I’m Sandra Symens and I’m pleased to be teaching ceramics at ArtCenter Manatee. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and secondary teaching credentials from the California College of Arts. My Master of Arts degree is from California State University, Sacramento. In California I studied with Viola Frey, Art Nelson and Vernon Coykendall. Since moving to Florida many years ago I have studied with Ted Camp, Annette Sidner and Ed Ross. Among the influential ceramic artists I’ve taken workshops with are Don Reitz, Malcolm Davies, Tom Coleman, Ron Meyers, Gay Smith, Suze Lindsay, McKenzie Smith, Matt Lang, Nan Smith, Kent McLaughlin and Regis Brody. My work can be seen here in the Artists’ Market and in Sarasota at The Museum of Art and Whimsey. Animal imagery is typical of my work with a fondness for frogs, rabbits and birds and a mad love for dogs.
Wendy is an award winning jeweler/metalsmith. She has her BFA in Metals from the University of Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She was recently chosen as first place winner for publication in the book, Best of Artists and Artisans Books Series. She produces her own, one of a kind and limited edition jewelry.
I’m a self taught adventurous instructor with many hours of teaching lapidary and metal clay jewelry. Because of my love for stones, and especially Ethiopian Opals, I started teaching lapidary in 2007. I received my teaching certification with Art Clay World in 2008. That was the perfect way to make jewelry, set stones, and teach others how to do the same. I am now enjoying a career of teaching and designing original, one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Classes with Silvie Waals
Anne Walker studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and with several artists in New England and Florida. Anne has painted all her life but took it up seriously after moving to Florida when her sense of color was reawakened. Every day she is inspired to capture and explore the use of color. She believes finding your passion drives creativity and the ability to celebrate your unique self. She loves to help students understand the basics of painting, demystify the mediums and find the joy of experimentation. She presently teaches at Art Center Manatee and Sun City Center and shows her works at Little Swamp Gallery in Village of the Arts, Bradenton.
Colleen White has been designing and building custom jewelry since the 1960’s. As a silversmith, stone cutter, enamellist, precious metal clay and polymer artist, she loves sharing her skills with jewelry enthusiasts of all ages. Certified by Rio Rewards in Precious Metal Clay since 2004, she teaches jewelry classes at USF, SCTI, Art Center Sarasota and Art Center Manatee as well as offering private instruction. Her work can be seen at the Dancing Crane Gallery in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts, Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique on Main St. Sarasota, and her Etsy.com store, C White Jewelry Design. Her work has been published in Studio PMC, PolymerCAFÉ Magazine, and Metal Clay Artist Magazine. An article written and photographed by Colleen, “Carving Filigree in Precious Metal Clay” was published in the Fall 2011 edition of Metal Clay Today magazine.