Watercolor Classes with Suzanne Binnie

Classes meet every Monday in the Education Center

Intermediate: 10am until noon

Advanced: 1 to 3pm

For more information or to register, contact Suzanne at


The Creative Spirit of Palette Knives - Technique & Philosophy with Sally Cummings (Shisler)

 November 14-16th, 2019
Three days: $395

“Picking up a large palette knife was the most critical decision I’ve made during my career as an artist. The second most critical decision I’ve made was to start teaching what I’ve learned about my painting approach as well as sharing my experience of how it relates to living life in a more fulfilling manner. Many of us face blocks in our creative process which often accompany blocks we are experiencing in “real life”. I invite my students to reframe their perception of right vs. wrong, challenging them to practice a courageous mindset that welcomes possibilities of triumph over frustration. My goal is to send students off with a toolset that breathes new life into the process of art creation, as well as into the process of fulfilled living.” - Sally Cummings (Shisler)

Here is a short list of what students can expect from my teaching:
• 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 my references.

Happy students...
"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 air, 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.” Linda H - Orlando, FL

"I like to think of Sally’s class as the No Fear Class. I have taken workshops in the past where students have actually cried from stress. Students of all levels will find her encouraging, patient, and creative. I am extremely happy with the amount of knowledge that she so willingly shared and demonstrated, and I am looking forward to her next workshop. She is a terrific instructor!" Angela M - Fairhope, AL

"Your one-on-one is particularly special. You have that unique ability to change gears and adapt to the particular student and their style. This special teaching talent is a main reason that I would attend more of your workshops." Lael D - Orlando, Fl

"Masks: Hiding What Scares Us the Most" with Dr. Nadine D'Ardenne

6 Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 13, 20 & 27
From 9 AM until noon.  $40 per week
Just in time for Halloween, join Nadine D'Ardenne
As we explore our inner selves using a different
Art form each week. Gather at the IAA studio on
Wednesday mornings from 9am to noon from
October 16 through November 27. The cost is
Only $40 per week and includes all supplies.
PAY IN ADVANCE and SAVE $40. No experience
Is needed. To reserve your space, email Dr. D
Check to P.O. Box 15503 Fernandina Beach, FL 32035.


Oil and Acrylic Painting, with Elio Camacho

November 3, 2019, 2-5 pm, Free Painting Demo Open to the Public

November 4, 2019, "Build a Strong Painting Foundation", 9 to 4 PM, $105  Also, March 9, 2020

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

November 5-7, 2019, Still Life Color Intensive Workshop, 9-4, $345                        Also, March 10-12, 2020

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.


Other Offerings

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. The next classes meet from 11 AM until 12:30 PM on the following Saturdays:  November 23, December 28.

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 from 6 to 8 PM - Nov 20, Dec. 4 & 18, Jan. 2020 4 & 8, Apr. 1 & 15, May 6 & 20,  Also,  one Saturday morning each month from 9:30 until 11:30 AM, Nov. 16, Jan. 18, 2020 ,Feb. 15, Mar. 21, April 18, May 16.    The Art OFF the Wall Reception  will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 5-7 PM in the AEC.  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.


Thursday Afternoon Open Studio: This is another opportunity to bring your own supplies and paint with a group.  No formal instruction provided. Thursdays from 1 pm until 5 pm,        $5 Fee.  Contact Jean Riley at 904-225-6665 or at

FUN Ukes 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.