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 23 workshops that include watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil, mixed media and more. Study Watercolor A to Z with Sterling Edwards, Expand your Vision in Mixed Media with Lisa Pressman, or discover Ceramic Tarpaper Construction with Regis Brodie.

 

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.

 

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

Stephen Blackburn - "Watercolor Break Throughs"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Wednesday, November 6 - 8, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, November 5, 2017; 3 – 5 pm

$330 Members/$380 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.

Cathy Taylor - "Creating with Alcohol Inks"

Center for Performing Arts

Tuesday - Friday, November 14 - 17, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Monday, November 13, 2017; 3 – 5 pm

$450 Members/$500 Non-members

Medium: Alcohol Inks

Level: All Levels

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Discover the vibrant world of alcohol inks. Unlike watercolors, acrylics, or oils, alcohol inks offer a whole new experience in painting! In this lively, fun filled workshop students will enjoy a wide variety of techniques, information and inspiration designed to allow each person to express their own artistic voice. Loosen up, have fun, and learn lots! Newbie painters and experienced artists are welcome to this class driven workshop. Each day will feature exciting, entertaining demonstrations followed by lots of time to create with plenty of individual attention.

Sterling Edwards - "Watercolor A-Z Workshop"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, December 4 - 8, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, December 3, 2017; 3 – 5 pm

$575 Members/$625 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All Levels with Experience

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This workshop is for all skill levels, however, previous watercolor and drawing experience is beneficial to gain the most from this workshop. Each morning’s demo will show different subject matter and styles, including landscape, floral, stylized and abstract. Sterling will demonstrate his method which results in a painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. Students will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed. There are no requirements as to what subject the student paints or what size they prefer to paint. Sterling’s workshops are designed to be fun, very educational, and inspiring.

Henry Yan - "Figure/Portrait Drawing and Painting"

Center for Performing Arts

Wednesday - Sunday, January 3 - 7, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Tuesday, January 2, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$590 Members/$640 Non-members

Medium: Charcoal Pencil /Oil

Level: All with Experience

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Drawing portion will be focused on how to draw human anatomy with accurate proportions. Demos and individual help will show students how to use beautiful line work; methods of placing tones to render three dimensionally; design realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and the way to do drawing with painterly approaches. Also how to mix colors in order to catch the right values; how to handle color temperatures; method of premixing colors; the application of various thin and thick brushworks, edge control, lost and found, composition and design, etc.

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

Center for Visual Arts

Thursday - Saturday, January 4 - 6, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Wednesday, January 3, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$360 Members/$410 Non-members

Medium: Acrylic / Oil (Gamsol only)

Level: All with Experience

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Learn how to; Improve your painting • Connect with your personal style • Stay motivated and inspired. This intensive 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 the artist who has made over 2800 daily, consecutive, paintings - so far! Using acrylic or oil paint students will discover approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated.

Douglas David - "Painting Large / Oils with Ease"

Center for Visual Arts

Thursday - Saturday, January 4 - 6, 2018; 9:30 am – 4 pm

Demo: Wednesday, January 3, 2018; 2 – 4 pm

$340 Members/$390 Non-members

Medium: Oil

Level: All Levels

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This workshop will help you get comfortable with the process of painting large canvases. 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. Douglas’ approach to painting large canvas is very simple, and he helps you walk through various steps and stages so you can manage and maneuver through larger canvases.

Anne Abgott - "Extraordinary Watercolors"

Center for Performing Arts

Tuesday - Friday, January 9 - 12, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Monday, January 8, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$460 Members/$510 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All with Experience

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Join Anne for four exciting days of extraordinary watercolors, painting a different subject each day. Bring your own like images or use those provided by Anne prior to the workshop. Drawing is done ahead of time on 300 lb. Arches paper, half sheet to 1/4 sheet size. The supply list is quite extensive so just bring the paints and brushes that you have. Anne will have paint for sale and some she can share from her own stash.

Doug Dawson - "Pastel Studio Landscape"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Wednesday, January 15 - 17, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

$420 Members/$470 Non-members

Medium: Pastels

Level: All Levels

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Master Pastelist, Doug Dawson shares his extraordinary knowledge in this intensive workshop… prepare to cover a lot of material! Topics will include: black and white and color thumbnail sketches; three types of designs that characterize compelling paintings; principles used to create the illusion of depth in a landscape; the principle of the common color; the underlying concept of color harmony; how to solve color problems as you paint and different approaches to under-painting. At the end of each day there is a critique of work done that day. Students are invited to bring in additional work for the critique if they wish.

