Workshops

Each year the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs offers a variety of workshops taught by nationally, and internationally recognized artists. This year the Center is offering 25 workshops that include watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil, mixed media and more. Study Capturing the Light with Lynn Ferris, Lessons from the Masters with Eli, or discover ceramic Throwing, Assembling and Finishing with Steven Hill.

 

Due to the caliber of our professional instructors, students from across the state and the country register in advance for our workshops. Space is limited and workshops sell out fast. Please make sure to review the Workshop Policies, including the Refund Policy, at the bottom of this page.

 

To learn more and reserve space call the Centers for the Arts today 239-495-8989

Kathleen Giles - "Mastering Wet-into-Wet Watercolor"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Tuesday - Friday, November 6 - 9, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Monday, November 5, 2018; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$520 Members/$570 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: Some previous experience to Advanced

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In this exciting and challenging workshop you will learn to paint into wet washes building both color saturation and value on a variety of subjects. Kathleen will share her techniques for “damp brush” giving students a new confidence over the medium. We will study hard and soft edges that are present in every subject matter. From composition, to using the computer to plan a strong value pattern, all aspects of the painting process will be discussed and demonstrated. A strong emphasis will be made on color. Students will use complements for vibrancy and to mix neutral colors in order to create dramatic paintings. Class subjects will be different each day including fabric, flowers, water and a figure in a landscape.

Cathy Taylor NCS, ISEA - "Mixed Media and Collage Exploration"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Thursday, November 12 - 15, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, November 11, 2018; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$460 Members/$510 Non-members

Medium: Mixed / Collage / Alcohol Ink / Acrylics

Level: All

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Learn how to create fantastic found paper collages, combine altered papers and inks. Add images and patterns using transfer techniques and monoprinting. Cathy’s students have said of her workshops; “Cathy is a bubbly, very giving, super teacher”; “she is a catalyst for the artist in each of us”; “we all blossomed under your generous and lively energy”; “one of the best educational experiences I have ever had in a long life of being a student and professor;” “I cannot rave enough!” Join Cathy in playful pandemonium and joyful experimentation creating artful, expressive collages, and mixed media masterpieces. Each session will begin with exciting, fun filled demonstrations followed by lots of time to create. Bring a spirit open to endless possibilities, some glue, and lots and lots of stuff and junk!

Jean Haines - "Inspiration and Motivation in Watercolor"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Tuesday, November 26 - 27, 2018; 10 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, November 25, 2018; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$420 Members/$470 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: Some experience of working in watercolor is advisable

Only one Haines workshop per person

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Join Jean Haines for this highly inspirational workshop aimed at motivating and keeping enthusiasm for working in watercolor at an all-time high. Jean will share her unique style of combining East meets West in her paintings. Explore the free flow of colour along with working directly, minus the use of a preliminary sketch, which can lead to amazing results. Light and the use of vibrant shades, along with the ability to take an ordinary subject and turn it into an extraordinary painting is what many artists aspire to achieve in their results. Jean has the ability to install enthusiasm and inspirational motivation in all around her.

Jean Haines - "Inspiration and Motivation in Watercolor"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Thursday - Friday, November 29 - 30, 2018; 10 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, November 25, 2018; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$420 Members/$470 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: Some experience of working in watercolor is advisable

Only one Haines workshop per person

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Join Jean Haines for this highly inspirational workshop aimed at motivating and keeping enthusiasm for working in watercolor at an all-time high. Jean will share her unique style of combining East meets West in her paintings. Explore the free flow of colour along with working directly, minus the use of a preliminary sketch, which can lead to amazing results. Light and the use of vibrant shades, along with the ability to take an ordinary subject and turn it into an extraordinary painting is what many artists aspire to achieve in their results. Jean has the ability to install enthusiasm and inspirational motivation in all around her.

