INSPIRATION STUDIO offers over 35 classes focused on providing a fun, exciting experience for new and accomplished artists alike. No experience necessary for any of our classes…come try something new, or continue your exploration through a favorite art.

Classes are taught by owner Jo Lapinski as well as a talented group of local artists whose specialties and insights will provide a top-notch creative experience. All classes are reasonably priced (usually $12 to $29) and all supplies are included. Typically, classes are offered from 10 am to noon or 1 pm to 3 pm and are designed so students will complete their project to take home following a single class. Custom classes for groups are always available. Gather a few friends together and contact Jo…we can make it happen!

Students can bring a lunch and liquid refreshments to enjoy on our beautiful grounds before or after class. Or plan to attend both a morning class and an afternoon class and go to lunch at a nearby waterfront restaurant…what a fun day!

ALL available CLASSES are listed below.  Peruse the list, talk to your friends and family and choose a class that appeals to you.  Contact the studio (941.321.8585) or contact Jo (TML5152@AOL.com) to schedule the class you want, WHEN YOU WANT IT!  Now is the perfect time to enjoy our classes and our lovely grounds…let us make an event special for you and your group.  Private classes may be chosen, or we can open up your choice of class to additional students.  Cost may vary.

 

ALUMINUM BRACELET  

Marybeth instructs this new and intriguing class in the use of aluminum wire to create a unique, free-form bracelet.  Gauges of wire, tools to manipulate the wire and ways to finish off the bracelet will all be covered.  Try something new!

FABRIC & BEAD EARRINGS  

Join instructor Mary Beth to learn how to create beautiful, light-weight earrings from fabrics, metallic strands, tiny beads, wire…whatever suits your fancy!  Go home with one or two pairs (as time allows) of your new favorite earrings!

ACRYLIC PAINTING  

Local guest artist, Renee Hilimire, instructs classes in acrylic painting.  Choose from sea turtle, seahorse, shore birds…you name it!  Special request for a subject?  Just ask! As much instruction as you need will be provided…don’t be intimidated.  You can do it!

MARYBETH’S SILK SCARF CLASS

Join Marybeth and learn how to create your own uniquely colored and designed silk scarf.

WATERCOLORS

Jo’s experience and individualized teaching style make this class uniquely adaptable for students of all levels.  New to watercolors? This class is for you! Have experience but want to refresh or continue your instruction?  This class is for you! Everything is provided – but if you have your own brushes, paints and paper, please bring them.

KUMIHIMO BRACELET

Marybeth instructs all levels of  Kumihimo bracelet creation. Go home with a gorgeous bracelet! Everything is included…so much fun!

COPPER TOOLING…Choose your critter!

Jo instructs this lively class as students choose a mermaid, angel, seahorse, dragonfly, fish (or new this season…copper rose!) design for their piece of copper.  (Other custom designs allowed as well – larger pieces of copper may increase the class cost.)  Learn to flame for that beautiful iridescence or apply a verdigris finish.  You will LOVE your creation!

COCONUT FISH

Everything you need is included in this lively, hands-on class.  We’ll be turning a local coconut into a unique, one-of-a-kind fish!  Complete with tail, eyes, eyelashes…whatever you choose.

VIKING WEAVE  

Marybeth patiently instructs all levels of Viking weave bracelets…1 or 2 or 3.  Create a striking bracelet using the ‘weaving with wire’ technique. Your bracelet will be one of a kind.

MOSAICS! Turtle, Stepping Stone or Tray

Everything is included for you to go home with a unique, one-of-a-kind stepping stone or cement  turtle. You may choose to create a finest quality, large sized bamboo tray for an additional $12 Choose from any colors of stained glass, vintage ceramics or the lovely talavera pottery you’ve no doubt seen at Pottery Express.  What a GREAT art!

Jo’s SILK SCARF CLASS

Learn the tricks and techniques to create a unique hand-hemmed silk scarf with fully saturated colors and special twists and salts to finish it off beautifully.  Alternately, you may choose to learn the resist technique on silk and create a resist Palm Tree on your scarf.  Whichever style you choose, you will LOVE your scarf!

CHAKRA BALANCING

Join Guest Instructor, Kathy Darnell, as she leads this hands-on class demonstrating the balancing of chakras with stones. Chakras are energy centers for our mental, physical and spiritual well being. When a Chakra is out of balance or the energy flow is blocked, it could lead to mental, physical or spiritual illness. The healing energy of stones and Kathy’s unique talent can heal and relax.

