JEWELRY / BEADING with Barbara Ellis


Beadweaving – This five week workshop is for beginners as well as those with bead weaving experience. Learn the foundational bead weaving stitches necessary for developing beaded jewelry pieces and more.

Barbara is originally from Chicago and graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida. Barbara has worked in design for over 30 years.She has been creating and selling beaded jewelry for over 12 years, winning awards for her unique designs.

CLAY SCULPTURE with Beth Wiese

Explorative Clay Sculpture – Learn to use water based, kiln-fired clay to create sculpture. Consider doing a study of the human head, a figurative work or perhaps an animal study. There is also much to be learned from working with non-objective, pure forms. Come and explore!

Garden Fairy Cottages – Join us for a fun filled session building the fairy garden of your dreams. If you can imagine it Beth will help you build it, the possibilities are endless! All skill levels welcomed.

Beth is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago Medical School. She graduated in 1982 with a degree in biomedical communications (medical illustrator). She has worked throughout the midwest doing mostly scientific illustrations and painting, but secretly harbored a desire to be a sculptor. The opportunity arose seven years ago when she started studying with Phil Calabro in Naples, Florida.

CLAY with Sandy Lawson

Extreme Functional Pottery – Hand builders and wheel throwers unite to design and create fun and inventive table wear. From serving dishes, to berry bowls to chip in dips, pitchers and flower vases. We will combine hand built and wheel thrown pieces, cut pots apart and reassemble them, add funky feet, handles, lugs and lids.

Personal Pathways in Clay – Pursue and explore your own ideas with instructional guidance to achieve your individual goals in wheel throwing, hand building, altering or combine different techniques to create something that is uniquely you.
Beginning Wheel This class will open you up to the wonders of the potter’s wheel. The basics of wedging, centering, throwing and glazing will be taught. Repeated demos and individual attention will be focused.

Sandy received a BA from the California College of Arts, Oakland in furniture design and construction. Her serious study in ceramics began in 2007 when she attended ceramic classes here at Centers for the Arts, then continued as a post-degree student at Florida Gulf Coast University in the ceramics department.


Adobe Spark (33)Center for Visual Arts     26100 Old 41 Road      Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Raku & You! – Raku is a centuries old pottery glazing and firing process. Attendees choose from a number of bisque fired pots and are introduced to the history of Raku while glazing their pot in a simple or extravagant manner. The results are spectacular and everyone takes home a raku masterpiece.
Cost: $55 5:30-8:30 pm includes all materials, wine, food & guidance



Instructor: Steve Kravec

Steve is a graduate of Ohio State University with a BFA in Ceramic Art and Art History and Masters of Art in Ceramic Art. He was a studio production potter for 20 years selling at art shows and wholesaling to high end gift shops. Steve currently teaches wheel throwing, alternate firing techniques, introduction to metal work and is Raku and You.

THEATER with Frank Blocker


Adobe Spark (19)

Improv – make new friends, build your confidence and have the time of your life. This class explores the basic vocabulary, skills and techniques taught at nationally-known improv clubs.

Improvisation for Adults – Improvisation is truly for everyone: lawyers, executives, teachers, and performers. Learn to trust your instincts and yourself. Learn the strength found in agreeing with your teammates and co-creators. Improv has been credited as a great way to build confidence, develop public speaking and listening skills, and discover the power of agreement. Participatory games, scenes and exercises take place in a very supportive environment where the chief goal of the student is to have fun and enjoy. There is no prerequisite for this class. TEENS are welcome with parental permission and interview with instructor.

The Actor’s Workout – Blocker, a seasoned professional actor will take actors, singers, public speakers, all performing artists through a series of physical and vocal exercises, impromptu live readings of plays and scenes, information sharing, as well as coaching and critiquing any prepared work brought in by students. Beginners welcome as we review basics throughout the session, professionals get an actor workout in a supportive and friendly environment. *Once a month, Actors Workout will be a rehearsal for the upcoming Live Play Reading Series.

