Elements of Poetry with Rosalind Brackenbury

Rosalind Brackenbury demystifies the poem as she leads students through the basic elements needed to write a successful piece.

Rising from the Wine Dark Sea: Greek Tragedy for the 21st Century with Stephen Kitsakos

Delve into the timeless relevance of Greek tragedy by reading, interpreting and re-contextualizing five plays by Euripides, Aeschylus & Sophocles.

Structure and Beats: Workflow for Writers with Harry Aspinwall, AIR

Artist in Residence Aspinwall helps writers set a course for sticking to a workflow.

Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth – December

With tips and laughs, Rick Worth takes command of the class. You paint along, step-by-step, and go home with your very own masterpiece.

Rainbow Soap Making with Angela Berube

Use advanced techniques to layer soap through multiple cold process techniques.

Talk to Strangers with Elizabeth Bernstein, AIR

Simple as it sounds, there’s a subtle art to drawing out stories and personalities. Wall Street Journal columnist Elizabeth Bernstein leads writers and storytellers through tips for getting people to open up about their relationships and their lives—and how to then write those stories with sensitivity. Bernstein notes that her classes extend beyond writers, touching on the universal value of talking to strangers. Connecting with strangers can improve mental wellbeing, combat loneliness, and enrich art in any form.

Encaustics: Getting Started with Cricket Desmarais

Curious about encaustics? This class offers a playful and cost-effective introduction to the ancient art of painting with pigment and beeswax.

Mala Making Workshop with Karen Moore

Get Meditative and Creative! Our workshop dives into the history & uses of malas and touches briefly on meditation & mantra practices. Learn about the energetic meaning of the natural elements and gemstones as you are led through the creation of your very own mala necklace.

Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth – January

Our most popular class returns for a new season! 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.

Slow Flow Yoga with Cricket Desmarais – January

Slow down & create space in this yoga class for all ages and stages. Experience micro-movement and a slow, steady build towards strength, balance and flexibility. Leave your mat refreshed, calm, and centered. No experience necessary – only a willingness to suspend judgment, be present, and tune in. Mats and props available.

Drawing Basics with Douglas David

Walk through the basics of drawing in this fun and simple one day workshop. Whether it’s serving as a refresher or a first-time art course, Drawing Basics helps students develop a better understanding of the fundamentals of drawing.

Gouache with Mike Rooney

Gouache is the perfect middle child, between watercolor and acrylic. The opaque water-based media blends a high ratio of color pigment with chalky white pigment and a binder. The result is a medium that works like watercolor, but provides a heavy, velvety texture. Mike Rooney introduces students to this alternative medium in a fun and lively atmosphere, encouraging experimentation.

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. Students will work on the newly opened rooftop terrace at the Studios to capture the rooftops of Old Town with their own eyes.

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.

Mask Characterization with Glenda Donovan

The Mask can be used very effectively as a method to teach acting. In Mask, a student’s imagination is stimulated, their improvisational abilities are enhanced, and they are released from self-consciousness, the greatest enemy of performance.

The Hive: Sunday Encaustic Sessions with Cricket Desmarais

Wax on in these twice-monthly collective sessions featuring self-led open studio time, plus new techniques and materials to try facilitated by Studio Artist Cricket Desmarais. Enjoy creative camaraderie while you experiment with and inform your creative process.

Where to Start? with B. Lucy Stevens

Sometimes you just need a place to start, and that’s what you’ll get in this workshop. In a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, Lucy will introduce you to an assortment of writing prompts and exercises that will open the doors into your unique creative imagination and make it easy to start writing. Trust us, you do have something to say — everybody does!

Figure Drawing with Lothar Speer

Lothar Speer brings his classical approach to the figure back to The Studios. 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.

Love, Shakespeare with Richard Ericson

This five-week course prompts students to speak aloud Shakespeare’s sonnets—arguably the most romantic writing ever. Ericson gives participants the skill and confidence to give the Bard’s dreamy words their just due. The class emphasizes personal understanding, clarity of delivery, and the heartbeat underlying the eloquence, rather than received pronunciation or a “poetry voice.” Summon up your reckless courage and jump headlong into spoken bliss.

Screenwriting with Bob Bowersox

Ever watched a movie and thought, “I can write a better movie than that!”? Well, why not give it a shot? All you need is a little expert guidance, right? You can get it from Key West screenwriter and playwright Bob Bowersox, who returns with his popular screenwriting course.

Knife Painting with Mike Rooney

Every painter has a palette knife in their case, but most think of it only as a tool. Palette knives can be used for more than scraping and mixing paint though. Swapping out a brush for a knife allows an artist to create new textures and bold strokes on the canvas. Popular instructor Mike Rooney takes students through the ins and outs of turning a simple tool into the perfect instrument for creating dramatic paintings.

