Helen Solomon B
Welcome to the world of acrylic painting, an art world full of versatility and bright, bold colors. Because acrylics are water-based, they offer opacity (you can paint right over your mistakes) which makes this medium especially appealing to beginners. Acrylic paints are so versatile and lend themselves to many styles of painting. Acrylics have their own set of characteristics and attributes. We are going to work step by step on two references from start to finish as you learn all about acrylics and how to use them. All references are provided.
S1: Sep 5, 12, 19, 26
S2: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
S3: Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
S4: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
S5: Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
S6: Mar 5, 12, 19, 26
S7: Apr 9, 16, 23, 30
$100 ACM Members
$125 Future Members
“My kids always look forward to art camp at ArtCenter Manatee. It’s a place where they can be creative and express themselves through all different forms of art. Thank you for such a wonderful place for children to learn and grow from art.”
~ Amanda, Mother of KidsArt Students
Monday – Friday, 9am–Noon
Ten, half-day full-week camps
$145 ACM members
$180 Future members
Watercolor Painting EA1
May 30-Jun 2 EA1
Beginning watercolor. Learn color blending, negative painting and few tricks along the way!
Draw What You See EA2
Jun 5-9 EA2
This is a class for the young artist. We will train the eye how to see as it relates to direction of line, curves, form, shape, contrast, etc. We will earn how to look at something and draw it exactly. All projects will be finished in pencil, colored pencil or watercolor. We will focus on how to mix colors and shade form making it look three dimensional.
Mixed Media Madness! EA3
Jun 12-16 EA3
Create your own style and paint a wooden garden totem, painted rocks, painted clay pots with a real cactus, wind chimes and much more!
Colorful Florida EA4
Jun 19-23 EA4
Learn color techniques with acrylics, applied to our favorite scenes of Florida; beaches, palms, sunsets
Jun 26-30 EA5
On the wheel and handbuilding!
Boost your creative skills in making animals and creatures out of clay. Learn techniques such as coil, pinch pots, slab and extrusion to manipulate clay into your own 3 dimensional creations. Glaze them in brilliant colors using designs of your choosing.
Summer Silversmithing EA6 FULL call for wait list
Jul 3, (no Jul 4) 5, 6, 7 EA6
Join us for a fun hands-on week of designing and creating jewelry. Students will learn safety of studio, tools and torches.
It’s All about Clay EA7 2 seats remaining!
Jul 10-14 EA7
Ever wonder what it was like to throw clay on a pottery wheel? It’s amazing to make your own pot. Also play in the clay with hand building.
Photography EA8 FULL call for wait list
Jul 17-21 EA8
Discover who are as a photographer. As a group we will participate in activities and projects that begin with basics and build as they go along.
Creative Sampler EA9 FULL call for wait list
Jul 24-28 EA9
Try a new creative project each day of the week.
Members $170 Future Members $205
7/24: Wendy Thurlow-Jewelry-Join us for a fun hands on morning learning how to make a bangle or cuff bracelets. Create beautiful hammered and textured bracelets. Students will learn safety of the studio, tools and torches. Everyone who participates will have a blast hammering and will walk away with finished bracelets.
7/25: Darlene Johnson-Fused Glass-Make a fused glass mushroom to decorate your yard. In addition, make a free form fused glass pendant to decorate yourself. Your finished project will reflect your creativity. Projects will be fused off site and ready by the end of the week. All supplies will be provided. Each student MUST provide their own SAFETY GLASSES. Be advised, working with glass can result in cut fingers.
7/26: Robin Bowman-Enameling-Learn the basics of enameling with Robin. You can make earrings and/or a pendant and can use various colors to create your very own
7/27: Deb Lerash-Tie Dye– Fold, twist, pleat, or crumple fabric or a garment, before binding with string or rubber bands, followed by the application of dye or dyes. Have fun tie dying a variety of simple pieces to create your own funky, fun style!
7/28: Kris Peterson-Watercolor Painting– Learn to do a sunset wash with watercolor using a wet-on-wet technique by dropping diluted paint onto wet paper. Then paint in the boat, its mast and rigging details, along with the reflections in the water.
