Events & Classes

Thank you for your interest in taking art lessons for yourself or for your youth!  Perhaps you are interested in attending an art show or other event!  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) is currently working on their Silver Awards.   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! I look forward to hearing from you!


PRIVATE ART LESSONS / TUTORING:

Private Art lessons are perfect for any artist wishing to improve their skills. Lessons  are catered specifically to your strengths and learning style.  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!  More than just busy work, ShawnaLee will provide instruction that you can benefit from immediately.  Sign up today for a consultation and see for yourself the difference quality instruction can make! Or just dive into lessons!

Private Lessons/consultation:  $50/hour.   Classes may be held at ShawnaLee’s private art studio, Co-Worker Hub or other agreed to location within the Middlebury area.  A materials list will be provided upon registration.  Students may use class supplies for additional $4/class hour.

*An initial consultation is recommended for creating a planned artistic curriculum that is specific to you or to your child’s artistic needs and development.  It may involve a Meet & Greet; Show & Tell of artwork, Portfolio review, a discussion of artistic goals, strengths and challenges, learning about what to expect during art lessons and a brief mentoring  Sketch together.  This consultation provides a perfect transitional platform for informing your unique goals and introduction to Art with ShawnaLee!  A materials list will be provided upon registration. 


WEDNESDAY Youth AFTER-SCHOOL ART SERIES: Suitable for youth ages 8 – 18*

Taught Wednesdays after-school.  Sign up for Fall, Winter, or Spring. Each session is 10 weeks. Two classes offered:  3:15-4:15pm  OR  4:30-5:30pm. Sign up for both!

10 weeks ONLY $160 most materials included/class.  Private Art Studio;  LIMITED SPACES. to register: artist@shawnalee.com

Fall, Winter & Spring into art through the joy of drawing & painting while utilizing a variety of quality artists materials.  Warm-ups will consist of each season’s ever changing natural bounty of beauty followed by projects inspired by your artist!  Students will be guided through the artistic process according to each individual’s needs & abilities. Classes will begin with a warm-up “quick-sketch” of a still life, and then transition into varied projects including a few seasonal “surprises”.  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 will go far beyond art class and spill over into every subject of theirs 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.  *mature seven year olds may join the 4:30pm class.  Class policies are listed at the bottom of this webpage. 

I will share that we have a cat that believes she has an important greeting role for my art students. If your youth isn’t comfortable, I will help “Miss Beauty”  find something else to do so that your artist is comfortable. 

YOUTH FALL Into Art 2019: Sept. 11,18,25; Oct. 2,16,23,30; Nov. 6,13,20

WINTER “Feel the Cool” Art 2019-20:   Jan. 8,15,22,29; Feb. 5,12,19,26
March 4,11. March 18th is designated as a possible snow date if there is a cancellation.

SPRING into art 2020: April 1,8,(skip),22,29; May 6,13,20,27;  June 3, 10


NOVEMBER 2019:


EdAdvance: Torrington:

Watercolors of Winter

Mondays Nov. 18 & 25th   6:30-8:30  

One More Student needed-please sign up before 11/13.


Southbury ~ EdAdvance

 

 

 

 

 

 


January 2020:


Instructor class example

 

 

 

 

BROOKFIELD CRAFT CENTER

Watercolors of Winter – six week course. 

Mondays Jan. 6th-Feb. 10th  

10-1pm

 

 

 

 

 


Pet Portrait instructor example in Oils

 

 

 

BROOKFIELD CRAFT CENTER

Oil Painting Petssix week course.

Thursdays Jan. 9th – Feb. 13th

 

 

 

 

 

 


Illustrating Memories Workshop 

Fridays Jan. 10 – 31st  $125

held at CoWorker Hub; register: artist@shawnalee.com

Have you ever wanted to draw or paint something that brought up fond memories from long ago?  In this unique art class, students will be encouraged to illustrate their fondest recollections of sacred objects and places – whether it is a cherished marble, a grouping of leaves that hold symbolic sentiments, or a drawing of Grandma’s olde house on the hill.  The first class will cover techniques and methods of watercolor and pen & ink skills as we begin exploring possibilities through simple and enjoyable prompts and exercises.  

Please bring to class:
watercolor set (cake or tubes)
mixed media or watercolor paper 11×14 is good size
pencils/erasers
assortment of paint brushes
fine tipped “Pen & Ink” pens such as Micron Pigma
paper towels

Important objects and photographs

 


HORSES, OF COURSE! with ShawnaLee

Do you or your young artist LOVE HORSES?

