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.

Class Registration opens 4/10/17 @ 9:00 a.m. for the Spring/Summer sessions!

Open House is Saturday, April 15th, 12:30 – 3:30 pm


For questions, please call the School at 561-243-7922, ext. 478. Deborah or Lianna 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!


  • Workshops

Art Workshops

august 2017

18aug - 19All DayNEW! Painting in Monochromatic(All Day)

Photography Workshops

july 2017

15jul9:30 am- 4:30 pmNEW! PHOTOGRAPHY AS ART with Cheryl Maeder9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Writing & Poetry Workshops

july 2017

13jul6:30 pm- 8:30 pmOpen Reading Night6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Canvas & Cocktails

june 2017

29jun7:00 pm- 9:00 pmCanvas & Cocktails7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

july 2017

27jul7:00 pm- 9:00 pmCanvas & Cocktails7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

august 2017

31aug7:00 pm- 9:00 pmCanvas & Cocktails7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Art Classes

    • Painting

      • NEW! Contemporary Painting

        Instructor: Peter G. Pereira INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED – 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 and


      • NEW! Foundations in Oil Painting

        Instructor: John Grande ALL LEVELS Learn the foundations of oil painting—from building and stretching your own canvas to priming with gesso, to the completion of your masterpiece! Developing your own language while honing your skill set, exploring new and traditional techniques and ways of seeing. You will learn composition and color theory all while working


      • 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


      • NEW! 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 Class

        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


      • Exploring Possibilities in Pastel

        Instructor: Deborah LaFogg-Docherty BEGINNER/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


      • NEW! Figure Drawing and Expressionism

        Instructor: Hana Davis ALL LEVELS – INK/ACRYLIC/CHARCOAL/PASTELS Use the model as inspiration for unique interpretations of the figure. Through the process of experimentation, students will explore shape, gesture, color, rhythm, and space. This will allow each person to develop their own unique vision of the figure. Good quality paper and media of your choice: Ink,


      • NEW! Urban Mixmedia Textured Abstract

        Instructor: Erin Ashley BEGINNERS Explore how trying new things can take your abstract art in another direction. Easy going and fun – no fuss… let’s just create! Learn to paint without using paintbrushes at all. Create unique sculptural textures on your canvas with different mediums. Distress your art into a cool urban modern piece and


      • Exploring Painting

        Instructor: Vicki Siegel FOR ALL LEVELS – OIL/ACRYLIC Using your choice of medium – oil, acrylic, pastel, or water color, pursue your passion for painting and develop your individual style. Learn key principles that every artist needs to know in order to improve their paintings. Topics such as palette and color mixing, color, value, composition,


      • Discovering Abstract Painting

        Instructor: Sally Cooper ACRYLIC This course will explore your creative self and open your mind to the possibilities of working with new methods, painting intuitively and allowing chance to create a breakthrough. Artistic originality is encouraged in a light atmosphere where “mistakes” can be turned into masterpieces. We will learn about the visual language of


      • Abstract Painting & Mixed Media

        Instructor: Gary Antonio ALL LEVELS – OIL/ACRYLIC This course will focus on seeing, not just looking, as we explore traditional & non-traditional image making. We will be combining black/white and color with found objects, abstract forms and self-expression. This is a stress free class which will nurture the student’s personal style, concepts and approach to


    • Watercolor

      • Watercolor – Leach

        Instructor: Sid DelMar Leach PREVIOUS WATERCOLOR PAINTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED 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


    • Drawing

      • Drawing 101

        Instructor: Beth Sloat BEGINNERS 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 learn to draw realistically from observation with exercises that include line, shape, mark making, shading, perspective and composition. The instructor provides


      • Drawing and Painting

        Instructor: Ralph Papa ALL LEVELS – ACRYLIC/WATERCOLOR Join us in this class to develop and enhance your skills in both drawing and painting. With each class session, students will focus on creating drawings and developing them into original paintings. This is an excellent forum for artists at all levels to enhance essential drawing skills and


      • Pencil Magic

        Instructor: Sid Delmar Leach ALL LEVELS The pencil is something everyone has and can use to good advantage to capture images onto paper or illustration board. In this class you will be given line drawings along with value studies of the images and the pencils you will need for your exercises. Students will learn to