Carol Broman - "Classical Figure Drawing"

Center for Performing Arts

Thursday - Saturday, January 18 - 20, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

$350 Members/$400 Non-members

Medium: Pencil or Charcoal

Level: All Levels

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Three-day Intensive that introduces the student to drawing principles in the classical aesthetic applied to the study of the human form. Students will learn how to abstract form with the block-in and then refine their drawing to a carefully rendered finish.

Theresa Girard - "Absolutely Advanced Abstraction"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Thursday, January 22 - 25, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

$500 Members/$550 Non-members

Medium: Acrylics/Mixed Media

Level: Strong Intermediate / Advanced (students must have a clear understanding of color, color mixing and composition)

Prerequisite: Abstract Intensive

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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 language. Students will find rewarding new breakthroughs and challenges through hands on painting and demonstration. Line, shape, color, and good composition will allow students to pursue a more individual approach. Hone your skills as you begin a new body of work, allowing for the expansion of the idea beyond the single attempt. Acrylic water based paint, drawing materials and collage elements are welcome. Working independently will be encouraged.

Charles Henry Rouse - "Shaping Up Your Watercolors"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, January 29 - February 2, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

$550 Members/$600 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All with Experience

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Charles’ value/shape method will bring more life to your paintings and confidence as an artist. Charles will address some of the fundamentals of brushes, paints, paper, application technique, layouts, composition, and the acquiring of reference. He will not be pursuing the tedious technical aspects and theories of watercolor painting. This is about painting and having fun. He will show new ways to simplify and strengthen your watercolors and put new life into them. The techniques Charles teaches were applied to his own work late in his career and brought him numerous new successes. It worked for him. It can work for you.

Karlyn Holman - "Watercolor Fun and Free"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, February 5 - 9, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, February 4, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$560 Members/$610 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All Levels

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Watercolor Fun and Free is a motivational workshop for beginning, as well as experienced painters. Karlyn offers enthusiastic, informational demonstrations, individual help and critiques, enriched by sharing her original finished artwork. The class will explore the creation of paintings with a loose, free style. She teaches with tireless energy and her highspirited humorous teaching style makes beginners feel comfortable and challenges the advanced student. Besides being fun, this comprehensive workshop nurtures individual success and sends everyone home with new ideas. Karlyn’s greatest hope is that this hands-on instruction will inspire everyone to paint with more confidence and to find their own artistic vision.

Robert Burridge - "Postmodern Polyptych Painting"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, February 12 - 16, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, February 11, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$650 Members/$700 Non-members

Medium: Acrylic / Mixed Media

Level: All Levels

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Start painting a loose variety of painting techniques, contemporary compositions and color combinations in this all new Burridge multi-panel painting workshop. Polyptychs are early paintings consisting of more than three panels and usually hinged for folding. (Great idea when traveling) In this action-packed painting course, you will quickly learn to paint your own series; your own story on four panels. Starting each day, you paint on pre-gessoed 10x10 inch paper “practice sheets” and then, moving on to canvas or wooden cradled panels. This modern and expressive painting workshop is for the adventurous painter in search for the new.

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

Center for Visual Arts

Thursday - Saturday, February 15 - 17, 2018; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

$350 Members/$400 Non-members

Medium: Mixed Media

Level: All with Experience

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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’s about breaking rules, daring to dare, and how wrong can be right! 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.”

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

Center for Visual Arts

Tuesday - Thursday, February 13 - 15, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

$350 Members/$400 Non-members

Medium: Water Media

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.

Jeanne Rosier Smith (PSA, IAPS-MC, ASMA) - "Making Waves"

Center for Performing Arts

Tuesday - Friday, February 20 - 23, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

$460 Members/$510 Non-members

Medium: Pastel / Oil, Acrylic Welcome

Level: All Levels

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Learn to create the illusion of crashing waves in pastel. Go beyond the flat blues of photographs and enliven your seascapes with the colors in your memory. We’ll start with simple, abstracted underpaintings to build a strong foundation. Learn to crop photos for effective compositions, look at water’s reflective qualities and explore how light, motion and what lies beneath all affect what we see, and what we paint. We’ll explore special techniques that make water shimmer, flow and crash in pastel.

