At Artists at the Falls Studio, Talia Rodriguez's artistic voice and guidance helps to breathe life into the up-and-coming Falls Art District and imbue kids and adults with aesthetic judgment. Within a former industrial warehouse, Talia leads classes in acrylic and oil painting, lending advice or letting students freely explore portraits, still lifes, and abstract representations of their school's mystery meat. The fun of classes can be extended to day camps and birthday parties, which branch away from canvases to explore clay and international art projects. Talia also hosts BYOB classes during evening hours, allowing adults to find their inner Monet or O'Keeffe with the help of liquid inspiration.
Praised by the Miami New Times as 2010's Best One-Stop Art Depot, Jerry's Artarama is a sprawling 20,000-square-foot artists' oasis with a bounteous inventory of creative supplies. Aisles teem with the store's own proprietary product lines such as SoHo and Creative Mark, alongside imported products from around the world acquired through Jerry's relationships with international manufacturers. The store also stocks specialty and hard-to-find items that are rarely carried by large chain stores, such as specialty brushes for portraitists and extra-wide forks for professional mashed-potato sculptors.
In the heart of Miami’s Wynwood art district sits a repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency facility, which today holds one of the world’s largest privately-held contemporary art collections. The 45,000 square foot space is the work of Donald and Mera Rubell and their creation of the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, which has put the collection on view for all to see. Since 1993, the Rubell family has been sharing their collection of works from such world-renown artists as Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. The collection also offers a lecture series, a special partnership with the Miami Dade-County Public Schools and complimentary audio tours on Saturdays.
Spearheaded by Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause?the minds behind the Art Market fairs in San Francisco, Houston, and the Hamptons?The Miami Project is a new event that celebrates rising and established artists from around the world. The gathered galleries display and sell paintings, sculptures, photographs, and photographed paintings, creating a temporary museum of international contemporary art.
Silver Medal of Paris recipient Jacques Harvey draws upon lessons learned during a career as an internationally respected artist and museum curator to teach students professional painting techniques. During each course, Jacques keeps aspiring artists in the know with tips derived from his years at Acad?mie Julian, his decades spent studying da Vinci, van Gogh, and Picasso, and his centuries spent trying to contact Titan via the astral plane. Classes are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art lovers can peruse Jacques?s work on his online gallery, or by closing their eyes and saying Warhol three times.
Belly2Abs founder Adriana Echeverri brings dance to unexpected places, opening Ireland?s first belly dancing school in 2006. Her Belly2Abs studios create a safe and harmonious space for women to work out and explore the undulating movements of belly dancing, tango, and flamenco. The studio?s diverse and international collection of instructors teach introductory steps to girls and lead up-tempo fitness classes that tone and burn calories.