Winter 2022 classes

Studio Classes – Onsite
Art History
Movement and Contemplative Arts
Photography
Drawing
Painting
Pastel
Watercolor
Ceramics
Sculpture

Online Classes via Zoom
Studio Arts
Art History/Art Appreciation

 

 

STUDIO CLASSES – ONSITE

 

ART HISTORY

NEW! HISTORY OF LANDSCAPE PAINTING – VERO COLLECTS!

Chagall-Les-Amoureux-au-Trois-Bouquets-1980-private-collection

Christopher Fasolino
This course will specifically highlight works in the Vero Collects – Hidden Treasures Revealed exhibition. We will consider the history of European art from the Italian Renaissance to see how landscape and portraiture complement each other; then we will visit the galleries to discuss the work of European Old Masters and historic American artists.

Classes meet at VBMA, January 11 – March 15
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$280 (Museum Members $225)

Register for History of Landscape Painting

 

MOVEMENT AND CONTEMPLATIVE ARTS

QIGONG

Hester Bloom
All levels
Qigong is a time-honored practice for health and wellness from ancient China. The focus is on gentle movement, deep abdominal breathing, and relaxed awareness of the here and now. The practice works to reduce stress, gently tone the body, and soothe the nervous system. Participants may either stand or sit during the active Qigong portion of the class. Guided meditation is seated. During the course, a variety of meditation styles or techniques will be used, allowing participants to find perhaps one that best suits that individual. Clothing and shoes should be comfortable for easy stretching and movement. No prior knowledge or practice required.

Classes meet at VBMA in the Atrium
Wednesdays, January 12 – February 16 (no class on January 26)
8:30 – 9:30 am
$70 (Museum Members $55)

Register for Qigong 1/12

Classes meet at VBMA in the Atrium
Wednesdays, February 23 – March 30 (no class on March 9)
8:30 – 9:30 am
$70 (Museum Members $55)

Register for Qigong 2/23

 

TAI CHI

Cynthia Hurst
All levels
The art of tai chi feeds body, mind, and spirit. In this course you will learn a series of forms that focus on balance, health, and well-being. A combination of brief lecture and practice, sessions will include opening the energy gate exercises for body, 18-step Qigong for mindfulness, and 24-step tai chi moving meditation for flow of spirit.

Classes meet at VBMA in the Atrium
Tuesdays, January 11 – February 8
8:30 – 9:30 am
$70 (Museum Members $55)

Register for Tai Chi 1/11

Classes meet at VBMA in the Atrium
Tuesdays, February 15 – March 22 (no class on February 22)
8:30 – 9:30 am
$70 (Museum Members $55)

Register for Tai Chi 2/15

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

THE CREATIVE ARTIST

Aric Attas
This course is designed to help students discover their creativity, personal vision, and make meaning through photography. We will explore the creative process through presentations, slides, videos and reading materials. You can use your camera or mobile device in this course. Each week students will be given a creative challenge to help them discover new ways of seeing. Technical skills will be introduced along the way to support creative expression. A complimentary goal of the course is to introduce the practices mindfulness meditation and contemplative photography. This creativity workshop is designed for artists of all mediums who want to take their work to the next level. No previous experience required!

Class meets at VBMA January 12 – March 16
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
$280 (Museum Members $225)

Register for The Creative Artist

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 101

Aric Attas
This fun and interactive class is designed to teach students the fundamentals of photography. Discover f/stops and shutter speeds and how to use them to take better photos. We’ll also discuss composition, color, perspective, and imaginative approaches to photography to spark creativity! Students will also have the opportunity to explore landscape, still life and portraits. Images and videos from the history of photography will be used as examples.

Photography 101 Class Materials
Digital (dSLR), compact digital or 35mm camera with manual capabilities and working light meter. Memory cards for digital cameras, film for analog cameras. Notebook for class notes and technical information. All brands are welcome including Canon, Nikon, Panasonic Lumix, Minolta, Olympus and Sony. Optional Photography Accessories: Tripod, shutter release, electronic flash, close-up filters.

Class meets at VBMA January 10 – March 21 (no class on January 17 in observance of MLK Day)
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
$280 (Museum Members $225)

Register for Photography 101

*Scholarships available. For eligibility information and how to apply, please download the form below. Contact us at 772.231.0707 ext. 139, should you have any questions.

