SCULPTURE with Doug Corsini


Creative Clay – Sculpture/Heads/Figures/3D Objects – all clay modeling in 3D is learning the use of tools and techniques in water based clay. This is a study of a creative style in figures, portrait heads, and a variety of subjects. Free expression will make this an exciting journey – with Doug Corsini.

Clay Sculpture – (Life Sized Torso w/Model) – in this full day 5 week class you will sculpt a life sized torso in water based clay and fire to a bisque sculpture. Working with a live model for 15 hours you will learn the use of armatures and develop your use of space and form and better understand their effects while creating this sculpture – with Doug Corsini.

Stone Carving / Creative Expression – Join us and explore the techniques and tools of creative carving in alabaster and soapstone.Learning styles and techniques of 3 dimensional form. Optional use of pneumatic tools for carving stone – with Doug Corsini, Terrie Mertens and Giuseppe Smith.

Advanced Sculpture Limited enrollment – Classic poses – supplied photos. Students will create classic figures with plaster-lene clay over wire armature and rubber mould cast. Experience this new exciting class!

Stone Carving Class

Clay Sculpture Class


Doug studied at The Art Institute of Boston, and then attended The Boston Museum School of Fine Art with a focus on sculpture and design. His post-graduate work was done at the Vatican School of the Arts in Florence, Italy. For several decades Doug worked out of his studio in Rhode Island as a commission sculptor.

Terrie taught high school for 33 years and served as Director of Student Activities as well as Art Department head and coordinator of the Advanced Placement Program. She studied stone carving with a master stone sculptor at the Sharon Gainsberg Studios. An accomplished artist, she has exhibited work in watercolor, clay and stone, and is currently pursuing her passion for stone carving and teaching.

Guiseppe‘s work has been exhibited in galleries and private collections from Miami to Manhattan. After sculpture apprentice with Retha Walden Gambaro, a famed Native American sculptress he received Apprenticeship Master at the Johnson Atelier Sculpting Institute in Hamilton, NJ.





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PAINTING with Richard Kirk

IMG_5047.jpgFundamentals Oil and Acrylic Painting

Figure Drawing

Intermediate Painting

Advanced Painting

Portraits from Photos – Learn to create beautiful portrait paintings from your personal photographs as you study facial features, proportions and color.

Class follows Richard’s book, Painting a Portrait, available in the Center for the Arts Turtle Gift Shop. New students or those who haven’t painted in years, please consider taking Oil/Acrylic Painting Fundamentals to learn or review basic skills.

KIR102617-1 Thur 10/26/17 to 11/16/17 9am-Noon All $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR113017-1 Thur 11/30/17 to 12/21/17 9am-Noon All $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR011118-1 Thur 01/11/18 to 02/08/18 9am-Noon All $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR022218-1 Thur 02/22/18 to 03/22/18 9am-Noon All $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR040518-1 Thur 04/05/18 to 05/03/18 9am-Noon All $150 mem / $200 non-mem

Fundamentals Oil and Acrylic Painting – There is a fundamental body of knowledge that all painters (beginning and advanced) should possess. This body of knowledge not only contains information on the techniques of drawing and painting; also information on the use, care, and safety of working with the tools of an artist. Designed to give both new and experienced painters the information they need to create beautiful paintings, focusing on creating the illusion of depth and volume using value and discussing color, the color wheel and complementary colors.

KIR102617-2 Thur 10/26/17 to 11/16/17 1pm-4pm Beg/Int $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR113017-2 Thur 11/30/17 to 12/21/17 1pm-4pm Beg/Int $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR011118-2 Thur 01/11/18 to 02/08/18 1pm-4pm Beg/Int $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR022218-2 Thur 02/22/18 to 03/22/18 1pm-4pm Beg/Int $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR040518-2 Thur 04/05/18 to 05/03/18 1pm-4pm Beg/Int $150 mem / $200 non-mem

Intermediate Painting – (Oil/Acrylic) – Students will be guided through several small paintings – each painting will focus on a different genre: still life, landscape, portraiture, etc. The objective of this class is to provide students, familiar with my painting techniques, an opportunity to practice the lessons from my Fundamentals of Painting classes. We will discuss painting materials, styles and techniques. In addition, we will discuss photography and getting good images to paint.

KIR110317-2 Fri 11/03/17 to 11/24/17 1pm-4pm Int $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR120117-2 Fri 12/01/17 to 12/22/17 1pm-4pm Int $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR011218-2 Fri 01/12/18 to 02/09/18 1pm-4pm Int $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR022318-2 Fri 02/23/18 to 03/23/18 1pm-4pm Int $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR040618-2 Fri 04/06/18 to 05/04/18 1pm-4pm Int $150 mem / $200 non-mem

Advanced Painting (Oil/Acrylic) – Take your painting to the next level. Each class begins with a brief review of a specific topic (color, materials, composition, value, etc.); then students work on their individual paintings. The goal of this class varies with each student’s individual objectives. If you seek to improve basic skills, experiment with new techniques, or build a cohesive body of work—this class will address your particular needs.

