In addition to offering artist residencies, we try to offer one or two programs a year with instruction typically either in printmaking or ceramics.
Gulf Coast College Ceramics and Photography Program: June 4th – 25th
Skopelos is a place that takes the imagination beyond what one thinks is possible if you allow it. It is for the flexible adventurer that wants to create and be engulfed by the Greek culture. This ceramics class will focus on the rich heritage of Greece as well as the student’s travel experience. It will begin with a three-week preparation period in hand building methods at Gulf Coast College. After three weeks of ceramic “boot camp” students will leave Panama City to work in Greece. The first stop will be Athens, where students will visit the Acropolis and new Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and more. The group will then travel to the island of Skopelos via the hydrofoil. We will continue with the hands-on part of the class on the island with a periodic field trip to meet local artisans and visit the Folklore Museum. The students will draw on the rich artistic and cultural traditions of Greece, the Island of Skopelos and their experience as a traveler to create work in clay. Students will stay in housing owned by a local to get a taste of island living. Instruction will be offered in the morning and afternoon with an ample mid-day break for lunch and exploration.
Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations: May 6-20, 2019
Join us, Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, for a two-week abstract painting workshop exploring the use of cold wax medium with oils. Authors of the acclaimed book on the topic, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations (Squeegee Press, 2016) we will share our extensive knowledge of this exciting and freeing medium. The workshop will also feature presentations on abstraction and other topics, as well as plenty of discussion time and one-on-one conferences with each instructor.
Artists at any level of experience with cold wax, from beginner to advanced, are welcomed. We provide an individualized approach to meet each person’s needs, whether that is for detailed demos of the basics needed to get started, or more advanced ideas and challenges. We’ll get to know you a little ahead of time via a questionnaire so we can understand your goals and level of experience. (Although we encourage beginners in cold wax, we do ask that you have some prior experience with painting in any medium.)
Class will be held each weekday, with weekends and most evenings free. The length of the class will allow you to produce a number of finished paintings, as well as having plenty of time to work independently—the studio will be available to you 24/7. We’ll also encourage you to explore the island, its beauty and culture, and in find ways to express your experiences in your work.
We are also willing to collaborate with workshop directors to create new programs. Please review this information on creating a workshop with SkopArt and contact us if this is something that interests you.