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One-Day Watercolor Workshop

Autumn Leaves

Create a botanical watercolor painting of fall leaves in this one-day workshop. The afternoon will start with a short discussion of botanical illustrations and the composition that makes them unique as pieces of art. Whether it be a single leaf or a grouping, the emphasis will be put on composition and watercolor techniques to complete an original painting. Leaves will be provided but students are also encouraged to bring their own. This workshop is suitable for all levels. All supplies are included.

The fee for the one-day, 3-hour workshop is $65 and the class is limited to 10 students.

*Students must be registered and paid in full three business days before the start of the class/workshop. Exceptions only with permission from the Director of Fine Art/Photography.

Leona’s love of botanical art stems from her combined interest in art, gardening and nature. She feels you are never without a subject if you observe the natural world around you. From a young age she has collected antique botanical bookplates and they continue to be an inspiration for her art. She has studied at the NY Botanical Gardens, the Peabody Museum and from many local award winning botanical artists in CT. and NJ. 

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” ~Claude Monet  

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. Masks are optional.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with J.T. Turner

LOCATION: HERITAGE HOTEL / 522 HERITAGE ROAD, SOUTHBURY

Back by popular demand, actor, J.T. Turner returns to Arts Escape with his portrayal of Washington Irving’s famous story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  Taking on all the roles of this Halloween tale, Turner has adapted the piece to keep all ages entertained. This is story theater at its best! An award-winning actor and playwright, J.T. Turner is sure to bring thrills and chills to all ages in this original and engaging one-man show.

The price per ticket is $25. Seating is limited. Use the drop-down menu for multiple attendees.

Arts Escape is partnering with the Heritage Hotel to host this performance, which will take place downstairs in front of the stone fireplace. Attendees will enjoy fall-themed refreshments, courtesy of the hotel, during the performance.

Can’t make the afternoon performance? Join J.T. Turner in the Timber Room at the Heritage Hotel for an evening performance, which will include a light dinner. Please email reserveheritagehotel@gmail.com for evening reservations.

About the Actor:

J.T. Turner is an award-winning actor who recently had a principal role Don’t Look Up, a Netflix film released in December 2021. Playing the role of Old Billionaire, he worked alongside Meryl Streep and Mark Rylance. He is also in two HBO series: Julia and The Gilded Age, and serves as a descriptive narrator for PBS on new episodes of Nova and a return of Pinkalicious!

Turner performs at the North Shore Music Theater in his eleventh year in A Christmas Carol as Mr. Fezzwig and Marley. He is also a certified teacher of Tai Chi and Qigong.

Watercolor Workshop – Life’s Good On Our Boat

This is a one-day workshop with award winning watercolor artist, May Phillips. The workshop is for all levels. Students can use a line drawing given by the instructor or do their own drawing. Simple techniques will be demonstrated along with individual instruction. All supplies are included.

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. *** Masks are optional.

The fee for the one-day workshop is $45 and the class is limited to 10 students.

May Phillips is an award-winning artist who works in multiple mediums. She is a member of the Watertown Art League. May has been an instructor for Arts Escape for over five years specializing in one-day workshops in watercolor and pen and ink renderings.

Watercolor Workshop – Breezy Beach

This is a one-day workshop with award winning watercolor artist, May Phillips. The workshop is for all levels. Students can use a line drawing given by the instructor or do their own drawing. Simple techniques will be demonstrated along with individual instruction. All supplies are included.

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. *** Masks are optional.

The fee for the one-day workshop is $45 and the class is limited to 10 students.

May Phillips is an award-winning artist who works in multiple mediums. She is a member of the Watertown Art League. May has been an instructor for Arts Escape for over five years specializing in one-day workshops in watercolor and pen and ink renderings.

Watercolor Workshop – Vintage Seashells

This one-day workshop with watercolor artist Leona Gawreluk is for all levels. The class will start with a brief slide show of vintage shell illustrations and a discussion on the composition that makes them unique as pieces of art.  Whether it be a single shell or a group arrangement, the emphasis will be placed on composition and watercolor techniques to complete an original painting. Shells will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own from their personal collections. Each student will leave with an original piece of art and suggestions on how to frame it. All supplies are included.

The fee for the one-day, 3-hour workshop is $65 and the class is limited to 12 students.

About the Instructor:

Leona’s love of botanical art stems from her combined interest in art, gardening and nature. She feels you are never without a subject if you observe the natural world around you. From a young age she has collected antique botanical bookplates, and they continue to be an inspiration for her art. She has studied at the NY Botanical Garden, the Peabody Museum, and with many local award-winning botanical artists in CT and NJ. 

