Arts and Design Society
of Fort Walton Beach

17 First Street SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Gallery Hours:
Tue-Fri 12-4 pm
Sat 1-4 pm


To register or for more information call 850-244-1271.
A valid registration requires a payment of 50% of tuition.
See bottom of the page for complete Registration and Refund Policy.

Sue Tarkin, Bulldog, WC Batik

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper, Instructor Sue Tarkin

September 24, 2016 (Sat) 9:00am- 4:30pm
Deadline to register: September 15

Cost: $90 member / $105 non-member
Supply fee: $15
Min/Max number of students: 6/8

Sue Tarkin is offering a workshop in watercolor batik on rice paper. She is enrolled in Kathie George’s teaching program (, and will use George’s method and patterns to teach the class. Students will use wax and watercolors to build up an image. This year’s image will be a bulldog. Time permitting, students will also learn to use TJAPS (chops) to stamp wax onto rice paper or material. This class is suited for all skill levels, no drawing skills required.
List of materials students need to bring: Pigma® Micron® pen .05 black; 11×14 piece of dark colored construction paper; hair dryer; iron; paper towels; watercolor brushes #8 or #10 round brush, and a 1-1/2 inch flat brush.


Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts, Instructor David M. Kessler

October 14-16, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 9 AM – 4 PM, with one hour lunch break
Deadline to register: Friday, September 16, 2016, 4 PM CT

Cost:Cost: $250 member / $275 non-member
Min/Max number of students: 12/12

Media: This workshop is non-media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, pastel and oil are welcome.
Students provide their own materials; material list available at the office/ by email.
Note: Oil painters; please bring only odorless mineral spirits.

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 this workshop is for you! David Kessler will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture. 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.

Basic Photoshop for Photographers, Instructor Joe Harper

Session: October 11 (Tue) 6:00pm- 8:30pm
Session: October 12 (Wed) 6:00pm- 8:30pm

Cost: $50 member / $60 non-member
Participants should plan to attend both sessions to complete objectives. Basic computer knowledge required.
Min/Max number of students: 6/12

This course is designed to cover basic Interface, File Format, Size and Resolution, Retouching, Cropping and Straightening, Layers, Blend Modes, Layer Masks, Image Adjustments, Selection Basics, Sharpening and Printing.
Materials list students are expected to bring to class: Optional: Laptop with Photoshop CC 15 or earlier version loaded. Thumb drive with photos. A trial version Photoshop CC 15 can be downloaded from and used for 30 days or can be downloaded for $9.00 monthly.

Carol Dickson, basket

Weave a large Tote Basket that will last forever! Instructor Carol Dickson

October 22, 2016 (Sat) 9 AM – 2 PM

Cost:Cost: $60 member / $70 non-member
Min/Max number of students: 6/10

A tote basket is one of the most functional baskets you can weave. Beginner or Intermediate weaver, this basket will come together with colors and design of your own choosing using different materials and textures, and will be a basket you turn to for everything. You will go home with a completed basket. Dimensions are 15″ x 9″ x 5″, not including the handles.
All supplies are provided.

Weekly Classes/Open Studio at ADSO

Clay & Pottery Open Studio

Mon and Wed 9 am – 12 noon, Mon 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come in and have fun working with clay, hand building or wheel throwing. Beginners welcome. Materials and firing included.

Cost: Mon/Wed am – $10 member/$12 non-member, Instructor – Pat Basque

Cost: Mon pm – $12 member/$15 non-member, Instructor – Marcy Eady

Art Class for Children Ages 6-12

Tues 4 – 5:30 pm

Using the principles of basic drawing, painting and sculpture, students will learn about the master artists and their styles. Varying mediums will be used each week.

All supplies included.

Cost per month: $60 member / $70 non-member

Instructor – Marcy Eady

Open Studio

Tues 7pm – 9:30 pm

Bring in your paintings or other project you are working on and work with other artists.

Cost: $5 member / $7 non-member, call Hanna with questions 850-582-1329.

Oil Painting – Chiaroscuro technique

Tuesday 9 am – 2 pm

Learn to paint as the old masters painted, with the lights and darks.

Cost per month: $70 member / $85 non-member

Instructor – Dale Gauvin

watercolor painting

Watercolor Painting – Instructor Pat Farwell

Thursday 9:30 AM – 12 PM

Cost per month: $70 member / $85 non-member

This class is suitable for beginner through advanced. Students bring their own supplies: Cold press watercolor paper; 140 lb Arches preferred (or similar quality), easel or board, basic watercolors, palette (tray or foam plate suitable also), watercolor brushes: #12, #8, and ½ inch flat; #01 round or liner, a regular 2 inch house paint or varnish brush, sponge, salt, spray bottle, paper towels, water container, #2 pencil, kneaded eraser.

Photography Group

3rd Wednesday of the month 7 pm – 9 pm, in the gallery.

The group’s mission is to encourage fellowship and to provide a place where photographers may discuss and exhibit their work. Attendance is free.

Life Drawing

1st and 3rd Thursday 6 pm – 9 pm

Hone your drawing skills with the human figure. Bring your pencils & paper. No instruction. No photography will be allowed.

Cost: $10 member / $12 non-member (May change depending on number of Artists.)

Life Drawing / Life Painting session

3rd Saturday 9 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: $15 per single session, plus a tip for the model. ADSO members may purchase a discount card good for 4 sessions for $50 (available from Mike at session)

This is an open session, there is no instructor. There are two models per session – one does short poses and the other does a single, long pose. Bring your own materials and work in any drawing or painting media you desire. No photography is allowed. Advance registration is requested; please call the office, (850) 244-1271.

Registration and Refund Policy for All Workshops
and Classes

You are not registered until ADSO receives payment of 50% of tuition. We cannot hold your place in a class without a deposit.

Deposit will be returned if cancellation is more than 1 month prior to class / 50% of deposit will be returned if cancellation is 1 month to 2 weeks prior to class / no refund if cancellation is 2 weeks or less prior to class. When registration deadline date is given full payment must be received by deadline date, no refund after registration deadline has passed.

This policy is necessary due to ADSO’S contractual commitment to the instructor.

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