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"Are You Stuck?” Open Paint and Critique
Instructor: Jan Ellen Atkielski

A painting of a beach with clouds in the sky.

February 12 @ 9:30 am - February 13 @ 3:30 pm

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Bring in existing paintings that you feel stuck with or want to improve; or start a new painting in mediums including oil painting with brush, with palette knife, watercolor, pastel, or acrylic. Jan Ellen Atkielski, fine artist and popular instructor, will help you get “unstuck” or help you create new works in the above mediums.

Jan Ellen will provide palettes and painting knives for oils and some pastels. For all other mediums, please bring your own supplies. Please indicate your medium of preference when you enroll. Jan will do a short explanation for the group on all the paintings, then devote her time to helping you grow in your painting. 

Supply list:

Bring your art to work on and, if possible, the reference material you used to paint from.

  • Easel (or BIG ARTS can provide one)
  • Paint of your chosen medium – pastels, watercolors, oils, or other – in a minimum of red, blue, white, green, and yellow
  • Brushes/palette knives (some knives will be available)
  • Paper towels
  • Lunch and a beverage (a refrigerator is available for students)

Monday & Tuesday, February 12 & 13, 2024, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

2-day workshop, $168 / $135 Annual Donors

Class meets at 900 Dunlop Road. To register, call 239-395-0900.

Instructor bio:


Jan Ellen Atkielski headshot.Jan Ellen is a “contemporary impressionist” who works from photography or directly from nature, emphasizing the effect of color and natural light in her work. Palette knife paintings are created “ala prima”; painting continuously without allowing the paint to dry between sessions. Layers are built up, working from back to front, using different knives and strokes to create desired effects. A professional artist with a bachelor’s degree in art, Jan Ellen has exhibited for more than 40 years and has an extensive list of collectors, both private and commercial. She has judged local and national exhibits, is a published author and lecturer, and has been featured in print and on television. She is represented by Phil Fisher Gallery, Naples.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made more than one week prior to the start of class will receive an 80% refund.

-Or- funds can be transferred to any other workshop of your choice during the current season.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable for cancellations made less than one-week (7-days) prior to the start of the class.


February 12 @ 9:30 am
February 13 @ 3:30 pm

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BIG ARTS Sanibel
900 Dunlop Rd
Sanibel, FL 33957 United States
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