By Patrice Shields

Laurent Dareau teaches How to See & Paint evenings at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs
Laurent Dareau teaches How to See & Paint evenings at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

After a long day at the office you might feel the only thing you want to do is head home, put on some comfortable clothes and search for something to watch on Netflix. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs might change your “go to” after work routine with their offering of inspiring classes designed to reconnect you with your creative. One evening each week spent feeding your creative side might just translate into a new energized outlook on the rest of your week.

“There are lots of art classes offered during the day,” says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Adult Education Director Donna Delseni. “We wanted to offer that same experience for people who work 9-5, understanding that working people can find relief from the daily grind through art, dance, music and theater classes. Additionally our evening classes offer a great new way for them to connect with a community of creative learners and perhaps see the world in a new way through art.”

Consider rerouting your Monday evening commute to the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs where artist Laurent Dareau will teach you “How to Paint and See.” This five week class meets on Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm and is for all levels of artistic ability and background. Dareau, who received his Masters of Painting from the National Superior Decorative Art School in Paris, is passionate about art and shares that with his students. The class is designed to teach the basics of academic drawing, while using color to enhance harmony, depth and richness of your painting.

Perhaps you have always dreamed of creating your own film. On Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm you can join filmmaker Antonio Correia at the Center for Performing Arts and dive into the world of filmmaking. This class is designed to teach you what it takes to create a film under the guidance of a professional. Rotate roles in the crew and learn every aspect of the process including creating action roll, B roll footage, editing and more. This exciting class culminates in a presentational red carpet premier opening where friends can come and view your work.

Alla Prima-Alla Fun one evening painting, wine, food & fun class at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs
Alla Prima-Alla Fun one evening painting, wine, food & fun class at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

There are so many creative ways to use glass that CFABS offers more than one evening class for those wishing to learn the methods that turn glass into art at their Glass Studio at the Center for Visual Arts. On Wednesday evening 5:30-8:30pm learn “Stained Glass Basics.” This introductory class teaches the art of stained glass using the Tiffany method. Learn types of glass, equipment and supplies, the basics of glass breaking and grinding, copper foiling, layout, assembly, soldering and finishing producing a beautiful small panel. Students with fused glass experience can attend Liana Martin’s class on Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm “Intermediate/Advanced Glass Fusing,” or her Tuesday evening “Intermediate/Advanced Bead Making” class. Both fused glass evening classes are for those with experience with one focusing on expanding and strengthening your glass bead making skills and the other helping you take kiln formed glass to the next level.

Clay has been said to be much cheaper than therapy and likely more fun. Instructor Steve Kravec want to help you “Discover the Potter’s Wheel,” on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts campus. Learn basic wheel throwing techniques for making a variety of clay vessels from bowls to coffee mugs. Potter and instructor Sandy Lawson offers a “Clay Independent Study,” class on Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 for those who want a ceramic studio space to work on their clay projects.

Fused Glass Class at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs
Fused Glass Class at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs

You can learn “Printmaking Techniques” on Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts with artist Berry van Boekel. Explore the five basic printmaking methods of stencil, relief, monotype, engraving and lithography and print images on a professional flatbed printing press.

Find a new mode of expression through one of CFABS evening Dance and movement classes. Lisa and Keith Banks teach “Dance Basics 4 Health” on Monday evenings and “Movement for Women” at the Center for Performing Arts. These classes will help you learn gentle reminders of proper alignment for easier movement as well as offer a fresh approach to fitness through Ballet, Jazz and Creative Movement. Friday evenings are for “Flamenco,” from 6:30-7:30 pm. Instructor Irene Rimer teaches the Basics of Flamenco that include posture, arms, footwork and percussion while you enjoy a great workout and flamenco choreography.

Have fun on Tuesday evenings with “Improv” classes as you meet fun people and learn the techniques taught at Second City in Chicago and Groundlings in LA. After learning the basics you can move on to “Improv Workshop” and have the opportunity to perform what you have learned on stage. On Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm Gary Obeldobel offers “Intro to the Art of Acting,” and gain a better understanding of the craft of acting as well as terminology, movements and stage presence.

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is hoping to make your creative dreams come true with a special offer that runs through September 30, 2015. Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2015.

A full listing of classes offered at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239-495-8989.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: After Hours Art, Theater, Dance and Music Classes at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
WHEN: Various Evenings
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, and the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: Varies by Class

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