Art Lessons

Thank you for your interest in art lessons! Scroll down to see upcoming art courses as well as popular courses taught throughout the year!

 

ShawnaLee has been teaching art to students of all ages and abilities for over 27 years and loves to share her joy of art and techniques to aspiring artists! 

Getting stuck on a drawing? Not sure how to proceed or what to do? Need help with anatomy?  Enjoy art and want to improve your portfolio?   Unwind after school?  ShawnaLee can help!

ART Classes with ShawnaLee are taught at a variety of Venues such as her private art studio, EdAdvance, or Co Worker Hub in Middlebury etc..  Please scroll down to find the classes that suit your needs or reach out to ShawnaLee at artist@shawnalee.com for more information and to share what you are looking for!  Please provide an email so that you are the first to know when classes become available!  Thanks!


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


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.


SEPTEMBER through June 2018-2019:


WEDNESDAY Youth AFTER-SCHOOL ART SERIES:

Taught Wednesdays after-school starting September 26th 2018.

Sign up for Fall, Winter, Spring. Each session is 10 weeks. Two classes offered:

 3:15-4:15pm  OR  4:30-5:30pm

10 weeks $150 materials included                                                                                              Private Art Studio  to register: artist@shawnalee.com

There are a few openings available in the 3:15 class.  The class has planned Papier Mache for 10/3.  JOIN!

Fall, Winter & Spring into art through the joy of drawing & painting while utilizing a variety of quality artists materials.  Warm-ups will consist of each season’s ever changing natural bounty of beauty followed by projects inspired by your artist!  Students will be guided through the artistic process according to each individual’s needs & abilities. Classes will begin with a warm-up “quick-sketch” of a still life, and then transition into varied projects including a few seasonal “surprises”.

Older and more advanced 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. Lessons will develop the artists eye and hand while exposing students to varied art materials and practices. Enrollment is limited. Students will be encouraged to enter local shows.

WINTER Session: “Feel the Cool” STARTS January 2nd

January 2,9,16,23,30; February 6,13,20,27; March 3rd 2019

SPRING Session: “Spring Into Art” STARTS April 1st (no fooling!)

April 1,10,(no class 17th),24; May1,8,15,22,29; June 5,12 2019


NOVEMBER 2018


Watercolors with ShawnaLee
Monday through Thursday

November 5-8th
10-12 noon
$120
CoWorker Hub 900 straits Turnpike, Ste 205

Artists of all abilities are welcome to partake in the joys of Watercolors in an upbeat fun and relaxing class! Basics of watercolors will be taught in addition to more advanced techniques including color theory, blending, brush work, composition etc. Each student will receive individual attention and every lesson will be explained and demonstrated.

basic watercolors will be provided. Students with their own preferred materials are invited to bring them to class.

To Register:
artist@shawnalee.com
203 598-0065


Creative Drawing with ShawnaLee
Monday through Thursday

November 12-15th 2018
CoWorker Hub 900 straits Turnpike, Ste 205
$120

Do you LOVE to draw? Into making characters, fantasy art, cartooning, or just doodling away? Or maybe you love to draw because it is relaxing! In this class, take your drawing to the next level!
ShawnaLee will share her love of art with you while teaching methods and techniques of drawing that will enhance your projects! Each class will start out with techniques, a brief warmup and then a project of YOUR Choice! No worries, drawing prompts will be provided if you need guidance!

To Register:
artist@shawnalee.com
203 598-0065


Charcoal Drawing:

Tuesdays starting November 20th @ Pomperaug High School in Southbury CT

6:30-8:30  four sessions

$79  Edadvance

Experience the drama and mystery of charcoal while learning drawing skills. Participants will gain an understanding of Charcoals, their techniques and artist uses in addition to learning how to see like an artist. Brief demonstrative sketches by the instructor will highlight challenges as they arise while each participant is guided according to their ability and level of accomplishment. All levels are welcome.
BRING TO FIRST CLASS: paper and a small collection of Charcoal (may be vine or pencil), sharpener and kneaded eraser.Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: create a Charcoal drawing based on learned and practiced skills.
Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: Learning about charcoal, techniques of drawing, composition and charcoal uses.Materials needed: 2B & 4B Charcoal pencils or vine, White Charcoal pencil, kneaded eraser & vinyl eraser (like a staedtler mars plastic or faber-castell dust free), tortillions or old paintbrush; sketch paper 11×14 and 16×20. Scrap paper/newsprint in same sizes, pencil sharpener, toned charcoal paper sized 11×14 to 16×20 (or ironed paper bags!).

