Anna Maria Art Island League 2014 Classes and Workshops

Anna Maria – The Anna Maria Island Art League, located at 5312 Holmes Blvd on Holmes Beach, offers a variety of classes, workshops and exhibitions throughout the year. Below is a sampling of their 2014 offerings. Contact the Anna Maria Island Art League at 941-778-2099 for more information and to pre-register for classes.

Anna Maria Island Art League 2014 Calendar

Photography: Camera Basics
Welcome Point and Shoot and DSLR Cameras
Instructor Spencer Pullen will alternate between classroom learning and field trips. You will learn the parts of the camera and how they work, and go on a “Field of Dreams” field trip to apply what you have learned. There will be group learning as well as individual exploration. (Please visit Spencer’s web site to view his impressive work and teaching experience!) Class sylibus HERE
Instructor: Spencer Pullen
Tuesdays 4-6pm
1/7, 1/14, 1/21 & 1/28/2014
$100 for the class

Just Wanna Paint!
Janet Kingan will be teaching an on-going weekly basic oil painting class. In a relaxed atmosphere, with an emphasis on fun, we will explore techniques with a brief demo, share tips and paint! Students will supply their own paints. The materials list will be supplied.
Instructor: Janet Kingan
Mondays, 10:30am- 12:30 p.m.
Coming soon in 2014
$30 per class

Drawing to Painting
Drawing, the foundation upon which all good painting depends, is taught in a condense, intense 2 week span. In class, the student will work further toward knowledge of renaissance inspired methods and techniques. Then, for the remaining 3 weeks, the class will delve into painting with oils or watercolors. Supply list can be emailed or picked up.
Instructor: Rolando Rodriquez
Coming soon in 2014

2D Art Beginning Class
Begin exploring and experimenting with media and techniques used to create a variety of two-dimensional artworks through the development of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and/or design. You will begin a well rounded basic understanding of technical practice, sketch and manipulate the structural elements of art to improve mark making and/or the organizational principles of design in a composition from observation, research and/or imagination.
Instructor: Abby Flanigan
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon
Coming soon in 2014
$75 for 4 class session


Anna Maria Island Beaches Are Simply Gorgeous!

Anna Maria Island beach
Beachgoers of all ages enjoy Anna Maria Island’s clean shores

Our beaches are still clean and oil free.  The sugar white sand is soft as ever, and the wild life is extraordinary!  My children and I were running up the North End beach the other night, and got to enjoy another one of our beautiful sunsets.  There are lots of turtles’ nests getting ready to hatch at this time of the year.  We saw at least five up on the beach near the Sandbar Restaurant.  Last weekend, during an earlier morning trek to the beach, we got to enjoy the crabs crawling all over the beach.   And there is never a shortage of shore birds flitting in and out of the turquoise water.   The breezes are blowing, the water is crystal clear, and the sand is ripe for building a castle fit for a king!

Turtle's nest on Anna Maria beach
Turtle’s nest on Anna Maria beach

If you are looking for a place to stay (a little larger than a sandcastle!), Island Real Estate is happy to help!  Plan your trip today, and come enjoy all the wonders of Anna Maria Island.  Give us a call at 877-778-6066, and find your perfect  vacation accommodation with our Vacation Rentals team.  You can also get help planning your vacation activities, by checking out all the suggestions on our Top Ten Lists and Attractions section of our site.  Come enjoy the fantastic weather, and glorious clean white beaches of AMI!

Anna Maria Island Beaches are Beautiful!

Same old same old, visitors to Anna Maria Island continue to enjoy our oil free beaches.  I was just out to the beach and it was 90 degrees plus and was a perfect day.  A strong breeze coming from the North kept us cool as I built a sandcastle with my son.  Family visited recently as well and agreed, the sand on Anna Maria Island is white, soft and gorgeous.

Continue reading Anna Maria Island Beaches are Beautiful!

