To Register for Workshops or More Information call: 912.634.8414

2022 ~ 2023 Workshops

Updated ~ July 29, 2022


CHRIS GROVES - Virtual - Painting Abstract - Sept 19-Nov 28 - $595

GARY BODNER - Getting Real Loose - Sept. 30-Oct 1 - $495.

LARRY MOORE - Principles of Abstraction XL - October 20 -23 - $595

ROGER DALE BROWN - Studio Landscape + SHOW - November 3-4 - $600

CHRIS GROVES - Pushing the Landscape from Realism to Abstraction - November 17-19 - $595
~ 2023 ~

NANCY TANKERSLEY - Studio - February 9-11, 2023 - $550

ANN LARSEN - Studio Landscape - Feb 16018, 2023 - $550

CHRIS GROVES - WORKSHOP & SHOW - March 2-4, 2023 - $595


More Workshops Will be Added as Dates Are Confirmed

To Register for Workshops or More Information call: 912.634.8414


Weekly Private & Group Instruction

Open Year Round  

The Artist's Annex is located at 100 Sylvan Drive, Suite #170 on St. Simons Island, Georgia. This location is where Anderson Fine Art Gallery's "Workshops on St. Simons Island" are held. When this location is not being used for our scheduled workshops it is a teaching studio for local artists to study and use as an open studio. Group and Private instruction is offered by Marden Headley who holds degrees in FINE ART and EDUCATION. She has taught in the private and public sector. A resident of St. Simons Island, Marden manages the Annex; exhibits her paintings, and assists our professional instructors with workshops. For more information call the Anderson Gallery, 912.634.8414 or stop by the Artist's Annex Gallery.


Reactions within Abstractions
Sept. 19th - Nov. 28, 2022

VIRTUAL 6-part Workshop Series
"Painting the Abstract" ~ Reactions within Abstractions
6 Sessions - Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct 31, Nov 14, Nov 28, 2022
Every Other Monday, 9 - 11:30 am


This zoom workshop will be held every other week (dates above), and will include lectures, demos, living and deceased abstract artist reviews, assignments, and student critiques. Students can submit one painting each week to be critiqued and analyzed at the end of each session. Sessions will be recorded each week and can be viewed afterward in case one cannot attend a particular weeks session.

This zoom workshop is designed to push the “beginner to the advanced” painter in fostering their knowledge, technique, reaction-process, and analysis of abstraction. Whether you want to paint purely abstract or not, the foundation and structure to solid painting is based on simple elements and principles of abstraction. Learning these skills will be a vital part to “refining” as an artist. This workshop will address many topics: getting started, variety in mark making color theory, design, visual and physical reaction, personal process and individual taste, critiquing your own work, as well as finishing and presentation.


Getting REAL Loose
Sept. 30th - Oct. 1, 2022

Getting REAL Loose
September 30 - October 1, 2022
Two Days in the Artists Annex Studio
Medium . Acrylic
This workshop will focus on expressionistic painting and loosening up your style. You will be asked to bring four or five paintings that you are currently working on but have not completed. He will demonstrate on your canvases, with permission. Sizes may range from 40x40 to 8x10. Gary encourages big color, big strokes, big movement, play and a fun, learning environment. He describes his work as strong and colorful with an expressionistic style. He will encourage each student to think more creatively and with more expression.

Gary Bodner studied architecture at Miami University of Ohio before entering Chicago Medical School. He earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Gary recently retired after 38 years and is now focused on his 15-year artistic craft with painting and travel. “The power of juxtaposing or placing one color on top of another to create an image is what drives my paintings,” he says. Primarily, Bodner considers himself a colorist and is constantly looking for the interplay of colors on his canvases. He has been inspired by works of Cezanne, Van Gogh and Philip Johnson, architect. His medium is ever involving and he is currently exploring the use of oil-based house paint. "The color combinations possible with the mixture of paints is something that really drives me.”


