Watercolor Painting with Suzanne Binnie

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

Beginners - 10 am til noon, Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31, and February 7 & 14

Advanced Beginners - 10 am until noon,  Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, 29 and  February 5 .   Also, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 2018

Intermediate Watercolorists -  1 pm until 3, Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5.    Also, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 2018

To register, contact Suzanne at moc.l1516096574iamg@1516096574einni1516096574byzus1516096574 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

Palette Knife Painting with Sally Cummings-Shisler, Contemporary Impressionist

The Creative Spirit of Palette Knives
Technique & Philosophy with Sally Cummings Shisler
Dates: January 11th-13th, 2018
Cost: $325 for 3 day workshop
Time: 10-5 each day, with an hour for lunch. 

Come discover the excitement and passion of palette knife painting. We will explore unique color mixing and knife painting techniques that promise to breathe new life into our repertoire of artwork. The energy that is generated during these workshops not only teaches us more about painting, it also inspires the practice of acceptance.

There is no such thing as perfect here! Students use provided photo references of landscape; floral and figurative subject matter to learn how to apply paint with a knife. Through demonstration, I introduce different knife sizes, stroke shapes and directions, textures, lost and found edges, etc. Pre-mixed colors will be used to allow for clean, decisive paint application. No previous palette knife experience is required.  Visit my website at to see my work and style. Please contact me at for more information and to register.

Register one time to attend all three days. The workshop will last from 10am-5pm each day with a one hour lunch break. (Students can pack a lunch or pick up from a local lunch spot.) Firm commitments are needed as no refunds are issued, unless the class has to be cancelled or rescheduled.   **The materials list will be supplied after you complete registration. 

About Me: Sally is recognized as a painter with a unique ability to create vibrant, color rich paintings exclusively with palette knives. Her work is widely collected across the world. In 2014, she authored and published a book called "Palette Knife Paintings of the Figure from My First Blog". Sally teaches workshops and private instruction both in the Orlando area (where she lives) and in other locations around the country. She continues to receive accolades, not only for her uniquely beautiful paintings, but also for her positive and encouraging ways with students. 

Testimonials: “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.”

“Listening to how you approached your “Piano Solo” painting was most interesting. I learned not only how you painted her, but your stumbling blocks and Ah Ha moments.” 

"I can NEVER thank you enough for opening up the world of palette knife painting to me! My brushwork was so tight, and I just wasn't getting the joy from my work that I knew I could. I have taken every workshop you have given over the last 4 years, painted with you en plein aire, and studied the work you put out on your web site.  Even when I pick up a brush now, my work is fast and loose and satisfying!  I want you to know how grateful I am for all of your inspiration and encouragement." 

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

Painting More Boldly and Brightly with Sharon Haffey

Tuesdays, January 23 and 30th, 9:30 AM until Noon

Free to IAA members, $50 for Non-members

Sign up at the Gallery Desk (Class size limited to 12)

This two morning workshop is an opportunity to refresh your style of painting by focusing on more dynamic color and composition,  Each morning will include a brief lesson and be followed by a painting challenge designed to bring more energy and looseness to your style.  Bring whatever supplies you normally use and at least 2 canvases or painting surfaces of choice. 

For questions, contact Sharon at moc.l1516096574oa@ye1516096574ffahs1516096574s1516096574

Relax and Paint the Island with Cedar Kindy - Watercolors, Pastels or Gouache

 Friday, January 26 and and Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:00-4:00

No experience is necessary. All supplies are included.This workshop is divided into 2 sessions.You can choose to take one or to both.

Cost: Both Days $190  members($160) or   1 day workshop $95   members($85)

This is a studio workshop that will explore some traditional, and not so traditional techniques, while painting local subjects. We will explore combining watercolor, gouache and pastel to create our paintings.
Friday 9:00-4:00
Friday’s subject is the beautiful marshes surrounding the island. A perfect subject for combining watercolor and pastel. In the morning we will paint step by step. In the afternoon you will paint on your own from your own references( photos or sketches) or reference photos that will be available.
Saturday 9:00-4:00
Saturday’s subject will be the piers and buildings on the island. Perfect subject for combing watercolor with gouache(opaque watercolor). Again, the morning painting will be step by step. In the afternoon you will paint on your own from your own references( photos or sketches) or reference photos that will be available.


To register go to my website .
(on a tablet or iphone click on art categories and then workshops)
(Full prices are listed, but members will receive refund in class) 
for more info email moc.l1516096574iamg@1516096574ydnik1516096574jrade1516096574c1516096574 0r (479) 601 2337

This is my second year teaching at AIAA. I am excited to return because I had such great folks in my class, and the island is so beautiful it cries out to be painted! Cedar Kindy is a graduate of American Academy of Art in Chicago. She has studied watercolor with Irving Shapiro, Nita Engle, Alvaro Castagnet, Toni Couch, and painted with Gordon MacKenzie. She teaches watercolor workshops and is committed to changing it’s bad rap as a difficult medium. She is a plein air artist by default, as she only had time to paint while she traveled the country selling tye dyed, silkscreened clothing at music festivals for over 30 years. She now has a summer painting studio in Pentwater MI,where she also teaches and exhibits at Petri Gallery. She is a teaching artist and teaches in Arkansas/ Oklahoma through the Arts in Education grant programs. In the winter she paints and teaches in Florida.


Oil and Acrylic Painting, with Elio Camacho

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


March 2018– 9 to 4 PM – Plein Air Workshop - $275   (Or take both workshops for $550.)

March 2018 – 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.

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: January 27, 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:  January 9, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27,  from 7 to 9pm in the Art Education Center, 18 N. 2nd St., Fernandina Beach. 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.  Exception - December 21, 2017.  For more information, contact Lea Gallardo at moc.l1516096574oa@od1516096574ralla1516096574GaeL1516096574

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.l1516096574iamg@15160965740505q1516096574cam1516096574

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.t1516096574ta@wh1516096574cterg1516096574

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.h1516096574tuosl1516096574leb@t1516096574sudra1516096574tsyel1516096574ir1516096574