By Kathy L. Collins

This summer, the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin has a great line up of art classes and workshops which are free and open to the public. The classes and workshops are taught and led by the area’s most talented professional artists. There will be classes for children, teens and adults.

All of the classes can be seen by searching “events” at

For children, the library will offer a class on Design A T-Shirt for both Wee Artists and Creative Artists. The library will also offer classes featuring painting, drawing, cartooning and 3-D projects. The classes are taught by Laurie Burhop, Leah Lopez, Tim Gibbons, Margit Redlawsk and Nicole Lamothe.

For teens and adults, classes such as Intermediate Watercolor and General Watercolor will be offered. Try Zentangle Drawing, which is patterned repetitive line drawing. A very popular class is “How Do You Make Art Anyway?” This class will help explain how artists create, and the students will create their own project. The library is offering a class on the Elements of Color which will explore different ways of creating and using color. These classes will be taught by Phyllis Alexandroff, Michael Parker, Art Sarlin and Cory Wright.

Laurie Burhop, the Art Coordinator for the SouthShore Regional Library, said, “Our instructors are all working artists or art educators.” Phyllis Alexandroff and Nicole Lamothe both teach at the University of Tampa. Michael Parker is a well known public mural artist and he teaches at HCC and the Firehouse Cultural Center. Art Sarlin was a Technical Illustrator for the U.S. Army Medical Corps and following retirement from the service worked for an art studio that serviced major advertising agencies for national accounts in Chicago.

 For more information, visit or call 273-3652. The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

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