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Wayman Brown is an accomplished artist whose facility spans the mediums. His drawings, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Wayman has received numerous awards and scholarships for his commercial and studio work. His pieces are included in several corporate, private, and museum collections.
Classes: DrawingColored Pencil Drawing (master class), DNA of Drawing, Drawing Motion: Animals (master class), Drawing Motion: Baseball Action (master class), Figure Drawing (master class), Learn to Draw from Photographs (master class), Perspective Drawing
Lou-Anne Curtis is a freelance photographer specializing in portrait and nature photography. She captures subtle moments that often go unnoticed: the color of early morning light, the long shadows of a late summer afternoon, fog sneaking across the bay. Her work is shown in Englewood, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda, Florida.
Classes: Digital Photography I, Photoshop Elements 11, Photoshop CS6 I (a&b), Photoshop CS6 II (a&b), Photographing the Suncoast: 1/2 Day Trips, Stepping up to Lightroom 4
Ed Ellis is a retired consultant and businessman and a writing instructor at the Englewood Art Center, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design. He is a founding member of the Englewood Authors Association, the former President of the Suncoast Writers Guild, and a member of the Florida Writers Association.
Classes: Writing Your Memoir
Paul Frehe is a renowned sculptor whose clay works range from whimsical figures to social and political musings. His current work explores themes on freedom and conformity, pleasure and responsibility, and human connection to the natural world. Frehe studied and practiced art in California before moving to Ashville, North Carolina in 1994.
Classes: Fun with Ceramics
Barbara Gerovac is a master of many textile crafts, among them quilting, sewing, crocheting and knitting. She learned the art of traditional quilting from well-known fiber artist Susan Brown of Wisconsin. Barbara’s passion is passing her craft onto future generations.
Classes: Quilt Making
Erica Groff is a ceramicist and fine art sculptor. She enjoys teaching creative classes to people of all ages. Erica received her BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Education from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2002.
Classes: Explore Ceramics: An Introduction to Working with Clay, Family Fun: Play with Clay
Bonnie Hammer has been a professional designer, director, and production manager for over two decades. She has taught design for the past twelve years. Bonnie holds an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Marcia Johnson is an accomplished studio painter who works in oils and watercolors. She has taught at the university level for ten years and at Ringling College for six years. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, the Art Institute of Boston, and Cambridge College, and holds a BFA and Masters Degree in Education. Marcia is the author of Painting from Both Sides of the Brain. She has exhibited nationally and abroad.
Classes: Introduction to Mac
Pat Kelly has been a practicing ceramicist for over three decades. She holds a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she studied with Franz Wildenhain and Jim Seacrest of RIT’s School for American Crafts. Her elegant, functional pieces have been sold at Dean and Deluca, Tiffany & Co., and at various craft and kitchen stores throughout the United States.
Classes: Handbuilding & Advanced Wheelthrowing, Wheelthrowing, Sculptural Forms in Ceramics, Glazing: Beyond the Dip & Pour (master class), Decorating with Underglazes (master class)
Diane Mannion is a realistic landscape and portrait painter. Her watercolor and pastel works simultaneously capture the vivid beauty and touristy chaos of her home state of Florida. Diane studied fine art at Pratt and SUNY, and worked as a professional illustrator for over thirty years. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 Bowles Portrait Award and the 2012 Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence. Diane’s work is exhibited throughout the United States.
Classes: Just Painting
Maggie McClellan is an accomplished painter who exhibits her work nationally and abroad. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, and the Miami Watercolor Society. Maggie has authored successful teaching programs across the United States, in the Caribbean, and abroad. She is the author of the popular book, The Artist’s Express – Secrets of the Obedient Brush.
Classes: Drawing Fundamentals, Figure Drawing, Oil & Acrylic Painting, Introduction to Watercolor Painting, Intermediate Watercolor Painting
Don Melander creates delicate, realistic landscape works in pencils and watercolors. He has been a practicing artist for more than thirty years, and has studied with internationally renowned artists Tony Couch, Robert Wade, and Cheng-Khee Chee. He is a member of the Lake Superior Watercolor Society, the Arrowhead Art Club, the Englewood Art Center, and the Punta Gorda Visual Art Center. Don’s work is exhibited throughout Southwest Florida and his hometown of Duluth, MN.
Spencer Pullen has been a graphic designer and photographer for more than 15 years. He holds a degree in Interactive Media and Graphic Design from the International Academy of Design. His photography has been featured in numerous publications, including Harbor Style and Welcome Home. His work has also been seen on Fox News and The Weather Channel. He currently owns Premiere Graphics, a Port Charlotte company offering traditional printing and photography services.
Classes: Introduction to Digital Point & Shoot Cameras, Digital Photography II, How to Photograph 2-D Artwork, How to Photograph 3-D Artwork, Photography for Online Sales, HDR for Digital Photographers, Lighting for Digital Photographers
Rita Schwab is a contemporary, large-scale Fresco painter. Her complex paintings combine plaster, organic materials, oil washes, and enamels. Rita is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Grant. She earned her MFA in Fiber Arts from Florida State University and her BFA from University of South Florida. Her work is extensively shown throughout Florida and New York.
Classes: Mixed Media
Conrad Schwable is a master printer specializing in fine art lithography. He studied printmaking at Laguna Beach School of Art, University of New Mexico, and earned his Master Printer Certificate at Tamarind Institute. Conrad is the founder of Ocean Works Press, a successful print shop operating from 1979 to 1990 in Newport Beach and Spokane, Washington. His fine art prints have been exhibited throughout the United States.
Classes: Introduction to Printmaking: Materials & Techniques, Printmaking: Collagraphs, Printmaking: Etching without Chemistry
Marianne Vogel is a fiber artist and retired advertising executive. She has formal training in both fiber arts and graphic design. Marianne’s intricate art includes weaving and felt work, and reflects a fascination with repeated patterns and texture combinations. he believes happiness is directly tied to the creative process, and brings this playful philosophy to the classroom.
Classes: Introduction to Felt Making; Introduction to Weaving