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Watercolor Workshop – Picture Yourself in a Sketch

All Levels are Welcome to Attend.

Have fun with art…When sketching a scene make it more personal by including yourself and your sketchbook into the artwork. This may include your hand holding your pen, your feet. Make the sketch feel more immediate by showing the foreground. Make the sketch feel more fun…and have fun doing it. Materials will be included but if you have favorite art tools do bring them..

The three-week class is $120 and all supplies are included. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Agnes Wnuk is a Connecticut native who has been studying various art mediums for the past 8 years. She sketches daily, primarily using pen and ink and watercolor, among other media. Agnes travels extensively throughout the state and further afield with her sketchbook in hand capturing people, places and events around her, taking part in the Urban Sketching phenomenon. She participates with local plein air painting groups and the New Haven urban sketching group at their local events. She is also an avid photographer and painter in pastels, watercolor and oils, for which she has won several prizes at local exhibitions. Currently employed at Yale University Library, she previously worked in textile conservation, with previous museum work experience at both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wadsworth Athenaeum.  

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class.(One time Only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.

Watercolor Workshop – Autumn Leaves

Create a botanical watercolor painting of fall leaves in this one-day workshop. The afternoon will start with a short discussion of botanical illustrations and the composition that makes them unique as pieces of art. Whether it be a single leaf or a grouping, the emphasis will be put on composition and watercolor techniques to complete an original painting. Leaves will be provided but students are also encouraged to bring their own. This workshop is suitable for all levels. All supplies are included.

The fee for the one-day, 3-hour workshop is $65 and the class is limited to 10 students.

Leona’s love of botanical art stems from her combined interest in art, gardening and nature. She feels you are never without a subject if you observe the natural world around you. From a young age she has collected antique botanical bookplates and they continue to be an inspiration for her art. She has studied at the NY Botanical Gardens, the Peabody Museum and from many local award winning botanical artists in CT. and NJ. 

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” ~Claude Monet  

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

Beginning Colored Pencil Class

This is a 2 day, 2-hour, colored pencil workshop with award-winning artist Sandie Daignault and is designed for beginners. Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 6 students and will start with value exercises and basic layering techniques that will serve as a foundation for more advanced work. This is not an adult coloring activity.

Once basic skills are taught students are welcome to join the intermediate and advanced workshop where students work more independently on their own work. Each student will receive their own box of 23 Prismacolor colored pencils for the class, which can be used in future classes.

The fee for the 2-day class is $130 which includes all supplies. 

Workshop is limited to 6 students. 

Sandie has had a passion for art and art education since college. After retiring in 2011 from a 35-year corporate career, she began teaching art education in Loveland, Colorado to middle school students in after-school programs. She was a substitute teacher there for two years from 2012 – 2013.

In 2013, she came back to CT and began volunteering in the ASAP (After School Arts Program) in Washington, participating and assisting teachers in Region 12 primary school. She became involved with Washington Arts Association, volunteering at art shows and events.

Sandie began taking art classes through WAA, Silvermine Art Center, Rowayton Arts Center, Brookfield Craft Center and several other adult education programs across New Haven and Litchfield Counties. Most recently she has been with Arts Escape since 2018 taking classes in Colored Pencil and Pastel with Rita Paradis, Watercolor with Betty Ann Medieros, and Acrylic with Anda Styler and Souby Boski.

Her art has been awarded prizes during the Threads member juried shows at Arts Escape in 2019 and 2020. Several pieces were published in the 2019 Fresh Ink annual journal of Naugatuck Community College. Her work has been shown at WAA and at the 275th celebration event at Averill Farm in Washington, CT.

She has self-published two books of her poetry and artwork, Poetry Expression I and II.

Sandie has two works in acrylic accepted into the 2021 Ridgefield Guild of Artists 44th annual juried show.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class or you may email a copy of your card prior to the class by sending it to: Masks are optional.

First Thursday – Open Mic


Arts Escape invites writers to share their creative work in our monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support, and community! Want to listen only? We welcome you. Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20


Independent Acrylic Open Studio

The Open Studio Workshop is for all levels of acrylic painters with award winning artist, Anda Styler. The class is designed for students to work at their own pace with the guidance of the instructor in a warm non-judgmental environment. Acetate overlays will be used during individual instruction. Anda will also supply reference photos prior to class for those students who would prefer to work on the same painting as the instructor. Students are required to bring their own supplies. Paper towels and water containers are provided.

The fee for the four-week workshop is $240. Workshop is limited to 10 students.

