Classes and Events

Important Information...

In the interest of doing our part to curb the spread of Covid-19,  all activities scheduled at the Art Education Center have been cancelled for the time being.  Please check back for updates and stay healthy.

Special Events

Special Events

Special Events

Ongoing Art Opportunities

POSTPONED  - Free Children’s Art:  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.


POSTPONED - 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  Also, one Saturday morning each month from 9:30 until 11:30 AM. For specific questions contact Georganna at 904-415-7035.
Photography Interest Group:  Free to the public. Come see demonstrations, technical and a monthly critique (show and tell) of photographers’ work. The group usually meets at 7 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Art Education Center. For more information, contact Jimmy Stone at or go to the group's website.



Tuesday or Thursday Afternoon Open Studio:
2 different opportunities to bring your own supplies and paint with a group.
No formal instruction provided. Tuesdays or Thursdays from 1 pm until 5 pm. $5 Fee.
For Tuesday information, Contact Bernadette Burkemper at or 423-240-5715
For Thursday information, Contact Jean Riley at 904-225-6665 or


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 or visit Facebook at Fernandina Ukes Network.

Coming Soon...

CANCELLED. Souby Bosky

This workshop is for oil & acrylic painters who want to loosen up and work with less restraint.Using personal photographs as reference students will work on several fast paintings. Guided towards discovering and trusting their own mark/painting statements and developing a critical eye. This is not a “how-to” class. You will be encouraged to experiment and embrace spontaneity. By combining fast,  bold, loose strokes, students will engage in the “process” of the  painting in the “present” rather than concentrating on the end result. Fast paintings will be analyzed for their unique painterly style in order transfer the best qualities to larger canvases (24x24 or larger).In the words of the artist, KiKi Smith, “Making art is a lot about  seeing what happens.”Bring several canvases and reference photos. A suggested materials list will be provide upon registration. 

To register or for more information, contact Souby at


CANCELLED. Kathleen Mooney

March 18, 19, 20, 9:00 am-3:00 pm,
$375 for three days by February 1, 2020; after February 1, the rate is $450. 

Three full days of demos, presentations, studio painting, exploring Kathleen's signature techniques for achieving strong, contemporary paintings in watercolor and/or acrylic. Work start to finish on at least three paintings, learn fresh attitudes, new tricks, where to begin, how to get the results you want, when to stop. Attendance limited to 12 (minimum 10). Beginners and advanced welcome.  Register at Special supply kit bonus to first six students to register.

CANCELLED The Intimate Landscape with Leanne White

March 23-27, 2020, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Explore your personal vision through photography among quiet beaches, expansive marshes, shady maritime forests with windswept oaks, a charming Victorian town, unique historic sites.Discover new ways to connect more intimately with the landscape and capture a sense of place. Each morning, review images, discuss topics, delve into creative growth as photographers. Balance of the day in the field making photographs. This is a workshop for avid enthusiasts, emerging artists, professional photographers who want to refine their vision, expand their portfolio, inject freshness into their way of seeing. Participants should be familiar with their camera's operation and have a basic understanding of exposure metering and image processing. Additional details at

CANCELLED. Salley Cummings Shisler

April 15-18, 2020, $525 for 4 Days

Experience the Power of Not Knowing: Students can expect instructive daily demos with concurrent discussion and Q/A, opportunity to explore landscape, figure and floral subject matter, identifying and using reference points for quick sketch lay-in, painting on large surfaces using lots of paint, applying paint with a variety of knife shapes and sizes, gentle feedback and guidance that meets you at your own level, personalized easel-side instruction that assists in finishing your own painting.  Please note: Students will be working from a provided landscape photo reference on day one. Thereafter, students may work from their own photos, or select from references. . Contact .


CANCELLED. Elio Camacho Workshops

March 29, 2020, 2-5 pm, Free Painting Demo Open to the Public

March 30, 2020 "Build a Strong Painting Foundation", 9 to 4 PM, $105

The class is structured for both beginner to advanced students.  If you are new to my workshop this is the perfect foundation for preparing yourself for a future workshop. Maybe you have taken my workshops in the past and just need a reboot.  Developing a solid foundation is an important part of growing as an artist. This workshop will focus on helping students develop the tools needed to develop an understanding that the subject dictates how the painting should start and develop.  As a painting instructor, my mission is to provide students with the foundation necessary to be creative.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 a program for improving each individual’s ability as a painter.

Method of Instruction:  Demos , Hands On Instruction at the Students Easel

“The works have a looseness and spontaneity that goes beyond just rendering every detail.” (Bonnie Gangelhoff -Southwest Art Magazine, Elio Camacho, Artist to Watch July, 2009) . For more information contact The Island Art Association or  510-681-5640

March 31-April 2,  Still Life Color Intensive Workshop, 9-4, $345  

April 4 & 5, 2020, Plein Air Workshop, 9-4, $295  

($400 for both)                  

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 required deposit. Final Payment due at workshop.