Fine Arts Classes


Michele Perry’s Introductory to Silk Scarf Colorings

(Social Distancing and Masks Required)

Join us for a relaxing morning in our studio overlooking beautiful Lake Jackson. We will be making hand dyed 100% silk scarves using the bleeding art tissue technique. Participants will be provided with a 54” white silk scarf to dye. These turn out gorgeous but can not be rushed. There will be time to socialize as we wait for the dyes to set. Come and join us!

Date: Tuesday May 18, 2021
Time: 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Fee: $30.00 for members, $35 for non members
Instructor: Michele Perry
Location: Visual Arts Center (teal building)
Class size is limited to 8 maximum , so sign up early. An additional class may be added if necessary.



Michele Perry’s Introductory Alcohol Inks

(Social Distancing and Masks Required)
Alcohol inks are bold and beautiful and create artwork that can not be duplicated. No
two pieces are ever alike. New students will complete 4, 4”x 4” tiles that can be used
as coasters, wall art or display pieces. All supplies are provided. Ink, fixative, etc. will
be provided for students bringing their own pieces to work on.
Fees will be collected at the beginning of class, cash or check only. Wine and snacks
will be available during Un Corked classes. Come create something special !

Date: May 25, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM-2:00PM
Fee: $25 member/$30 non member
$15 returning student
Location: Visual Arts Center-teal colored building lakeside
Instructor : Michele Perry



(Social Distancing and Masks Required)

Mornings With Larry

The Highlands Art League is pleased to announce a new oil painting class coming to the Visual Arts Center in Sebring.  Artist Larry Felder will be teaching a unique series of oil painting classes for all skill levels called “Morning with Larry.” Classes begin Wednesday Jan 6th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and will run every Wednesday throughout the year. The cost of each class is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. All supplies are included in that cost. The Visual Arts Center is located at 1989 Lakeview Dr, Sebring, FL 33870. (Directly behind the Historical Society Museum) To sign up for the class please call the Highlands Art League at (863) 385-5312 or email 

Larry Felder was born in San Antonio, Texas. He earned a BFA in Studio Painting from The University of Texas at Austin.  His focus has been studio painting, but his early training in Architecture and Graphic Design led him to a distinguished 30-year career in Advertising and Publishing. Felder is a member of Oil Painters of America and The International Guild of Realism. He has taught Art at Texas State University and has won many honors and awards for his work. His paintings can be seen on his web site: He has recently moved to the Highlands County area and is an active member of HAL.  

Class Date/Time: Every Wednesday Time 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Place: Visual Art Center, HAL [teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot]

Instructor/Artist: Larry Felder

Cost includes all materials: $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

** NOTE: There is currently ONLY ONE space available for this class. Others will be placed on a waiting list in the event someone drops from the class, the next on the list will fill the spot.


Stringing Along!

(Social Distancing and Masks Required)

Join artist Beverly Marshall for this upbeat, entertaining and artfully unique opportunity to test your skills at creating a new “mix” of art and play. Relaxing, totally creative and a departure from the usual art class or art instruction that you’ll find at HAL and elsewhere, String Art mixes paint with use of other, ordinary objects to create unique designs and beautiful takes on use of color.

All supplies are included in that cost. The Visual Arts Center is located at 1989 Lakeview Dr, Sebring, FL 33870. (Directly behind the Historical Society Museum) To sign up for the class please call the Highlands Art League at (863) 385-5312 or email  

Class Date/Time: Friday February 5th, 2021 Time 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Place: Visual Art Center, HAL [teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot]

Instructor/Artist: Beverly Marshall

Cost includes all materials: $35 for members; $40 for non-members. Payment will be taken during the first class.



Where: Visual Arts Center

Cost: Individual class, Members: $30; Non-Members, $35 per session

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Where: Visual Arts Center Room with a View

Cost: $20 for all (includes pastries, coffee, tea, juice and a wonderful morning of learning)

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Black Canvas

Black Canvas is a 3-week beginning oil painting class taught by International award winning artist Beverly Marshall. Students will learn to paint landscapes, mix colors, learn how dark and light color create contrast and bring a scenery to life. Students will learn how to create colors using the primaries to get the desired color needed. Students will learn how to create a bit of realism in their painting by creating contrast and shadows, light and dark spaces. Students will learn how to layer a painting. Different brushes and stroke techniques will be taught. Painting will be done on black canvases and students will learn how color is more vibrant and comes more alive on a black canvas. Focus will be on water falls, misty forest scenes, water reflections and sunsets. Come join us for his exciting new class… Black Canvas.  

Black Canvas will be provided for the classes. Students must have their own brushes and oil paint, required brushes 1-2 inch brush, 1-1/2 inch brush, 1 fan brush, an assortment of smaller brushes and a set of plastic palette knives. 