Acting 101 – Acting 101 is where to learn the basics of creating and performing characters. For beginners and those who want to refresh, review different styles of acting, stage basics and terminology and begin to explore this amazing craft. Students will be introduced to monologue preparation and scene work, empathy, characterization, motivation and critiquing the work of fellow actors as well as their own work.

Actor’s Master Class – This intensive class is meant to hone the skills of experienced performers. The class focuses on monologue preparation and scene work. Students are expected to learn lines, perform characters they would not otherwise perform (“stretch”), give attention and thoughtful, supportive critiques to fellow students, and to learn the meaning of empathy for the characters they portray. Prerequisite: Interview and/or audition with the instructor. Acceptance is based on ability, but more importantly, potential.

Welcome to the Writer’s Room – Unlock and/or un-block the writer in you through several writing exercises designed to keep the creative juices flowing. Each week, students will be expected to practice these exercises and share their experiences and their words with the class. Learn about narrative, plot, structure, character, dialogue and style. There is work but also fun and joy to be had for any poet, playwright, novelist, columnist, blogger, technical writer, or anyone who simply wants to improve their written communications.

Frank is an award-winning actor and playwright with thirty years of experience. His New York improv life included a five-year run as the featured improv/comic performer with Forbidden Kiss LIVE!, a monthly staged variety show at Manhattan’s Stage Left Studio. Blocker was also a three-time winner of Manhattan Monologue Slam, performing his own work.


PAINTING with Bill Kreutz


Artist’s Choice – Oil, Acrylic or Pastel – Work from your personal references, photos, imagination and memories – and explore composition, color, perspective, lighting and brush strokes. Choose your favorite medium – oil, acrylic, pastel or mixed – and the subject that gets your creativity flowing – from seascapes to cityscapes, florals, still lifes, wildlife, landscapes, portraits or even wild west subjects – it’s your choice! Join a social group of talented fellow artists and be mentored to bring out the very best of your natural abilities. Have fun and become the next award-winning artist to come from this studio!


Bill received formal art education from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Ivy School of Professional Art. His art is exhibited and seen in publications as diverse as “Décor Magazine” and “The Midwest Farm and Livestock Directory”. Bill’s work has been sold nationally and internationally.

SCULPTURE with Doug Corsini


Creative Clay – Sculpture/Heads/Figures/3D Objects – all clay modeling in 3D is learning the use of tools and techniques in water based clay. This is a study of a creative style in figures, portrait heads, and a variety of subjects. Free expression will make this an exciting journey – with Doug Corsini.

Clay Sculpture – (Life Sized Torso w/Model) – in this full day 5 week class you will sculpt a life sized torso in water based clay and fire to a bisque sculpture. Working with a live model for 15 hours you will learn the use of armatures and develop your use of space and form and better understand their effects while creating this sculpture – with Doug Corsini.

Stone Carving / Creative Expression – Join us and explore the techniques and tools of creative carving in alabaster and soapstone.Learning styles and techniques of 3 dimensional form. Optional use of pneumatic tools for carving stone – with Doug Corsini, Terrie Mertens and Giuseppe Smith.

Advanced Sculpture Limited enrollment – Classic poses – supplied photos. Students will create classic figures with plaster-lene clay over wire armature and rubber mould cast. Experience this new exciting class!

Stone Carving Class

Clay Sculpture Class


Doug studied at The Art Institute of Boston, and then attended The Boston Museum School of Fine Art with a focus on sculpture and design. His post-graduate work was done at the Vatican School of the Arts in Florence, Italy. For several decades Doug worked out of his studio in Rhode Island as a commission sculptor.

Terrie taught high school for 33 years and served as Director of Student Activities as well as Art Department head and coordinator of the Advanced Placement Program. She studied stone carving with a master stone sculptor at the Sharon Gainsberg Studios. An accomplished artist, she has exhibited work in watercolor, clay and stone, and is currently pursuing her passion for stone carving and teaching.

Guiseppe‘s work has been exhibited in galleries and private collections from Miami to Manhattan. After sculpture apprentice with Retha Walden Gambaro, a famed Native American sculptress he received Apprenticeship Master at the Johnson Atelier Sculpting Institute in Hamilton, NJ.