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Summer Waterfront Plein Air Painting

Instructor, Linda Marino
June, July, August & September
Thursdays, 9 am - 12 pm

Arts Escape’s Acrylic instructor, Linda Marino will be hosting 5, 4-week Plein Air classes on the Branford, Madison & Guilford coastline for all levels of students. The scenery and challenges are much different than those inland. All levels are welcome! Linda’s goal is to introduce  students to the wonderful world of plein air painting and […]



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Evening, Independent Watercolor Studio

Instructor, Grace McEnaney
Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23 & 30th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you working on a painting at home and are at the point where you would appreciate some advice from a professional artist? Do you prefer to create your work among fellow artists? If so, bring a piece or two that you are working on to this class and we’ll work through any obstacles you […]



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Cartooning Around the World for Kids 8 – 11 years

Instructor, Taylor Albee
Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25
10 am- 12 noon

A cartoon is a type of  illustration, possibly animated, typically in a non-realistic or semi-realistic style. The specific meaning has evolved over time, but the modern usage usually refers to either: an image or series of images intended for satire, caricature, or humor; or a motion picture that relies on a sequence of illustrations for its […]



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Summer OPEN Studio

No Instructor
Mondays, July 15, 22, 29
1 pm - 4 pm

Tired of working alone? Would you like to work with other budding artist? Come out of the heat on Thursdays in July and enjoy working with others in our studio. This is a drop-in OPEN Studio. Participants should bring their own supplies. Easels and basic supplies are available. Canvas, Canvas Boards and some supplies are […]



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Art Class with Priscilla

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8 & 15th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This 6-week class is for those students who have taken any class with Priscilla Watson – Pints & Pencil, Reluctant Artist, or Art Where to Start . It’s a continuation of your journey in the world of artistic discovery. Students will continue to explore what art is, in a non-threatening, expectation-free environment. Students will continue […]



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Summer Teen Art Class

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Friday, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16
3 pm - 5 pm

This series of classes are for those students ages 12 to 18 who are serious about art and want to study and learn more. The instructor is a working artist with over 30 years of teaching experience in the school system.  Students will focus on the Elements and Principles of Design and Three Theories of […]



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July Advanced Colored Pencil

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, July23
10 am – 1 pm

This workshop is designed for those students who have completed the beginner and intermediate workshops or for those students that have previous colored pencil experience.  Students will continue to learn more tips and techniques for working with this versatile medium.  Students will work on their own projects independently.



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Creative Cards Workshop

Instructor, Lynne Henriquez
Wednesday, July 24
2 pm – 4 pm

Are you tired of trying to find the perfect card and settling for one that really doesn’t have any meaning and spending a lot of money on them as well. This 2-hr workshop may be just what you are looking for. Every workshop introduces a new technique with new ideas so students can continue to learn while taking this knowledge home to make their own personal cards as needed for various occasions.



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Alain J. Picard – The Painterly Landscape Workshop

Alain Picard
Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27
Friday, 7 pm - 9 pm & Saturday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Have you always wanted to explore a looser, bolder approach to painting, but just weren’t sure how to accomplish this style in your own work?  Hold tight, because help is on the way!  Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach!  In this workshop students will learn practical approaches and techniques to help simplify complex […]



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Summer Camp – Who’s in the Garden Ages 5 – 8

Camp Leaders, Annie Grilli & Priscilla Watson
Monday July 29th - Thursday, August 1st
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

A fun interactive multi-arts program for ages 5 – 8 celebrating the wonders of nature through hands-on art, music, and dance culminating in a performance showcasing the activities the children participated in during the week. The children will be “in the garden” discovering, fruit, vegetables, rabbits, birds, butterflies, flowers and trees. Music will be lead […]



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Independent Oil Painting Studio

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Fridays, August 2, 9, 16
10 am - 1 pm

Are you interested in painting with oils in an Open Studio environment but with guidance from an instructor? Well, this is the studio workshop for you. Award winning artist, Betty Ann Medeiros will work with students on individual projects demonstrating techniques to aid students in their painting journey.  The fee for the 3-week studio class […]



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Watercolor Painting on Rice Paper

Instructor, May Phillips
Monday, August 5
10 am – 4 pm

The 1-day workshop will include demonstration and instruction where students will learn to transfer their line drawings onto rice paper using a waterproof pen.  Students will take their line drawing and paint the design with their watercolor paints on the rice paper using very little water and paint, making sure the paint does not spread. All students […]



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Plein Air Painting on The Thimble Islands

Instructors, Linda Marino & Bettyann Medeiros
Monday, August 5
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

One Day Plein Air Adventure Workshop with Linda Marino and Bettyann Mederios to The Thimble Islands Lush green foliage, sandy beaches, rose quartz granite rocks, amazing ocean vista are just a few words to describe this exceptional location.  Travel by water taxi  to the Outer Island, the furthest of the Thimble Islands off the coast […]



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Intuitive Portrait Sketching

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Tuesday, August 6 & 13
10 am - 1 pm

Would you like to learn how to draw quick sketches of your friends and loved ones without getting hung up on details? Well this 2-day class is for you! Day One: using basic drawing techniques and rules, students will use the photo of someone they know and turn it into a beautiful sketch. All students […]