Stuart Segal Scholarship Application Fillable

The Stuart Segal Photography Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Stuart and his love of photography which began with courses taken years ago at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

DRAWING

 

YOU CAN DRAW

Marlene Evans Putnam
This course will ensure that beginning students learn to see shapes, understand shadows, and use line in powerful or delicate ways. Students will learn to use their drawing tools properly and confidently and will be amazed at their steady progress as they learn to design and compose their projects. The instructor will teach by both lecture and studio demonstration. Materials needed: Putnam You Can Draw

Classes meet at VBMA January 13 – February 10
Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for You Can Draw 1/13

Classes meet at VBMA February 17 – March 17
Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for You Can Draw 2/17

 

CHALLENGING REALISM IN COLORED PENCILS

Drawing by Edmund Cortez

Edmund Cortez
All levels
This class will help all level students learn the basics of hyperrealism drawing techniques using colored pencils. Students will master the art of observation as they learn to notice the subtle properties of lights and colors on any given object to create a drawing resembling a photograph. Step-by-step guidance and demonstration will boost the students’ confidence in using colored pencils as a drawing tool. The instructor will teach by both lecture and studio demonstration. Materials needed: Challenging Realism materials

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 2 January 13 – March 17
Thursdays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
$280 (Museum members $225)

Register for Challenging Realism in Colored Pencils

 

PAINTING

Oysters, 1862
Oil painting by Edouard Manet

INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING

Barry Shapiro
This course is designed to teach beginners the art and science of oil or acrylic painting. We will start with the basics, including supplies and techniques, then move on to perspective, color and brushwork. Each lesson will last approximately one hour after which you will work on your assignment or your own painting with guidance. Choose either oil or acrylic materials needed: Shapiro painting supply list

Classes meet at VBMA January 12 – March 16
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$280 (Museum Members $225)

Register for Introduction to Painting

 

 

 

ACRYLIC PAINTING – THE BASICS AND MORE

Christine Thomas
All levels
Beginning or experienced students can improve skills in painting and brush and material handling. The instructor will discuss how to frame and hang paintings correctly as well as setting the pace for students to begin and complete a painting. Students may also bring artworks in progress and other ideas for painting. Materials needed: Thomas Acrylic Mats

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 2
Tuesdays, January 11 – February 8
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Basics and More 1/11

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 2
Wednesdays, January 12 – February 9
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Basics and More 1/12

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 2
Tuesdays, February 15 – March 15
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Basics and More 2/15

Classes meet at VBMA in Studios 2
Wednesdays, February 16 – March 16
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Basics and More 2/16

 

 

PAINTING STUDIO AND MORE

Christine Thomas
All levels
Join a friendly group of artists who work independently while sharing with each other. The instructor provides suggestions and demonstrations. This studio class is open to these 2-D mediums: acrylics, oils, mixed media, watercolor, and drawing. Students should bring their preferred materials to class.

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 2
Tuesdays, January 11 – February 8
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Painting Studio and More 1/11

Classes meet at VBMA in Studios 2
Wednesdays, January 12 – February 9
1:30 – 4:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Painting Studio and More 1/12

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 2
Tuesdays, February 15 – March 15
1:30 – 4:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Painting Studio and More 2/15

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 2
Wednesdays, February 16 – March 16
1:30 – 4:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Painting Studio and More 2/16

 

MULTIMEDIA PORTRAIT PAINTING

Portrait student in Judy Burgarella’s class

Judy Burgarella
All levels
Students will explore the basics of portraiture in pencil and charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylics, and oils via lecture, demonstration, and Q&A. Paint in any medium you choose, or just watch and take notes. The instructor will demonstrate experimental techniques and will share many painting and composition methods, tricks, and visual aids in order to make a more enjoyable, relaxed, and “fearless” learning experience. A strong focus will be on color mixing, getting a good likeness, and learning how exciting and satisfying portrait painting can be. Materials needed: MM Portrait Painting mats

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 2
Mondays, January 10 – February 14 (no class on January 17 in observance of MLK Day)
1:00 – 4:00 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Multimedia Portrait Painting

 

PASTEL

 

PASTEL PAINTING: MORE THAN JUST DRAWING

Sherry Haaland
All levels
Explore possibilities of this medium with its wonderfully rich, velvety texture. Have fun testing prospects of this medium and advancing your painting skills. Pastel painting encompasses line, texture, and overlaying of color while weaving back and forth to bring paintings to life. Students will experiment with pastel techniques such as strokes/marks, scumbling, crosshatching, dabbing, and blending to use with individual paintings. Materials needed: Pastel Painting material list

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 3
Tuesdays, January 11 – February 8
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Pastel Painting 1/11

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 3
Tuesdays, February 15 – March 15
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$170 (Museum Members $140)

Register for Pastel Painting 2/15

 

WATERCOLOR

 

IMAGES IN WATERCOLOR

Joel Johnson
Intermediate level
This class will explore a variety of subjects and how they become translated through transparent watercolor. The instructor will demonstrate various approaches such as wet into wet, dry, and layering or glazing. Materials and their usage will be discussed as a key to success. Material list: Images in Watercolor materials

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 3
Wednesdays, January 12 – March 16
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$280 (Museum Members $225)

This class is sold out. 

