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


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!


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

Taught Wednesdays after-school starting September 26th 2018.  Sign up for Fall, Winter, Spring. Each session is 10 weeks. Two classes offered:  3:15-4:15pm  OR  4:30-5:30pm

10 weeks $150 materials included.  Private Art Studio  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 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. Lessons will develop the artists eye and hand while exposing students to varied art materials and practices. Enrollment is limited. Students will be encouraged to enter local shows.

WINTER Session: “Feel the Cool” STARTS January 2nd

January 2,9,16,23,30; February 6,13,20,27; March 3rd 2019 – currently ending on 3/20th

SPRING Session: “Spring Into Art” STARTS April 3rd@

April 3,10,(no class 17th),24; May1,8,15,22,29; June 5,12 2019


Meet Pet Portrait Artist, ShawnaLee Kwashnak!

April 17th 2019 @ 6:30 PM8:30 PM  FREE – please Pre-register: artist@shawnalee.com

Held at CoWorker Hub

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.    Please drop me an email to pre-register: artist@shawnalee.com

*Special Offers: are only valid  for Pet Portrait commissions secured during this event with a $25 deposit.  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 Secrets for beginners with ShawnaLee

Two Tuesdays
April 4th & 11th, 2019
10-12 noon
$65
Class held at Co-worker Hub
Pre-Register with ShawnaLee: artist@shawnalee.com 203 598-0065
 
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! 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!
Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome!
 
Pre-Register to hold your seat in this very Popular class!

 


Watercolors with ShawnaLee

April 5, 12, 2019
10-12noon
$65
held at CoWorker Hub
Register: artist@shawnalee.com
 
Spring is a treat of colors and patterns for the senses – and for artists! In this class, you will learn about the varied methods of painting in watercolors while you try your hand at painting! Students will be expertly guided through the process & techniques of painting while allowing for individual creative exploration.
 
Materials list:
 
watercolor set
mixed media or watercolor paper
pencils/erasers
assortment of paint brushes
paper towels

 

 


Gifted and Talented Youth Art Camp

Region 15 Spring Break: April 15,16, 17th, 2019
9-12noon
Private Art Studio
$165
Register: artist@shawnalee.com
 
Does your child create artwork on their own? Do they often ask you HOW to draw or paint something? Or is your youth very creative and would appreciate expert guidance and support?
 
In this limited space Gifted & Talented Art Camp your youth aged 8 & up (including teens) artist will gain valuable experience in creating drawings, paintings and sculpture in a private art studio setting.
 
Every parent will appreciate that ShawnaLee is a Mother to three wonderful teens (and lots of pets too!) and a current and very active Girl Scout Leader for troop #64171 (for over 10 years for Troop #64146). As a GS leader, a full background check is required in addition to CPR/FirstAid certification.

 


PET Portrait Drawing with ShawnaLee

April 25th (one day workshop)
6:30-8:30pm
$35
CoWorker Hub 900 straits Turnpike, Ste 205
To Register: Contact ShawnaLee artist@shawnalee.com or 203 598-0065.
 
Have you ever wanted to create a portrait of your very own pet? or one to gift to a dear friend and you want it to look good? This is the class for you! Artists of all abilities will be guided through the process of creating a pet portrait in a caring, supportive and creative environment! Learn valuable tips and strategies to help you through the process.
 
Students are asked to bring several photographs of their 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.
 
Suggested Materials to bring:
pencils, colored pencils, drawing paper, vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser and photo references. If you are able, please have your pet’s photo printed. Thanks!

Drawing and Painting Horses, of Course!

a youth art class for ages 8 & up!

Saturdays May 4th & 11th 2019
$75
Private art studio
register: artist@shawnalee.com
One of my favorite art classes to teach is “Horses, of Course!”! In this youth art class for horse lovers aged 8 & up we will explore how to draw and paint horses while learning important tidbits of anatomy, techniques and skills.
This class will be taught at a private art studio with limited seats available.
This is one of my most popular classes that I taught at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists in the 1990’s before I dedicated my time to raising my family. The class always filled up and had a waiting list! I am looking forward to sharing my passion for horses with another generation of horse loving artists! What could be more fun?

 


Portraiture Drawing

May 9th, 16th
10-12noon
$65 (plus $15 if you’d like to support the Memory project)
register: artist@shawnalee.com
 
Artists of all abilities are welcome to join this class and be guided through the process of creating a likeness by a professional portrait artist! Participants are welcome to bring their own 8×10 sized photo references of a subject OR participate in the Memory Project for an additional $15. The memory project is for anyone to participate whether beginner or seasoned artist.
Please Register TWO weeks in advance so that ShawnaLee can make arrangements if you’d like to participate in the Memory project.
Please bring your art supplies to class (pencils, paper etc.).
To REGISTER: email ShawnaLee: artist@shawnalee.com or call 203 598-0065
to learn more about the Memory Project: https://www.memoryproject.org/

 


Watercolors with ShawnaLee

May 23, 30th, 2019
6:30-8:30pm
$65
held at CoWorker Hub
Register: artist@shawnalee.com
 
Let’s have a blast with watercolors! In this class, you will learn about the varied methods of painting in watercolors while you try your hand at creating varied textures, layers and glazing! Students will be expertly guided through the process & techniques of painting while allowing for individual creative exploration.
 
Suggested materials list:
 
watercolor set
mixed media or watercolor paper
pencils/erasers
assortment of paint brushes
paper towels

 


PET Portrait Drawing with ShawnaLee

Two Thursdays
June 6th, 13th 2019
6:30-8:30pm
$65
CoWorker Hub 900 straits Turnpike, Ste 205
To Register: Contact ShawnaLee artist@shawnalee.com or 203 598-0065.
 
