Ocean Reef Art League
120 Anchor Dr.
Key Largo, FL  33037
305-367-2359  Fax: 305-367-2346

2017-2018 Workshops



December

Passionately Painting En Plein Air with Kathleen Denis
Saturday, December 9
9:00am - 4:00pm | Location TBA
$95 Member | $125 Non-Member
Want to learn how to plein air paint, a French expression meaning “open air”? Let Kathleen Denis help you discover the keys to enjoying and
producing outstanding paintings en plein air by simplifying your equipment, using handy tools, mixing from a limited palette, and having a clear
idea of what to paint and how to capture it in a short period of time. Creative composition, color selection and mixing, interesting brush strokes
and more will be taught during this class.

Stained Glass Christmas Ornaments and Sun Catchers with Veronica Gutierrez
Saturday, December 9
9:30am - 3:30pm | Studio 7
$95 Member | $115 Non-Member
Create your beautiful holiday tree ornaments or sun-catchers in this one-day introductory stained glass workshop. These are perfect for family
heirlooms or to give away as gifts. No previous glass experience needed and materials are included.

Polymer with Pamela Carman: Heirloom Writing Instruments
Mondays, December 4 & 11
9:30am - 3:30pm | Studio 7
$95 Member | $125 Non-Member
Participants will make at least 2 quality pens. They are unique gifts for the hard-to-buy-for on your list. They also make a fantastic graduation
gift! Several styles to choose from and for those who work fast, additional kits will be available. This class will focus on creating a smooth
polymer veneer, sanding, polishing and assembly.

Nantucket Baskets with Linda Brown
Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Session 1
December 4, 6 & 8
Session 2

December 11, 13 & 15
9:30am - 3:30pm | Studio 3
Call the Art League for more information and registration.
Nantucket Baskets are a piece of American history! Create your heirloom today in this two and a half day class which is open weave where
students get to choose their own projects and materials based on experience. All levels are welcome!

Mosaics Plant Pots for Kids with Veronica Gutierrez
Saturday, December 16
10:00am - 1:00pm | Studio 7
$65 member | $85 Non-Member
Maximum 6 children, ages 7 to 12
Bring your child to be guided step by step in the creation of a glass tile mosaic plant pot that they can make for themselves or as a gift. It’s a lot of
fun and it’s a good introduction to this technique. No previous glass experience needed. Materials included.

Making Photo Books with Cheryl Conklin
Monday, December 18
1:00 - 4:00pm | Studio 7
$95 Member $125 Non-Member
Come join us for a most happy day creating a beautiful photo book. In the class we will upload pictures from your computer. Choose the style and
format for your book. We will then arrange all of your pictures and add any text you might want. Once reviewed, we will finalize your new book
and place on order. These are great for gifts preserving precious memories.

Mosaic Picture Frames with Veronica Gutierrez
Saturday, January 6
10:00am - 2:00pm | Studio 7
$95 Member | $125 Non-Member
Did you know that mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, ceramic tiles, etc. and that the
earliest known examples of mosaics made of different materials were found at a temple building in Ubaid, Mesopotamia and are dated to the
second half of the 3rd. millennium BCE?
Come and learn the basic techniques of mosaics. You will have everything you need to create and personalize a unique picture frame. Veronica
will guide you through multiple steps to complete this one-day project. No previous glass experience needed. Materials included.

Abstract Painting with Ruth Gilmore Langs
Saturday, January 6
10:00am - 3:00pm | Studio 6
$85 Member | $110 Non-Member
Join us as we look at some of the great abstract painters and explore their use of emotion and form as a means to express and communicate
without the use of representation. Then, we will have fun trying our own abstract paintings!

Polymer with Pamela Carman: Wine Glasses
Mondays, January 8 & 15
9:30am - 3:30pm | Studio 7
$195 Member | $255 Non-Member
Participants will create a set of wine glasses that have polymer clay accents. Techniques will include sculpting and using shape cutters to create
our designs. Other projects that will be available are compact mirrors and business card holders.

