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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events: Classes and Workshop

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Fall Sculpture Seminar
Abstract Relief Sculpture
Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

Explore the intricate spaces and design possibilities of abstract relief sculpture. Participants will work in clay, plaster and with found objects to make complex, sophisticated non-representational relief sculptures. Participants will explore various approaches to abstract design, drawing inspiration from Kurt Schwitters famous “Merz” assemblages. If a participants sculpture can’t be fired in the kiln, they will have the chance to make a mold and a plaster cast on their finished piece.

  • Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $225
Includes clay, player and some additional materials. Rubber molds will be available for an additional cost if a participant so chooses.
* A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your spot. The balance of $125 is due no later than Oct. 3rd, 2017.

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Spring Sculpture Seminar
Forms Moving Through Space
Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

Participants will explore ideas of sculptural abstraction, inspired by careful consideration of organic forms that they find in nature. Participants will work directly in plaster or in clay to try and embody the sense of movement and form that they found in the natural objects. Participant’s work made in this seminar will be eligible for a special exhibition at The Gallery at North Haven Gardens (details below).

  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $225
Includes clay, plaster and additional materials.
* A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your spot. The balance of $125 is due no later then March 6th, 2018.

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Large Scale Drawing Marathon
Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

Work large scale (life size or larger!) from the model. Paper and drawing boards will be provided. Nine hours with the model working with a physical and powerful scale.

  • Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: $185
Includes paper.
* A non-refundable deposit of $90 will hold your spot. The balance of $95 is due no later then Jan. 5th, 2018.

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Chaos Into Structure: Explorations in Creativity
Instructor: Juliette McCullough

Participants will be led through a number of art making exercises and explorations that are designed to spur creativity and kick-start “out of the box” thinking. These exercises will be encouraging and thought provoking for any artist!

  • Friday, February 16th, 2018, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 12:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Sunday, February 18th, 2018, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: $215
Materials included
* A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your spot. The balance of $115 is due no later then Jan. 19th, 2018.

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Experiencing Tone and Color
Instructor: Juliette McCullough

An amazing workshop for any painter and perfect for those planning to take the Figure Painting Workshop. Juliette McCullough will lead participants on a creative journey that will offer a thorough and in depth understanding of tone, color, mixing colors, building forms and constructing space with color.

  • Friday, Sept. 22nd, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 2017, 12:30pm -3:30pm

Cost: $185
Some materials included.
* A non-refundable deposit of $90 will hold your spot. The balance of $95 is due no later then Sept. 1st, 2017.

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Figure Painting Workshop
Instructor: Juliette McCullough

Nine hours of working from the model in oils with instruction from one of Dallas’ best figure painters, Juliette McCullough. Develop strategies for constructing figurative forms in space while developing your ability to see clearly when working from observation. Also, develop general strategies for working in oils, mixing colors and constructing compositions.

  • Friday, October 13th, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, October 14th, 2017, 12:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Sunday, October 15th, 2017, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: $245
* A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your spot. The balance of $145 is due no later then Sept. 15th, 2017.

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Understanding Composition
Instructor: Stella Ehrich

This three hour session will be a crash course in making dynamic compositions. Participants will make drawings in the Sculpture Garden at Valley House Gallery, with instruction and guidance from Stella Ehrich. This session is intended for those taking the Plein Air Painting Workshop, but will be enlightening for most anyone.

  • Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: $85
* A non-refundable deposit of $40 will hold your spot. The balance of $45 is due no later then Feb. 24th, 2018.

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Plein Air Painting
Instructor: Stella Ehrich

Paint from observation in the Sculpture Garden at Valley House Gallery. Participants will receive instruction from a great landscape painter, Stella Ehrich, and will develop strategies and vocabularies for working in the landscape. Also, develop general strategies for working in oils, mixing and matching colors, and constructing compositions. Participant’s work made in this session will be eligible for a special exhibition at The Gallery at North Haven Gardens (details below).

  • Friday, March 23rd, 2018, 12:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 12:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Sunday, March 25th, 2018, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: $225
* A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your spot. The balance of $125 is due no later then March 2nd, 2018.

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The Gallery at North Haven Gardens

The Gallery at North Haven Gardens will host a special exhibit featuring work of O’Keefe Studio Center participants from the Spring Sculpture Seminar and the Spring Plein Air Painting Workshop. Join these workshops and show your work at this wonderful gallery!

  • Show dates: 5/18/18 – 7/13/18
  • Opening Reception: May 18th, 2018, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • The Gallery at North Haven Gardens is located at:7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
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Annual Invitational Exhibit, 2017

All participants at the studio are invited to submit a work to the Annual Invitational Exhibit. One night only. Free and open to the public.

  • Reception: Dec. 2nd, 2017, 5:00pm – 8:00pm – Save the date!
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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 (36 Hrs)
  • 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.

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

    Group critiques with visiting artists:

    • 10/19/17
    • 11/16/17
    • 1/18/18
    • 2/15/18
    • 3/22/18

    Work time amongst their peers 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

  • E-mail: mokeefesculpture@mac.com
  • Phone: (972) 528-0309

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 experience levels unless otherwise noted.
 
Tuesday

  • 06:00 – 09:00 pm | Figure Drawing

Thursday

  • 12:00 – 03:00 pm | Figure Drawing

Friday

  • 09:15 – 12:00 pm | 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!

Pricing

Regularly Scheduled Classes

Single Drop-In $35
10 Class Bundle (Use anytime) $325

 
Workshops

Prices vary depending on topic and duration. See the ‘Upcoming Events’ section 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.

Contact

 
E-mail: mokeefesculpture@mac.com
 
Phone: (718) 541-4164

Studio Address

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

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