Outdoor Sculpture Class with Gwen Quigley and Tony Moretti

April 3 from 10 AM until Noon,  $20 for Adults, $10 for Children
Come and create with local, natural materials and found objects. Join sculptors Gwen Quigley and Tony Moretti from New York for a fun, collaborative workshop. Using wire and twine and other natural binders together we'll build temporary pieces that will Grace the courtyard of the Island Arts Center or your garden.  A great opportunity for individuals or families to create together!

Floral Art Design with Julie Delfs

Creating with Flowers
Friday, April 6 from 10AM until Noon
or Friday, April 20 from 10 AM until noon
$45  includes all supplies
To register, call Julie at 518-322-7937

Guided step by step by floral designer Julie Delfs and her 20 years of experience.
We will create the centerpiece from a dish of floral foam that will be prov
ided along with all the flowers needed. 
We will discuss concepts related to a low round or oblong design that is perfect for the center of your table. Please bring your
own Clippers Nippers or scissors. Come with a love of flowers and leave with lots of tips, tricks and a work of art you created yourself!

Watercolor Painting with Suzanne Binnie

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

Beginners - 10 am until noon,  Wednesdays,  March 7, 14, 21, 28 & April 4

Advanced Beginners - 10 am until noon,   Mondays, March 12, 19, 26, April 2 , 9

Intermediate - 1 until 3 pm, Mondays, March  12, 19, 26, April 2 , 9

To register, contact Suzanne at moc.l1521705160iamg@1521705160einni1521705160byzus1521705160 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

Oil and Acrylic Painting, with Elio Camacho

March 13-15, 2018, 9 to 4 PM – Still Life Workshop - $345

elio1March 16 & 17, 2018, 9 to 4 PM – Plein Air Workshop  $275  

March 27-29, 2018, 9 to 4 PM – Still Life Workshop - $345 (Or take both still life workshops for $550.)

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.

It's Not Your Grandmother's Pastels with Lorraine Potocki

Friday, June 1 & Saturday, June 2, 2018        10 AM until 4 PM, $245

Beginner to Advanced

Are you a fan of realism? Then, Pastels are for you.Do you absolutely love abstracts? Then, Pastels are for you, too.
In this two-day workshop you’ll learn the basics but also learn to play and cut loose. You’ll learn about how to use Pastels correctly and when to break the rules. We’ll talk about things like composition and color, but also about experimentation.

No prior pastel experience is required—only your imagination, because anything is possible.

To register, go to, “workshops”, and register via PayPal. Upon receipt of your registration, a materials list will be sent to you.


Art Start with Barbara McConnel

6 Mondays beginning in September 2018

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.

Paper Painting Collage Workshop with Elizabeth St. Hilaire


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

To Register, go to


 Students are taught a unique figurative 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: February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26 and June 16, 2018

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.  Next Sessions:  February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 24 and May 1, 8 and 22 from 7 to 9pm in the Art Education Center, 18 N. 2nd St., Fernandina Beach.  The annual "Off the Wall" Show will be held on May 26, 2018. 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 Lea Gallardo at moc.l1521705160oa@od1521705160ralla1521705160GaeL1521705160

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.l1521705160iamg@15217051600505q1521705160cam1521705160

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.t1521705160ta@wh1521705160cterg1521705160

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 ten.h1521705160tuosl1521705160leb@t1521705160sudra1521705160tsyel1521705160ir1521705160