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We’re starting a brand-new year, resolutions and all. Why not make creativity one of
your goals for 2024?  

Delve into a continuing class to explore a new medium such as 3D Animation or Belly
Dance! If your time is limited, check out one of our workshops to boost those creative

Don’t forget the kiddos in your life! Sign them up for a kid’s class or our Two-Day
Winter Break Arts Camp.  

Whatever you choose, the Alliance is here to help you kick off the year!  
One Day Workshops


Mind, Body and Soul Mini Retreat: Saturday, January 6, 9:30-12:30 pm 

Join us for a 3-hour retreat designed to enhance your creative side, deeply relax and
restore contentment, featuring restorative yoga, crystal bowls meditation, and a simple
but enlightening art exercise with renowned artist Julie Dean Griffin, Christar Damiano
LMT, and Flying Heart Yoga founder, Carla Hyde. Includes an art piece to take home,
tea, and snacks, and feelings of extraordinary peace and contentment.  

Register → View All Classes →  

More workshops!
Step-by-Step Batik-Sea Turtle
Two-Day Workshop: Pot Person Mosaic
Discovering SoulCollage
Flash Fiction Challenge Workshop
Mind, Body and Soul Mini Retreat
Intro to Creating a Children’s Book Workshop
Fridays with Francesco
AI for Dreamers
Fridays with Francesco
Alcohol Ink: Dynamic Florals
Beginner Bonsai
Wiring your Bonsai Workshop
Wheel Master Class        

Continuing Series


Back to Basics: Stroke Work (18+)  

Tuesdays, January 2-February 6, 9:30 am-12:30 pm • Learn
the basics of painting as Artist/Instructor Pat Smelkoff guides you
through the process of how to undercoat, basecoat, float, double
load, dry brush and to paint wet into wet.  

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More continuing classes!

Back to Basics: Stroke Work (Beginner Level)
Beyond Basics: Florida Everglades
Painting with Francesco (18+)
Painting Portraits with Terry Lynn
Hula Dance (10+)
Fashion First Adult & Child Sewing Workshop
Grandma’s Club Acrylics
Getting Your Art into Retail Environments Workshop Series
Evening Instructed Life Drawing with Francesco (18+)
Fine Art Acrylics A
Zentangle for the Seasons Fine Art Acrylics B
Instructed Life Drawing
3D Game Art & Animation
Beginning and Intermediate Belly Dance A
Beginning and Intermediate Belly Dance B
Watercolor Painting
Painting with Terry Lynn AM
Painting with Terry Lynn PM
Painting Studio with Terry Lynn    

Youth Classes


Fashion First Sewing Workshops
Beginning January 10• These workshops are for young people that are interested in
fashion and design. Student designers will explore and recreate classic silhouettes with
Fashion First, led by professional designer and Seamstress, Renee Nesbitt-Baird. Day-
time and evening classes available for all ages!  

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More Youth Classes:
Hula Dance (Ages 3-9)
Intro to Animation
Beginner Drawing
Manga Night (Ages 12-18)
Art Seekers K-3rd
The Seven Elements of Art (Ages 8-12)
Art Seekers: 4th-6th
Free Family ArtLab
Art Seekers: PreK
Friend-Swift Bracelets
Make a Holiday Gnome          

For Children and Families  


Free Family ArtLab  

Saturday, Jan. 20 Drop in for this free, hands-on family activity based on the current
gallery show, from 10 a.m. to noon.  

Find Out More → View All Classes →    

HURRY!! There’s still time to register for our
Two-Day Winter Break Arts Camp!


Instructor Spotlight


Marilyn Hedlund  

Marilyn Hedlund began teaching Fine Art Acrylics after the previous Instructor, Lucie
Macherowski, passed away in April 2016. Initially there were 3 students from Lucie’s
class who alternated teaching sessions for a few years; but now Marilyn is the one con-
tinuing what Lucie began in the early1990’s at the Alliance. Her favorite class to teach 
is Acrylics Plein Air abstract landscapes class which was offered on Mondays. Now
Marilyn’s Fine Art Acrylics class has grown so much that she is offering it on both
Monday and Wednesday, in order to accommodate all of the students who love the
class. Fine Arts Acrylics classes follow the same basic instruction with a focus on
impressionistic style, but optional plein air is available on Mondays.  

Marilyn says she has learned much from her students. ” I have learned flexibility,
patience, and adaptation to their various painting experiences and styles as I show
them how to loosen up and enjoy the painting process. Also, I have had to learn to
project my voice and to face the group as I critique their works and do painting

Just like her devoted students, the Alliance is proud to know this talented
Instructor and Artist!


38th Annual All Florida Exhibition  

This annual show is the most anticipated of the year. As the name suggests, this
exhibition features pieces created by artists working in a wide variety of media
from all over the 65,000 square miles that make up Florida. The juried entries
come together for an award-winning and exciting exhibition representing today’s
contemporary Florida artists. The exhibition will be on display March 1 – 30, 2024.  

Open to all artists residing in Florida. Only original artwork will be accepted, no
giclee. An entry consists of 1 to 3 artworks. Non-refundable Entry Fee is $25.00 f
or one entry and $5 for each additional entry up to 3. Alliance for the Arts members
may use coupon code Member10 to receive $10 off the entry fee.
Submissions due January 15, 2024.  

Download the Prospectus → Submit Your Work →  


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