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Upcoming Events

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Sculptural Abstraction Seminar

Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

Explore ideas of sculptural abstraction, develop a specific sculpture vocabulary and execute a finished sculpture using that vocabulary. A great intro to sculpture or advanced exploration of sculptural abstraction. Participants will work in clay, plaster or with found objects.

4 Sessions:

Tuesday, October 27th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, November 3rd, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, November 10th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, November 17th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Cost: $240 (includes clay, plaster, firing). A $100 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance due: October 13th: $140. In the event of cancellation after October 13th, $130 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Additional payment information at the bottom of the page.

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Figure Sculpture

Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

Work in clay from the model. 3 sessions, same pose each session.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, February 9th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, February 16th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Cost: $150 (includes clay and firing). A $75 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance due: January 19th: $75. In the event of cancellation after January 19th, $65 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Additional payment information at the bottom of the page.

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Figure Painting Workshop

Instructors: Michael O’Keefe and Bonny Leibowitz

5 days of instruction, working with a model. Ideal for the drawer wanting to move into painting, the painter wanting to work from observation from life, or the artist that wants in-depth instruction.

Friday, February 19th, 12:30 – 4:30pm

Saturday, February 20th, 12:30 – 4:30pm

Sunday, February 21st, 12:30 – 4:30pm

Saturday, February 27th, 12:30 – 4:30pm

Sunday, February 28th, 12:30 – 4:30pm

Cost: $395. A $100 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance due: February 5th: $295. In the event of cancellation after February 5th, $285 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Additional payment information at the bottom of the page.

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Gesture Drawing Seminar

Instructor: Jay Bailey

Each of 6 sessions will be a unique consideration of gestural figure drawing, exploring various approaches to working in a swift, intelligent and playful manner.

The 6 sessions will take place on the following Fridays, from 1:00 – 4:00pm: 9/11/15, 10/9/15/, 11/13/15, 12/11/15, 1/8/16, 2/12/16

Cost: $300 for all 6 sessions or $50 per session. Payment in full holds your spot. Full payment is required two weeks prior to each session. In the event of cancellation two weeks prior to a session you will be refunded your payment minus a $10 processing fee. No refund less than two weeks prior.  Additional payment information at the bottom of the page.

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Considering the Artist

On set Thursday evenings, an established artist will be invited to share his or her insights into the Figure Drawing motif. The sessions will be an opportunity for participants to become acquainted with various and different approaches to working from the model. These sessions will begin with the invited artist giving a brief presentation, with images of his or her work, that explain the way in which he or she approaches the observation-based drawing situation. The artist will, for instance, discuss his or her choice of pose, length of pose, materials, size of drawing, vocabulary and types and degrees of abstractions employed. The presentation will be followed by three hours of drawing where participants draw alongside the invited artist and have a chance to mingle with the guest artist and other participants during breaks and after.

Artists:

Juliette McCullough — October 1st, 6:00 – 9:30pm http://www.juliettemccullough.com

Sedrick Huckaby — November 5th, 6:00 – 9:30pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhBUrDzkpoQ

Michael O’Keefe — December 3rd, 6:00 – 9:30pm http://michaelokeefestudio.com

Bob Stuth-Wade — January 7th, 6:00 – 9:30pm    https://vimeo.com/112072373

Jack Barnett — February 4th, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Ben Rubin — March 3rd, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Cost: $300 for all 6 sessions or $50 per session. Payment in full holds your spot.  In the event of cancellation two weeks prior to a session you will be refunded your payment minus a $10 processing fee.  No refund less then two weeks prior.   Additional payment information at the bottom of the page.

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Anatomy for Artists

Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

6 sessions exploring human anatomy as it is relevant to the visual arts, and figurative arts, in particular. Participants will explore the “parts” of the body, relationships within the body, the actions of the body, schematic possibilities, etc. Most sessions will involve lecture, demo, drawing time and informative exercises.

Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00pm on the following days: 11/22/15, 12/13/15, 1/31/16, 3/27/16, 4/24/16, 5/29/16

Cost: $300 for all 6 sessions or $50 per session. Payment in full holds your spot.  In the event of cancellation two weeks prior to a session you will be refunded your payment minus a $10 processing fee.  No refund less then two weeks prior.   Additional payment information at the bottom of the page.

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Watercolor Workshop

Instructor: Jay Bailey

Ideal for the individual wanting to explore the wonderful medium of watercolor. Gain insights into the material that will allow you to work freely and intelligently.

Session 1: October 10th and 11th, 12:00 – 3:00pm each day

Session 2: May 14th and 15th, 12:00 – 3:00pm each day

Cost: $120 per session (sessions 1 and 2 are the same content). A $60 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance due: September 26th, April 30th: $60. In the event of cancellation after September 26th or April 30th, $50 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Additional payment information at the bottom of the page.

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2D Design Workshop

Instructor: Juliette McCullough

Two 3 day workshops investigating principles of design that apply to all 2 dimensional visual art forms. These workshops will involve fun hands-on explorations, lectures and discussion, offering insight into important questions and concerns of visual form.

Session 1: “Line and Form”

October 30th, 6:00 – 8:00pm, October 31st, 12:00 – 3:00pm, November 1st, 12:00 – 3:00pm

Session 2: “Texture and Color”

January 22nd, 6:00 – 8:00pm, January 23rd, 12:00 – 3:00pm, January 24th, 12:00 – 3:00pm

Cost: $185 per session (includes most materials). A $90 non-refundable deposit holds your space for session 1. Balance due: October 16th.  A $90 non-refundable deposit holds your space for session 2. Balance due: January 8th: $95.  In the event of cancellation after October 16th or January 8th, $85 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.  Additional payment information at the bottom of the page.