Janet Rogers - "Watercolor Impressions - Flowers, Faces and Figures"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, February 26 - March 2, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, February 25, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$535 Members/$585 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

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This dynamic workshop enables students to quickly gain confidence in approaching flowers and the portrait/figure in a more spontaneous, intuitive and expressive way. Begin with fresh flowers in the studio and many fun painting exercises designed to “loosen up” and discover new color, interpret flowers, and experience intuitive design. Then approach portraits with a method designed to “take the fear” out of portrait painting. Demonstrations, class instruction, individual assistance, “show and tell”, and a series of “fun” exercises, (which will include drawing, color and paint application) will weave into class painting time.

Cheri Dunnigan - "Exploring the Landscape with Pastels"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Wednesday, March 5 - 7, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, March 4, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$350 Members/$400 Non-members

Medium: Pastels

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

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In this 3 day intensive workshop we will explore the principles and elements of design as they particularly apply to painting the landscape with pastels. Pastel technique and various approaches as well as design concepts will be examined as they relate to the landscape.

Anthony Tomaselli - "Painting with Passion Series: Five Paintings in Three Days"

Center for Performing Arts

Thursday - Saturday, March 8 - 10, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Wednesday, March 7, 2018; 6 – 8 pm

$495 Members/$545 Non-members

Medium: Oil / Acrylic / Pastels

Level: All Levels

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Five paintings in three days. This workshop is an intense three-day study of Repetition and Approach. We will, without pressure, start and possibly complete 4-5 paintings, of various shapes and sizes, in 3 days. (This is possible; we’ve done it in the past). The results will surprise you as they do me. I will be doing a number of short demos each day. As many of you know my teaching style is very individualized, so you can pretty much do whatever you would like. First time oil painters please call me so we can individualize your needs.

Patti Mollica - "Paint Fast Loose and Bold"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, March 12 - 16, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, March 11, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$625 Members/$675 Non-members

Medium: Oil / Acrylic

Level: All Levels

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If you feel you are concentrating too much on small details at the expense of a bolder, more dramatic outcome, this step-by-step workshop will help you learn what to paint and more importantly, what to leave out. Practice using bigger brushes and ample paint and take color to new unexpected places by working with simplified values. Learn how to loosen up and apply paint in a gestural, painterly manner. Join us for targeted instruction and training - this may open the door to an exciting new level of creativity and artistic expression.

Lisa Pressman - "Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, Oils, & Mixed Media"

Center for Performing Arts

Tuesday - Friday, March 20 - 23, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Monday, March 19, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$540 Members/$590 Non-members

Medium: Oils / Pigment Sticks / Mixed Media

Level: All Levels

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Expand your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises that help you discover techniques of moving paint. Explore cold wax and other media to create expressive, richly surfaced paintings. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. We will focus on: content, how to see, and moving the work forward. My specialty is focusing on each individual’s needs, editing and critique. Each class is a different experience! Some art background is helpful.

Douglas David - "Seascapes in Oil"

Center for Visual Arts

Monday - Wednesday, March 26 - 28, 2018; 9:30 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, March 25, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$340 Members/$390 Non-members

Medium: Oil

Level: All Levels

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This studio seascape painting workshop will yield several waves and exciting seascapes over a 3 day period. Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to seascape painting. Discussions and lectures on basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork you painting). Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own.

Regis Brodie - "Second Generation Tarpaper Construction: Continuing & Expanding"

Center for Visual Arts

Thursday - Saturday, March 29 - 31, 2018

Thursday, 5 - 9 pm; Friday - Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm

$250 Members/$300 Non-members/$50 Clay Fee

Medium: Ceramics

Level: All Levels

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Regis’ teacher, Rudy Staffel, at Tyler School of Art, was the first to use tarpaper as a method of building clay pots. Regis learned his special technique of using tarpaper as a construction tool five decades ago and has included this special technique in his curriculum ever since. Recently, he has expanded upon the original technique and added more complex options for using tarpaper for building forms by using wooden forms and attaching the tarpaper making geometric forms. You will be the next generation to use, understand, and add your own personal contribution to his process.

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