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! Thanks!


 Learn how to Draw Animals! Wednesdays  7-8:30 pm  $60/ workshop ~ at Co-Worker Hub

Workshop   1)  MAY 23 & 30 CATS & DOGS

Workshop   2)       JUNE 6 & 13  HORSES

Learn how to draw a pet or favorite animal!  Lessons will include tips on animal features including the eyes, nose, ears and fur.  Please bring an 8×10 photograph of your subject, drawing paper, erasers and a variety of pencils. Pr-registration and payment required.  artist@shawnalee.com   Send payment to: shawnaLee Kwashnak 59 Bioski Rd., Middlebury Ct 06762

 


Animal Eyes: Tuesdays   10-12 4 week course: $160  CoWorkerHub

MAY 8, 15, 22, 29

Come learn essential skills and techniques for creating drawings of animal eyes! New and seasoned artists are welcome and will benefit from varied exercises and  brief demonstrations.  We plan to draw several animal eyes!   Award winning artist, ShawnaLee Kwashnak, will skillfully guide you through the drawing process while sharing tips garnered from years of study.   Please bring drawing paper, erasers and a variety of pencils.

Pr-registration and payment required.  artist@shawnalee.com   Send payment to: shawnaLee Kwashnak 59 Bioski Rd., Middlebury Ct 06762


Learn how to DRAW your Pet’s Portrait!   Thursdays   10-12 4 weeks / $160  CoWorkerHub

MAY 10, 17, 24, 31

Learn how to draw a pet or favorite animal!  Award winning Pet Portrait artist, ShawnaLee Kwashnak, will skillfully guide you through the drawing process.   Lessons will include tips on animal features including the eyes, nose, ears and fur.  Please bring an 8×10 of your preferred subject, drawing paper, erasers and a variety of pencils to the first class.

Pr-registration and payment required.  artist@shawnalee.com   Send payment to: shawnaLee Kwashnak 59 Bioski Rd., Middlebury Ct 06762


ABSTRACT Animals – O’Keefe Style! $80/workshop  CoWorker Hub

Workshop #1 Tuesdays  JUNE 5,12   10-12

Workshop #2 Thursdays JUNE 7,14  10-12

Practice and hone your skills of observation while creating a drawing of an animal similar to Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers!  All levels are welcome and will be guided through the process.  Photographs will be available to choose from or bring your own!  Please bring paper, a variety of pencils, erasers.

Pr-registration and payment required.  artist@shawnalee.com   Send payment to: shawnaLee Kwashnak 59 Bioski Rd., Middlebury Ct 06762


SUMMER WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP with ShawnaLee

@ CoWorker Hub

July 7th 9:00-12

$50

Come relax in this Summer Saturday morning workshop while you learn about and enjoy painting a beach-scape in watercolors!   Lessons will include learning about techniques, brushstrokes, and artist tips.  This class is suitable for beginners as well as experienced  artists.    Co-Worker Hub is air conditioned and comfortable!  After your class, stroll downstairs to find an ice-cream shop!

Pr-registration and payment required. Email ShawnaLee: artist@shawnalee.com  and send payment to: shawnaLee Kwashnak 59 Bioski Rd., Middlebury Ct 06762


youth SUMMER SATURDAY MORNING ART CAMP 

Stay-cation Fun with ShawnaLee to be held at CoWorker Hub in Middlebury.

July 21,28; August 4,11,18

Session one: 9:00 -11 Register

Session two: 11-1:00  Register

5 weeks $195 plus $10 material fee/session payable at first class.

Youth ages 8 &up.  Your camper will have a blast!  My Summer Art Campers will enjoy a mix of drawing, painting and sculpture as they learn how to see like an artist, sculpt their world, and excersize their imaginations!  Campers that sign up for both sessions will get to choose different subjects for their projects!  Please wear art clothes and bring a water bottle, peanut-free snack,  and a smile!  Enrollment is limited – sign up today!

Co-Worker Hub is air conditioned and comfortable!  After your class, stroll downstairs to find an ice-cream shop!

Policy: Refunds paid up to 7 days prior to event.  Once session starts, no refunds will be provided unless instructor cancels class. In the event of an instructor cancellation, you may choose a refund or apply the amount towards a future art class of mutual convenience.  Material fees ($10)  are non refundable.   Email ShawnaLee with any questions or concerns artist@shawnalee.com


Spring Into Art ~  begins April 11th 2018Youth art course

Openings available for new students to join!

Wednesdays:   4:30-5:30 pm
10 weeks $130 materials included
April 11,25 May 2,9,16,23,30, June 6,13,20                                                                                                      Private Art Studio ~ to register: artist@shawnalee.com

Spring into art through the joy of drawing & painting while utilizing a variety of quality artists materials.  Warm-ups will consist of spring’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”.


Advanced Art ~ begins April 11th 2018

Openings available for new students to join!

Youth art course

Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 pm
10 weeks $150 materials included
April 11,25 May 2,9,16,23,30, June 6,13,20                                                                                                       Private Art Studio ~ to register: artist@shawnalee.com

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.


 

 

 

 

Pen & Ink Drawing ~ begins May 8th 2018

Adult

Tuesdays May 8,15,22,29

6-8pm

$79 Pomperaug High School   234 Judd Rd  Southbury CT                                                                       Register: https://reg.educationconnection.org/registration/htdocs/index.php

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.

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.
*Instead of everyone having to purchase an expensive pad of specialized paper, participants may purchase individual sheets of pen&ink paper directly from instructor for $1/sheet.


  Fall Into Drawing

Adults/Teens
Pomperaug High School
EdAdvance
6:30-8:30
9/25; 10/2,9,16

Whether a new or seasoned artist, this class will provide participants with a working appreciation of artist skills while working from Fall inspired subject matter. Class lessons will include warm ups and brief demonstrations.

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.

A supply list will be provided by the instructor. Materials may be purchased through the instructor.


 Pen & Ink

Adults

Pomperaug High School via EdAdvance

Class meeting dates: 10/17,24; no class on Halloween. 11/7,14.

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.

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.
*Instead of everyone having to purchase an expensive pad of specialized paper, participants may purchase individual sheets of pen&ink paper directly from instructor..

To Register (winter/spring catalogue), go to: Foothills Continuing Education: http://edadvance.org/adult-learners/foothills-adult-continuing-education
search for “Courses and Workshops”, then select “Adult Education”; Your Location will be “Pomperaug High School”; Category will be “arts, crafts and hobbies”.

Thank you for taking my class! I am looking forward to sharing the fun and joy of drawing with Pen&Ink with you!


Charcoal Drawing

Adults

Class days TBD

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!).To Register (winter/spring catalogue), go to: Foothills Continuing Education: http://edadvance.org/adult-learners/foothills-adult-continuing-education
search for “Courses and Workshops”, then select “Adult Education”; Your Location will be “Pomperaug High School”; Category will be “arts, crafts and hobbies”.Thank you for taking my class! I am looking forward to sharing the fun and joy of drawing with Charcoals with you!

  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


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 by CSOPA & AE instructor, 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  JUNE
Middlebury Congregational Church    End of June or first week after school ends.  M-F   9-12:15A tremendously successful week of half day camp filled with rich experiences in science, recreation, art, 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.

 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 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: $130 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