 
Have you ever wanted to create a portrait of your very own pet? or one to gift to a dear friend and you want it to look good? This is the class for you! Artists of all abilities will be guided through the process of creating a pet portrait in a caring, supportive and creative environment! Learn valuable tips and strategies to help you through the process.
Students are asked to bring several photographs of their 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.
Suggested Materials to bring:
pencils, colored pencils, drawing paper, vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser and photo references. If you are able, please have your pet’s photo printed. Thanks!

 


Saturday Morning Teen Art Camp
June 15th, 22, & 29th 2019
$165
Private Art Studio
Register: artist@shawnalee.com

Does your teen LOVE art? Do they draw and paint on their own? In this limited space class, your teen will experience and learn artists skills in drawing, painting and sculpture in a private art studio setting.

 

 


Catherine’s Annual Butterfly Party

Saturday June 8th 2019

Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown CT and will benefit the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

The event is FREE for your family in honor of Catherine’s Birthday! There will be animals to adopt, games, crafts, face-painting, hand selected vendors, such as:
Portraits by ShawnaLee, who will be offering:
~CHILD Portraits while you watch/wait
~Pet Portrait demonstrations,
~free pages to color,
~art lesson tips,
~and free photography towards your pets portrait during the event!

ShawnaLee Kwashnak is a portrait artist specializing in pet and child portraiture, a board member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, member of WAA, SCAN and Richter Association and is a DAWS Partner and supporter of Whiskers Pet Rescue. Her sensitive nature goes hand in hand with her heartwarming portraits of children and pets.

Catherine’s Butterfly Party is a free community event, raising awareness of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. It is a fun family festival with a dog, cat and bunny adoption event.

For more information, or to become a sponsor, please visit:
https://cvhfoundation.org/4th-annual-catherines-butterfly-party/


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.


An Oil Painting of Susie created during the 2018 Night of Caring.

Hidden Acres Night of Caring ~ Mark your calendar for next year’s September event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Charcoal portrait demonstration

Fall for Animals Ball
September 29th 2018Danbury Animal Welfare Society ~ held at The Amber Room ColonnadeHonoring Diana S. Urban, CT State Representative (www.housedems.ct.gov/Urban), and a state and national leader in protecting and advocating for animals in needAnd celebrating a year of making a difference in the lives of animals in need
Cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by dinner, live auction, music and portrait demonstration by ShawnaLee Kwashnak.Please join us at the ball!
Purchase tickets at $150 per person or $1,350 per table of 10, or consider a Sponsorship that includes ticketsSupport the Ball as a Sponsor or Advertiser: Click to view sponsorship and advertising options.
Donate a Live or Silent Auction item: Click here for our printable auction donation formSupport DAWS with your donation: Donate online at daws.org/general-donationsFormerly known as the Making a Difference Ball, this event is our largest fundraiser of the year. While the date and name have changed, the glitz, glamour, and giving remain the same.Every year, Portraits by ShawnaLee has supported DAWS through her artwork. Attend the DAWS Balll and bid on your winning custom pet portrait!The Amber Room Colonnade
1 Stacey Road
Danbury, CT 06811 United States + Google Map
203.744.3297
http://www.daws.orgShawnaLee Pet Portrait
Preserve your pet’s adorable face in a stunning piece of artwork by acclaimed artist ShawnaLee Kwashnak. A beautiful and customized portrait by ShawnaLee is sure to capture the unique bond between you and your pet, and be a focal point in your home.Last year’s demonstration was of a dog named: “Dozer” It was donated to the honoree of the evening, Lynne Person!


A 4×4″ Oil Painting of Lenny. Order your painting at the Blessing and it will be ready for Christmas!

Blessing of the Animals  Saturday October 6th 2018St Georges Episcopal Church ~ Tucker hill rd., Middlebury, CTGet your pet Blessed by Pastor Andy and visit Portraits by ShawnaLee during the St. George’s Episcopal Church’s Annual Celebration and Blessing of Animals.This year’s event will be Saturday October 6, 2018 from 10-1 (best to double check hours – it has gone anywhere from 1-2pm in the past).Photography towards your pet’s portrait by ShawnaLee will be complimentary during the event.Have your pet hand sketched by Middlebury Artist, ShawnaLee, and a donation for every sketch rendered will be donated to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society & St. Georges.The event will feature Blessings for all animals, pet trainers and groomers, as well as local rescue organizations, pet artists, including Portraits by ShawnaLee, collectibles and homemade food for sale. New this year will be pets for adoption from a few organizations.For information about getting your pet sketched, call or email ShawnaLee (203) 598-0065 artist@shawnalee.com www.shawnalee.com or visit FaceBook: “Portraits by ShawnaLee”For more information about the Blessing of the Animals, call St. George’s (203)-758-9864http://www.stgeorgesct.com/contact-us.htmlh.

 

 

 

 


 

October  Whiskers Pet Rescue Annual FundraiserShawnaLee has been demonstrating pet portraiture during Whiskers Pet Rescues annual dinner typically held in October for several years now. This year, ShawnaLee is sadly unable to make the event.  Her work may be on display anyway.  Watch for special offers!
There will be a buffet, power station DJ, raffle, and silent auction and more surprises for guests!Tickets are available through Whiskers:  www.whiskersPetRescue.org or 203 586-1666 .Last years event was a sell out and ShawnaLee demonstrated an oil painting of Sophie. She will have a table and Sophie’s finished painting will be on display and available for purchase. 10% of any sales from the night will be donated to Whiskers Pet Rescue.

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Interested in an art class? email me today! Thanks! artist@shawnalee.com