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Adult Classes and Workshops

Whether you’re looking to explore, develop, or re-visit a hobby, meet new people, or enjoy a date night, we have classes for you. With a mix of stand-alone (one-time) classes and recurring series, keep up to date with our programs calendar throughout the year! We have classes and workshops on weekdays, evenings, and weekends to meet a variety of schedules.

Please note that we do not issue refunds to individuals who need to cancel after registering. In some instances, we may be able to transfer these fees to another program. Please contact the Director of Programs with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 904-280-0614 ext. 1206 

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A Taste of Spain: Gourmet Experience

Saturday, July 27, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

$120 non members, $99 members

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Experience a Mediterranean Summer evening with our CEO, Donna Guzzo, who is Cuban and Spanish. Chef Charlotte Chastain will lead the tastings.

Enjoy creating and sampling delicious regional tapas, Malagueña salad, gazpacho, and dessert, each paired with Cava, Albariño and Rioja wines. It's a Spanish extravaganza, so wear your black, red, and yellow to this exclusive event!
Bring your aprons, and your appetite.

Only 10 spots are available for this culinary adventure!

SOLD OUT

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Geometric Patterns from the Alhambra Palace: Drawing and Watercolor Painting with Dima Kroma

Saturday, August 3, 10 AM - 12 PM

$50 non members, $40 members

Dima painting 

Constructed during the 13th to 15th centuries, the Nasrid Palace of Alhambra stands as a testament to Islamic civilization's sophistication and its artistic achievements in Andalusia.
Join us in exploring the most distinctive surface patterns within this architectural marvel. We will study the intricate patterns and tessellations, guiding you through step-by-step drawings where math and art meet.
This workshop is designed for beginners, and the more experienced individuals seeking to refresh or develop their skills in Islamic Geometric Pattern design.

 

Info and Registration

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Under The Tuscan Sun: Acrylic Series with Charlotte Chastain

Saturdays, 10 AM -12 PM
July 20, and August 3, 10, 17, 2024 (4 sessions)
Acrylic painting for beginners - advanced participants. Ages 16 and up.
 
$235 non-members; $215 members
 
 Charlotte Tuscan field
 
 
This Under the Tuscan Sun acrylic painting series will draw from Italian inspiration, with a focus on light and shadow with Charlotte Chastain. Plan to bring your acrylic paints, brushes, tools and your Tuscan photos, keeping in mind your lights and darks/shadows (winding roads, grape fields, doors and window scenes, staircases, historical buildings, gardens with statues, and so on). Chastain spent 4 months in Rome, Northern Italy at RISD studying painting and art history and has much to share about her experience there.
 
Info and Registration 

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Floral Watercolor Series with Charlotte Chastain

Tuesdays, August 6 - 27 (4 sessions) 10 AM - 12 PM

 $220 non-members, $199 members

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Participants will create compositions with a floral focus, either working from a landscape scene, or a still life. Instructor Charlotte Chastain will guide students
of all skill levels through watercolor techniques.

Info and Registration

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A Taste of Italy: Gourmet Experience

Saturday, August 24, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

$120 non members, $99 members

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Experience an Italian Summer evening with our CEO, Donna Guzzo and Chef Charlotte Chastain.

Enjoy creating and sampling delicious regional recipes, such as Risotto, Pecorino and Prosciutto antipasti, sausage, contorni, dessert, and more, each paired
with the perfect wine assortments and a featured cocktail, an Aperol spritz. It's an Italian extravaganza, so wear your green, white, and red to this exclusive event!
Only 10 spots are available for this culinary adventure!


Bring your aprons, and your appetite!

