Sculpture, Photo, and Mixed Media

The Hive: Sunday Encaustic Sessions in January 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Hive: Sunday Encaustic Sessions in February 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.

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.

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.

The Hive: Sunday Encaustic Sessions in March 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.

Woodcut Relief Paintings with Andy Thurber

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

Introduction to Collage with Pamela Kostmayer

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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