Events & Classes


Please scroll down to see the many Promotions, Events & Art Classes (Youth and Adult) Offered!  Thank you!



“For the love of cats” ART SHOW, Demo, Reception & Contest

May 2022

Art Show & Sale at Whiskers Pet Rescue in Southbury CT.

Cat drawing demonstration: Monday May 23rd 7-8:30pm; Sign up here via eventbrite! Your link will be emailed to you this afternoon. 

Call for Cat subjects!

This Exclusive Cat-ivating Art Show will feature a  collection of Feline Portraits by ShawnaLee including her own studio companions through the years as well as others too adorable for an artist to pass up.  Is your kitty included?  From “caught snoozing”, to adoring “love stares”, or  “I’m busy hunting” looks, to typical “Catitude” any cat owner will instantly recognize, these portraits will bring a deeply enriching joy to those visiting the rescue.  Smaller works of art including Cat-Only Note-cards will be offered for sale in Whisker’s Boutique.  Guests are invited to commission a Pet Portrait in support of Whisker’s Pet Rescue – 20% of all sales during the show will be donated to Whiskers Pet Rescue!    Meowtastic!!!!!!!!  Plan FUR- MOTHER’S day today!!!!



All Ages & Abilities!!!

Private Art lessons are perfect for any artist wishing to improve their skills.    Classes may be in person or via Zoom.  Portfolio development classes are also offered on an individual basis.  Half Hour lessons $35; One hour $60; Portfolio $75/hr.   or


YOUTH Art Classes:

SPRING 2022 3/23, 30; 4/6,13,20,27; 5/4,11,18,25; 6/1  In Person! Private Art Studio just minutes from MES & MMS.

Fall 2022: Sept. 7,14,21,28; October: (no class 5th), 12,19,26; November: 2, 9, 16.

Winter 2023: Jan. 4,11,18, 25; Feb. 1, 8,15, 22; March 1, 8.

Spring: March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24. 

Fall, Winter & Spring into art through the joy of drawing & painting.  This class is an EXCEPTIONAL value for your youth!  Students will be gently guided through the artistic thought process according to each individual’s needs & strengths. Older / more advanced & continuing students will gain experience learning how to see and think like an artist.  Inclement weather will be via Zoom.  Email your interest & sign student enrollment form.  Each ten week session is $200.  Payment may be made with a check made out to: ShawnaLee Kwashnak OR Venmo to @Andrew-Kwashnak  *Materials list will be provided upon registration. (New students will need drawing pencils, erasers and paper.    Ages 8-18! (yes, I have had several students go through the entire ten year program!!!!)

Summer DRAWING Camp at Brookfield Craft Center.

July 25-29th from 9-12noon for ages 11-16.  Only 5 spaces. $250. This class is full.  Please sign up for the waiting list.

Students ages 8-11 will enjoy being immersed in a foundation drawing skills camp with ShawnaLee! More than just sketching, students will learn about the media they are using and learn to see and think like an artist.  Students will gain a deeper understanding of how to create values and how to model form to create a realistic work of art.  Students will learn how to draw from life and exercise their creative drawing skills by integrating new skills with their imaginations.   Students will also enjoy free time for sketching.



Pandemic Portraiture ~ Reflections of Healing

More information on the FY22 page of this website: FY22


Summer Youth Zoom Classes through Farmington Continuing Ed:

Drawing Wild Animals  Mon Jul 25 – Fri Jul 29  6:30 – 8:30 PM

Watercolors of Summer Mon Jul 11 – Fri Jul 15  6:30 – 8:30 PM



Farmington Continuing Ed: Zoom

Introduction to Portraiture for beginners ~ Online

Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm Two weeks: May 25th and June 1st 2022 Only $59 Sign up here

Learn and experience the art of portraiture!  In this unique beginners portrait art workshop participants will gain valuable experience learning and practicing portraiture in a variety of methods including those of the masters!  Lessons will cover pencil techniques, facial proportions and varied approaches along with valuable insider tips for observing and sketching the portrait. Zoom Class will be a combination of slideshow discussion and hands on sketching while watching an interactive demonstration each step of the way. 

Watercolors of Summer with ShawnaLee

Tuesdays starting June 7, 14,21, 28, 2022;  


via Zoom 

$ave $ome Gas money and get your Summer painting game-on with a watercolors of summer art class with ShawnaLee!   Beginners through advanced artists will appreciate learning and reviewing techniques of painting fluidly with watercolors while immersing ourselves in the welcomed sights of Summer!  Since class is held via zoom, students benefit from front row views of slide shows, demonstrations, discussion and step by step practice each step of our way. Our class will focus on the stunning colors of painting beach landscape scenes. Sign up via eventbrite here.


Brookfield Craft Center: Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery.

MAY – Faculty/Student Art Show

Featuring the artworks of Faculty students of Brookfield Craft Center’s classes.  Instructor examples will also be on view. 

 Two illustrations from my Medieval inspired Art Classes – created after Joris. 

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Spring Juried Show @ Art & Frame of Newtown.  Press release in the Newtown Bee on 3/31st!

