Events & Classes







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

Frank & Jasper; Charcoal with Soft Pastels


Father’s Day Gifts!

Gift Certificates available! 

ShawnaLee will help make your Father’s Day Gift one to remember!

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Private Art lessons are perfect for any artist wishing to improve their skills.  All ages.

Starting at $50/hr   or






 10 weeks   4:30-5:30 pm 

SPRING 2021: April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19; June 2, 9, 16, 23 2021  $165  

In Person! Outdoor Studio!!!!! Please dress for weather. Rainy/inclement days will be on Zoom. 

Fall, Winter & Spring into art through the joy of drawing & painting while staying safe during our pandemic.  Our class begins with a demonstration / warm up sketch followed by a combination of art discussion, art history, caring critiques etc..  Students will be guided through the artistic process according to each individual’s needs & strengths. 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. The current class is intermediate/advanced.

Youth Summer Art Camps:

    1. Watercolors of Summer July 6,13,20,27 6:30-8:30pm online
    2. Drawing Wild Animals August 3,10,17 6:30-8:30pm online.  ages 12-16
  • OIL PAINTING for ages 12 & up!  Private Outdoor Art Studio –  TBA Please email ShawnaLee your interest.









Brookfield Craft Center: Zoom

  1. Drawing Animals:  Thursday, July 8-29th 2021- 9-11am
  2. Watercolors of Fall – Beginners: 9/7-9/28 10-12noon
  3. Watercolors of Fall – Intermediate: Tuesdays, October 05- 26, 2021 10-12noon
  4. Drawing Fundamentals: Thursdays, September 09-30, 202; 9-11am
  5. Drawing Fundamentals:Thursdays, October 07- 28, 2021; 9-11am

EdAdvance: Zoom

  1. Watercolor Spring. May 19th 6:30-8:30pm two weeks

Farmington Continuing Ed: Zoom

  1. Watercolors of Summer starting July 6th 9-11am
  2. Drawing the Beauty of Nature July 7,14,21,28 6:30-8:30
  3. Pen&Ink Watercolor Abstract Creative Tuesdays August 3,10,17 9-11am

Society of Creative Arts of Newtown: 

  1. In Person: Pet Portrait Oil Painting Class.  Mondays May 17, 24 & June 7, 14, 21, 28.  9-12noon.  Meeting House in Newtown.  All classes are limited to 8 people max.. Masks and social distancing are required. $150 for SCAN members and $180 for nonmembers. You are considered registered when SCAN receives your check. Please send check with your Name, Address, Phone number and Email to SCAN, Box 41, Newtown Ct 06470. *Class description below.



DEMONSTRATION, Oil Painting Pet Workshop & Portrait OFFER through SCAN:

  • DEMO: Wednesday May 12th 1-3pm. An Oil Painting Pet Portrait Demonstration. FREE. Sign up:
  • WORKSHOP: 6 week Art Class to follow: Mondays 10-12am  May 17,24,31, June 7,14,21,28.  See below for Class description*.
  • Special Oil Painting Offer from my Impressions line:

Impressions Line Pet Portrait:

Choose from:

10×8″ $450 + tax; 

8×6  $300 + tax. 




*SCAN Art Class description:

Pet Portrait Oil Painting Class with ShawnaLee

Mondays May 17,24, 31 June 7,14,21,28    9-12noon

In person at Newtown Meeting House/SCAN

 Learn how to paint the Animals we love with Pet Portraitist, ShawnaLee W. Kwashnak. In this workshop, students will be lead through the oil painting process from setting up your palette, selecting references, observing anatomy, color mixing and blocking out to adding finishing touches.   We will create thumbnail studies of the eyes, nose and ears and progress to a full head & shoulder painting.   Material list & PDF’s for class lessons will be sent to registered students.  




Artistic Celebration of Motherhood  May 1 – May 30, 2021   Online Gallery and Zoom Reception May 1, 4-6pm

The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (CSOPA) and Stamford Art Association (SAA) have partnered to create a special tribute to mothers. The virtual exhibition, Artistic Celebration of Motherhood (ACM), is a multi-media event featuring original art ranging from classic portraiture to abstract expressionism. See the Virtual Show and sign up for the Reception!



The Town Hall Women’s Portraits Project

Art Show in person at the Ridgefield Town Hall.  Online Panel discussion with Suzanne Benton and participating artists including ShawnaLee May 18th 6:30-7:30.   Free via Zoom. Sign up through Keeler Tavern Museum here.





Great Hollow Virtual Juried Art Show 2021 starting May 20th – June 30th 2021. See the show here:


Roxbury Congregational Church’s Juried Art at the Meetinghouse Art Show. Online Sale begins June 18th;

June 18, 19, & 20, 2021   Friday evening reception (outdoor tent) and Show Opening (masks & one way traffic to view).  COVID Social Distancing Guidelines in effect.

NEW THIS YEAR! We are supporting one of our Mission Partners, Simply Smiles for the Friday evening reception and show. 100% of the price of each painting sold, up to $10,000 will go to Simply Smiles!  This is due to the generous sponsorship of Nutmeg Investments. ALSO Some artwork will be available online for purchase June 18 – 25, 2021, or when sold. Link to be posted June 17.


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 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.

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 $50/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 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