Art Lectures and Workshops

Join us for lectures or workshops focused on the arts! Art historian Baila Miller presents monthly lectures on the arts and opera, and now Historic Spanish Point artist-in-residence Norma Albertha Winter will present art workshops!

Art Lecture Series: 

Registration is required for all lectures and will only be accepted with payment. For reservations or more information, contact Tracey Viviano at (941) 966-5214, ext. 2850, or email

$25 per person per session for HSP members —  includes lunch
$30 per person per session for non-members — includes lunch

Edgar Degas: Psychology & Art
Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance. He is regarded as one of the founders of French Impressionism. Degas was a superb draftsman and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his rendition of dancers, race-course subjects, and female nudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and for their portrayal of human isolation. Edgar Degas had a contentious relationship with Édouard Manet.

Tuesday, July 25: Noon to 2 PM.

Masters of Realism & Surrealism: Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera proved to be the ultimate “Power Couple” of the twentieth century. Their passion for Art, Politics, and each other, fueled a lifelong melodrama of expression. She became an international phenomenon as a female artist creating work in the realm of Surrealism. He, single-handedly, revived the laborious art form of Fresco–a medium that had been forgotten for over three hundred years.

Tuesday, August 8: Noon to 2 PM.

Jackson Pollock, A New Voice for America
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) was an influential American painter and a major figure in the American abstract expressionist movement. During his lifetime, Pollock became the Toast of New York because of his original “drip” paintings. He was notorious for his volatile personality and his struggle with alcoholism. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy. Pollock had a contentious relationship with Willem de Kooning.

Tuesday, September 12: Noon to 2 PM.

Willem de Kooning: Action Painter
Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) was a Dutch-American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He moved to New York City in 1927. In the post-World War II era, de Kooning painted in a style that came to be referred to as Abstract expressionism or “action painting.” He was a significant member of a group who became known as The New York School. Willem de Kooning had a contentious relationship with Jackson Pollock.

Tuesday, September 26: Noon to 2 PM.

To register or for more information contact Tracey Viviano at Historic Spanish Point, (941) 966-5214, ext. 2850 or email