4-days Principals of Abstraction XL
Oct. 20 - Oct. 23, 2022

Principles of Abstraction XL
Medium: Acrylic, Oil
4-days - October 20 - 23, 2022
9 am - 4 pm

Exploring abstracts on a larger scale in the medium of your choosing, this 4-day class will push you into new territory where growth lives only upsized, now with bigger risks and bigger rewards. You will be shown a system for developing your voice as an artist with a focus on the principles of design and the language of abstraction. The emphasis is on creative process, exploring new ways to develop a painting, create inventive compositions, and build authentic intent in your work. Larry’s intent is to help each artists find a way that works for them, whether they wish to interpret more, push their process or go fully abstract. He’s worked extensively in almost every medium, so all mediums are welcome.

The class is as much a challenge for all, experienced or novice, but it’s not for the rank beginner. A reasonable understanding of color mixing and paint handling will come in very handy. While it is an open medium class, acrylic is recommended for its quick drying time.
Many of the core concepts in this class can be found in Larry’s book on creativity, “Fishing for elephants. Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity”. It’s not a requirement, but a cursory read of the workbook will give you a leg up on this class… and life. Available through

Bring a sense of humor and an open mind.


2-day Workshop & Show
Nov. 3 - 4, 2022

November 3-4, 2022 -
2-day . Studio Landscape workshop
November 4, 2022 - OPENING SHOW
Maximum of 8 Students

In this small semi-private workshop, Roger will spend two days, giving a lot of personal instruction to each student. He will help you to better develop your knowledge of how a good composition, coupled with great values and beautiful edge work will advance your own work. The knowledge and information gathered in this studio workshop will be beneficial to you when you take to the fields to paint on location.


Pushing Landscapes to Abstraction
Nov. 17 - 19, 2022

Pushing the Landscape from Realism to Abstraction
November 17-19, 2022
Three Days in the Studio

"The understanding of fundamental artistic skills can allow one to capture the essence of the landscape by simplification of color, shape, and pattern; in turn, redefining the idea and presentation of reality"
This class will introduce the artist to the foundational elements of abstraction in order to loosen up in their painting. Emphasis on color theory, color notes, and sketches in various materials and tools will be discussed and demonstrated.


Still Life for the Plein Air Painters
Feb. 9 - 11, 2023

Subject: Still Life for the Plein Air Painter
Dates: February 9 - 11, 2023
Location: Artists Annex - St. Simons Island, GA

HOW IS A VASE LIKE A FARM SILO? Designed for the plein air painter who doesn’t want to paint in extreme weather, this class will help students see that they don’t need to wait for pleasant days to practice their outdoor painting skills. Students will set up and paint still life in a way that can replicate conditions that one might see outdoors. Through daily demos, lecture and painting exercises, the instructor will show how the principles that apply to painting the landscape can help make one a better painter of any subject. Through careful analysis of each situation, you will learn to start slow but finish fast. Students will paint a different set up each day.

ANN LARSEN, opa, ais

Studio & Plein Air
Feb. 16 - 18, 2023

ANN LARSEN, opa, ais
Capturing the Moment with Color, Light and Emotion!
Landscape element & possibly Still Life
February 16, 17, 18, 2023
Studio & 1-day Plein Air, weather permitting
Beginners to Advanced
Oil is preferred medium but acrylic, watercolor or pastel


Remember the paintings you love when you visit museums or art exhibitions? Did they draw you in and make you feel an emotional connection? I like to call that the WOW factor!
This workshop is designed for students wishing to move their work in that direction. You will practice loosening your style and capturing light, color and that emotional moment. Emphasis will be placed on concept, design/ composition, value, color, brushwork and edges to create harmonious paintings. Large abstract mass simplification and value to begin a painting will be stressed. Seeing color and the temperature of light, as it affects the scene and then mixing the right color and value to convey that. Paint application and brushwork will follow. Finally, we will cover pulling all these elements together to make an emotional statement about your subject. We as artists are creating a work of art rather than just rending what is in front of us. Seeing like an artist is what it is all about!

This 3 day workshop will involve exercises, lectures, demos and discussion around what each student hopes to achieve and how to get there. Historical and modern references will be explored.

This will be a studio workshop with a landscape element and possibly still life. If weather permits we will do plein air at least one day.