During the long hot summer, stop in the SouthShore Regional Library, located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin and try one of the library’s free art classes. The library offers many classes for children, teens and adults. There is something for everyone.

On Monday, July 13, both Wee Artists (children 3-6 years old with adult present) and Creative Artists (children 7-11 years old) can try Let’s Create! Up to 18 Wee Artists (from 10:30-11:15 a.m.) and 22 Creative Artists (from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) can have fun creating an art project to take home.

On Tuesday, July 14, adults and teens can take part in a drawing class from 6:30-8 p.m.

Art Instructor, Nicole Lamothe will demonstrate drawing techniques. Participants will create an art project to take home. No experience is necessary and all levels of skill can attend. There is a limit of 22 participants.

On Monday, July 20 from 3:30-4:15 p.m., Wee Artists can create a project. An adult must be present. From 4-5 p.m., Expressive Artists (children 11-15 years old) will get a chance to create a project to take home.

Adults and teens can learn all about the Elements of Color on Tuesday, July 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. Local artist, Michael Parker will lead the class on color theory. Students will learn how to mix colors, and they will explore the many possibilities of understanding color. Materials are provided.

On Thursday, July 30, both Wee Artists (from 10:30-11:15 a.m. with an adult present) and Creative Artists (from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) can take a class with local artist and teacher, Margit Redlawsk.

All classes are free thanks to funding by a grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa. Laurie Burhop, art coordinator for the John Crawford Gallery at the library said, “We are grateful for the funding so that we can offer services such as free art classes to all residents.”

Registration is required and space is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call 273-3652.

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