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.


Kids’ Art Camp

June 18-22 and July 9-13


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:


Photography Basics I, Instructor Michael Loftis

June 2, 2018 (Sat) 10 AM-12 PM

Cost: $35 member / $45 non-member

Min/Max: 6/15 students

This class covers the absolute basics of how photography works; how an image passes through a lens and how cameras control exposure and focus. The class is intended for photography enthusiasts who have just purchased their first camera with exposure controls and interchangeable lenses. However, this class can also help “point and shoot” photographers to understand their cameras.

Michael Loftis has been creating art photography for 40 years. For seven of those years, he made it a full-time job, photographing dog sports, local musicians, beach portraits and weddings. He has won numerous photography awards and has judged two of the annual ADSO photography competitions.



Photography Basics II, Instructor Michael Loftis

June 12, 2018 (Tue) 6:30-8:30 PM

Cost: $35 member / $45 non-member

Min/Max: 6/15 students

This class covers three topics. 1. Photo files and how to manage them. 2. The color of light and how it affects your photos. 3. Composition concepts and different ways to see things in order to expand your imagination and improve the quality of your photos.


Sip & Paint, Instructor Pat Z Roberts

June 14, 2018 (Thurs) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Cost: $35 member / $40 non-member

Min/Max number of students: 6/12

All supplies included

The class will paint “Flamboyant Flowers.” Students may bring a beverage of their choice to enjoy while learning or expanding their skills in Acrylics.



Shell Kaleidoscope, Instructor Cathy Painter

June 23, 2018 (Sat) 10 AM-4 PM, or until finished, with lunch break

Cost: $150 member / $165 non-member

All supplies included

Min/Max number of students: 6

Students will learn decorative soldering and make a sea shell themed fully functional kaleidoscope.

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.

Book Study/ Discussion group

1st and 3rd Thursday 5 pm – 6 pm

Based on “Big Magic: Creative Living beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is an uplifting book about your creativity.

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.