KIR110117 Wed 11/01/17 to 11/22/17 9am-Noon Int/Adv $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR110417 Sat 11/04/17 to 11/25/17 9am-Noon Adv $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR112917 Wed 11/29/17 to 12/20/17 9am-Noon Int/Adv $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR120217 Sat 12/02/17 to 12/23/17 9am-Noon Adv $120 mem / $170 non-mem
KIR011018 Wed 01/10/18 to 02/07/18 9am-Noon Int/Adv $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR011318 Sat 01/13/18 to 02/10/18 9am-Noon Adv $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR022118 Wed 02/21/18 to 03/21/18 9am-Noon Int/Adv $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR022418 Sat 02/24/18 to 03/24/18 9am-Noon Adv $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR040418 Wed 04/04/18 to 05/02/18 9am-Noon Int/Adv $150 mem / $200 non-mem
KIR040718 Sat 04/07/18 to 05/05/18 9am-Noon Adv $150 mem / $200 non-mem


Richard studied illustration at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA and established his illustration business in Boston, MA. His fundamental belief about painting, shapes his work and his teaching: “Creating a painting does not make one an artist. Artists create something extraordinary from their experience, knowledge and ability. Until a painter has discovered and is able to pull instantly from these three primary conditions, he or she is a student. Still, taking pride in being a student moves you closer to creating art.”


BEGINNING MOSAICS – with Mila Apperlo

Intro to Mosaics Join us for a wonderful and fun introduction to the art of Mosaics. Learn how to create your own ceramic tile mosaics, and be inspired by new projects each week.

Mila has been a stained glass and mosaics artist for almost three decades. She was a glass painter at the VitrauxArt Studio and has participated in the creation of many public and private art projects worldwide.

Empty Bowls Event Benefiting CFABS Youth Programing

Guests at Empty BowlsThe Depth Cues Exhibition Opening Reception features an Empty Bowls experience in outside courtyard at the Center for Visual Arts Campus. Guests can purchase a beautiful handmade pottery bowl and sample varieties of delicious soups provided by local caterers. Funds from Empty Bowls benefit Meals on Wheels of Bonita Springs to help fill their annual Food Pantry, AMI Kids and the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Scholarship Program. As part of the experience, enjoy musical entertainment, delicious soups created by local caterers and chefs while helping those in need. Empty Bowls donation is $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

Special Thanks to our Soup & Bread Roll Providers:
Russell’s Clambake, Cafe of Life, Meals on Wheels of Bonita Springs, Gabriela’s Special Soups, AMI Kids Big Cypress, Publix & Panera.

What: Empty Bowls Event
Where: Center for Visual Arts- 26100 Old 41 Rd.
When: Friday, April 7, 2017, from 6-8pm
Cost: Donation of $10 for Adults and $5 for kids.

Graciously Sponsored by
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Some Holiday Ideas

Raku pieces during the firing process at a Raku and You! One-Night Event.

By Mickey Lacroix

Prior to working for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, I always struggled during the holiday season to come up with fun and meaningful gifts to share with my loved ones. Last year, I ended up being able to give a number of my family members tickets to see the folk musician Jonathan Edwards, who performed at the Center for Performing Arts last spring.  My sisters and I had not seen him in concert prior to that event, though we had grown up listening to his songs.  My mom and stepdad, who also attended, had seen him perform, but not for many years.  Altogether, it ended up being a wonderful evening that we each look back upon fondly.

There are probably a good many people on your holiday “shopping” list who would also be more touched by a great experience than a cleverly selected item. As such, there are many interesting services, classes and performances held at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs that might make a great holiday gift, especially as a group gift to an event or class that you can attend together.

One night events and mini workshops often make great group gifts, because they take place in a relaxed environment and allow people to make a work of art over the span of just a few hours. These events are especially fun if you get a group of people together to attend, as there is something magically intimate about sharing in the creative process. Then, at the end of the session, you each get to bring home the art you made, which will serve as a continuing reminder of the shared experience.

CFABS also offers a full series of top-notch performances, varying from improvisational theater, to concerts in a variety of musical genres, foreign films, one man theater productions, and traditional theater. If you might be interested in giving a gift of this nature to someone you know, but are not sure of their schedule, the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has gift certificates available at any denomination.

One of the other interesting gift possibilities is a ticket to the annual OFF THE WALLS! fundraiser. Everyone is a winner in this amazing ‘lottery’ event and each person selected gets to choose from any number of artworks and collectibles donated for the event.   A fabulous buffet, soft drinks, beer and wine are all included in the $150 ticket price.  Each prize item is valued at a minimum of $275.  Proceeds from this fundraiser are used to give scholarships for youth programming at CFABS.  This year’s off the walls will be on Friday, January 20, 2017 and doors will open at 6:00pm.

Information about any of the programs available through the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is available online at, or by phone at 239-495-8989. You are also cordially invited to drop in to either center, where you may pick up literature, buy tickets, sign up for classes, view the exhibitions in the galleries, and get more information in general.  The Center for Visual Arts is located at 26100 Old 41 Rd. and the Center for Performing Arts is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd.  Please consider coming out to see or contacting us to give someone you love the opportunity to enrich their lives through the arts.