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Tape It Up: Technique of Masking Tape Sculpture
Instructor: Jeff Ocasio

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April 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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This class welcomes artists of all levels, from beginners eager to explore their artistic abilities to experienced artists seeking to embrace a playful and whimsical artistic approach where they will learn the basics of sculpting with masking tape.

Jeff’s teaching style is relaxed and conversational, and the class is limited to only six students for personalized attention. Join us for one or more sessions for a creative experience of masking tape sculpting, learning new techniques and transforming simple materials into works of art.

By the end of the class, you’ll walk away with your very own unique sculpture, embodying the simplicity and joy of folk art, and an instructional handout on how to seal and paint your sculpture at home with easy-to-find materials.

April, CELESTIAL STARS: Sculpt your own celestial star to hang from the ceiling. These unique stars are not only visually enchanting, but also have a delightful surprise – they are two-faced, featuring a different expressive face on each side with glass marbles for the eyes that twinkle when the sun shines on them.

Supply fee: $10-per-student, payable to the instructor

CELESTIAL STARS: April 9, 2024
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

1-day workshop, $65 / $52 Annual Donors

Class meets at 900 Dunlop Road., To register, call 239-395-0900.


Jeff Ocasio headshot. Jeff Ocasio and his wife, Dale, work collaboratively to create sculpted art expressing an imaginative, storybook spirit. Both were raised in Tampa, where they met, started a family, and began a creative life together. After a move to North Fort Myers in the ’90s, they continued their adventures.

Sculpting with crepe paper masking tape over wire or reclaimed objects is where their artwork begins. It all started when Jeff began exploring the artistic uses of masking tape while creating a unique texture over some wood shelving he was building. Soon realizing he could manipulate the tape and use it like clay to create shapes, he applied his 3-dimensional designs over found objects. He eventually began creating his own armatures with wire to create the freestanding characters and creatures that make up a large portion of their portfolio today. He found the unusual medium to be liberating and has been teaching his sculpting techniques for more than a decade to help spread the joy of it.

Ever since refining their whimsical, self-taught folk-art style of sculpting with masking tape, they’ve been honored to have their art awarded in juried shows and have exhibited their art locally throughout SW Florida.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made more than one week prior to the start of class will receive an 80% refund.

-Or- funds can be transferred to any other workshop of your choice during the current season.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable for cancellations made less than one-week (7-days) prior to the start of the class.


April 9
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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BIG ARTS Sanibel
900 Dunlop Rd
Sanibel, FL 33957 United States
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