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.

Making Pastels, Instructor Larry Lou Foster

April 22, 2017 (Sat) 10 AM – 2 PM with a lunch break

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

This workshop is an introduction to the methods and materials of making pastels using dry pigment, ball clay and a solution of the traditional binder, gum tragacanth. The techniques can be used to make almost all colors, but we will use only Alabama Red Iron Oxide, a natural red ochre found in McCalla, AL. This pigment is non-toxic, absolutely permanent, and light-fast. In addition, we will make “conte” using methyl cellulose and soap. Also, there will be a demo on making “toned” colored papers, traditionally used for pastel drawings. Materials list available at the office or via email. (Following items are included in WS fee: 1 lb Alabama Iron oxide dry pigment, 1 lb ball clay, 8 grams gum tragacanth, 10 grams methyl cellulose, 1 bar castile soap.)

Elder Jones Planter

Wet carved Concrete, Instructor Elder Jones

June 2 – 4, 2017 (Fri-Sun) Friday 6-8 PM, Saturday 9 AM-6 PM, Sunday 10 AM-12 PM

Cost: $275 member / $300 non-member Max number of students: 10

Students will make a planter or small sculpture. No power tools are used, no prior sculpting experience required.
Day 1 – 6-8 PM The class meets, discusses the technique, dry mixes sand and cement and prepares workstations.
Day 2 – 9 AM-6:00 PM The sculpting day is the long hard working day. Concrete is wet mixed and placed into forms to set sufficiently (approx. 3 hrs). Students view images and sketch designs. When mix is ready students carve until finished (5-6 hours).
Day 3 – 10 AM-12 PM Students will remove work from workstations, trim foot, and clean up.
All tools and equipment provided by instructor for the group to share. Optional set of 10 carving tools available for $25. Students bring Rubber gloves and Dust mask.
Elder Jones has been wet carving concrete for thirty years. His work consists of planters, steps, figurative sculpture, fountains and public art. He received national attention in the San Francisco Examiner, Southern Living Magazine and on HGTV. His work and technique is featured extensively in the two popular books by Sherri Warner Hunter. His work is featured at Sandpudding Studio in western North Carolina. View Elder’s Website:

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 (call office in advance 850-244-1271, 12-4 PM)

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

Cost: $7 member / $10 non-member

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 Thursday of the month 7 pm – 9 pm, in the Gallery.

Next meeting: Thursday, March 16
Discussion by Dale Palmer on night photography
Bring photos of your interpretation of negative space
Bring 5 -10 other photos you wish to show and have critiques
All photographers from beginner to professional are welcome. Attendance is free.
March Field Trip: Saturday, March 25th at 7:30 AM at Veterans Park and breakfast later (to be announced)

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

Open session – no instructor.
Students bring their own materials and work from the model in any drawing or painting media (no photography is allowed). Cost: $15 per single session. ADSO members may purchase a discount card good for 4 sessions for $50 (available from Mike at session).
For further information, or to sign up for an upcoming session, call or text Mike Radford 850-803-5707.

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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