Palette Knife Painting with Sally Cummings Shisler, Contemporary Impressionist

August 31 - September 2, 2017.  9 AM until 5 PM, Lunch 12:30- 1:30, $300.
It’s official… because of such high demand, Sally Cummings Shisler is coming back in just two weeks! Join her 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.”

Photography Workshops with Michael Spicer

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

How to use digital and phone cameras
 Fundamentals of Photography
 Composition and Light

Specifics on dates, times and costs will be posted shortly.

Additional information about the workshops and registration details is available at Seats will be confirmed after payment is received on a first come basis.

Please contact Michael by email if you have questions or if you’d like to register at ten.h1503025450tuosl1503025450leb@y1503025450rella1503025450gotoh1503025450p1503025450.

Pastel Painting Techniques Workshop with Lorraine Potocki

September 8 & 9, 2017,  10 AM-4 PM, $245
See what the buzz about pastels is all about and how much fun they can be. Learn pastel painting techniques using hard and soft pastels. This is a workshop for beginners to intermediate pastelists with a lot of individualized attention. You’ll learn the basics and how to take your pastel painting to its next level. We’ll work on composition, values, the use of cool and warm colors, under painting and much more. You’ll learn how to do representational painting as well as abstract. Bring a photo reference of what you’d like to paint. I will also have many you can choose from. Demonstrations and constructive critiques both days. It will really help you change the way you see the world. A materials list will be provided upon registration via PayPal on my website (under workshops) www.lorrainepotocki.comd76dd838f0793b4f472500c2c5cd85f9
c14a9c69cfaaff41a99f71bed4ab3ca7 Student Testimonials: “I attended Lorraine’s introductory class as a “newbie”, with no background in pastels and only the barest understanding of painting. Her class went well beyond pastels, helping me understand basics around composition, drawing and color in a very relaxed and fun environment. Her knowledge applied to all levels in the class, and although everybody had different experiences, her approach allowed us to also learn from each other. Lorraine’s love of art inspired me to release my creative side and her instruction gave me a glimpse of the tips and tricks of the trade. I can’t wait to continue exploring the medium and will be sitting in her class again soon.” --Caroline, Jacksonville Beach, FL“This was one of the best two-day workshops I’ve ever done. The exercises in abstracting were so valuable for someone who has trouble “loosening up”. --Linda, Fernandina Beach, FL

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.l1503025450iamg@1503025450einni1503025450byzus1503025450,  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

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

May 17-19, 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:   August 26, 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.t1503025450sacmo1503025450c@11h1503025450tap1503025450 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.l1503025450iamg@15030254500505q1503025450cam1503025450.

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.t1503025450ta@wh1503025450cterg1503025450.

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.h1503025450tuosl1503025450leb@t1503025450sudra1503025450tsyel1503025450ir1503025450