Encaustic Collage with Sharon DiGiulio

Whether you’re a pro at compiling curious and profound images, or simply want to try something new, DiGiulio invites you to try new techniques and media. In this experimental workshop, students work with paper and panels, paints, encaustic medium and heat guns to carve, transfer, dip, and layer paint while working with a variety of collage items.

Gemstone Jewelry Refresher with Abigail Houff

Express your personality through a piece of handcrafted jewelry! Local artisan Abigail Houff leads you through the making of delicate jewelry with semi-precious stones. Houff’s philosophy of bringing a heightened sense of beauty to whomever is wearing one of her pieces makes her cache of jewelry stand out.

Spontaneous Painting with B. Lucy Stevens

Spontaneous Painting: A playful way to investigate your own creativity. 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.

Intro to 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!

Comedy Scene with Study Dennis Zacek

Award-winning actor, director and teacher Dennis Zacek teaches his Comedy Scene Study Class. Explore such forms as farce, realistic comedy, and high comedy through scene study and class discussion. Students present two-person scenes, with suggested scenes provided as needed. If you’re refining your comedic skills or just want to dip your toe into comedic styles, this is the perfect opportunity. Some experience required.

Sunday Morning Prose with Rosalind Brackenbury

Novelists, memoir and short story authors are encouraged to submit a work in progress for feedback and workshopping. A Sunday morning gathering of creative minds builds the perfect environment to revisit works as they take shape. Writers are asked to please submit an excerpt by January 17 to rozbrackenbury@gmail.com.

Creative iPhoneography with Shirley Drevich

As most people with a smart phone in their pocket have come to realize, there’s a world of possibility within that little package. Drevich, who has gained national attention and numerous awards for her work, shows users how to tap into their camera’s full potential as a strong creative tool.

Caricature with Lothar Speer

Over the course of three evenings, Lothar Speer teaches artists how to capture the likeness of friends and strangers with a tongue in cheek nod to personality traits.

Zen of Nature Printing with Dawn Wilkins

Students learn accessible and fun techniques for printing plants and natural subjects on fabrics and paper. Wilkins focuses on repetitive printing practices with the goal of students becoming comfortable with various tools and procedures.

Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth – February

Our most popular class returns for a new season! 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.

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 brought to class each week along with notebooks.

Slow Flow Yoga with Cricket Desmarais – February

Slow down & create space in this yoga class for all ages and stages. Experience micro-movement and a slow, steady build towards strength, balance and flexibility. Leave your mat refreshed, calm, and centered. No experience necessary – only a willingness to suspend judgment, be present, and tune in. Mats and props available.

This Living, This Dreaming, This Singing with Melanie Almeder, AIR

A two day long intensive workshop, “This Living, This Dreaming, This Singing,” provides students with a selection of poems from across the world—poems about resiliency, making transitions, and composing praise, no matter what the day brings.

Drawing Made with Easy 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.

Lighten Up / Loosen Up: Watercolor with Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens is well-known for giving technical information sprinkled with humor and anecdotes, entertaining and educational painting demonstrations and lots of one on one time. He constantly explains what he is doing, and more importantly, why. Students will find themselves challenged, but informed and loving every minute of the ride.

Mixed Media Explorations 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. These techniques can be applied to a variety of subject matter, to create a unique artistic statement. Pederson emphasizes design, personal style and beautiful surface quality using both abstract and referential subjects.

Cyanotypes with Margaret Watson

Play in the sun while capturing the shape and shadows of seaweed and other flora.

Intro to Handmade Gemstone Jewelry with Abigail Houff

Express your personality through a piece of handcrafted jewelry! Local artisan Abigail Houff leads you through the making of delicate jewelry with semi-precious stones. Houff’s philosophy of bringing a heightened sense of beauty to whomever is wearing one of her pieces makes her cache of jewelry stand out.

Figure Drawing with Lothar Speer

Lothar Speer brings his classical approach to the figure back to The Studios. 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. Please note this session will take place on Hugh’s View, our rooftop terrace, weather permitting.

Encaustic Monoprints with Cricket Desmarais

Blend with ease & let your intuition guide you in this abstract encaustic monoprint workshop featuring a Gel press printing plate, oil pigment sticks, India ink, printer paper, a couple of brayers, a variety of surprising tools, and encaustic medium. Learn how to let go and flow with creative prompts and a reusable palette that will help you create a series of work by the time the workshop is over. No encaustic experience required.

Portrait Documentary with Quincy Perkins

Filmmaker Quincy Perkins takes you through the process of creating compelling, intimate portraits of people through the medium of documentary film. Whether the student wants to tell a personal story or focus on an interesting figure in their life, Quincy takes you through the process of outlining, screenwriting, interview tips, camera work, editing and festival submissions.

