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Beach art center offers classes

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000

ST. PETE BEACH -- The St. Pete Beach Art Institute will offer new classes designed to include people with busy daytime schedules. The art classes are beginner-friendly.

Kerry Didday will offer an eight-week course, beginning with use and care of materials and learning techniques and progressing to still life, landscape and life studies. Didday is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in design and has been designer/creative director at his commercial design and advertising firm until his recent move to the area. The course begins Oct. 18 and will run Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuition will be $100 for members and $125 for non-members.

Miles Laventhall, a painting and sculpture instructor at the Boca Raton Museum of Art and Palm Beach Community College, will present a demonstration of the variety found within the Golden Acrylic product line from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3. The demonstration is free, presented as a forerunner to a workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7. Attendees will receive samples and color charts. The workshop will include all paints (including iridescent and metallic), brushes, palette knives and paint shapers. Bring five 6-by-8-inch canvas boards and two watercolor sheets, containers to clean brushes, paper towels and a bag lunch. The products, brushes and tools are yours to keep. Fee is $75 for members and $85 for non-members. Call Charna at 595-1055 for more information.

Sherry Vickery will teach you to create your own stained glass panel while using the basic techniques used in the Tiffany style of glass art. This four-week class began Sept. 5 and will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. The fee is $50 for members and $55 for non-members. There is a $110 materials fee.

Carmen Cruz will teach the basics of watercolor. Her class began Sept. 7, but you may attend the classes one at a time at a rate of $10 per class. The class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

Peter Cowie, award-winning portrait artist, will teach students of all levels basic drawing and painting techniques with all subjects. Classes are ongoing and paced for the individual. You may start your four-week instruction whenever you'd like. Tuition is $32 for members and $36 for non-members. For more information, call 866-0761.

Muriel and Judy Gouze will teach fine art techniques for children 6-12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and ages 13-14 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The classes began Saturday. Children will learn drawing and painting, use various media, with special emphasis on the child's own comprehension for media use and subject material. The cost for the four-week session is $32 for members and $36 for non-members, with an additional $10 materials fee. Children should wear old clothes. This session will be repeated beginning Oct. 14.

Call St. Pete Beach Art Institute for more information or, for more classes, check the Web site at

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