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.

Paul Cezanne – A Still Life, Acrylic Workshop with Farideh Peacock

February 17 & 18, 2016 (Wed-Thurs) 9 AM – 1 PM

Min/Max: 4/15 students
Cost: $110 member / $130 non-member

Farideh Peacock will offer a two-day acrylic workshop, studying the technique and style of French Impressionist Paul Cezanne. Students will study the style and method of the artist and produce their own version of the work. 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, raw sienna, raw umber, alizarin crimson, cobalt blue, verifiable green, burnt amber, and any other color they have; brushes: flat 4 and 10, round 2 and 8; 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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Figure Drawing Series, Instructor Heather Clements

February 20, 2016 (Sat) 10 AM – 4 PM with one hour lunch break
Cost: $70 member / $80 non-member; includes live model fee (tips encouraged)
Min/Max number of students: 7/15
Suitable for Beginner/Advanced

Students will learn tools of figure drawing to help you better see, understand, and draw the figure. 1. Seeing the light, 2. Gesture drawing, 3. Contrapposto, 4. Various exercises: continuous line drawing, laying in shapes, etc. 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.

Note: This workshop is offered in place of 3rd Saturday Life Drawing Open Studio in February 2016.

Basic Photoshop for Photographers, Instructor Joe Harper

Session 1: February 27 (Sat) 9 AM – 12 PM
Session 2: March 5 (Sat) 9 AM – 12 PM
Participants should plan to attend both sessions to complete objectives.
Basic computer knowledge required.

Cost: $60 members / $70 non-members
Min/Max number of students: 6/12

This course is designed to teach the basic editing skills in Photoshop.
Session 1: Interface, File Format, Size and Resolution, Retouching, Cropping and Straightening, Layers, Blend Modes
Session 2: Layer Masks, Image Adjustments, Selection Basics, Sharpening, Printing, From Start to Finish
Requirements: Basic computer knowledge.
Optional: a. Laptop with Photoshop CC 15 or earlier version loaded. A trial version Photoshop CC 15 can be downloaded from and used for 30 days or can be downloaded for $9 monthly.
b. Thumb drive with photos

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“Mastering the Portrait”, Instructor Kathryn Walker Richardson

Deadline to register: Friday, February 26, 3 PM CST

March 9-11, 2016 (Wed-Fri) 9 AM – 4 PM
Min/Max: 6/10 students
Cost: $340 member / $360 non-member

Join Kathryn Walker Richardson for “Mastering the Portrait” using photos. Students will explore how to effectively use photo references for painting a self-portrait in oil in this workshop. Emphasis will be placed on how to create a photo reference, use a grid, mix pleasing and accurate flesh tones, and understand edges, form and values. Intermediate through professional levels are welcome in this 3 day structured workshop.

Materials provided by the instructor: Student portions of Holbein Oil paints, sufficient to finish project; instructor will take photos of each student and will process them; instructor will provide color sketch boards, stretched canvases, premade grids, special palettes and painting knives, etc.

Materials students are expected to bring: Paper towels; small bristle flat brushes (at least six) various sizes, #2-#6, one sable or synthetic round # 1; Turpenoid (no substitutes); lidded brush cleaning container, easel if available.


Raku Workshop, Instructor Marcy Eady

March 12, 2016 (Sat) 9 AM -12 PM

Cost: $35 member / $40 non-member
Glazes included
Min/Max number of students: 4/8

Experience the magic of Raku firing. You will be applying a glaze on to your pot and then it will be put into the kiln for the firing. The pieces are taken out of the kiln red hot and put into a can to cool and smoke, finishing the process. Students supply their own bisque ware, 3-4 pieces, no taller than 8” and no wider than 6” for this Raku firing workshop. There will be pots available for purchase.

driftwood mobile

Driftwood and Sea Glass Mobile, Instructor Teddie Ciudad-Real

March 17, 2016 (Thurs) 10 AM – 2 PM

Cost: $40 member / $45 non-member
Material Fee: $25 (one project)
Min/Max: 6 students

Students will learn elements of wire wrapping sea glass to build a mobile. Please bring a lunch.

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Driftwood and Sea Glass Wall Decor, Instructor Thalia Newton

April 2, 2016 (Sat) 10 AM – 2 PM
Deadline to register March 28

Cost: $40 member / $45 non-member
Material Fee: $25 (one project)
Min/Max: 6 students

Participants will complete one wall decor piece in their choice of:
Driftwood/Sea shell Monogram Wreath or
Driftwood/Sea glass/Seashell/Fish wall decor or
Driftwood/ Sea glass/Seashell/Sea Turtle wall decor
Participants need to bring glue gun and glue sticks. Upon registering please specify: Turtle, or fish, or monogram, also specify which initial if choosing monogram. Please bring a lunch.

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

Watercolor Painting – Instructor Pat Farwell

Tuesday 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 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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