Events & Classes

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WATCH for exciting new updates for 2024!



Here is a list of classes being offered this Winter 2024! Please check back often for updates and new Pop-Up classes! Let me know if there is something you’d like to see!

EdAdvance: Classes to be held at Pomperaug High School in Southbury CT.

Brookfield Craft Center:
OPEN HOUSE classes: Sunday May 19th. 
1-3PM “A Taste of Sketching Portraits” 
3-5PM A Taste of Watercolor Painting”


YOUTH SUMMER: Registration opens March 15th.

Fairfield Museum and History Center


 July 13th & August 10th  from 11 am to 2 pm. 



Brookfield Craft Center: 

 Boutique available during open hours year-round.  ShawnaLee is selling several notecards and a few paintings.   Worth the visit! Something for everyone at Brookfield Craft Center ~ a place where the word “Craft” means exceptional artisan skill! 


 “Myths and Folklore”  April 6, 2024 thru May 31, 2024


Oxford public library with the Oxford Cultural Arts Commission



A Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists Juried Members Show
April 24th – June 27th 2024
Reception Thursday May 16th 5:30-7:30pm
Stamford Governor Center 888 Washington Blvd Stamford CT.
The two works that will be on display include:
“Kamelmacher family: Lost but not forgotten” A charcoal portrait of a family that was murdered in the Holocaust. One family member escaped.
“Dandy with his Vicki” a darling oil painting of Dandy with his “Mom” person! Dandy, an exuberant black lab is caught sharing good times.


The Town Hall Women’s Portraits Project

Art Show in-person at the Ridgefield Town Hall as part of their Permanent collection. ShawnaLee’s Oil Painting of Amy. Amy is shown being held back by a corded telephone – as an historical reminder to the challenges women continue to face as they shatter the glass ceiling in every career.

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!


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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.  In person classes by arrangement with location.

Email me today! Thanks!

About ShawnaLee’s Art Lessons:

ShawnaLee’s art lessons are kind and inclusive with an emphasis on personal advancement.  She has been instructing art for over 30 years and serves as a board member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. Instruction is rooted in the tradition of the Masters while upholding a Mother’s instincts for the natural progression of learning for each artist!   ShawnaLee was an active Girl Scout Leader (over 10 years).  The girls in her oldest troop (64146) ALL earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards and her second troop (64171) have earned their Silver Awards and one girl earned her Gold Award!    Nothing could be more rewarding than sharing the joy of art and creative discovery with others!  Sign up for art lessons 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”. 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


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 or sketched 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 model consent when signing up for classes.  Recordings: Classes are not 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 are expected as part of a positive class curriculum; we practice a positive “Oreo cookie” art critique format that supports the emotional integrity of every student.  Students are to respect personal space of self, pets and others.  Students (& instructor) 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’s artistic educational needs 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 while enrolled.