Painting and Drawing

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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