Short Story Narratives with Naomi Gordon-Loebl, AIR

Participants generate new creative nonfiction work and receive feedback. During the first afternoon, Artist in Residence Gordon-Loebl leads participants in a series of writing exercises designed to generate memoir, essay, or other creative nonfiction. During the second afternoon, participants have the option to share their work and receive constructive feedback from each other as well as the instructor.

An Investigation of Place with Sarah Williams, AIR

This workshop focuses on how to observe and respond to unique characteristics of a place through plein air painting. Participants are introduced to color theory and palette mixing in preparation for a painting session. The properties of color are key; its inherent value, opacity or transparency, and spatial effects can lead to a more intuitive usage while painting in the moment. Along with discussion of technical painting skills and approaches, participants develop their skills of observation and a sensitivity for their surroundings.

At the end of the day, participants engage in group discussions that are not only meant to open dialogue about the painting experience and finished product but also how an artist chooses what to respond to and the translation process that happens between visually absorbing a place and the images that are created.

Class starts with a classroom discussion about objectives, approaches and examples of artists’ works. Students then move outside where Williams offers a few short demonstrations. Participants then have at least 3 or 4 hours to locate a setting, do quick thumbnails as necessary and complete their work. The day finishes with a critique.

Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth – March

Our most popular class returns for a new season! 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.

Slow Flow Yoga with Cricket Desmarais – March

Slow down & create space in this yoga class for all ages and stages. Experience micro-movement and a slow, steady build towards strength, balance and flexibility. Leave your mat refreshed, calm, and centered. No experience necessary – only a willingness to suspend judgment, be present, and tune in. Mats and props available.

Studio Time 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, the popular instructor Mike Rooney holds court in The Studios classroom. Students receive 45-minute mini-lessons each week and Rooney also goes easel-to-easel giving feedback and answering questions.

Baroque Technique Portrait Drawing with Lothar Speer

Use basic drawing skills to create portraits in the Baroque Technique. By taking it back to the roots of the masters, students learn the quintessential elements of strong portraiture.

Woodcut Relief Paintings with Andy Thurber

Help preserve a Key West tradition by learning a vanishing art form from a legend.

Getting to Work: Tips, Tools and Touchstones for a Writing Life with Janice Gary

Every writer knows the hardest thing about writing is actually sitting down and writing. Distractions and obstacles abound—both internal and external—stealing time and creative energy. In this workshop, we’ll identify common problems that keep us from writing and learn how stay inspired, productive and committed to our work.

Introduction to Collage with Pamela Kostmayer

Collage artist Kostmayer offers a full overview of collage from composition to technical aspects.

Gemstone Jewelry Refresher with Abigail Houff

Express your personality through a piece of handcrafted jewelry! Local artisan Abigail Houff leads you through the making of delicate jewelry with semi-precious stones. Houff’s philosophy of bringing a heightened sense of beauty to whomever is wearing one of her pieces makes her cache of jewelry stand out.

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.

Telling Your Story Through Art with Erika Heffernan

Find the tools to tell your narrative, exploring possible paths through visual art exercises.

Precious Metal Clay with Pat Henriques

Learn the basics of working with silver precious metal clay, making a pendant or earrings of your own design. Henriques reviews tools and techniques, and explains the different clays available. Then learn how to set a cubic zirconia stone, sand and finish your piece, and oxidize it once it’s fired.

Paint Pouring – Intermediate with Sandy Trupcevic-West

Experienced paint pourers can try their hand at creating a scene out of the organic chaos. Day one is spent creating a scene of sand and wave colors, while the second day focuses on bringing that scene to life by incorporating hand-painted creatures and details.

Light Up Your Mood with Priscilla Coote

Use the effects of light in your paintings to create atmosphere, interest and three-dimensionality.

Smart Phone Street Photography and B&W Editing with William Carito

Learn elements of street photography, editing techniques and tricks for perfect black & white images.

Essential Oils: Aroma Basics & Blending Workshop with Karen Moore

Blending essential oils is as much a science as it is an art form. Simple scents can trigger memories, energize us or calm us down. 

Renaissance Demo with Lothar Speer

Pick up techniques and tips by watching the maestro at work. Lothar Speer demonstrates the breadth of his classical approach. While working on his latest masterpiece, Speer will talk students through his approaches to surface preparation, sketching, underpainting and how to lay in the finer details for a pristine finished piece. Students may watch, takes notes, or sketch (or paint) along.

