Homeschool Art Classes + Art After School

Mondays 3:00 - 4:30PM + Tuesdays 11:00 - 12:30PM $15

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our homeschool families and art instructors, we have temporarily closed the Palmetto Art Center for the next two weeks. We have also decided to cancel the four week wheel session in April due to the proximity of the wheels at the table. We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 developments and look forward to re-opening to serve our homeschool community as soon as it is safe to do so. Sincerely, Gretchen & Wendy

The Palmetto Art Center (PAC) would like to invite home school families into PAC's creative space. Each class is stand-alone so join in anytime! All PAC 's classes focus on art elements, principles and FUN! Line, color, shape, form, texture, pattern, balance as well as art-history, creative self-expression and cultural appreciation will be bundled into each art lesson. Our goal is to learn and explore and have fun without getting distracted by technicalities. All ages are welcome as long as there is an adult helper for ages 8 and younger, thank you.

This spring we will feature projects based on the works of Ancient Civilizations to help us answer the question: where did art come from? For hundreds of years, art history and the humanities have focused on Western cultures, as if fine art started in ancient Greece. In fact, many cultures around the world gave us a strong art legacy long before Greece was born. Each lesson will include a brief historic introduction to a group or area and its art. This will serve as an inspiration for an exercise in problem-solving and exploring visual materials and techniques. Planning and designing projects all the way to their completion is a life-skill essential for the creative and 

analytical thinking that will be required of our kids as they grow.

January 6 + 7  Suminagashi 

Suminagashi, which translates as "floating ink," is the ancient meditative Japanese practice of dripping pigments on the surface of water with a brush and then capturing 

the monoprint image on an absorbent paper.

January 13 + 14 South America: Clay Flutes

Clay noisemakers were part of Mayan and Aztec life. Let's create a simple flute 

with a Pre-Columbian flair.

January 20 + 21 Native American (Ojibwa) Dream Catchers

Using natural materials and air-dry clay, we'll learn the legend and meaning of these "sacred hoops."

January 27 + 28 Renaissance Italian Frescoes

Frescoes are based on the spontaneity and permanence that painting on plaster offers. We'll look at some historic patterns and subjects, and then create mini-murals of our own.

February 3 + 4 Sub-Saharan Africa: ritual masks

Disguise played an important part in prehistoric art, evolving into the rich genre of mask-making exemplified by African traditions. Inspired by these, let's create paper and mixed-media masks that will challenge our design skills. 

February 10 + 11 European Renaissance Symbols and Jewelry-Making

All civilizations created jewelry, so we'll use tools and mixed-media, as well as the historic symbol of the heart, to create our own for gift-giving or self-decoration.

February 17 +18 Mapping Ancient Lands

Let's look at the history of cartography and create our own imaginary country in a clay "low-relief" tile.

February 24 + 25 Humans and Animals Working Together

Falconry is the ancient practice of taming birds to help hunt for food. We'll create "double-pinchpot" birds to remind us of what we learn about teaming up with these beautiful flyers.

March 2 + 3 Papermaking

The art and science of making paper began 4,000 years ago. Why don't we give it a try?

March 9 + 10 Manuscript Illumination

This is the beautiful art of decorating the words in the earliest books on paper. Medieval lettering styles will inform us as we design and illuminate our own initials with watercolor and pen.

March 16 + 17 Relief Printmaking

Relief is an ancient practice of decorating surfaces. We'll look at aboriginal motifs as we "carve" and print with balsa foam blocks to create a paper banner.

March 23 + 24 India Architecture

Taking our cue from Indian ogee arches and intricate geometric patterns, we'll use clay to create and glaze a low-relief architectural window that can be used as a frame for a mirror or  photo.

March 30 + 31 Ancient China

The animals of the Chinese calendar will be our inspiration for miniature air-dry clay sculptures that can be spray-painted and mounted on display stands. How small can you go? How many can you make?

Mondays and Tuesdays in April 

We have space for six wheel throwers on Monday and space for six wheel throwers on Tuesday.

We will run a four week session on the wheel. $80 paid in full reserves your wheel.

Get your hands into wheel throwing!  Classes will cover centering, pulling, trimming, use of tools and surface techniques. Campers should wear old clothes because work on the potter's wheel can get messy (wah-hoo!).  Let's get centered. Before we begin to whirl around,  we will learn the history of the potter's wheel + learn to recognize when clay is centered. Students will have many opportunities to throw a bowl today.  Continue the journey on the wheel and learn how to trim the bottoms of our bowls. Students will throw many bowls and will choose which two they want to keep as well as learn how to pull handles, and add design & texture. Work will be glazed. Please remember that finished work will need to dry and then go through the firing process. Allow 10 days from the last day of class for picking up work, thank you. Payment in full secures your students spot. Please RSVP with Gretchen or in your next homeschool class.  Call/text (941) 518 - 2109

Art After School | Semiprivate Art Lessons + Independent Study/Building A Portfolio. 

Mondays | 5:00 - 6:30PM | $25 with Wendy Marble : Resume January 6th
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 create a working sketchbook and/or perfect a portfolio for high school, college, internships and future careers. We’ll be looking at the principles of presenting and documenting artwork that go beyond squinting  at one’s cell phone. Also included: the pleasure of making things that  are personal, beautiful, or just plain fun. “Independent Study” or  individual project guidance is available; a brief  conference with student and parents and “mission statement” commitment  pledge is suggested.

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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. However, her heart is dedicated to the students and artists of all ages who find their way to the PAC.

PAC Homeschool Teacher :: Gretchen Leclezio: 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 the Palmetto Art Center.