Two four-week sessions of “Clay After School” art classes will be offered this fall for children ages 8 and up at The Artery Studio, 214 Williams Avenue.


Two four-week sessions of “Clay After School” art classes will be offered this fall for children ages 8 and up at The Artery Studio, 214 Williams Avenue.



Classes will be offered from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday afternoons.



Session one begins Oct. 9, and runs for four consecutive weeks, and session two begins Nov. 6 running through Dec. 4, with a break during the week of Thanksgiving. Children may be dropped off immediately after school to enjoy social time and a snack before class.



The instructor for the class is Leslie Wentzell, an accomplished Port St. Joe artist who works primarily in clay, and is the owner of The Artery Studio.



“Working with clay helps children develop coordination, concentration, self esteem and teaches them how to transform ideas into creative expression,” said Wentzell.



The students will learn many different kinds of techniques in the classes, such as the pinch method, coiling, slab work, cartooning (figurines), abstract work, and various textured applications. While no prior clay experience is necessary. More challenging work will be offered to children with previous experience.



Wentzell enjoys sharing her love of art with young people, and has previously taught clay classes for the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts (GALA), as well as at the Visual Arts Center in Panama City. She has been an Artist-In-Residence at Port St. Joe Junior/Senior High School and at Franklin County Elementary School through a program offered by Very Special Arts–Florida (VSA-Florida).



“While teaching technique is very important with clay, I try to incorporate broader art concepts into all of my teaching,” she said.



The cost for the classes is $60 for a four-week session. Each session will be different, with different projects, and all materials and firing are included. A $20 family discount per additional child ($40 cost per session) is available.



Additionally, a limited number of scholarships are available. Registration for the classes may be done at The Artery, which is open Wednesday through Friday afternoons, and Saturdays, or on their web site (www.ArteryStudio.com). More information is available by calling The Artery at 850-227-5741.