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Sip & Sign Paint Night – Sunflowers

Grab your bestie and a bottle of bubbly and head to Arts Escape for a different kind of Paint & Sip. Instructor Kothy Hafersat will lead students in a fun and engaging way to create a custom, rustic sign for your home. Students will use a wooden pallet board, acrylics and stencils to customize with your family name, favorite quotation or phrase and other designs. Wine glasses, light snacks and all supplies are included in your registration fee of $65. The class is limited to 20 students. 


About the instructor:

Kothy (not Kathy) lives in Oxford, Connecticut and runs a sign company along with her husband. She is a national educator for three sewing machine companies. Singer, Viking and Pfaff. She is a certified Zentangle instructor and has transformed what she knew in Zentangling to free motion quilting. Kothy also co-owns and runs a pattern company that produces quilt and sewing patterns and is a professional digitizer for the 6D embroidery software company which is sold to use with today’s embroidery sewing machines. In her company (Simply Everything) they also produce training software for the embroidery company.

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: info@artsescape.org. Masks are optional.

Egg Painting & Photos with the Easter Bunny

This workshop introduces the art of dot painting to kids and teens which will lead to them creating beautiful works of art on wooden Easter eggs. Through the instruction of intentional dotted patterns, students will learn simple techniques that will inspire and spark their inner artist to grow!  

The class is open to children ages 3 and up. Children under 8 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. All adults are required to show proof of vaccination. For children and adults, masks are optional. We have smocks available for children and adults.

The class includes 3 eggs to paint/take home plus a photo with the Easter Bunny after class (taken by you with your camera or iPhone). Each child will also receive a goody bag! The fee for the 2-hour workshop is $25 and the class is limited to 15 students.

Zentangle – Beginners Workshop

This workshop introduces the Zentangle method through drawing intentional structured patterns and creating beautiful personal works of art. Through 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? No worries! No artistic experience is needed!

The Beginner class includes all pens and supplies. The fee for the 2.5-hour workshop is $45 and the class is limited to 15 students.

Advanced Colored Pencil

Students will work in a small group setting. 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 Advanced Colored Pencil workshop. Students in this workshop will work more independently but still with instruction on their own work. 

The fee for the 2.5- hour workshop is $65. No supplies are included.  Class size is limited to 9 students.

Materials Needed for Class:

~Pad of Paper: Stonehenge white (recommended)  or  Strathmore Bristol, Vellum finish

~Tracing paper: Tracing Vellum (recommended) regular tracing paper is also fine.

~Light Gray Prismacolor “Col-Erase” pencil

~Standard graphite pencil

~Museum Putty

~Printed photo of what you will be working on

Materials That Are “Nice to Have” (but not necessary for class)

~Battery Eraser

~Eraser shield

~Click eraser (available in different sizes)

~Paper stump and sandpaper block for cleaning stumps

~Stylus

~Gelly Roll white pen (or similar)

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. Masks are optional.

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Rita Paradis is a versatile artist, working in four mediums: oil, colored pencil, pastel, and acrylic. Her work is joyful, colorful, whimsical and fun. She studied English Literature at Concordia University in Montreal Quebec and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA. Rita then went on to study Printmaking at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated with a BFA. The summer after she graduated she spent an awesome summer in Florence, Italy as a teaching assistant in printmaking at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence. Rita has been creating paintings for several years. She is a signature member of The Colored Pencil Society of America and of the Connecticut Pastel Society. She has won many awards on local and national levels and two awards in CPSA’s International Exhibitions.

Advanced Colored Pencil

Students will work in a small group setting. 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 Advanced Colored Pencil workshop. Students in this workshop will work more independently but still with instruction on their own work. 

The fee for the 2.5- hour workshop is $65. No supplies are included.  Class size is limited to 9 students.

Materials Needed for Class:

~Pad of Paper: Stonehenge white (recommended)  or  Strathmore Bristol, Vellum finish

~Tracing paper: Tracing Vellum (recommended) regular tracing paper is also fine.

~Light Gray Prismacolor “Col-Erase” pencil

~Standard graphite pencil

~Museum Putty

~Printed photo of what you will be working on

Materials That Are “Nice to Have” (but not necessary for class)

~Battery Eraser

~Eraser shield

~Click eraser (available in different sizes)

~Paper stump and sandpaper block for cleaning stumps

~Stylus

~Gelly Roll white pen (or similar)

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. Masks are optional.

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Rita Paradis is a versatile artist, working in four mediums: oil, colored pencil, pastel, and acrylic. Her work is joyful, colorful, whimsical and fun. She studied English Literature at Concordia University in Montreal Quebec and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA. Rita then went on to study Printmaking at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated with a BFA. The summer after she graduated she spent an awesome summer in Florence, Italy as a teaching assistant in printmaking at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence. Rita has been creating paintings for several years. She is a signature member of The Colored Pencil Society of America and of the Connecticut Pastel Society. She has won many awards on local and national levels and two awards in CPSA’s International Exhibitions.