 

Then, of course, this is THE ART CLASS for you!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday Mornings from 10-12noon
Private Art Studio located minutes from MES & MMS in Middlebury CT
Six weeks January 18-Feb 22nd 2020*
$230 (materials included)

In this Unique Horse – Art class, artists will benefit from learning not only Drawing and Painting skills, but an increased appreciation for a horse’s anatomy and learning valuable tips on improving drawings and paintings in a kind and caring environment! This class is excellent for the equestrian too!

ShawnaLee has been teaching Horses of Course Art Lessons since the 1990’s! The phrase “Horses of Course” was coined by ShawnaLee’s highschool AP instructor, Adam Salvo, when she began teaching and directing youth art classes at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists! (Back in those days, ShawnaLee wouldn’t draw or paint anything BUT horses!!!!)  The class was a huge success and a total blast to teach!

*Since this will be offered during our snowy time, if the road conditions are not good, class will be canceled and the course extended another week for each occurance. Safety comes first!  (communication will be via email)

Enrollment is limited. Fun will be endless 🙂
artist@shawnalee.com
www.shawnalee.com

 

 


February 2020:


EdAdvance: Southbury:

Charcoal Drawing with Shawnalee

Tuesday, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, (NO Feb. 18) Feb. 25 & March 3, 2020 / 6:30 – 8:30 @ PHS   Materials list provided & $4 one-time demonstration material contribution payable first night. 

 

 

 

 

 


Drawing without a Grid

Fridays February 7,14,21,28         $125

10-12noon          coworker hub

Have you ever wondered how the masters of yesteryear created such beautiful drawings before photography was invented?  In this class, you will be guided through various methods of drawing still lives and portraits without the crutch that our digital world has supplied us with.  The fundamental exercises will inform all disciplines of art.  Suitable for beginners through advanced artists, this class is a must take for anyone interested in arts – whether for enjoyment or professionally!  ShawnaLee can guide you through the process of de-mystifying how-to-draw so that you gain valuable skills in a kind and caring environment!

PLEASE BRING:
pencils (2B 4B 6B), drawing paper (11×14 is a nice size), vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser; hand held mirror; water-based marker.


EdAdvance: Terryville:

Charcoal Drawing with Shawnalee  

Thursdays Feb 13, 20,27, 3/5            6:30-8:30pm

Experience the drama and mystery of charcoal while learning drawing skills. Participants will gain an understanding of charcoals, the different kinds of charcoal, their techniques and artist uses. All levels are welcome. Instructor will contact participants with a supply list prior to the first class. There is a $5 $4 one time contribution to class demonstration materials payable to the instructor on the first night of class.

 

 

 


Gridless Drawing with ShawnaLee
Mondays February 17 & 24
10-12 noon  $65

Classes held at CoWorker Hub.  Register: artist@shawnalee.com

Have you ever wondered how the masters of yesteryear created such beautiful drawings before  photography was invented?  In this class, you will be guided through various methods of drawing without the crutch that our digital world has supplied us with.  The fundamental exercises will inform all disciplines of art.  Suitable for beginners through advanced artists, this class is a must take for anyone interested in arts – whether for enjoyment or professionally!  ShawnaLee can guide you through the process of de-mystifying how-to-draw so that you gain valuable skills in a kind and caring environment!

Please bring:
pencils, art paper (11×14 or 16×20”), erasers.

 


MEET the Pet Portrait Artist

Feb. 17  6:30-8pm

CoWorkerHub

FREE Family Friendly Event! Please Pre-Register through Eventbrite

It’s no surprise that I love animals, and if you are reading this, you do too! Please come meet me and find out what Pet Portraiture is all about! I will be providing a demonstration of how I draw pets, share albums of works I have done and have original works to view. This is a great chance to see for yourself what the difference between Charcoal and Graphite is, or to see just how amazing an oil painting looks! There will be light refreshments and special offers* only available at this event. The finished demonstration will be offered at half price.  After per-registering, please email me your pet’s photo.  The demonstration sketch of the evening will be selected at random from all pre-registered guests who have emailed a photo. 

*Special Offers: are only valid for Pet Portrait commissions secured during this event with a $50 deposit and signed commission contract. Photo references of your pet may be emailed to me at artist@shawnalee.com by the end of the day or by arrangement within one week.


