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 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

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.

Kathleen Broaderick - "Bold and Beautiful Color"

Center for Performing Arts

Wednesday - Friday, April 4 - 6, 2018; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Tuesday, April 3, 2018; 3 – 5 pm

$350 Members/$400 Non-members

Medium: Oil

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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Kathleen is best known for her fresh, contemporary oil paintings of landscapes, florals and animals. In this workshop she will focus on how to create her clean, beautiful color with oil paints. No mud! Students will also learn how to easily separate light from shadow and how it is integral to the process of painting. The instructor will offer a demonstration each day and provide one-on-one painting advice to students as they work.

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