Watercolor with Vladislav Yeliseyev Achieving the Freedom of Brushstroke
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
January 15, 16 & 17
9:00am - 4:00pm | Studio 4
$375 Member | $485 Non-Member
Learn Vlad's 3 stages and 3-color approach, which is the core of his new DVD Impressions in Watercolor.
Lecture, demonstration and one-on-one instruction are the highlights of each day. We will be painting a variety of subjects from seascapes to
cityscapes, practice our values by using monochromatic painting technique, studying color and creating finished paintings from small postcard
size to half sheet. Photo references will be provided.
What is required to quit tight illustrative coloring, and start painting like a pro? All of this and many other techniques will be the subject of this
intensive workshop. You are going to learn how to mix and apply watercolors without fear of being inaccurate. Vlad will show you the shortcuts to
the path where every brushstroke applied is significant in its impact on the viewer. He will show you importance of one detail above the other and
therefore how to be selective in your painting process. Every painting is like poetry; the less words wasted the more powerful message it
conveys. On the technical side of things you will learn how to choose subject matter and what the major steps are in achieving powerful results.
About the instructor: Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor instructor year round at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida and he
knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are the beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of
teaching is through an individual approach. He was featured on the cover of the February 2016 Watercolor Artist Magazine and the June/July
2017 Plein Air Magazine. He received various awards for his work including Best Architecture Award, Best of Show Awards and Bold Brush
Award. He is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and National Watercolor Society.

Essential Oil Painting Techniques with Thomas Jefferson Kitts
Learn How to Paint Quickly,
Decisively, and with More Confidence!
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
January 15, 16 & 17
9:00am - 4:00pm | Studio 4
$375 Member | $485 Non-Member
This fun and informative hands-on workshop is designed to teach you what every successful painter needs to know, neatly
organized into five easily remembered principles: Shape, Value, Color, Edges, and Brushwork. When applied in different ways, these principles
can create interesting compositions that go far beyond painting a picture. Thomas will also convey personalized tips and tricks appropriate to
your skill level, such as how to control your color, improve your paint handling, and mastering rapid alla prima effects (a/k/a, wet-into-wet
painting). The things you will learn in this workshop can be applied to any medium, genre, or subject matter – be it the portrait
or figure, still life, painting from references, or painting from life en plein air. What you will experience in Thomas' class will inspire you for years
to come!
About the instructor: Thomas is both inspired and exhilarated by the effects of light and has devoted most of his life to capturing
it in oil. He prefers to work from life for its honesty and immediacy, incorporating many alla prima techniques developed by master painters such
as Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn.
Thomas is an experienced instructor who travels internationally, and his work is in the permanent collections of two museums,
as well as many private entities and corporations. He has won numerous prestigious awards, been a guest lecturer at three Plein Air Convention
& Expos, and has been twice featured as an artist in Plein Air Magazine. The Informed Collector has also named him as an Artist to Watch.
Thomas is noted for his in-depth knowledge of art history, painting technique and enthusiasm for teaching. Besides pursuing
his own work, he offers both group and private instruction throughout the year in North America and Europe.

Drip & Sip Like Jackson Pollack with Ruth Gilmore Langs
Wednesday, January 24
5:00 - 7:00pm | Studios 5 & 6
$85 Member | $110 Non-Member
Cut yourself loose, come out and have a splattering good time! Drip and sip like Jackson Pollack!
This is a once in a lifetime chance to paint abstract expressionism. Artist Ruth Gilmore Langs will give a short demonstration and then you will
be set free to throw, drip, splatter and pour paint!
Includes all materials, disposable overalls along with wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Papier Mache with Divitto Kelly
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
January 25, 26 & 27
9:00am - 3:00pm | Studio 7
$325 Member | $425 Non-Member
In this relaxing three-day workshop, students of all abilities will have an opportunity to create a sculpture utilizing a papier mache mix, newspaper,
foam board, and other related materials. Create dogs, cats, marine animals, and much more.
Divitto will also provide students the option of selecting their very own precut shape out of Styrofoam.
This is a great option for beginners. All supplies are included.

Passionately Painting En Plein
Air with Kathleen Denis
Saturday, January 27
9:00am-4:00pm | Location TBA
$95 Member | $125 Non-Member
See December 9 on page 3 for description.