Drawing Pets with ShawnaLee
Thursdays February 20 & 27
10-12noon coworker hub; register: artist@shawnalee.com
$65

Have you ever wanted to create a portrait of your very own pet? This is the class for you! Artists of all abilities will be guided through the process of creating a pet portrait drawing in a caring, supportive and creative environment!  Learn valuable tips and strategies to help you through the process.
Please bring several photographs of the pet along in addition to media of personal choice.
Lessons on how to lay out your composition will be provided along with ample demonstrations from the early sketch, blocking in tone, to finishing details of fur, nose, and eyes.

PLEASE BRING:
pencils (2B 4B 6B), drawing paper (11×14 is a nice size), vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser and photo references. If you are able, please have your pet’s photo printed as an 8×10″.


Charcoal Sketch example. ShawnaLee plans to do oil paint sketches during the event.

 

 

 

 

 

MEET the Child Portrait Artist

FREE portrait demonstration. CALL for Portrait Subjects!

Feb. 24th 6:30-8pm

To register via eventbrite  

As a fellow parent, nothing brings me more joy than the oil paintings and drawings I have created of my own children throughout their childhood.  I think a little Oil Sketch of your child will also bring you a great deal of joy too as you remember them as they are today.  Can your child *kinda* sit still for about 20 minutes?  If yes, then your child is invited to experience being a portrait subject for an oil painting sketch of them that will be created while you watch! 

There is no obligation to purchase, but if you love the painting, it will be offered at a significant savings this night only!  Please sign up for a subject time slot and come watch other portraits being created!

Only 3 slots are available: 6:30; 7:00; 7:30  sign up for a portrait sitting: artist@shawnalee.com


March 2020:


Medieval Manuscript illuminations will be our inspiration!

 

 

 

 

 

Medieval Inspired Watercolor painting!

Mondays March 2, 9, 16, 23 from 10-12noon       $125 

Classes held at CoWorker Hub. Register: artist@shawnalee.com

You read that right!  In this watercolor class, we will take our inspiration right out of 12th century manuscripts that were illuminated with incredibly detailed paintings of flora, fauna, fruits, seeds and whimsical zoomorphic creatures!  The first class we will focus on exploring and getting comfortable with the techniques and methods of watercolors followed by admiring and creating our own Medieval inspired masterpiece paintings – without all the hard work of preparing vellum or grinding our own paints!  This class is suitable for beginners through advanced artists. 

Please bring the following Materials:

Watercolors, gouache (opaque watercolors), mixed media or watercolor paper 11×14 is good size, pencils/erasers, assortment of paint brushes
fine tipped “Pen & Ink” pens such as Micron Pigma (unless, of course, you have some quill pens or very large feathers to prepare!), paper towels.


The Drama of Charcoal Drawing!

Thursdays March 5, 12, 19, 26
10-12noon 

Classes held at CoWorker Hub. Register: artist@shawnalee.com

$125
Do you watch you-tube tutorials to learn how to draw? Have you got a collection of How-To-Draw books, but never seem to be able to understand where or even how to start? Then this is the class for you! Grab your cup of coffee and art supplies! ShawnaLee can guide you through the process of de-mystifying how-to-draw so that you gain valuable skills! In this class, you will learn artist tips and secrets for creating dramatic charcoal drawings! Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome!
Please bring:
your favorite pencils, assortment of charcoals (pencils, vine, stick), art pad, erasers.


MEET the Pet Portrait Artist

Monday March 9th 2020  6:30-8pm

FREE Family Friendly Event! Register via Eventbrite

It’s time to start planning “Fur” Mother’s Day!  It’s no surprise that I love animals, and if you are reading this, you do too! Please come meet me and find out what Pet Portraiture is all about! I will be providing a demonstration of how I draw pets, share albums of works I have done and have original works to view. This is a great chance to see the difference between Charcoal and Graphite, or to see just how amazing an oil painting looks! There will be light refreshments and special offers* only available at this event.  The demonstration sketch of the evening will be selected at random from all pre-registered guests who send a pet photo to me at artist@shawnalee.com. The finished demonstration will be offered at half price. 

*Special Offers: are only valid for Pet Portrait commissions secured during this event with a $50 deposit and signed commission contract. Photo references of your pet are due within one week to maintain the special fee.

 


EdAdvance: Southbury:

Pen & Ink with Watercolor Drawing

Wednesday,  March 11, March 18, March 25 & April 1, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Materials list provided & $4 one-time demonstration material contribution payable first night. 

 

 

 

 


Child Portrait Demonstration

FREE portrait demonstration. 3 Portrait Subjects NEEDED!