DECEMBER 2018


SnowFlakes and More Art Class with ShawnaLee
Thursday December 6th 2018
10-12 noon
CoWorker Hub 900 straits Turnpike, Ste 205
$35

In this one day intensive art class we will dive into the infinite beauty of snowflakes! Learn how to draw and paint these intricate masterpieces of nature! Drawing skills and Watercolor skills will be taught while studying amazing references of snowflakes.
Basic materials will be provided. Students are more than welcome to bring their own preferred materials.

to Register:
artist@shawnalee.com
203 598-0065


January


New Session of Wednesday Afterschool Art: Feel the Cool begins.


PORTRAITURE FOR BEGINNNERS

Thursdays

January 3 & 10th 2019

6:30-8:30pm
$65
to register: artist@shawnalee.com
www.shawnalee.com

Do you love drawing faces, but need a little help? Or maybe your are interested and haven’t had the time. Start the new year off with a Portrait Art Class with ShawnaLee!

In this class, Professional Portrait Artist, ShawnaLee, will guide beginners through the process of creating a portrait step by step. Lessons will cover measurements, proportions, and studies on the features of the face.

Please bring your pencils, erasers and drawing paper to this class.


Drawing Secrets for beginners with ShawnaLee

two Tuesdays
January 8,15
6-8pm
$65
Class held at Co-worker Hub https://coworkerhub.com/
Pre-Register with ShawnaLee: artist@shawnalee.com 203 598-0065
 
Do you watch you-tube tutorials to learn how to draw? Have you got a collection of How-To-Draw books, but never seem to be able to understand where or even how to start? Then this is the class for you! ShawnaLee can guide you through the process of de-mystifying how-to-draw so that you gain valuable skills! In this class, you will learn artist tips and secrets!
Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome!
 
Pre-Register to hold your seat in this very Popular class!

 Watercolor Birds of Winter with ShawnaLee

Two Thursday evenings
January 17, 24
6:30-8:30pm
$65
CoWorker Hub 900 straits Turnpike, Ste 205

Artists of all abilities are welcome to partake in the joys of painting Birds of Winter in Watercolors in an upbeat fun and relaxing class! Basics of watercolors will be taught in addition to more advanced techniques including color theory, blending, brush work, composition etc. Each student will receive individual attention and every lesson will be explained and demonstrated.

Materials List:
mixed media or Watercolor paper
assortment of paint brushes
paper towels
watercolor paints
plate/pallet
Your favorite Winter Bird pictures
pencil & eraser


Portraits for a Cause!

Thursdays
January 24, 31
CoWorker Hub 900 straits Turnpike, Ste 205
$65
PLUS $15 if you choose to participate in the Memory Project.

Drawing Portraits for a cause is a great way to learn about portraiture! Artists of all abilities are welcome to join this class and be guided through the process by a professional portrait artist! Participants are welcome to bring their own 8×10 sized photo references of a subject OR participate in the Memory Project for an additional $15. The memory project is for anyone to participate whether beginner or seasoned artist.

Please Register TWO weeks in advance so that ShawnaLee can make arrangements if you’d like to participate in the Memory project.

Please bring your art supplies to class (pencils, paper etc.).

To REGISTER: email ShawnaLee: artist@shawnalee.com or call 203 598-0065

to learn more about the Memory Project: https://www.memoryproject.org/


February


Drawing Secrets for beginners with ShawnaLee

Two Tuesdays each session

Session One: February 5th & 12th

Second Session: February 26th & March 5th 2019

6-8pm
$65 each session
Class held at Co-worker Hub https://coworkerhub.com/
Pre-Register with ShawnaLee: artist@shawnalee.com 203 598-0065

Do you watch you-tube tutorials to learn how to draw? Have you got a collection of How-To-Draw books, but never seem to be able to understand where or even how to start? Then this is the class for you! ShawnaLee can guide you through the process of de-mystifying how-to-draw so that you gain valuable skills! In this class, you will learn artist tips and secrets!
Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome!

Pre-Register to hold your seat in this very Popular class!


PET Portrait Drawing with ShawnaLee

Two Thursdays
February 21,28
6:30-8:30pm
$65
CoWorker Hub 900 straits Turnpike, Ste 205
To Pre-Register: Contact ShawnaLee artist@shawnalee.com or 203 598-0065.

Have you ever wanted to create a portrait of your very own pet? or one to gift to a dear friend and you want it to look good?
This is the class for you!

Artists of all abilities will be guided through the process of creating a pet portrait in a caring, supportive and creative environment! Learn valuable tips and strategies to help you through the process.

Students are asked to bring several photographs of their pet along in addition to media of personal choice.

Lessons on how to lay out your composition will be provided along with ample demonstrations from the early sketch, blocking in tone, to finishing details of fur, nose, and eyes.

Suggested Materials to bring:
pencils, colored pencils, drawing paper, vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser and photo references. Please print out your references as pics on the phone are not conducive for better drawing.

