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

 



Woodbury Arts Walk ~ Aug. 19th 5-8pm

EnPleinAir Child Portraiture will be offered while you watch! Recent works will be on display.  Sizes & Portrait offerings to be announced soon.  Find ShawnaLee on Main Street South Woodbury CT by the stone walls.

Not interested in making a purchase, but want to be supportive?



Meet the Artist & Pet Portrait Demonstration!

Thursday September 2nd 2021 from 10-12noon via Zoom! $10

Meet Pet Portraitist, ShawnaLee, See examples of works from her art studio and watch a Pet Portrait demonstration!  Your ticket may be applied towards your next portrait! Details & for signing up Click Here!

 



ART LESSONS:



Semi-Private & Private Courses:


Drawing Skills Online Art Studio

Monday evenings September 6,13,20, & 27th 2021 from 6:30-8:30pm $130

In this four week Drawing Skills course, Improve your drawing skills and artists eye while learning artistic tools such as mark making, creating and using values, as well as increasing your power of observation! Kind and caring guided discussions and demonstrations will be provided along with practices followed by immediate positive instructor feedback. We will look at master works for inspiration and learn how to observe and draw from life. This class is superb for anyone wanting to improve their skills – from casual doodlers to advanced artists seeking to refresh their toolkit!

For more details and to sign up via eventbrite – click here!

 


Drawing Toolkit Online Art Studio

Tuesday evenings October 5,12,19,26 from 6:30-8:30pm  $130

In this four week Drawing Skills course, Improve your drawing skills and artists eye while learning artistic tools such as mark making, creating and using values, as well as increasing your power of observation! Kind and caring guided discussions and demonstrations will be provided along with practices followed by immediate positive instructor feedback. We will look at master works for inspiration and learn how to observe and draw from life. This class is superb for anyone wanting to improve their skills – from casual doodlers to advanced artists seeking to refresh their toolkit!

For more details and to sign up via Eventbrite – Click here!

 


PRIVATE ART LESSONS:

Private Art lessons are perfect for any artist wishing to improve their skills.   Classes may be in person or via Zoom.

Starting at $60/hr

artist@shawnalee.com   or   artistshawnalee@gmail.com

 

 



YOUTH:



FALL 2021    9/8,15,22,29; 10/6,13,20,27; 11/3,17 4:30-5:30pm   $165

WINTER 2022 1/5,12,19,26; 2/2,9,16,23; 3/2,9.

SPRING 2022 3/16, 30; 4/6,13,20,27; 5/4,11,18,25; 6/1

In Person! Outdoor Studio!!!!! Please dress for weather. Rainy/inclement days will be on Zoom.  I am hoping to have my studio finished in time for  inclement days this coming fall.

Fall, Winter & Spring into art through the joy of drawing & painting while staying safe during our pandemic.  This class is an EXCEPTIONAL value for your youth!  Our classes typically begins with a demonstration / warm up sketch followed by a combination of art discussion, art history, caring critiques etc..  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 through time-tested exercises coupled with projects that offer the opportunity to put their skills to use. Students develop close camaraderie and get to know the studio pets who think art students are family.  Email your interest & sign student enrollment form.   Payment may be made with a check made out to: ShawnaLee Kwashnak OR Venmo to @Andrew-Kwashnak


Youth Summer Art Camps:

  • Farmington Continuing Ed ~ ZOOM: Classes for ages 12 & up.
    1. Drawing Wild Animals August 3,10,17 6:30-8:30pm online.  ages 12-16
  • OIL PAINTING for ages 12 & up! IN PERSON Private Outdoor Art Studio in Middlebury CT –  TBA Please email ShawnaLee your interest. artist@shawnalee.com
    I would love to have a group to learn how to stretch, prime, and learn the art of oil painting with! Class will be held outdoors and will be 2 hours long per class.  I haven’t decided if it will be a week long intensive or once a week.  Students will be expected enjoy drawing and painting from life for at least 30 minute stretches in this Advanced Interest youth class! 

 



ADULT WORKSHOPS / CLASSES:



 

 

 

 

 

 

Brookfield Craft Center: Zoom

  1. Watercolors of Fall – Beginners: 9/7-9/28 10-12noon
  2. Watercolors of Fall – Intermediate: Tuesdays, October 05- 26, 2021 10-12noon
  3. Drawing Fundamentals: Thursdays, September 09-30, 202; 9-11am
  4. Drawing Fundamentals:Thursdays, October 07- 28, 2021; 9-11am
  5. Medieval Inspired Watercolor Painting for intermediate/advanced. Sept & Oct. 5 weeks each course.

EdAdvance: Zoom

  • Autumn Watercolors Oct 4,11,18,25 6:30-8:30pm
  • Spooktacular Pen & Ink & Watercolors Oct 20 & 27th 6:30-8:30pm
  • Drawing Basics Nov. 23 & 30 6:30-8:30pm

Farmington Continuing Ed: Zoom

  1. Pen&Ink Watercolor Abstract Creative Tuesdays August 3,10,17 9-11am  2 more students needed
  2. Watercolors of Fall ages 16 & up Wednesdays Sept. 15,22,29;10/6
  3. Pen&Ink with Watercolors ages 16 & up Thursdays Oct. 7,14,21,28 2021

 



ART SHOWS to see VIRTUALLY or IN-PERSON



Brookfield Craft Center’s upcoming exhibit: “A Tradition of Excellence: Faculty Show” in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery. The exhibition begins Saturday, July 31, and it runs through Sunday, August 29, 2021.

I will have four works of art included: Finley in Charcoals, Roxie in Oils, and two illustrations from my Medieval inspired Art Classes – created after Joris.  Love what I do?

 

 


“How We Survived” A Pandemic Art Show:

Brookfield Public Library  – October 2021

The show will examine how people of all ages used art and creativity to navigate through the pandemic. It will be held in the Brookfield Library’s community room as well as virtually on the Library’s website for the month of October 2021.  ShawnaLee will be showing several of her pandemic works.

 

 


Waterbury Art Crawl: Sept. 24-25th 2021  11 am – 4 pm.

Art exhibits will be held in The Silas Bronson Library, Post University community room, The Mattatuck Museum, and St. John’s Church hall.

Each exhibit will be connected by a walking tour of public art in downtown Waterbury.  People will be given a card with a palette printed on it.  At each site a colored stamping will be added. When all the exhibits are represented the person is entitled to a free glass of wine at the Marriot. 

ShawnaLee will be showing her work of “In loving memory of Eric Marsden”.
 
 
 
 

 


The Town Hall Women’s Portraits Project

Art Show in person at the Ridgefield Town Hall. 


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

VIRTUAL student ART SHOW!

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!!!!!

 



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.



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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! artist@shawnalee.com



ART LESSON POLICIES:

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 $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 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