The Bell Tower Cultural Center, 201 E. Second St. in Florence, is alive with creative energy this spring and the months of May and June are no exception. There are both children and adult classes offered in a number of different of subjects, from painting and pottery to theater and music lessons. Classes include:
Violin class: with Jean Whitmore, starting on June 10 for five weeks (June 10, 17, 27 and July 1, 8). Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. For ages 8 and older. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.
How to Paint and Draw What You See: develop an artist’s eye by painting and drawing still lifes. With Jan Fead on consecutive Wednesday mornings (May 6, 13, 20, and 27). Maximum of seven students. For adults ages 16 and older. Students must provide their own supplies. Cost is $60 for members and $65 for non-members.
Hand-built Pottery Class: with Paula Collins on Tuesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. June 2, 9, 16, and 23. Students will be able to choose from a variety of projects. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members, plus a materials fee. Maximum of six students.
Wheel Throwing Pottery Class: with Paul Villegrana at his studio. Call Peg at 784-2303 for more information.
Voice Lessons: learn to sing and breathe correctly, with Jean Whitmore. Five consecutive Wednesdays (June 10, 17, 24 and July 1, 8) from 11 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.
Two-Week Theater Class for Children: participants ages 6 and older will spend two weeks learning a musical performance with singing and speaking parts, with Doris Petro and Sharon Whelan. From 1 to 3 p.m. June 15 to 19 and 22 to 25, with a performance at the Bell Tower Performance Hall at 1 p.m. June 26. Cost is $10 for one student or $15 per family.
Kids Summer Art Camp: participants will learn a variety of art techniques, including painting, sculpture, Batik, sewing, silk painting and much more, taught by Pat Wiles and Anita Dewitt. For ages 7 to 17 divided into two groups. Sign up for a specific week or for all four. Times are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (June 2 through 4, June 9 through 11, June 16 through 18 and June 23 through 25). Participants must bring a sack lunch, but snacks will be provided. Cost is $15 per week.
Make a Mask of Yourself: one-day class for ages 7 to 17. From 9:20 to 2 p.m., date to be announced. Cost is $5.
Watercolor Your Way: this is an ongoing class where participants from all artistic levels will learn drawing and painting techniques and paint from a chosen photograph, taught by Pat Wiles. Every Monday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pay for four classes at a time and continue as long as you want. Bring your own supplies or bring 9X12 paper and use the instructor’s brushes and paints. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members
Needle Felting: participants will learn the art of needle felting, including flowers and critters. Taught by Diane Del Duca. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, plus materials fee.
Music Lessons: beginning violin, guitar and voice lessons taught by Jean Whitmore. Also private music lessons with violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano. Call (719) 431-2685 to register.
Stitch Group: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Bring your hand work, quilting, embroidery, hardanger and rug hooking and enjoy some camaraderie and a few laughs. Bring your own brown bag lunch and stay the whole time. Everyone welcome.
Yoga With Christine: from 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Join at any time. Only $1 per session.
For more information or to sign up for any of these classes, contact the Fox Den (719) 784-2303 or stop by 123 W. Main St. in Florence. Register early so that instructors can prepare and some classes have a minimum and maximum number of students. There are instructors available to teach sewing skills, cross-stitch, embroidery, Spanish language and accordion, so sign up to get on a waiting list.