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Step by Step Acrylic Painting Class – Spring Session #1

Instructor, Anda Styler
Thursdays, March 30, April 6, 13, 27, May 4 (no class on April 20)
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This workshop is for all levels of painters, especially the beginner student. Students will be working from reference photos provided by Anda prior to each class. She will discuss and demonstrate value studies of each composition which will become the layout for your painting. Instruction will be given on the importance of light and shadow […]



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Independent Acrylic Open Studio – Spring Session #1 (with date options)

Instructor, Anda Styler
Thursdays March 30, April 6, 13, 27, May 4 (no class on April 20)
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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 […]



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Writer’s Workshop – March 2023

Instructor Nancy McMillan
Friday, March 31, 2023
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

In-Person Writers may work alone but the feedback of other writers is vital. The Writer’s Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow writers under the guidance of instructor Nancy McMillan. Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued. Writers will receive constructive feedback from […]



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Writing Poetry Inspired by Art – A Writing Workshop

Instructor, Faith Vicinanza, Southbury Poet Laureate
Friday, March 31
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Writing Ekphrastic Poetry Come kick off National Poetry Month with a workshop led by Southbury Poet Laureate Faith Vicinanza. Students will write poems inspired by fine art, using the current exhibition in our gallery as a catalyst. The instructor will guide students through the process of accessing the paintings; there will be an opportunity to […]



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An Afternoon with Four CT Poet Laureates

Host, Faith Vicinanza, Southbury Poet Laureate
Sunday, April 2
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

April is National Poetry Month. Join us for an afternoon of words and conversation featuring four Connecticut Poet Laureates. Free event featuring Sandy Carlson of Woodbury, Rick Magee of Bethel, Deborah Rose of New Milford, and Faith Vicinanza of Southbury. Sandy Lee Carlson lives with her family in Woodbury, where she is poet laureate.  Sandy […]



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Drawing I & II

Jesse Smolover
Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1
10 am - 12 noon

Are you interested in learning how to draw? Has it been years since you practiced and you feel rusty? In this class you will familiarize yourself with the core fundamental aspects of drawing; contour, shape, and value. Through fun and practical drawing assignments you will learn a set of foundational skills that will allow you […]



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Ukrainian Egg Workshop

Father Paul Luniw
Tuesday April 4, 2023
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Help Ukraine while honoring their beautiful Easter tradition. Arts Escape is honored to be working with Father Paul Luniw to offer a Ukrainian egg making workshop. A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg that is decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using wax and dyes. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write” or as the designs are inscribed with […]



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Wednesday Drawing I & II

Jesse Smolover
Wednesday April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10 ( no class April 19 )
10 am - 12 noon

Are you interested in learning how to draw? Has it been years since you practiced and you feel rusty? In this class you will familiarize yourself with the core fundamental aspects of drawing; contour, shape, and value. Through fun and practical drawing assignments you will learn a set of foundational skills that will allow you […]



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First Thursday – Open Mic – April

Host - Nancy McMillan
Thursday, April 6, 2023
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

MONTHLY FREE EVENT 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 […]



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Writing Memoir Writers Group

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Fridays, April 7 through May 26
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

For students who have completed Writing Memoir-Let’s Begin, this is a writing group where students can workshop their pieces at a weekly gathering. Students will bring in material to read aloud and receive feedback from fellow students and the instructor. Prompts will be given for students to use at home during the week. Payment options […]



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Intermediate Colored Pencil – April 2023

Instructor, Sandie Daignault
Tuesdays, April 11 & 18
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This class will provide step-by-step instructions with tips and techniques for the creation of a final painting. This class is for students who have taken Beginner Colored Pencil (Pear exercise) or have the instructor’s approval. Students are required to bring the supplies listed below to class. Check the sets of pencils you purchase to make […]



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Zentangle II

Instructor, Kothy Hafersat
Tuesday, April 11, 18, 25, May 2
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This workshop introduces the Zentangle method through drawing intentional structured patterns and creating beautiful personal works of art. (The art of doodling) Students will learn tangles and simple techniques that will inspire and spark their very own inner artist to glow!  Zentangle is a very portable mindful activity that can be accessed at any time. Not an artist? Even better! Absolutely no artistic experience needed!



