Sunday, May 9, 2021

Young Artists Academy UPDATE

Extended Application Date & Revised Class Schedule for Free Art Classes for Qualified Middle and High School Students at Marco Island Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts has extended the application date for qualified students to apply to the popular Young Artists Academy. This prominent program offers free art classes for middle and high school students who are talented and are interested in creating art.

To be eligible for the program, a student must be in grades 6 – 12. Also, qualified home-schooled children can apply to join the Young Artist Academy. This well admired program has a limited number of spaces available and will be filled on a first to apply basis. All applications are date and time stamped so it is advisable that students submit their application forms as quickly as possible. Applications will now be accepted until Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5 PM.

Classes are offered in clay, drawing/painting and photography. Each accepted student will participate in two of the mediums, and will rank their art class preferences. Each set of classes are now three weeks in duration. Young Artist Academy classes take place on Saturday afternoons from 1–4 PM. The following are this year’s revised dates:

  • October 14, 21, 28
  • November 4, 11, 18

Young Artist Academy provides students the opportunity to learn techniques and further develop their skills. The classes are taught by the following highly qualified teaching artists.

  • Shelly Castle – MA and PhD candidate with multi-decade experience in digital design and illustration. Shelly has also been an adjunct college professor and teaches private art instruction.
  • Astrid Garcia – She is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in photography and imaging. Astrid is known for her layered themes of photography and digital compositions.
  • Sandy Moore Howe – Sandy is a ceramic artist living and working on Marco Island. She earned a BFA and MFA from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and studied pottery and glaze chemistry for two years at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School and was a founding partner in the 78th Street Pottery on the upper west side of Manhattan.

There is no fee for the students in the Young Artists Academy. However, accepted students are expected to fulfill their class commitment.

For forms and additional information, please contact Executive Director Hyla Crane at 239-394-4221 or

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