The Studios At SAM

Adult Classes
Spring 2023

Join us next January for a new semester at Sarasota Art Museum’s Studios @ SAM to grow your skills or learn a new medium! Registration opens on Tuesday, December 6. We will be offering exciting new classes in relation to our spring exhibitions at Sarasota Art Museum. There will also be Open Studios for ceramics, painting, and drawing, and new courses exploring digital art, watercolor, drawing, and more! Deep dive into a 6-week ceramics class, learn new skills in a 4-week painting class, or test the waters with a one-session workshop. There’s something special for everyone!

The Studios @ SAM SPRING OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, January 17

10 am – 1 pm

Interested in art classes?
Want to learn more but don’t know where to start?

Stop by the Studios Open House at the Sarasota Art Museum!

Studios @ SAM classes are open to adults at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Short-term workshops, and courses, are also available.

  • Tour the Studios @ SAM studios.
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments
  • Sample one of our class offerings.
  • Talk with Studios @ SAM students and faculty about the spring program.
  • Learn more about the benefits of Membership.
  • Register for classes and workshops.

WORKSHOPS

Explore The Studios @ SAM

1 SESSION INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

Ceramics 101

Painting 101

CLASSES

Dive into a particular medium

Adult Open Studios and Drop-in Programs

4 SESSION CLASSES

Beginner’s Drawing

Drawing the Human Figure

Drawing the Human Experience

Beginner’s Painting

Digital Painting with the iPad

Photography

CERAMICS

Get your hands dirty with clay

The Studios at SAM Adult Classes

6 SESSION CLASSES

Beginner’s Wheel Throwing

Beginner’s Handbuilding

Handbuilding: Garden Art

3 DAY CLASS

The Portrait in Clay
with Master Sculptor Philippe Faraut

OPEN STUDIOS

Explore our Studios in an informal self-guided environment

4 – 6 WEEK SESSIONS

OPEN STUDIO: Ceramics

OPEN STUDIO: Painting and Drawing

1 Session Workshops

CERAMICS 101

Introductory
1 session Workshop

Fourth Friday of each month

Introductory sessions, offered on the fourth Friday of each month, are the perfect way to get your hands dirty, relax, and have fun! Learn the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel or how to get started with Handbuilding. If you successfully create a piece, staff will glaze and fire it after the class is completed—all included in the price of the class. If you’d like to take the piece home with you, you can come back and pick it up in 3 to 4 weeks.
Note: Class fee includes everything needed for the class (including clay, glaze, and firing services).

ADULTS (16+)
$63 Museum Member

$70 Not-yet Member

HAND BUILDING
Fridays
2 pm – 5 pm

January 27

March 24

May 26

Wheel Throwing
Fridays
2 pm – 5 pm

February 24

April 28

1 Session Workshops

PAINTING 101

Introductory
1 session Workshop

Fourth Wednesday of each month
Join us for a fun one-day workshop where you’ll explore materials, color mixing, brushes, tools, and painting techniques, offered on the fourth Wednesday of each month! We will also cover how to transfer reference images and sketches, composition basics, and more! Painting 101 is a great jump-start workshop before beginning a weekly class. Join us each month, bring a friend, and be sure to try out each technique. Repeat participation is welcomed and encouraged!

ADULTS (16+)
$63 Museum Member

$70 Not-yet Member

Acrylic
Wednesdays
from 10 am – 1 pm

January 25

March 29

Watercolor
Wednesdays
10 am – 1 pm

February 22

May 24

Gouache
Wednesdays
10 am – 1 pm

April 26

4 Session Classes

Beginner's Drawing

Join award-winning European artist Jacobina Trump in exploring the fundamentals of drawing. This course introduces the basic principles of drawing, including line, shape, value, shading, texture, scale, perspective, and proportion. Students learn fundamental drawing techniques using a variety of drawing mediums. Note: All supplies are included.

ADULTS (16+)
$180 Museum Member

$200 Not-yet Member

Realism
Mondays
January 23 – February 13
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Plein Air
Mondays
February 20 – March 13
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Still Life
Mondays
March 20 – April 10
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Live Model
Mondays
April 17 – May 8
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

4 Session Classes

Drawing the Human Figure

What does body language tell us? What can we know from someone’s expression? Join award-winning European artist Jacobina Trump as we explore the fundamentals of figure drawing. This course explores the subtle details of the human body. We focus on hands, feet, and the face and learn to draw expressive images that communicate a deeper understanding of human nature. Note: Please see the supply list when registering. Please note that all models will be clothed.

ADULTS (16+)
$180 Museum Member

$200 Not-yet Member

Saturdays
January 28 – February 18
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Saturdays
March 25 – April 15
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Saturdays
April 22 – May 13
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

4 Session Classes

Drawing the Human Experience:
The Abstract Figure

How did artists during the 20th-century shift from realistic portrayals of the human form to nearly unrecognizable shapes? In this class, we expand our study of the human figure with award-winning European artist Jacobina Trump. We view examples of works throughout history and discuss how artists developed new ways to depict the figure. Taking our skills of representational drawing, we explore line and light, perspective, and proportion to create expressive images of the human figure. Note: Please see the supply list when registering.

ADULTS (16+)
$180 Museum Member

$200 Not-yet Member

Saturdays, February 15 – March 18
2 pm – 5 pm

4 sessions

4 Session Classes

Beginner's Painting

What’s the difference between watercolor and acrylic? What’s a fan brush or a palette knife? In this course, we learn fundamental painting vocabulary, skills, and techniques. We explore color theory, color/paint mixing, and the painting process for both acrylic and watercolor. Students create multiple works on paper and canvas. Note: All supplies are included.