Encaustic Intermediate: India Ink Escapades with Cricket Desmarais

Discover the drama of India Ink paired with encaustic artmaking with this series of technique studies using archival quality India ink. Guided exercises help you explore using the ink & simple tools to create positive & negative spaces, repetition, contrast, marks & line. After that, flash prompts using these techniques help you create a series of small, coherent paintings. Basic encaustic skills preferred.

Spontaneous Painting with B. Lucy Stevens

Spontaneous Painting: A playful way to investigate your own creativity. 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.

Social Justice and Inclusion with Erika Heffernan

Key West is the home of “one human family”, but how can we practice what we preach? Social justice advocate Erika Heffernan presents information on how groups and individuals can create more inclusive programming. For this session, Heffernan focuses on recognizing different abilities and cultivating inclusive environments for people with disabilities.

Reading & Writing Haiku with Marsh Muirhead

It’s not just 17 syllables! Explore the history and practice of haiku as a tool for discovery.

Gentle Yoga with Maura Duignan

Work through postures designed to help reduce stiffness in a class that allows time to explore stances slowly and carefully.

Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth – April

Our most popular class returns for a new season! 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.

Slow Flow Yoga with Cricket Desmarais – April

Slow down & create space in this yoga class for all ages and stages. Experience micro-movement and a slow, steady build towards strength, balance and flexibility. Leave your mat refreshed, calm, and centered. No experience necessary – only a willingness to suspend judgment, be present, and tune in. Mats and props available.

Vinyasa Yoga with Maura Duignan

Students focus on maintaining continuous movements with body and breath through a series of postures.

Art Journaling with Marlene Koenig

Art journaling has the power not only to express what happens in our lives but to actually affect it through artistic exploration and creativity. In this workshop students are guided through several mixed media techniques that allow them to create imaginative, unique pages in their journals. Learn page layout, how to layer images with media, prompts to get you to start writing, color washes, lettering and more.

Yoga Nidra with Maura Duignan

Learn and experience the healing benefits from Nidra meditation, which helps identify root causes of negative feelings and anxiety and provides tools for increasing positivity.

Hand Built: Polymer Clay with Elisabeth Arzt, AIR

In this workshop students learn basic hand building techniques and color composition with polymer clay. Each student will also have the option of incorporating found objects, such as seashells, coins, rocks, etc, into an incredible piece of wearable art. Class begins with an introduction to the possibilities inherent to polymer clay, including mixing colors, adding different textures, using hand tools and stamps, and even enforcing their structure with armature wire.

Benevolent Anarchy with Jamie Ford, AIR

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

Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth – May

Our most popular class returns for a new season! 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.

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. As a final step, students incorporate their favorite images of the day into a project such as unique cards or gift tags.

Painting the Sky with Megan Mosholder, AIR

Paintings allow us to have visual conversations about light and space. Students will create paintings on sheer silk or chiffon and stretch them over wood stretcher bars. “Painting the Sky” begins with a presentation of Mosholder’s own work as she introduces herself to the class. The conversation will then segue into a brief lesson on abstraction in painting and some ‘loosening up’ exercises for students.

Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth – June

Our most popular class returns for a new season! 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.

Linoleum Cut Relief with Amy Fleming, AIR

Learn the basics of relief printmaking by carving an image of your design from a linoleum plate and creating a 6×8″ print. Learn how to ink plates and use a DIY press to transfer your images onto paper. At the end of the workshop, you will have several prints of your own that you can, if you choose, trade with other participants to make a portfolio.

Bringing the Funny to Fiction with Leland Cheuk, AIR

In these dark times, more than ever, readers need a laugh. At its core, comedy is an art of defying expectations, and all writers, whether you’re interested in writing comedy or not, benefit from defying expectations. This course deconstructs jokes in recent standup comedy specials, as well as funny scenes and passages in recent fiction, and use these examples as guides to help you bring the funny to your work and defy the expectations of your readers. Cheuk keeps the feedback positive. No critiquing allowed.

Session 1: Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Intensive with Susan Sugar

Paint the sea and sky at dusk, a summer favorite, with Susan Sugar. Students may opt to sign up for both sessions as they will differ.

Session 2: Summer Solstice Plein Air Watercolor Intensive with Susan Sugar

Paint the sea and sky at dusk, a summer favorite, with Susan Sugar. Students may opt to sign up for both sessions as they will differ.

Silverpoint Drawing with Lauren Amalia-Redding, AIR

Learn the history, materials and techniques of this unique but often overlooked medium. Workshop participants can expect to learn about a drawing medium and its ensuing method that few people currently know about, much less employ. Redding takes a sometimes-intimidating medium and method and makes it approachable and enjoyable.

Writing the Short Story with Leah Griesmann, AIR

Fine-tune your writing craft in this two-part workshop: character, dialogue, scene, plot, beginnings, and endings.

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