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Summer Field Photography Workshop – Seascape and Sunset Photography

Hammonanset State Park

Learn hands-on, in the field at the beautiful beach of Hammonaset State Park with award-winning photographer, John Munno. Come and recharge, rejuvenate and revitalize yourself in nature while learning to shoot spectacular, interesting photographs. All levels of experience are welcome!

Equipment: Digital or Mirror-less cameras with the ability to change shutter and aperture speeds is recommended. No cell phone cameras. Tripods.

The sea has a special lure, energy, and presence that lends itself beautiully to photography. The ocean with it’s ever changing waves and movement makes for endless possibilities to capture through photography, especially long exposure photography.

Topics: In this workshp students will learn tips and strategies to capture the beautiful ocean scene through the use of long exposure photography creating a sense of motion and timelessness.  Lots of photo shooting time will be provided for all to practice and take some great photos. Students will learn to create photos with life, energy and beauty.

Come to Connecticut’s largest beach to breathe in the sea air, view salt marshes, and take in the beauty of the Connecticut Coast.

The two-hour workshop is limited to 10 students and the fee is $45.

Students are required to make their own transportation arrangements. Please make sure you arrive 15 minutes prior to the workshop and have your equipment ready to go at 6 pm.

Rain Date – August 19th

Plein Air Painting Workshop with Anda Styler

Bellamy Ferriday House and Gardens- Bethlehem, CT

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of the studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. This one-day workshop is for those students who would like to paint outdoors under the guidance of an instructor. Students will learn about composition, color, value and perspective during the class.

Students should arrive fifteen minutes early and meet in the parking lot of each venue. There will be a short demonstration on observation, composition and palette.

Supplies are: easel, paints (acrylic or oil) brushes, solvents, water, palettes, paper towels, sketching materials chair (optional) garbage bag, and hand sanitizerRestrooms will be available

Workshops are limited to 15 students and the fee for each workshop is $50.

This workshop will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.


Plein Air Painting Workshop with Anda Styler

Bellamy Ferriday House and Gardens- Bethlehem, CT

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of the studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. This one-day workshop is for those students who would like to paint outdoors under the guidance of an instructor. Students will learn about composition, color, value and perspective during the class.

Students should arrive fifteen minutes early and meet in the parking lot of each venue. There will be a short demonstration on observation, composition and palette.

Supplies are: easel, paints (acrylic or oil) brushes, solvents, water, palettes, paper towels, sketching materials chair (optional) garbage bag, and hand sanitizerRestrooms will be available

Workshops are limited to 15 students and the fee for each workshop is $50.

This workshop will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.


Plein Air Painting Workshop with Anda Styler

Bellamy Ferriday House and Gardens- Bethlehem, CT

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of the studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. This one-day workshop is for those students who would like to paint outdoors under the guidance of an instructor. Students will learn about composition, color, value and perspective during the class.

Students should arrive fifteen minutes early and meet in the parking lot of each venue. There will be a short demonstration on observation, composition and palette.

Supplies are: easel, paints (acrylic or oil) brushes, solvents, water, palettes, paper towels, sketching materials chair (optional) garbage bag, and hand sanitizerRestrooms will be available

Workshops are limited to 15 students and the fee for each workshop is $50.

This workshop will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.


Bellamy Writing Workshops

Monthly Workshops to be included in the 2021 Year-End Showcase

Come write at the beautiful Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem, a Connecticut Landmarks property. This writing workshop will draw on the flowers and plants on the property for our inspiration, as well as the paintings and photographs that Arts Escape students are creating on-site. Students will be provided prompts and exercises to get them started and guide them to creating finished drafts. All levels are welcome. You may sign up for one or more workshops; enroll in the series and receive a discounted price.

Our classroom will be inside in the kitchen of the historic Bellamy-Ferriday House. We will also be outside on the grounds, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Find out more about the history of this property at https://ctlandmarks.org/properties/bellamy-ferriday-house-garden/

The fee for each workshop is $35 or $125 for all four workshops.
Please use the drop-down menu when registering.

Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm (www.marchfarmthebook.com). She holds a graduate degree in writing from The Graduate Institute and one in music from Lesley University, where she studied historical women composers. She also studied in the MFA program at Manhattanville College. Her essay “For the Love of Linen” appeared in the 2020 Connecticut Literary Anthology and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut newspapers and magazines, and online at Fiction Southeast and The Sunlight Press. She is the Director of the Writing and Literature Program at Arts Escape. In her writing classes, she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com where she blogs about pies, writing, music, and connection.

Outdoor Painting (Plein Air) with Anda Styler

Rowayton Boat House

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of the studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. This one-day workshop is for those students who would like to paint outdoors under the guidance of an instructor. Students will learn about composition, color, value and perspective during the class.

Students should arrive fifteen minutes early and meet in the parking lot of each venue. There will be a short demonstration on observation, composition and palette.

Supplies are: easel, paints (acrylic or oil) brushes, solvents, water, palettes, paper towels, sketching materials chair (optional) garbage bag, and hand sanitizerRestrooms will be available

Workshop is $50 and limited to 12 students.

Write@Noon

via Zoom

Do you have ideas but don’t get them down on paper? Or do you want to write but don’t know where to start? Join this hour-long session where the focus is on generating new material. Many writers are inspired by writing in a group. Prompts will be provided to get you started. Sharing—without feedback—is optional. All levels welcome. Writing by hand is encouraged, although laptops are fine, too.    

These writing sessions will run on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Sessions are limited to 8 participants each month. Participants must sign up for both sessions.

The fee each month is $25.

All Participants must register by Wednesday, July 7th to receive the Zoom link.

Monthly Writer’s Workshop

Online with Zoom

The Writers’ Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow students under the guidance of Nancy McMillan. This ongoing workshop will be held once a month.

Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued.  Critique guidelines will be provided.  Workshops will run for two-hours on the first Friday of the month. The fee for the workshop is: $25.

Workshop is limited to 6 students. All students must register by Thursday, June 3rd to receive the Zoom link.

Field Photography Workshop

All About Lenses and Composition

Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens

Choosing different lenses to photograph can be quite overwhelming for most people. This one-day workshop will help demystify the wide variety of choices. Students will leave the workshop with an understanding of lens terminology such as focal length, prime, zoom, telephoto, macro, wide angle, etc.

Knowing which lenses to use to enhance your photographic story is what makes a photo unique and interesting. “The eye is the window of the soul, and the lens is the window to the world” John Munno.

Lenses have their strengths and weaknesses – Students will learn best-practices through hands-on instruction during the workshop. For those students who are considering investing in more lenses, this workshop will be a great resource in making that decision.

The fee for the workshop is $40 and limited to 8 students.

Writer’s Forum – Writers for Children and Young Adults

Read Out Loud

Via Zoom

This monthly writers forum is for beginner and seasoned writers who write for children and young adults. If you are interested in sharing your work for gentle critique and feedback, this monthly group may be just for you. This is a great opportunity to share your work with fellow writers in a positive, non judgmental format.

Please try to keep pieces to 5 pages, doubled spaced.

***Remember that you never need to make an edit to your piece just because someone suggested it. Your piece is your own.  You only need to take what is most helpful to you.

Admission is complimentary.
The Writer’s Forum is limited to 8 participants.

Tina Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in HighlightsHighlights High FiveCricketAppleSeedsHumpty DumptyTurtle Magazine for Preschool KidsPockets, and other children’s publications. She is the author of the children’s poetry collection The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2019). Tina’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have also been published in various literary journals and anthologies, such as New Ohio ReviewCrab Creek ReviewPotomac ReviewRiver StyxHarpur PalateOvunque SiamoBest Small Fictions 2019, and Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.