ADULTS (16+)
$180 Museum Member

$200 Not-yet Member

Acrylic
Fridays
January 27 – February 17
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Watercolor
Fridays
February 24 – March 17
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Gouache
Fridays
March 24 – April 14
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Acrylic
Fridays
April 21 – May 12
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

4 Session Classes

Digital Painting with the iPad

The iPad app Procreate has revolutionized the world of digital art for working creatives and budding artists alike. In this 4-week deep dive, you will unlock the tools you need to paint with this game-changing app easily. From designing custom brushes to animating original art, there’s no limit to what you can make in Procreate! Note: iPad with Procreate app and compatible stylus required for this course.

ADULTS (16+)
$180 Museum Member

$200 Not-yet Member

Mondays
January 23 – February 13
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Mondays
February 20 – March 13
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Mondays
March 20 – April 10
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

4 Session Classes

Photography: Making Your Vision of Sarasota

In this class, we explore the elements of photography—including composition, light, focus, texture, and color—to see the world anew through the camera lens. Students meet Sarasota-based photographer Leslie Lacktman on location weekly then set out to explore and photograph Sarasota’s neighborhoods, the growing downtown, museums, parks, and preserves. We share prints, celebrate successes, and discuss the challenges of the process. All experience levels, any type of camera or iPhone are welcome. Note: Bring your camera and manual to the first class.

ADULTS (16+)
$180 Museum Member

$200 Not-yet Member

Thursdays
January 26 – February 16
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Thursdays
March 23 – April 13
10 am – 1 pm

4 sessions

Ceramics Classes

Beginner's Wheel Throwing

Satisfy your curiosity, and experience a fun and thorough introduction to throwing on the potter’s wheel. Learn the skills necessary to throw cylinders, cups, bowls, and more in this exciting introduction to throwing fundamentals. Your instructor guides you through the process of throwing, shaping, and trimming pots on the wheel. Basic surface decoration and glazing techniques are also demonstrated. This class is designed for students with little or no experience with the potter’s wheel. Note: All supplies are included.

ADULTS (16+)
$270 Museum Member

$300 Not-yet Member

Mondays
January 23 – February 27
10 am – 1 pm

6 sessions

Mondays
March 6 – April 10
10 am – 1 pm

6 sessions

Mondays
April 17 – May 15
10 am – 1 pm

6 sessions

Ceramics Classes

Beginner's Handbuilding

Learn the basics of hand-building and surface decoration. You will make functional dishes, decorative tiles, and sculpture. Coil, slab and pinch construction is covered along with slip painting, sgraffito, image transfer and stenciling techniques. New demonstrations every week help guide the projects but students are free to develop their own projects too. Note: All supplies are included.

ADULTS (16+)
$270 Museum Member

$300 Not-yet Member

Fridays
January 27 – March 3
10 am – 1 pm

6 sessions

Fridays
March 10 – April 14
10 am – 1 pm

6 sessions

Ceramics Classes

Handbuilding: Garden Art

What could be more compatible than clay in the garden? Clay has been used for centuries in ornamenting the garden environment. Join master ceramicist, Elle Leonard, as we learn to hand build sculptural and functional containers for the garden, from hanging pots to wall plaques and orchid pots. Bring in designs for the garden that inspire you!

ADULTS (16+)
$270 Museum Member

$300 Not-yet Member

Tuesdays
January 24 – February 21
2 pm – 5 pm

6 sessions

Tuesdays
February 28 – April 11
2pm – 5 pm

6 sessions

Ceramics Classes

The Portrait in Clay
with Master Sculptor Philippe Faraut

This seminar will focus on lectures on anatomy, emphasizing bone structure and discussions on expression and ethnic differences. Three days of intensive work will be spent on sculpting a head in water-based clay while learning techniques to create successful portraits. Students will complete numerous exercises with step-by-step instruction, in addition to working from live models. The technique of preparation for firing water-based clay will be discussed, though firing services will not be provided during the workshop. All materials will be made available for use during the class. Students are also welcome to bring tools of their own that they prefer to use when sculpting. Note: All supplies are provided.

ADULTS (16+)
$540 Museum Member

$600 Not-yet Member

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
March 17, 18, 19
9 am – 4 pm

3 sessions

OPEN STUDIOS

Open Studios

Open Studio is an informal and self-guided environment, unlike a class with one-on-one instruction from a teacher. We highly recommend taking an introductory class or having a similar experience before participating in an Open Studio. Each Open Studio Session is sold in 4 or 6 week sessions, and you may attend any of the Open Studios in that medium during that time.

Open Studio: Ceramics

ADULTS (16+)
$225 Museum Member

$250 Not-yet Member

Note: Clay, glazes, and firing included. Students may purchase additional clay and materials.

Mondays
January 23 – February 27
2 pm – 5 pm

6 sessions

Tuesdays
January 24 – February 28
10 am – 1 pm

6 sessions

Wednesdays
January 25 – March 1
2 pm – 5 pm

6 sessions

Mondays
March 6 – April 10
2 pm – 5 pm

6 sessions

Tuesdays
March 7 – April 11
10 am – 1 pm

6 sessions

Wednesdays
March 8 – April 12
2 pm – 5 pm

6 sessions

Open Studio: Painting & Drawing

ADULTS (16+)
$225 Museum Member

$250 Not-yet Member

Note: Students are required to bring their own materials. Easels, tables, chairs and basic materials are available in the Studios for use.

Mondays
January 23 – February 27
2 pm – 5 pm

6 sessions

Wednesdays
January 25 – March 1
2 pm – 5 pm

6 sessions

Mondays
March 6 – April 10
2 pm – 5 pm

6 sessions

Wednesdays
March 8 – April 12
2 pm – 5 pm

6 sessions