 

CERAMICS

Materials and supplies for ceramics classes: A twenty five pound bag of clay is included in your class tuition. Registered students may purchase up to two more bags of clay during the duration of each course. Only clay provided by the VBMA may be used in class or fired in the VBMA kilns. All tools and materials are the responsibility of the students and are generally introduced through a supply list at registration or during terms first class.

 

EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH CLAY

Kent Johnson
All levels
This course will introduce fundamental hand-building skills that will enable students to make various functional and sculptural forms. Beginners will learn basic techniques such as pinching, coil, and slab building, while advanced students will develop their mold-building techniques and improve their sculpture work. Basic tools needed: Clay Class Tool List

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 5
Wednesdays, January 12 – March 16
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$300 ($240 Museum Members)

Register for Express Yourself with Clay

 

THROW LIKE A PRO

Kent Johnson
All levels
This class will provide an immersion in wheel-throwing skills for students of all levels. Beginners will learn shortcuts to successfully make pots on the wheel, while students with previous experience can grow their skills. Basic tools: Clay Class Tool List

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 5
Wednesdays, January 12 – March 16
1:30 – 4:30 pm
$300 ($240 Museum Members)

Register for Throw Like a Pro

 

WORKING WITH CLAY

Kent Johnson
All levels
Open to beginners through advanced students, this class includes both hand building and wheel throwing. Beginners learn the basics, while returning students work on perfecting their techniques. The instructor covers surface decoration, design, and glazing instruction, and will also employ helpful class critiques. Basic tools: Clay Class Tool List

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 5
Tuesdays, January 11 – March 15
5:30 – 8:30 pm
$300 ($240 Museum Members)

Register for Working with Clay

 

ADVANCED CERAMICS STUDIO

Walford Campbell
Intermediate and advanced levels
This studio course is geared to the student who is motivated to undertake ambitious individual work in clay and further their understanding of ceramic art. Self-exploration is afforded students who have demonstrated proficiency in working with clay but are looking for guidance, advice, and critique from the instructor. The goal for this course is to provide the advanced student the opportunity to grow and to produce desired but previously unattainable work. Student work will reflect well thought out and executed projects, including aesthetic decisions, an increased ability to handle material, and an increased proficiency with glazing techniques. Basic tools: Clay Class Tool List

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 5
Thursdays, January 13 – March 17
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$300 ($240 Museum Members)

Register for Advanced Ceramics Studio

 

SCULPTURE

 

FIGURE SCULPTURE

George Paxton
All levels
During this course, students will develop proficiency in figurative sculpture. Working from a live model, students will create three figures or figurative fragments in clay, and individual instruction will be provided. Principles of anatomy, proportion, geometric planes, bone structure gesture, and contrapposto will be taught. Proportional calipers will be employed to assist in creating accurate representations of the human form. Classes will start with basic shapes and blocking in the figures before slowly building on detail, refining work into beautiful anatomically correct, compositionally strong sculptures. Sculpture supplies needed: FIGURE SCULPTURE Winter 2019 Materials

Classes meet at VBMA in Studio 6 January 11 – March 15
Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$350 ($290 Museum Members)

Register for Figure Sculpture

 

PORTRAIT SCULPTURE

Portrait sculptures from George Paxton’s class

George Paxton
All levels
During this course, students will develop their ability to create portraiture. Working from a live model, students will create a life-size portrait sculpture bust. The instructor will provide individual instruction and explain principals of portraiture. Students will learn to measure with calipers to develop the structure and proportions of the face. The anatomy of the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hair will be discussed and taught. Portrait sculpture supplies needed: Paxton Portrait Mats

Classes meet at VBMA January 13 – February 10
Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$230 (Museum Members $190)

Register for Portrait Sculpture

 

ONLINE CLASSES – VIA ZOOM

 

STUDIO ARTS

 