Jane Slivka - "The Freedom of Acrylics"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Friday, December 3 - 7, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, December 2, 2018; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$525 Members/$575 Non-members

Medium: Acrylics Only

Level: All with Experience

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Jane’s workshops offer not only painting instruction, but also inspire, motivate, amuse and entertain you as she demonstrates her unique and energetic free-form technique combining fast, bold, loose strokes and a signature tropical colored palette into valuable learning experience - “how to paint with less restraint.” In a casual, charismatic, and easy-to-follow fashion, she challenges you to complete two different paintings daily – from a whole host of subjects – while teaching you how to capture that same freedom, energy, and spirit seen in her own lively and acclaimed unique painterly style!

Lisa Daria Kennedy - "Daily Painting; Embrace the Practice"

Center for Visual Arts | 26100 Old 41 Rd

Friday - Sunday, January 4 - 6, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Thursday, January 3, 2019; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$370 Members/$420 Non-members

Medium: Acrylics / Oils accepted (Gamsol only)

Level: All

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This workshop will embrace the painting process and the importance of daily practice as a path to improving creativity and image making skills. Over the course of the workshop students will paint at least 10 panels, guided by an artist who has made over 3100 daily, consecutive, paintings- so far! A combination of demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction will teach students techniques to create fresh, deliberate marks. Using acrylic or oil paint students will discover approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated.

Lynn Ferris AWS, NWS - "Capturing the Light"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Friday, January 7 - 11, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, January 6, 2019; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$550 Members/$600 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All with Watercolor Experience

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Lynn Ferris returns with all new projects for 2019! Bring your work to the next level. Good use of light and shadow can turn your paintings from ordinary into extraordinary. Using a limited palette of mainly transparent pigments and a variety of subject matter students will learn about shadows, light sources, adding glow and drama, and designing with light. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention.

Theresa Girard - "Intuitive Abstract Painting"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Wednesday, January 14 - 16, 2019; 10 am – 4 pm

$425 Members/$475 Non-members

Medium: Acrylics

Level: All with Experience

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Using intuition, explore contemporary drawing and painting. Combine both physical and contemplative methods in your artwork. Engage the “process” of the painting in the “present” rather than concentrating on the end result. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of spatial structure; arrangement and organization of forms; and the impact of color and rhythm needed to make a work of art complete. Designed for all levels with some experience with paint, students are exposed to a variety of approaches applying abstract techniques and sensibilities to the classic art of painting. Through lectures, demonstrations, critiques, slideshows, and in-class painting, this course deconstructs modern and contemporary themes as students work to develop a unique voice in their paintings. Topics include: acrylic media, color, composition, value, tools and paint application.

Carol Broman - "Classical Long Pose Figure Drawing"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Thursday - Sunday, January 17 - 20, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

$480 Members/$530 Non-members/$60 Model Fee

Medium: Pencil & Oil

Level: All with Experience

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Four-day Intensive introducing the student to painting principles in the classical aesthetic applied to the study of the human form. From a single pose held by a model over four days, students will transfer drawings done in graphite to a linen or canvas ground that will then be painted in a limited flesh tone palette. This workshop will be an introduction to the process of painting the figure from life using a graduated method from drawing to finish meant to help the student gain proficiency and confidence in their painting practice.

Tara Funk Grim - "Beyond Alla Prima – Creative Abstract & Collage Painting"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Wednesday, January 21 - 23, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

$360 Members/$410 Non-members

Medium: Mixed Media / Acrylic / Collage

Level: Intermediate

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This workshop is designed to strengthen your voice by clarifying your thoughts, ideas, interests and feelings and guide them into powerful visual statements. We begin the painting working with shapes, sizes, and a sense of balance and visit the effects of initial decisions from layout to completion. The magic in the approach of Beyond Alla Prima is that spontaneity, exploration and discovery are a part of the process. Surprises and new ideas become part of the image as you proceed to layer and integrate collage and papers and acrylic and respond to the materials with experience, intuition, and improvisation.

