Events & Classes







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

* Special Artists Sunday Offer!

“Happy-Cat Impressions” Oil Sketches of your Pet!

Spontaneous & Quick, these Impressionistic Oil Sketches capture more than just the gesture of your pet, they capture moments of love!

  •  Oil painting on linen mounted onto hardboard. 
  • 8×10″ $300 + tax ($400 value!).
  • Additional pets each $200 and the size of the painting increases as needed. 
  • *This Special price is Only Available on 11/28/21. 


GATHER your Photos NOW!
  1. Email your pet’s photo to ON Sunday, November 28th, 2021 before Midnight.
  2. Send $50 first payment: (cash, check to ShawnaLee W. kwashnak  59 Bioski Rd., Middlebury CT 06762;   (Or venmo to: @andrew-Kwashnak)
  3. Your first payment check may be postmarked on Saturday 11/27/21 only.
  4. ShawnaLee will confirm with you prior to painting.  Pick up/final payment at Middlebury CT art studio 2nd-3rd week in December or opt for shipping (additional fee).
Gift Certificates are available and must be paid in full — A SUPER Gift with holidays coming up! 



PRIVATE ART LESSONS: 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:







Wednesday Studio ~ in person

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

In Person!  Private Art Studio. Inclement weather will be via Zoom.

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 artis.   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 8,15,22,29; Feb. 5,12, (no class 19),26; March 5th  10-12noon  $275 (materials included!).

Youth Winter Oil Painting!  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 vital 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









Brookfield Craft Center: Zoom

EdAdvance: Zoom

  • Drawing Basics Nov. 23 & 30 6:30-8:30pm
  • Watercolors of Spring. One day: 2/7/22 Monday 6:30-8:30

  • Watercolors of Spring: March 7,14,21,28 6:30-8:30pm
  • Drawing Basics. 2 courses offered:

    1. Feb. 1,8,15, x skip, 3/1
    2. March ,8,15,22,29

Farmington Continuing Ed: Zoom

  • Winter Watercolors 1 /4, 11,18,25

  • Winter Drawing 2/2,9,16,23

  • Watercolors of Spring  3/2,9,16,23

  • Sketching Spring Flowers 4/19,26, 5/3,10



Arts Alliance of Woodbury

2021 Member’s Invitational Exhibition

Woodbury Public Library

December 4- 30, 2021

Opening reception Sunday December 4 from 2:00-4:00PM




Brookfield Craft Center: Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery.

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

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“Art Heals”

Oxford Public Library Gallery ~ 49 Great Oak Rd, Oxford, CT
Oct 2 thru Dec 3, 2021
“Art Heals” is a collection of selected works of art that reflect on times of healing and overcoming challenges, physically and mentally. Artists will share how they’ve used the creative art process to help heal from emotions from everyday stress, trauma or overcome disabilities.

“For the love of cats”

Held at Whiskers Pet Rescue in Southbury CT.

Featuring Caroline Abate’s “Felix” painted by ShawnaLee during the 2021 Annual Benefit Dinner held at the Wyndham Hotel.

This Exclusive 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 with special offers for attendees only.

An Opening Reception & demonstration may be offered. 

These “cat-ivating” portraits will be on view for two months during the winter/spring of 2022.  Dates of the show TBA.

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