Bob Burridge
Abstract Acrylic Painting – Abaco, Bahamas

Feb 17 - Feb 24

5 Teaching Days


The harmony of painting together and celebrating a long friendship between Bob and Denny Robertson will be the new way to laugh – with the exclamation mark of both of these guys turning 80 years old in 2023!

What to Expect:
During this workshop week, Bob will customize instruction to the beautiful lifestyle and backdrop of the Bahamas. Instruction includes painting what you see, as well as common, everyday objects, local flora and the tropical Bahamian landscape – all with an eye toward abstraction. Bob said to Denny just recently… “We’re still standing and painting!” That’s 160 years of accumulated wisdom, passion and joy for creating art. They love to talk and paint; and boy, does Denny have the memories – and nobody believes all of Bob’s stories!

But wait! There’s more – Kate, Bob’s wife and manager, will offer informal art marketing sessions and consultations as part of the week-long workshop.

Bob’s “Loosen Up” workshops nurture individual success and personal enrichment with a big emphasis on painting at your own pace. Designed for the professional painter who is stuck in a style as well as for the novice who wants to conquer their fear of painting. Starting each day with multiple, small warm-up painting exercises, moving up to larger-format paintings, Burridge’s positive approach towards the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up, have fun again and paint more!

In addition to painting on the beach, an indoor painting location in the lodge’s lovely lounge and/or poolside. One day we will travel by water taxi to another island to paint and enjoy island cuisine. There will be plenty of time to paint on your own and explore the English heritage of the cay or nearby cays with friends and family. Bob will paint in acrylic and you may choose your painting medium. Class will be held Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed, and Thurs on Elbow Cay. Surrounding areas, are filled with activities for those not participating in the art classes. We can help with ideas, suggestions and arrangements.

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Robert Burridge, a noted award-winning industrial designer who, after twenty-five years in the corporate world, focused his life to painting everyday. Burridge attributes his success to his education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, his stint as an adjunct professor at Cooper Union in New York City, and in 1966, his Fluxus art performances with Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Jim McWilliams and Charlotte Moorman. His work hangs in permanent collections of international embassies, corporate galleries and art colleges. His solo museum exhibitions received positive attention, so he was invited to exhibit his paintings at the Smithsonian Folklife Circus Arts Festival in Washington, DC.

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$1,400/PERSON Workshop package:
Workshop Package Includes:

  • 5 days of painting, plus additional time & locations for painting on your own
  • A Saturday reception & dinner and Wednesday reception & dinner.
  • Daily demos, painting assignments, and cocktail hour critiques!
  • Art marketing sessions with Kate
  • Tuesday water taxi to an out-island for painting with lunch included
  • Round trip transfers, tips and tax from Marsh Harbour airport to Elbow Cay

Payment Schedule
$500 deposit due upon registration made out to Dillman’s. Payment by check is preferred. Dillman’s does accept VISA, MasterCard and American Express. Final payment is due 1/1/2023

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Should cancellation occur prior to November 1, 2022, full refund will be granted less a $75 service charge per person. If you cancel between November 1-January 1 you will receive a $100
refund. Cancellations received after January 1 will receive no refund. Cancellations must be submitted in writing; the date such notification is received by Dillman’s is the cancellation date.
Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. Check with your travel agent, credit card or airline company.

Items not listed above, including but not limited to meals other than those indicated, beverages, listed receptions; optional entertainment and excursions, excess baggage charges; all personal items (such as phone calls, laundry, individual room service, computer/wifi, departure taxes and passport fees). Participants are responsible for ensuring that they meet passport and vaccination requirements of the Bahamas at the time of travel.
Accommodations. We have two locations:
Abaco Inn and Crystal Waters. They have several options based on group size and desired amenities. Pricing is quoted on a per reservation basis.
• Air is purchased at an additional cost, and is not included.
• Meals not listed are on your own. Recommendations will be provided for meals that are on your own.

BE SURE TO REMEMBER: ALL INDIVIDUALS NEED TO HAVE A PASSPORT (please check for more details. Passports have been required for all travelers since 2007) Check with your airline about baggage restrictions. They are becoming more stringent. There are laundry facilities on the island and the island’s dress code is quite causal. Most places accept Visa. Be sure you bring adequate medication in your carry-ons plus, sun screen and sun glasses… don’t forget your bathing suit and we will hope for good warm weather and a flashlight with extra batteries. The itinerary is subject to change due to local scheduling. People with walking difficulties will find this trip somewhat of a challenge. Wheelchair provisions are not possible. Based on class enrollment of a minimum of 12 students, the decision to hold the workshop will be made on January 1, 2023. If you need to make your air connections earlier than this, call for the status of the class.


Friday, February 17
Your flights will be met by our coordinating taxi driver at the Marsh Harbor Airport. You will be taken to the Hope Town Ferry for transportation across the harbor your accommodation. We can assist you with accommodations and activities if you choose to arrive early or extend your trip. Due to varying arrival times, Friday, 2/17 dinner is on your own. Bob/Kate and a Dillman’s staff person will be at the Abaco Inn on Friday and will look forward to welcoming you in person.

Saturday, February 18
8:45am – Breakfast on own.
9:00am-4:00pm – Class in Session
6:00pm – Welcome Reception – included in your package
7:00pm -Dinner at the Abaco Inn -included in your package
Sunday, February 19 & Monday 20
8:45am – Breakfast on own.
9:00am-4:00pm – Class in Session
5:00pm – Cocktail hour art marketing with Kate Burridge

Tuesday, February 21
8:45am -Breakfast on own.
Meet in lobby of Abaco Inn departure to surrounding island. Weather will determine specific island. No instruction this day. Transportation to/from island and lunch included. Late afternoon and evening on own. You might like to finish up a painting, start a new one, enjoy the pool and walk the beach. Discover the English historical charm and hospitality of the island’s quaint shops and restaurants.

Wednesday, February 22
8:45am – Breakfast on own.
9:00am-4:00pm – Class in Session
6:00pm – Evening Reception – included in your package
7:00pm – Dinner at the Abaco Inn – included in your package

Thursday, February 23
8:45am – Breakfast on own.
9:00am-4:00pm – Class in Session
5:00pm – Cocktail hour art marketing with Kate Burridge

Friday, February 24
MORNING Check out of your accommodations. Baggage handling, transport between hotel and airport included.

COVID Precautions

For the 2023 season, all artists should be prepared to abide by current CDC recommendations.