To Pre-Register: Contact ShawnaLee artist@shawnalee.com or 203 598-0065.


 March


Watch for Pop Up Classes!


Watercolor Painting Easter with ShawnaLee

ONE Thursday
March 7 2019
6:30-8:30pm
$35
classes taught at CoWorkerHub in Middlebury CT
Pre-Register to hold your seat:
ShawnaLee artist@shawnalee.com 203 598-0065

Easter is a treat of colors and patterns for the senses – and for artists! In this class, you will learn about the varied methods of painting in watercolors while you try your hand at painting Easter themed projects to decorate your home or for you to print your own cards with!

Suggested materials list:
mixed media or watercolor paper
pencils/erasers
assortment of paint brushes
paper towels
Easter pictures or objects that you are inspired by!


Watercolor Painting Easter with ShawnaLee

Two Thursdays
March 21,28 2019
6-8pm
$65
classes taught at CoWorkerHub in Middlebury CT
Pre-Register to hold your seat:
ShawnaLee artist@shawnalee.com 203 598-0065

Spring is a treat of colors and patterns for the senses – and for artists! In this class, you will learn about the varied methods of painting in watercolors while you try your hand at painting Spring themed projects to decorate your home or for you to print your own cards with!

Suggested materials list:
mixed media or watercolor paper
pencils/erasers
assortment of paint brushes
paper towels
Easter pictures or objects that you are inspired by!


Charcoal Drawing with Shawnalee

Tuesday, March 12, 19, 26, & April 2, 2019 @ 6:30-8:30

edAdvance

Experience the drama and mystery of charcoal while learning drawing skills. Participants will gain an understanding of Charcoals, their techniques and artist uses in addition to learning how to see like an artist. Brief demonstrative sketches by the instructor will highlight challenges as they arise while each participant is guided according to their ability and level of accomplishment. All levels are welcome.
BRING TO FIRST CLASS: paper and a small collection of Charcoal (may be vine or pencil), sharpener and kneaded eraser.Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: create a Charcoal drawing based on learned and practiced skills.
Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: Learning about charcoal, techniques of drawing, composition and charcoal uses.  
Students are asked to bring a $10 material fee to the instructor on the first day of class and materials will be provided. Thanks!
If you choose to bring and use your own materials:  2B & 4B Charcoal pencils or vine, White Charcoal pencil, kneaded eraser & vinyl eraser (like a staedtler mars plastic or faber-castell dust free), tortillions or old paintbrush; sketch paper 11×14 and 16×20. Scrap paper/newsprint in same sizes, pencil sharpener, toned charcoal paper sized 11×14 to 16×20 (or ironed paper bags!).

 


April:


EdAdvance Spring Into Art with ShawnaLee:

Wednesdays beginning April 3, 10, (not 17th), 24, May 1 2019

Pomperaug High School Soutbury CT

Whether a new or seasoned artist, this class will provide participants with a working appreciation of artist skills while working from Spring inspired subject matter. Class lessons will include warm ups, brief demonstrations and lots of fun!
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: successfully create a drawing anywhere based on learned and practiced skills and a positive inner artist dialogue.
Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: Learning about pencils, techniques, warm-up exercises, seasonal still life drawings, enhanced artist dialogue.

$10 material fee is payable to the instructor on the first class.
Register via FootHills EdAdvance spring catalogue: http://edadvance.org/adult-learners/foothills-adult-continuing-education


MAY


 

Pen & Ink W/Watercolor Drawing Wednesday, May 15, 22, 29 & June 5, 2019 @ 6:30-8:30

EdAdvance PHS

Pen & Ink

Pomperaug High School via EdAdvance

From illuminated manuscripts of the past to printed media, Pen & Ink drawings are a strong expression of art. In this class participants will learn valuable skills of creating a drawing using pen & ink. Brief demonstrative sketches by the instructor will highlight challenges as they arise while each participant is guided according to their ability and level of accomplishment. All levels are welcome.
BRING TO FIRST CLASS: paper, #2 pencil and a small collection of pens with different sized tips such as fine and broad sharpie markers, or micron pigma brand.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: create a Pen & Ink drawing based on learned and practiced skills.
Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: Learning about Pen&Ink methods and techniques, composition and applications.

Students are asked to bring a $10 material fee payable to the instructor on the first day. If you prefer to bring your own:

Materials needed: A variety of pens such as fine and broad tip sharpie markers and/or micron pigma pens sized .01 & .05, #2 pencil, vinyl eraser (like a staedtler mars plastic or faber-castell dust free), sketch paper 11×14 or 16×20. Scrap paper/newsprint. borden-and-riley-paris-bleedproof-paper-for-pens.