Douglas David - "Basics of Oil Painting"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Thursday - Saturday, January 24 - 26, 2019; 9:30 am – 4 pm

Demo: Wednesday, January 23, 2019; 6 – 8 pm | $20

$375 Members/$425 Non-members

Medium: Oil

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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This workshop will help to get you comfortable with the process of painting with very simple and easy to understand demos and lectures. The class includes interesting and memorable discussions on all the basic elements of painting including composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Douglas delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation for your painting, and whether a person who has never ever picked up a brush, a relatively new painter or a more accomplished painter looking for some strong basic foundation principles and points to review, it will make sense.

Lian Quan Zhen - "East Meets West – Chinese Painting & Watercolor"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Friday, January 28 - February 1, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, January 27, 2019; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$600 Members/$650 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All with Experience

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Days 1 & 2 learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as theories of the Asian Art, using the techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings: spontaneous style and detail with spontaneous style (not painting subjects like bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid, nor plum blossom). Days 3-5 Lian teaches basic watercolor techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique methods including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around (negative painting)". Also mixing colors on watercolor papers, as well as letting the pigments paint themselves. Only three primary colors will be used for painting. There are 4-6 demos each day with student practices between, to help students absorb and assimilate the lessons. In critiques Lian helps students by touching up their paintings. By the end of the workshop students may be able to finish a couple of paintings, or learn enough techniques to complete them later.

Larisa Aukon - "Power of Landscape"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Friday, February 4 - 8, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

$600 Members/$650 Non-members

Medium: Oil/Acrylic

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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Create beautiful and powerful landscapes, and learn about principles of composition through the exciting process of an idea which gradually unfolds into a work of art. Using photo references learn how to choose the right format and size for the painting and how to use structure, rhythm, and values to create dynamic compositions. Larisa will show how to complete the painting using a few simple guidelines. You will play with colors and brushstrokes and discover what helps create a coherent painting and what makes it stand out. Expect to improve your painting technique, explore the world of color and change your view on composition. Larisa is a classically trained artist, an expert on color mixing and a talented, experienced teacher. She is known for the generous sharing of her extensive knowledge and down to earth teaching style. Class begins with a slide show, short guidance and demonstration and ends with the group discussion and teacher’s feedback with the rest of the class time devoted to individual instructions.

Stephen Blackburn - "Watercolor Break Throughs"

Center for Visual Arts | 26100 Old 41 Rd

Monday - Wednesday, February 11 - 13, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, February 10, 2019; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$360 Members/$410 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All with Experience

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What would it take for you to break through to a new level of watercolor painting? That is what this workshop is all about. Stephen will help you work through the painting process to develop a new personal painting style, fix problems in your paintings, use color more logically, open up new ways of seeing values and shapes and discover what works best for you in a painting. You will focus on experimental pouring techniques, poured frisket, poured paint and traditional brushwork. No matter what level of painter you are, this workshop is for you.

Steven Hill - "Throwing, Assembling, Finishing / Atmospheric-like Effects for Electric Firing"

Center for Visual Arts | 26100 Old 41 Rd

Monday - Saturday, February 11 - 16, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

$825 Members/$875 Non-members
Clay/Glaze/Firing Fee $50

Medium: Ceramics

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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In this workshop the class will throw and alter pots based on a thematic direction (could be pitchers/mugs, bowls, teapots, covered jars, dinnerware, etc.) and work with decorative slip. Steven Hill will discuss his philosophy on making pottery, while throwing, assembling and decorating the forms and techniques that he is well known for. The focus will be on spouts, handles, form, surface, and the relationship between these elements. When glazing, Steven will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with fuel burning kilns and reduction firing. The goal is not to imitate reduction, but to set the stage so that multiple layered glazes can interact with each other in the firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be addressed. The pots will be fired at ^6-8 oxidation. This will be an intermediate / advanced workshop. Steven is a thrower and his demonstrations will be on throwing and assembly, but hand-builders are welcomed as well.

