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Artist Open Studio

Do you enjoy working with others and sharing your artist journey? Arts Escape is now offering an Open Studio for all mediums on Wednesday afternoons in our new open and well-lit studio. There will be no formal instruction during Open Studio. Arts Escape feels it is important for the creative process to work with others and share ideas.

Bring your supplies and we will supply easels, paper towels and cleaning supplies. There will be some supplies available to purchase as well.

You must  register for Open Studio to reserve your spot. We are limiting Open Studio to 15 artists at a time.

The fee for the Open Studio is $30 per session.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

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.

Artist Open Studio

Do you enjoy working with others and sharing your artist journey? Arts Escape is now offering an Open Studio for all mediums on Wednesday afternoons in our new open and well-lit studio. There will be no formal instruction during Open Studio. Arts Escape feels it is important for the creative process to work with others and share ideas.

Bring your supplies and we will supply easels, paper towels and cleaning supplies. There will be some supplies available to purchase as well.

You must  register for Open Studio to reserve your spot. We are limiting Open Studio to 15 artists at a time.

The fee for the Open Studio is $30 per session.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

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.

Artist Open Studio

Do you enjoy working with others and sharing your artist journey? Arts Escape is now offering an Open Studio for all mediums on Wednesday afternoons in our new open and well-lit studio. There will be no formal instruction during Open Studio. Arts Escape feels it is important for the creative process to work with others and share ideas.

Bring your supplies and we will supply easels, paper towels and cleaning supplies. There will be some supplies available to purchase as well.

You must  register for Open Studio to reserve your spot. We are limiting Open Studio to 15 artists at a time.

The fee for the Open Studio is $30 per session.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

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.

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.

Jumpstart Series: Writing for Children

Via Zoom

Want to try writing for kids? Need something to spark your creativity? In this workshop, all you have to bring is your love of words. Each week, you’ll write to in-class exercises and receive positive feedback from a group of students who, like you, want to get their feet wet in children’s writing. You’ll also discuss the writing process and get tips and advice — all in a low-key environment. Plus, you’ll receive (optional) take-home exercises to keep your fingers flying during the week. Jumpstart your writing life in the new year! 

Returning Jumpstart students:  This session contains brand-new prompts, so it’s appropriate for Jumpstart returnees.

The fee for this 4-week, 6-hour workshop is $120 Workshop is limited to 8 students.

Students must register by Tuesday, September 14th to receive the Zoom link.

About the Instructor:
Tina Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Cricket, AppleSeeds, Humpty Dumpty, Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, Pockets, 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 Review, Crab Creek Review, Potomac Review, River Styx, Harpur Palate, Ovunque Siamo, Best 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.

Elements of the Writing Craft

A Six-Week Multi-Media Series on Zoom

Independent study: Videos between classes

The craft of writing requires study and application. In this six-week workshop, Nancy McMillan and Tina Tocco team up to create a multi-media series, providing a deep dive into six central elements of the writing craft.

The weekly workshops include:

  • Setting: More Than Just a Backdrop!
  • Creating Character (and Its Buddy, Point of View)
  • Dynamic Dialogue: Say It Like You Mean It!
  • The Powerhouse Parts of Speech: Nouns/Adjectives/Verbs/Adverbs
  • Gritty Grammar and Comma Clarity
  • Story Openings: Beyond “Once Upon a Time”

This class is delivered in two parts. Each week, you’ll receive a short video (15 to 20 minutes) covering the basic concepts of each craft element. The video can be watched at your convenience and includes optional at-home exercises.

During our Wednesday class time, we’ll review and discuss the weekly craft element. Then, you’ll write to prompts to apply the new techniques you’re learning. Students can also apply these concepts to their own works-in-progress.

The fee for the six-week class is $240 and the class size is limited to six.

I’m Ready to Submit My Writing to Magazines and Journals – But How?

Via Zoom

You’ve got a few pieces you’re proud of, but how do you get started in the world of submissions? What are the mistakes you want to avoid? In this workshop, you’ll learn where to find publications that are looking for work, proper manuscript format, and submission etiquette. You’ll also draft a cover letter bio appropriate for submissions. And we’ll even talk about those dreaded rejections. You’ll walk out with all the basics to get started submitting — plus a cover letter you can continue to build on.

Topics:

1)  Finding open calls and publications

2)  A look at a journal’s website

3)  A look at Submittable

4)  Submission etiquette

5)  Submission format

6)  Rejections

7)  Cover letter

The fee for the one-day workshop is $50 and is limited to 8 students.

All students must register by Wednesday, February 2nd to receive the Zoom link.

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.

Creative Cards Workshop

Creative Cards is back!! This is an interactive workshop where participants will learn to create their own personal cards from recycled and new papers, ribbon, cutouts, stamps and many other material.

This month students will be venturing into the world of Fun Fold cards! 

In this class students will make Holiday (or any general theme) cards using this fold style.  All materials will be provided to make 2 cards, instructions for making them at home will be included as well.  If you have decorative papers at home that you might like to use, please bring them along!  This is the fold we will be doing! Hope you will join us!

The fee for the workshop is $50 which includes all supplies. Class size is limited to 8 students.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

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.

“Get To Work – A Painting Experience”

Acrylics and Oils

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”

Chuck Close

Ok, show up & start the process! Stretch your imagination while strengthening skills through the process of “painting”. Intermediate and Advanced oil painters will explore concepts and techniques. Various approaches to painting will be encouraged: experimentation of techniques and ideas, trail and error. You will be challenged to see and interpret in new ways.

Personal consultations in each class will cultivate your own vision and enable you to realize your personal artistic ambitions. Gain the confidence to explore the use of color, mark making, surface quality and composition, emphasizing your own pictorial language.

Explore where you are and where you wish to go. Let’s Get to Work!

Bring several canvases and reference photos. A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration.

The fee for the four-week class is $225

Class size is limited to 10 students.

*Students are required to bring their own supplies.
**Easels, Cleaner and Paper Towels will be provided.


Souby Boski
has been an Art teacher in the CT public schools and Adjunct Professor of Art at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Since 2004, she has been teaching painting classes and workshops at area art education venues in CT, NY, MA and FL.
 
She holds a BA in Art Education from Stetson University and a MALS in Art from Wesleyan University. She has studied painting with nationally recognized artists and teachers: Eric Aho, Ira Barkoff, Lois Dodd and Ruth Miller.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

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.