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Michael O’Keefe Studio: Sculptural Abstraction and Large Scale Drawing Workshops


Upcoming Classes at The O’Keefe Studio Center

A few spots left for the upcoming Sculptural Abstraction Seminar!

Above: Bernini, “The Ecstacy of Saint Teresa”

Sculptural Abstraction Seminar

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 andgesture 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                                                   (includes clay and firing of finished sculpture

Above: Large Scale Drawing Marathon, Session I from this past spring.  L to R: Dawn Edelman, Katie Harris, Svetlana (model), Nona Walker, Spencer Orenstein, Linda Karns, Marianne Phelps, Byron Smith
Sign up now! Announcing two summer sessions of the Large Scale Drawing Marathon!!


Large Scale Drawing Marathon

Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

Session I

Friday, May 19th, 2017, 2:00-5:00pm

Saturday, May 20th, 2017, 9:00-4:00pm

Session II

Friday, July 14th, 2017, 2:00-5:00pm

Saturday, July 15th, 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 2 weeks prior to the start date

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

580 W. Arapaho Suite 290 Richardson, TX 75080The O’Keefe Studio Center


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The O’Keefe Studio Center – 2016 Classes, Workshops, Events


See what’s happening in the new year!

Michael O’Keefe will be showing recent drawings, paintings and sculptures in an upcoming solo exhibition at Valley House Gallery that opens Feb. 20th.
Mark your calendar – Michael would love to see you at the opening reception,Feb. 20th, 4:30-7pm!!


One Spot left for Bob Stuth-Wade’s CTA session, this Thursday evening!!
Bob is an amazing artist and an extremely interesting person – come see!

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.


Juliette McCullough — October 1st, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Sedrick Huckaby — November 5th, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Michael O’Keefe — December 3rd, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Bob Stuth-Wade — January 7th, 6:00 – 9:30pm 

Jack Barnett — February 4th, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Ben Rubin — March 3rd, 6:00 – 9:30pm

Cost:  $50 per session. Payment in full holds your spot.

Spaces still available!
2D Design Workshop

Instructor: Juliette McCullough

3 day workshop investigating principles of design that apply to all 2 dimensional visual art forms. This workshop will involve fun hands-on explorations, lectures and discussion, offering insight into important questions and concerns of visual form.

“Texture and Color”

January 22nd, 6:00 – 8:00pm, January 23rd, 12:00 – 3:00pm, January 24th, 12:00 – 3:00pm

Cost: $185 (includes most materials). A $90 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance due: January 8th: $95.  In the event of cancellation after January 8th, $85 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.  Additional payment information at the bottom of the email.

Figure Sculpture

Instructor: Michael O’Keefe

Spaces available!!

Work in clay from the model. 3 sessions, same pose each session.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, February 9th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, February 16th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Cost: $150 (includes clay and firing). A $75 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Balance due: January 19th: $75. In the event of cancellation after January 19th, $65 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.  Additional payment information at the bottom of the email.

The 5th Gesture Drawing Session with Jay Bailey will be next Friday,
Jan. 8th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Two spots still available! 
Gesture Drawing Seminar

Instructor: Jay Bailey

Each of 6 sessions will be a unique consideration of gestural figure drawing, exploring various approaches to working in a swift, intelligent and playful manner.

The 6 sessions will take place on the following Fridays, from 1:00 – 4:00pm: 9/11/15, 10/9/15/, 11/13/15, 12/11/15, 1/8/16, 2/12/16

Cost:  $50 per session. Payment in full holds your spot.

More information about these and other events at: www.theokeefestudio.com

Call or email with questions:
(972) 528 – 0309

The O’Keefe Studio Center is located at:
580 W. Arapaho, Suite 290, Richardson, TX 75080
Payment options for all classes, workshops and lectures:

We accept cash, credit card or check.

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