Events & Classes


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



Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 1st 10-2pm

St. Georges Episcopal Church, Middlebury CT

ShawnaLee will be there to to share the joy of pet portraiture with guests! Sketches created during the event of your attending pet will be offered for $40 per subject!



All Ages & Abilities!!!

Private Art lessons are perfect for any artist wishing to improve their skills.    Classes may be in person or via Zoom.  Your classes are catered to your specific artistic goals and needs. 

Minimum of ten lessons: Ten Half Hour lessons: $350; Ten One hour lessons: $600;

Ten Portfolio development lessons including specific caring critiques: $750.   or


YOUTH Art Classes:

In Person! Private Art Studio just minutes from MES & MMS.

Sign up for 3:30-4:30 or 4:30- 5:30pm.

FALL: Five weeks: November:  9, 16, no class 23, 30; 12/7, 14:  $100

Winter 2023: Ten Weeks $200: Jan. 4,11,18, 25; Feb. 1, 8,15, 22; March 1, 8.

Spring: Ten weeks: $200:  March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24. 

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 artist.  Inclement weather will be via Zoom.  Email your interest & sign student enrollment form.  Each ten week session is $200.  Payment may be made with a check made out to: ShawnaLee Kwashnak OR Venmo to @Andrew-Kwashnak  *Materials list will be provided upon registration. (New students will need drawing pencils, erasers and paper).    Ages 8-18!  (yes, I have had several students go through the entire ten year program!!!!)

Pandemic Portraiture ~ Reflections of Healing

More information on the FY22 page of this website: FY22



Online: Medieval Inspired Watercolors with ShawnaLee

This class will be offered again Winter 2023! Watch for details! Please let me know what’s convenient for you! 

In this eight week watercolor class, we will take our inspiration right out of 12th century manuscripts that were illuminated with incredibly detailed paintings of flora, fauna, fruits, and seeds!  The first class we will focus on exploring and getting comfortable with sketching and painting techniques followed by discovering the color-value blends for our initial lay in.  As the class progresses, students will be lead through the finishing process that brings a special “glow” to our subjects.   Each step will be demonstrated as we paint through the process together.   A PDF of our subjects will be emailed to registered students for convenience reference printing.  Class time allowing, we may also create a smaller painting of Chinese lanterns after our focus painting is completed together.  This is a very rich, fun and meditative class filled with uplifting artistic conversation and camaraderie!  

Materials needed:

Watercolors, rinse cup, paper towels, paint brushes (liner & round, and a 1” flat such as from a hardware store), mixing plate/tray, pad of watercolor paper about 11×15” – (hot or cold press is fine; I will be using Fabriano watercolor paper), an “H” pencil, kneaded eraser, chopsticks or similar, low-tack tape.  For questions, email

Sign up here!  Students may also pay via Venmo: @Andrew-Kwashnak


Watercolor Workshop – “Butterflies of the Sanctuary”

2023: January 22; 29 & Feb. 5th from 3-5pm

Catherine Violet Hubbard Sanctuary $125 for all three classes.  The class will be available for signing up soon. Please check back often.



Autumn Views: ONLINE CLASS: Tuesdays starting Nov 1st, 2022 6:30-8:30pm $79


Heritage Village:

Falling for Watercolors!

Fridays October 14, 21, 28; 11/4     9-11am    $80; min. 5 students; maximum 12 (room allowing)

Register through Heritage Village or email Karen Stewart, B&P Corresponding Secretary at Karen Stewart

Fall into Watercolor Painting with ShawnaLee! During this 4-week class, participants will learn about watercolors while enjoying the abundance of our fall’s brilliant colors. Students will learn about the varied methods of painting in watercolors while creating textures, layers, and glazing! Students will be expertly guided through different watercolor processes and techniques with brief demonstrations followed by creative exploration.  Time allowing, we will paint leaves, still life arrangements, and landscapes together.

Recommended materials:

  • Watercolor paper  11×14″  is a good size.
  • Assortment of brushes – various sizes and types.  (ShawnaLee loves her “mops” size 2 & 8, a liner sized 2; an acrylic round #2, and a 1” flat house brush).
  • Watercolor paints – Tube or solid (tube paints need a palette)
  • Mixing tray/plate
  • Pencil and an eraser
  • Paper towels & large rinse cup
  • Salt, light colored crayons or wax, natural sponge, old toothbrush. 
  • First class, please bring a handful of interesting Fall Leaves!


Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists & Loft Artists Association present:

Faces & Figures  #FF22

October 6th – November 7th 2022   575 Pacific Street Stamford CT

ShawnaLee is teaching a special Class at the Loft Artist’s Association: Introduction to Portraiture for youth ages 12 & up with ShawnaLee!


The Kellogg Environmental Center

One Person Art Show & possible events!!!! 

November 15th through December 31st 2022.


Brookfield Craft Center, A Tradition of Excellence Faculty Art Show

Opening Reception Saturday, September 24 from 4-7 PM

Sept. 10th – Oct. 9th   Gallery Hours: Tue.-Fri. 12-5pm, Sat. 11am-5pm, Sun. 12-4pm


Terryville Public Library – December 2022.  Display of hand woven Grapevine Baskets in their display cases.





Howard Whittemore Naugatuck Library

JUNE 2023


The Town Hall Women’s Portraits Project

Art Show in person at the Ridgefield Town Hall. Permanent collection.





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.).   Cost includes all materials & handouts. 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. $75 ($150 value).

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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 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 or offered via Zoom at the discretion of the instructor;  Rescheduled classes typically are added to the end of the session.

Photographs-Students may be photographed or sketched 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,  classes are not being recorded.

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.

Take-home supportive materials/worksheets may be provided to your student upon request and with your understanding that you will be billed at $75/hr for the research, thought and custom development of the requested supportive materials/worksheets specific to your student outside of class instructional time. All materials provided are the intellectual property of the instructor and may only be used for your student’s education. 

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 30 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