Watercolor Painting with Suzanne Binnie

IAA members -$25 per session, non members - $35 per session

Weekly ongoing classes.

For more information or to register, contact Suzanne at or call (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.

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

Basic Drawing Classes with Serey Andree

5 Week Session, Monday evenings at 6.30 to 9pm, July 2nd thru 30th
Members $175, non Members $225
For more information and to sign up call Serey at 404-290-5154

Basic Drawing: A Universal Language

If you’ve ever said, “ I wish I could draw ”, then this class is for you. It is a skill you can learn. We will begin with some very basic exercises that will allow you access to the right side of your brain. Throughout the class, we will continue to learn to observe and interpret the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional plane.
There are many ways to teach drawing. I use some exercises from Betty Edward’s book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, but I also include some other exercises I have learned from the many drawing classes I’ve taken throughout the years.
This is a non-judgemental class where you will be rewarded for your efforts by learning the language of drawing.

Supply list for students: 18 X 24 drawing pad of 80 lb. paper ; 18X 24 pad of newsprint; several # 2 pencils with a pink pearl eraser; vine charcoal
Optional: Ebony pencil, Graphite sticks

Art Start with Barbara McConnel

5 Weekly sessions beginning in the Fall

No Cost to Participate

Did you always want to be an artist, or a writer, or a potter? Are you guilty of starting things and letting them drop? Perhaps you loved crayons, paints or clay as a child but lost track of this creative part of you. Maybe you've even taken an art class here and there or started that novel and pushed it aside.

Barbara McConnell knows first-hand how early interests can be buried by more “practical” concerns.

She's here to encourage us to take up that long-ago interest and make it part of our lives again.

Art Start, a series of weekly classes, will be offered free to the community from 6 – 8 PM, Monday evenings March 5 through April 30, at the Island Art Association, 18 North Second Street, downtown Fernandina Beach. It is part of the IAA's on-going outreach efforts to bring the arts and the artistic process to the entire community.

McConnell is a retired New York City psychologist with over 25 years' experience counseling employees with work issues in a corporate setting. She learned that people who were having problems with their jobs didn't benefit from long, involved, impractical approaches. They needed to deal with their emotions quickly and simply so they could get back to work. Through the years, McConnell evolved this approach to counsel artists who had “gotten stuck” in their careers. Since relocating to Nassau County, she has written a book entitled “Road Signs” that will help us determine how to reawaken our creativity and get things accomplished.

Art Start classes are not art classes as such but will teach practical steps to keep an artist “on topic.” The intent is to help us “connect the dots” so we can get from “here to there.” There will be homework, discussion, and the expectation that all will participate in a safe, no-judgment environment.

For more information and to sign up, call the IAA Gallery at 904-261-7020.

Golden Acrylics Workshops with K.D.Tobin

 October 22, 2018 - Free Acrylic & More Lecture Demo, 6-8 PM

Must Sign up at the IAA Gallery Desk

Please join us as we explore the unlimited possibilities of Golden Artist Colors Acrylic paint. We will cover a wide variety of topics and products including Heavy Body, Fluid Acrylics, Williamsburg Oil Paints, and QoR watercolors. Printmaking techniques utilizing Golden's OPEN Acrylic, artist made printing plates using collagraphic processes, watercolor printing and a whole lot more. Given the time constraints we will only be able to briefly touch upon the various techniques but every artist attendee should come away from the event with a brain jam-packed with new possibilities. I hope you can join us and I look forward to meeting you. To sign up, Email: . or Phone: 404-663-4996

Print, Press & Mono-Print Workshop , October 23 & 24, 2018  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM,   $130 - Pay at the IAA Gallery Desk

In this newest workshop artists will learn a variety of processes to produce gorgeous backgrounds, mono-prints and one-off works of art. We will utilize OPEN acrylics, QoR Watercolor paints, Gelli Arts Printing Plates, Plexiglass Printing Plates, along with artist participant designed collagraph printing plates utilizing various gels and mediums. Prints will be “pulled” on a selection of papers including Arches 88 watercolor paper. This is a two day workshop as we will need an overnight period to allow our “printing plates” sufficient time to dry. Necessary paints will be supplied, however participants are encouraged to bring their own “Gelli Arts" plate, brayer and a selection of papers to print on if they have them already in their possession. Participants may also wish to bring their own “Stencils” in order to have a greater variety of imagery at their disposal. Additional Arches 88 paper will be available for purchase should the artist wish to print a larger selection of imagery.

Oil and Acrylic Painting, with Elio Camacho

November 3, 2018 - TBD AM, Free Painting Demo Open to the Public

November 5-8, 2018, 9 to 4 PM – Still Life Workshop - $345 

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

"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.

Painting the Color of Light with Michael Story

December 5-7, 2018,  10 AM - 5 PM,  $350

Landscapes in  Oils, Acrylics and Pastels

Join Michael for a 3-day workshop at the Island Art Association as we concentrate on capturing the color of light in our landscape paintings. We will observe and interpret the various colors we see in the sky, trees, grasses, and water at different times of the day and night. We will also apply oil, pastel or acrylic painting techniques to capture depth, movement and mood in our work.  The workshop will begin with an I-Pad demonstration of Michael's paintings from start to finish and will be open to artists working in oil, acrylic or pastel. Michael will demonstrate his working methods to achieve fresh, bright color while avoiding muddy mixtures. Please bring photo references you would like to work from. Michael will provide additional references as well.

To sign up, or for more information, call: 803-356-4268
or email:   

Birds and Blooms Collage Workshop with Elizabeth St. Hilaire


April 18 - 20, 2019,   10 AM until 4 PM,   $395

Register directly at

Click to view or download supply list:  Supplies-Birds-and-Blooms


Create colorful petals and plumage with your own hand-painted collage papers and a variety of media. We will make collage papers exclusively with Gel Plate mono printing techniques and then adhere them overtop of an underpainting to form an impressionistic, painterly birds and blooms collage!

All levels welcome, some painting experience helpful, but not necessary. A minimum of 10 students is needed to run the class, please do not make travel arrangements until this number is confirmed. Limited to 15 students.  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. The next classes meet from 11 AM until 12:30 PM on the following Saturdays: July 28, August25.  In addition, a Summer Art Camp for youngsters in 2nd grade and up will be held the week of July16-20.  A $30 fee to register is required and can be paid at the Gallery desk.

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.  On Hiatus for the Summer...

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 Lea Gallardo at

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

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

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,  $5 Fee. Contact Jean Riley at 904-261-5471 or at

FUN Ukes Group:  Meets 2 Wednesday Evenings a month at 7 PM.  For more information, Contact Gwen Cowart at