Epcot Festival of the Arts Workshops & Seminars

Epcot Festival of the Arts Workshops & Seminars

Over the course of the Epcot Festival of the Arts, Guests will be able to sign up for and participate in an abundance of interactive workshops and seminars. These Epcot Festival of the Arts workshops and seminars will teach Guests a variety of different skills that range anywhere from calligraphy, to flower arranging, to card making, to cake decorating.  The Epcot Festival of the Arts Seminars will take place at the Odyssey Festival Showplace. Some of the Epcot Festival of the Arts seminars are free, others do come at a nominal fee, which is listed.

Friday, January 12

Sculpting a Mixed Media Action Figure

Create and take home your own animated, poseable action figure from mixed media
Belinda Glennon, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Artful Uses for Your Park Map

Learn how to transform your park maps into a variety of beautiful art pieces
Jovon Harkless, Local Artist
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 13

Floral Arranging

Learn basic floral design principles and create your own petite Mickey Mouse-inspired arrangement
Disney Floral & Gifts
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

The Art of Wood Carving

Learn about the art and history of carving wood sculptures
Andrew Mutiso, African Heritage, Inc.
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 14

To Be Announced – Workshop

Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

From Animated Films to Theme Parks

Take a look at how a creative concept artist translates the fantasy world of film into an immersive theme park reality
Lon Smart, Creative Concept Artist, Disney Entertainment
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Principles of Background Art and Matte Painting in Animated Films

Learn how background art has transitioned from 2D to 3D film and explore the differences between traditional and digital painting
William Silvers, Former Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios Senior Background Artist
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 15

Animation 101

Learn the fundamental principles of animation and create your own animated flip book
Todd Bright, Bright Animation, Former Disney Animator
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

What Does It Take to Get the Right Shot?

Find out what it takes to get the right shot from an international photographer
Simone Amaduzzi, Simone Amaduzzi Photography
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Making the New Look Old

Discover the secrets of aging and transforming basic woods into other materials and learn DIY techniques for your home projects
Joe Bopp, Just-in Wood Signs, Oviedo, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 16

Cartoon Portraits

Draw your own cartoon characters and caricatures with guiding insights from this workshop
Jesus Minguez, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Food as Art

Discover how food and the senses are used to enhance park attractions and environments
Pana Thitaram, Walt Disney Imagineering
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

The Art of Happiness

Listen as Disney creative, Will Gay, talks about being an in-house Designer for Disney, and how following his dreams from an early age ultimately led him to happiness
Will Gay, Design Director, Walt Disney World Resort
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 17

Handcrafted Calligraphy

Learn how to letter like the pros and create a hand-crafted calligraphy alphabet for use in future projects
Bonnie DiCocco & Donna Price, Driftwood Market, College Park, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Magic in the Milk: A Look Into the World of Latte Art

Find out what lies behind the magic of the milk in a live latte art demonstration
Abby Lancaster, Barista, Axum Coffee, Winter Garden, FL
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Ancient Process of Casting Bronze

Learn about the bronze casting process throughout history
David Cumbie, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 18

To Be Announced – Workshop

Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Photography 101: Take Better Photos with Your Cell Phone

Learn how to maximize the capabilities of your phone’s camera in order to take the best possible photos
Tom Smutny, Disney Photo Imaging
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Creating a Stained Glass Hanging

Discover the process of designing and constructing a stained glass hanging
Everett Whittaker, Artisans on fifth, Mt. Dora, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 19

Premium Workshop: Painting with a Disney Artist

Paint your own canvas under the guidance of a talented Disney artist
Workshop begins at 8:00 a.m.
$259 per person plus tax

Once Upon a Doll

Build your own fairytale-inspired doll and learn the process behind the creation of Precious Moments dolls
Linda Rick, Precious Moments Doll Maker
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Presenting an Art Exhibition in One of the Top 10 Museums in the World

Hear about the amazing series of events along a journey of destiny for a farm boy from Amish country who created a history-making exhibit
Josh Garrick, Artist and Creator of “Seeking the Ancient Kallos”
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Hip Hop: The Evolution of Flow

Take a deep dive into hip hop’s nearly 50-year marriage between poetry and rhythm
Charles Griffin, Founder of the Central Florida Composers Forum
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 20

Once Upon a Doll

Build your own fairytale-inspired doll and learn the process behind the creation of Precious Moments dolls
Linda Rick, Precious Moments Doll Maker
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

