BIG ARTS October Workshops in Music, Dance, Fine Arts and More

A variety of new classes and workshops are offered this season at BIG ARTS. Classes in art, technology, fine crafts, foreign language, music lessons, painting, drawing, pottery and discussion groups are now accepting enrollment.
SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. - Sept. 27, 2013 - PRLog -- Enrollment has started for upcoming workshops at BIG ARTS with  a variety of new classes this season, including stained glass, Zentangle (drawing), music and art appreciation, acrylic painting, book crafting and a mystery/thriller writing critique group. Several new wellness classes will also be available this season. A Beginner’s Clay Art class was recently added to the schedule for October.

The BIG ARTS Concert Band (formerly BIG ARTS Community Band) has a new conductor, Michael Lamade. Lamade recently stated, “We’re looking forward to an exciting season with new music, new personnel and an opportunity to bring the American Concert Band tradition to a new level in keeping with the high standards of BIG ARTS. We are especially interested in expanding our personnel in the woodwind sections.  Flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon are instrumentalists that would be warmly welcomed.  French horn and percussion players are also needed, although anyone, on any instrument, is certainly invited to join us.” The Concert Band resumes rehearsals October 21, and meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael & All Angels Church.

Community Chorus practice starts October 22, meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at BIG ARTS. No auditions are required for the Band and Chorus, and all are welcome to join.

Returning workshops include classes in art, technology, fine crafts, foreign language, music lessons, painting, drawing, pottery and writing as well as discussion groups. Full workshop schedules are available online at, or by contacting the main BIG ARTS office at (239) 395-0900.

The fourth season of BIG ARTS Winter Academy is also open for enrollment and features new courses in art, music, economics, international law and religion. Winter Academy classes delve into subjects on a more in-depth basis than a single lecture but less than a full college course. Led by experts in their field, many of the Winter Academy instructors are retired university faculty in addition to being accomplished speakers.

Beginners Clay/Art (Adults) with Andi McCarter begins October 3, meets Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m.
Open Studio: Life Drawing, Non-Instructed with Carol Rosenberg begins October 4, meets Fridays 9:30 a.m. to noon
Adult Tap Workout with Bobby Logue begins October 8, meets Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Open Studio: Paint with Friends with Jane Hudson begins October 9, meets Wednesdays 1 to 4 p.m.
Glass Fusing with Petra Kaiser begins October 9, meets Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Glass Fusing with Petra Kaiser begins October 10, meets Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Intermediate Tap with Bobby Logue begins October 11, meets Fridays, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Pottery on the Wheel with Kelly Flaherty begins October 15, meets Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Singing 101 for Adults with Lynn Martindale begins October 16, meets Wednesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Applied Drawing Basics with Ann McCarty Sickels begins October 19, meets Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon
Adventures in Watercolors & Mixed Media with Carolyn Councell begins October 22, meets Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Youth Vocal Performance with Lynn Martindale begins October 26, meets Saturdays 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration deadline is October 18.
Clay, Sculpting, Ceramics & Pottery on the Wheel with Marjorie Bronsted begins October 30, meets Wednesdays 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Individual flute, piano and saxophone lessons with Jennifer Valiquette are available for children and adult students.

BIG ARTS Workshops are sponsored by Sony Corporation of America.

There is a discount on workshops for BIG ARTS members. Contact BIG ARTS office or website for class locations. For further information about workshops, classes and events at BIG ARTS, or to become a member, stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, call (239) 395-0900, e-mail or log on to
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