Art Center Sarasota announces 2,023 guest artist workshops led by acclaimed artists from around the country

Art Center Sarasota will welcome acclaimed artists from across the country to lead immersive three-day destination workshops from January to April 2023.

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

Some offer two-hour artist demonstrations 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, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Richard Stephens: Fresh and

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

February 6-8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Robert Burridge: Contemporary Abstract Figure Painting and Collage: This workshop aims to push participants out of their safe zone and into a new, looser, more 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 tearing and paint splatter techniques. Artist demonstration via Zoom: January 18, 6 p.m.

February 9-11, 10 am-4 pm: Robert Burridge: Abstract Painting with Collage: This workshop is for those who have always wanted to do abstract painting, but don’t know where to start. Discover demonstrations, techniques, basic formulas, compositions and color theory to create more meaningful summaries. Artist demonstration via Zoom: January 18, 6 p.m.

March 20-22, 10am-4pm: Ron Stocke: Creating Magic in Your Watercolors: Learn to Avoid Bad Habits, Break the Rules and Unleash Your Painting Style. Each morning, Ron Stocke will choose a subject and demonstrate his techniques for painting a successful watercolor. After his demonstration, he will spend time with each student to help overcome 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, when Ron will give his second demonstration of the day. This demo will cover the morning painting elements. Artist demonstration via Zoom: March 1, 6 p.m.

April 3 to 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Jane Slivka: Acrylic Freedom: Students will explore painting still lifes, landscapes, figures and abstractions. Slivka 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 the motivation to continue painting. All skill levels.

Art Center Sarasota was Sarasota’s first arts and cultural institution. Founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the Sarasota County School District Art Supervisor, the association was later incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1943 and is at its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront. Cultural Quarter since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is a member-supported organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and public programs culture-related. The Art Center Sarasota is free and open to all audiences. its mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent, and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.