When: Thursdays, February 13, 20 and 27  6:15 pm  –8:15 pm 

Where: Visual Arts Center

Cost: Members, $100; Non-Members $110

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Drawing Portraits from Photos

Cost: Members – $60; Non-Members – $70

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Cost: Members, $40, Non-Members, $45

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Beginning Painting with Alice

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January Classes

The Art of Coiling – Pine Basket Making Series

 For 21 years artist, Gloria Peters was aboard a 40’ sailboat, traveling the world. Peters had an older sister who took art classes in high school. Fascinated, she tried her hand at it. She’s always loved being creative – whether with paper, fabric or glass.  In the late 60s, Billie Ross, a purse designer on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue, created fashion that fascinated Peters. She began painting purses for Ross.

Peters has always been a designer at heart; self-taught in several art areas. From creating her own wardrobe when she was young, to Ross’ brand-name purses, while at sea Peters created designs for inlaid wood table tops for boats, specializing in the Compass Rose and special orders. For three or four months, Hurricane season landed Gloria and her husband Mike up the Rio Dulce River in Guatemala, where other cruisers in the marina passed the time making pine needle baskets. Peters creative nature took over. Twenty-one years later, her baskets created for family, friends, and clients are a treasure of Peters’ artistic efforts. 

Peters also does stained-glass, mosaics, and paints watercolor. “Everything I do is related to nature,” Peters said about her work. She claims her process is sometimes not as others do, but it works for her. We are pleased to have Peters with us this First Quarter, beginning with a class on basket making, “The Art of Coiling.”

The Art of Coiling will teach the basics of pine needle basket making, including selection and preparation of materials, four different stitches, embellishment, and finishing. Participants will come away from the class with a beautiful decorative basket, as well as the knowledge that they can use to begin this artform on their own. 

Class Date/Time: Wednesdays, January 15 – February 5, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Place: Visual Art Center, HAL [teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot]

Instructor/Artist: Gloria Peters

Cost: $65 – includes all materials for your 8” x 4” basket for members; $70 for non-members.

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Composition and Drawing with Alice

For the artist these two are interchangeable. Composition gives a sense of order; drawing carries it out. Join artist Alice Hansen as she works with new and emerging artists to explore the nuances of composition while delving into the art of drawing as preparation for painting in all mediums. For Hansen, it is the starting point of her award-winning works of art.

“A composition,” Hansen says, “consists of form and shape, objects int he drawing, and the use of negative space. There is a center of interest and the importance of placement of the center.” Artists learn that emphasis on light and dark with the lightest and darkest contained in the center of interest. There should be a flow of the eye, entering and moving around in the composition. Shadows are likewise important and these are placed according to the source of light. Patterns, perspective (for landscapes), portraits, and figure drawings that follow the rules of anatomy will all be studied in this class. Time will be spend stying and analyzing the works of famous artists, as well as putting pencil to paper.

Join us for this month to month class, taught by the unconquerable Alice Hansen.

When: Monday, January 13, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: Visual Arts Center

Cost: Members, $35; Non-Members, $40

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Tuesday Afternoon Pastels with Mary Lou

Join artist Mary Lou Herald for an afternoon series of classes that invite artists to delve into the world of pastels. Mary Lou will share her extensive knowledge of color as well as provide you with the technical know-how to create the illusion of reality with pastels. The building blocks of line, tone, color and edge will be discussed extensively to lead you to a better understanding of these important areas.

A gentle step-by-step series of classes by our wonderful Mary Lou.

When: Tuesdays, January 14, 21, and 28, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Visual Art Center

Cost: Members, $65; Non-members, $70

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Date: October 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $125 [all supplies included] members; $135 non-members

Horses of Course

Running horses and like animals are beautiful, graceful creatures to watch move, but tricky to capture on paper. Join artist Mary Lou Herald as she teaches the basic skills of capturing horses and animals whose movements and poses have much to do with the understanding and study of anatomy and placement and proportion of joints (circles) and bones (lines), adding muscles to give shape, hooves and head.  This simple to  follow 3-hour class will cover the basics, providing examples, demonstration, and one-on-one as well as small group instruction that will allow you to move to the next step in creating realistic drawings from the animal world.

Instructor: Mary Lou Herald

Class Date/Time: 9:00 a.m.—12 noon, Wednesday, October 16

Snacks/Drinks provided

Cost: $35 HAL Members, $40 Non-members

Materials to Bring: #2 lead, mechanical pencil [Paper-mate Sharp Writer is best]; Good paper drawing pad or book – [9 x 12, 12 x 14; no newsprint paper]; Plastic white eraser [Mars brand]; Straight edge ruler

Michael Grecian – Color Workshop

One Day Only, a special opportunity for Artists – Color expert Michael Grecian returns to HAL to work with artists in a fabulous Fall color workshop designed to inform, educate, and delight artists who are looking for expert advice, new tools of the trade, and a full day of painting instruction. Grecian will lead artists through a review of primaries, secondaries, and compliments before jumping into color relationships, juxtaposed colors, and an array of exercises designed to emphasize the importance and effect of color relationships in our own and other’s work. Class participants will work on a variety of surfaces to illustrate how the substrates we use can greatly enhance color work. Experienced and emerging artists will meet 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with all materials and supplies, lunch, beverages, and break snacks provided. Just bring your creativity, imagination, and spirit of learning.

Grecian is a well-known regional rep and artist who holds an MFA from the Northern Illinois University and more than 40 years of professional art experience as a gallery manager and commissioned artist.