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Class Instructors Bio’s

Carroll Dickerson

Carroll Dickerson earned his Bachelor’s degree at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. He is an accomplished Photographer and Instructor with many years of experience and formal training. He teaches Photography / Photo Art. His classes are designed to teach you how to create great photos and have fun doing it. His “Photography Fundamentals” course is three 2 hour classes covering the basics of the digital camera and its settings, composition and photo enhancements using Adobe Photoshop Elements. This course includes a manual covering everything taught in the class including step by step procedures for photo enhancements, bonus tips and a DVD with all of the photos used in the class which students can utilize for practice.

It is not necessary to have an expensive camera to take great photos but the knowledge of how to use the camera is a must.

His classes are taught in small groups in an informal atmosphere. Questions are encouraged during the session. Carroll can be contacted at carrolld@earthlink.net or (352) 432-5274. You can view some of his Photo Art at the South Lake Art League in downtown Clermont and on his website (www.photographybydickerson.com).

Bridgette Comellas

Hello ,my name is Bridgette Comellas. I am a christian mother of two beautiful children whom I am homeschooling.

As a young girl I loved drinking in all the details of the pages of many fairy tales and picture books. I would draw and color for hours as a child inspired by these artists.

I attended Florida State University for a year and took several art classes while attending St.Petersburg Junior College. I learned to paint and honed drawing skills while working for a small company named “Art House” in Deland.

I began painting murals and was commissioned to paint canvases and furniture. In the Fall of 2010 I was blessed with the opportunity to have illustrated a children’s book “The Giraffe Who Walked To Paris” written by Dirk Wales. Currently I am working with a publisher illustrating book covers and logos. I enjoy working in several mediums but my favorite is gouache,an opaque water color.

Beth Kreutz
Drawing and Sculpture

For Beth Kreutz, art offers the chance to change reality. “I just love being creative”, the former high school art teacher and mother of three who moved to Clermont six years ago freely admits. “To me, it’s not fun to just copy things. So instead, I make them abstract. I might start with a photographic image and then push the shapes and distort them and add wild colors – push it into a creative direction, so it doesn’t look like a copy of a photo.”

Beth, who has been into art since she could “hold a pencil,” devotes herself to watercolor painting, drawing, oil painting and computer graphics.

Beth holds a M.S. in Art Education, K – 12 and has 38 years teaching experience in grades pre-K, elementary, middle school, high school and junior college.

Lisa Harris

I have lived in the central Florida area since 1971. I moved to Clermont in 2001. I attended Valencia Community College, UCF, and received my bachelor’s degree from Warner Southern College (now Warner University) in Lake Wales.

Art has always been a big part of life. My elementary school teachers would tell my parents they thought I would be a future artist. My high school art teacher wanted me to accept a scholarship to the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute but my parents thought I was too young. During college I volunteered at an Orlando elementary school for two and a half years offering the students art lessons. I also was an art teacher substitute teacher for an elementary school in Seminole county. Other areas of my life involving my creative side include: designing a convention program cover and meal ticket booklets for a national sorority with attendance of over 1,000, designed and painted photo props and center pieces for a local non-profit organization for four years, and painted a small mural for a business.

I have taught art classes for all ages from toddlers to later life seniors. I have had small classes and classes of up to 30 students. I have taught in craft stores, private homes, a few non-profit organizations, and at South Lake Art League.

I have always had a passion to share art with everyone – which lead me to my latest endeavor of becoming a certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Zentangle is a process that everyone can learn – One Stroke at a Time.

Pat Percy
Watercolor & WaterOils

The child of puppeteers, Pat began traveling at age 14 with her parents, performing with marionettes and hand puppets throughout the eastern United States in schools, theaters and summer camps and later in commercial films and trade shows. She later participated in fesitvals of music and dance in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 1966, Pat moved to New York City to study watercolor painting with Mario Cooper, noted artist and long time president of the American Watercolor Society, who taught for many years at the Art Students League. Much of what she learned from Cooper she passes along to her students today.

Pat moved to Central Florida in 1989 where she shares her knowledge of painting, drawing and collage with children and adults of all ages.