Watercolor Painting with Suzanne Binnie

 5 Mondays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9 &16 Beginners - 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM,  $25 per session for IAA Members, $35 for non-members   Intermediate & Advanced - 1 PM until 3 PM, $25 per session for IAA members, $35 for non-members   Contact Suzanne with questions or to register:  Email: moc.l1505963104iamg@1505963104einni1505963104byzus1505963104,  Cell: 603-340-4775 Suzanne was brought up in Pennsylvania in a family where art was very important – her mother and two sisters are accomplished artists in watercolors or pastels.  She was educated at Penn State University and Tyler School of Art where she studied Art, Design and Art History, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art. Suzanne also studied with prominent artists such as Janet Walsh (floral painting), Tom Lynch and Stephen Quiller (landscapes), Margaret Huddy (color theory), and Susan Abbott (design theory). Suzanne combines her realism with elements of design for she believes “a painting is only as good as its design”. Subject matter is secondary to the medium for Suzanne, as she loves painting any subject. For her, the act of creating a painting may have surprising and interesting results as the picture evolves under her brushes. Her understanding of color theory is acute and she uses it to produce subtle variations in mood and with a limited  palette she can produce harmonious results. Watercolor Class Recommended Supply List  (All available from Cheap Joe’s Catalogue 1-800-227-2788; website: ) Paint: Winsor & Newton Watercolors Aureolin W016-5 French Ultra W263-5 Brown Madder W056-5 Cadmium Scarlet W106-5 Raw Sienna W552-5 Winsor Blue W707-5 Gamboge Hue D239-21 Permanent Rose W502-5 Brushes: Winsor & Newton Scepter Gold #8 WB101-8 Flats: 1 inch WB965-1 #6 WB101-6 Palette: John Pike Palette #340BW Friskit: Masking Fluid ½ oz bottle JMF2 Miscellaneous: Paper Towels & masking tape for your own use Arches 140 lb. CP Paper may be purchased at class at a discount price

Painting Out Loud with Sharon Haffey

September 29, 30 & October 6, 9am until noon,
$100 for IAA members,
$125 for non-members
Sharon Haffey, contemporary landscape artist and member of the Island Art Association and Blue Door Artist is offering “Painting Out Loud”, a 3 session workshop at the Island Art Association.  Oil and acrylic painters of all levels are welcome to participate in the classes that will focus on understanding color theory, values, color mixing and developing one’s own dynamic painting style.  Class size is limited to 12. Sharon has been painting in oils and acrylics much of her life and believes that color is the most emotional element an artist has to work with.  Her art conveys a sense of playfulness by combining rich, vibrant hues with personal subject matter and interesting composition.  In addition to formal art studies at the Ohio State University and the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta, her work has been greatly influenced by colorist Charles Sovek and time spent as an artist in residence at the Nantucket School of Art and Design where she explored the relationship of color in nature.  Her website is   To register, contact Sharon directly at moc.l1505963104oa@ye1505963104ffaHS1505963104S1505963104 or call 404-663-4996.

Palette Knife Painting with Sally Cummings Shisler, Contemporary Impressionist

Changed to  October 12-14,  2017.  9 AM until 5 PM, Lunch 12:30- 1:30, $300.
Join Sally and 7 other students for a 3-day workshop adventure in palette knife painting. During this time, you will explore unique color mixing and knife painting techniques that promise to breathe new life into your repertoire of artwork. The energy that is generated during the group’s time together not only teaches everyone more about painting, it also inspires the practice of acceptance. New positive thinking patterns emerge as students learn to let go of perfectionism and “wear life [and the painting process] more like a loose robe”. Sally brings informative demonstrations on how to approach figurative/portrait and floral subject matter. Day one is devoted to mixing harmonious palettes with specific step by step instruction on how to achieve colors that vibrate on the canvas. Days two and three are ALL ABOUT YOU!! Overall class instruction is based on figurative/floral themes, but individual easel time is customized to suit your needs and desires. This small class (only 8) is expected to fill quickly! Please check availability right away to secure your spot. Contact Sally directly for more detailed information and to register at To see more of her artwork, visit She is also on Facebook and Instagram,

Last week’s students raved about their workshop experience...
“Sally is a masterful artist and teacher. She explains her creative techniques in depth and gives each student individual time at the easel. The students are asking her to plan another workshop soon!”

“Your one-on-one is particularly special. You have that unique ability to change gears and adapt to the particular student and her style. This special teaching talent is a main reason that I would attend more of your workshops.”

Amelia Island Photography Workshops with Michael Spicer

 Dates to be rescheduled due to Irma

 Michael Spicer, an environmental fine art photographer and teacher, will be offering the following New Photography Workshops at the Island Art Association Education Center:

Four new photography workshops by local photographer Michael Spicer are scheduled on Amelia Island. Each workshop is $45 if you pre-register more than 7 days prior to class. Otherwise, registration is $50 per session. Space is limited to 8 people in each class. Classes are led by Michael in a fun and casual way and are designed to help you gain understanding and confidence as you develop your photographic skills.

How to Take Better Photos – A Mobile Workshop
These days, taking a photo is a snap. But making better photos is where understanding how light, composition, creativity, a little magic, and the 3 primary variables of your camera settings all come together. This workshop is divided between class time and an outdoor photo shoot with a professional photographer helping you improve your photographic skills. This class is for photographers who have completed the Fundamentals of Photography course or who feel comfortable using their camera.

Fundamentals of Photography
You have a digital camera. You know how to turn your camera on, have played with the basic functions and settings but aren’t really sure how to use it yet. This class includes an overview of your camera functions, photographic theory, an introduction to light and composition, a photo challenge, and a short guided shooting tour designed to help you to take better photos and apply what you’ve learned.

