Visiting Master Artist Workshops

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 works 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 contemporary master artists from all over the country, and even internationally! As a result, the workshops provide an unparalleled educational experiences. Now in its 21st year, the series caters to artists of all skill levels and diverse disciplines. The Visiting Master Artist Workshop series was designed to offer opportunities to study with the best of today’s master artists working in the areas of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, and drawing.

2022

PAINTING

Color Rules

Nancy McCarthy

January 12-15
10:00 am-4:00 pm daily
with 1 hour break for lunch

Levels: All

Color Rules! It does, absolutely, but there are NO rules, no formulas, no tricks. There is intention — getting color to say what you want it to say. In this intensive workshop we consider basic color concepts such as value, hue, and saturation and learn how to manipulate them to energize our work. Working with color divorced from representation, as well as color from observation, we will build color relationships with acrylic gouache on paper, working toward an understanding of how color functions and building a personal color vocabulary. This workshop is meant for anyone working with color: painters, designers, architects, etc. 

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Painting on Silk

Jamie Kirkell

January 28-29
9:30 am-4:30 pm daily
with 1 hour break for lunch

Levels: All

This is an exciting and stimulating workshop to explore design, color and painting on silk. Colors on silk are breath-taking. Design techniques are easy to apply and painting florals are perfect for this art form. Classes are taught in an open relaxed manner and geared for the beginner or the season artist interested in exploring silk painting. I invite all who are interested to a delightful two-day workshop …stimulating work, a new and easy way to design fabric, working with others and the joy of exploring silk painting. We will be completing three scarves at the end of the second day. 

Tuition: $325 | Lab Fee: $60

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Memories and Dreams, Watercolor and Collage

Marian Steen

February 25
10:00 am-12:30 pm

Levels: All

Join abstract artist Marian Steen as she shares her stories, decades in the making behind her work.  Marian’s watercolor paintings are an energetic blend of vibrant colors, references to nature, and collage. Her work merges handmade paper, found objects, and scraps of memorabilia that have personal significance such as buttons, cloth, and textured materials. This talk and demonstration will provide an insightful peek into her mind about what ignites sparks of creativity, and how she then translates this into a painting.   

Tuition: $125

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SCULPTURE

Total Sculpture in Clay

Peter Rubino

January 24-28
9:30 am-4:30 pm daily
with 1 hour break for lunch

Levels: All

Peter Rubino will lead students on a technical and artistic journey toward understanding the dynamic and creative forces in sculpting representational figures and expressive abstractions in clay. Special lessons will be given on the head, hands and feet.  Utilizing Peter’s guiding principles: Position, Proportion & Planes combined with easy to follow step by step instructions, students will learn how to “see in the round” and create limitless expressions in clay.  Peter will teach participants how to produce dramatic surface textures and professional looking pieces using various tooling techniques. Mr. Rubino will help students discover, explore and develop their own 3-dimensional designs with his unique method of “Sketching in Clay”.  Preparing finished clay pieces for firing and the application of simple hand-painted patinas will be explored at the end of the workshop. Peter’s upbeat and positive teaching approach encourages students to discover their own personal artistic style. “In class we don’t make mistakes, we make adjustments.” Peter Rubino 

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CERAMICS

More is More: China Paint Techniques

Melanie Sherman

January 31-February 4
9:30 am-4:30 pm daily
with 1 hour break for lunch

Levels: All

This workshop is designed to marry the ceramic form with imagery, exploring surface decorations such as China paints, metallic lusters, flocking, gold leaf, and other finishes. This course encourages students of all disciplines to use their own imagery and designs, using traditional image transfer techniques. Expressing cultural heritage, storytelling, and indulging in layer after layer of lavish ornamentations and embellishments, participants will personalize their own ceramic works or store-bought ceramics. This course encourages a playful approach to engage in new connections between two- and three-dimensional elements, engaging with different painting techniques, textures, and materials to craft unique works of art.  

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Manipulated Making: Potting for Improvisation

Malcom Mubutu Smith

February 16-18
9:30 am-4:30 pm daily
with 1 hour break for lunch

Levels: Intermediate-Advanced

Demonstration and instruction on developing cues and prompts of invention while using the potter’s wheel and hand building methods for the creation of novel forms. Supplies needed: basic clay tools.

Tuition: $665 | Clay: $29

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JEWELRY

Stone Setting in Wax

Shana Kroiz

February 23-26
9:30 am-4:30 pm daily
with 1 hour break for lunch

Levels: Intermediate-Advanced

This exciting four-day workshop will cover a variety of setting options while focusing on different types of wax to create beautiful stone settings for any design. This is a great way to learn how to set all types of stones and the possibilities of both soft and hard carving waxes. Students will have the opportunity to create samples or actual charms, rings and pendants with demonstrations that include bezels in both hard wax and soft wax, prong and bezel setting using the wax lathe, prong settings in soft wax, pavè in wax, irregular stone settings and channel setting. We will spend the first three days creating setting samples in wax and then cast and set the stones in metal on the final day. 

Tuition: $650 | Fee $20

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