FUNKY SEA GLASS WRAP

Have full access to all of Jo’s sea glass, and learn the step-by-step process to create your own unique pendant.  Instruction will be provided in wrapping pieces of glass with variously drilled holes and a piece with no hole.  Students will practice on several pieces and learn the intriguing (but easy!) method.   Choose your favorite piece of glass to create your own unique wrap to take home (included in the cost).

ALCOHOL INK SEALIFE

Join the fun on Jo’s lanai as students explore the amazing characteristics of alcohol ink.  Each student will create a sea turtle or seahorse  (your choice) on yupo paper (come and learn all about this wonderful base for alcohol ink). Go home with a beautiful canvas to proudly display…you can do it! No previous experience necessary.

RHINESTONE & LEATHER BRACELET

Marybeth instructs this jewelry class and each student will go home with their own choice of leather colors and embellishments for their own beautiful bracelet.

ZENTANGLE WATERCOLOR DRAGONFLY

Oh, the creative juices will be flowing as students learn a novel approach to applying watercolors and then embellishing their dragonflies with amazing zentangles!  No need for any prior experience in either watercolors or zentangle or drawing…everything will be taught, step-by-step. Creative expression in a new, captivating way…come and enjoy.

TREE OF LIFE PENDANT

Join guest artist (and Certified Crystal Healer), Kathy Darnell as she leads students in the creation of this beautiful, meaningful pendant.  Kathy will explain the healing qualities of each of the stones, and students will choose their own stones and learn the techniques.  Each attendee will go home with their own version of this balancing pendant.

HYPERTUFA!  

Join the fun in a lovely pondside gazebo as Jo instructs this hands-on class (come ready to get your hands dirty! Of course, you can wear gloves. Each student will mix their own hypertufa blend and form a pot and a garden sculpture, as time and material allows.

BEACH GLASS CHARM BRACELET

Just plain fun as we chat, talk and create our own beach glass charm bracelet with Marybeth’s assistance.   Everything is included for you to create a bracelet using your choice of charms and beach glass colors/shapes and crystals.  Attaching a clasp and a special wrap technique is also demonstrated.

TWISTED VINE BRACELET

Join Marybeth for this NEW jewelry-making class.  Learn how to twist and manipulate the wire and connect the beads  and clasp. Choose from Marybeth’s huge collection of beads, crystals and pearls.   Beautiful!

COPPER & DRIFTWOOD FISH

Jo instructs this class as students select a driftwood “spine” for their fish and driftwood “ribs”.  Custom copper head and tail pieces are created, tooled and flamed for that fabulous iridescence and attached to the driftwood body.  You will LOVE your new copper creation!

MERMAID WATERCOLOR- Full Page!

Join the fun as Jo leads students step-by-step through the painting of a  large sized beautiful mermaid.  All techniques will be taught – you will LOVE your mermaid…no need for any watercolor experience…you can do it!

ALCOHOL INK EXPLORATION!

Jo will be instructing this multi-faceted class in exploring alcohol ink on various surfaces, including yupo, glass and even plastic!    Learn all about this fabulous ink – and enjoy the bright colors only this unique liquid can produce.  You also will learn a quick and easy way to create a sunset sky. No previous experience in alcohol ink is needed.  You will LOVE your brightly-colored creations.

PAINTING ON GLASS – WINE GLASSES or a WINE BOTTLE

Jo will amaze you with what you can create on wine glasses!   Choose from many options (or bring in your own idea).  Perfect for your own use and loved as a special gift.  2 wine glasses are included in the cost, or you may bring in your own glasses of any shape.  Additional wine glasses may be painted for a minimal extra cost.  Top off your wine bottle with our new rechargeable LED cork light to create a beautiful table decoration all evening (included in the class if you paint a wine bottle).

THREE in ONE BRACELET

Join Marybeth for this NEW jewelry-making class.  Learn the basics of connecting end caps and clasps. Choose your own bead and silk cord colors and design.

HAND PAINTED PEPPERMILL

Imagine the fun as we gather and create unique, one-of-a-kind hand painted peppermill.   No need to have painting experience…all the instruction you require will be offered. Paint and embellish in your choice of designs. Peppermills are the finest quality solid wood…work beautifully.
WRAP CHARM BRACELET

Marybeth will supply everything and instruct in her sweet, patient way every step in creating this trendy, attractive leather/suede bracelet.  Choose your own colors, charms and beads!

CROCHETED BRACELET  

Marybeth Long will instruct this class as students learn to create this beautiful(silver or gold) wire bracelet with their choice of crystals and/or beads embellishments.

 

To register for a class that has already been scheduled or to request any class listed above on a specific date and time, call the studio: 941.321.8585 or contact Jo via email: TML5152@AOL.com

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT AN UPCOMING CLASS!