The art of Disney Topiary

Learn how one-of-a-kind Walt Disney World topiaries are made and discover tips for creating your own horticulture sculptures at home
Debbie Mola, Disney’s Horticulture Team
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

From Concept to Creation

Listen as John discusses how his background in theatrical costuming and design has influenced his whimsical painting style and unique attention to detail
John Coulter, WonderGround Artist
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 21

Printmaking from a Clay Base

Take home a ready-to-frame print by painting and layering colored slips, stencils and chalks on a flat clay plate
Sheryl Odza, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Home Brewing

Learn the art and craft of home brewing
Mike Wallace, Ten10 Brewing
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Making Every Moment Precious

Learn the history and magic behind the making of the Precious Moments Disney Collection
Linda Rick, Precious Moments Doll Maker
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 22

Abstract Painting: A Journey in Bringing Your Art to Life

Bring your abstract art to life as you paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece
Crystal Dombrowsky, Crystal Dombrowsky Art Work
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Store Design: Where Furniture, Interior and Themed Design Meet

Learn how Walt Disney World Resort store designers incorporate the science of store planning with the art of retail design to produce world-class experiences
Becky Browne Allen, Store Designer & Ashley Provenzano, Retail Development Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Photography 101: Shooting Spectacular Fireworks

Discover tips and tricks to photographing the sparkles and splendor of fireworks
Jeff Nickel, Disney Photo Imaging
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23

Floral Arranging

Learn basic floral design principles and create your own petite Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion-inspired arrangement
Disney Floral & Gifts
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

State of Excellence

Discover the breadth and brilliance of private art collections in the state of Florida
David Matteson, Orlando Museum of Art
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Creating Bead Woven Jewelry

Learn to use the peyote stitch to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more
Joyce Eaton-Brady, Artisans on fifth, Mt. Dora, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24

Gesture Drawing Class

Learn the art of quick sketching and how a single drawing can tell a story
Todd Bright, Bright Animation, Former Disney Animator
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

From Animated Films to Theme Parks

Take a look at how a creative concept artist translates the fantasy world of film into an immersive theme park reality
Lon Smart, Creative Concept Artist, Disney Entertainment
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

The Story of the Storytellers

Learn about the teen documentary photography program that showcases the lives of student participants
Peter Schreyer, CEO and Executive Director, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 25

Still Life Watercolor Sketching

Learn a Disney artist’s techniques and walk away with your own watercolor sketch
Will Gay, Design Director, Walt Disney World Resort
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

What Does It Take to Get the Right Shot?

Find out what it takes to get the right shot from an international photographer
Simone Amaduzzi, Simone Amaduzzi Photography
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

It’s All in the Details: The Art of the Prop and Its Role in the Story

Discover the art of props and the role they play in bringing the stories and attractions to life at Disney Parks and Resorts
Kristen Craig, Set Decorator, Walt Disney World Resort
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 26

Premium Workshop: Painting with a Disney Artist

Paint your own canvas under the guidance of a talented Disney artist
Odyssey Events Pavilion
Workshop begins at 8:00 a.m.
$259 per person plus tax

“Magical” Mixed Media Art

Create a mixed media piece using BoiLeD BooK paper, paint and a mat for display
Rachelle Eason, BoiLedBooks
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Behind the Lines of Viz Art Ink

Find out how one man’s passion for doodling led to a career in the arts
Gregg “Viz” Visintainer, Owner of Viz Art Ink and WonderGround Artist
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Sketchbook Savvy

Experience traditional and digital sketchbooks used by professional artists
Thomas Thorspecken, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 27

Doodling with Viz

Learn, watch and draw your own doodle with hidden pictures and words to create a Viz Art Ink masterpiece
Gregg “Viz” Visintainer, Owner of Viz Art Ink and WonderGround Artist
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Food Styling 101

Understand the basics of what goes into making food photo- and video-ready
Katie Farmand, Edible Orlando, Good Catch
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 28

Ink & Paint Animation

Learn about the history of 2D Cel Animation and paint your very own Ink & Paint Cel
Lynn Rippberger, Disney Animation Ink and Paint Artist
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Photography 101: Lighting and Perspective

Glean insights into different types of lighting, the use of perspective and other techniques to apply to your photography
Tom Smutny, Disney Photo Imaging
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Violin: What It Is and How It Works

Learn about the process of making violins and the physics of acoustical amplification that give the violin its unique sound
Daniel Muni, Muni Strings, Winter Park, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 29

