Classes & Workshops


In the interest of doing our part to curb the spread of Covid-19,  we are gradually reopening the Art Education Center for events and classes. However, the number of participants allowed will be 12 or fewer and social distancing is to be observed. Please check back for more  updates and stay healthy.

"Encaustic Everything Workshop" with Shelly Jean

Friday April 23rd & Saturday April 24th 

10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Cost-$345  All materials supplied

Students will leave with multiple pieces of art utilizing a variety of techniques that we will be experimenting with. 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.

All skill levels welcome!

Shelley Jean is an Arts Educator with over 30 years of experience. She currently teaches at the Maitland Art Museum, Art Studios of Cocoa Beach as well as her home Studio, Secret Place Studio. She is the President of the Florida Chapter of International Encaustic Artists and a Demo Artist for R&F Paints.

Space is limited- Register here. Any questions please email me at [email protected]

Island Art Association Classes

Painting Workshop with Lisa Boski


Tuesday, April 6 & Wednesday, April 7

10:30am – 3:30pm  Cost: $ 250

To register & pay, contact Souby at: [email protected]

In this workshop participants will learn how to loosen up and apply their paint (oils or acrylic) in a gestural, painterly manner. We will explore techniques and observations that will allow you “loosen-up” in your paintings. Nearly all of these tips have a common denominator – simplification. The
more you simplify what you do, the more it frees your mind to concentrate on staying loose. 

Participants will practice using bigger brushes, more paint and working faster. We will take color to new unexpected places in an attempt to depart from expected realism.  Bring several canvases and reference photos. A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration. 

Watercolor Workshops with Jennie Szaltis

The Fernandina Beach Photography Club of IAA

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 Jimmie Stone at [email protected]. Follow us on Facebook!

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Ongoing Art Opportunities

Free Children’s Art:    

It’s BACK!  Guided activities provided by local artists for school 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 ONE SATURDAY A MONTH.  In addition, for the past 5 years,  a Children’s Summer Art Camp has been held each July.

Next Sessions: March 27, April 17, May 22, June 26, 2021

Tuesday or Thursday Afternoon Open Studio

Two different opportunities to bring your own supplies and paint with a group.

No registration, just show up. No formal instruction provided.

Tuesdays or Thursdays from 1 pm until 5 pm. $5 Fee.

For Tuesday information, Contact Bernadette Burkemper at [email protected] or 423-240-5715

For Thursday information, Contact Jean Riley at 904-225-6665 or [email protected]



POSTPONED – Life Drawing and Painting Group:


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  Also, one Saturday morning each month from 9:30 until 11:30 AM.

For specific questions contact Georganna at 904-415-7035.


POSTPONED: Fun Ukelele Group

Generally meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Art Education Center at 7 PM.  Just show up!

For more information, Contact Gwen Cowart at [email protected] or visit Facebook at Fernandina Ukes Network.