    • Installation Art


        Instructor: Peter Pereira Peter G. Pereira, creator of the Trees of Life Sculpture and Multimedia Installation Series will introduce you to advanced study of this groundbreaking and exciting course: Installation Art. This course will delve into the art of installation as a deeper, more focused, more transitory narration: translating our (2D and 3D) indoor models of installation art


    • Glass

      • NEW! Glass Fusing

        Instructor: Bob Schmidt BEGINNER In this course, we will teach you basic glass cutting skills and go over the differences between what fused glass is and what stained glass is. We will talk about compatibility and COE’S, glass manufacturers and different types of fusing materials. Frits, stringers, powders and dichroic glass. You will start with


    • Jewelry


        INSTRUCTOR: Alicia Jane Boswell BEGINNER Starting with copper, brass wire or sheet, learn to use cold connections (without use of a torch), cut, form with pliers, add texture, drill holes, create dangles, forge links, and wire wrap elements to create one of a kind simple and beautiful wearable art jewelry! This class is a nice


  • Photography Classes

    • Photography – The Art of Seeing

      • Introduction to Using Your Digital Camera – Irene Hill

        Instructor: Irene Hill FOR 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 and learning


      • Introduction to Using Your Digital Camera – Dimitri Sagatov

        Instructor: Dimitri Sagatov FOR 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 and learning to


      • 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 camera to all


      • On-Location Fine Art Photography

        Instructor: Lee Gordon ADVANCED This advanced fine art photography class now incorporates inspiring on location photo shoots, with alternating evaluative, constructive critiques the following week. Open your mind to unlimited creativity and visual interpretation. Learn to express yourself through mastery of the photographic medium. This class draws upon the proven principles of art and design to ignite the


      • Photo Composition and Lighting – A Mini Course

        Instructor: Irene Hill FOR BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHERS If you want to take more than a snapshot, it’s time to learn some composition basics. Find out where to place the subject in the frame, when to create a leading line or how to include foreground interest or framing, and how to use shallow depth of


      • 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 participant the opportunity


      • Advanced Composition in Fine Art Photography

        Instructor: Irene Hill FOR SALON/ADVANCED/INTERMEDIATE/ PHOTOGRAPHERS Take the next step in your journey to become a more creative photographer and learn how to use the camera more creatively while developing a personal aesthetic. Study with a group of enthusiastic students in a class devoted to your growth and development as a creative fine art photographer. In


    • Digital Imaging

      • Photoshop Elements

        Instructor: Irene Hill For Beginners An introduction to unravel some of the mysteries of polishing a photograph after it has been taken.  This is a BASIC course.  We will cover cropping, sizing, lighting, color saturation, and converting your photo to black and white.  Only 90 minutes a week….no information overload …..sticking to the basics….and, of


      • Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

        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 Class for Adobe Lightroom

        Instructor: Lee Gordon CONTINUING AN EFFICIENT COLOR MANAGED DIGITAL WORKFLOW 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 image files. To master control over your creative


  • The Writers’ Colony

    • Writing Classes

      • NEW! Advanced Fiction

        Instructor: Winston Aarons This course is for students who already have a work in progress. This is a critiquing course in which students will read their works in class and get instructive feedback from their classmates and the instructor. The instructor will act as guide, facilitator, and mentor, providing each student with directives that will


      • 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


      • Beginning Fiction – Short Story, Novella, Novel

        Instructor: Barbara Cronie If you want to write fiction, but can’t get started… If you have ideas for a plot, but can’t express them… Learn how to create interesting characters involved in an exciting plot. Develop a writing process and practice writing dialogue so your characters come alive! This is a class for beginners. There’s


      • Critique Group 1

        Instructor: Barbara Cronie PREREQUISITE: BEGINNING FICTION OR FROM MEMORIES TO MEMOIR Continue refining your writing skills through constructive criticism from your peers and the Writing Program Director. Class consists of your reading aloud for 10–15 minutes and then receiving constructive criticism for 10 minutes. You can take the course as often as needed – some


      • Critique Group 2

        Instructor: Barbara Cronie STUDENTS’ PROJECTS MUST HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE PROJECT MANAGER Continue refining your writing skills through constructive criticism from your peers and the Writing Program Director. Class consists of your reading aloud for 10–15 minutes and then receiving constructive criticism for 10 minutes. You can take the course as often as needed


  • 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: $15 a


      • Open 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 three or 6 hour studio time (if available) is without instruction. Come CREATE! Floating Studio Space | 9:00 am –