March 16th 6:30-8pm

Register to attend

Attention all Dads & Grand-Dads!  Mother’s Day is coming!!!  As a fellow parent, nothing brings me more joy than the oil paintings and drawings I have created of my own children throughout their childhood.  There is something truly unique that only an oil painting created from life will capture of your precious wee ones (even if they’re in college!) that no photograph can hold a candle to.  Can your child *kinda* sit still for about 20 minutes?  If yes, then your child is invited to experience being a portrait subject for an oil painting sketch that will be created while you watch! 

There is no obligation to purchase, but if you love the painting, it will be offered at a significant savings this night only!  Please sign up for a subject time slot and come watch other portraits being created!

Only 3 slots are available: 6:30; 7:00; 7:30


EdAdvance: Danbury:

Pen & Ink with Watercolor  

3/17, 3/24, 3/31, and 4/7   6-8:30pm
From illuminated manuscripts of the past to printed media, Pen & Ink drawings are a strong expression of art. In this class participants will learn valuable skills of creating a painting with pen & ink and watercolor . Brief demonstrative sketches by the instructor will highlight challenges as they arise while each participant is guided according to their ability and level of accomplishment. All levels are welcome.
A materials list will be sent prior to the class.  A  $4 one-time demonstration material contribution payable first night.

 

 


EdAdvance: Terryville:

Pen & Ink with Watercolor Drawing  

Thursdays March 19, 26, 4/2, 4/9     6:30-8:30pm

From illustrated manuscripts to printed media, Pen and Ink with watercolor drawings have held a place of honor throughout the years. In this class participants will learn valuable skills of creating a drawing using pen, ink, and watercolor. All levels welcome. Instructor will contact participants with a supply list prior to the first class. There is a $4 one time contribution to class demonstration materials payable to the instructor on the first night of class. S. Kwashnak

 

 


Torrington: EdAdvance:

Drawing without Grids
March 23 and March 30,
from 6:30-8:30

Have you ever wondered how the masters of yesteryear created their stunning drawings before the advent of photography? In this class, you will be guided through the process of creating drawings and compositions without the crutch of aids. This class will benefit all levels and disciplines in art. Lessons will include techniques and exercises utilized by masters in an open and non-judgmental fun art class taught by a board member of the Ct Society of Portrait Artists. Students will complete several sketches. Instructor will send a materials list prior to class. There is a one-time class contribution of $2 $4 towards demonstration materials payable on the first class.

 

 


April 2020:


EdAdvance: Woodbury

Watercolors! SPRING Blue, Pink, Yellow

Monday April 20 & 27, 2020

6:30 – 8:30 Materials list provided & $2 one-time demonstration material contribution payable first night. 

 

 

 

 

 


EdAdvance: Terryville:

SPRING INTO Drawing ART

Thursdays April 23,30,5/7,14      6:30-8:30pm

Whether a new or seasoned artist, this class will provide participants with a working appreciation of artist drawing skills while re-discovering the beauty of Spring inspired subject matter. Class lessons will include warmups, brief demonstrations, and lots of fun! Instructor will contact participants with a supply list prior to the first class.  There is a $5 one time contribution to class demonstration materials payable to the instructor on the first night of class. S. Kwashnak

 

 


EdAdvance: Southbury:

SPRING into Art Wednesday,

April 29, May 6, May 13, & May 20, 6:30-8:30pm

Materials list provided & $4 one-time demonstration material contribution payable first night. 


May 2020:


EdAdvance: Terryville: WATERCOLORS!  SPRING 

Tuesdays May 19, 26   6:30-8:30pm

This beginner class teaches watercolor techniques for painting the delicate colors of spring. The course includes color mixing, brushstrokes and shading. Students will complete a finished spring inspired painting. Instructor will contact students with a short supply list. There is a $3 one time contribution to class demonstration materials payable to the instructor on the first night of class.

 

 


EdAdvance: Danbury: Charcoal drawing:  

5/21 and 5/28  From 6-8:30

Experience the drama and mystery of charcoal while learning drawing skills! Participants will gain an understanding of charcoals, the different kinds of charcoal, their techniques and artist uses. Instructor will contact participants with a supply list prior to the first class. There is a $5 one time contribution to class demonstration materials payable to the instructor on the first night of class.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW to Portraits by ShawnaLee: NOTECARDS of Lake Quassy!!!!
Pre-Orders of the notecards are encouraged as there will be limited number available for purchase this Fall 2019. artist@shawnalee.com.

 


SCOUT GROUPS:

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 & 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!

Email me today! Thanks! artist@shawnalee.com


ART LESSON POLICIES:

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 an “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.