Composition and Light
What makes a great photograph? Is it the subject, the setting, the camera? Nope. It’s more subtle than any of that. Come find out how to take your photography skills and understanding to the next level, and along the way we’ll discover a few things about the secrets of your next great photograph. The class will include a short guided photo shoot.

Digital Darkroom - on the Cheap
You took that great digital photo but it just doesn’t look the way you remembered it. Wondering how you can possibly fix it with software? Some photos are beyond fixing, but most of the time you can do a lot to substantially turn a lemon into lemonade, or just tweak a few things to enhance what you already have. How? That’s what we will be doing in this class. And you won’t need to buy expensive software to help you. Remember, this course is all about the digital darkroom – on the cheap!

To register or for more information go to Amelia Island Photography Workshops on Facebook or to Please contact Michael by email if you have questions or if you’d like to register at ten.h1505963104tuosl1505963104leb@y1505963104rella1505963104gotoh1505963104p1505963104

Oil and Acrylic Painting, with Elio Camacho

October 25-27 – 9 to 4 PM – Still Life Workshop - $345


October 28 and 29– 9 to 4 PM – Plein Air Workshop - $275   (Or take both workshops for $550.) 

November 1 -3 – 9 to 4 PM – Still Life Workshop - $345

Learn to express yourself in a bold and colorful way with California expressionist Elio Camacho.

elioc"As a painting instructor, my mission is to provide students with the foundation necessary to be creative. My goal is to assist students in capturing the particular mood of the moment and to express themselves in a bold and colorful way. My workshops are very hands-on with an emphasis on easel-side critiques. I believe that giving instruction is important, but showing students how this instruction applies to their individual work is crucial. Based on the student’s level and goals, I develop and program based on each individual’s ability as a painter.” To register, go to Elio's website, and pay the $100 required deposit.Final Payment due at workshop.

Clay Monoprints with Mitch Lyons

January  19 & 20, 2018,  10AM - 4 PM,  $225 for Members,   $250 for non-members
CLAYPRINTING PROCESSmlyons_red and green checkers on yellow_21x26_monoprint on canvas
The matrix I use is a wet slab of clay. Wet colored clay slips and wet colored clays are used as my “inks”. They are applied to the wet slab, one color over another until the clay is leather-hard. A dampened substrate is placed over the slab and rolled with a wooden rolling pin [my press]. The pressure from the rolling pin pulls a thin layer of clay from the slab. Many monoprints can be pulled without recharging the slab. Get ready to use clay in a very different way.  Students can pay their fee to Mitch directly by calling his cell, (302-545-4839), to give him their credit card info, or send a check to Mitch Lyons, PO Box 40, New London, PA 19360.
 To learn more, visit

Watercolor Workshops with Cedar Kindy

January 26 & 27, 2018 and/or April 13 & 14, 2018
More information to follow...

Paper Painting Collage Workshop with Elizabeth St. Hilaire

 February 2018???  10 AM until 4 PM,   $395
To Register, go to
 Students are taught a unique g urative collage style and will explore hand painting their own papers with a variety of techniques. Class participants will truly enjoy splattering, stamping, printing, dry brushing, crumpling and staining papers. Appropriate papers include old book pages, maps, personal ephemera, rice paper and store bought art papers. Hand painted papers will then be applied overtop an under-painting (done at home as class preparation) in a painterly manner. Collage application will be demonstrated through viewing slides of St. Hilaire’s work as well as a hands-on demonstration in class.The emphasis will be on developing form using light, shadow, and directional ripping, very similar to traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting would be helpful, but not imperative. Students start with the “Small Apple Exercise” in order to get a handle on creating volume and dimension with a simple sphere shape. After completion of the “Small Apple Exercise” students will advance to a second subject of their choosing (time permitting).  Elizabeth brings along a suitcase full of tools to share! BE PREPARED TO HAVE SOME FUN! 

Other Offerings

Free Children’s Art: Free guided activities provided by local artists for school age children. You must register for each session individually by calling the IAA gallery at 904-261-7020 or signing up in person at the gallery desk. Classes meet from 11 AM until 12:30 PM on the following Saturdays:   September 23, October 21, November 25 and December 16, 2017.

Portrait Group: Come join other artists in creating art with the benefit of a live model. Just $5 to participate. No advanced registration required. There is no instruction but plenty of positive support from fellow artists.  SESSIONS WILL RESUME IN THE FALL. For more information, call Paul Massing at 904- 321-0738.

Photography Interest Group: Free to the public. Come see demonstrations, technical presentations and a monthly critique (show and tell)of photographers’ work. The group usually meets at 7 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month in the Art Education Center.  For more information, Contact Pat Hooks at ten.t1505963104sacmo1505963104c@11h1505963104tap1505963104 or 904-277-2595.

Tuesday Afternoon Open Studio: This is a chance to to participate in a drop-in studio group. Bring your own supplies and work with other artists. There is no formal instruction, just artist friends supporting and mentoring each other. Tuesdays 1 pm until 5 pm. $5 fee. Contact Mary Quinlan at 904-321-0112 or moc.l1505963104iamg@15059631040505q1505963104cam1505963104.

Thursday Morning Open Studio: Bring your own supplies and work in a supportive atmosphere with other artists. Thursdays 9 am until noon. Fee is $5. For more information, contact Gretchen Williams at 904-491-3171 or at ten.t1505963104ta@wh1505963104cterg1505963104.

Thursday Afternoon Open Studio: This is another opportunity to bring your own supplies and paint with a group. Thursdays from 1 pm until 5 pm, $10 a month. Contact Jean Riley at 904-261-5471 or at ten.h1505963104tuosl1505963104leb@t1505963104sudra1505963104tsyel1505963104ir1505963104