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! Email ShawnaLee today with your questions! artist@shawnalee.com

ShawnaLee has been teaching art to students of all ages and abilities for over 26 years and loves to share her joy of art and techniques to aspiring artists!  Getting stuck on a drawing? Need help with anatomy?  Enjoy art and want to improve your portfolio?  Need to unwind after school?  ShawnaLee can help!


NEW!  Art Classes Through Foothills Continuing Education @ Pomperaug High School in 2018!

Starting in January, I will be teaching 3 courses:  Drawing Skills, Charcoal Drawing and Pen&Ink.  Registration is through Foothills Continuing Education for their Winter/Spring 2018 Catalogue.

The Joy of Drawing with ShawnaLee

Whether a new or seasoned artist, this class will provide participants with a working appreciation of artist pencils and techniques. Participants will gain an understanding of pencils, techniques used for drawing 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.  BRING TO FIRST CLASS: paper and graphite pencils.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: create a drawing based on learned and practiced skills and realize a positive inner artist dialogue.
Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: Learning about pencils, techniques, warm-up exercises, composition, seasonal still life drawings, and enhanced artist dialogue.

Suggested Materials: H, 2B, 5B graphite pencils, 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. Charcoal pencils (H or B and 4B) , white charcoal pencil, pencil sharpener, toned charcoal paper sized 11×14 to 16×20.

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”.


Charcoal Drawing @PHS with ShawnaLee

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”.


Pen & Ink Drawing @ PHS with ShawnaLee

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.

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”.


On-Going Youth Courses throughout the school-year taught on Wednesdays for both older students and younger ones!  The first class meets from 3:15-4:15 and the second from 4:30-5:30pm:  For Older students: Advanced Art-Foundations of Drawing;  Younger students: Fall Into Art, Feel the Cool, and Spring Into Art!


Advanced Art – Foundations of Drawing: 

Drawing skills create the foundation of all art. In this course, students will gain experience learning how to see –and think- like an artist through time-tested exercises. Lessons will develop the artists eye and hand while exposing students to varied art materials. Ages 11 & up. Enrollment is limited.

Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 pm
10 weeks $150 materials included
Sept. 13,20,27, Oct. 4,11,18,25, Nov. 1,15, 29

FALL Into Art:
Students will learn to draw what they see through various artists exercises followed by class inspired projects utilizing varied materials and subjects. This course is for the dedicated young artist ages 8 & up. Enrollment is limited.
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm
10 weeks: $130 materials included
Sept. 13,20,27, Oct. 4,11,18,25, Nov. 1,15, 29

Does your artist LOVE something? ShawnaLee would love to hear what he/she is interested in!

email: artist@shawnalee.com or call 203 598-0065 for more information or questions.


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

Feel the Cool:
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! This course is for the dedicated young artist ages 8 & up. Enrollment is limited.
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm
10 weeks: $130 materials included
December 6,13 Jan 3,10,17,24,31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7th 

 Advanced Art – Foundations of Drawing:

Drawing skills create the foundation of all art. In this course, students will gain experience learning how to see –and think- like an artist through time-tested exercises. Lessons will develop the artists eye and hand while exposing students to varied art materials. Ages 11 & up. Enrollment is limited.

Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 pm
10 weeks $150 materials included
December 6,13 Jan 3,10,17,24,31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7th


 Spring Into Art:

Spring Into Art:

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”.

Enrollment is limited.

Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30pm Youth Art Class. March 14,28, April 4, May 2,9,16,23,30, June 6, 13…. just minutes from MES/MMS.

Advanced Art ~ Youth class.

Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 ~ March 7,14,28, April 4, May 2,9,16,23,30, June 6..
Drawing skills create the foundation of all art. In this course, students will gain experience learning how to see –and think- like an artist through time-tested exercises. Lessons will develop the artists eye and hand while exposing students to varied art materials. Ages 11 & up. Enrollment is limited.

Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 pm
10 weeks $150 materials included
March ,14,28, April 6, May 2,9,16,23,30, June 6,13


Art Classes at Arts Escape in Southbury!

ShawnaLee has been teaching Workshops at Arts Escape in Southbury since the Summer of 2017 and her classes are filling up fast!  Course offerings include Drawing Basics, and will soon include Themed workshops and open studios.  On the horizon is a Book Journey Project that will feature a launch party on January 21st at 2pm 2018.  Watch Arts Escape Events and Program pages for more details as they become available!


Arts Escape: Let’s Draw (Basic Drawing) ~ new students welcome!

 

Instructor, ShawnaLee Kwashnak
Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26  Interested in this class? Let me know!
10 am – 12 noon

This 4 -week basic drawing class is for students that want to refresh their drawing skills or want to learn how to draw more than the proverbial “stick figure.” Learn to draw and exercise your skills! In this class, participants will be exposed to numerous methods and techniques of creating drawings and will gain a working understanding of the process.  Find out how to draw the steam of your hot cocoa (drink some too!), create a lovely Pumpkin still life, and savor the beauty of Fall Apples!  Every class will open with a focused lesson that may be immediately applied to each participants drawings. Brief demonstrative sketches by the instructor will highlight challenges as they arise and each participant will be guided according to his or her ability and level of accomplishment.

Please bring a favorite Hot Chocolate Mug to the first class! (or tea mug ?
The fee for the 4 – week workshop is $125.  Most supplies are included.

This Class will be offered again in 2018. Watch Arts Escape for more details!

REGISTER Through Arts Escape


Arts Escape: Look At This Leaf
Drawing & Painting

Instructor, ShawnaLee Kwashnak
Monday, November 20th, 2017
1 pm – 3 pm  Interested in this class? Let me know!

Wow – look at this leaf! The autumn time of year in New England never fails with its beautiful display of richly colored leaves.  No two are alike.  Pick up a leaf, or two or three and take a closer look!

In this guided class, students will create paintings of the bright colored leaves!  Students will be guided through the process of learning how to draw and create paintings worthy of their vibrant colors. Students may work in Pen & Ink, watercolors, acrylics or oils.  Brief demonstrative sketches by the instructor will highlight challenges as they arise and each participant will be guided according to his or her ability and level of accomplishment and goals.  All levels are welcome!  You are welcome to bring your own materials or use class supplies.  Spot a leaf you love? Bring it!

The fee for the 1-day workshop is $35 which includes supplies.


NEW! Summer Arts Camp at Arts Escape in Southbury!

Ages 8 & up.

A fun and ever-changing exploration of media from drawing, painting and sculpture to nurture and enhance skills of your budding artist while loving the joys of summer!
Please wear art clothes. Materials included. More information TBA soon.

For Class Fee & Registration:
Arts Escape
88 Main St S, Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 586-1474

http://artsescape.org/site/


  The following courses are offered throughout the year based on student interest, availability or by arrangement.


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.

Stonecrest horse

This is Hershey rendered in Charcoals with a hint of soft pastel.

 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 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 Wednesday 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 $10.00 administrative surcharge unless otherwise stated.

For more information:

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