Explore your artistic side this fall with Naples Art Association classes and workshops

students paint still life

Classes at The von Liebig Art Center are taught by professional, highly-experienced instructors. The Naples Art Association provides the best art education opportunities in the area!

The faculty at the Naples Art Association keeps expanding student minds and inspiring creative ideas. No matter what the genre or skill level, there’s always something new to learn. The first session of classes is already underway, but there is still a chance to claim an easel this season and get professional instruction in a variety of visual art passions. Two workshops are offered in November 2012 and Session Two classes start on Nov. 26. Classes for adults start as low as $130 for members. That’s less than $10 an hour of instruction; plus it’s a fun way to accentuate your week with creativity.

Monday through Saturday, classes and workshops fill the studios at The von Liebig Art Center. For children, there’s a Saturday morning class, Clay for Kids, with instructor David Hammel. He teaches a clay class for adults too, Functional Vessels: Wheel & Hand Building on Wednesdays. Learn how to sketch and improve your drawing skills with instructor Sam Platt on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Ann Sullivan presents two classes on Mondays for all skill levels: Paint Naples and the Basics of Color and Paint the Madonna. The latter is a new class that guides students to paint classic images of the Madonna or other holiday motif to create personal holiday greetings.

Additional art subjects taught during Session Two include Thinking Creatively with Multi Media (Arleen Silberstein); a new course, Papercutting Pennsylvania-Dutch Style (Mia Mazza); both Intermediate and Advanced Oil and Acrylic Painting classes (Richard Kirk, Phyllis Pransky or Marilyn Crawford); Int/Adv Watercolor and Abstract Only! classes (Genie Kell); Intermediate/Advanced Transparent Watercolor (Patty Kane) and Very Beginners Watercolor (Judy Chinski); Acrylic Landscape Painting (Sam Platt); portraiture classes (Jose Castillo or Richard Kirk); and Digital Photography & Image Editing with Photoshop Elements (John Goodlet).

Workshops this month are a special treat!

The first evening workshop starts on Nov. 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with new-to-Naples instructor Anne Chaddock. Her friendly style welcomes students of all levels (even those who have never before lifted a paint brush) and takes them on a step-by-step journey to paint a mini masterpiece in about three hours. And there’s the added bonus of wine, making this the ultimate artistic opportunity to unwind after a long day at work. She’ll also offer this workshop on Dec. 6, 2012 and Jan. 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, Apr. 4 and May 9, 2013. Each night is only $75 per student. It’s perfect for girls’ night out, date night or an affordable way to “try out” painting as a new hobby.

From Nov. 19, 20 and 21, Genie Kell brings back her popular workshop, Ultimate Arting, for three full days of excitement. Intermediate to advanced students will explore the having, doing and being of art-making. It takes a group of artists, who are active but dissatisfied with their work, to a new level of appreciation of their individual talents, skills and uniqueness. When artists feel their skills are lacking, they doubt their own unique styles, they question the value of their art work or they wonder how to develop their own unique styles. This workshop turns those challenges into triumphs.

All classes and workshops for this session and the entire season with the Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center are available for registration on the Internet at www.NaplesArt.org. Point your mouse cursor on Education, and click on Classes or Workshops, which appear in the drop down menu. Or call (239-262-6517) or come by the art center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday to register by phone or in person.

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