Art For The Masses

Monday Afternoon Pastels

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.

When: December 3, 10, and 17, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Visual Art Center

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Ornamentally Festive – Holiday Offering for Children Ages 3 – 14

Looking for a one-of-a-kind original piece of artwork to remember this holiday season with your little ones? Children from pre-school and up are invited to come paint an ornament with artist Jedeth deLeon-Tolentino. We provide instruction, helpers, supplies, a delicious holiday snack, cocoa with marshmallows, and the clean-up. Your young artist will provide their own artistic flare to make this special holiday memory.

Where: HAL’s Visual Arts Center

When: December 21, 1 – 3 p.m.

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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.

Date: October 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $125 [all supplies included] members; $135 non-members

Painting: the basics

Explore your own expressive style through the practice and discipline of painting, while learning the fundamentals of color blending & balance with artist Theresa Roman. Create your own abstract, surreal, or representational painting, as you dabble in acrylics. Class will include lecture, demonstration, examples, and individual instruction., allowing you to wet your appetite for art as you begin to explore your creative self.

This is an introductory class recommended for the novice painter or someone who simply wants to  dabble, learn the basics of acrylics and take the first steps of  creating your own  works of art.

Instructor: Theresa Roman Class Date/Time: 1 – 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 23

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

Sidewalk Art: Instruction & Competition 

Ready to take your art to the next level? Interested in taking on a different  perspective in creating art—from the ground up? Looking for more practice before embarking on your own festival participation? In this four  session offering, students will be instructed in the steps in creating side walk art, then take to the concrete and create your own work of art at the Sebring Art, Wine and Jazz Festival to vie for a cash prize.  Class registration and participation are required to participate in the contest.

Students will be taught, mentored, brain storm, and design their own creative piece from  concept, development, to laying it out on the side walk, to the creation of a final completed side-walk art piece.  

This class is offered for ages 13 and up. If younger artists would like to participate please contact the HAL as some exceptions will be made according to the abilities and maturity of the artist. Chalk will be supplied, but students will need to acquire Knee pads and their own set of professional chalk (  The first three sessions are held at the Visual Arts Center, 1985 Lakeview Drive, Sebring.

October 17, 24 and 31, 5—6:30 p.m.

November 2, 10 a.m.—completion. Judging @ 3 p.m.

Cost: $140 for all three sessions and participation in the Nov. 2 Festival.           

Painting from Life: Step-by-step Oil Painting Instruction

Join artist Satyabhama Narra as she takes those new or returning to oil painting through an in-depth three class offering touching on those areas that you feel are most helpful to your development as an oil artist. The sessions are offered individually with spacing to allow students to practice between sessions, getting the most out of their time to truly embrace each step and learn best through practice. Please email HAL @ for a detailed description of sessions and supplies list needed for each class.

All Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 noon

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Class One, Canvas Preparation: November 1, 2019

Class Two, Drawing : November 12, 2019

Class Three, Adding Color: November 26, 2019

Cost per session: Members – $40; Non-members $45

The Art of Coiling – Pine Basket Making Series

Cost per session: HAL Members – $40, Non-members – $45


 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: Saturdays, August 10 – September 7 [no class on August 31], 1 – 4 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.

The Art of Animals ~ Sketch your Pet

Animals are one of the hardest things to draw, but they don’t have to be. Artist Mary Lou Herald set out to learn how to draw these precious pets and along the way found a practical approach to not just drawing dogs and cats, but all kinds of mammals. Join her as she passes on her skills and years of accumulating drawing know-how to you.

In this class Herald deconstructs complex animal anatomy and mechanics into basic, understandable components, making drawing your pet your new passion as a beginning art student. The lesson is broken down into these sections:

The Basic Structure of a Mammal

The 4 Main Sections of the Body

Drawing Heads

Drawing Fore Limbs

Drawing Back Limbs

Drawing the Body

Ms. Herald received her art degree from Seton Hill College and previously taught art at Alex Fletcher Memorial Art Center, where she specialized in perspective drawing and pen and ink courses. Herald’s pen and ink drawings have graced exhibits from Pennsylvania to Florida. We are pleased to have her as one of our area artists featured in our August 2019 offerings at HAL.

Class Date/Time: 9:00 – 12 noon., September 11, 2019

Place: Visual Arts Center, HAL (teal building on Lake Jackson, ample parking in the lot)

Instructor/ Mary Lou Herald

Cost $35 for HAL member, $45 for non-member

Snack/Drinks provided.

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