Info and Registration

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Cultural History Presentation

Religious Vision for Natural Spaces: 
Frederick Law Olmsted, Founder of American Landscape Architecture

Join us for an exciting lecture and refreshments in our new building
Friday, August 30, 10 AM - 11 AM

$15 non-members, $10 members

Presented by:
Brandi Denison, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor | Program Director 
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
University of North Florida

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FCCCMasterworks Intensive: Impressionism and Beyond Acrylic Painting with Charlotte Chastain

Tuesdays, September 3 - October 8 (6 sessions) 10 AM-12 PM

$250

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Reproduce Masterworks to gain insight on perspective, color, and composition, while creating your own variation. Instructor Charlotte Chastain
will guide participants to choosing a master work and creating the reproduction to practice master techniques.

Info and Registration

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Needle Felting Program with Fiber Artist Liz Canali


Two Workshops on Saturday, September 28

Felted Soap Workshop 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

$45
Participants bring their choice of soap

felted soap

Explore how wool becomes felt in this workshop geared for children and adults. Students will learn the process of felting to create a useful soap and washcloth combo that is as fun to use as it is to gift to others! Students bring 2 or 3 bars of soap and 3 hand towels to the workshop.

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Needle Felted Mini Landscape Workshop 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

$75, all supplies included

felted mini landscape

 

Learn 2D needle felting techniques to create a miniature landscape. Learn how to translate a design, choose the appropriate wools, create a sky and foreground and add details. Be inspired by the instructor's designs or create your own! 

This class is appropriate for both beginner and experienced felters. These handmade pieces make a beautiful gift, or look perfect in your home.

https://lizcanali.com

Info and Registration

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Master Artist Portrait Features Workshop - Oil Painting with Master Artist Christina Mastrangelo

Friday - Sunday, October 18, 19, 20, 2024, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
$370 non-members, $330 members

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Rather than trying to paint an entire portrait, this workshop will focus on painting the eye, nose, and mouth after a master painter. We will paint one feature per canvas, to end up with a tiny trilogy of studied anatomy. This three-day workshop is pivotal for portrait artists and those wishing to explore the elements of painting that define the work of master painters. A guided examination of the master’s work will reveal much about palette choices and value structures and enable correct identification of colors and values as they relate to accuracy in color mixing. Students will examine the structure and anatomy of the eyes, nose, and mouth as portrayed by a master painter. Most importantly, students will learn to observe the subtle value shifts and edge variety that allow master portraits to look so powerfully realistic.

www.christinamastrangelo.com 

Info and Registration

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Wet Felted Poinsettias Workshop with Fiber Artist Liz Canali

Saturday, November 9, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

$85
All supplies included

felted pointsettias

Explore how wool becomes felt in this workshop. Students will learn the process of felting to create a 3 layer flower from a variety of wools and silk roving for you or to gift to others! Choose a pin or magnet back to complete the project. All materials are included but students should plan on bringing 2 large towels and 2 hand towels, a pair of scissors (and optional: electric palm sander). Makes the perfect decoration or gift!

Info and Registration

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Still Life and Floral Painting Workshop with Qiang Huang

Friday - Sunday, November 15, 16 & 17, 10 AM - 5 PM
$550 (non-members)
 
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Qiang's approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on creating dramatic set ups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his or her current skill level and personal goals in art. The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.
Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. His paintings show remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected continuously for Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibitions. Qiang is a signature member of OPA. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and Artist Magazine.
 
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 Realistic Flower Painting from a Photo 2025 with Master Artist Christina Mastrangelo

April 5 and 6, 2025, Saturday/Sunday
10AM - 5PM

$270 for non members, $250 for FCCC members

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Course Description:
Learn traditional and dependable techniques for painting realistic flowers. We start with a foundational wash drawing, then learn accurate color mixing principles that we then use while delicately painting each flower. We will work from a photographic reference (supplied by the teacher) that includes a variety of flowers in the bouquet, so that after the workshop has ended you will be able to continue to practice what you learned and finish your piece. This workshop is suitable for all levels, and we may sit while we paint.

