Artist Workshops

Master Artist Workshops

Presented by

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All Master Artist Workshops take place in the 2nd Floor Woodell Family Art Studio. The studio contains adjustable height tables, wood stools and folding chairs, and a class set of table easels that all students may use. The 2nd floor can be accessed via the main staircase or elevator, and contains wheelchair-accessible restrooms. For questions about accommodations, please contact Education Director Anissa Ford

Workshop Lodging

Out of town workshop attendees are invited to get a reduced room rate at the Allison House Inn. The Allison House Inn is a Bed & Breakfast located just 2 short blocks away (within walking distance). Workshop attendees must call the Allison House Inn directly for discount, and mention that you are a workshop attendee. Currently, the special rate is $95 per night, and includes breakfast. 

Contact Allison House Inn at (850) 875-2511.


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Wendy Devarieux: Painting the Landscape in Soft Pastel

August 16-17, 2019

Tuition: $180 members, $200 nonmembers

Registration Deadline: August 2

In this workshop, students will learn how to use pastels effectively in creating landscapes. Soft pastels will be used as oil painters and watercolorists use a brush. Devarieux will focus on mark making, composition, color theory, and design used in creating a painting, and also discuss techniques and underpainting. Workshop includes discussion of design elements and principles, demonstrations of techniques, individual assistance, and a critique. Download the flyer and registration form here.


Midori Okasako: Zendala: Zentangle® in a Circle

August 24, 2019

Tuition: $35 members, $40 nonmembers
+ $8 required supply fee due day of workshop

Workshop Full - Email Anissa to join the waitlist

Zentangle, a ‘no mistakes’ art method, is an easy-to-learn, fun, relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns found in our daily lives. Inspired by the ancient mandalas (circular art form), explore a calming rhythm as you ink ‘one-stroke- at-a-time’, add shading and hints of color on white Zendalas, round paper tiles, Gently guided through the core 8-steps of Zentangle, allow yourself to slowly unwind, to focus on the process and perhaps, to rekindle your creative flow. Download the flyer here.


Melanie Morris: Fast & Fearless FLoral

October 4-5, 2019
Tuition: $320 members, $340 nonmembers

Registration Deadline: September 4

Join Melanie Morris for a fun workshop that will help you create fresher and more intuitive acrylic paintings.  Each student will choose a floral from a number of arrangements that will be provided.  Melanie will start the class by walking students through how to create a successful floral painting – from composition to color mixing.  The class will then paint a series of timed, small paintings with Melanie providing individual instruction.  Melanie will also paint numerous demos each day.  Students love this class and are often surprised to find their favorite paintings are the ones they created in the shortest amount of time.  If you want to create looser florals without fear, this is the class for you. Download the flyer & registration form here.


Alexa Kleinbard: Piecing Together the Natural World Through Collage

March 7, 2020

Tuition: $70 members, $80 nonmembers

Registration Deadline: February 8

Join exhibiting artist Alexa Kleinbard for two 2-hour sessions in the art of collage. Kleinbard’s artistic work is devoted to addressing issues surrounding the ongoing degradation and destruction of our natural environment. She has studied animals and plants in their native environment for decades, producing strikingly unique and beautiful images that comment on the natural world. Using nature magazines, printed photographs, oil pastels, and paint, participants will make their own nature collage, with demonstrations and assistance from artist Alexa Kleinbard. Download the workshop flyer and registration form here.


David M. Kessler: Biggers, Faster, Fresher, Looser

Wednesday-Friday, February 19-21, 2020
Tuition: $375 members, $405 nonmembers

Registration Deadline: January 20

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting in their studios. Download the flyer & registration form here.


Iain Stewart: From Sketchbook to Studio

March 11-14, 2020
Tuition: $460 members, $500 nonmembers

Registration Deadline: January 11, 2020

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Through demonstration, thoughtful critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career, Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting. Iain teaches workshops both en plein air and in a traditional studio setting. In both settings his purpose is to provide you with a repeatable process involving carefully planned steps that you can use for painting any subject. Download the workshop flyer here.

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Be first to hear about upcoming workshops

For more information or to be added to our newsletter and receive updates on upcoming workshops, contact Education Director, Anissa Ford at 850-627-5023.


Interested in offering a workshop?

Download our workshop proposal form and submit it to our Education Director, Anissa Ford. Please note, at this time we cannot offer oil painting workshops in our studio.


Workshop Policies

  • Workshops are conditional upon minimum enrollment. If the workshop does not meet the minimum enrollment, students' tuition will be fully refunded. 
  • Enrollment is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, in order of paid registration. A confirmed spot in the workshop is only available when full payment is made. 
  • Cancellation Policy: Partial refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the workshop date will be provided only in cases of illness or emergency. The partial refund will be the amount paid less direct costs per participant incurred by the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. Cancellations prior to the 30-day deadline will incur a $30 cancellation fee. Special works may have a 60-day cancellation deadline. Check each individual workshop flyer for details. 

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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.



Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, 
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture



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