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.




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