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.

Drawing the Human Form

Drawing the Human Form, Instructor Heather Clements

April 11, 2015 (Sat) 10 AM – 4 PM with one hour lunch break
Cost: $70 member / $80 non-member; includes live model fee (tips encouraged)
Min. number of students: 6

Learn the basics of gesture, balance, and proportions of the human figure. Drawing from a live model is invigorating, challenging, and widely renowned as the best drawing practice for any artist. Students bring their own supplies; Lots of drawing paper; recommended size 16″x20″ or 18″x24″, min. 11″x14″, Drawing supplies; pencils and/or charcoals, kneaded eraser, hard eraser, pencil sharpener, if using pencils.

silk scarf watercolor

Silk Scarf and Watercolor Batik Workshop, Instructor Sue Tarkin

May 8, 2015 (Fri) 10 AM – 4 PM with one hour lunch break
Deadline to sign up: April 28
Cost: $55 member / $65 non-member
Supply fee: $15
Min. / Max. number of students: 5 / 8

Design a silk scarf using markers and/or wax and paint a watercolor batik butterfly on rice paper using Kathie George method.
List of materials students need to bring; Watercolors: Burnt Umber, Winsor Blue (red shade), Payne’s Gray, Burnt Sienna, New Gamboge, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Prussian Blue, Ivory Black (these are suggested colors for the butterfly; you can use any colors you prefer), Brushes: 8 round and one-inch flat, Pigma® Micron® pen .05 black or any permanent and waterproof ink pen, paper towels, and masking tape.
Materials supplied: scarf, rice paper, pattern for butterfly.

silk scarf watercolor

Nails-n-Clay Workshop with Sherry Cooler

May 23, 2015 (Sat) 9 AM – 3 PM
Cost: $35member / $40 non-member
Firing fee: $5

Students, beginners through experienced, will learn how to combine nails with clay. All supplies are included. Bring a lunch and your imagination.

tom francesconi

tom francesconi

How to Paint Rich and Dynamic Watercolors, Instructor Tom Francesconi

Deadline for registration September 4, 2015.
October 12-14, 2015 (Mon-Wed) 9 AM – 4 PM with a lunch break.
Cost: $330 member / $360 non-member
Min. number of students 10, Max. 20
Supply list available at the office.

Emphasis will be on creating stronger paintings through a better understanding of value relationships, color, and design. Tom will share his thoughts about these topics and how they can play a more meaningful role in our paintings. During the workshop, Tom will share specifics of how he creates loose, interpretive watercolors that entertain and delight the eye. Tom endeavors to create a workshop atmosphere that is relaxed with a focus on exploration and discovery. Subjects for this workshop may include, but are not limited to: landscapes, rocks and water, urban landscapes and the figure. Each morning begins with a discussion about the day’s topic, followed by a full demonstration where Tom always encourages lots of questions. Afternoons are reserved for student painting time during which Tom attends to each student individually. Every day will end with a class critique.

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

Tuesday 9:30 AM – 12 PM

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

Instructor – Mo Metrogen

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. Visa and MasterCard Accepted.

This policy is necessary due to ADSO’S contractual commitment to the artist/instructor one month prior to class.

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