EXPLORE YOUR HIDDEN HEROISM, an Arts of the Soul, Workshop experience

A Hero’s Journey: Using Art and wisdom to create our own 'magic carpet ride' to a happier life


TIME: 9:30 to 11:30 am

18 N. 2ND St., Fernandina Beach, FL

Please join us on November 27 for a fun and exciting workshop where art and story will help us sneak a glimpse of our deepest selves. For as long as humans have been alive, our arts and stories have helped us understand and survive life’s adversities. With so much craziness in today’s world, there has never been a better time to dust off those old folktales and journey into our place of peace. The cost of this workshop is only $40. All art supplies are included and no experience is needed. Feeling depressed, addicted, anxious? Kick start your healing in powerful ways.

Email and place “Arts of the Soul” in the subject line. Dr. D will reserve your space for Nov. 27!

Dr. Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne is a psychologist, author and artist who’s spent a lifetime exploring myths, folktales and how they continue to shape our lives. With art as our medium, we’ll learn how to redefine old messages and create healthier ways of coping and living. Participants who complete this Nov. 27 workshop will be eligible for discounts if you choose to attend her 2019 Arts of the Soul, Series #2. It begins January 8. In it, Dr. D’Ardenne will bring life to Joseph Campbell’s ground-breaking Hero’s Journey, as we explore our own powerful myths and light a fire under our hidden heroism. Invite a friend, sister, Mom for the adventure of a lifetime.

Beach Themed Holiday Greeting Cards with Audrey Romney

Friday, November 30,  2018 - 11AM until 3PM.  $40

Learn techniques for making holiday beach themed greeting cards with a twist by using brusho and color burst watercolor powders to create abstract backgrounds, die cuts to embellish with symbols of the season, and stamping to add a personal sentiment. You will take home four or more cards (time permitting) one-of-a-kind handmade designs to send to that special person anytime of the year.. Please contact Audrey Romney at 703-470-1259 or e-mail to register for the class.You may bring lunch or a snack and beverage.


Painting Creatively from Photos with Souby Boski

Tuesday, February 26 & Wednesday, February 27,  2019,  10 am – 4 pm
Medium: Oil & Acrylic Accepted
Fee:  $ 250
Most artists use source photos in some capacity when they work, whether to jog their memory of a particular place and time or to record specific visual details to incorporate in later pieces.
In this workshop students will learn to paint in a creative, personal, and expressive way using reference photographs - freeing themselves from copying.
Learn to dismiss the sense of obligation to show exactly what is depicted in the photo and feel free and inspired to manipulate the composition, assuring vitality and making the painting your personal creation.
Bring several canvases and reference photos. A suggested materials list will be provide upon registration.
To register, contact Souby at

Oil and Acrylic Painting, with Elio Camacho

March 24, 2019, 1-4 pm, Free Painting Demo Open to the Public

March 25-27, 2019, 9 to 4 PM – Still Life Workshop - $345 

March 29 & 30, 2019, Plein Air Workshop

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

Putting passion and emotion into a painting is far more important then just making a copy of your subject. Depending on your level and goals we will try to develop a program for improving your ability as a painter. 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 $45 required deposit.Final Payment due at workshop.

The Island Art Association, Fernandina Beach, FL   Phone: 904.261.7020

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:  December 15, January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 25 and June 22, 2019.

Life Drawing and Painting Group:  OPEN STUDIO with a $5.00 MODEL FEE
Bring your drawing/painting materials and take advantage of the opportunity to work from life. Enjoy the camaraderie of other artists and give yourself the opportunity to work with live models. The group meets 2 Wednesdays a  month from 7 to 9 PM,  December 5 & 19, January 2 & 16, February 6 and 20, March 6 and 20, April 3 and once a month on Saturday, December 8 from  9:30 to 11:30 AM.  For specific questions contact Georganna at 904-415-7035.

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 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: Generally meets the second Wednesday  a month at 7 PM.  Scheduled dates are December 12, 2018, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11, 2019. For more information, Contact Gwen Cowart at