February

Fused Glass Jewelry with Veronica Gutierrez
Saturday, February 3
10 :00am - 2:00pm | Studio 7
$145 Member | $185 Non-Member
Maximum 6 students
Come and explore the basics of glass fusing in this fun filled one day Saturday Workshop. We take colored glass, cut it into different shapes and
sizes to fuse the pieces in a high temperature kiln. You can make two pendants or a set of pendant and earrings. No previous glass experience
needed. Materials included.

Passionately Painting En Plein Air with Kathleen Denis
Saturday, February 3
9:00am - 4:00pm | Location TBA
$95 Member | $125 Non-Member
See December 9 on page 3 for description.

Polymer with Pamela Carman: Mermaid Wall Hanging
Mondays, February 5 & 12
9:30am - 3:30pm | Studio 7
$195 Member | $255 Non-Member
Join in the fun and make a cute one of a kind mermaid for a child's room or the cabana bath. Surface techniques will include cane building,
mica powder application, texturing and antiquing.
If mermaids don't float your boat, you can create a seahorse or fish instead!

Memoir Writing with Gertrude Mann
A Prescription for Mindfulness and Well Being
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 6 & 7
3:00 - 5:00pm | Studio 3
$75 Member | $95 Non-Member
Stories are powerful, help us understand ourselves and they connect us to others. Gertrude Mann, facilitator, will offer prompts, poems and
stories as you recall life experiences. Discover your writing voice. Consider writing a legacy letter of love to children and grandchildren.

Shell Mirrors with Trisha Brown
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 6 & 7
9:30am - 3:00pm | Studio 2
$395 Member | $485 Non-Member
In this workshop students will design and assemble a shell mirror of their choice. Select a shape and size prior to class and an assortment of
unique shells will be offered at the time of class.

Wooden Carving Boards & Utensil Sets with Ned Ferrarone
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
February 6, 7 & 8
1:00 - 5:00pm | Studio 1
$150 Member | $195 Non-Member
Plus material fees
Learn to make solid wood trays in a myriad of patterns, using a number of woodworking machines to complete individual implements in a variety
of woods. This hands-on class will allow you to finish several projects.

Sailors’ Valentines with Trisha Brown
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
February 8, 9 & 10
9:00am - 3:30pm | Location TBA
$650 Member | $845 Non-Member
A Sailors’ Valentine is a type of antique souvenir, or sentimental gift, originally brought home from a sailor’s voyage at sea for his loved
one between 1830 and 1890. Sailors’ Valentines are octagonal, glass fronted wooden boxes, displaying intricate
symmetrical designs composed entirely of small seashells of various colors.

Glazing Workshop with Tim McPherson
Friday, February 9
9:00am - 4:00pm | Studio 2
$95 Member | $125 Non-Member
Tim McPherson offers classes in multiple fired art media, from raku, to stoneware. All pieces are designed with today's lifestyle in mind.
Stoneware workshops offer you the chance to create useful and functional pieces. The best feature of stoneware is its functionality
– it can be used in the freezer, oven and microwave!
This class will feature an assortment of techniques, such as, bubbles and glaze combinations, with silk screening and decorative design work
mixed in. It promises to be a fun and inspiring day!
About the instructor: Tim has been an instructor for over 30 years, and currently resides in the Chicago IL area. He is an
independent instructor for Mayco Colors, and has taught throughout the country and outside of the United States.

Kids! Masks for Kids with Veronica Gutierrez
Saturday, February 10
10:00am - 1:00pm | Studio 7
$65 Member | $85 Non-Member
Maximum 6 children, ages 7 to 12
See November 18 on page 3 for description.

Abstract Painting with Ruth Gilmore Langs
Saturday, February 10
10:00am - 3:00pm | Studio 6
$85 Member | $110 Non-Member
See January 6 on page 3 for description.

