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Creative Arts School At Old School Square In Delray Beach Announces February Workshops

Each year the Creative Arts School at Old School Square presents a variety of workshops led by resident and visiting artists. Learn more about Plein Air painting with Ralph Papa, Plein Air Figure Painting with Eli Cedrone, Building an abstract Series with Brenda Hope Zappitell, Abstract Workshop with Sally Cooper, or Creativity and Style for Artists with Ralph Papa.  The Rickie Report shares the details about these One-Day and Two-Day Workshops and urges you to sign up , as spaces are limited!




51 N. Swinton Avenue        Delray Beach, FL 33444




The Creative Arts School

at Old School Square

Presents February Workshops

Workshops meet at the Creative Arts School, located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre building at Old School Square.



Plein Air Painting with Ralph Papa

Friday, February 5th

9:00 am to 3:30 pm





“Riverbed” by Ralph Papa


This one-day workshop, part of the Resident Artist Workshop Series, is for artists at all levels who wish to improve their ability to sketch and paint outdoors. This one-day workshop includes instructor demonstrations, scene selection criteria, tools of the trade, setup, composition, perspective, color selection and mixing followed by a critique and Q&A session. Fee is $165.




Figure Painting En Plein Air with Eli Cedrone

Friday and Saturday, February 12 & 13

9:30 am to 4:30 pm




“En Plein Air Figures” by Eli Cedrone



This workshop is part of the Visiting Artist Workshop Series for professional and serious amateur artists. Learn the fundamentals of painting from the live model in an outdoor setting. We’ll be working with well-lit models in quick poses, moving to longer poses as the class progresses. Topics include outdoor lighting conditions (direct, ambient and reflected light), how sunlight affects color, seeing color and value as a unit, and developing the ability to paint quickly and accurately. Fee is $375.





Building an abstract Series with Brenda Hope Zappitell

Tuesday-Thursday, February 23 – 25

9:30 am to 4:30 pm




Abstract by Brenda Hope Zappitell



This intensive workshop is part of the Visiting Artist Workshop Series for professional and serious amateur artists and focuses on creating a series by learning how to paint three or more paintings a day, using acrylic paint. Topics also include color theory, composition and suggestions for creating your own “painting process.” There will be daily meditation and painting demonstrations. Fee is $540.




Creativity and Style for Artists with Ralph Papa

Friday, February 26th

 9 am to 3:30 pm






                             PHOTO by RALPH PAPA



This one day workshop, part of the Resident Artist Workshop Series, is for intermediate and advanced artists. Take your artwork to the next level! Included will be methods of constructive critiquing, demonstrations and exercises to show how your work can improve. Fee is $165.





Abstract Workshop with Sally Cooper

Saturday, February 27th

 9:30 am to 4:30 pm



oldschoolsquare05_Cooper_Abstract Painting

Abstract by Sally Cooper



This workshop is part of the Resident Artist Workshop Series. Jump start your creativity and push your painting experience to new levels in this energized, intensive workshop where emphasis is on an intuitive, fearless approach, experimentation and individual creativity. Fee is $185.


About The Faculty:



ELI CEDRONE began her career in Bermuda at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. She teaches workshops nationally and in Bermuda, California and Italy. She has always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions and believes painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed. She works primarily in oils and is drawn to the human form, where figures exist both in representational and painterly worlds. She describes her style as Contemporary Impressionism.




SALLY COOPER has been painting all her life and began actively pursuing her creative talents in the late eighties.  In 1990 she was awarded an annual Art Award from Broward Community College.  In the mid 90’s she moved from detailed representational work and began to seek the abstract.  By 2000 image reference was left behind and her style evolved into explosions of color, markings and movement.  Her work has been included in numerous regional and national competitive exhibitions receiving awards in most.  She is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.  In 2005 her painting “Life Force II” received Honorable Mention in Watercolor Magic Magazine’s national competition.




RALPH PAPA teaches drawing and painting at his Delray studio and at the Creative Arts School. He is a member of the Garrison Art Center, the Delray Art League, Past President of the Artists’ Guild of the Boca Museum and co-founder of Plein Air Painters of Palm Beach. His paintings range from studio works composed of real and imagined themes to figurative, portraits and plein air paintings. His works are in public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada.




BRENDA HOPE ZAPPITELL creates abstract expressionist works born out of intuition and serendipitously influenced by nature and life experiences. Her work is in both private and public collections and she is represented in galleries all over the U.S. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in NYC, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and New Orleans as well as in other locations. Zappitell is a contributing writer for Professional Artist Magazine and writes an ongoing blog for their website. She has taught many workshops to artists from all over the country.






Old School Square is the center of arts & entertainment in downtown Delray Beach. Celebrating 25 years as the community’s gathering place, the historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Art Museum (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Fieldhouse (c. 1925). The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals. The Creative Arts School (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography, writing and performance classes. Old School Square also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events.


For information on performances, exhibits, classes or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit



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