Visiting Master Artist Workshops

November 2017 through April 2018


The Armory's Visiting Master Artist Workshop Series brings together participants and contemporary master artists from all over the country for unparalleled educational experiences. Now in its 19th year, the series caters to artists of all skill levels and diverse disciplines. The Visiting Master Artist Workshop Series was carefully designed to offer opportunities to study with the best of today's master artists working in the areas of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, and drawing.

Check back at the end of August for additioanal workshops.

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Introduction to 3D Printing in Clay
Instructor: Cara Mckinley
October 5 – 7, 2017
Tuition: $600

Enrollment Deadline: September 7, 2017
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Learn the basics of operation for the Delta 3D PotterBot clay printer and how the 3D output can compliment a potter's process. Participants will be guided through basic steps to printing  a 3D ceramic object. First students will scan an object of their choice to translate into a printed clay form. Manipu- lation of this form through an online CAD (computer aided design) program will be demonstrated and instruction in CAD will take place in the Armory’s newly renovated digital lab. Students will create a basic, unique shape to be printed in clay. Each student will complete  the  course with  two  3D  printed  projects. Slide lectures will include discussion of the instructor’s personal art work, a look at contemporary artists work employing 3D printing, and modern applications of 3D printed forms. Minimum: 8 students.

Cara McKinley is a local of South Florida. She has always been enthralled with looking at the natural world, especially at the microscopic level. Moving to the Midwest and the mountains has inspired her to recreate these observations in clay and multimedia. Using video and 3d rendering has allowed her to recreate the essence of an object and its material quality without actually touching the material.




Pendants, Lockets, and Wearables
Instructor: Marilynn Nicholson
November 16 - 18, 2017
Tuition: $475 | Materials Fee: $35                                                                                                
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Lockets evoke mystery and romance as they are hollow and may contain a message, sacred object, or secret meaning. The objective of this workshop is to explore and develop fabrication skills to design and construct pendants, lockets, and wearable boxes. Provided samples and information on setting unusual shaped stones, hinges, and mechanisms will inspire many ideas.

Marilynn Nicholson earned a BA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and an MFA from the School of American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her education has been supplemented nationally and internationally by numerous workshops and courses.

La Materia: Painting with the Earth Palette

Instructor: Lucy MacGillis
January 8 – 12, 2018
Tuition: $650

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In this five-day workshop, Lucy MacGillis shares her love for hand- made, natural paint. She begins by mixing raw earth pigments from Italy with linseed oil. Working from life in the landscape, participants learn how to create their own paint and mix the colors of the limited earth palette and are guided in looking closely at the tones they see before them in the landscape. By limiting the range of colors, painters create their own tones and use the relationships of juxtaposing colors to give them more force. Using the palette knife, students work directly from observation of the landscape with the colors Venetian red, burnt sienna, terra di sienna, yellow ochre, Naples yellow, earth green, ultramarine blue, Paynes grey, burnt and raw umber, Roman black earth, and titanium white.


Lucy MacGillis was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1977 and has been painting in Italy since her graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. With grants from University of Pennsylvania, she studied at Nick Carone’s Interna- tional School of Art in Montecastello di Vibio and began a series of still lifes and landscapes there. MacGillis works from observation, mixing her own paint from raw earth pigments and linseed oil. She also teaches painting seminars in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, at the Kunstfabrik in Hannover in Germany, Kunstfabrik Wien in Vienna, and privately in Italy.

Plein Air Plus
Painting landscapes outdoors in any medium and for all skill levels.
Instructor: George Van Hook
February 20 – 23, 2018
Tuition: $100 a day or $290 for 3 days

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Come paint with master plein air painter George Van Hook around Palm Beach County. Some demos and group discussions will take place on the Armory Art Center 's unique campus and in the picturesque settings of the Palm Beaches. All skill levels and paint media are welcome. Bring your lunch, art supplies, portable easel, and outdoor set up. Meet George at 9:00 am in the Armory Art Center's East Gallery.

George Van Hook began painting very early and was able to participate in the vibrant artistic cultre of the Bucks, County, Pennsylvania region and the local "Brandywine Tradition." He is a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors.


Reclining Female Figure
Instructor: Peter Rubino
March 5 – 7, 2018
Tuition: $500 | Clay Fee: $26

(Peace by Peter Rubino, 1974)

The instructor will introduce you to his easy to follow, step-by-step system of  blocking in  the essential foundation of the figure in pose. He will show how to establish the proper proportion, position, and planes associated with the human form while creating a 24” to 36” reclining female figure with water based clay.

Peter Rubino achieved international acclaim for his 12-foot historic monument "Mother of All Life," which graces the Boyko Research Center at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel. Other monuments include "Angel," a 35-foot figure created for Disney Corporation and "Remembrance," a national symbol and tribute to America's fallen war heroes. Peter also has authored the books "The Portrait in Clay" and "Sculpting the Figure in Clay".

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Registration Details

Registration details

• We recommend that you register early with complete payment.

• All major credit cards are accepted and checks are made payable to the Armory Art Center.

• Refunds or transfers are not permitted if requested with less than five weeks’ notice. After five weeks no refunds will be issued due to a student’s failure to attend the workshop.

• Payment in full per workshop will be refunded less a fee of $100 provided the Armory receives five weeks’ notice prior to the start of the workshop.

• Payments for workshop that are not held due to insufficient enrollments will be refunded in full.


Any workshop that doesn’t achieve sufficient enrollment will be canceled and the registrants will be contacted by the Armory Art Center. Please make your travel and accommocation arrangements within the four-week timeframe prior to the workshop.

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