Band Saw Art Boxes with Donna Menke
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
February 13, 14 & 15
1:00 - 5:00pm | Studio 1
$375 Member | $485 Non-Member
Donna will share her knowledge and expertise on how to design and make your very own creative band saw boxes. These decorative
boxes are not limited by anything other than your imagination.
If you can think it, you can build it.
Donna will emphasize safety as she guides beginners through the use of power tools; and she will focus on creativity for those students who are
already competent woodworkers. We will design and construct at least one box within the class time. Some of you may complete more boxes, but
the main objective is to learn the techniques for making future boxes you can surely be proud of.
About the instructor: Donna has been teaching woodworking for more than 20 years, and band saw boxes for 10 years.
Since the publication of her book: The Ultimate Band Saw Box Book Donna has traveled around the country to teach others how much fun it is to
make band saw boxes. Donna has earned degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Texas, Austin, with honors. She has been
working with wood since she played in her grandfather's and father's shops as a child, but got really interested when she was introduced
to wood carving in 1995.

New! Making Paper Dresses & More with Jordanne Renner
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
February 14, 15 & 16
10:00am - 4:00pm | Studio 3
$275 Member | $355 Non-Member
In this three-day, intensive workshop, we will rediscover the allure of paper, as wearable fashion statement pieces. Revisiting yesterday’s news,
paired with brilliant white art paper, we will design a piece to wear, and wear again. Fashion designing anything from a cocktail dress, to a
fabulous top, or shrug, are all possible with determination, and the willingness to accept those happy accidents along the way. Participants will
learn: the art of paper folding, twirling, and quilling to create embellishments specific for their design; basic pattern making, cutting, assembly to
fit their figure; the freedom of loose hand-sewing; and basic design principles to best suit their individuality.
Each participant is asked to come with a few articles of clothing that best fit their figure as a reference piece when pattern making.

Journaling with Jim Mahl
Saturday, February 17
10:00am-3:00pm | Location TBA
$95 Member | $125 Non-Member
This workshop will focus on how to develop a watercolor journal for traveling or simply painting en plein air. He will show you, step by step,
through the pen and ink stages then on to laying in transparent watercolor washes. He has found watercolor journals to be a great way to
capture more images in a short period of time. The watercolor journal also serves as a great tool in showing your experiences to friends and
fellow artists. You can share the plein air fun of sketching and paintingrather quickly, capturing a fleeting moment intime. The purpose is to take
with you a recollection of the many places and subjects you found intriguing and would not otherwise have had the time to create a ‘polished’
painting on location. You will develop as a better sketch artist and by all means have FUN.

Sculpting the Figurative Form with Gregory Johnson
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
February 19, 20 & 21
9:00am - 2:00pm | Studio 2
$495 Member | $620 Non-Member
This is an independent sculpting workshop for all levels. Please select a favorite subject matter – a photo of your pet, loved one, generic figure,
or object. Instructor works hands on with each student giving personal guidance and attention. He will create an armature for your
project and base, in a size just for you, assembled on the morning of the first day of the workshop. Three days later, you will have a wonderful
sculpture.

Drip & Sip Like Jackson Pollack with Ruth Gilmore Langs
Wednesday, February 21
5:00 - 7:00pm | Studios 5 & 6
$85 Member | $110 Non-Member
See January 24 on page 4 for class description.

March

Fused Glass Jewelry
with Veronica Gutierrez
Saturday, March 3
10:00am - 2:00pm | Studio 7
$145 Member $185 Non-Member
Maximum 6 students
See February 3 on page 4 for class description.

Needlepoint with Joan Barrett
Friday, March 2
10:00am - Noon | Studio 4 or 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Studio 4
Choose morning or afternoon class or both!
$35 Member | $45 Non Member
These are "open stitch classes" - meaning you bring whatever canvas you are working on and Joan will help you with threads, stitches and
different techniques if you so choose. Both workshops will cater to ALL stitch levels from beginners who need the basics to the intermediate and
advanced student.

Abstract Painting
with Ruth Gilmore Langs
Saturday, March 3
10:00am - 3:00pm | Studio 6
$85 Member | $110 Non-Member
See January 6 on page 3 for description.

Basics of Oil Painting with Douglas David
Getting You Comfortable
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
March 5-7
10:00am - 3:00 pm | Studio 3
$375 Member | $450 Non-Member
Exciting oil painting workshop returns! This fun and informative workshop will cover the basic principles of oil painting and get you painting
simple and easy to understand objects in a short time. The idea of this workshop is to get you comfortable with the process of painting. The class
includes interesting and memorable discussions on all the basic elements of painting including, composition, massing, building form, light and
shadow: and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Douglas delivers sound
principles that are an incredible foundation for your painting, and whether a person who has never ever picked up a brush, a relatively new
painter or a more accomplished painter looking for some strong points to review, it will make sense.

