Workshops

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 in “Plein Air” 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

Patti Mollica - "Learn to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, February 13 - 17, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, February 12, 2017; 4 – 6 pm

$600 Members/$650 Non-members

Medium: Oil/Acrylic

Level: All Levels

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If you feel that 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 to 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. Loosen up and apply paint in a gestural, painterly manner.

Tammra Sigler - "Make Your Mark"

Center for Visual Arts

Monday - Wednesday, February 13 - 15, 2017; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

$350 Members/$400 Non-members/+$30 Model Fee

Medium: Mixed Media

Level: All Levels

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Jump into a whirlpool of fresh ideas and challenges and learn to see in new and fresh ways. Explore painting, looking, thinking, inquiring, and wondering while focusing on breaking rules (there are no rules), reaching a better understanding and respect for our materials, and how to let them take you to new and wondrous places! Work from a live model and still life to enable an expressive response.

Carol Broman - "Poster Painting"

Center for Visual Arts

Thursday - Saturday, February 16 - 18, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Wednesday, February 15, 2017; 4 – 6 pm

$350 Members/$400 Non-members/+$40 Model Fee

Medium: Oil

Level: All Levels

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Learn the concept of ‘poster’ painting as applied to the study of the human figure. The poster is a small, ‘alla prima’ study of the simple tonal relationships in a composition or subject that many artists employ as an initial impression of a subject. Using the ‘poster’ offers a better understanding of the properties of color and how they can be used to depict light, atmosphere and three-dimensional volume. Basic drawing, color theory, color mixing, paint handling are covered.

Lynn Ferris - "Glowing Watercolors"

Center for Performing Arts

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

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

$500 Members/$550 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All with Experience

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Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, FWS returns for another exciting workshop exploring the light, glow and luminosity of transparent watercolor. Learn to design with light, layer for luminosity, add glow, and use shadows to create drama. New projects include a night scene to help you bring your work to the next level. Lynn provides reference materials, handouts, and lots of personal attention.

Douglas David - "Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting - Sound Principles to Help You Capture the Atmosphere with Ease"

Center for Performing Arts

Thursday - Saturday, February 23 - 25, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Wednesday, February 22, 2017; 4 – 6 pm

$330 Members/$380 Non-members

Medium: Oil

Level: All with Experience

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Learn to mix paints and basic strings of color for painting out-of-doors. Work on small canvases with an emphasis on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and geographical elements of Historic Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs including amazing ficus trees, tranquil ponds, wonderful paths, pedestrian bridges, Spanish architecture and incredible gardens that encompass this restored 1921 estate.

Larisa Aukon - "Painting Architecture with Confidence"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, February 27 - March 3, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

$600 Members/$650 Non-members

Medium: Oil/Acrylic

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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If old architecture, majestic temples, and picturesque streets fascinate you, then this workshop is for you! In addition to the basic principles of painting such as composition, design, values, edges and color, learn to paint a credible and convincing architectural motif by focusing on the fundamental principles of linear and atmospheric perspective and using plein air etudes in the evolution of a major studio work.

Jean Haines - "Watercolor Workshop with Jean Haines"

Center for Visual Arts

Monday & Tuesday, March 6 & 7, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

$325 Members/$375 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All with Experience

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Jean Haines has been credited for her extremely motivational teaching methods, as well as her enthusiasm and passion for watercolours. Following the launch of Jeans’ new book “Jean Haines World of Watercolour“, this workshop will be a reinforcement of her very original techniques. This exciting two-day workshop looks at how to work in a loose style – minus the use of a preliminary sketch – and painting a variety of subjects, in ways that seem to magically bring them to life. From the first decision of choosing what to paint – to selecting from a wide range of techniques – along with dramatic colour combinations – Jean will help the artist to discover their own unique results. This workshop aims at bringing the best out of you as an artist, and will leave you feeling inspired.

Keiko Tanabe - "Watercolor - Keep it Simple and Strong"

Center for Performing Arts

Monday - Friday, March 6 - 10, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Demo: Sunday, March 5, 2017; 4 – 6 pm

$550 Members/$600 Non-members

Medium: Watercolor

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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Gain a better understanding of methods and techniques that create a watercolor painting that is simple yet strong. Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, learn to take your initial inspiration, through the simplification process, to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content and capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere.

Marianne Mitchell - "Landscape into Abstraction"

Center for Performing Arts

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

Demo: Monday, March 13, 2017; 4 – 6 pm

$450 Members/$500 Non-members

Medium: Oil/Pastel (All Mediums Welcome)

Level: All Levels

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This workshop is for realist landscape painters who want to incorporate more abstract expression in their work, and for abstract painters inspired by landscape who seek guidance in developing their expression. Learn new ways of interpreting your own experience of the landscape more abstractly as well as tuning into the surroundings using all of your senses to explore how that informs your voice. All mediums welcome.

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

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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 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

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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

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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