Visiting Master Artist Workshops 2019-2020


The Armory's Visiting Master Artist Workshop Series brings together participants and contemporary master artists from all over the country for unparalleled educational experiences. The upcoming season will be the 21st year of the Visiting Master Artists Workshop Series.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is 30 days before the date of the workshop.

Registration details are at the bottom of this page.


Jewelry & Metalsmithing


Sculptural Jewelry: Found, Recycled, and Locally Sourced

Instructor: JESSE BERT
Thursday - Saturday, 3 days
December 12-14, 2019
Tuition: $410   |  Lab Fee: $40

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Jesse Bert Art

The Radical Jewelry Makeover Symposium kick off workshop!

Learn steps to use unique, repurposed, or dissimilar materials using procedures for perforating, mounting, or connecting them. Jesse will demonstrate the use of rivets and hand fabricating of a pin back and clasp for brooches. This dynamic workshop will start with a field trip to look for unique materials. Students can begin with a design, select distinct materials, and complete the composition or be inspired by materials and consider the best way to build the composition.

A materials list is emailed to students upon registration of the workshop.


Jesse Bert creates sculptural jewelry incorporating many different materials and techniques. He creates unique tools and equipment that gives the works delicate texture and design. Jesse teaches metalsmithing and jewelry techniques to students of all skill levels in his private studio in San Miguel, an annual workshop in Mexico, and around the world.  After earning his MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University in North Carolina, Jesse relocated to Mexico in 2006. Jesse is an adjunct professor at the Technological Institute of Monterrey in the city of Guadalajara.



2D Media


Painting: Breaking Barriers

Monday-Friday, 5 days
December 9-13, 2019
Tuition: $675


In the brush doing what it’s doing, it will stumble on what one couldn’t do oneself. — Robert Motherwell

Put aside old habits to allow something new to happen. This workshop will be made up of short exercises working from still life and then the figure. You will work from a model, photographs, and on the last day you will paint a self-portrait. Designed to be a space for exploration, there will be a lot of painting and feedback sessions during this workshop.

A supply list is emailed to students upon registration of the workshop.


Jennifer Pochinski grew up in Hawaii and earned a BFA from the University of Hawaii. She lived in Europe and moved to California in 2010. She considers her studio a “space to fail,” experimenting with works on cardboard, collage, and panel. Of her work, she says: “I did not know what they were supposed to look like. But in doing them, I found out.” This lent her an ease in handling paint on a large scale surfaces.

Portrait Workshop

Wednesday- Sunday, 5 days
January 29 – Sunday, February 2, 2020
Tuition: $750

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Focus on an analytical and emotive approach to painting portraits with an emphasis on color, value, proportion, form, and light. The workshop will be devoted to drawing, mapping out the under layer in values, and developing the color in your paintings. Anatomy, movement, and interpretation of what you see as a model poses change will be covered. The class will cover the Alla Prima technique which involves both scumbling and glazing. Each day will consist of lectures, demos, and one-on-one critiques.

A supply list is emailed to students upon registration of the workshop.

Steven Assael attended Pratt Institute and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. His work focuses on the human figures rendered in glowing relief by gentle beams of warm and cool light. He balances naturalism with a romanticism that permeates his paintings and drawings. Assael’s work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Naples Museum of Art in FL,  he exhibited in “New Old Masters,” curated by Donald Kuspit, at the National Museum in Gdansk, Poland, and exhibited across the US. His work is in the permanent collections of museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art  in NYC. Assael is represented by Forum Gallery, NYC.



Abstraction: Landscape as Source

Monday-Thursday, 4 days
March 2-5, 2020
Tuition: $625

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This workshop will explore both plein air painting and the process of abstraction. During the mornings we will work outdoors in a traditional plein air approach—developing tonal relationships, searching for a convincing sense of space and light, and applying paint in different ways. In the afternoons we will work indoors on one canvas for the duration of the four days, using our morning paintings as source material for an ongoing and improvisational discovery of abstract painting. Risk and play will be encouraged!

A supply list is emailed to students upon registration of the workshop.


Jordan Wolfson is a contemporary painter, born in 1960, and raised in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1991. Wolfson has exhibited extensively both in the US and abroad and has received numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant, and a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and the Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland. His work has been exhibited by Hirschl and Adler, J. Cacciola and the DFN Galleries in NYC. He is currently represented by Prographica/KDR in Seattle, Rothschild Fine Arts in Tel Aviv, and Artspace in Jerusalem. Wolfson is the author of the article “How Painting Can Help Save the World, Actually” published on The Awakened Eye and

Drawing the Beauty of Forms in Our Landscape

Wednesday-Sunday, 5 days
March 18-22, 2020
Tuition: $625.00

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Explore ways to understand and celebrate the magnificent and mysterious organic forms that our Florida landscape offers us through drawing. We will discover lines and observe contrasting light and shade in surreal shapes found in nature. Approaches to reflect  natural harmony and balance will be discussed. With the humble manipulation of pencil and paper we will understand and present images that attract us, pass through our being and senses, and then magically translated on paper.

A supply list is emailed to students upon registration of the workshop.


Alexander Shundi was born in Correggio, Italy in 1944 and lived in Parma, Italy until his family moved to the United States in 1957. He received his Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Yale University, graduating in 1969 with his Master of Fine Arts in Painting. He also received further education in Milan, Paris, and Connecticut. Alexander’s works are in many public and private collections in the United States and abroad. He lives and works in a converted 1850's church with his wife Elizabeth Hill, also a painter, and their two children. He has traveled for twenty years exploring the American Southwest, with particular focus on both ancient and current Pueblo culture, art, and mythology.



Stone Carving:Transforming Alabaster

Monday - Friday, 5 days
March 16th – 20th, 2020
Tuition: $625.00  Material Fee: $45 for stone and carving tools

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Alabaster stone has two dominant traits, translucency and compactness. Translucency provides the stone’s beauty while compactness offers softness. These combined make the material attractive to use for both beginner and advanced stone carvers. Beginning students will use hand tools to form a mortar and pestle while more experienced will practice techniques from the traditional to abstract where pneumatic tools may be employed.

A general supply list is emailed to students upon registration of the workshop.


Lucio Chiurulla was born in 1972 in Perugia, Italy. After studying at the Art School and the Academy of Belle Art in Perugia, he began his journey into sculpting in 1990. Lucio works with marble, granite, and other stone, taking inspiration from ancient Roman, Greek, and Medieval statues and mosaics as well as modern sculpture. He has held several exhibitions, among them exhibitions organized by Ken’s Art Gallery in Florence and West Palm Beach (1999-2001), the Archaeological Park in Populonia (Tuscany), Cavour Art Festival in Terni (2001), Galleria Il Sole Centro d’Arte in Perugia (2003); Palazzo Morelli Fine Art in Todi (Umbria) (2005-2011), and Carla Mancini Art Gallery in Perugia (2016-2017). He currently has his studio near the Trasimeno Lake in Umbria, where he lives and works.




• We recommend that you register early with complete payment.
• All major credit cards are accepted and checks are madepayable to the Armory Art Center.
• All purchases except tuition are subject to Florida sales tax.
• Refunds or transfers are not permitted if requested with less than five weeks’ notice.
• 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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