Classes and Workshops

The Creative Arts School at Old School Square offers a variety of learning opportunities, for all ages.

The School is located in the studios and classrooms on the second floor of the Crest Theatre building. For questions, please call the School at 561-243-7922, ext. 478. Deborah will be happy to take care of you; or feel free to email our Director of the Creative Arts School. Classes will confirm a week prior to class start date, so register early to ensure your spot!

what sparks your CREATIVITY!

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 4/6/19 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Fall/Winter 2018-19 CLASSES:

Term 3 – 1/7/2019 – 3/10/2019
Term 4 – 3/11/2019 – 4/21/2019

Art, Photography & Writing Workshops (CLICK HERE)

Youth Classes (CLICK HERE)

  • Youth Classes

    • Youth Classes

      • Messy Hands

        Instructor – Dilia Leon FOR AGES 5 – 8 “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso. Messy Hands is a space to cultivate the innate artist children are. Paul Klee’s cat, Kandinsky’s concentric circles… Klimt’s Tree of Life… We embark on a journey


      • NEW! Crazy Hands for Art

        Instructor – Dilia Leon FOR AGES 9 – 12 We will meet a famous artist, learning about their journey and techniques, through a PowerPoint presentation, and visuals. “What do you see?”, “What does this art piece make you feel?”, “What does this painting remind you of?” These are some of the questions that guide our


      • Installation Art – Teens

        Instructor: Peter Pereira FOR AGES 13 – 16   Bring a Shoe! Peter G. Pereira, creator of the Trees of Life Sculpture and Multimedia Installation Series will introduce you to this groundbreaking and exiting course: Installation Art. Get ready for a magical experience as you explore in-and-out-of-the-box approaches to composing installation art! This class will be


  • Open Studio

    • Studio Classes

      • Open Studio with Live Model

        THIS THREE HOUR STUDIO TIME IS WITHOUT INSTRUCTION. AGES 18 AND UP Format: One long portrait pose on alternating portrait weeks on Tuesday. Short warm-up gesture poses and several longer poses on Wednesday, and alternating figure weeks on Tuesday. Tuesday 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Alternates Figure/Portrait | All Terms | Fee: $20 a


      • Studio Experience

        AGES 18 AND UP Do you need a place to come and create your masterpiece? A place to paint, draw or explore your creative side? Bring your own supplies and we supply the studio! This 3 or 6 hour studio time (if available) is without instruction. Come CREATE! Floating Studio Space | 9:00 am –


  • The Writers’ Colony

    • Writing Classes

      • From Memories to Memoir

        Instructor: Barbara Cronie Now is the time to organize your life experiences into a memoir worthy of being published, or just write about your favorite people and things as a record of family history. Develop a writing process that works for you. You will learn how essay and narrative writing can be combined to express


      • Critique Group

        Instructor: Barbara Cronie PREREQUISITE: Students’ projects must have the approval of the writing program instructor. Continue refining your writing skills with the help of constructive criticism from your peers and the Program Director. Class consists of your reading aloud for 10-15 minutes and then receiving constructive criticism for 10 minutes. Copies of material to be


      • NEW! Intermediate and Advanced Poetry

        Instructor: Winston Aarons This course is for students who want to understand the craft of poetry and write more convincing, interesting and formidable poems that meet the criteria for publication. They will focus on the various aspects of poetic craft, including imagery, metaphor, line, stanza, rhythm, diction, and tone, in order to strengthen their writing


  • Digital Imaging Classes

    • Digital Imaging: Capture Through Output

      • Photoshop for Photographers

        Instructor: Dimitri Sagatov This course is an introduction to the world of creative possibilities available to photographers through Adobe Photoshop. If your current photo editing process leaves something to be desired, Photoshop is a powerful program that will allow you to take your post processing to the next level. To take advantage of these powerful


      • Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

        Instructor: Lee Gordon CREATING AN EFFICIENT COLOR MANAGED DIGITAL WORKFLOW This class is an introduction to using Adobe Lightroom as a digital asset management application. As photographers, we produce an abundance of images, which need to be organized, developed, and integrated into an efficient color managed digital workflow from capture to output. As digital photography advances and evolves,


      • Advanced Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

        Instructor: Lee Gordon CREATING AN EFFICIENT COLOR MANAGED DIGITAL WORKFLOW CONTINUING AN EFFICIENT COLOR MANAGED DIGITAL WORK FLOW COMPLETION OF THE INTRODUCTORY LIGHTROOM CLASS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  This advanced Lightroom class is a continuation, utilizing an integrated approach to Adobe Lightroom. We will learn how to evaluate and pre-visualize the extensive possibilities for developing raw


      • NEW! Digital Drawing

        Instructor: Laurence Gartel Beginners Draw the human figure each week with your ipad, smartphone, laptop. Choose to use a variation of brushes and techniques which could be later on incorporated into other works and or stand alone images. By using the tools of technology the interpretations of reality will give your work your own unique


