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Palmetto Art Center
Homeschool Art Classes & Art After School

Creative expression. Self-confidence. And social, hands-on learning with fun-loving and expertly qualified teachers in a fresh and welcoming space.


Tuesdays | 11:00AM - 12:30PM | $20 + $3 material fee
Ages 6 - teens are welcome. Ages 6 - 8 need to be accompanied by a grown up.
Get ready to learn basic science concepts through art experiences. We will
manipulate and discover ART and science as naturally intertwined subjects
combining experimentation and visual appeal. Projects this session will cover
these areas of science: Reactions and Change, Optics and Color, Anatomy for
Artists, Motion and Energy, and Nature. Please note that all classes are geared
for all grade levels. The intent is to have fun, create and absorb some science
along the journey.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Gretchen (941) 518-2109

Jan 9: The Art of Distance: Perspective :: tar paper and clay
Jan 16: Proportion: The Golden Mean and Fibonacci’s Bunnies :: glass paint
Jan 23: Symmetry In Nature: Self Portrait :: paper mixed media
Jan 30: Geometry In Action :: origami
Feb 6: The Puzzle of Enlarging :: gridding
Feb 13: Designing And Building From Templates :: tessellations: how to ‘fit in”
Feb 20: Natural Dyes and Chromatography
Feb 27: Cohesion/Adhesion + Resistance/Diffusion :: experimental art stations
March 6: Matrix Design: Biomorphic and Geometric Design :: balsa foam prints
March 13: The Earth’s Crust: sculpting volcano from air dry clay
March 20th: The Art of Optical Illusion :: stretch image
March 27th: Surface Tension At Work :: suminagashi
April 3: Beauty in Botany :: relief tile from clay
April 10: Nature Prints :: paper and/or clay
April 16: Ringling Museum Field Trip (please note this is a Monday)
April 24th: Student Work Receiving for Annual Student Art Show
Friday | May 4th | 5:00 - 7:00PM | Student Art Show

Art After School | Semiprivate Art Lessons | Mondays
Elementary School: 3:45 - 4:45PM | $25 (clay additional $5 when used)
Middle + High School: 5:00 - 6:30PM | $25 (clay additional $5 when used)
For the student who is serious about learning to draw, paint and sculpt, we offer semiprivate
lessons in the basic fundamentals of art and design. Projects are based on both classic and contemporary techniques to improve creative skills and higher-order thinking and problem-solving. This is also a great opportunity to perfect a portfolio for college, internships and future
careers. Also included: the pleasure of making things that are personal, beautiful, or just
plain fun. Please contact Wendy to see if you child would be a good fit for this program.
Class size is limited to five students.

Open Studio | 11:00AM - 12:30PM for homeschool students | Tuesdays | $10
Also available during these hours is an Open Studio session designed for Independent Study projects. The student brings in a concept, project or assignment and we provide the workspace, equipment and troubleshooting expertise. Materials are available for small fees. This time is ideal for students who want to be in a creative atmosphere to improve their skills but not to participate in the class that will be going on at the same time. Materials not included. Available for purchase: canvases, paints, clay, glazes & sketching supplies.

++RSVP or For More Information++ 
Please contact Gretchen (941) 518 - 2109 or via email.
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 Thank you. Gretchen & Wendy 


PAC Homeschool Teacher :: Wendy Marble: Artist's Bio
Wendy Marble was a self-taught graphic designer and calligrapher for decades until graduating with a
degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in 2008.
She enjoys working in, and especially combining, many media to satisfy whatever the  
visual concept requires. Her specialty is in fine art printmaking, an art form that combines drawing and painting
skills with intensive, exacting machine process. Living in various countries overseas for fourteen years,
dwelling near or visiting the great art and architecture centers of Europe and the Middle East, nourished
Wendy's passion for art history. She expanded her graphic art skills into illustration, theater design,
and worship arts. Upon returning to Florida she served as a docent at the John and Mable Ringling Museum
 for seven years. She also taught workshops and designed worship visuals for regional and national conferences
 of the Methodist Church. Another interest is in mural painting in schools both overseas and in Manatee County,
and she is currently creating an ongoing mural on the Methodist Church Thrift Shop in Palmetto.
However, her heart is dedicated to the students and artists of all ages who find their way to the PAC.

PAC Homeschool Teacher :: Gretchen Lecelzio: Artist's Bio 
Gretchen Leclezio, owner of the PAC, has been playing with clay for the last 10 years. Gretchen studied and taught
decorative glazing and hand-building classes in Cape Town, South Africa. Gretchen has her teaching certification with a
specialization in learning disabilities. Gretchen's passion for art, education, her family and community have been the
inspiration for starting PAC. 

"To evoke in oneself a feeling one has experienced…then by means of movement, line, color, sounds or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others experience the same…this is the activity of art.”
                                                                                  –Leo Tolstoy