Art Classes & Workshops in The Studio at the Elliott Museum

The Elliott Museum offers a variety of creative opportunities during the year for adults and children in The Studio, our beautiful working art studio. Enjoy weekly classes in watercolor, drawing, painting, polymer clay, Life Draw, ceramics, photography, and more.  Art Camps are offered for artists 7-14 during the summer months when the kids are out of school.  Art classes for adults are offered Fall through May during the year for all skill levels. Most of the adult classes are offered during Winter Season. Please check back to see what’s new – classes are being added. Questions? Contact Robin Lee Makowski, Art Studio & Exhibits Coordinator: call 772-225-1961, ext. 121 or email

Payment & Refund Policy: Participants must provide their own materials for most classes (list provided at sign-up) or purchase required materials from the instructor. Classes are for Adults 18+ and minimum of 6, maximum of 12 students unless otherwise stated. Payment at registration will hold your spot. There are no refunds or make-ups for missed classes, and no refunds after registration unless the class has filled past the minimum number required to hold the class. Classes may be postponed or canceled one week before the class if the minimum has not been met (registrations accepted after the deadline if minimum has been met). If we cancel the class, we will issue a full refund or credit to another class.
Questions? Contact Robin Lee Makowski, Art Studio Coordinator:


Lunch ‘n’ Learn Art Workshops

Create in a relaxed atmosphere at our Lunch ‘n’ Learn Art Workshops. Enjoy a variety of unique projects and lunch* in these classes designed for adults 21+ who don’t like to drive at night. Session times may vary depending on the project, the size of the group, drying time, baking time, etc. Ample time will be scheduled to allow everyone to complete the project. Some projects require firing, baking, or other professional finishing and may be picked up a few days following the class – you will be contacted when it’s ready.  *Lunch includes a sandwich-style meal with side salads, chips, fruit, and soft drinks. Sorry – we cannot accommodate restricted diets. If you have food issues, please bring your own lunch and graze from what we offer.


Photography for the Artist with Paul Salazar
Saturday, January 20, 2018 • 10:30am – 2pm.  
This class has been canceled

Glazed Ceramics with Missie Nelson
Saturday, February 17, 2018 • 11am – 1:30pm.  Members: $40; Non-Members: $50
Enjoy creating your own designs on bisque-fired ceramics.  Your choice of bowl, pitcher, platter, or other shapes.  Bring your own design ideas or let Missie inspire you.  Maximum: 10.  Note: pieces will be kiln-fired and may be picked up at a later date.  We will call you when they’re ready.

Glazing Ceramics – Saturday, Feb 17, 11am-1:30pm


Bird Photography with Paul Salazar
Saturday, February 24, 2018 • 10:30am – 2pm.  Members: S75; Non-Members: $85
You’ll love learning how to photograph wild birds in the tree and on the wing. Also covered: info on how to set up your own bird and butterfly garden at home. Maximum: 12.  Note: Paul also teaches weekly Basic Digital Photography and Photoshop 101 classes – see below.

Bird Photography with Paul Salazar, Sat, Feb 24 10:30-2

Girls’ Night Out Schedule

Make a date with your Muse and your besties for an evening of fun and art! Girls’ Night Out classes are for adult women 21+. Session times may vary depending on the project, the size of the group, drying time, baking time, etc. Ample time will be scheduled to allow everyone to complete the project. Space is limited: register to hold your spot. Show off your culinary artistry and bring goodies to share, if you like. BYOB (some wine provided). Cash bar available some nights.  Register to hold your place!

Hand-painted canvas coasters are only part of the fun at this Girls’ Night Out!

Painted Coasters & Wine Charms with Melissa Nelson
TO BE RESCHEDULED  Members: $40; Non-Members: $50
Why should kids have all the fun?! Hand-painted canvas coasters and Shrinky-Dinks by our Art Camp kids were a giant hit with their moms, who asked for their own class! Come and design a set of coasters and matching – or not – wine charms.  Bring your own ideas or use our templates.  All materials and instruction included. Bring munchies and wine to share, if you like.  BYOB – some wine provided.  Maximum: 14



Join the fun! Paint a watercolor still life in this Girls’ Night Out in Tuscany III.

Girls’ Night Out in Tuscany III with Julia Kelly
Friday, January 12, 2018 • 5:30-7:30pm.  Members: $50; Non-Members: $65
Julia is taking us back to Tuscany to paint a fun watercolor still life with all the Italian trimmings. This class more than sold out the last two times – don’t get left behind.  All materials and instruction included. Go home with your own matted original watercolor!  Bring some Italian-style goodies and wine to share, if you like.  BYOB – some munchies and some wine provided.  Maximum: 18.

It was a blast!  We’ll do it again in the Fall.




Instructor/artist Meg Roberts will show you how to paint a pair of Wine Glasses.