Stained Glass EA10 FULL call for wait list
Jul 31-Aug 4 EA10
Make stained glass sun catchers and window panels. We’ll learn the basic skills of cutting glass, wrapping it in copper foil, and soldering it into a completed project.
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2023 Scholarship Application
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Blick Art Materials Creative Arts Association LWR
Lakeridge Falls Art League
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Kerry Didday I
Note time changes for Session 2 and Session 3
This class will help you develop successful acrylic paintings and expand your portfolio. Everyone that paints is unique and I will work with you to discover strengths/needs. Individual and assigned projects. Each class will begin with an individual critique. Areas we’ll explore: mixed media; palette knife, library of design materials; skills with brush; self-designed papers; brayers; scrapers; use of molding pastes; gels, poly; pumices; varnish; tar gel, etc. A lot to a little design concept.
S1: Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 7
S2: Oct 14 (9:30-1:30), (NO 21), 28 (9:30-1:00), Nov 4 (9:30-12:30)
S3: see below
S4: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30
S5: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27
S6: Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
S7: Mar 2, 9, 16, 23
S8: Mar 30, Apr 6, 13, 20
S3: Nov 25, Dec 2, 9:30-3:00 with half hour lunch
Create, Study, Rethink, Create
An exciting practice for developing abstract paintings using a simple to complex use of shape, line and texture. Have you ever wondered what to paint or how to start your next great abstract painting then this workshop will get you going. Supply list for this session.
$115 ACM Members
$140 Future Members
Elise Manieri B-I
You’ve been drawn to abstract art but find the blank canvas intimidating. Revisiting the basic principles of art and design, we will explore the process of creating abstract art. You will learn lots of tips to help you get started with direction as to composition, line and texture using multiple media with acrylic paints. This is your opportunity to explore this more popular and imaginative form of expression.
S1: Sep 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, (no Oct 18), 25
S2: Feb 21, 28, Mar 6, 13, 20
$161 ACM Members
$186 Future Members
Dawn Gerardot B-I
This class covers basic techniques of acrylic palette knife painting from how to hold your tool to application of paint. Other steps along the way will include blending, texturing, line drawing and how to create multi-colored strokes. Choose your own themes. I can help with that choice. There is plenty of time to complete several paintings. Demos on application and weekly critiques are part of the instruction. Join us for the fun!
S1: 3 wk: Sep 13, 20, 27
S2: 4 wk: Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15
S3: 4 wk: Dec 6, 13, 20, 27
S4: 4 Wk: Jan 3, 10, 17, 24
3 wk: $90 ACM Members
$115 Future Members
4 wk: $115 ACM Members
$140 Future Members
Elise Manieri I-A
Explore more advanced use of color, line, texture, glazing and layering to enhance your abstract (mixed media) art. Learn how to self-critique your artwork. There will be specific projects as well as ample studio time to develop your style.
S1: Nov 1, 8, 15
S2: Jan 3, (no Jan 10), 17, 24
$97 ACM Members
$122 Future Members
Dawn Gerardot B-A
This is predominantly a watercolor class with a touch of fluid acrylic. It’s a lot of fun. It borders on experimental with surprises along the way. You will learn negative painting tricks to create depth and contrast. Everyone’s project will look different. Come with some pictures of your favorite birds to drop into the nest. You’ll love the results. Check the material list for what to bring.
S1: Feb 1, 8, 15
S2: Apr 4, 11, 18
$90 ACM Members
$115 Future Members
Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Mar 14, 15, 16 9:30-4:00
What’s not to love about painting animals — especially when it involves humor and imagination?!! This workshop is just plain fun, beginning with brainstorming ideas and numerous, short exercises. You’ll see how one creative step leads to another and another until you have a host of animals eager to be painted in out-of-the-ordinary ways. In addition to the creative aspect, you can count on Robin’s seasoned teaching skills for thorough explanations and demonstrations of watercolor techniques. By working small (8×10’ish) students will have time to create several pieces and Robin will show ways to creatively mount or frame finished pieces. She also reproduces her work on everything from pillows to notecards and will explain the process.
This workshop is a great springboard for developing creative approaches to your work, regardless of the subject. There will be time for interaction and painting throughout our three sessions. Robin demonstrates in watercolor but students may use acrylic and gouache. Let the fun begin!