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August, Theorem Painting

Instructor, Jean Hansen
Wednesday, August 7 & Tuesday, August 13
10 am - 1 pm & 6 pm - 9 pm

This workshop is for everyone and NO artistic talent is needed. This is the opportunity to learn a painting technique that dates back to the late 1800’s woman of “means.” Each student will receive their own kit which includes all stencils and the material to stencil on. Stencils are for the students to take home […]



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2 Day – Beginning Watercolor Painting

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Thursdays, August 8 & 15
1 pm – 3 pm

The workshop is for beginners as well as experienced students who want to review or learn new techniques.  The instructor will cover wet and dry techniques, color mixing, layering with glazes, texturing and masking out.  Emphasis will be on learning how to understand watercolor’s spontaneous nature and how to work with color successfully.  This is […]



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August Independent Watercolor Studio Class

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Thursdays, August 8, 15
10 am – 12 pm

This class is for returning students and students that have watercolor experience. Independent students will be able to work at their own pace with the help and guidance of the instructor. New techniques will be introduced during this workshop as well. Students are encouraged to work independently in this class on their own project. Students […]



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Pen & Ink One-Day Workshop

Instructor, May Phillips
Monday, August 12
10 am - 1 pm

Line drawings with ink and watercolor can create a bold and exciting painting. This class is an introduction to pen and ink with some watercolor to add a pop to your black and white painting.  Students will learn how to use Micron pens, Higgins Inks and watercolor to create a bold and interesting painting.  The […]



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Painterly Silk Scarves

Instructor, Kothy Hafersat
Wednesday, August 14th
10 am - 1 pm

Have you ever wondered how silk scarves are made and where the beautiful bold designs come from? Well this workshop is for you! You will become the designer of your own silk scarf. Students will start with a square sun catcher and work with resist, then on to a scarf, they can do either a […]



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Seasonal Botanical Watercolor

Instructor, Betsy Rodger-Knox
Saturday, August 17th
10 am - 3 pm

Capture the late summer colors and shapes of simple seasonal flowers in this one-day workshop designed for beginners as well as students with more experience. With plenty of demos and step-by-step instruction students will practice basic watercolor techniques including mixing and layering wet washes of transparent color, drybrush and glazing. This class is for beginners […]



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Beginning Colored Pencil Workshop

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, September 3
10 am – 1 pm

This is a 3-hour, colored pencil workshop with award winning artist, Rita Paradis and is designed for Beginners only. Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 8 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 […]



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The Art of Sketchbooking

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Tuesday, September 3, 10, 17, 24
10 am - 12 pm

A sketchbook is a book or pad with blank pages for sketching and is frequently used by artists for drawing or painting as a part of their creative process. … Observation: this focuses on the documentation of the external world to use as references for future work.  This 4– week class is designed to help student’s observe and quickly document their observations.  Previous students are welcome in this class, new exercises will be taught.  All levels welcome.



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Step-By-Step Beginning Acrylics

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

In this 4-week class students will learn the basic techniques of acrylic painting. Students will be using acrylic paints, acrylic mediums, brushes and palette knives to help develop their own style.  Instruction will be given in the areas of: discovering the direct light source, lines, angles and edges, foreground & backgrounds and the importance of […]



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September Independent Watercolor Studio

Instructor, Betty Ann Mederios
Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26
10:00 am – 12 noon

This class is for returning students and students that have watercolor experience. Independent students will be able to work at their own pace with the help and guidance of the instructor.



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Beginning Watercolor

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Thursday September 5, 12, 19, 26
1 pm - 3 pm

The workshop is for beginner students and those students that have taken a previous beginning class. The instructor will cover wet and dry techniques, color mixing, layering with glazes texturing and masking out. Emphasis will be on learning how to understand watercolor’s spontaneous nature and how to work with color successfully. Students will complete the […]



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Acrylic Pet Portraits

Instructor, Lorraine Chapin
Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30
10 am - 12 noon

PAINT YOUR PET  – This Class is for students with some acrylic painting experience.  Students will work independently with the guidance from the instructor.  Students will learn how to paint fur creating different textures through layering and brush strokes. Students are ask to email the instructor a photo of the pet that they would like to […]



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Intermediate Colored Pencil

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, September 17
10 am - 1 pm

Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 10 students and for those students that have attended the beginner workshop will work on more advanced techniques gearing up for their own personal project.  Once basic skills are taught students are welcome to join the Advanced Colored Pencil workshop where students work […]



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Advanced Colored Pencil

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, September 24
10 am - 1 pm

This workshop is designed for those students who have completed the beginner and intermediate workshops or for those students that have previous colored pencil experience.  Students will continue to learn more tips and techniques for working with this versatile medium.  Students will work on their own projects independently. The fee for this 3-hour workshop is […]



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Creative Card Making

Instructor, Lynne Henriquez
Wednesday, September 25
2 pm

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 materials. This workshop meets every other month and new techniques are continually being taught while revisiting past techniques. Newcomers are always welcomed. Each participant is guaranteed to leave with […]



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