Heather Arenas


The Figure in Paintings / The Figure as Narrative


Sept 29, 30, Oct 1, 2023 





Heather will help you develop your own story by using the figure as a Narrator.  In this three-day figure workshop you will be working from your own photographs.  Heather will help you look beyond copying a photo to creating a better composition in a painterly way.



Day 1 – Demonstration and discussion on choosing a proper photo / photos prior to painting. Following the discussion there will be a demonstration to get you started.




Day 2 - Heather will demonstrate the next stages in the painting process, allowing you time to work on your pieces in between.




Day 3 - On day three Heather will finish the demonstration and work with you to finish your painting.  If time allows, we can discuss the next painting you wish to start.



** Supply list will be provided a few weeks before the workshop. 

Contact Heather Arenas for any questions. Heather Arenas artist@heatherarenas.com or 720-281-4632





I believe that art is a powerful tool for communication and expression. It can be used to tell stories, to evoke emotions, and to connect with others. I am interested in the way that people interact with art, and how art can shape our understanding of the world.

My paintings are often based on real-life experiences. I have been inspired by the people I have seen in museums, and by the stories that I have heard about their interactions with art. 

I am particularly interested in the way that people use gestures to communicate their thoughts and feelings. I believe that gestures can be a powerful form of expression, and that they can tell us a lot about the people who are making them. 

I believe that art can be a powerful tool for self-reflection, and that it can help us to understand ourselves and the world around us better.




Plein Air Magazine, April 2023 issue, 5-page article




Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA
Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC
Shain Gallery, Charlotte, SC




Recent Awards:
AWA 2023 Museum Show, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
The 6th ANJE, D Anthony Gallery, Wausaw, Wlisconsin
Cover of the FAC 2023 Museum & Gallery Guide
AIS National Exhibition 2022, ‘Your Move!’, Hon Mention
Bold Brush June 2022, 'We Are More Than Just ...', Finalist
Bold Brush Feb 2022, 'Show Me the Monet!', Finalist
Cover of the FAC 2021 Museum Guide
Jerry's Artarama, Self Portrait Competition May 2020, 'I've Got This!', Finalist
Gateway Intl, Oct 2019, 'A Small Offering', Finalist
WAOW Fall Online 2019, “Left Turn, Clyde”, Best of Show
Identity Portrait Competition September 2019, “I’ve Got This!”, Grand Prize
WAOW National Juried Exhibition 2019, "Blush", Pursuit of Beauty award
Gateway Intl, June 2019, “Moth-Winged Thoughts Carry Me Away”, Finalist
AWA Spring Online 2019, “I’ve Got This”, Finalist
Gateway Intl, 2017-2018 Grand Finale, "Red In The Sun", 3rd Place
WAOW Spring Online 2018 for “Modern Day Venus”, Honorable Mention



Registration Details:

Registrations are not taken on-line at this time. 


It is best to call the gallery to ensure that space is available - 912.634.8414

Studio Location: Anderson Contemporary  Gallery.100 Sylvan, #170. (formerly known as Artists Annex Gallery) 


A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration to confirm your space.  Checks are requested, but you may also pay by credit card at the time of registration.

The balance of the workshop fee is due 30 days in advance of the workshop.The gallery will send an alert email of balances due.

What to Expect:

The evening before (the beginning date of the workshop), the gallery will host a casual meet and greet, giving you the opportunity to meet your fellow students and the instructor. This is also a good time to unload your supplies at the Anderson Contemporary Gallery so you're ready for the morning start.


Everyone is invited to an early dinner at a near-by restaurant. Everyone pays their own check.

Workshop size is generally limited to 10-12 students.

Classes begin at  9AM  and adjourn at  4PM.

Lunches can be ordered in advance through the gallery from a nearby restaurant. 

A menu selection will be sent to you to make your selections. You can order for one to all days. Generally, the check for lunches is made out directly to the restaurant. More information will be provided.



St Simons is a busy resort island. Be sure you make your hotel reservations early. The Island is only 14 miles long, so nothing is too far away. We can send you some suggestions or feel free to call us for help with your travel.




For Information or to Register Call:


Anderson Fine Art Gallery