A student works on a pastel painting at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.
WHAT: Free Class session with Membership
WHERE: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
WHEN: May through Sept. 30, 2010
COST: Free Class Session with Membership: Individual, $70; Family, $90; Patron, $300; Patron Circle $600
INFORMATION: 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org
Some of us are born artists and some have never picked up a paintbrush, sat at a potter’s wheel or tried to create something where before there was nothing. Perhaps we have looked at paintings and thought, “I wish I could do that.” Or held a finished clay bowl and said, “I wonder how they did that?” This summer could be the perfect opportunity to give art a try.
Those who join that Art League of Bonita Springs during the months of May through September, will receive a free 4-, 5- or 6-week class. Classes run throughout the summer in pastel, drawing, watercolor, pottery, oil/acrylic and glass.
Those new to art may enjoy taking a beginning water color class with instructor Patti Kane, a beginning drawing class with Doug Corsini or a beginning pottery class with Steve Kravec.
Those who already work in painting and pastel may like to take an oil/acrylic class with Richard Kirk or head off campus with instructor Jackie Moore. Moore’s Paint & Pastel at The Promenade will make use of the beautiful surrounds of The Promenade at Bonita Bay. Students will work side by side with Moore, learning to create a three dimensional illusion on a two dimensional surface. They will also learn to finish a painting, how to compose an interesting layout for landscape or portrait and how to make the right color choices.
The cost of an individual membership is $70. The cost of a typical 6-week class is $162 for members or $212 for non-members. When new members sign up between now and Sept. 30, they receive a free class session at no cost which has to be used by Dec. 31, 2010. A full list of classes is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org.
For those who have created something that they love, the summer exhibitions at the Center for the Arts allow students to enter work that they have completed in class or on their own.
This summer there will be two exhibitions. “Summer Solstice” will open with a reception on June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will include pieces that bring to mind sunny days at the beach, rainy gray thunderstorms, moon-lit walks beneath starry skies.
For those wishing to enter pieces in the show, receiving will be June 4 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The second summer show “All About Color” will open with a reception and campus open house on July 23. The Center for the Arts Campus will be open to the public with artists and instructors in the studios to talk about their work and their classes. The Open Houses created an open environment for the public to learn about the many free events offered by the Center for the Arts as well as the many classes, performances and other events that are held throughout the year.
A full list of programming, classes, exhibitions and membership information can be found on the Web at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495-8989.