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


Art Week, November 4-10

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.


Workshop sponsored by Golden Paints, Instructor Kevin Tobin

September 28 – 30:
September 28, 2017 (Thurs) 6 – 8 PM, September 29, 2017, (Fri) 10 AM – 3 PM, September 30, 2017 (Sat) 9 AM – 12 PM

Suitable for all skill levels.
Students bring to class: paint brush, palette knife, paper towels, small container for water and a sack lunch for Friday. All other materials will be provided. *)

Lecture Demo with Printmaking elements
September 28, 2017 (Thurs) 6 – 8 PM
Cost: FREE (Demo will take place at HH Arts, 100 Beal Pkwy)

Print, Press & Mono-Print – 2 Part Workshop
Part One:
September 29, 2017, (Fri) 10 AM – 3 PM
Part Two:
September 30, 2017 (Sat) 9 AM – 12 PM
Cost: $130 member/$145 non-member
This two part workshop covers printmaking utilizing Gelli Plates, Plexiglass plates, Dura-Lar® plates and artist made Collographic plates. Students will print with QoR watercolor and OPEN acrylic paints to pull their prints.
*) Students are encouraged to bring a Gelli Arts Gelli Plate and a Brayer, if they have, and a selection of papers if they view themselves as prolific printers.

George Brandon, Charcoal2

George Brandon Portrait Technique Level II, Instructor George Brandon

October 7, 2017 (Sat) 10 AM – 1 PM

Max: 15 students

Cost: $45 member / 55 non-member

Beginner through Advanced
All materials included

Using Conté crayons and charcoal students will learn to draw human face. In Level II special focus will be given to detailing the human eyes, nose, and mouth capturing life like highlights. The second half of class will focus on using these skills in a complete portrait using powerful shading to create three dimensional features.


Art Design Society Workshop Watercolor

Successfully Starting a Plein Air Painting, Instructor Joan Vienot

October 21, 2017 (Sat) 9 AM – 3 PM

Min/Max: 6/15 students

Cost: $65 member / $75 non-member

Beginner through Advanced
Students bring their own supplies; list available at the office or via email

Plein air painting offers a fun way to quickly improve your skills in seeing and painting. Joan Vienot, winner of the 2016 Bagdad Milton Plein Air Paint-Out and the 2015 Lynn Haven Local Color Plein Air Festival Paint-Out, will present how to utilize shape-making to start a Plein air painting in a way that will offer a high likelihood of success. Joan will show how to use recognizable shapes to make an interesting composition, will give tips and practice in thumbnail sketching using two and three values, and will demonstrate the initial layout of the composition using identifiable shapes. Joan will paint in oils, but the concepts also apply if using other media.
Class meets at ADSO studio for introduction and discussion (bring notepads) and then proceeds to Fort Walton Landing with painting gear for thumbnail sketching, demo, and painting.
By inclement weather Joan will have photo references for indoor painting and class will take place at ADSO studio.

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

watercolor painting

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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