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New workshops featured at BIG ARTS

By Staff | Jul 31, 2013

Toucan, acrylic by Jane Hudson. PHOTO PROVIDED.

BIG ARTS is pleased to announce enrollment for the 2013-2014 season of workshops. The new season will feature a variety of new classes, such as stained glass, Zentangle (drawing), art appreciation, opera appreciation, oil painting, acrylic painting, book crafting and a mystery/thriller writing critique group. In addition to the return of popular workshops classes in art, technology, fine crafts, foreign language, music lessons, painting, drawing, pottery and writing as well as discussion groups, BIG ARTS is also adding several new wellness classes, such as “Using Self-Hypnosis to Improve Health.”

New BIG ARTS Workshops Offered for 2013 2014:

-“Odorless” Oil Painting: Instructor Sherri Collier will teach a variety of “odorless” oil painting classes, including beginner and intermediate level classes. These new courses include “Sun, Sea and Air Sanibel and Captiva Beaches in Oil,” “Birds of Ding Darling in Oil,” “It’s all GREEN to Me: Adding Variety to Florida Land- and Swamp-scapes in Oil” and “Florida Water: Paint it Still, Paint it Choppy, with Oils.” She will also teach a class analyzing the rules and principles of composition with ways to break these rules, to reflect the artists’ individuality, energy, emotion, and personality. Sherry Collier has taught and exhibited in Florida and in Europe. She attended Kent Institute of Art in Canterbury, U.K. and is now most inspired by Florida landscapes and its wild inhabitants. She paints in a loosely representational style and is determined to give class and workshop participants all the personal attention they need to achieve their painterly goals.

-Stained Glass Classes: Ken Casola will teach new stained glass classes for beginners and intermediate levels. Casola is a master craftsman with 30 years’ experience in creating stained glass windows for churches, homes and restaurants in the biggest stained glass studio in Southwest Florida. He will explain the different types of decorative glass to be used, the process of cutting, laying out a stained glass panel, and the different structural methods using copper foil and lead.

-Mystery/Thriller Critique Group: Retired television executive producer, lecturer, researcher and author Nancy Bialy Daversa will lead the Mystery/Thriller Critique Group. The group will share writing advice and Daversa will review methods to submit works for publication.

Stained glass by Ken Casola. PHOTO PROVIDED.

-Oil Painting, Intermediate with Quick-Drying Odorless Alkyd Oil: Lois Ferguson will teach this painting class. She says, “If you have always wanted to paint with oils but dislike the strong odor of linseed oil and turpentine and the slow drying of regular oils, Alkyd oil is a great alternative. If you have painted with regular oils you will not notice any difference in the mixing qualities and ease of applying.” Ferguson moved to Sanibel in 1997 and opened The Artisans Touch, specializing in interior and exterior murals, trompe-l’il, faux finishes and decorative furniture painting. She has been teaching Decorative Furniture Painting and Oil painting classes at BIG ARTS since 1998. From 2001 to 2006 she was with The Tower Gallery, an artist cooperative located on Sanibel, where she sold hundreds of oils, watercolor and pastel paintings. Her paintings are displayed in Sanibel homes, across the U.S. and abroad.

-Fine Arts – Create a Book: This season at BIG ARTS Martha Graham will teach “Create a Book using Folding Techniques” and “Create a Book from Small Paper Bags.” Graham holds Art History and Occupational Therapy degrees, studied at Parsons, and exhibits on Sanibel at Hirdie Girdie Gallery. Graham saw her first handmade book 15 years ago and was smitten. She has published two books on the subject and has exhibited her paper folded books in art exhibits. She also teaches at the Ward Museum, the Art Institute and Gallery in Salisbury, Maryland.

-Acrylic Painting for Beginners: Jane Hudson’s new beginner acrylic painting class includes basic “getting started” demonstration, including color mixing, preparing the canvas, choosing subject matter, sketching on the canvas/paper, and applying paint. Her goal is to nurture each beginning artist in discovering the joy and satisfaction of creating beautiful art with acrylic paint, and complete a painting with confidence.

