Beginners hone creativity with artists at weekly classes


Some see a blank canvas, sculpting material or other art supplies, and envision the potential it holds. 

Others might find that intimidating. You should not.

The Art Gallery of Viera, a fine art gallery in The Avenue Viera, provides weekly classes to develop and hone skills in painting, textiles, jewelry, sculpting and much more.

“Most who come in start off as beginners. Some say they’re beginners, but they’re fabulous,” said Pearl Ollie, one of the gallery’s instructors who teaches sculpting and painting.

Ollie starts with perspectives and has her students focus on using their skills. That way, whether it’s painting or sculpting, Ollie says she gets them to create their own designs, rather than copying what she does.

One of Ollie’s students, Kate Johannsen of Satellite Beach, said she has “learned more from (Ollie) than anybody else. A lot of people come in and take a class. They say, ‘I’m not an artist.’ But she helps them see that they are.”

Ollie’s sculpting classes are on Mondays, and her painting oils, acrylic and watercolor classes are on Fridays. Sculpting classes are $45 for three hours. Painting sessions are $35 for three hours. If she provides the canvas or a small amount of clay, it’s an extra $10.

You can join instructor Ree Nathan on Tuesdays to learn how to make an original greeting card or paper-crafted gift.

Nathan supplies high-quality ink, paper, stamps and the tools to make two beautiful projects. The cost for the class and materials is $11.

“One of the things I really love is when they tell me that when people receive them, they keep them. Others say they don’t send them out because they love them,” Nathan said of the creations made in her class.

Suzan Brooks, a mixed media and mosaic artist, offers classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“Anything can be a mosaic. Mirrors, boxes, shoes, lamps, bottles, rocks, flowerpots, back splashes. ... You are only limited by your imagination,” according to her flyer.

Students are responsible for supplies in the mosaic class. Kits are for sale from the instructor. Fees are $25 per class if you use Brooks’ tools. If you provide your own tools, the cost is $20 per class.

Seating is limited. It’s recommended that you call the instructors for class availability and for sources of supplies and any tools needed. Contact information can be found at