Events & Classes







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


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:

WINTER 2022 1/5,12,19,26; 2/2,9,16,23; 3/2,9. $165*

SPRING 2022 3/16, 30; 4/6,13,20,27; 5/4,11,18,25; 6/1

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. In Person!  Private Art Studio. Inclement weather will be via Zoom.  Email your interest & sign student enrollment form.   Payment may be made with a check made out to: ShawnaLee Kwashnak OR Venmo to @Andrew-Kwashnak  *Materials list will be provided upon registration. 

Saturdays January 22,29; Feb. 5,12, (no class 19),26; March 5th  10-12noon  $210 (materials included!).

Why should Oil Painting be a collegiate level media?    I am inspired to share my love of oil painting with your young artists! We’ll use AP Safe water soluble oils!  Students will learn how to Oil paint–from stretching & priming canvas to learning techniques of painting, safe studio practices, laying out a palette etc.!  Class will be held in my indoor Art Studio (with a window propped open for fresh air along with mask wearing).  Class assignments and lessons will cover techniques and different approaches to oil painting including monochromatic, under-painting,  etc..  All materials included ( a HUGE savings to you!!!).   Seats are limited;   For more information:  Sign up by cash, check or venmo to @andrew-kwashnak


One Day Spring Break Workshop!

Friday, March 11th 2022



Do you love horses, and love drawing them? In this one day online workshop, learn important skills to improve your equine drawings! We’ll cover how to look and see like an artist and review together master principles that will improve your skills.

We’ll draw together every step of the way with plenty of demonstrations, slideshows, question and answer as well as vital feedback for every student!

Sign up via Eventbrite.



Medieval Inspired Watercolors with ShawnaLee

Via Zoom: Thursdays  1-3pm;

 Feb. 3,10,17,24 2022

$120 Sign up here!

Ring in the new year with this 6 week Medieval inspired watercolor class! Learn and improve upon your current drawing and painting skills as we are inspired by the pear and Campion flower illumination from the Medieval era! Participants will be expertly guided through the process from sketch to completed painting. Our first class will focus on exploring and getting comfortable with the drawing and painting techniques involved followed by step-by-step classes where we create this Medieval inspired painting together – every step of the way! A pdf of our inspired image will be emailed to you for your convenience reference printing upon registration.  Classes will be held via zoom.

A recommended supply list can be found on the eventbrite signup page.

Winter Landscapes Drawing & Painting with ShawnaLee

Thursdays 9-11am

 Feb. 3, 10th 2022  $60

Via Zoom

In this 4-week online class, Students will complete a drawing and a winter landscape watercolor painting. We will explore numerous techniques while drawing and painting winter landscapes together each step of the way. Students will gain important information on how to model values and interpret them in drawing and painting. This course is excellent for painters and anyone interested in improving their foundation skills. A recommended materials list may be found on the eventbrite page.

Drawing CATS with ShawnaLee

Tuesdays via Zoom 10-12noon

February 15,22 2022

$60 sign up here!

Learn how to sketch and draw realistic cats with ShawnaLee! Participants will be guided through the drawing process of drawing cats! We’ll use Miss Ginger, shown here, as our glamous subject! Attention will be given to individual features including the eyes, nose, mouth, and creating the texture of fur. Create your own cat drawing!


Brookfield Craft Center: Zoom


Farmington Continuing Ed: Zoom



Brookfield Craft Center: Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery.

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

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“Winter Traditions”

Dec 12, 2021 thru March 4, 2022

Artists Reception in February TBA

Oxford Public Library Gallery ~ 49 Great Oak Rd, Oxford, CT

Showcasing art that reflects winter time celebrations, weather and experiences.  Sometimes we experience sadness, loss and wrestle with the cold weather. Other times we join family and friends to celebrate the many holidays! 

ShawnaLee has three works of art in this show:

  1. Sophie’s Olaf (seen above here) $500 + tax
  2. Hidden Acres Barn $600 + tax
  3. View from Doddess at Clark U. NFS

“Moments Unlost”

Art Show featuring works of art by ShawnaLee W. kwashnak

February 2022

Terryville public library  238 Main Street Terryville, CT 06786

“Moments Unlost” art show represents a collection of works of art by award winning portraitist, ShawnaLee W. Kwashnak, that capture moments in time that are now “unlost”.  Children grow, pets we love weave in and out or our lives, and moments we experience and share come and go  fluidly throughout our lives.  Did we really notice? Are these moments lost, or gone from memory?  What happens when an artist takes notice? 

Each work of art will have information to engage the viewer that also promotes thoughtful reflection.

ShawnaLee W. Kwashnak offers portraits of children, pets, horses, homes and moments in Charcoals or oils.  She is the recipient of a Grant from the FY20 CT Artist Respond awarded by DECD/CT Office of the Arts for teaching pandemic portraiture to youth.  See their art show here.

ShawnaLee also offers art classes year round via zoom.  Classes include sketching, drawing and painting.  Click here for the current list of classes offered.

M, W, & F 10am – 5pm
T & Th 1pm – 8pm
Sat 10am – 5pm
Closed Sun


“For the love of cats”

Tentatively for April-May 2022

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

Featuring Caroline Abate’s “Felix” painted by ShawnaLee during the recent Annual Benefit Dinner held at the Wyndham Hotel.

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 and mugs 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!

A Zoom Opening Reception and a Zoom Cat Portrait demonstration will be offered. A Virtual Tour of the show will be shared via facebook too!  Details to come!!!

This art show launches a new Pet Portrait offer for adopters to find in their new kitty’s welcome folder. 


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 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 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