Open Studios

Those of you who want to join other artists in small groups of 6 or less are welcome to register for an Open Studio at the Visual Arts Center. There is no professional instruction in an Open Studio – just use of the facilities with a VAC Open Studio Coordinator (VAC Instructor, Advanced Student or Staff Member) to connect you to the resources of the VAC.  Join them one week at a time or sign up for multiple sessions, but please reserve your space online for each session. Registrations are first come, first serve and sessions close at 6 participants. 

All Open Studio times are 10:30 am to 1:30 pm 

2D ART OPEN STUDIO: Thursdays with Deanna Housefeld- $12 a Session
POTTERY OPEN STUDIO: Mondays with Steve Strunk- $20 a Session

Click on Studio Name above for registration and details
        For A VAC Summer Class & Activity Schedule, Click Here 

Register OnlineTo reduce personal contact, please register and pay for classes online. If you have any trouble using the website to register or pay your fees, please call the VAC at 941-639-8810 (from 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday) or email and someone will help you.  

You are welcome to use the full 3-hour period, or just a portion of the time, however, the fees are per session, for whatever amount of time you are there.  Please do not arrive before 10:30 am and be ready to leave no later than 1:30 pm. Open Studios will continue to be available every week until a class session takes over the Open Studio timeslot. The VAC may substitute Open Studio Session Coordinators with other Instructors, advanced students or staff members at any time without notice.

COVID-19 Precautions: Worktable separations will accommodate social distancing guidelines.  The tables will be wiped before and after each class, however, cleaning wipes will be available in each classroom. As an extra precaution, we suggest each participant wipe their space before and after use. Gloves and masks are not required but are available at the front desk for those who wish to use them. Personal hand sprays will also be available. To reduce personal contact, please register and pay for classes online. 

We encourage anyone who registers for an Open Studio Session and does not feel well to remain home and let us know. You will receive full credit for the day.