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To be south Florida's visual arts leader whose primary objective is to educate, encourage and promote artistic growth in our multicultural community.

The Basics 8-installment focused class series

An 8-installment focused class series

Whether you have no formal art training, or just need to freshen up some of your fundamentals, “The basics” breaks it down to the core, so you have a stronger foundation to support your work.

Each 2-hour class in the series is a very specific, focused lesson on each of the following topics:

  • Textures
  • Using Color
  • Composition
  • Tools and Materials
  • Shadow & Light
  • Perspective
  • Anatomy
  • Releasing Creative Blocks



Composition - March 9th , 1:00-3:00pm
Good composition can be the difference between a good work and a great one. Before you dive into a new work, learn where to position subject matter and supporting elements for greatest visual impact.

  • Layout and Design
  • Symmetry vs. Asymmetry
  • Form & Space
  • Negative Space
  • Balance, variety, direction
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Golden Ratio

Your Instructor

Janet Onofrey

Janet Onofrey is a 2015 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual Arts Award for her "Unseen" paintings and has 41 paintings in a solo show at the Palm Beach Gardens City Hall. She completed a 2 week residency on Skopelos, Greece in May and was juried into the Bucks County Plein Air Festival in Pennsylvania in June. Earning her Masters of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Design, she teaches at Broward College and Boca Museum of art as well as private lessons.


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Tools & Materials - April 13th , 1:00-3:00pm
The right tool for the job is essential in achieving your vision. Learn how the right tools with the right materials work together to give you the best result.

  • Making Marks - Pencil lead
  • hardnesses, Charcoals, Pastels, Paints, etc.
  • Brush sizes and shapes
  • Papers, canvases, boards - tooth, weight, purpose
  • Erasers & Maskers
  • Easels & Support

Your Instructor

Tristina Dietz-Elmes

Tristina Dietz-Elmes grew up in Asia where she soaked up the oriental culture, developed an appreciation for the arts (ancient art was all around her) and formed an innate sense of balance and color. From her travels to Korea where she learned ink and rice paper paintings, to encouragement from her father (a Metal-smith) to pursue jewelry-making, to discovering Pebeo specialty liquid alkyd oil paints and liquid art panels early in 2014(where Tristina has worked with the company to become their first "Pebeo Mixed Media Product Specialist"), her complex understanding of aligning the right tools and materials for the artistic task at hand is evident. Tristina is currently working on her first project based mixed media painting instruction book while continuing to teach, paint and test new art materials.


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Claudia Castillo Art Marty Karmiol Piano Tuning David Meulemans North Beach Gallery Marty Kaye Music

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