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Past Programs

Wine and Watercolors with Ellen Diamond (SOLD OUT)

May 8, 5-7 PM

$55 non members, $45 members

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Natural Perspectives in Watercolor with Charlotte Chastain (SOLD OUT)

Tuesdays, April 16 - May 7, (4 sessions) 10 AM-12 PM
$220 non members, $199 members

 

charlotte watercolor garden

Participants will practice techniques in color washes, layering darks and lights, and focusing on perspectives and composition in watercolor with local artist, Charlotte Chastain.

This program is for beginner to intermediate levels.

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Guided Meditation through Visual Art with Hilda Cioffi

Saturday, April 6, 10 AM-11:15 AM
$40

meditation

Hilda Cioffi, RN, MSN, Usui Reiki Master and animal Reiki practicioner, will lead the group through a peaceful mediation using the visual of an art image in FCCC's gallery, including serene paintings by Teresa Graham. https://www.teresagraham-art.com/

What is Reiki? 

Reiki is a therapeutic approach in which the practitioner facilitates the delivery of universal energy to an individual to enhance vitality and promote the body’s innate ability to heal. The intention of the Reiki practitioner is to act as a conduit for the delivery of universal energy and thereby replenish and restore energy flow and balance. Reiki works in harmony with all other types of healing and treatments, but it does not replace ongoing treatments prescribed by your primary healthcare provider.

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Sharpen Your Palette Knife Painting Skills with Jeff Desautels

Wednesdays, 10 AM - 12:30 PM
March 6- March 27 (4 sessions)
Intermediate level
$220 non members, $199 members

 

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Wood Working Presentation with Norbert Ploetz

Saturday, March 16, 10:30AM - 12:30PM

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Wood-working/wood-carving artist Norbert Ploetz presents an artistic demonstration from concept to process to completion in this exciting format,
surrounded by his current exhibit. 

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Acrylic Inks on Watercolor Canvas: A Unique Color Technique with Sandy Harrington 

Friday, February 23, 10:00am-12:00pm
$55, $45 members

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Botanical Mandala - Illustration and Watercolor with Elaine Bergstrom (In process)

Tuesdays, 10 AM - 12 PM
February 6 - February 27,  (4 sessions)

First Coast Cultural Center
6000B Sawgrass Village Circle 
Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082

seed pod painting mandala

 

Nature surrounds us with beautiful dried specimens during the cooler months. 
Learn to draw seed pods with techniques of foreshortening, line, and textures.
Create a dynamic Mandala from nature using watercolors, gouache and microns.

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Post Impressionist Acrylic Painting with Master Artist Ellen Diamond SOLD OUT

February 10 and 11, Saturday and Sunday

10:00am - 3:00pm

First Coast Cultural Center
6000B Sawgrass Village Circle 
Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082

Ellen Chinese Vase

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Landscapes and Seascapes: Acrylic painting workshop inspired by Impressionist Masters, Pissarro, van Gogh, and Monet with Charlotte Chastain 

Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, 10:00am-3:00pm
First Coast Cultural Center
6000B Sawgrass Village Circle 
Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082
$200

 Charlotte Land and Sea image

A Message from Charlotte:
The ocean is one of the most challenging, but satisfying subjects an artist can seek to capture. From such complicated scenes, we will challenge ourselves to isolate one fraction of a moment and simplify it onto your canvas. We will explore painting seascapes and landscapes from your photos or other references. I will have several photos of Impressionist scenes to choose which will be sent prior to class. I will work with each of you individually to help develop your own style of painting. Come paint in this workshop and be influenced by applying my magical way of mixing color to create your unique paintings. Treat this series as a springboard to launch into the world of painting with acrylics.
 