      • New! Digital Abstraction

        Instructor: Laurence Gartel Beginners The evolution of Art has come full circle. The computer enables us to go beyond what we see in the real world or what can imagine. Computer possibilities enable us to make things that cannot be conceived without digital assistance. We can utilize images from reality and abstract them as well


      • NEW! From Digital to Paint

        Instructor: Laurence Gartel Beginners Creating Digital Art images which could not be conceived any other way then by using a computer. Translate these images to paintings. In this four-week class we will work with Digital Art as source material and then use traditional media as the final end product using a variety of techniques: painting,


  • Photography Classes

    • Photography – The Art of Seeing

      • Introduction to Using Your Digital Camera – Irene Hill

        Instructor: Irene Hill BEGINNERS If the manual that came with your digital camera is causing more confusion than you care to deal with, fear not. This course is designed to help you become more comfortable and creative with your equipment. The class breaks down the learning process into understandable weekly sessions that include taking photos


      • Introduction to Using Your Digital Camera – Dimitri Sagatov

        Instructor: Dimitri Sagatov BEGINNERS Want to learn how to take your camera off AUTO mode? This course is designed to help you become more comfortable and creative with your equipment. The class breaks down the learning process into understandable weekly sessions that include taking photos and learning to experiment with camera techniques such as the triangle


      • Photography on the Move

        Instructor: Irene Hill BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE Anxious to get out there and do more shooting? Want to produce more artistic, nuanced images? In this course for beginner and intermediate students, we will alternate between classroom work on composition and critique with off-campus photo shoots. Emphasis will be on producing uncluttered, dynamic images using natural light. Bring your


      • Intermediate Fine Art Photography

        Instructor: Irene Hill Take the next step in your journey to become a more creative photographer. Learn to see as an artist sees. Develop a better sense of light, shadow, shape, and form. Go beyond the basics and begin to compile and edit a body of work. You will learn how to use the camera


      • Advanced Fine Art Photography

        Instructor: Irene Hill Ready to explore and expand your photographic skills by drawing from not only established principles of design but from new and imaginative ways to think ‘out of the box’? Open yourself to unlimited creativity and visual interpretation by developing the technical ability to create high-level artistic images. Through instruction and weekly assignments,


      • Photography Salon

        Instructor: Irene Hill FOR UPPER LEVEL STUDENTS This class is designed for creative, experienced photographers who want to elevate their photography to a higher, more nuanced artistic level. The Photography Salon will emphasize imagination and the artful expression of creativity and will include classic as well as conceptual photography. Discussion and critique, along with weekly


      • Master – Fine Art Photography

        Instructor: Lee Gordon EXPERIENCED PHOTOGRAPHERS This class is for experienced, creative photographers interested in more than camera clubs or limited seminars and workshops. Become a part of South Florida’s most accomplished group of artistic photographers. Meet in a unique environment with fellow enthusiasts while sharing ideas, techniques, experiences and inspiration. This ongoing class allows the


      • Nature & Wildlife Photography

        Instructor – Raymond Gehman INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED There is a beautiful abundance of natural gifts in our south Florida region, and for the nature photography enthusiast who seeks to capture the “wilder” side of town, from the ocean’s sparkling shoreline to the sweeping sawgrass wetlands, this is the class for you! Raymond’s nature and wildlife photography for


  • Art Classes

    • Painting

      • Contemporary Painting

        Instructor: Peter G. Pereira ALL LEVELS – ACRYLIC (SOME OIL) Take a fantastic journey into painting! This course is perfect for those students and professional artists itching to flush out and consolidate aspects of your artwork that are in need of some R & D…creative therapy! I want to help you pull out individual styles


      • Discover Your Personal Painting Style

        Instructor: Carla Golembe ALL LEVELS – ACRYLIC Explore painting techniques, composition, color and creative expression in an upbeat and encouraging atmosphere. Learn brushwork, layering, and color mixing techniques and apply them to express yourself in paint. Discover how source material can be a springboard for your imagination to take flight and create a work of


      • Oil Painting 101

        Instructor: Beth Sloat BEGINNERS – OIL Are you new at painting in oils? Do you want to learn new methods or break old habits? Then this class is for you! The oil paint medium is versatile, challenging and rewarding. With an initial focus on representational painting from life, each painting will apply basic skills —drawing,


      • Multimedia Master

        Instructor: Donna Fuller INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED – OIL/ACRYLIC/WATERCOLOR You will learn to understand what your paint and brushes can do for you – learn color, concept, perception and usage. Learn how to make them work in creating your art and developing your own distinctive style. You will use copy/photographs of your own for reference. However serious about


      • Collage and Mixed Media

        Instructor – Sharon Koskoff ALL LEVELS – ACRYLIC/MISC MATERIALS Explore and learn about the fascinating world of collage and mixed media using found materials, recyclables, personal photographs, collectibles and other unusual art mediums! Discover assemblage and construction techniques for 2-D and 3-D creations. Class includes emphasis on design principles including balance, color, composition, direction, geometry,


