Events & Classes


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




Portraits by ShawnaLee will be offering “Street Sketches” from live models during the Woodbury Arts Walk on Thursday August 18th from 5-8pm. 

Each street sketch will be created directly from life with artist’s Charcoals.  Sittings for models will be about 10-15 minutes long.  Everyone, from children and adults to leashed pets are welcome to “pose” as models in the artist’s official sitter’s chair!  These very special event sketches will be infused with the joyful energy of the evening and will ONLY be offered during the event.   Sketches may be purchased for $40* cash or via venmo.  The Art Walk Sketches will be fixed/wrapped and come with a certificate of authenticity.  The sittings are first come-first served and are limited.



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.  Minimum of ten lessons: Half Hour lessons $350; One hour $600; Portfolio $750/hr.   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 2022: Five weeks: Sept. 7,14,21,28; October: (no class 5th), 12. $100

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


Summer Youth Zoom Classes through Farmington Continuing Ed:

Watercolors of Summer Mon Jul 11 – Fri Jul 15  6:30 – 8:30 PM



Farmington Continuing Ed: Zoom


Brookfield Craft Center: Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery.

Featuring the artworks of Faculty students of Brookfield Craft Center’s classes.  Instructor examples will also be on view. 

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

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Oxford Library Gallery

“Summer by the Seashore” Exhibit
June 18th thru August 19th

Meet and Greet Artist Reception Saturday July 23 at 12:30-2:30 pm


Brookfield Craft Center

September (TBA) through October 9th 2022 – A Tradition of Excellence – featuring the works of Brookfield Craft Center’s talented Instructors. 

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists & Loft Artists Association present:

Faces & Figures  #FF22

October 6th – November 7th 2022

575 Pacific Street Stamford CT


The Kellogg Environmental Center

One Person Art Show & possible events!!!! 

November 15th through December 31st 2022.




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.).  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 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 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.

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 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