Theresa Girard - "Absolutely Advanced Abstraction"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Tuesday - Friday, February 12 - 15, 2019; 10 am – 4 pm

$550 Members/$600 Non-members

Medium: Acrylics

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Prerequisite: Intuitive Drawing and Painting

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Expanding on Theresa’s previous intuitive classes (a prerequisite for this class) and those who are more advanced in the non-objective will find rewarding new breakthroughs and challenges. As well as the study of line, shape, color and good composition, students will pursue a more individual approach to hone their skills with a personal plan to begin a body of new work. This will allow expansion of an idea beyond the single attempt and create a collaborative dialogue. Water based paint, drawing materials or collage elements are welcome in this class for dedicated artists. Working independently will be encouraged.
Students should be fluid in color mixing and composition. Intermediate/Advanced students only with the ability to create an ongoing body of work on your own.

Tammra Sigler - "Taking Risks and Getting to Trust Your Own Quirky Self – Expressionistic Painting"

Center for Visual Arts | 26100 Old 41 Rd

Thursday - Saturday, February 14 - 16, 2019; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

$375 Members/$425 Non-members/$30 Model Fee

Medium: Mixed Media

Level: No Rank Beginners (Prospective students may email instructor to discuss eligibility)

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This is a high energy class guiding you towards discovering and trusting your own mark/painting statement and developing your critical eye. This is not a HOW-TO class. It is about breaking rules, daring to dare, and how wrong can be right! We often use a live model (even dancing) as a springboard toward abstract. You will be encouraged to experiment with different media and embrace spontaneity. I concentrate on the mind of the artist and how to identify and grow your search. Technical information is taught throughout. This class is for students who want to “OPEN UP AND BE FREE.”

Keiko Tanabe - "Creating Mood with Color and Light in Watercolor"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Thursday, February 18 - 21, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, February 17, 2019; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$490 Members/$540 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All with Experience

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Let’s learn how to make color and light sing in watercolor. Painting makes a strong statement when colors are harmonized with other elements. We will explore the energy and rhythm of vibrant colors and have fun. We will learn what makes a painting expressive and full of light. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere. Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior scenes. The areas of topic covered in this workshop include colors and values, composition and design, visual editing, a variety of watercolor techniques and brush handling. Keiko will do two demonstrations a day with a detailed step-by-step example of how she approaches a different subject, which she articulates thoroughly. Plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session daily, and a class critique will close each day.

Kenn Erroll Backhaus - "Composition and Brushwork"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Tuesday - Friday, February 26 - March 1, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Monday, February 25, 2019; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$675 Members/$725 Non-members

Medium: Oil / Open to Acrylics, Watercolor, Pastel

Level: Advanced Intermediate/Professional

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Creating a strong visual should be a paramount decision of the artist. Grasping the attention of the viewer to our works should be first and foremost. After seizing their attention the artist needs to retain their interest with competent and expressive paint application. In this workshop emphasis will be placed upon developing dynamic and more powerful compositions, teaming this with expressive medium application or what’s known as brushwork. The creative process is based on a compilation of fundamentals and principals, which are essential in the development of representational paintings. The knowledge and opportunity to develop your skills from this workshop can be applied to various disciplines such as, plein air, still life, landscape, figurative or portrait painting. Kenn will work with you to help further develop your individual style. He will identify your strong and weak points. We will build on your strengths and try to overcome the weak areas. Kenn teaches through both lecture and demonstration, but to further your painting development he will also work with your unique vision. Kenn is versed in all mediums. The class will be taught in oil but open to other mediums; acrylics, water color and pastel.

Eli Cedrone - "Lessons from the Masters"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Thursday, March 4 - 7, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, March 3, 2019; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$525 Members/$575 Non-members (Model Fee Included)

Medium: Oil & Charcoal or Water-based Oils

Level: All with Experience

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Explore the techniques and principles of masters such as Robert Henri, John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Nicolai Fechin and others. We will discuss various movements from Impressionism to Abstraction, and focus on landscape and figure. This intensive program is designed to strengthen skills of perception and mastery of the medium. Problem solving, drawing, paint handling, and making an emotional statement with your work will be addressed. With Eli’s astute guidance this workshop is perfect for all artists from beginner to advanced who are eager to develop their abilities by studying the masters.

