Painting Tropics with Debra Howard

    Visual Arts Classroom
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    Daily, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Grade Range
    Adult - Adult
    Age Range


    Member tuition
    Non-member tuition

    $280.00 (become a member)

    10% discount for CTAC Members March 1-31
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    Registration opens on March 1 at 9 am!

    Please contact the front desk at 231-941-9488 if you have any questions.

    A fun and light class where we celebrate the beginning of summer, while exploring the colors, shapes and subjects that express the tropics. Students will learn the color palette for clear crisp tropical colors, How to paint palmtrees, clear water and beach sand. Students can paint 1 or 2 (or more) paintings. We'll work from b/w photos to allow freedom of color selection.

    Lunch break at noon. Group critic at the end of each day over a freshly blended tropical rum drink. (provided by Debra)

    Learn to paint the swamps, beaches and palms of South Florida, WITHOUT having to stand in water up to your knees, battle alligators, or wrestle pythons!

    I will provide a slide show and copies of the tropical landscape to use for reference, or you can bring your own. Let your imagination run wild!

    See materials list for suggested supplies.  Debra will be teaching in oils. Students are welcome to use oil, acrylic, watercolor or guache.

    Debra Howard Tropical Paintings




    Members register by March 31 to save $23!  

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    $230 for Crooked Tree members

    $280 for non-members


    Supplies provided
    Art Area
    Visual Arts

    Debra Howard

    Cancellation & Class Policies

    COVID-19 Policy for Classes (after 4/1/22)

    The following COVID-19 related policies are in place for classes that begin after April 1, 2022:

    Face Coverings (updated 4/1/22)
    As of April 1 and in accordance with the lifting of the mask recommendation by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, masks are not required for CTAC classes that begin after April 1*. However, should COVID-19 pandemic conditions change, CTAC will continue to follow local/state health department guidelines on masking, and will update class registrants via email and our website accordingly in the event of a change in requirements.

    *Some classes may still require masking, and that will be noted clearly in the class description.

    Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have recently tested positive should not come to class, and should follow the CDC guidelines on quarantining and masking.

    Symptoms of Covid-19 include: Fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.

    Students and instructors should sanitize their hands upon class arrival and departure. Hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant will be available onsite.


    Cancellation Policy for Traverse City Classes (In-Person)

    Student Withdrawal
    Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the first day of the class.

    Class Cancellations (Weather)
    In the event of inclement weather, CTAC-TC will announce the cancellation on its website and phone system (231-941-9488). We will do our best to provide a make-up opportunity for the missed class. Refunds will not be given if the student is unable to attend the rescheduled session of class. Please note that CTAC-TC does not follow Traverse City Area Public School closings.

    Student Absence
    We are unable to offer refunds or make-up sessions for classes missed due to student absence.

    Minimum Enrollment
    Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)