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.


Pat Farwell, Watercolor

Watercolor Painting, Instructor Pat Farwell

Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 (Tuesdays) 1-4 PM

Cost for the month: $80 member / $90 non-member

This class is suitable for beginner through intermediate. 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.

Farideh Peacock, Abstract Seascape, Acrylic

Abstract Seascape, Acrylic Workshop with Farideh Peacock

March 1 & 2 , 2018 (Thurs-Fri) 9 AM – 1 PM

Min/Max number of students: 4/10

Cost: $110 member / $130 non-member

In this two day workshop focus will be on balance and contrast. Using broad brush strokes students will create a unique, abstract seascape painting. There will be critique at the end of each day.
Students will provide their own materials for acrylic; titanium white, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, raw sienna, raw umber and any other color of their choice; brushes of various sizes; 1 canvas not smaller than 16×20; palette, water container, paper towels.
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.

Farideh Peacock, Abstract Seascape, Acrylic

Sip & Paint, Instructor Marcy Eady

March 8, 2018 (Thurs) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Min/Max number of students: 6/12

Cost: $35 member / $40 non-member
All supplies included

Students may bring their beverage of choice to enjoy while learning to paint, or enhance their skills, with acrylics. The class will paint a river scene.


Davis Kessler Abstract Painting WS

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

March 9-11, 2018 (Fri-Sun) 9 AM – 4 PM, with one hour lunch break

Cost: $250 member / $280 non-member

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.

Min/Max number of students: 12/12

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.

Deb Chilcote, Watercolor Collage

Watercolor Collage, Instructor Deb Chilcote

April 7, 2018 (Sat) 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Min/Max number of students: 6/12

Cost: $42 member / $52 non-member

Learn a fun technique of incorporating watercolor paint with torn pieces of decorative paper napkins that result in beautiful one-of-a-kind collages. With minimal planning needed (yes, it’s best to just wing it!), it’s a very intuitive way to get your creative juices going! The substrate is a piece of watercolor paper, and your finished collage can be easily displayed in an 11×14 mat and frame! (Mat and frame not included in workshop.)
Students bring to class: Decorative paper napkins in different colors and designs; ½” Flat Brush (no foam brushes); #8 or larger Round Watercolor Brush; Watercolor pencils; Permanent ink pens, such as Micron or Fine Sharpie, black or colored. All other materials supplied.


Sip & Paint, Instructor Pat Z Roberts

April 12, 2018 (Thurs) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Min/Max number of students: 6/12

Cost: $35 member / $40 non-member
All supplies included

Students may bring their beverage of choice to enjoy while learning to paint, or enhance their skills, with acrylics. The class will paint “Enchanted Forest.”


Creating Narratives with the Human Form, Instructor Laurel Siwicki

April 27-29, 2018  (Fri-Sun) 9 AM – 4 PM, with one hour lunch break

Min/Max number of students: 6/12

Cost: $175 member / $195 non-member

Clay and Firing included in the fee.

In this workshop students will explore ways to express and interpret the human form as a vehicle for storytelling.  Various hand building techniques including slab and pinch will be utilized during this workshop.  Proportion and human anatomy will be given special attention along with gesture and expression.  Please note: The finished product from this workshop will be unglazed. There will be a separate workshop offered for glazing. Students are requested to bring any items of narrative inspiration they wish to use.  See Laurel’s website for ideas.

Elder Jones Planter

Wet Carved Concrete, Instructor Elder Jones

May 25-27, 2018 (Fri-Sun)

Friday 6-8 PM, Saturday 9 AM-6 PM, Sunday 10 AM-12 PM

Max number of students: 10

Cost: $275 member / $300 non-member
Students bring rubber gloves and dust mask, all other supplies included

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.
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 – $12 member/$15 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 (No Pottery)

Tues 7pm – 9:30 pm (call Marcy in advance 850-585-4967)

Bring in your paintings or other project you are working on and work with other artists. No instruction

Cost: $10 member / $12 non-member

Oil Painting

Tuesday 9 am – 1 pm

Beginner through advanced.

Students bring their own supplies

Cost per month: $80 member / $90 non-member

Instructor – Dale Gauvin


Photography Club

3rd Wednesday of the month 6 pm – 8 pm (Gallery)

All photographers from beginner to professional are welcome. 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: $15 member / $18 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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