Key West Icons with Douglas David

(with midday break)

$250, $220 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Students will meet in the third floor Kat in the Hat Classroom, 533 Eaton Street

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sponsored by JAG Gallery

Loose painting of a steeple rooftop in oil, mostly sky with tree tops in foreground.


If you’d like to attend, but just can’t afford it, we may be able to help. Learn more about The Studios Accessibility Fund here.


Class Description

This exciting new workshop will focus on subjects that are fun and familiar to residents and visitors—icons of Key West! Whether it’s a rooster, a mangrove, some dinghies or a conch shell to name a few…

Topics include composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting.)

Meet Your Instructor

Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves- tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or a slice of watermelon on a checked tablecloth. Paintings that reflect comfort, warmth meaning and simplicity: similar to everything important to him- his close knit family, life-long friendships, creatively fulfilling work and giving his best. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas’ teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him..

Supply List

Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student to begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several paintings. Bring a notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.

  • Oils – Utrecht brand (or your favorite brand) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Prussian Green, Yellow Ochre, “Permalba” White
  • OPTIONAL oils – Unbleached Titanium, Holbein brand- Ivory White, Jaune Brilliant, Greenish Umber, Sap Green Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 1, 3 and or 4 , Cad. Orange, Cad. Red Medium, Cad. Yellow Light, Ivory Black)
  • Paper Towels
  • Disposable palette pad
  • Palette knife
  • Brushes- filberts- #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10 rounds- in above sizes if you prefer round over filberts. Rounds- in really small like #0,1, or 2- to be able to put in some detail and sign a few throw away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1″ and 2-2.5″ sizes
  • Canvases- 2-3 5″x7″, 2-3 8″x10″, 1-2 10″x20″ or 12″x16″ or 16″x20″ or 15″x30″ (or whatever size desired for larger painting- returning students, be fearless, go larger!)
  • And anything else student needs to help them paint well and feel comfortable.
  • Please prime all canvas with a thin coat of thinned down Cad Red light and Permalba white to make a pink or light red tone on canvas. (This can be done first thing in class if needed).


Douglas has a “suitcase of supplies” he brings along, it includes some recommended books, and some supplies in case a few students need a few items that are forgotten. Douglas also will offer a “BASIC PAINT KIT” (while supplies last) which includes all the basic oils, brushes, palette knife, palette and canvas panels and medium for those who do not want to buy these supplies individually. Price $150., while supplies last. Please reserve your kit by calling The Studios, or emailing, at the time of registration.

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Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm

Call us at 305-296-0458

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