Violetta Chandler

Tuesday Evenings


If you never painted in oils before- it's easier than you think. If you are familiar with oil painting - there are no limits to improve! In fun relaxing ambiance learn, create, improve, experiment from the basics to the new styles and techniques with European master Violetta, who has been teaching internationally for over 30 years. Learning new skills in painting will keep your mind younger, your memory sharper and you will never feel bored or lonely!

(Read how the Plein Aire Cottage Artists got their start with teacher Violetta!  Story below...)

Instructor: Violetta Chandler
Weekly In-House Class - (STARTING 10/13/20)
Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:30pm

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Mediums: Oil, Water-based Oil

Supply Fee: None
Supply List: Yes
Fee: $30 ($24 Member)


We are following all CDC guidelines and safety protocols to ensure a comfortable and safe experience for all who enter the BAC. We will be practicing social distancing by limiting class size and separating class chairs 6' apart.  

All staff, volunteers and students will be required to wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth. Sick and vulnerable persons should not enter the building.  No-touch temperature will be taken.  All who enter must register upon entry.  Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout BAC.  



from Violetta Chandler

The story of Plein Air Cottage Artists began in the classroom-studio of Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo in late 1990's where Ukrainian immigrant, artist and teacher, Violetta, was invited to teach a weekly class of oil painting.
Violetta with her family moved from Ukraine to Sarasota, Florida in 1995, where later she started teaching at the Ringling College of Art.

Quickly her class in Largo reached maximum capacity of students and soon she was invited to teach also at Indian Rocks Beach Art Center.  At the same time she formed a plein air class, to pass on her passion for the natural light and beauty around our every day life, that most of the time is taken for granted or staying unnoticed and unappreciated.  

Plein Air class was so successful, and the Beach Art Center hosted the first art show of the group. Sales reached record numbers at the day of opening!
After the first addition of the Calendar “Save our Cottages“ some of the members moved to another state, some started to do their own shows, but three remaining artists: Violetta Chandler as teacher, Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston continued: receiving numerous awards, publications, recognition and international exhibitions.  Including: Florence International Biennialle; Italy Florida Trust award for historic preservation; Shows at the museums; Documentary by Emmy Award winner producer Lynn Marvin Dingfelder and videographer Larry Wiezycki 

“Save our cottages, Artists with a Cause!”
Violetta is continuing teaching workshops, classes and private lessons.





Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor

Luxuriant color, solid drawing and composition, ethereal light and physical movement in light, combined with a refined sensitivity to landscape, and still life painting and portraiture, characterizes the oeuvre of Violetta Chandler.
Born November 26, 1965, near Odessa, Ukraine, on the Black Sea. She is a fifth generation artist initially trained by her father Yakov Tsatskin.  In 1992 she graduated with honors from Odessa State Institute receiving a master degree in fine arts and teaching.
Many of her teachers at O.S.I were trained at the St. Petersburg Russian Academy of Art.
Chandler moved to Sarasota, Florida with her family in 1995.  She has taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota and St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
As an original member of Plein Aire Cottage Artists She was awarded in May of 2007 the Florida Preservation Award for Historic Preservation.  She has also participated in several solo and group exhibitions, including Florence Biennale, Italy;  Dungarvan,  Ireland; Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, Florida; Cornell Museum of Art, Del Ray Beach, Florida; Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida; St. Petersburg Museum of History Solo Exhibition and the Capitol Meeting Room in Tallahassee.
In December of 2007 she received a lifetime invitation to participate in the International Juried Exhibition of the Florence Biennale, Italy.
Her painting style integrates 19th Century Russian Realism and Impressionism with 19th Century French Realism and Impressionism fused together with a modernist palate of strong vivid colors.  Her painting techniques are technically varied, some paintings combine thin glazes along with thick impasto applications.  In regard to appropriating Russian realist styles in her landscape work two important late 19th Century artists come to mind: Ilya Repin and Ivan Yendogurov.
Repin’s paintings are highly emotional and epic.  Yendogurov are spiritual and calm.  It should be noted that Repin’s classical earth-toned chiaroscuro has also influenced her portraits.  Because of her academic training in drawing, her portraits have intense precision in the eyes, arms, and hands.  While painting portraits the artist likes to talk with her sitter bringing out nuances of character in their posture.
The primary influence on her in regard to color is Claude Monet and in French Realism, Camille Corot and Gustave Courbet. Her color palette is in the Impressionist canon, but the application of thick pigment (impasto) is closer to French Romantic Realism.  These elements are combined with subtle light strokes that give her ideas an unassuming feel for the passage time.   Instead of graying down color in shadows, as in the academic tradition, she applies Monet’s idea of complimentary color in the shadow of a lit object’s principle hue.
For Chandler “painting is a dialogue rather than a monologue” with the sympathetic observer.   In reference to this, “my paintings can seem unfinished, because I want the emotional connection to the work by the viewer to be completed in their imagination”.
Her sensitivity to all the elements of art is demonstrated in the fact that her personal family photographs as well as her photo studies for paintings have all the clarity and balance to be expected of a well-trained eye.
One can easily enter the illusions of her paintings with the suspension of assumptions of arts historical purpose and the singularity of a certain style.  Entering her illusions of space and mood can be effortless, because besides from her professional training her work has insight about our place in the world and the pleasure of seeing light on vivid color.



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1515 Bay Palm Blvd
Indian Rocks Beach
FL 33785, USA