      • Picturesque Pastels

        Instructor: Deborah LaFogg-Docherty BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE – PASTEL Students will explore the use of pastel, learn technique, experiment with underpainting, textures and play with color. Classes will include themed subjects and student choice. All will have the chance to create pastel paintings that have strong compositions, pleasing colors with exciting results. Wednesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


      • Discovering Abstract Painting

        Instructor: Sally Cooper BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE (basic acrylic painting skills necessary) – ACRYLIC This course will explore your creative self and open your mind to the possibilities of working with new methods, taking risks, painting intuitively and allowing chance to create a breakthrough. Artistic originality is encouraged in a light atmosphere where “mistakes” can be turned into


      • Advanced Abstract Painting

        Instructor: Sally Cooper ACRYLIC This course will take you deeper into your creative self where play, exploration and fun interactions along with some new contemporary approaches for self-expression will guide you to discovering your unique voice. You will learn to deal with self-doubt and the frustrations of the creative process and become more aware of


      • Exploring Painting

        Instructor: Vicki Siegel INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED – OIL/ACRYLIC Pursue your passion for painting and develop your individual style. Learn key principles that every artist needs to know to improve their paintings. Topics such as palette and color mixing, color value, composition, brushwork, light and shadow and experimental techniques will be covered. Demonstrations and individual instruction set the


      • NEW! Mixed Media Painting

        Instructor: Fernando Porras All LEVELS – OIL/ACRYLIC Explore the creative possibilities of Mixed-Media Painting. Whether it is canvas, clay tablets, wood, paper, or a mix of all of them, panels can become one of your best allies as an artist. Explore oil, acrylic, and mixed media techniques and experiment with the amazing effects that can


      • Intuitive Painting: Art from the Heart

        Instructor: Carla Golembe ALL LEVELS – ACRYLIC In this fun process-oriented class, students will be encouraged to tap into their creative source. Focusing on painting from your inner being, you’ll discover your authentic style of mark making, palette, and imagery. Through guided step-by-step prompts and demos at the start of each class you’ll allow your


    • Watercolor

      • Traveling Artists: Ink, Watercolor/WC Pencil Techniques

        Instructor: Fernando Porras All LEVELS Can you finish a base-wash and your wine before it starts raining and make it to the station in time for the last train? Soon you will! Join our class to learn how to tackle wonderful problems like this and a good number of great techniques to make the best


      • Intermediate Watercolor

        Instructor: Sid DelMar Leach Beginners This class will establish the basics of what watercolor is and how to use it carefully and accurately. Instruction will be in the use of transparent watercolor. Students will be given a drawing, depicting European subject matter, which they will transfer to watercolor paper. All students will work from the


      • Advanced Watercolor – Passarelli

        Instructor: Charles Passarelli PREVIOUS WATERCOLOR PAINTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED Students will further their skills by learning how to use color, the correct ways of applying paint, technique, styles and tricks to accomplish effects in their work. A photocopy will be furnished to students as all will work on the same subject at the same time. Tuesday


    • Drawing

      • Drawing 101

        Instructor: Beth Sloat BEGINNER Learn to see like an artist in a structured and supportive environment. Learning to draw can be a life changing experience and drawing is the gateway to all the visual arts. Students will become acquainted with various drawing tools and learn to draw realistically from observation with exercises that include line,


      • NEW! Drawing 102

        Instructor: Beth Sloat INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED Let’s continue the drawing experience! Now that you’ve learned the fundamentals in Drawing 101, We will hone in on those skills and take your artistry to the next level. With ever changing still life subjects, this class will focus on composition, rhythmn/movement, pattern, unity/variety and value development. Listen to music as


      • Drawing and Painting “Alla Prima”

        Instructor: Ralph Papa ALL LEVELS – ACRYLIC/WATERCOLOR Develop and enhance your skills in both drawing and painting. Participants are encouraged to work with a limited color palette on canvas or heavy paper with the aim of starting a new work at each class session. With each class session art students work with the instructor in


      • NEW! Advanced Artistic Perspective

        Instructor: Fernando Porras A class for those who want to master artistic perspective. Learn a realistic approach to one, two, three, and variable-point perspectives, perspective of shadows, perspective of reflections, and transparency distortions. Learn tricks to quickly apply amazing perspectives to your freehand sketches, your paintings and illustrations. Stop avoiding foreshortening in the human figure


      • NEW! Animal Drawing

        Instructor: Fernando Porras ALL LEVELS Learn to draw your animal friends – realistically or as children’s illustrations. Big and small, learn how to separate the basic volumes and shapes of their anatomy to be able to draw them in any position you want, moving or still! Master those perfect textures, from the skin of an


      • Figure Drawing & Painting

        Instructor: Robert Barra ALL LEVELS – PENCIL/CHARCOAL/OIL/ACRYLIC This class will concentrate on drawing and painting the figure using pencil, oil, acrylic or watercolor. Students will work from the model and learn about structure, gesture and likeness to develop understanding of the pose and form. Class participants will build confidence in painting the live figure. Learn