Events & Classes







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

Mother’s Day Gifts!

Charcoal Child Portraits  for Mother’s/Father’s Day!

Gift Certificates available! 

ShawnaLee will help make your Mother’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.

Youth Summer Art Camp:

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









Brookfield Craft Center:

  1. Medieval Inspired watercolor drawing and painting Thursdays May 6-27th 1-3pm
  2. Drawing Animals Tuesday, May 06, 2021-Thursdays May 27, 2021  10-12pm


  1. Watercolor Crocus. May 4th 6:30-8:30pm two weeks
  2. Watercolor Spring. May 19th 6:30-8:30pm two weeks

Farmington Continuing Ed:

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

Society of Creative Arts of Newtown:  In Person Pet Portrait Oil Painting Class.  Mondays May 17, 24 & June 7, 14, 21, 28.  9-12 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. 




Through SCAN:  Wednesday May 12th 1-3pm. An Oil Painting Pet Portrait Demonstration. FREE. Sign up:

6 week Art Class to follow to be held on Mondays 10-12am.



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

Panel discussion with Suzanne Benton and participating artists including ShawnaLee.   Free via Zoom.  May 18th 6:30-7:30





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