Visiting Master Artist Workshops

The Visiting Master Artist Workshops offer an opportunity to study with the best of today’s master artists working in the areas of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, and drawing.

Enjoy the beautiful South Florida surroundings and great winter weather while taking advantage of the exceptional facilities at the Armory Art Center. The Visiting Master Artist Workshops offer a unique combination of intensive studio time with state-of-the-art facilities and work with renowned teachers in the relaxed, beautiful, and culturally dynamic setting of West Palm Beach. The Armory’s Visiting Master Artist Workshop Series brings together students and international contemporary master artists.

The workshops provide an unparalleled educational experience to artists of all skill levels and diverse disciplines.




Enameling on 3D Forms
4-day workshop | February 16-19, 2023, 9:30 am-4:30 pm daily with a 1-hour lunch break

This workshop will address enameling on three-dimensional forms using both wet and dry application techniques. We will start with small seamless copper forms and learn to alter the shape using hammers and smithing techniques. Soldering parts onto forms before enameling will be covered if there is student interest. Some of the enameling techniques we will cover will include stenciling, diamond burs, and cloisonne with handmade wires, with a focus on combining and layering techniques. Attention to the final finish on pieces, a make-or-break design element, will also be addressed.

Tuition $680, Lab Fee $35, Register

Sarah Perkins received her BA at San Diego State University and her MFA at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and is Professor Emerita at Missouri State University where she headed the Metals Program for 23 years. She is a past Board Member of the Enamelist Society and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Ornamental Metal Museum. She has shown her work in the USA, India, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Her work can be seen in Metalsmith, Ornament, American Craft, and in the books The Art of Fine Enameling, Contemporary Enameling, The Penland Book of Jewelry, and The Art of Enameling, and she was the juror for the Lark Publications book 500 Enameled Objects.


Classical Wax Carving for Sculptural Rings
3-day workshop | March 3-5, 9:30 am-4:30 pm daily with a 1-hour lunch break

This workshop will cover how to carve a wax model from start to finish using primarily a reduction-style carving method. Including: How to transfer your sketched design/idea to the wax for carving. How to design and carve with the eventual casting process in mind. A rundown of carving waxes and tools that I use. How to incorporate/improve/modify tools you already have. And finally: Going through in detail the processes I use to carve a piece.

Tuition $360, Lab Fee $30, Register

Cheyenne Weil is a jeweler/designer out of Portland, Oregon. She makes hand-carved and cast pieces, mostly rings, usually out of gold or platinum, sometimes with stones. Cheyenne stumbled into jewelry making through a few odd jobs during college (where she was not actually studying art or jewelry!). The idea that you could take a thing you carved and transform it into a perfect replica in gold just seized ahold of her. Weil began focusing on carving specifically after that, creating tools as needed and learning how to design the kinds of pieces she wanted to make. Weil has been making custom jewelry full time now for 12 years.



Form and Color Portrait Painting
4-day workshop, February 14-17, 2023, 9:30 am-4:30 pm daily with a 1-hour lunch break. 

In this workshop, we will focus on 3 aspects of painting portraiture. The first is drawing. The second is color relationships. The third is how to bring drawing/form and color together cohesively to create powerful portraiture. The workshop will culminate in a 2-day pose where students will have the opportunity to bring together skills learned at the beginning of the workshop and apply them to a long painting.

Tuition $685, Register

JaFang Lu graduated from the City College of New York University with a B.A. degree. She studied drawing and painting at the Art Students’ League of New York and the New York Academy of Art with Peter Cox, Michael Burbon, David Klass, and Nelson Shanks. In 2002, Nelson Shanks and his wife, Leona Shanks, founded Studio Incamminati, a realist painting atelier, with the vision of training the next generation of realist painters. He invited a few of his students to study with him, JaFang was among them. During her study at Studio Incamminati, she took workshops with Ted Seth Jacob, Anthony, Ryder, Rob Liberace, and Jon de Martin. JaFang’s “Portraits of Philadelphians in Black and White” drawing project, which attempts to reflect the racial diversity in Philadelphia, was funded by the Leeway Foundation. She had shown at the Stanek Gallery, the Avery Gallery, the Artist House, the Freeman Gallery in Philadelphia, Bennington Center for the Art in Vermont, the Butler Institute in Youngstown Ohio, and the Manitou Gallery in New Mexico.


Cityscape Painting in the Studio
4-day workshop, March 28-31, 9:30 am-4:30 pm daily with a 1-hour lunch break. 

This workshop will combine the creativity and limitless potential of studio painting from photos with information gathered from life and/or master copies to create vibrant, dynamic Cityscapes and Landscapes. We’ll explore every stage of a studio landscape in a straightforward way to learn about all elements of painting. We’ll study composition and design through thumbnails; color through short life studies and/or master copies. Linear and aerial perspective will be explained clearly. Demonstrations will help students understand lighting and atmospheric effects, depth and paint application. Gavin will work with each student to help them get to the heart of their idea and communicate it as clearly as possible. Students will emerge from class with a greater understanding of how to paint AND a finished Cityscape (or landscape) painting! Any level of artist will benefit greatly from this workshop. 

Tuition $575, Register

Gavin Glakas grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and started drawing about the time he started walking. He studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Following graduation, he spent a year in Athens, Greece, working as an illustrator. After returning to the U.S., Glakas spent a year and a half working on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer. He had planned to go to law school but, after an eight-month illness culminating in the removal of a tumor from his lung at the age of 24, decided to pursue his lifelong ambition of a career as an artist. Glakas began showing his work in galleries almost immediately and has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Butler Institute of American Art. His paintings have been featured on NBC News and in American Art Collector, International Artist, Art Business News, Elan and The Strand magazines and exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the country. Glakas’ paintings hang in the United States Capitol, the House of Representatives’ Armed Forces Committee, Georgetown University, The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach and the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, as well as numerous private collections. The artist is represented by Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA and Charleston, SC. He paints full-time and teaches figure painting and drawing at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD, as well as workshops in Tuscany and Palm Beach.