2017 Workshops

Workshop with Larry DeGraff

Nationally Recognized Award Winning Artist

Former Illustrator for Hallmark Cards

May 1-2, 2017 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (hour for lunch)
National Ave. Christian Church Gallery

Cost $100 members and $120 non members​​​


Description of workshop
Larry DeGraff: Do you have a landscape that you’ve been wanting to paint but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’re a seasoned painter who wants to take it to the next level. We will focus on all aspects of painting the outdoors including composition, color mixing, perspective, atmosphere and mood. No matter what your level of experience is, it’s always about mastering the basics! The workshop will include live demos, discussions and one-on-one instruction. Students are encouraged to work in their medium of choice, be it pastel, oil or acrylic.
To download a PDF with information on how to register, Larry's bio and a list of materials  click her



“Unblock and Unleash Your Creativity” with Artist David Bigelow

March 16, 2017 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. At the Springfield Art Museum

Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) and Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild are co-sponsoring a hands-on

workshop with artist David Bigelow on how to use drawing to help generate ideas.

No drawing skills or training is required. The goal is to tap into visual thinking and unblock and unleash your creativity.

The workshop, suitable for young people eight years through adults, is on March 16, 2017 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

in the community room at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E Brookside Dr. All materials will be provided free of charge.

The evening is free and open to the public but reservations are required.

Please email Sandra Letson: sandragraves@mchsi.com or call 417-869-7812 to reserve your seat.

Bigelow will display some of his etchings and share a little of his creation process. The content and subjects in his work are about discovering things about our society from the outside in through clichés and popular notions.  He explains: "Humor as content often appears when the familiar is seen in a new way.  The goal is serious art with humorous content.”

David Bigelow was born and raised in Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in printmaking and painting
and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking and drawing, both from the University of Michigan. He taught at six different institutions and is currently teaching at Evangel University in Springfield, MO. David and his wife

Marcia operate Bigelow Studios where he creates and sells his etchings. He sells his work internationally on line, through galleries, direct marketing, art fairs and juried competitions and shows. 

Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) formed in 1982 for the purpose of bringing educational
lectures and exhibits to the museum. As an organization, dedicated to furthering artistic education in Springfield, the FOSAM organizes programs and lectures that provide educational support and sponsors the Family Art Lab. Their teams and committees have worked on behalf of the Museum to produce and sponsor over 120 exhibitions, receptions, gallery talks, educational lectures, special fundraising events and function and exhibits to the museum.  


Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and was organized in 1996.  
It is composed of adults 18 and over with artists of all media and various levels of expertise. They are dedicated to support, educate and develop artists while promoting visual arts in Springfield and the surrounding communities. Monthly programs and meetings are free and open to the public.  They are held in the Gallery at National Avenue

Christian Church.  Visit them on line at studio55guild.com or on Facebook: 'Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild'.


"Evangel University Art Department Special Art Tour" 

Led by David Bigelow, Artist and Teacher at Evangel University
Thursday, April 20, 2017: 6:30- 7:30 pm 
Learn about their art program and view the senior student art exhibit. We will meet in the "Gallery" on the first floor

of the Barnett Fine Arts Center, which is just south of the Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave. Evangel University

is located at 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield. The department is handicap accessible.

It's free, but Reservations are required: Sandra Letson, sandragraves@mchsi.com 

or call 417-869-7812 Sponsored by FOSAM and Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild. 

Special Project At the Discovery Gardens Montessori School:

Working with children is one of the many ways our members promote the arts. Recently a team from Studio 55 worked with children at Discovery Gardens Montessori School. With the help of Larry Stevens, Cindy Merritt, and Mona Gist, all 58 children constructed individual art projects, and 4 group projects. Many thanks to Larry, Cindy, and Mona!