April 1-May 26th

 “Do Your Best” Charcoal portrait of the late beloved Grand Master Cheezic  &  Westfarms Quartet in oils.

Oxford public Library: “The Next Generation”

Sponsored by the Oxford Cultural Commission. On display March 19, 2002 thru May 28, 2002 Artist

Brookfield Craft Center

August 20 – September 11 – A Tradition of Excellence – featuring the works of Brookfield Craft Center’s talented Instructors. 

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists & Loft Artists Association present:

Faces & Figures  #FF22

October 6th – November 7th 2022

575 Pacific Street Stamford CT


The Town Hall Women’s Portraits Project

Art Show in person at the Ridgefield Town Hall. Permanent collection.






2022  In Person art show at the Carriage Barn at Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield CT.. Dates/Times TBA;  ShawnaLee is planning to honor  Roma Pizza for one of her pieces.


Pandemic Portraiture Art


Seven students ages 11 through 15 participated in a special art lesson program supported by an Artist’s Respond Grant from the State of CT over the summer of 2020. 

See the Grant Program Virtual Art Show!


Watch for Exciting New Classes to be offered!

I am always bubbling with new inspiration and want to expand the types of classes offered!  Please tell me what would be exciting for you to take!!!!!



Invite ShawnaLee to your Troop to teach art lessons on the foundations of drawing skills including a dynamic drawing demonstration.  The Lesson can be catered to any lesson badge / group interest (e.g., animals, horses, outdoors, etc.).  Scout Discount:  $10 per Scout (min. $50/hr.)  Cost includes materials. Your Art Lesson may end with a makeshift “lantern campfire” and pep talk if you wish.  Classes are about 1 1/2 hours in length.

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Interested in an art class? Private Lessons?

QUALITY art lessons for your hard earned dollars.  Your class will be catered to your needs and goals for your artistic endeavors.  My lessons begin with learning techniques and then transition to learning how to apply the learned skills in a way that leaves you empowered with the media.  I will explain, demonstrate and draw/paint you through the process in an enjoyable way while we share life, pets & artsy stories!  My demonstrations will be short to allow you the opportunity to see and try for yourself immediately.   I will also allow you the personal space to explore your new skills.  Many times I will have finished works of art to share as examples for lively enriching discussion.  

I look forward to sharing the joy and discovery of art with you! 

ZOOM classes are currently being offered.

Email me today! Thanks!


Portraits by ShawnaLee / Art Lessons follow the following policy guidelines as listed below:

Refund Policy for Private Studio Classes: All refunds must be requested one week prior to the first class day.  Pre-payment of tuition is required. No refunds will be honored after the class/course has begun except in medical situations with doctor’s note.  There are no make-ups, refunds or credits for missed regularly scheduled classes.  Refunds are subject to a $10 administrative surcharge/materials fee. Classes canceled due to bad weather (follows Region 15 cancellation) or instructor illness will be rescheduled;  Rescheduled classes typically are added to the end of the session.

Photographs-Students may be photographed for the purpose of promotion or advertising in future brochures, in newspapers or in other media such as Facebook, Google, Instagram etc.  You provide your consent when signing up for classes.  Recordings: At this current time, zoom classes are not being recorded – but could be at any point. Your participation grants your permission for the recording of the class lesson for the purpose of class learning only. 

Behavior–Participants are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times.  Students are to show courtesy and respect to other participants and art instructor.  Only positive comments about art or others allowed, unless framed in a positive “Oreo cookie” art critique format as taught in class.  Students are to respect personal space of self, pets and others. Students will Only draw/paint on their own work.  Students are to Show respect for equipment, supplies and facilities.  Discipline, if needed, will follow a positive redirection or gentle reminder of class expectations.

Art Lesson supportive materials/worksheets may be provided to your student upon request.  Please be advised that you will be billed at $75/hr for the research, thought and custom development of a custom program specific to your student outside of class instructional time. 

About ShawnaLee’s Art Lessons:

My art lessons are kind and inclusive with an emphasis on personal advancement.  I have been instructing art for over 29 years and am a board member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. You can be assured that the instruction you receive is rooted in the tradition of the masters while upholding a Mother’s instincts for the natural progression of learning!   You may be glad to know that I am also a current and active Girl Scout Leader and have been for over 10 years now.  The girls in my oldest troop (64146) ALL earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards and my Cadette Troop (64171) have earned their Silver Awards and are currently working towards their Gold Award Projects!    Nothing could be more rewarding than sharing the joy of art and creative discovery with others!  Sign up today!

Parent Testimony:

“Evan has been busy sketching since he left you. I can’t believe how much he has improved! Thank you for sharing your gift.” Traci Elliott July 2018

“Hi ShawnaLee, I just had to share that Maddie did a wonderful charcoal of a friends dog and gave it as a wedding gift! Thank you for inspiring her…. Thanks, Amy”  Blais July 2018

During the 4th of July  at the MRA, I was treated to an update from a parent of a student from several years ago when I taught through parks and recreation.   “My daughter is showing her art work in Greenwich now (2019) and did very well in her High school AP Art classes!  She attributes her time spent in your classes for giving her the art foundation that has supported her continued success in art!”  Father of Rachel Ali