Art Center Sarasota Announces 2023 Visiting Artist Workshops Led by Nationally Acclaimed Artists

The Sarasota Art Center will host acclaimed artists from around the country who will lead three days of immersive destination workshops from January to April 2023.

These workshops invite participants to express their creativity while improving technical skills. Workshops include watercolor, acrylic painting, collage, mixed media and more.

Some offer two-hour artist demos via Zoom before the session. Space is limited. To register and for more information, visit or call 941-365-2032.

Upcoming guest artist workshops

January 16-18, 10am-4pm: Richard Stevens: Watercolor Fresh &

Free: Richard Stevens’ workshops are informative, challenging and fun. Students will learn techniques and creative use of watercolor tools, including brushes, color mixing, and the water/pigment relationship. There is always a strong emphasis on design elements and principles.

February 6-8, 10am-4pm: Robert Burridge: Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting and Collage: This workshop aims to push participants out of their comfort zone and point them in a new, freer, abstract direction. An undraped model will serve as inspiration for original charcoal and paint sketches. On the third day, participants will create collages from these sketches using tear and paint splatter techniques. Artist Demo via Zoom: January 18, 6:00 p.m

February 9-11, 10am-4pm: Robert Burridge: Abstract Collage Painting: This workshop is aimed at those who have always wanted to paint abstractly but don’t know where to start. Enjoy demonstrations, techniques, basic formulas, compositions and color theory to create more meaningful summaries. Artist Demo via Zoom: January 18, 6:00 p.m

March 20-22, 10am-4pm: Ron Stock: Creating Magic in Your Watercolors: Learn how to break bad habits, break the rules, and unleash your painting style. Each morning Ron Stock will choose a subject and demonstrate his techniques on how to paint a successful watercolor. After his demonstration, he will spend time with each student to help work through any issues they may have and encourage them to find and explore their own unique style. Students will paint until about an hour before class ends, at which time Ron will give his second demonstration of the day. This demonstration will be on the elements of morning painting. Artist Demo via Zoom: March 1, 6:00 p.m

April 3-5, 10am-4pm: Jane Slivka: The Freedom of Acrylic: Students will explore painting still life, landscapes, figures and abstractions. Slivka’s students leave with more than a few canvases in hand; they leave with a sense of accomplishment, a new appreciation for their own abilities, and motivation to keep painting. All skill levels.

The Sarasota Art Center is Sarasota’s premier arts and culture institution. Founded in 1926 as the Sarasota Arts Association by Marcia Rader, art director of the Sarasota County School District, the association later incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1943 and is located at its current location on the Sarasota Bayfront A cultural district since 1949, Art Center Sarasota is a member-supported organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives to underserved youth, and culturally-related community programs. The Sarasota Art Center is admission free and open to all; its mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent, and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual arts opportunities.

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