A Pair of Painted Wine Glasses with Meg Roberts
Thursday, January 25, 2018 • 5:30-8pm.  Members: $45; Non-Members: $60
Have a ball painting a pair of Wine Glasses with Meg! Be inspired by one of her designs or come with your own ideas.  Your choice of style of glasses.  Extra time allowed to finish two pieces.  All materials and instruction included.  Bring some munchies and wine to share, if you like!  BYOB – some munchies and wine provided.  Note: you will need to cure your wine glasses in your home oven following the class.  Simple instructions provided.


Painted Wine Glasses, Thu Jan 25, 2018, 5:30 – 8pm


Glazed Ceramic Wine Chillers with Mia Lindberg
Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 5:30-7:30pm.  Members: $50; Non-Members: $65
Mia’s been busy again creating her fabulous Wine Chillers! Each is unique – all they need is you to glaze them. Choice of Chiller, glazes, and instruction included.  Bring some munchies and wine to share, if you like!  BYOB – some munchies and wine provided.  Note: glazed ceramics will have to be kiln-fired.  You will be contacted to pick up your piece when it’s ready.  Mia also teaches a weekly Hand-Building Ceramics Class on Monday mornings – see below.

Glazed Wine Chiller with Mia Lindberg, Thu Feb 22, 5:30-7:30p

Weekly Classes – Mondays

Creative Ceramics with Mia Lindberg
4 Mondays, February 5-26, 2018, 9am – 12pm.  Members: 156; Non-Members: $180, plus $85 materials and firing fees.
Ceramics master Mia Lindberg will teach you how to create decorative and useful items in hand-built clay.  Come and “play in the mud” with Mia! Maximum: 8 (deadline for minimum enrollment: January 29th)

Creative Ceramics (incl. Materials fee) Feb 5-26, 2018, 9am-12pm


Lose Yourself in Watercolor with Julia Kelly
4 Tuesdays, February 6-27, 2018, 9am-12pm.  Members: $156; Non-Members $180 per month.
Enjoy weekly lessons in watercolor with renown local artist, Julia Kelly.  Julia will keep you entertained while you paint (no extra charge!)  Bring your own materials – list provided at sign-up.  Watercolor paper sheets available in class for $10 per sheet.  Maximum: 12.  Julia Kelly Watercolor Supplies List

Lose Yourself in Watercolor – 4 Tues, Feb 6-27, 2018

Discover Oil Painting with Kevin Hutchinson
These classes have been canceled


Drawing & Painting with Danuta Rothschild
4 Wednesdays, February 7-28, 2018, 9am-12pm.  Members: $156; Non-Members: $180 per month.
Level: Beginner (experienced artists welcome)
Learn to draw and paint in a variety of media with professional artist and instructor, Danuta Rothschild. This class will teach beginners the basics and show experienced artists new tips and tricks.  Painting will be done in acrylics, and students will learn to use charcoal, graphite (pencil), pastels, and more, and how to mix the media for different effects.  Bring your own materials: list provided at sign-up.  Student/beginner grade materials are fine.  BinderSheet_Danuta_DrawingPainting_rev

Drawing & Painting – 4 Wed, Feb 7-28, 2018, 9am-12pm




Digital Photography Basics with Paul Salazar
This class has been canceled


Life Draw

Draw or paint from a live model most Wednesdays in our Art Studio

Wednesdays* from 1-4pm, October through May.
Uninstructed – artists bring their own materials and work at their own pace from a live nude model.  The Studio has standing easels, table-top easels, tables, chairs, and stoools available for use.
Prepay for the month (guaranteed seat, no refunds or prorated fees if you miss a class) $15 per session, or walk-ins $20 per session (space permitting); pay upon arrival.

Life Draw Prepaid Month



Photoshop 101 with Paul Salazar
This class has been canceled



Painting at the Next Level with Brenda Leigh
4 Thursdays, February 8-March 1, 2018, 9am-12pm.  Members: $156; Non-Members: $180
Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Helping you to paint better paintings is the goal of artist and instructor, Brenda Leigh. This class is for experienced artists who want their paintings to be more effective. You will enjoy this fun and informative approach to value studies, color theory, better compositions, and solving many common problems in painting, which can be applied to all media. Bring your own materials – list provided at sign-up. Painting will be in acrylics, but artists painting in oils, alkyds, or other opaque media are welcome.  Bring whatever materials you’re already using before you go out and buy new.  Use the list as a reference.  You will need the canvases listed.  (deadline for minimum enrollment: January 25th)

Brenda Leigh Materials

Advanced Painting – 4 Thu, Feb 8-March 1, 2018, 9am-1pm


Endless Possibilities in Polymer Clay with Sarita Neun
4 Thursdays, February 8-March 1, 2018, 1-4pm.  Members: $156; Non-Members: $180
Level: All
Sarita is back to teach you how to create beautiful sculptured wearable art pieces and home decor. You will be delighted to learn all the things you can do with this amazing medium!  Sarita – Polymer Clay Supplies

Polymer Clay – 4 Thu, Feb 8-March 1, 2018, 1-4pm