LANDSCAPE DRAWING

Drawing by Carolyn Fee

Carolyn Fee
Intermediate level
Students will gain a basic comprehension of the expressive nature of landscape drawing, and learn drawing techniques to approach a variety of subjects of which landscapes are comprised. The focus will be upon foundational concepts including selective composition, atmospheric perspective, and the power of suggestion. We’ll be working from master’s drawings, paintings, and photographs. Drawing Materials

Classes meet via Zoom January 11 – March 15
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
$225 (Museum Members $180)

Register for Landscape Drawing

 

INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

Drawing by Carolyn Fee

Carolyn Fee
Intermediate level
Increase your ability to draw more complex compositions that integrate your own style and rendering proficiency in this intermediate course. Through still-life setups comprised of a subject matter relevant to each lesson, learn the role that choice of composition, the creation of hierarches amidst objects within a drawing, will increase creative expression. We will also engage in developing awareness and mastery of the process of creative expression. Materials needed: Drawing Materials

Classes meet via Zoom January 12 – March 16
Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
$225 (Museum Members $180)

Register for Intermediate Drawing

 

CALLIGRAPHY – VISIGOTHIC VERSALS

Risa Gettler
All levels
On the tiptoes of time, between antiquity and the early Middle Ages, stand the Visigothic Versals alphabet. It’s the exclusive, distinctive, and independent lettering tradition unique to 7th-11th c. Spain. Manuscript spacing constraints created letters of different sizes, stacked, ligatured, and highly unique! Gain and/or increase calligraphic skills, the Visigothic Versals alphabet, ligatures and how/where to use them, and steps to creating finished work. Materials needed: Calligraphy mats Gettler

Classes meet via Zoom January 13 – February 10
Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
$115 (Museum Members $90)

Register for Calligraphy Visigothic Versals

 

ARTIST PRACTICE: SKETCHBOOKS IN GRAPHITE AND INK

Morgan Kuster
All levels
What does a thriving artist practice look like? It’s different for everyone! Dip your toe in or dive headfirst into this course to begin developing (or continue developing!) your artist practice. We will delve into how something as simple as a sketchbook can help your creativity flourish. Each class session, students will share their practice from the previous week, take a look into artworks new and old for discussion and inspiration, and dive into a fresh challenge. The goal of this course is for students, from the new to art crew to the creatively blocked, to cultivate their personal artistic practice using one of the most basic of tools: a sketchbook. Each week students will complete creative challenges, explore new prompts, and gain technical skills. alongside an artist practice assignment that will challenge students to think critically about the artwork they are making as well as help improve visual representation and artful thinking skills. Materials needed: Sketchbook materials list

Classes meet via Zoom January 14 to March 18
Fridays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
$225 (Museum members $180)

Register for Artist Practice: Sketchbooks

 

ART HISTORY/ART APPRECIATION

 

NEW! THE ART OF SURPRISE

Christopher Fasolino
This NEW course explores the theme of surprise in art – artists with astonishing range, narrative paintings with plot twists and mysteries, and pieces where famous artists experimented with styles different than the ones they are known for. From Monet to Maxfield Parrish, prepare to be surprised in fun and interesting ways.

Classes meet via Zoom January 13 – March 17
Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
$225 (Museum Members $180)

Register for The Art of Surprise

 

CHANGING SCENES: MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE

Lynn Berkowitz
This class examines the provocations and presentations of some pivotal art exhibitions that changed museum practice as well as society’s understanding of what art could look like and what art could be. By looking at “avant garde” art of the time and discussing why it was radical, we can better understand how our contemporary art came to be.

Classes meet via Zoom January 12 – February 9
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
$115 (Museum Members $90)

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NEW! SEEING AND SHARING: EARLY ART COLLECTIONS THAT BUILT MUSEUMS

Lynn Berkowitz
We will plunge into the life, times, and works of art of influential Gilded Age and modern-era collectors whose magnificent collections led to new museums across America, and radically changed the tenor and taste of museum collections in established settings. Their zeal for collecting advanced attitudes for art of the new, classical, and diverse. This class complements the VBMA exhibition Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed.

Classes meet via Zoom February 16 – March 16
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
$115 (Museum Members $90)

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THE ART OF THE MEDICI

Christopher Fasolino
The art of the Italian Renaissance will be explored through the lens of the Medici family, the great and flamboyant art patrons of Florence. Geniuses like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Brunelleschi will be featured, with a focus on their lesser-known works. Palace intrigue forms a dramatic backdrop for artistic masterpieces. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the rich art history of the Italian Renaissance.

Classes meet via Zoom January 10 – March 21 (no class January 17, in observance of MLK Day)
Mondays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
$225 (Museum Members $180)

Register for The Art of the Medici