Each year the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs offers a variety of workshops taught by nationally recognized artists from across the country. This year the Center is offering 23 workshops that include watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil, mixed media and more. Join Anne Abgott and learn to take watercolor painting from ordinary to the extraordinary. Paint with Keiko Tanabe, or paint floral still life in oil with Douglas David.


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

Eli Cedrone - "Lessons from the Masters"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, March 20 - 24, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, March 19, 2017; 4 – 6 pm

$550 Members/$600 Non-members/+$30 Model Fee

Medium: Oil Preferred/Acrylics Accepted

Level: All Levels

Supply List

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 Tonalism to Impressionism. Weather permitting; paint the figure and landscape outdoors in the traditions of Hawthorne and the Cape Cod School with special emphasis on color theory. This intensive program is designed to strengthen your skills of perception and mastery of the medium.

Sandy Scott - "Bird Anatomy and Sculpture"

Center for Visual Arts

Friday - Tuesday, March 24 - 28, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Thursday, March 23, 2017; 4 – 6 pm

$550 Members/$600 Non-members/+ Clay Fee

Medium: Clay

Level: All Levels

Supply List

Explore bird anatomy, aerodynamics and achieving the illusion of movement of birds in flight and discuss the difference between a technically adequate piece of work and one with spirit and life. Learn to emphasize the value of lost and found edges and how good composition and an expressive surface convey a feeling of movement, rhythm, light and emotion. Explore assembling strong, meaningful shapes and how eliminating unimportant details can create the essence of the bird.

Tara Funk Grim - "Beyond Alla Prima"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Wednesday, April 3 - 5, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, April 2, 2017; 4 – 6 pm

$325 Members/$375 Non-members

Medium: Acrylic

Level: Intermediate

Supply List

Strengthen your voice by clarifying your thoughts, ideas, interests and feelings and guide them into powerful visual statements. Begin your painting working with shapes, sizes, and a sense of balance and visit the effects of your initial decisions from layout to completion. The magic in the approach of Beyond Alla Prima is that spontaneity, exploration and discovery become part of your 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