The following courses are offered throughout the year based on student interest, availability or by arrangement.  Email ShawnaLee today with your interest! artist@shawnalee.com


GIFTED & TALENTED Art Lessons

This course is for the serious young artist (of any age) that is willing to work hard while having a lot of fun in a studio environment.  Students will learn all about media and how to see and draw while learning artists methods.

Is my child Gifted and Talented?  I have found that children that practice art on their own during their free time  are the ones that are visual-spatially gifted.  My art lessons will give your Gifted child the skills that they need to develop their artistic palette while honoring their appropriate developmental stage.


HORSES, of Course!

This has to be one of my favorite classes – as it was one I developed in my early teaching years spawned from my absolute love of horses, and the mentoring of my late AP Art Instructor, Adam Salvo.  We were collaborating on courses I could teach and it was a unanimous “Horses, of course!” moment!

Horses, of Course! is a class for all of your horse-crazy young artists of any skill! We draw, paint and talk horse-talk!  Lessons include anatomy, bone structure, composition, and simple directions on drawing one of the most complicated (and gorgeous) creatures.

The structure of this class works well if we change the subject matter too – so if you have a dog lover, or cat lover, a course on “Loving Cats, or Loving Dogs” could also be done.  Thanks!


Drawing Your Portrait!

Learn how to draw a Portrait! In this class Youth participants will gain basic skills in creating a self-portrait. Lessons will cover proportions, measurements, eyes, nose, mouth and hair as well as pencil techniques and tips. Working with mirrors, students will be guided through the portrait process in a caring and calm environment. Brief demonstrative sketches , ShawnaLee Kwashnak, will highlight challenges as they arise and each participant will be guided according to his or her ability and level of accomplishment.


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Young artists soaking in the natural beauty of the pond on a beautiful day!

SATURDAY MORNING *SUMMER* ARTS workshop ~

 Youth Art Course.  Spend your artistic time outdoors “en plein air” (in plain air) as artists have for centuries This Summer, students will gain artistic experience using pencils, pen & ink, watercolors, and washes in addition to artisan quality surprises while learning about their natural world.   Continuing artists benefit from reinforced review of artistic techniques while stretching their artistic minds. Artists will be asked to bring a towel, light jacket, visor, water bottle, & sunscreen.

 Public Libraries

Pencil drawing techniques along with guided drawing and demonstrations are frequently offered.

PET PORTRAITS

Learn how to draw your pets!  Pet Portrait artist, ShawnaLee, will guide participants of all abilities and ages through the process of pet portraiture.  Students are asked to bring several photographs of their pet along in addition to media of personal choice.  Lessons on how to lay out your composition will be provided along with ample demonstrations from the early sketch, blocking in tone,  to finishing details of fur, nose, and eyes.

 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL  AUGUST 2018
Middlebury Congregational Church    Typically end of June or first week after school ends. This year’s camp will be in August.
M-F   9-12:15A tremendously successful week of half day camp filled with rich experiences in science, recreation, art with ShawnaLee, music and theater.  Enrollment is limited.  Register through MCC   http://middleburyucc.org/

Inter-generational Art Class

Students of all ages learn to see, draw and paint like an artist while sharing the experience with someone special!

 Horses, Of Course! To be held  En Plein Air.    Lessons include Horse anatomy & bone structure, Pencil drawing techniques, and learning how to see like an artist.   Emphasis is on positive personal growth.
 GUIDED PAINTING   ShawnaLee would be delighted to guide your group through the painting process.  Want something easy?  Provide your reference photos & ShawnaLee will sketch a canvas for you to paint!

ART Lesson Policies:

Art Classes follow the Middlebury Parks & Rec. policy for attendance, cancellations and scheduling.  If region 15 schools are canceled, art classes will be canceled as well.  Makeups for weather  or instructor cancellations will be added after the last class or pro-rated to the next session.

All payments are expected on or before the first class in order to hold your seat.

All refunds must be requested prior to the Week before the program begins. There are no refunds once a program begins, except for medical reasons. A doctor’s note may be required. All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative surcharge unless otherwise stated.  Payment is expected on or before the first class ~ Thank you!

For more information:

ShawnaLee Kwashnak
203 598-0065
artist@shawnalee.com
www.shawnalee.com
Facebook: “Portraits by ShawnaLee”


 

Feel the Cool and practice observation while learning the fun-damentals of creating art!

Feel the Cool ~ ages 8 & up: Students will learn to draw what they see through various artists exercises followed by class inspired projects utilizing varied materials and subjects with a special preference to the stunning beauty that winter has to offer!  Enrollment is limited.

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm
10 weeks: $150 materials included
January to March  

 Advanced Art ~ ages 11 & up:  Older and more advanced 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. Lessons will develop the artists eye and hand while exposing students to varied art materials and practices. Enrollment is limited.

Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 pm
10 weeks $150 materials included
January to March