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.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s One Hundred Flowers, Acrylic Workshop with Farideh Peacock

March 5 and 6, 2015 (Thurs-Fri) 9 AM -1 PM
Cost: $110 member / $130 non-member

Farideh Peacock will offer a two-day acrylic workshop, studying the technique and style of American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe. Students will concentrate on paintings of enlarged flowers, presenting them close up as if seen through magnifying lens. There will be critique at the end of each day. Students will bring one single flower of their choice. Students will provide their own materials for acrylic; titanium white, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, ultramarine blue, raw sienna, raw umber, alizarin red, cobalt blue and any other color they have; brushes of various sizes, water container, paper towels, palette, canvas not smaller than 16×20, soft drawing pencil.

Peacock’s art education began in England and continued in the United States, where she obtained a BFA from the Herron School of Art, Indiana University, and then became a faculty member of the Indianapolis Art Center.

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Butterfly House with Sherry Cooler

March 14 and 15, 2015 (Sat-Sun) 9 AM – 3 PM
Cost: $70 member / $85 non-member
Supply fee, includes firing: $15

Students, beginners through experienced, will construct a butterfly house from clay.

Everything is supplied, but if you have something that makes awesome impressions bring them along.

Also bring your lunch.

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.

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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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