Open Arts factory is a new art studio and gallery located in the center of Puerto Santa Maria, Spain. Our mission is to support and create art by bringing people together in a creative and relaxing environment. We offer weekly classes for all ages, one- and two-day specialized workshops and host a variety of events, from sip & paint parties, team-building sessions and private parties for special occasions or fun night out.
Debra is an American who has been living in Spain for 24 years. She has worked as a freelance artist producing her own work, painting commissioned murals and art works. As a qualified teacher, Debra has more than 30 years of experience. Her teaching experience includes elementary and high school art in the USA and Spain, using International Baccalaureate, Cambridge and AP curriculums.
Debra also had her own Art school in Seville where she offered childrens and adult art classes and workshops. Now living in Puerto Santa Maria, she has also been teaching classes and workshops on the Rota Naval Base.
Dennis Ruiz is originally from the Southeast United States, but now lives and creates mixed media art in Southern Spain. He has always felt a connection to the ocean, from starting to surf at age 10 and joining the US Navy at 17. The sea has always been an important inspiration to Dennis. Pen and ink illustration has been his expression of art for most of his life. With the use of any media, he can get his hands on Dennis uses his art to portray the imagery and experience of the ocean. The Open Arts Factory will showcase and share his passion for the arts and community.
Rachel Ruiz is a U.S native, living in the local area of Spain for the past 5 years with no plans to leave. For the last 20 years, she has been expressing her art through revamping furniture. An artform that grew in her 20s from her lifestyle and needs to create ugly pieces into beautiful functional furniture. My Art, My Way embodies the unique qualities of Rachel’s crafts, in which she uses uncommon mediums for her multitude of crafting skills, to include sewing, paintings, and repurposing things that catch her eye. Her talents do not stop with crafting, she is also quite skilled in the art of baking, and you can expect these homemade goods to be featured in the Open Art Factory’s onsite classes. If you can’t get enough, don’t worry because Rachel will have her delicious baked goods available for order as well.
We work in a variety of mediums; drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, furniture restoration and decoration and ceramics.
We offer weekly classes and workshops teaching a variety of techniques and encouraging creativity and exploration of the chosen medium.
We also have professionally trained and recognized artists that will be collaborating with us and offering intensive weekend courses in their area of specialty.
In addition, we will offer Open Studio hours where everyone is welcome to come and work independently in a creative environment.
Drawing and Painting
Classes in a variety of dry and wet mediums from introductory to advanced levels and portfolio development.
Technical Instruction and equipment for etching, woodcut, linocut and silk screen techniques.
Restoration techniques and creative furniture decoration
Three-Dimensional / Sculpture
Sculpture techniques using clay, found objects, plaster, wood and modeling compounds.
Hand building, pottery wheel, sculpture and glazing techniques.
Ceramic tile painting and decorating.
Activities and Events
● Monthly Paint and Sip Classes
● Art Gallery and Bi-monthly exhibitions featuring local artists.
● Art/Painting Parties for special occasions
● Team Building Activitie
In today’s world knowing a second language is more important than ever. In Open Arts Factory we focus on encouraging creativity through art for kids in a bilingual environment with English and Spanish speaking teachers and students. Each class period we will explore different themes and techniques in a dynamic activity. We will use famous artists and art from various cultures as inspiration.
2 classes for 2 hours / month
5 -8 years -Adventures in Art
20€ / month
9-11 years old -Budding Artists
20€ / month
12-15 years old - Experimenting with Art
25€ / month
Adult classes are open to everyone regardless of your experience or level. Each student will be able to choose from different media and experiment with new techniques and ideas using watercolor, acrylic, oil and mixed media. Students will also be able to work with clay, printmaking and upcycling furniture.
*30€/ month -basic materials included
2 hours a week
In this workshop we will develop designs from nature to complete a design on silk using the ¨Serti¨technique. It will be divided into two 2 hour sessions.
Session 1: develop design and draw and transfer design to silk and apply wax resist
Break for Lunch
Lunch is included in the price
Paint the designs on the fabric. complete painting and set the paint/ dyes so it is ready for wear or display.