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.  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 $150 materials included/class.  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 (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. 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.

SPRING Session: “Spring Into Art” STARTS April 3rd 2019

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

FALL Into Art 2019:   Sept. 11,18,25; Oct. 2,16,23,30; Nov. 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 1,8,22,29; May 6,13,20,27;  June 3, 10


Meet Pet Portrait Artist, ShawnaLee Kwashnak!  FREE Event!

JULY 10th 2019

AUGUST 7th 2019

SEPTEMBER 4th 2019

 7 PM8:30 PM FREE

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.    To register, click on the date above for your free ticket.  If you have any questions, please drop me an email: 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.

CALL for Pet Portrait Subjects! One lucky pet will be the demonstrated sketch during each event! Email pet photos & personality description to ShawnaLee: artist@shawnalee.com   The finished sketch will be offered for $50 (+tax) – a more than 80% savings!


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 (please email me for recommended brands):
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!

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!

Share your email with ShawnaLee for EXCUSIVE offers! artist@shawnalee.com.

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/


Tuesday June 11th 2019

7-9pm

location TBConfirmed (Danbury Hackerspace)
 
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!
Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome!
We will use our favorite cup of coffee & related items as our subjects!

SUMMER 2019 Saturday Morning Teen Art Camp
June 15th, 22, & 29th (edited due to family conflict)

9-12 noon

$165    $100
Held at CoWorker Hub
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.


Teen Portraiture Art Camp

July 9-11th 10-11:30am

held at CoWorker Hub

Learn and experience the art of portraiture!
In this unique portrait art workshop teens will gain valuable experience practicing portraiture in a variety of methods including those of the masters! Lessons will cover pencil techniques, facial proportions and varied approaches along with valuable insider tips for observing and sketching the portrait. Please bring drawing materials and printed head shot to class (see below).  Tickets.  

or email: artist@shawnalee.com

Please bring:

  1. a selection of pencils (graphite/charcoal)
  2. 11×14″ art pad
  3. erasers
  4. 8 x 10″ black & white printed head shot of themselves or other person

ShawnaLee is a board member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and recently won The Susan Wakeen Studio Art Award during the FaceTime2019 Classic Techniques in a Digital Age Juried Art Show at the Greenwich Arts Council.

For additional information or questions: artist@shawnalee.com


Saturday Morning Art Camp!

Two Sessions: $95 each

July 13, 20, 27th 2019

EARLY MORNING 9-11am 

LATE MORNING 11-1pm

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 Art Camp your child ages 8 & up will gain valuable experience in creating drawings & paintings while learning about materials, best practices, and methods that they can readily incorporate into their own work.

Please bring to class: an assortment of pencils, erasers, and an an 11×14″ drawing pad.


Drawing Coffee with ShawnaLee

Drawing Secrets!

August 5th 2019 6:30-8:30

CoWorker Hub

$35

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!
Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome!
We will use our favorite cup of coffee & related items as our subjects!
Please bring a selection of pencils, art pad and erasers.

Watercolors of Summer

August 6,7,8 from 11-1pm

$95

Held at CoWorkerHub

Watercolors of Summer with ShawnaLee is the perfect summer art class to take! You will gain valuable experience learning about the varied methods of painting with watercolors that you can immediatly apply to your paintings. With three days back to back, you are sure to make great gains on your watercolor confidence! Class will include learning techniques and painting beach/landscape scenes.

Please bring with you an assortment of paint brushes, watercolor paints (cakes or Tubes), mixing palette, paper towels, and watercolor/mixed media art paper (11×14 is a good size), pictures of your favorite beach/landscape.

For a more detailed list or any questions, email ShawnaLee artist@shawnalee.com


Drawing Pets with ShawnaLee

Mondays Sept. 9,16, 23 from 7-9pm

CoWorkerHub

$95

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 drawing 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.
Please bring your preferred materials that may include:
pencils, colored pencils, drawing paper, vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser and photo references. If you are able, please have your pet’s photo printed.

Fall into Watercolors

September 10,17,24 from 7-9pm

CoWorker Hub

$95

Fall into Watercolor Painting! Let’s have a blast with watercolors while enjoying the abundance of fall! 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.
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
paper towels

Drawing Coffee with ShawnaLee

Thursdays September 12,19,26th 2019

CoWorker Hub

$95

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!
Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome!
We will use our favorite cup of coffee & related items as our subjects!
Please bring:
your favorite pencils, art pad, erasers.
Coffee is on the house at CoWorker Hub so you can enjoy some while drawing some!

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? Private Lessons? email me today! Thanks!  artist@shawnalee.com