LBKCA 2016 Community Art Classes - PAINTING

Community Art Classes are offered during the months of January to April. 
Register by calling 941.383.2345 or fill out the registration form and send to:

Fax: 941.383.7915 
Mail: Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Dr. S., Longboat Key, FL 34228


Painting by Alexandra Lillis

Instructor: Alexandra Lillis
Thursdays: 1 pm – 4 pm
Bldg. 300, Studio 1
$135 4-week session

Jan:    7, 14, 21, 28
Feb:    4, 11, 18, 25
Mar:    3, 10, 17, 24
Apr:    7, 14, 21, 28

Enter the world of brush and canvas and discover the timeless art form of painting.  Learn how artfully placed strokes of paint can create and transform inspiring works of art.  Discussions will introduce and refine your understanding of the visual elements of painting, including composition, color theory, perspective, and value. Working from a still life as a foundation, you will learn how to control your brushwork to allow your distinct style and personality to emerge. Individual projects can be incorporated based on the student’s interests and goals. Students may choose to work in oils or acrylics.  All skill levels welcome.

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Tony Rich


Instructor: Tony Rich
Tuesdays: 1pm–4pm
Bldg. 400, Studio B
$135 4-week session 

Jan: 5,12,19,26
Feb: 2,9,16,23
Mar: 1,8,15,22
Apr: 5,12,19,26

Demystify landscape painting in this enjoyable, easy-to-understand approach to the subject matter. Follow a series of simplified steps based on techniques used by today’s leading landscape painters. This dynamic class includes presentations, discussions, and ample studio time. Students will work from photographs, in either oil or acrylics, and will be given individually-tailored instruction while working at their easels. All skill levels welcome.

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Tony’s landscape classes compliment each other perfectly. Consider taking them concurrently during February and March in order to accelerate your understanding of landscape painting!



Tony Rich

INTO THE LANDSCAPE (outdoor class)
Instructor: Tony Rich
Thursdays 9am-12pm
Locations: To Be Announced
$135 4-week session

Feb: 4,11,18,25
Mar: 3,10,17,24

As we view an outdoor landscape scene we plan to paint, we can quickly become overwhelmed with the vast amount of information before us. How do we deal with the varying light and atmospheric conditions, the numerous color variations and the many shapes and their edges? To be successful we need to simplify. This outdoor class teaches the methods and tools you need to succeed. These methods and tools cover how to effectively select and compose as well as how to manage light and color. Weather permitting, the class will meet outdoors either on Longboat Key or at The Ringling Museum. In case of rain, students will work in the studio. All skill levels welcome.

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Lolly Owens

Instructor: Lolly Owens
Wednesdays 1pm-4pm
Building 400, Studio B
$135 4-week session

Jan 6,13,20,27
Feb 3,10,17,24
Mar 2,9,16,23

The abstract method of painting is a way of working in which you consciously get to know about yourself and artist's tools. Abstract painting comes from our inner nature combining artistic skills with feeling for color, shape, texture, composition, and harmony. Students will be encouraged to use an intuitive process of painting, combining technique, experimentation, and a healthy curiosity. Every lesson is provided with one or more examples which are not intended to be copied but will be used as reference. All skill levels welcome.

Marilyn Charlotte



Instructor: Marilyn Charlotte
Wednesdays 1pm-4pm
Building 300, Studio 1
$135 4-week session

Jan: 6,13,20,27
Feb: 3,10,17,24
Mar: 2,9,16,23
Apr: 6,13,20,27

Learn how to capture the beauty and spontaneity of watercolor—even if you've never painted before!  Explore both traditional and innovative approaches to watercolor as you discover the essential techniques of the medium.  Learn how to create luminous washes, work wet-into-wet, explore value changes, and establish color and light. Creative self-expression and good design will be emphasized.  All skill levels welcome.

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Instructor: Alexandra Lillis
Saturdays 1pm-4pm
Building 300, Studio 1
$135 4-week session

Jan: 9,16,23,30
Feb: 6,13,20,27
Mar: 5,12,19,26
Apr: 2,9,16,23

No artist is an island, and in this informative and supportive studio class you will learn how to take your creative expression and techniques to the next level with a practicing artist and Ringling College Alumnus. Learn how to assess and critique your own works of art independently and in a group setting. Explore various techniques in a variety of media, get feedback on how to more effectively use the basic principles and elements of design in your work, and studio time to apply new found skills. Take advantage of this opportunity for feedback, critique and technical/visual guidance. All levels welcome. All mediums included.

Supplies: Each participant provides his or her own materials, and is invited to bring any drawing or painting supplies that they are comfortable using (subject to faculty/LBKCA approval)

RCAD Student Monitor
Fridays 11am-4pm
Building 300, Studio 1
$20 per 5-hour session

Jan: 8,15,22,29
Feb: 5,12,19,26
Mar: 4,11,18,25
Apr: 1,8,15,22

This non-instructed open studio is a great opportunity for serious beginning and experienced artists to improve their painting skills.  By working independently each participant pursues his own direction from working on class assignments, to experimenting with materials to putting the finishing touches on self-directed work. Each participant provides his or her own materials. All levels welcome.

Julie Kanapaux


Friday, Jan 15, 11am - 4pm
Building 300, Studio 1
$85 per 5-hour session

Working with pastels, paper collage, pencil and paint supplied by the instructor, students will explore the history of abstract painting through this unique hands-on approach. Starting with Impressionism of the late 19th Century, moving through the early 20th Century with Cubism and culminating in mid-Century Abstract Expressionism, students will use the techniques of each movement to create original artwork and enhance their understanding of art history. All levels welcome. 

Friday, Feb 5, 11am-4pm
Building 300, Studio 1
$85 per 5-hour session

Learn to develop your personal imagery and symbolism in this exploratory 5-hour workshop. With direction and feedback from Julie, students will spend the first half of the workshop creating content using various mark-making techniques on papers and foils. The second half of the workshop will bring things together as students collage the content they’ve created. Various techniques will be covered including layering and multi-dimensional collage. All levels welcome. 

Friday, Feb 19, 11am-4pm
Building 300, Studio 1
$85 per 5-hour session

Get loose with expressive and intuitive painting! Students will paint on various surfaces exploring non-brush mark making techniques using utensils, cardboard, string and other elements. In this workshop, you will learn how compositional elements such as line, value, texture, and form strengthen artwork. Expect to create one work on paper and one work on canvas. All levels welcome.  

Friday, Mar 11, 11am-4pm
Building 300, Studio 1
$85 per 5-hour session

Explore the art of image integration while depicting a journey (inner or outer) in visual form. Using personal photographs and meaningful text, students will explore various transfer techniques and learn to incorporate color and texture into mixed media works. Expect to create one work on paper and one work on canvas board. All levels welcome. 




Registration Form

In Person:  Bring a completed registration form and payment made payable to Longboat Key Center for the Arts during our administrative hours:  Tuesday thru Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
By Telephone:  Call 941-383-2345 during business hours, Tuesday thru Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please have your Master Card, Discover or Visa Card number ready.
By Fax:  Send a completed registration form, including your Visa, Discover or Master Card payment information to our secure fax number 941-383-7915. (Go to  and print your registration form.)
By Mail:  Complete the registration form and send it along with your payment to:

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
Attn: Course Registration
6860 Longboat Drive South
Longboat Key, FL 34228

Note:  Students are responsible for obtaining and providing materials for classes unless otherwise specified.  You will receive a confirmation notice once your registration is processed and before the start of your class or workshop.

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