The Armory Art Center


Today we are going to Muse about the Armory Art Center.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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The Armory Art Center

Armory Art Center

Armory Art Center

Here in West Palm Beach we have a treasure, the Armory Art Center.  If you are familiar with the area you know it is located at the south end of Howard Park, just south of the Convention Center and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.  In the late 80’s the school started in the old National Guard building, hence its name.  It now has a campus.

The Armory Art Center offers a wide array of courses, primarily for adults:  ceramics, jewelry making, print making, sculpture, painting and drawing.  The class sizes are normally small giving lots of opportunity for interaction with the instructor.  In addition, each year in the fall and winter  the center offers Master Artist Workshops, usually 3 to 5 day classes taught by recognized artists from around the country.

In the early 90’s I became involved with the center, serving on its Board of Directors for several years.  I was on the Executive Board and served as chairman for two years.

Armory Building in 1987

Armory Building in 1987

This was a time of reclaiming the building and establishing the variety of courses.  The north side of the Armory building had been badly damaged in a fire and was closed off to the school.

During this time the damage was repaired, classrooms were created, and the exhibition hall was opened.  Subsequently, a number of years ago, a second building was added to the facility.

I am thinking of this now because last week an artist friend of mine asked me to join her in a session at the center drawing the model.  It was  a working session with no instructor.  Everyone chipped in $25 and had three hours with the model.

I have not done this (group session) for years.  As it turned out the session was for painting, not drawing.  This is also something I have not done in a long time, painting the figure from a model.

But off we went.  This was the result.



Not awful, but not a sizzler.  But it  was fun!

You might enjoy the Armory Art Center.  Give them a call (561) 832-1776 and they will send you a catalog or better yet, drop by and check it out

1700 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401


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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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