Workshops & Events

21st Century Faces with 
Ringling grad Nat Borges.

Saturday, November 2nd
10:00 am-1:00 pm
Cost: $45.00
 Limited Seating
This mixed media approach to watercolor portraits
will create beautiful, experimental watercolor portraits for the modern age in this new class with our resident painter Nat Borges. From watercolor pencils to ink, you’ll learn how to use a variety of media to capture all the intricacies and life in the face

Get Inked 
“Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one drawing a day the entire month."

Join the global phenomenon in this new class by Nat Borges. Whether you do 1 drawing this month or all 31, leave the class with new skills and techniques to bring out the best in your ink pieces.

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 

10:00 am-1:00 pm 

Cost: $45.00 

Limited Seating 

Call: 941-366-2301 
to sign up now!

 DYI Greeting Cards 
with Paulina Connolly
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 Cost $45
Limited seating
No experience necessary!
Beginner friendly workshop

Join Michael White for the Redux Art Retreat at WildAcres! 
Plan your creative getaway today… 

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✷Portraits in Acryla Gouache✷

Learn all about this unique painting medium that combines the looseness of watercolor and the precision of acrylic with painter and Ringling grad Nat Borges.
Together we will create gorgeous, realistic portraits with their own vibrant personalities.

Saturday, August, 24, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Limited Seating

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✸Two day Portrait Seminar✸
Learn all about the intricacies of the human face in this new workshop by portraitist and Ringling grad Nat Borges. From anatomical details to color mixing tips, walk away from this seminar with all the skills and confidence necessary to paint gorgeous,
life-like portraits.

Friday, August 30, 2019 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
10 am to 4 pm each day

Take one day for $85 or both days for just $150!
Limited seating.

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Paint in Greece:  September 21- 28, 2019

Workshop taught by: Linda Richichi and IPAP founder, Jacq Baldini 
The light, the colors of the sea and roof tops, the scenery, the food, the people... take your pick about what draws us to the beautiful island of Mykonos for a 7 day painting holiday and an optional 3 day hop over to the beautiful island of Santorini. 

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Michael White’s Classes are Back at Wildacres in 2018!!!!

'Drawing and Pastel Painting with Michael White' 

If you are looking for a fun time and want to let your creative spirit out to play then this is your class. Beginners and seasoned pros have been enjoying Michael White's classes at Wildacres for over 20 years. Come enjoy stimulating drawing lessons coupled with plenty of time and freedom to work on anything else you prefer. Draw and paint from The beauty of the mountains around you, your imagination or from cherished photographs. Use pencils, conte, charcoal and/or soft pastels to breathe new life into old projects or start something new. There will be plenty of studio time as well as the freedom to wander and create whatever you decide. Michael's only rule of thumb is "if it's not fun you're doing it wrong". So come along and let your creative spirit out to play. Bring your own original photos from your travels, pics of houses, animals, relatives and pets to fully enjoy this class. But also... if you have a 'special project you would rather work on let Michael Know and he will be glad to help and encourage you to reach your creative goal. 

Fall Session October 15 - 21, 2018

$650 includes room and board and class. Based on double occupancy. So grab a friend and come out to Chalk around with me or take another class. These classes sell out so let me know as soon as possible so I can make sure you get in. 

See you soon, Michael White
(941) 350-4172

For more information and to register please call Linda Vesely at (828) 765-8400


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1055 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 102, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Now through March 19, 2018
⭐Any art sales: a 20% donation is paid to
Lauren's One Wish Foundation⭐

Now through January 18, 2018


Experience Our Hall Art Gallery
Now Through November 19, 2017


   Color with Confidence : Instructor Linda Richichi
   Beginners to intermediate in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel
   Dates: Monday Mornings 9:30 am - 12:30 am   Cost $30 per class (*Materials not included)
    Classes will be at Linda's studio at 534 S. Pineapple St. #5 , Sarasota 34236

   You must call to reserve your seat: (845) 527-1146

Linda Richichi has taught thousands of students in NY and has hosted numerous art groups in Italy and France for over a decade.


Drawing with Watercolor Workshop with John Rise
Assisted by Mike Grecian
Artist, designer, and Savannah College of Art and Design instructor John Rise will lead this investigation into the use of watercolor as a drawing medium.

Free Demo: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017: 3pm-5pm 
You must call to reserve your seat: 941-366-2301 press 1
2 Workshops: $75 (supplies not included)
Friday, August 18, 2017: 10am-4pm
Saturday, August 19, 2017: 10am-4pm

($30 gift bag with workshop)
You must call to reserve your seat: 941-366-2301 press 1

From Mr. Rise:

Watercolor as a drawing tool (a significant distinction from using watercolor as a painting medium) uses the material nature of the medium as a means to examine the value structure of composition; and to use the medium as a linear drawing tool. Structural value and continuous examination of the subject/composition, coupled with the aqueous quality of watercolor, will result in a more cohesive, unified and powerful watercolor composition.
This does not infer that the pieces we do in this workshop are not considered a "finished painting," but instead we will use watercolor to expand our preconceived use of the medium as a spontaneous medium.  My position is that we can change the stereotype of watercolor, wet into wet, to a medium of drawing, removing those limitations imposed upon artists.
I look to Homer, Sargent, and the incredible watercolors by Andrew Wyeth as the summit of American watercolor. The British contribution of watercolor as manifested by John Constable, Joseph Turner and James Whistler (okay, he's an American - but expatriate) solidify our connotation of watercolor as a spontaneous, do-what-it-will-do-and-leave-it-alone medium.
But when we look at watercolors by the British artists, Richard Bonington, John Ruskin and William Blake; and the American watercolors of John Audubon, Walton Ford, and the Helga watercolors by Wyeth; we see a different/distinctive use of watercolor which takes more time and suggests more control of the media.  When time is extended into the process of making a watercolor, then more physical layers of transparent paint and more layers of thought, ideas and content are infused into the finished product.


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Art & Frame of Sarasota and Johnson PhotoImaging
   are sponsoring a 
Veterans Photography & Art Exhibit at the Hall Gallery in Sarasota at Saba Plaza. 
Reception - May 19th at 6 PM - 8 PM 
 Veterans, showcasing their recent photography or artwork. The theme for the exhibit is open.

The show will run from May 19th to June 29th.


Pen & Ink Multi Media Class with Mike Grecian

You have played during Mikes test drive now learn more techniques
 during this informative and fun workshop.
$45.00 Per Class
Choose from 3 different class times:

Friday, June 9, 2017: 10:00 am -12:00 am
Friday, June 9, 2017: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Call 941-366-2301 for reservations

Better material, better satisfaction.
You will work with a very well rounded selection of papers and surfaces to experiment 
with pen, ink and watercolor techniques.

1 comment:

  1. Mike Grecian's workshops always are a blast. I highly recommend them! I walk out with at least a few new techniques, a bag full of goodies, experience with new materials, (and a few new items on my shopping list!)


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