-Group Voice Classes: Soprano Lynn Martindale will be teaching two group voice classes at BIG ARTSone class for adults and one for children. Martindale is known internationally as a singer, pedagogue, adjudicator and workshop clinician. She has performed in operas at the Music Academy of the West; Euterpe Opera; San Diego Opera; Zurich Opera; and Stadt Theater Bielefeld and appeared in concerts and lieder recitals in the U.S., Switzerland and Germany. While working on her Master’s Degree at NYU, she was recruited by Lee Strasberg Institute to teach vocal performance to actors. The next year, she moved to the Musical Theater program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she taught private and class voice for 13 years. She has also taught voice at Manhattan School of Music, and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 2012 Martindale moved to Fort Myers and opened the Linhart Voice Studio. She served as a judge for the 2013 Young Artist Competition, and continues to serve on the Panel of Experts for Career Bridges, a NY-based foundation that provides feedback and study awards to young opera singers; as well as on the Advisory Board for ENCOMPASS New Opera Theater.

-Self-Hypnosis for Health – Learn the Basics of This Alternative Treatment and Its Place in Wholistic Medicine with Dr. William Morrow is also new at BIG ARTS this year. Morrow is a Florida licensed mental health provider, with 30 years of private practice experience. He also holds a Doctoral degree in Pastoral Psychology. He regularly teaches adult education courses in mind-body-spiritual health and hypnosis, including at the Chautauqua Institute. He is a member of the Florida Society of Clinical Hypnosis and author of The Rain Doesn’t Fall Straight Down: A Positive Slant on Marriage Relationships. Morrow says, “The irony of mainstream medicine is that drugs and surgery keep us alive for subsequent, more complex illnesses. Self-hypnosis can be an alternative or supplement to your regular medical treatment. Mind-body management of the symptoms of many illnesses and complex diseases is the pathway to better health and wholeness.”

-Art You Can Hang, All Levels with Patricia O’Kane is a project-oriented art workshop which will focus on complex backgrounds and simple subjects. Artist discussion regarding principles in color theory, mixed media (outsider art/recycled art) resources will be followed by color mixing, support prep, backgrounds, found objects, texture, and composition. No prior experience required for in this workshop, and veteran artists will have opportunities to further embellish beyond simple step. This new course is also designed to be helpful for the art teacher looking for new projects to teach. O’Kane is the owner/ instructor for ArtIsIn Studio and Gallery in Princeville, Illinois. A former public school and home school co-op art teacher, she teaches a variety of classes from children’s to enrichment classes for adult artists. O’Kane considers herself a mixed media artist, but, loves drawing, collage, painting with watercolor, acrylics and oils. She has memberships with and has taught for both the Illinois Art League and the Fort Myers Beach Art Association.

-Introduction to Zentangle: Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This meditative practice increases focus and creativity, builds artistic confidence along with promoting a sense of well-being. Zentangle also offers a valuable tool to enhance arts and crafts projects; scrapbooking, journaling, and greeting cards. Meg Scott’s zentangle course is suitable for a wide range of skills, interests and ages, no previous art experience is needed.

Next season brings back BIG ARTS favorites Jack Bailey, who will teach the “History of the Swing Era in Jazz,” as well as Gisela Damandl who will teach “Fun with Gourds,” “Pine Needle Basketry,” and “Cool Coils” basket techniques. BIG ARTS added a new session to the schedule for Ginnie Peterson’s Encaustic Workshop, a fall session this year for “Applied Drawing Basics” with Ann McCarty Sickels as well as new sessions for Ellie Gause’s “Open Studio: Clothed Model or Still Life.”

The fourth season of BIG ARTS Winter Academy is also open for enrollment and will feature new courses in art, music, economics, international law and religion. Winter Academy classes delve into subjects on a more in-depth basis than a single lecture but less than a full college course. Led by experts in their field, many of the Winter Academy instructors are retired university faculty in addition to being accomplished speakers. A comprehensive list of Workshop and Winter Academy classes and schedules is available online at www.BIGARTS.org.

There is a 20 percent discount on workshops for BIG ARTS members. Contact BIG ARTS office or website for class locations. For further information about workshops, classes and events at BIG ARTS, or to become a member, stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, call 395-0900, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.