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Create A Silk Suncatcher with Your Child

An Intergenerational Workshop

Instructor, Kothy Hafersat

Wednesday, July 27

12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Bring a child (ages eight through twelve) to a two-hour workshop where they will be introduced to silk painting through the creation of a summer suncatcher. Children will create a silk suncatcher using a wide selection of designs provided by the instructor, or they can bring in one of their own designs to use. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Class Fee $60 /adult-child pair for the first child 

Additional children are charged $20 for registration only. No additional supply fee will be charged.

The workshop is limited to 8 pairs of children/adults.

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: submissions@artsescape.org 


Kothy Hafersat is a national educator for three sewing machine companies: Singer, Viking and Pfaff. She is a certified Zentangle instructor and has transformed Zentangling into free motion quilting. In her company Simply Everything she also produced training software for embroidery companies. She teaches adult workshops at a variety of venues.

CURRENT EVENTS with Professor Hunt

Let’s Talk About Solutions, Not Problems

Tuesdays July 12, 19, 26

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

We have problems galore so, for a change, why don’t we consider solutions?  These lecture/discussions will shift the focus onto what can be done in this time of negativity to change the ethos of despair that is overwhelming American society today.  After all, democracy is “us,” so let’s get busy!

The series is for adults who are looking to engage in lively conversations about newsworthy issues. Politics, pop culture, and foreign affairs are all up for discussion in a friendly and open-minded environment. Each participant should be opened-minded and willing to learn and listen and will come away with myriad perspectives to consider as well as a better understanding of the world we live in. Each week information on the topic will be sent to participants through email for the upcoming topic.

July 12:  The Supreme Court and our justice system

July 19:  Gun control is about much more than just guns

July 26:   Politics: enough already!  Where are our leaders?

Dr. Alfred Hunt, who will moderate the discussion, is a retired Professor from SUNY Purchase. He has given lectures throughout New England for over 20 years. He is an author, has twice been a Fulbright scholar, and was a host of an award-winning cable TV Show.

The fee for the three-week series is $55.  Individual lectures are $20 each. Use the drop-down menu to register. A minimum of 10 participants is required with a maximum of 20.

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: submissions@artsescape.org 

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: info@artsescape.org. 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.

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.

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


Step by Step Acrylic Painting Workshop THREE-WEEK Summer Special

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 which creates interesting and emotional drama in your paintings. ** **Students should print the photo reference prior to class.

The fee for the three-day workshop is $165 which includes two canvases.

For those students who don’t have supplies, there is a $25 supply fee. Brushes and palettes may be purchased following the class or returned. Please use the drop-down menu if you need supplies when registering.

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 or email us a copy: submissions@artsescape.org prior to class.