Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events: Classes, Workshops   

Winter/Spring 2017

Sculptural Abstraction Seminar, Part 2

Movement, Gesture, Placement

Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm

Participants will explore using placement and gesture as a means to create dynamic movement in figurative sculpture.  Participants will work from the model, using good observation to model a strong sculpture from observation, AND will work to utilize the abstract concepts of placement and gesture into the making process.  Participants will consider these ideas as a vehicle for symbolic content and as a means to create a dynamic visual experience within their sculpture.

Cost: $185

A $90 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance ($95) due by March 1st.  In the event of a cancelation after March 1st, $85 will be refunded (balance less a $10 processing fee) if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.  Additional payment information below.

Large Scale Drawing Marathon

Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

January session is full…  a second session has been added!!

Session I

Friday, January 27th, 2017, 2:00-5:00pm

Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 9:00-4:00pm

Session II

Friday, February 10th, 2017, 2:00-5:00pm

Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 9:00-4:00pm

Participants will work for 9hrs from the model (1 pose) on a large scale drawing.  Participants will be encouraged to work no smaller then 4’x6’, allowing them to draw the figure at 100%, life size, also allowing participants to develop a complex composition and a well developed drawing vocabulary.  This scale will allow participants to enjoy a physically challenging approach to drawing and the powerful end point of a large scale work of art.  Participants are also sure to develop a new understanding of the figure after working life size.  Paper and drawing boards will be provided.

Cost: $185

A $90 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance ($95) due by January 1st.  In the event of a cancelation after January 1st, $85 will be refunded (balance less a $10 processing fee) if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.  Additional payment information below.

Anatomy For Artists (The Head)

Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

Sunday, February 19th, 2017, 12:30-3:30pm

Participants will have an in-depth look at the anatomy of the human head so as to become better figurative drawers, painters or sculptors.  Participants will examine the head through the use of visual references and through touch.  Participants will discuss the primary forms of the head that are necessary to express a comprehensive form.  Participants will also examine the primary features (eyes, mouth, nose) and how to incorporate them into the larger form of the whole head.

Cost: $60

Payment in full holds your spot.  In the event of a cancelation, $50 will be refunded (balance less a $10 processing fee) if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.  Additional payment information below.

Portrait Drawing Workshop

Instructor: Stella Ehrich

Friday, March 3rd, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm

Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 12:30-3:30pm

Sunday, March 4\5th, 2017, 12:30-3:30pm

For the past 40 years Stella Ehrich has painted and drawn portraits for clients both young and old and she has shown her work extensively across the United States.  She understands the subtle distinctions that make up a likeness and how to help her students refine their seeing to achieve a better portrait.  Her method of instruction comes from her studies at Studio Simi in Florence, Italy, and are based on an academic style of measurement and execution.

Cost: $215

A $100 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance ($115) due by April 1st.  In the event of a cancelation after April 1st, $105 will be refunded (balance less a $10 processing fee) if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.  Additional payment information below.

Portrait Painting Workshop

Instructors:  Michael O’Keefe and Bonny Leibowitz

Friday, April 28th, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm

Saturday, April 29th, 2017, 12:30-3:30pm

Sunday, April 30th, 2017, 12:30-3:30pm

Participants will have 9hrs of instruction from two artists with different insights and approaches to seeing and painting.  Participants will have access to two models sitting back to back so that all will have a good point of view and will be able to incorporate two figures into their composition, if they choose to do so. All will use oil paint. This workshop is ideal for the drawer wanting to move into painting, the painter wanting to work from life, or the artist that wants in-depth instruction.  We will discuss likeness, the form and anatomy of the head, value a means to create form and space, and color.

Cost: $265

A $100 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance ($165) due by April1st.  In the event of a cancelation after April 1st, $155 will be refunded (balance less a $10 processing fee) if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.  Additional payment information below.

Considering The Artist Seminar

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 explains 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.


Ron Cheek – September 22nd, 2016, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Ellen Soderquist – October 27th, 2016, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Jay Bailey – November 17th, 2016, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Barnaby Fitzgerald – Jan. 12th, 2017, 6:00 – 9:30pm

TBA – February 2nd, 2017, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Stella Ehrich – March 2nd, 2017, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Cost: $60 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 email.


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.

Jay Bailey uses watercolor and pen on paper with a focus on gesture, motion, and loose form. Each figure is composed of a layering of light, fluid contour lines with complimenting puddles and washes. He depicts flesh through layers of seemingly uncoordinated stains and lines. The figures that he renders are deconstructed souls with scars, imperfections, tattoos, and memories. Regardless of materials, he considers all of his pieces to be drawings.  He has shown his work in group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Australia.  He currently lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and daughter.



email:   mokeefesculpture@mac.com


phone:   (718).541.4164

Studio Address

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