Paintbrushes and colorful paint swatches

Workshop: Impressionism Pet Portrait Painting – SOLD OUT

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April 9 @ 6:00pm 9:00pm

In conjunction with our special exhibition, Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More, we invite you to paint a portrait of a furry friend in your life. Learn how to use a value scale and “paint by numbers” to create a unique and colorful pet portrait. Paintings are acrylic on canvas 10” square.

Once your ticket is purchased, you must email instructor Shawn Dell Joyce at with a pet photo that shows only the pet’s face (can be cropped). This must be sent no later than Monday, April 1. Shawn will then pre-sketch each canvas and provide a color key similar to how the Impressionists substituted colors for values in their paintings. The result is a colorful, fun portrait!  

Materials provided per person:
10″ square canvas
Acrylic paints, brushes, water cups & towels
Aprons & easels

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Raymond James Room
Gallery access and materials are included.

This event is sold out.

Shawn Dell Joyce

Shawn Dell Joyce was born in Texas in 1965 and grew up on the border in Brownsville, TX. She worked in her family’s citrus orchards until an unseasonable frost killed the trees in 1982; this loss changed the trajectory of her career from farmer to artist. She went to art school at University of North Texas in Denton and studied Semiotics with artist Vernon Fisher, then transferred to San Francisco Art Institute in 1987. Joyce’s real education happened as an artist’s apprentice in SoHo section of NY, where she worked in several artist’s studios until leaving the city for the beautiful farmlands North of the city and began teaching plein air classes in 2000, and continues weekly to this day. She founded a plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School, the Wallkill River School of Art. It still exists today as a nonprofit arts organization with a mission of bringing cultural tourism to the Hudson Valley region through plein air painting workshops and events on local farms, historic sites and open spaces. Joyce has won many prestigious awards for plein air painting and is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP) and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), plus has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like The New York Times, Plein Air Magazine, Plein Air Podcast with Eric Rhoads, Pastel Journal Magazine and Tampa Bay Magazine. She is represented by six galleries around the country, including Wallkill River School in NY, Woodfield Fine Art in St. Pete and Lakeside Inn Gallery in Mount Dora, FL. Joyce teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country in Staunton, VA, Olana, NY, Tampa Bay, FL and is included in museum collections in the Georges Pompidou Museum in France and The Museum of Modern Art in NY.