, your work will become more than a simple rendering of disconnected objects.

DIY Spa Day with Angela Berube

Treat yourself…and teach yourself. Learn how to make your own hydrating lotion bars, bath bombs and salt scrubs. Give them as gifts or keep them and just pamper yourself.

Photo Critiques with Tamara Alvarez

For returning students. Alvarez continues her popular online critique series, offering up new assignments each week to prompt students, followed by virtual critique sessions.

Open Critique – March

Get feedback on recent work, or just come for the conversation, with a social and relaxed evening of critique. Moderated (loosely) by Erika Heffernan and Studios staff, with occasional drop-ins by visiting professionals. Join us every week, or just pop in when you have new work brewing.

Intro to Opera: Opera Through the Ages with Vincent Zito

From Mozart to contemporary works, Zito takes a sometimes-intimidating art form and makes it accessible…and fun!

Poems for a New Era with Rosalind Brackenbury

Rilke said, ‘You must change your life.’ This last year, thanks to Covid 19, our lives have been changed for us. Bring a couple of recent poems on this theme or on the theme of change, as well as a poem from a poet who has meant a lot to you during the last year. We will write together from this point on.

Intro to Handmade Gemstone Jewelry with Abigail Houff

Learn the basics of creating semi-precious, handlinked jewelry. Gemstones and metal kit included.

Intuitive Painting with B Lucy Stevens

We’re all born creative, but as we grow older many of us forget this about ourselves. Remember finger painting, when you created something for the sheer joy of it, not because you were trying to make “good” art? This workshop will help you reawaken the creative spirit you had as a child.

Paint Pouring with Sandy Trupcevic-West

Acrylic paint pouring involves a bit of chemistry, as ratios and fluidity have a direct impact on the end result. Heavier paints sink as lighter ones come to the surface creating beautiful cells. It’s also an exciting and fun technique because you don’t know what the finished product will look like!

Autofiction with Aube Rey Lescure, AIR

Explore new ways to share your stories by converting the autobiographical into fiction.

Drawing Self Portraits with Caro Dranow, AIR

Caro Dranow has a passion for self portraiture—”To me, no other artistic discipline is as personal as portraiture. The human act of drawing oneself provides a point of reflection and catharsis invaluable to the emotional development of anyone.” Join Artist in Residence Dranow to learn the basics of this important foundational exercise.

Gelli Plate Printing with Marlene Koenig

Gelli plates are a gelatinous slab used to create acrylic mono prints & magazine photo transfers, making beautiful images that stand on their own or can be incorporated into collage or mixed media work. Learn several different techniques including how to create print layers, how to use stencils, create transfers and use stamps with your Gelli Plate.

April Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth

Join our most popular class in a new setting, at a new time. Paint along with Rick Worth and discover why he’s one of the island’s most beloved artists! Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand new painting each week. All levels, materials included.

Open Critique – April

Get feedback on recent work, or just come for the conversation, with a social and relaxed evening of critique. Moderated (loosely) by Erika Heffernan and Studios staff, with occasional drop-ins by visiting professionals. Join us every week, or just pop in when you have new work brewing.

Printmaking with Cricket Desmarais

Discover the art of printmaking using the island’s bounty of found natural objects as inspiration. We will integrate the basic principles of design into our work via a variety of prompts, consider how to use our found objects and explore the boundaries between accidental and intentional art through experimentation.

Capturing Oral Histories with Lisa Morehouse, AIR

Lisa Morehouse gives participants the tools to interview people, edit and shape their interviews into a story or a more cohesive interview, over four sessions.

Drawing & Memory with Lance L. Smith, AIR

This workshop guides participants through a practice that unites conversation and group sharing with classic observational 2-D drawing techniques. Participants focus on color, form, and the role of detail in portraiture.

Hand Built: Polymer Clay with Elisabeth Arzt, AIR

Learn hand building techniques and color composition with polymer clay and found objects.

Benevolent Anarchy with Jamie Ford, AIR

Learn how to dissemble social norms, structures, and expectations in your fiction.

May Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth

Join our most popular class in a new setting, at a new time. Paint along with Rick Worth and discover why he’s one of the island’s most beloved artists! Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand new painting each week. All levels, materials included.

Linoleum Cut Relief Printing with Amy Fleming, AIR

Basic relief printmaking: carve an image of your design and pull prints.

June Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth

Join our most popular class in a new setting, at a new time. Paint along with Rick Worth and discover why he’s one of the island’s most beloved artists! Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand new painting each week. All levels, materials included.

Publish Your Novel with Francesca Padilla

A crash course on publishing, geared to anyone who has written (or started writing) any sort of book-length work but has minimal information on where to start getting it published traditionally.

Beethoven in the 21st Century with Orlando Garcia, AIR

Orlando Garcia discusses the perception of Beethoven’s work during and after his life and imagines what his work would be like if composed in contemporary times.

Oral Storytelling with Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, AIR

Marie Ketsia Theodore-pharel explores the inter-sectionality of the oral and the written word. Participants discuss and practice several techniques and learn how those techniques can help with writer’s block, character, plot, and mood development.

Exploring Systemic Inequity Through Art with Halim Flowers, AIR

Halim Flowers uses his paintings and poetry to guide a conversation about the root of systemic socio-economic illnesses that harm marginalized people in our nation. This class will be an open dialogue, not a monologue.

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