Adult workshops are for participants 18 years and older unless otherwise noted in the workshop description.

Adult and Teen Workshops

#647 – The Art of Huichol Yarn Painting with Marina Dempster

Marina Dempster

Indigineous to western Mexico in the Sierra Madre mountains, the Huichol (or Wixáritari “the people”) are known for brightly colored yarn paintings and beaded work that depict images of nature, animal forms, and complex geometric patterns. Their vibrant narrative paintings express the beauty and wisdom of their traditional culture. 

In this workshop, participants of any age will make their own yarn painting, telling a story based on traditional or personal imagery. 

Marina Dempster’s work finds cultural connections from across the continents, and retains a powerful personal quality. Her labour intensive sculptures are a contemporary translation of the pre-Columbian Huichol (Mexican Indian) tradition of yarn painting, which incorporates both textile and painting modes. She transforms found objects into intensely focused vehicles for re-examining our selves and the world around us.  

This workshop is presented in conjunction with The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts exhibition, Embellished: A Celebration of Wearable Art (Sept. 13 – Dec. 13, 2014), presented in commemoration of RFCTA's fifth anniversary on the campus of FIT. Works on display highlight the diversity of the wearable art movement and emphasize the innovation of surface design. Dempster has 7 pieces included in the exhibition.




Marina Dempster refers to her work as 'sculpture' using the term's secondary definition as “a natural indentation or other marking on a plant or animal.” Her primary technique is a contemporary translation of the pre-Columbian Huichol art of ‘transformational yarn painting’; preparing a form with a new skin of bees’ wax and pine-resin (traditionally called cera de campeche), which is then meticulously embedded with yarns or beads with the pressure of the fingertips and other improvised tools.

This decidedly labour intenstive and thus contemplative technique is key to Dempster's process as an artist and is a means for her to make sense of sensation. Her resonant sculptural metaphors are personal expressions of thoughts, dreams, intuitions and aspirations and are intended as a celebration of the collective human imagination and as a reminder that there are transformative and polychromatic ways of being, thinking and orienting oneself in relationship to the world's biosphere and ethnosphere.

Marina Dempster was born in Mexico, to British and French parents and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Marina Dempster is also a professional photographer and mentor and designer for Cloud Designs Inc.

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SaturdaySep 13, 2014 – Sep 13, 20149:30 am – 12:30 pm15 Seat(s) AvailableOpen

Total $70.00

#649 – Color My World! Applying and Making Porcelain Colored Slips

Cheryl Baduini Zaricki

Bring your creative mind and enthusiasm! Join this informative 2-day workshop to explore how applications of colored slips can be incorporated into one's own ceramics. Students will learn how to use colored mason stains and porcelain to make colored slips. Also, students will have the chance to use the colored slips to make at least two pieces of artwork. Projects completed at the workshop will be fired and available for pick-up.

Glazes, clay, and bisque firing included. Lunch will be provided both days.  A lunch order form will be provided following your registration.

Students should bring:

Enthusiasm and a creative mind
Notebook and pen
Mid-size brushes
Exacto knife for trimming clay
Texture stamps
Bring pony rollers if you have one


I love working with clay because it brings me back to nature’s basic elements. For the last fifteen years my focus has been on wheel-throwing, hand-building, and using color for decorating my ware. Recently, I spent two years taking classes at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland and am an advanced ceramics student at the Renee Foosaner Education Center.

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Saturday, SundaySep 27, 2014 – Sep 28, 201410:00 am – 4:00 pm6 Seat(s) AvailableOpen

Total $150.00

#646 – Plein-Air Workshop with Larry Leach

Larry Leach

Larry Leach has been painting for over 30 years and is primarily known for his landscape paintings, which are characterized by a unique emphasis on light and space.

In this 1-day workshop, Leach will teach in areas including composition, mark-making, and exploring the play between realism and abstraction with students. Students will create one piece from beginning to completion.  Leach will also critique up to 5 finished pieces if the student wishes.  

The workshop will take place at Eau Gallie’s historic Pineapple Park, utilizing the heavily wooded, waterfront landscape. Students will meet at the Renee Foosaner Education Center.

Students should bring:

Packed lunch, water and suncreen

1 surface, 3x3' or larger

Media of choice 

Easel (suggested, not required)


This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Foosaner Art Museum's exhibition Luminous Landscapes: Paintings by Larry Leach, on view October 18, 2014 – January 4, 2015.


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SaturdayOct 18, 2014 – Oct 18, 201410:00 am – 4:00 pm10 Seat(s) AvailableOpen

Total $180.00

Children's Workshops