Events & Classes


Thank you for your interest in taking art lessons for yourself or for your youth!   My art lessons are kind and inclusive with an emphasis on personal advancement.  I have been instructing art for over 26 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

Please scroll down to see all of the events & Art Lessons available! I update this frequently, so please stop by often!  If there is something that you would like to see, or if you have more questions, please send me an email!

NEW!  ZOOM Art Classes:

In response of our need to be socially safe!!!!  See “Zoom” Classes below! I will be adding more classes and lesson opportunities soon!  Let me know what you’d like to see and what times are good for you! 



Private Art lessons are perfect for any artist wishing to improve their skills.  ShawnaLee has been providing students with the gift of a strong Fine-arts foundation that will serve them well throughout their lives for nearly 30 years!  So much More than just busy work, ShawnaLee will provide real instruction that you can benefit from immediately.  Sign up today! or

Private Lessons/consultation: $50/hour. 



 10 weeks   4:30-5:30 pm 

WINTER 2021:  Jan, 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb.3, 10, 17, 24; March 3,10  $165

SPRING 2021: March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19  $165

Possible Additional Classes 2021: May 26, June 2, 9  $50

Fall, Winter & Spring into art through the joy of drawing & painting while staying safe during our pandemic.  Our Online class begins with a demonstration / warm up sketch followed by a combination of art discussion, art history, caring critiques etc.. As time allows, we end the class with an interactive game of skribles.   Students will be guided through the artistic process according to each individual’s needs & abilities. Older and more advanced students (as well as continuing students) will gain experience learning how to see and think like an artist through time-tested exercises coupled with projects that offer the opportunity to put their skills to use. Improved observation skills and memory will go far beyond art class and spill over into every subject at school. Lessons will develop the artists eye and hand while exposing students to varied art materials and practices.  Students love this class and develop a strong artistic camaraderie!  Enrollment is limited. Students will be encouraged to enter local shows.    Class policies are listed at the bottom of this webpage. 

Winter & Spring 2021 Adult CLASSES OFFERED THROUGH:

Brookfield Craft Center:

  1. Watercolors of Winter. Tuesdays Feb 2-23rd 10-12noon
  2. Intermediate Watercolors. Thursdays Feb. 4-25th 9:30-11:30am
  3. Drawing Fundamentals. Tuesdays March 2-23rd 1-3pm
  4. Watercolors of Spring. Tuesdays March 2-23rd. 10-12


  1. Drawing Basics. Feb. 2nd 6:30-8pm. two weeks
  2. Pen and Ink with Watercolor Drawing. April 6th. 6:30-8:30pm 4 weeks
  3. Watercolor Crocus. May 4th 6:30-8:30pm two weeks
  4. Watercolor Spring. May 19th 6:30-8:30pm two weeks

Farmington Continuing Ed:

  1. Drawing Animals. March 1-22nd. 6:30-8:30pm
  2. Watercolors of Spring. March 1-22nd 10-12noon

PET PORTRAIT Oil Painting Demonstration & Call for Subjects


Thursday January 14th 6:30-8pm


Sign up via Eventbrite



PET PORTRAIT Oil Painting Demonstration & Call for Subjects!


Thursday March 11th 6:30-8pm

Sign up via Eventbrite




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 their artwork created in ShawnaLee’s class!

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.

Back to the top

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 group 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 – All refunds must be requested one week prior to the first class day.  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.

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 comment.

Art Lesson supportive materials/worksheets may be provided to your student upon request.  Please be advised that you will be billed at $50/hr for the research, thought and custom development of a custom program specific to your student outside of class time.