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Advanced Studio Seminar

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

This seminar is ideal for the artist looking to develop a more advanced, focused and personal studio practice. During this 6 month program, participants will develop a strong, well-considered body of work. Participants will benefit from the influence of various critiques with reputable visiting artists, multiple pier reviews, scheduled community work times at The O’Keefe Studio Center, reading assignments, writing assignments, a professional development crash course, and ongoing conversation and critique with the seminars primary adviser, Michael O’Keefe. This program will culminate with an exhibition highlighting a comprehensive selection of each participants work made during the time of the program. There are no requisites for this program; participants simply must be serious and committed to developing their artistic desires.

Cost: $1,350

What you get:

– Six months of weekly community work time at The O’Keefe Studio Center (36hrs)

– Twelve hours of group critique and discussion with Michael O’Keefe

– Two one-on-one critiques with Michael O’Keefe

– A professional development crash course

– Five 3-hour group critiques with reputable visiting artists

– The benefits of suggested reading assignments and prescribed writing exercises

– Participation in a group exhibition in a unique space in the Cedars neighborhood, south of downtown Dallas, highlighting a selection of each participants body of work.

Participants will meet on four Thursday evenings each month, from 6:00 – 9:00pm, starting in Sept., 2017, at The O’Keefe Studio Center. The program will run through March, 2018. December will be a month off.

On the following dates participants will have group or one-on-one critiques with Michael O’Keefe: 9/7/17, 10/5/17, 11/2/17, 1/4/18, 2/1/18, 3/1/18.

On the following dates participants will have group critiques with visiting artists: 10/19/17, 11/16/17, 1/18/18, 2/15/18, 3/22/18.

On the following dates participants will have work time amongst their piers at the Studio Center: 9/14/17, 9/21/17, 9/28/17, 10/12/17, 10/26/17, 11/9/17, 11/30/17, 1/11/18, 1/25/18, 2/8/18, 2/22/18, 3/8/18, 3/29/18.

The group exhibition will be held in April, 2018, in a unique location in the Cedars neighborhood, south of downtown Dallas. The exhibition dates and times are yet to be determined.

Interested individuals should submit a short letter of interest, briefly describing their artistic background, their artistic and professional goals and their general hopes for participation in the Advanced Studio Seminar. If it is determined that the interested individual is a good fit for the program, they will receive an invitation to join. The seminar will have a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 10 participants.

Contact Michael O’Keefe for additional information or to submit your letter of interest: mokeefesculpture@mac.com or (972) 528-0309

Tuition Due Dates:

A non-refundable deposit of $400 will hold your spot

$500 Due by 8/24/17

Remaining balance of $450 due by 12/14/17



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.


6:00 – 9:00 pm Figure Drawing
12:00 – 3:00 pm Figure Drawing
 9:15 – 12:00pm  Open Class

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!


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!


Regularly Scheduled Classes

Single Drop-in $35
10 Class bundle (use any time) $325
– Prices vary depending on topic and duration. See Upcoming Events page for details.


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.



email:   mokeefesculpture@mac.com


phone:   (718).541.4164

Studio Address

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