Elizabeth St. Hilaire - "Paper Paintings Mixed Media Collage Workshop"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Tuesday - Friday, March 12 - 15, 2019; 10 am – 4 pm

$600 Members/$650 Non-members

Medium: Collage

Level: All

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This workshop is a comprehensive class in which students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will learn hand painted papers and collage technique. Emphasis will be on developing form using light, shadow, and directional ripping– very similar to traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary. Some painting experience would be helpful, but not imperative.

David Michael Slonim - "Art Cannot Hurt You – Take Risks, Explore, Paint Better"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Thursday, March 18 - 21, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, March 17, 2019; 3 – 5 pm | $20

$550 Members/$600 Non-members

Medium: Oil / All Mediums Welcome

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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All great painting in every style and time period is built on abstract structure underneath the image—the use of line, space, value, color, and texture. At a primal level, it is this abstract language that moves us. Abstract painting explores the power of the purely visual. You will not be taught to paint like the instructor. Instead, you will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of yourself as an artist. You can paint better than you think you can. Come be encouraged and inspired in a fun, upbeat atmosphere and go home ready to create your best work yet.

Deborah LaFogg Docherty - "Discover Amazing Pastels"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Friday - Sunday, March 22 - 24, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Thursday, March 21, 2019; 6 – 8 pm | $20

$360 Members/$410 Non-members

Medium: Pastels (No Oil Pastels)

Level: Beginning/Intermediate

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Students will explore the use of pastel, learn technique, learn different ways to approach underpaintings, textures and experiment with color. The workshop includes themed and choice of student subjects. All will have the chance to create pastel paintings that have strong compositions, pleasing colors and exciting results. Pastel paper supplied.

Alexis Lavine - "Painting Creatively from Photos"

Center for Performing Arts | 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Monday - Thursday, March 25 - 28, 2019; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, March 24, 2019; 6 – 8 pm | $20

$480 Members/$530 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor - All Mediums Accepted

Level: All with Experience

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The focus will be painting in a creative, personal, and expressive way from photographs - in other words freeing yourself from copying!! Demos will include specific lessons designed to give students new ideas, methods and inspirations for working in this manner. This is a good studio workshop and is designed for all levels of painters, from experienced beginners on up. Painters in all media are welcome. Daily demos and critiques and ample student painting time.

Douglas David - "Painting Big Beautiful Florals in Oil"

Center for Visual Arts | 26100 Old 41 Rd

Thursday - Saturday, March 28 - 30, 2019; 9:30 am – 4 pm

Demo: Wednesday, March 27, 2019; 6 – 8 pm | $20

$375 Members/$425 Non-members

Medium: Oil

Level: Intermediate

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A very popular class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to painting BIG BEAUTIFUL florals. Includes interesting and memorable discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow: and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Douglas delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation for your painting, whether a beginner or seasoned professional.

DEMOS: Open to the public $20 per demo. (Those registered for a workshop attend at no additional charge)


Workshop Refund Policy:

CANCELLATION POLICY: We understand that circumstances arise causing changes in your plans. We sympathize when such situations occur, however, we must adhere to policies as our financial and contractual commitment for each workshop has been finalized. If you need to cancel your reservation, the Centers for the Arts must be notified by phone or mail.


The policy is as follows:

● $200 deposit ($100 of this is non-refundable) will hold your place in a visiting artist workshop

● Balance due no later than 45 days prior to the first day of workshop

● 45 days prior to workshop, full refund of tuition, less $100 non-refundable

● 44 Days prior to workshop - If balance not received Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs reserves the right to cancel student’s reservation and assign place to another student

● 43-22 Days prior to workshop - No refund, but registrant may transfer tuition payment (less $100 non-refundable) to a future workshop

● 21 Days or less prior to workshop: No refunds or transfers