Oil Spill Visitor update and Tropical Depression Bonnie

Last night Tropical Depression Bonnie flew by on Anna Maria Island.  Frankly it was not much an event here, we see harder rains with most normal rain storms.  While I am not sure when the peak occurred I drove home around 6:45 PM EST last night which had to be close to the peak and it was sprinkling.  I am on the bay side of Anna Maria Island and our office is more in the middle of the island and not much happened yesterday except a little rain.  Continue reading Oil Spill Visitor update and Tropical Depression Bonnie

Oil update for Anna Maria Island 7/15/2010

Finally we got GOOD NEWS from BP today! Oil from its broken well has stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April. After installing the capping stack on the MC252 well tests were underway to close all valves in an experiment to stop the oil. And YES, they were SUCCESSFUL!  BP announced at a news briefing that oil stopped flowing into the water at 2:25 p.m. CDT today July 15th, 2010.

Anna Maria Island Visitor Oil update 07.09.10

Anna Maria Island shows no effect of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The warm temperatures of the Gulf, sunshine and beautiful white beaches invite to a perfect summer getaway.

The latest projection of the NOAA are showing that our area has a very low risk, about 1 – 20 % – of seeing any oil on our shores. Computer models estimate the potential threat to US coastlines until a relief well will successfully stop the flow.  Continue reading Anna Maria Island Visitor Oil update 07.09.10

Anna Maria Island June 27th visitor oil update

No changes on Anna Maria Island.  No oil, no tar balls, just beautiful white sandy beaches.  Yesterday Anna Maria Island saw hundreds of people hit our beaches to announce their protest against oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.   Our local newspaper constructed a story on the oil protest. Continue reading Anna Maria Island June 27th visitor oil update

June 25th Anna Maria Island – Children Interviews – No Oil!

Island Real Estate is trying to mix it up a little bit with our videos of the Anna Maria Island Beaches.   No changes to our Anna Maria Island beaches.  As of June 25th the oil is still hundreds of miles from our beaches.

We wanted to get the perspective of children regarding our white sugar sand.  Not much more to say but take a look at the video below which was shot June 21st, 2010.  Thanks to i-Jack for taking the video and the interviews.  He of course lives and “plays” full-time on beautiful Anna Maria Island.   Always trying to give a local perspective.

June 20th Anna Maria Island Spill visitor update

Same old same old here on Anna Maria Island.  Just gorgeous white beaches with lots of visitors enjoying our Gulf

Manatee on Anna Maria Island
A Gentle Giant!

and Bay coasts.  I apologize and have not had a chance to visit the beach all week however Melinda Bordes has and thought I would post a few of the amazing pictures she shot in Anna Maria City on the Gulf Coast beach.  Melinda a professional Real Estate sales person that specializes in Anna Maria Island real estate and Sunsets got some water shots of a Manatee with visitors to Anna Maria Island.  My wife has had a close encounter with a Manatee but no camera.  Thanks to Melinda we can all dream of such a day!

Click here for the original Manatee and Sunset post by Melinda.  Here is the great Sunset blog that Melinda keeps up so visit her fabulous sunset pictures if you need your “fix” of sunsets.

Please note these pictures are not for reproduction and use of these pictures or anyother pictures on Island Real Estate’s website with out expressly written consent is strictly prohibited.  Enjoy the pictures and Melinda’s posts and keep in mind these were taken June 20th, 2010.  No OIL HERE!

Swimming with Manatees on Anna Maria Island
Swimming with Manatees on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island June 18th Oil Spill Update – Video

It has been a week since I have posted a video of the gorgeous Anna Maria Island sugar white sand of our beach.  Nothing has changed on Anna Maria Island.  Still lots of visitors, locals and sea life having fun on the Anna Maria Island clean beaches.  Our beautiful Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach and Bradenton beach Beaches are open for visitors.

Continue reading Anna Maria Island June 18th Oil Spill Update – Video