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. Masks are optional.

Watercolor Workshop – Buoy, Oh Buoy!

This is a one-day workshop with award winning watercolor artist, May Phillips. The workshop is for all levels. Students can use a line drawing given by the instructor or do their own drawing. Simple techniques will be demonstrated along with individual instruction. All supplies are included.

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. *** Masks are optional.

The fee for the one-day workshop is $45 and the class is limited to 10 students.

May Phillips is an award-winning artist who works in multiple mediums. She is a member of the Watertown Art League. May has been an instructor for Arts Escape for over five years specializing in one-day workshops in watercolor and pen and ink renderings.

Watercolor Workshop – Tiptoe Through the Tulips

This is a one-day workshop with award winning watercolor artist, May Phillips. The workshop is for all levels. Students can use a line drawing given by the instructor or do their own drawing. Simple techniques will be demonstrated along with individual instruction. All supplies are included.

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. *** Masks are optional.

The fee for the one-day workshop is $45 and the class is limited to 10 students.

May Phillips is an award-winning artist who works in multiple mediums. She is a member of the Watertown Art League. May has been an instructor for Arts Escape for over five years specializing in one-day workshops in watercolor and pen and ink renderings.

Sunflowers for Ukraine Watercolors – Class #2

This is a one-day workshop with watercolor artist, Leona Gawreluk. The workshop is for all levels. The class will start with a brief slideshow on the history of botanical illustration and the place it holds in the art world today. A beginner will learn how to transfer the drawing from a photo to watercolor paper, mix color hues and values and use watercolor techniques to create a realistic sunflower painting. All students will paint the same flower but the more experienced artist will have the opportunity to put their own stamp on the piece. All supplies are included. A portion of the workshop fee will be sent for Ukrainian relief efforts through Fr. Paul Luniw at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church.

The fee for the one-day, 3-hour workshop is $65 and the class is limited to 12 students.

Leona’s love of botanical art stems from her combined interest in art, gardening and nature. She feels you are never without a subject if you observe the natural world around you. From a young age she has collected antique botanical bookplates and they continue to be an inspiration for her art. She has studied at the NY Botanical Gardens, the Peabody Museum and from many local award winning botanical artists in CT. and NJ. 

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” ~Claude Monet  

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. Masks are optional.

Sunflowers for Ukraine Watercolor Workshop

This is a one-day workshop with watercolor artist, Leona Gawreluk. The workshop is for all levels. The class will start with a brief slideshow on the history of botanical illustration and the place it holds in the art world today. A beginner will learn how to transfer the drawing from a photo to watercolor paper, mix color hues and values and use watercolor techniques to create a realistic sunflower painting. All students will paint the same flower but the more experienced artist will have the opportunity to put their own stamp on the piece. All supplies are included. A portion of the workshop fee will be sent for Ukrainian relief efforts through Fr. Paul Luniw at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church.

The fee for the one-day, 3-hour workshop is $65 and the class is limited to 12 students.

Leona’s love of botanical art stems from her combined interest in art, gardening and nature. She feels you are never without a subject if you observe the natural world around you. From a young age she has collected antique botanical bookplates and they continue to be an inspiration for her art. She has studied at the NY Botanical Gardens, the Peabody Museum and from many local award winning botanical artists in CT. and NJ. 

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” ~Claude Monet  

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. Masks are optional.

Learn to Play the Ukulele for Beginners

Join instructor John Tuohy for a one-day workshop designed for beginner students. This class will focus on the basics of learning to play the instrument—from chords, to finger placement, to learning patterns and more. Students will learn to play a song by the end of the workshop.

A concert ukulele is recommended for this class which can be purchased at Southbury Music. If shopping on Amazon, please go to Smile.Amazon.com and choose Arts Escape, Inc. as your charity of choice.

The fee for the 90-minute class is $45. Class size is limited to 10 students.

About the Instructor: John Tuohy

Guitarist John Tuohy, based out of Fairfield County, is a music instructor and lecturer who focuses on teaching about artists and their work, while playing live musical performances to tell their story. John lectures and hosts demonstrations for diverse audiences on many topics of legends and icons from the first half of the 20th century. He currently is the in-house music lecturer at Riverwalk Assisted Living in the Bronx.

John has performed with many groups across multiple genres. His progressive rock band Mile Marker Zero won “Best Band in Connecticut” at the 2016 New England Music Awards.

John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Jazz Performance. He has worked as a private guitar instructor for over 20 years and has contributed session work for various artists and companies. He has been featured by Gearwire.com and judged the “King of the Blues” contest at Guitar Center.