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Classes & Workshops

Elio Camacho, "Exploring Color with Still Lifes"

 March 13-15, 2023, 9 AM to 4 PM, $395

As a painting instructor, Elio’s mission is to provide students with the foundation necessary to be creative. His goal is to assist students in capturing the particular mood of the moment and to express themselves in a bold and colorful way, while capturing the beauty and spontaneity of life. Elio’s workshops/classes are very hands on, with an emphasis on easel side critiques. He believes 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, Elio develops a program for improving each individual’s ability as a painter. https://www.colorrelations.com/shop/2023/

"Loving Pastels", Jory Mason Painting Workshop

March 17 & 18, 2023, 10 AM – 5 PM, $350


Are you painting what you love? What is your intension for your individual painting? Do you take time upfront to develop your strongest composition and color palate? Through a series of fun exercises we will make discoveries about what brings you more joy in painting. We will work from black and white and color images of your own choosing. (landscapes, figures, portraits, animals, still lives, close-ups, florals, architecture, or nocturns) Extra emphasis will be on starting strong compositions, nailing your values, and stopping before overworking. You will have plenty of time to paint while Jory goes around the room giving individual support. There will be a positive group critique at the end of each day. This workshop is for all levels.

 Please email Jory about registration: [email protected]

Jory is an award winning artist exhibiting in Boston, New York, North Carolina, New Mexico and Italy. Her work has been showcased in “Strokes of Genius 8: Exploring Texture!” by North Light Books. The Contemporary Art Curator Magazine has awarded Jory Mason the “Collector’s Vision International Art Award” to an artist who has achieved a body of work of major cultural significance.
She attended L’Instituto D’Arte in Italy where she had her first solo exhibition. She later studied at New England School of Art/Design and Mass College of Art. Jory has achieved “Master Pastel Painter” status with the International Association of Pastel Societies. She teaches weekly pastel classes at the North River Art Association and the Plymouth Center for the Arts. She leads workshops both regionally and abroad and is a juror of awards.

“Jory’s enthusiasm and energy inspires her students and influences her art. I have taken several classes with Jory as well as going with her to Tuscany as she led a week long workshop of plein aire painting. 

She is a supportive teacher with an eye for just the right detail to enhance and finish a painting. 

In addition, she is adventurous! She has introduced me to many new techniques, uses of color and mixed media, and has encouraged me to push out of my comfort zone. 

I believe her sense of adventure in life carries over into her love of painting and generous teaching style.”

– JoyceAbout the artist

Shelley Jean Encaustic Workshop

April 1 and 2, 2023, 10 AM to 4 PM, $365 


Encaustic painting is the process of painting with hot pigmented beeswax. This technique is ancient, but has become increasingly popular with modern artists of today. Come delve into the versatility of this fascinating medium that invites you to experiment!

Participants will learn about encaustic history, safety, surfaces, and fusing. In this comprehensive 2-day workshop we will be exploring a variety of techniques such as incising, layering, pigment sticks, mark-making, mixed media collage, mono-printing, and incorporating photos. Designed for beginners and advanced, we will work together to focus on taking your encaustic creativities to a new level! To register, contact Shelly directly: https://www.shelleyjean.com/island-art-association-2-day-workshop

Phone: 8634098848, Email: [email protected] or Website: shelleyjean.com

The Beauty of Landscape Painting in Oils
with Robin Popp

May 20th, 2023, 10 AM – 5 PM, $125

Intermediate to Advanced Painters
We live in one of the most beautiful locations in the country! With so much inspiration, it’s just natural that artists want to record it on canvas. In this one day workshop we will explore all the components for building a great landscape painting. From Composing a great scene, to mixing a variety of greens that show depth, and learning the building blocks of creating realistic trees, Robin will take you step by step into her process. Plus, she will share all her shortcuts and tricks for getting out in the field with your oil paints.

“A naturalist at heart, plein air painting gives me the opportunity to observe nature while immersed in it. The slow, steady movement of living things inspires me to patiently pay attention. I use oil paint for its luminosity as well as for the enduring, earthly elements that compose the paint itself. As a Florida artist, I feel a responsibility to document what is so quickly changing in our state, and to preserve it visually for future generations. I also hope to give the viewer a sense of peace and joy as they experience the artwork.” –Robin Popp


Drop In Studios

Tuesday and Thursday Open Studios

All mediums welcome. 1 PM until 5 PM. No registration required; just show up and enjoy working beside other artists. $5 fee. For Tuesday Information, contact Diane Withrow at [email protected] and for Thursday info, contact Chris McCall. Her email is [email protected]

Figure Drawing Group

Fernandina Beach Photography Group

Membership is free to the public! Come join our monthly meetings with a guest speaker, and a monthly “Photo Challenge” (show and tell) of a theme decided in the previous meeting.The group usually meets at 7 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Art Education Center next to Island Art Association Gallery.

For more information, contact Bill McKenna at [email protected] Follow us on Facebook!

Ukulele FUN Network

The group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 7 until 8:30 PM in the Art Education Center.  No cost and anyone may participate.  Just bring your instrument and/or your voice to join in the FUN. We’ll be using, “The Daily Ukulele, 365 Songs For Better Living” by Jim and Liz Beloff as well as contributions shared by participants. Beginners welcome😊. The Daily Ukulele is available online. For more information, contact Gene Janicke at 651-769-4881

Art Critique

The IAA critique group meets on the last Saturday of each month at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm. Artists may bring works in progress to receive the group’s support and views. Story & Song’s Bistro offers a breakfast and lunch menu

Free Children's Art

Free Classes  for children are held one Saturday a month from 11 AM until 12:30.  Registration is required for each session.  Call 904-261-7020 or stop by the desk in the gallery to sign up.