Polymer with Pamela Carman
Seaside Fairy Doors
Mondays, March 5 & 12
9:30am - 3:30pm | Studio 7
$195 Member | $255 Non-Member
Participants will make a one of a kind door for their resident sea loving fairy. Don't have a resident fairy? Make a door and a fairy will move right
in! Add another technique to your toolbox: In this class we will explore surface decorations including using pastels to add color and dimension.

Drip & Sip Like Jackson Pollack with Ruth Gilmore Langs
Wednesday, March 7
5:00 - 7:00pm | Studios 5 & 6
$85 Member | $110 Non-Member
See January 24 for class description.

Abstract Expressionism with Ruth Gilmore Langs
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
March 12, 13 & 14
10:00am - 3:00pm | Studio 3
$275 Member | $355 Non-Member
Have you ever wanted to paint in a looser and freer style? Paint with support of artist Ruth Gilmore Langs to let go and move paint based on your
inner emotional life to create abstract art. We will use short meditations and artistic techniques to create positive energy and a fun atmosphere to
bring out the free painter inside us!
With abstract painting, color, passion, emotion and form are your tools to expression. When you forego images it is all you have to communicate
your message. Removing any representation is a very exciting art form. In Ruth's class we will break down the basics of abstraction while
emphasizing and bringing forward your authentic self to the painting.
This is the magic of art. Finding your way to express, loosen up and trust your unique way to communicate through paint. The three-day
workshop will provide the opportunity to delve deeper into the creation of your own understanding of abstract expressionism.

Half Hulls with Ned Ferrarone
Monday- Friday, March 12 - 16
1:00 - 5:00pm | Studio 1
$275 Member | $355 Non-Member
Plus material fees
Learn how to make your own solid wood half hull model. We have the plans for a number of historic models or you can do a model of your own
sailboat with prior permission from the instructor.

Nantucket Baskets with Trisha, Cole & Dave
Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 9
Call the Art League for information and registration.
Create your heirloom today! In this two and a half day class students will learn how to construct a Nantucket Basket. This class is open weave
where students get to choose their own projects and materials based on experience. All levels are welcome!

April

Portrait Intensive Workshop with Laurel S. Boeck
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
April 5, 6 & 7
9:00am - 4 :00pm | Studio 3
$395 Member | $515 Non-Member
Laurel Stern Boeck, nationally acclaimed portrait artist, will demonstrate her approach to painting, with emphasis on improving
color, drawing skills, value relationships and understanding edges. From observation of the live model, we will examine the effect of light falling
on the structures and forms of the head. Mixing color for complexions will be discussed and demonstrated. Learn to use the elements that make
a painting successful and exciting.
All levels are welcome.
About the Instructor: Award-winning artist Laurel Stern Boeck has been characterized as one of the nation’s foremost portrait painters. From
her earliest years, Boeck has been fascinated with the human subject and the art of portraiture.
Educated at the prestigious Arts Students’ League and receiving a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York, Boeck has
had the privilege to paint prominent leaders in the fields of business, government, and education. Her work can be seen in major capitols, banks,
board rooms, universities, the Supreme Court, private homes, and Washington institutions.
The skill and precision Boeck pours into her work has earned her recognition in national publications including The New York Times and
International Artist Magazine, among others.
She was awarded the Merit Scholarship from the Arts Students League and received an Honorable Mention in the nation’s largest portrait
competition sponsored by Artist Magazine.
She has also been featured in exhibitions such as the Knickerbockers’ Art Show, the Salmagundi Art Show and the Northern
Westchester Center of Art.

Making Photo Books with Cheryl Conklin
Monday, April 9
1:00 - 4:00pm | Studio 7
$95 Member | $125 Non-Member
Come join us for a fun-filled day of creating a beautiful photo book. We will upload pictures from your computer, choose the style and format
for your book, and then arrange all of your pictures and add any text you might desire. Once reviewed, we will finalize your new book and place
on order. These are great for gifts for preserving precious memories.