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Collage: Painting with Paper with Carol Moore

Instructor, Carol Moore
Wednesdays, April 12, 26, May 3, 10 (No class April 19th)
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    In this four-week class, students will tear their images without using scissors and experience how to ‘paint from paper’. Bring a fun attitude and go back to being a child and creating with torn paper.    Students are asked to bring: a one inch or 1/2 inch inexpensive brush ( sold as “painter’s […]



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One-Day Watercolor Workshop: Pansies in Gouache

Instructor, Leona Gawreluk
Wednesday, April 19
1 pm - 4 pm

PANSIES IN GOUACHE: Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint that is mixed with water in the same way watercolors are, but provides a flat, matte wash of bold color and is less transparent than watercolor. This workshop will focus on using wet on wet and dry brush techniques to replicate the colors, form, and texture of the […]



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Virtual Book Club – April 2023

Facilitator, Lisa Golymbieksi
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Via Zoom The Lincoln Highway by Amos Towles The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the work farm […]



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Acting Is Easy – A Free “Playshop”

Instructor, OX
Saturday, April 22, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This free PLAYSHOP is for all levels of actors, from beginners to seasoned community theatre actors and professionals. Acting is about playing. That is why they call it a Play. Participants will begin with non-verbal communication theatre games. In a user-friendly environment, students will learn by doing. Then students will venture into verbal communication and be […]



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Independent Colored Pencil – April 2023

Instructor, Sandie Daignault
Tuesday, April 25
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 9 students. This class is designed for students who have taken the Beginner/Intermediate workshop and have completed the Pear exercise.  Once basic skills are taught, students are welcome to join the Independent Colored Pencil workshop. Students in this workshop will work more independently […]



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All About Lenses: A Photography Workshop

Instructor, John Munno
Wednesday, April 26
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Evening Class The lens you choose is in many ways more important than the camera you buy. Your photos can only be as good as the lens they are taken through. A great camera with a crummy lens will give you unsatisfying photos, yet a crummy camera with a great lens will give you photos you […]



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CURRENT EVENTS with Dr. Hunt: Considering America’s Rivals

Facilitator, Professor Alfred Hunt
Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, 22
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Because Americans are often not well informed about countries that influence our foreign policy, these lecture/discussions will focus each week on a different country briefly outlining their history and culture to increase our understanding of the context of geopolitics. In these sessions we will consider Russia, China, Japan, and India. The series is for adults […]



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Beginning Colored Pencil Class – May 2023

Instructor, Sandie Daignault
Tuesdays, May 2 & 9
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Noon)

This is a 2-day, 4-hour, colored pencil workshop with award-winning artist Sandie Daignault and is designed for beginners. Students will work in a small group setting 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 […]



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First Thursday – Open Mic – May

Host - Nancy McMillan
Thursday, May 4, 2023
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

MONTHLY FREE EVENT 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 […]



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Re-Acting Is Easy – A Four-week Workshop

Instructor, OX
Saturday May 6, 13, 20, 27
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This workshop series is for all levels of actors, from beginners to seasoned community theatre actors and professionals. Building on the exercises in the the introductory acting “Playshop,” OX will guide students in developing their acting skills while customizing workshop content to the group. In a user-friendly environment, students will learn by doing. Attendance at […]



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Intermediate Colored Pencil – May 2023

Instructor, Sandie Daignault
Tuesdays, May 16 & 23
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This class will provide step-by-step instructions with tips and techniques for the creation of a final painting. This class is for students who have taken Beginner Colored Pencil (Pear exercise) or have the instructor’s approval. Students are required to bring the supplies listed below to class. Check the sets of pencils you purchase to make […]



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Virtual Book Club – May 2023

Facilitator, Valerie Taylor
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Via Zoom The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them – setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course. Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her […]



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Independent Colored Pencil – May 2023

Instructor, Sandie Daignault
Tuesday, May 30
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 9 students. This class is designed for students who have taken the Beginner/Intermediate workshop and have completed the Pear exercise.  Once basic skills are taught, students are welcome to join the Independent Colored Pencil workshop. Students in this workshop will work more independently […]



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First Thursday – Open Mic – June

Host - Nancy McMillan
Thursday, June 1, 2023
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

MONTHLY FREE EVENT 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 […]



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Virtual Book Club – June 2023

Facilitator, Nancy McMillan
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Via Zoom The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor This stunning novel from highly acclaimed author William Trevor is a brilliant, subtle, and moving story of love, guilt, and forgiveness. The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to […]



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