Visual Arts Center Workshops

Workshops at the Visual Arts Center are a great way to sharpen your skills, or learn something new all together. See all upcoming workshops below. Space in each workshop is limited, so reserve your seat as soon as possible. Register in person or by phone: (941) 639-8810


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Still Life Demo with Steven J. Levin 

February 1, 9:00am – 12:00pm 

Cost: $40 ($30 for VAC members) 

National Art Exhibition Juror Steven J. Levin is a classically trained oil painter and ARC living master. Watch him at work during a special live painting demo, only at the Visual Arts Center. 

 Master Workshop Series


Painting En Plein Air with Dan Graziano

January 19 – 21 (Fri to Sun), 9:00am – 4:00pm

$500 ($450 VAC Members)

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This workshop will focus on painting outdoors from life (en plein air) along with basic art fundamentals of color temperature, value, edges, composition and paint handling. We will also discuss how to develop greater skills of observation, simplification, identification of a strong focal point and quickly painting “wet on wet” (alla prima) to translate what you see and experience into strong paintings.  Participants will paint every day at a different location. Each day begins with a brief demonstration by Dan followed by everyone painting, with plenty of one-on-one instruction. The class is structured for beginners to advanced painters.  

Dan Graziano

Dan Graziano is an award winning, nationally exhibited artist whose paintings capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life.  His work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, and is in the collections of private and corporate collectors.  In addition to conducting painting workshops at his studio in Maine, Dan Graziano also travels to other communities teaching workshops by invitation. View his bio/exhibition history and artwork at 

Non-refundable deposit of $60 ($50 VAC members) to reserve your seat with remaining balance due 30 days prior to WS date.  

Watercolor Painting with Tom Lynch 

February 14 - 17 (Wed - Sat), 9:00am – 4:00pm

$480 ($432 VAC Members)

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Tom will teach you color mixing, value studies, spray bottle techniques, brush strokes, and how to paint loose. Each day will start with a morning demo, with individual attention in the afternoon. Each day ends with a class critique. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting, along with enthusiasm and new techniques in an atmosphere that makes the intermediate and advanced painter feel welcome!

Tom Lynch

Tom has been referred to as one of the nation's premier watercolorists. He has written 7 books and hosted several award-winning PBS TV Art Series. He was recently listed as one of the nation's top 20 teachers by a leading Art magazine, and is represented by some of the nation's leading museums and art galleries. He has been the spokesperson for the entire National Art Materials Trade Association, and continues to be the international spokesperson for many leading art material manufacturers. Tom is currently featured on the new cable TV channel Visual Arts Network, and in 2007 he became the CMO and featured artist for Art Academy Live (the leading on-line education source).

Non-refundable deposit of $60 ($50 VAC members) to reserve your seat with remaining balance due 30 days prior to WS date.