P.S. Flavor! – Artisanal Spice Artistry

Blend your own spices with a “sand art twist” and learn the creative process of bringing a beautiful artisanal spice blend to life
Pam Smith and Nicole Ramsland, P.S. Flavor! – Artisanal Spice Blends
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Painting Shanghai Disneyland

Hear about the challenges and rewards of this 3-year painting project
George Scribner, Animation Director, Scribnerart, Inc.
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

It’s All in the Details: The Art of the Prop and Its Role in the Story

Discover the art of props and the role they play in bringing the stories to life at Epcot
Kristen Craig, Set Decorator, Walt Disney World Resort
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 30

Watercolor Love

Paint your own work of art by blending watercolors, then polish it off with a mat for display
Rachelle Eason, BoiLedBooks
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Watermelon Carving

Watch as a watermelon is artfully carved and take away some tips and tricks that you can use at your next party
Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Photography 101: A Look at Landscapes

Enjoy tips on how to maximize your photography of the beautiful scenes that surround us
Jeff Nickel, Disney Photo Imaging
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 31

Floral Arranging

Learn basic floral design principles and create your own petite arrangement in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Epcot
Disney Floral & Gifts
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

What Does It Take to Get the Right Shot?

Find out what it takes to get the right shot from an international photographer
Simone Amaduzzi, Simone Amaduzzi Photography
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Acrylic in Action!

Learn all about painting with acrylics
Donne Bitner, Crealdé Artist, Crealdé School of Art
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 1

Whimsical Tea Pots of Clay

Surprise yourself as you mold a small teapot from air-dry clay
Doug Bringle, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

A History of American Mavericks – Composers Outside the Box

Study up on American music history and its strain of independent thinkers
Charles Griffin, Founder of the Central Florida Composers Forum
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

One Little Spark… Finding the Figment Inside of You

Join Disney Artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett on a magical journey to find the creative spark which lives inside every one of us
Jason “Tiki” Tackett, Disney’s Virtual Magic Kingdom, Disney Parks Blog
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 2

Premium Workshop: Painting with a Disney Artist

Paint your own canvas under the guidance of a talented Disney artist
Odyssey Events Pavilion
Workshop begins at 8:00 a.m.
$259 per person plus tax

To Be Announced – Workshop

Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

The Art of Face Painting

Watch how quickly trained artists can transform a face with hand-painting techniques
Enjoy Your Face, Inc.
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

The Music of John Williams

Take a look at John Williams’s unique genius and understand where his art fits into the fascinating history of music for film
Charles Griffin, Founder of the Central Florida Composers Forum
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 3

Burlap Wreath Making

Make your very own wreath using burlap and ribbons
Bonnie DiCocco and Donna Price, Driftwood Market, College Park, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 4

Organic Mosaics

Create your own colorful mosaic using a variety of dried foods
Brittany Smith, Show Finisher, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Watercolor Travel Sketching, Urban Sketching, and Painting En Plein Air

Learn how to use watercolor sketching to record memories and discover the materials needed to chronicle the world around you
Kim Minichiello, Former Walt Disney Imagineer and Founding Member of the Orlando Chapter of the Global Urban Sketchers Group
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 5

The World of Paper Crafting

Create your own paper blossom and learn the art of quilling
Simone Miranda, Creative Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Pancake Art

Watch as Hank incorporates artistry and color to transform pancakes into artistic masterpieces
Hank Gustafon, Co-Owner and Manager, Dancakes
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Photography 101: Ready, Set, Action!

Get tips on how to best capture subjects in motion
Jeff Nickel, Disney Photo Imaging
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 6

Animation 101

Make your own animated flip book and learn the fundamental principles of animation
Todd Bright, Bright Animation, Former Disney Animator
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Pancake Art

Watch as Hank incorporates artistry and color to transform pancakes into artistic masterpieces
Hank Gustafon, Co-Owner and Manager, Dancakes
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Creating a Magical Fairy House

Meet the Fairy House Ladies and discover how they’ve been creating fairy houses of all sizes since 2006
Vikki Yarborough and Ronda Maseman, Fairy House Ladies
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7

Paper Quilling

Learn the art of rolling, coiling and shaping small strips of paper to create your own ready-to-display piece of art
Lois Bandt-Weber, Artisans on fifth, Mt. Dora, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Photography 101: Photo Editing

Look at a variety of photo editing programs, explore editing tools and learn how to produce the best possible photos from the images you have already taken
Tom Smutny, Disney Photo Imaging
Seminar starts at 11:00 a.m.