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Thursday Evening Lecture Series

Enjoy insightful presentations of art-related topics, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

7:00 – 8:30pm on the following Thursdays:

“Caricature: The Psychology of Deviation in Figurative Art”, Michael O’Keefe, September 17th

“NorthPark Center: 50 Years of Innovation”, Stephen Ross, November 12th

“Cubism; There is More to It Than You Think”, Michael O’Keefe, January 21st

“Putting a Price on Beauty: Exploring Today’s Art Market”, Brandon Kennedy, March 24th

Cost: $15 admission at each lecture.

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Annual Invitational Exhibit, 2015

All participants at the studio are invited to submit a work to the annual exhibition.

One night only. Free and open to all.

Reception: October 17th, 5:00 – 8:00pm

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 Payment options for all classes, workshops and lectures:

We accept cash, credit card or check.  

Checks made payable to “Michael O’Keefe” can be mailed or dropped off in person at:

The O’Keefe Studio Center, 580 W. Arapaho, Suite 290, Richardson, TX 75080

You can call with a credit card: (972) 528 – 0309

Class Schedule

*Classes do fill up – call or email to reserve a spot! 

*all classes and workshops are open to people of all levels of experience, unless otherwise noted.

 

Tuesday
1:00 – 4:00pm  Figure Sculpture
6:00 – 9:00 pm  Figure Drawing
Thursday
12:00 – 3:00 pm Figure Drawing
7:00 – 8:30pm  Thursday Lecture Series
 (specified dates)
Friday
 9:15 – 12:00pm  Open Class
Saturday and Sunday
Special topic classes and workshops announced on a monthly basis.

 

 

 

Figure Sculpture — Participants will work from live models, using a sketch mentality while working in clay. Working this way from the model, either working on a full figure or a head, is a great way to develop a basic understanding of sculptural ideas such as form, volume, proportion, structure, movement and special relationships. For participants who primarily work in painting or drawing will benefit from sculpting from the model as they develop a deeper understanding of the figure as a 3-dimensional object.

 

Figure Drawing — Participants will work from live models, exploring various materials and techniques while developing an understanding of foundational drawing ideas. Participants will receive suggestions, critique and instruction. Figure Drawing classes are based on the notion that working observationally with the human figure is a great way for one to develop a comprehensive understanding of the language of drawing and is an exciting way for one to engage with ones creative impulses and artistic desires. All levels are welcome!

 

Thursday Lecture Series — On one Thursday evening of each month Michael will present a special topic lecture and powerpoint presentation. Wine will be available while participants listen to the lecture.  After Michael will take questions regarding the presentation, followed by further casual conversation.

 

Open Class — Participants will work in any medium, engage with any type of content, work in any scale and explore any and all ideas. Participants will receive suggestions, critique and instruction. Open classes are intended to allow students to pursue personal 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional interests while deepening their understanding of the general language of these forms. All levels are welcome!

Pricing

Regularly Scheduled Classes

Single Drop-in $35
10 Class bundle (use any time) $325
 
Thursday Lecture Series
Admission $15
 
Workshops
– Prices vary depending on topic and duration. See Home page for details.

About

In 2013 Michael O’Keefe opened The O’Keefe Studio Center as an independent teaching space dedicated to arts education for adults and young adults of all artistic backgrounds. Classes at The O’Keefe Studio Center focus on the disciplines of drawing, painting and sculpture.  Many classes incorporate an emphasis on figurative work. The O’Keefe Studio Center also offers classes, workshops and lectures that deal with general visual vocabulary, that investigate art historical and contemporary art concerns, and offer professional development opportunities in the arts.

Michael O’Keefe lives and works as an artist in Dallas, Texas, working in the fields of drawing, painting and sculpture. Michael exhibits his work regularly in Dallas, most recently at the Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden. Michael received a Bachelor degree in Arts from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA after studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Following his undergraduate education, Michael studied briefly at The New York Studio School. Michael received an MFA from Southern Methodist University.

Michael O’Keefe has over 15 years of teaching experience, working with a very diverse range of students. He has worked with individuals of all ages and various backgrounds, working in the disciplines of drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as art history. Since 2006, Michael has taught in various venues in the DFW area, including Brookhaven College, Collin College, Eastfield College, Southern Methodist University, The Bonny Studio, The Creative Arts Center, and Corgan Associates, Inc.

Additional Instructors at The O’Keefe Studio Center

Juliette McCullough was born and grew up in England where she received her education which culminated in her post graduate study at The Royal Academy of Arts London.  She has exhibited extensively in Britain, and the U.S.A., as well as in Italy and Japan. Her work is in corporate and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. At the end of her graduate studies in London she was singled out by having one of her paintings bought by Francis Bacon.  Juliette  makes her home in Dallas Texas where she continues her painting and teaching work. Most recently she received The Moss Chumley Award from the Meadows Museum of Art. This prestigious award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas Artist who has exhibited professionally for at least ten years and who has a proven track record as an active community advocate for the Visual Arts.

Jay Bailey

 

Contact

 

email:   mokeefesculpture@mac.com

 

phone:   (718).541.4164

Studio Address

580 W. Arapaho Rd.
Suite 290
Richardson, TX 75080

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