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Views Through the Window: Acrylic Painting with Charlotte Chastain SOLD OUT

Tuesdays, 10 AM - 12 PM
January 9 - January 30 (4 sessions)

First Coast Cultural Center
6000B Sawgrass Village Circle 
Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082
$200

 
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A Message from Charlotte:
Your view perspective varies, depending on mood, location, and ideals, and can be a challenging, but satisfying subject to capture. From such complicated scenes, we will challenge ourselves to isolate one fraction of a moment and simplify it onto your canvas. We will explore painting interiors, seascapes, cityscapes, or landscapes from the view of a window or door, using your photos or other references. I will have several photos of  scenes to choose which will be sent prior to class. I will work with each of you individually to help develop your own style of painting. Come paint in this workshop and be influenced by applying my magical way of mixing color to create your unique paintings. Treat this series as a springboard to launch into the world of painting with acrylics. 
 
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Art History Presentation 

Jacksonville and the Origins and History of American Art

Join us for an exciting lecture and refreshments in our new building

January 26, 10:00 am

 

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Presented by:

P. Scott Brown, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
Department of Art, Art History & Design
University of North Florida

First Coast Cultural Center
6000B Sawgrass Village Circle 
Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082

$15 non-members, $10 members

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Experimental Photo Transfer Workshop with Matthew Abercrombie

Saturday, November 4, 10 AM - 1 PM
$75

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This workshop for ages 16 + will explore the experimental printmaking process of photo transfer. Participants can work with existing photos, photos from their phone or create all new images during the workshop. This is a mixed media process so be prepared to use water, paper, ink and a little bit of elbow grease. We will have fun making unique one of a kind pieces with a process that is perfect for those that "can't even draw a stick figure". Please bring old photos or photos on your phone and be ready to enjoy the process!

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Pen and Ink Drawing and Watercolor Painting with Charlotte Chastain: Inspired by van Gogh 
Tuesdays, 10 AM - 12 PM
October 3 - November 7 (6 sessions)
First Coast Cultural Center
$200

Pen and Ink bird

Cultivate your creativity with this pen and ink drawing and watercolor painting class. Inspired by Vincent van Gogh, this 6-weeks series will be held Tuesdays from 10AM-12PM beginning October 3. This class expands on concepts taught in a previous course by the same name in Fall of 2022; however, this series is open to any interested student. While returning students are welcome, you do NOT have to have taken the previous class to enroll in this one!
 
Beginner to intermediate students will explore a range of drawing and watercolor painting fundamentals, including perspective, the color wheel, layout and design, juxtaposition, and composition. Instructor Charlotte Chastain will demonstrate several ways to achieve a successful drawing and painting, while incorporating van Gogh’s signature brush strokes and other line drawing techniques. Students will be invited to bring favorite photos or images on which to base their drawings and paintings, with weekly themes, i.e. landscapes/architecture, seascapes, garden scenes, flowers, and shells. 
 
A supply list will be provided in advance of the class.
 
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Drawing a Realistic Portrait from a Photo 3-day Workshop with Christina Mastrangelo
Friday - Sunday, 10 AM - 5 PM
October 13, 14, and 15
First Coast Cultural Center
$300
 
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Drawing a Realistic Portrait from a Photo 3-Day Workshop Open to All Levels - Medium: Graphite
 
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait from a photo using classical techniques from Europe. Students will be guided through the sight-size process from start to finish, learn about the anatomy of facial features and how that influences the surface we see and draw, how to utilize the various grades of pencils to obtain convincing form and smooth rendering, and various techniques to get a likeness of your subject. Students work at their own pace and get personalized critiques. Vintage photos make beautiful references for drawings, or take your own new photo prior to class. See the Photo Reference Guide for details.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to unleash your creativity in one of our many art classes and workshops. If you are an artist, novice or professional, we have programs that will enhance your creative process. Please review our Program Policies before registering. If you are unsure about the status of your membership, please call 904-280-0614 ext. 1206. If you would like to become a member of First Coast Cultural Center, please visit membership. Supplies are not included unless otherwise noted. Our dedicated hotel sponsor, Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra, provides special room rates for First Coast Cultural Center workshop attendees, click here to learn more and book a room to use during your workshop.

 These programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Location
6000B Sawgrass Village Circle
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082 
Phone: (904) 280-0614


Location
6000B Sawgrass Village Circle,
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082


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