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.


Conté crayon Fish Creation, Instructor Kim Heartsong

February 24, 2017 (Fri) 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: $30 member / $35 non-member

Min/Max number of students: 6/8
Suitable for Beginner/AdvancedUsing Conté crayon charcoals students will create a Siamese Fighting Fish with dramatic light and dark contrasts. This workshop will teach techniques which will transfer to any artistic endeavor. All supplies provided.


Figure Drawing Series – Gesture Drawing, Instructor Heather Clements

February 25, 2017 (Sat) 9 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: $40 member / $45 non-member; includes live model fee (tips encouraged)

Min. number of students: 7
Suitable for Beginner/AdvancedStudents will learn tools of figure drawing to help you better see, understand, and draw the figure. This class focuses on gesture drawing, which is laying in the action, form, and pose of the figure, and is essential in figure drawing. Class will consist of mostly very short poses. Students bring their own supplies; plenty of paper 16”x20” or 18”x24”; drawing materials: vine charcoals, kneaded eraser, hard eraser, pencils/charcoals/or Conté crayons.


Alter Ego in Clay, Instructor Marcy Eady

March 4, 2017 (Sat) 9 AM – 11:30 AM

Cost: $35 member / $40 non-member

All materials and firing included in price.
Min. number of students: 6
Students will make people sculptures using textured slabs, and then glaze them.

Kids Spring break Self Portrait in the Style of Matisse

Ages 6-12, Self Portrait in the style of Matisse, Instructor Marcy Eady

March 15, 2017 (Wed) 9:30 AM – 11 AM

Cost: $15 member / $18 non-member

The young artists will learn to use shapes and colors as we will make self-portraits with cut-outs and oil pastels. All supplies are included.

Kids Spring break Print

Ages 6-12, Printmaking, Instructor Marcy Eady

March 16, 2017 (Thurs) 9:30 AM – 11 AM

Cost: $15 member / $18 non-member

Using Styrofoam for the printing plate, the young artists will learn how to make prints.
All supplies included.

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How to Paint Rich and Dynamic Watercolors, Instructor Tom Francesconi

April 12-14, 2017 (Wed-Fri) 9 AM – 4 PM with a lunch break
Deadline for Registration March 10th, 2017

Cost: $340 member / $365 non-memberMin/Max number of students 10/20
Supply list available at the office or by email upon request

Emphasis will be on creating paintings that are attractive and entertaining through creative color usage and spirited application. By means of lectures, examples, exercises and demonstrations, Tom will share specifics on how he creates loose, interpretive watercolors that engage and delight the eye. Students will work from reference photographs. Painting subjects may include rocks and water, landscapes, street scenes, and a clothed figure.
Tom endeavors to create a workshop atmosphere that is relaxed with a focus on exploration and discovery. 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. It is important students get the supply list well in advance from the office/ by email upon request.

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

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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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