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Violetta Chandler

Thursday Afternoons


This class is for anybody who would like to learn how to paint with acrylics or oils without previous experience or who painted before and would like to start again. It is never too late to start! 

In every class there will be step-by-step instructions from the very basics to build up your confidence and to enjoy the process of creating your very own piece of art. Learning new skills and techniques is very important for your mental health, you will benefit from it at any age!

Instructor: Violetta Chandler
Weekly In-House Class
Thursdays 1:00pm-4:00pm
Level: Beginner +
Supply Fee: None
Supply List: Yes

Medium: Oil, Water-based Oil, Acrylics 

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Violetta Chandler
New Day and Time!
Thursday Evenings
Class begins 10/21

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
Thursdays 5:30pm-8:00pm

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Mediums: Oil, Water-based Oil

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

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Sarasota, Florida

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.

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 the Florida Preservation Award for Historic Preservation.  She has also participated in several solo and group exhibitions.

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”.



from Violetta Chandler

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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.