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 8

To Be Announced – Workshop

Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

A Brief History of Jazz

Explore the perfect storm of cultural and musical influences that gave rise to the birth of jazz in New Orleans, and take a quick tour of the trail blazed by the giants of this uniquely American genre
Charles Griffin, Founder of the Central Florida Composers Forum
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Upcycling for the Theatre: Faux Art Techniques

Discover how prop masters and set artists apply techniques to make the old look new, the new look old—and everything in between
Jovon Harkless, Local Artist
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 9

Premium Workshop: Painting with a Disney Artist

Paint your own canvas under the guidance of a talented Disney artist
Odyssey Events Pavilion
Workshop begins at 8:00 a.m.
$259 per person plus tax

Sculpting a Mixed Media Action Figure

Create and take home your own animated and poseable action figure using a variety of media
Belinda Glennon, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Presenting an Art Exhibition in One of the Top Ten Museums in the World

Hear about the amazing series of events along a journey of destiny for a farm boy from Amish country who created a history-making exhibit
Josh Garrick, Artist and Creator of “Seeking the Ancient Kallos”
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 10

To Be Announced – Workshop

Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Stories from a National Parks Painter

Observe as Patricia presents her artwork and shares stories about her experience as a painter
Patricia Cummins, 12 Time National Park Artist-in-Residence
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Watermelon Carving

Watch as a watermelon is artfully carved and take away some tips and tricks that you can use at your next party
Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 11

Ink & Paint Animation

Learn about the history of 2D Cel Animation and paint your very own Ink & Paint Cel
Lynn Rippberger, Disney Animation Ink and Paint Artist
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Ceramics and Civilization

Discover the importance of ceramics in the rise of civilization
Doug Bringle, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 12

Gesture Drawing Class

Come learn the art of quick sketching and how a single drawing can tell a story
Todd Bright, Bright Animation, Former Disney Animator
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Art in the Community

Discover how the arts are a powerful outlet to express, build community and give back in a great way
Joshua Vickery, Central Florida Community Arts
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Violin: What It Is and How It Works

Learn about the process of making violins and the physics of acoustical amplification that give the violin its unique sound
Daniel Muni, Muni Strings, Winter Park, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13

To Be Announced – Workshop

Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Photography 101: Magic with Water

Learn about using camera settings, lenses and locations to get the best results with photographs involving water
Tom Smutny, Disney Photo Imaging
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14

String Art

Create your own gorgeous string art just in time for Valentine’s Day
Bonnie DiCocco & Donna Price, Driftwood Market, College Park, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Upcycling for Floral Arrangements

Learn about upcycling techniques and alternate materials to create unique, personalized floral arrangements
Jovon Harkless, Local Artist
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 15

3D Paper Crafting

Learn techniques to cut, fold and add spacers to your own 3D shadowbox artwork
Dave Avanzino, Disney Consignment Artist
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Impressionism With An Edge

Find out how to paint contemporary floral oil paintings with a palette knife to create bright, bold, textured works of art
Noreen Coupe, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 16

Premium Workshop: Painting with a Disney Artist

Paint your own canvas under the guidance of a talented Disney artist
Odyssey Events Pavilion
Workshop begins at 8:00 a.m.
$259 per person plus tax

To Be Announced – Workshop

Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

What Does It Take to Get the Right Shot?

Find out what it takes to get the right shot from an international photographer
Simone Amaduzzi, Simone Amaduzzi Photography
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

One Little Spark… Finding the Figment Inside of You

Join Disney Artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett on a magical journey to find the creative spark which lives inside every one of us
Jason “Tiki” Tackett, Disney’s Virtual Magic Kingdom, Disney Parks Blog
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 17

To Be Announced – Workshop

Odyssey Festival Showplace
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Magic in the Milk: A Look Into the World of Latte Art

Find out what lies behind the magic of the milk in a live latte art demonstration
Abby Lancaster, Barista, Axum Coffee, Winter Garden, FL
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 18

Our World in Abstract

Create a soft, intimate glimpse of your world with oil pastels and learn to see the landscape without quite so much definition
Patricia Byron, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

To Be Announced – Seminar

Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 19

To Be Announced – Workshop

Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m.
$39 per person plus tax

Photography 101: Closer, Sweeter, Better

Discover how to deliver emotion in your photography and the importance of close-ups, composition and depth of field
Tom Smutny, Disney Photo Imaging
Seminar starts at 1:30 p.m.

Living Women Composers

Survey the history of women composers with special emphasis on the amazing and varied voices that these artists represent today
Charles Griffin, Founder of the Central Florida Composers Forum
Seminar starts at 4:30 p.m.

 

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