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Violetta Chandler

Thursday Afternoons


Improve your composition - improve your paintings!

    This class will be focused on improving the design of your paintings and understanding and applying the principles of composition to create a piece that enhances the viewer's experience of your artwork.


Based on live demonstrations and references you will design and create your own work of art, improve your color mixing skills, and learn color combinations and techniques from local and international award-winning professional artist Violetta Chandler (known locally as one of our beloved "Plein Aire Cottage Artists.")

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

Medium: Oil, Water-based Oil, Acrylics 

Violetta Chandler: Service
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Membership Benefit:

$6 OFF

Our Members receive a discount. Sign up and receive $6 off every class!

Violetta Chandler: Text
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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. She 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 and has partidipated in solo and group exhibitions as an original member of Plein Aire Cottage Artists of Indian Rocks Beach.

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."

Violetta Chandler: Mission


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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.

Violetta Chandler: About Us
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