 Artist/ Instructor Anda lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and has been painting in oils and acrylics since she was 16. Acrylics, however, remain her favorite medium. Anda graduated from the Parson School of Design and has been devoted to her art ever since. She has many accomplishments in the art world, including interviews with both local and national publications, such as American Art Collector, Who’s Who in America,Country Gardeners Magazine, Victoria Magazine along with numerous awards and recognitions for her work as a painter.
Anda’s paintings and techniques are published in two books by North Light Publications. Her works are currently represented by several galleries in and around New England and to her credit, she has had many one-woman shows with great success. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is lucky to have four of her large paintings in their permanent collection.

Link to Anda’s website

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class. (One time Only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.

Monotype Workshop

Newtown artist Roberta Shea will conduct a monotype printmaking workshop that is open to painters and artists of all levels of art and those who wish to try something new. This workshop is designed to free you from artistic blocks and demystify the printmaking process of monotype. She will explore the magic of monotype, this one-of-a kind printing process.  Inks, paper, and brayers will be provided but students are encouraged to bring found materials and other visual stimuli to work from.  

The fee for the one-day workshop is $65 and is limited to 10 students.

Roberta Shea is a former art teacher and painter/printmaker who exhibits locally and in New Hampshire.  She received her degree in art education from Southern Connecticut State University and taught art at Masuk High School in Monroe. She also attended the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven and studied printmaking with the late Anna Audette, Washington Arts Association with Anthony Kirk, Woodstock College of Art, and at Yale University.  She is currently a docent at the New Britain Museum of American Art.  Her residencies include Cill Rialaig Arts Center in County Kerry, Ireland and artist-in-residence at the Durham Public Library in New Hampshire.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class or you may email a copy of your card prior to the class by sending it to: Masks are optional.

Children’s/YA Writers Forum

Read Out Loud

Via Zoom

This monthly writer’s 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 Free
The Writer’s Forum is limited to 8 participants. Students must register by Tuesday, December 6 to receive the Zoom link.

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.

Foundations of Oil Painting

This class guides you through a straight-forward process based on Classical Drawing & Painting Principles for developing an oil painting from its inner foundation to its surface color. You’ll learn how to create the illusion of round forms in deep and luminous space from a flat surface through tonal contrasts and the Language of Color.

You’ll see how to mix the three essential color palettes of Red/Green, Orange/Blue, and Yellow/Violet from the primaries: Yellow, Red, Blue, plus White.  Then after practicing on a series of small color studies, you’ll create a final painting based on a palette of your choice and a solid foundation of skills to give you a beautiful, completed work.

The fee for the six-week course is $285 and class is limited to 8 students.

Supply List:

Paint:  (highly recommend Gamblin, or Winsor Newton)

Oils:  Titanium White, Hansa Yellow Medium (Gamblin) or Winsor Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, & Ultramarine Blue.  All colors will be mixed from the Primaries: Yellow/Red/Blue + White.

Acrylic:  Burnt Umber (for undertone on canvas) only IF you have no time to mix a neutral mid-tone)

Brushes:  Filberts (most versatile) — #s 8, 10, & 12.

Palette: Wood (and polyurethaned) to see color correctly on mid-tone (12” x 16″ preferred), and for easy cleanup — or disposable gray paper palette (12” x 16”)

Palette knife:  Medium

Gamsol mineral spirits (nontoxic): In small bottle, or metal cup (i.e. soup can)

Canvas: gesso primed & toned with neutral mid-tone — 11” x 14” for starters.

Drawing Journal/Charcoal: recommend Bright White/90# Paper & soft vine charcoal with kneadable eraser

Note Pad/Pencil: Class notes

Additional supplies you will need to purchase:

  • Light:  Industrial metal 8″ round clip-on from hardware store/halogen bulb (no desk lamp)
  • Still Life objects — simple undecorated forms, no more than 3.
  • Medium cardboard box approx.12″ x 12″ x 18″ for enclosing still life.

Patty Fogle grew up west of Boston — later traveled to Europe, East Africa and then to the outer edges of western Ireland, which continue to influence her art.  For the past 15 years, Patty has been a member of the Faculty at the Washington Art Association in Connecticut, where she teaches Masters Classes in Drawing & Painting.


COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class or you may email a copy of your card prior to the class by sending it to: Masks are optional.

Virtual Book Club – November 2022

Via Zoom

My Name Is Lucy Barton

by Elizabeth Strout

From the author of Pulitzer Prize winner Olive Kitteridge comes an unforgettable mother-daughter story.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of her life: her impoverished childhood in Amgash, Illinois, her escape to New York and her desire to become a writer, her faltering marriage, her love for her two daughters.

Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable. In My Name Is Lucy Barton, one of America’s finest writers shows how a simple hospital visit illuminates the most tender relationship of all-the one between mother and daughter.

The Southbury Library will hold copies of this novel for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, November 15 to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.

Virtual Book Club – October 2022

Via Zoom

The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton

Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people “dreaded scandal more than disease.”

This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it.

The Southbury Public Library will be holding copies of this book for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, October 18 to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.