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Step by Step Acrylic Painting Class

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.

*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.

The fee for the five-week class is $295 and limited to 8 students.

For those students who don’t have supplies, there is a $25 supply fee which includes 2 canvases,”golden” paints and “stay wet” products for use with the Masterson acrylic palettes used in this class. Brushes are available as well as the Masterson palettes. They can be purchases or returned after the five weeks of classes.

If the student wishes to use Princeton Catalyst Brushes, they can be purchased at Jerry’s Artarama or Dick Blick Stores.

Suggested Princeton Catalyst Brushes

SUPPLY LIST
Ultramarine Blue
Thalo Blue/ Green Shade
Raw Umber
Transparent Brown Oxide
Paynes Grey
Cad. Yellow Med
Diarylide Yellow
Raw Sienna 
Yellow Oxide (not Ocher)
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Cad. Red Light
Cad. Red Med
Titanium White
A Masterson’s Stay-Wet-Palette is strongly recommended – size 12×16 

Anda Styler – Artist/ Instructor Anda lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and has been painting in oils and acrylics since she was 16. Acrylics, however, remain her favorite medium. Anda graduated from the Parson School of Design and has been devoted to her art ever since. She has many accomplishments in the art world, including interviews with both local and national publications, such as American Art Collector, Who’s Who in America,Country Gardeners Magazine, Victoria Magazine along with numerous awards and recognitions for her work as a painter.
Anda’s paintings and techniques are published in two books by North Light Publications. Her works are currently represented by several galleries in and around New England and to her credit, she has had many one-woman shows with great success. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is lucky to have four of her large paintings in their permanent collection.

Link to Anda’s website www.andastylerfineart.com/home

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.

Adobe Lightroom Photo Software Workshop Series: All Things Adobe Lightroom

Evening Class

Adobe Lightroom Classic is the main photography editing software used by photo hobbyists and professionals. This powerful software is all you need to catalogue, organize, find, edit, print, resize and export your photos.

This will be an open forum to help students with their questions on how to use Lightroom. Each class will be tailored to the students questions and needs. Bring your questions and be prepared to have fun and learn how to get the most out of this essential photography tool.

It is recommended to have Adobe Lightroom Classic installed on your laptop prior to the class.

Each class is a stand-alone class. Students can register for both classes or individual classes. Use the drop-down menu to register.

The fee for both classes is $70.00; individual classes are $35.00.
Class Limit is 12 students.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

*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 Writing Programs.

Get to Know and How to Take Better Photos with Your Digital Camera

Learn how to better use your digital camera’s functions and modes to take more creative and compelling images. **Recommended camera is a digital DSLR or mirrorless camera with various modes and functions.   (No Cell phones)

Session 1 Basic camera functions and using Shutter Priority mode for sharper images and creative effects

  1. Going over basic camera buttons including adjusting diopter to fit your vision
  2. Learning the two functions and buttons of shooting images and the playback and reviewing of images.
  3. Understanding exposure triad of ISO, Shutter and Aperture to achieve proper exposure. Call will focus on shutter priority mode and understanding shutter speed for sharp images and as a creative tool for freezing motion and using creative long exposure photography.

Session 2 Using Aperture Priority mode for controlling depth of field in your images

  1. Understanding exposure triad of ISO, Shutter and Aperture to achieve proper exposure. Class will focus on Aperture priority mode to use depth of field as a creative tool.
  2. Using exposure compensation to fine tune exposure of your images.
  3. If time permits, using histogram and blanks to fine tune exposure.

Session 3 Achieving Proper Focus

1. Using single point focus to take control of the auto focus function of your camera.

2. Using various shutter modes including single shot, multi shot for sports, and self timer mode.

3. How to use the stationary focus mode and moving focus mode for proper focus of stationary and moving subjects.

4. Setting up your camera, changing file size and file formats.

5. Understanding white balance and how to adjust

Session 4 Photography in the digital age

The Digital Darkroom – Taking your photos from your camera to your computer. Ways and methods to store and edit your photos.

Using computer software and editing programs to edit, enhance share, resize and reformat your photos for webs, social media, print and email use.  Learning how to transfer your photos from your camera to your computer or mobile device for storage and editing.

The fee for the 4-week class is $90. Class size is limited to 8 students.
Please let us know which type of camera you are using before class starts. Please send to John at:

johnmunnophoto@gmail.com

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.

*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.

Turning Words into Art and Art into Words

Enjoy a stress-free fun session of writing and painting! Ekphrastic writing–a piece of writing penned in response to a piece of art–and impressionist painting will be explored and intertwined to inspire
and challenge your creative self. You’ll be led via guided prompts and demonstrations. All levels are welcome and no experience is required.

The fee for the workshop is $65. All supplies are included.

Betsy Rogers-Knox received a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden in 2006 and has been illustrating plants ever since. Betsy’s work has been shown widely in the U.S. and was exhibited in London at the Royal Horticultural Botanical Art Exhibition 2016  where she was awarded the prestigious Silver Gilt Award for her series of paintings entitled The Life Cycle of the Milkweed and Monarch. Her work has been exhibited at the American Society of Botanical Artists Annual International Exhibitions in NYC.

Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm. Her essay “For the Love of Linen” (CT Lit Anthology 2020) was a Pushcart Prize nominee. Litchfield Magazine publishes her feature stories, one of which won first place in the CT Press Club 2022 Contest. Her work has appeared in Pangyrus, The Sunlight Press, Persimmon Tree, Fiction Southeast, and Edible Nutmeg, and her reviews have run in Connecticut newspapers.

She directs the writing program at Arts Escape, where she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

*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 Writing Programs.

Virtual Book Club – March 2023

Via Zoom

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


by Jan-Phillip Sendker

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

The Southbury Library will hold copies of this novel for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, March 14, to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.

Virtual Book Club – February 2023

Via Zoom

The Shipping News


by Annie Proulx

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

When Quoyle’s two-timing wife meets her just deserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle’s struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons–and the unpredictable forces of nature and society–he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery. A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family, The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today.

The Southbury Library will hold copies of this novel for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, February 14, to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.

Intermediate Colored Pencil

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 will get a list of supplies, including a series of colored pencils that will be required.

Contact the instructor Sandie Daignault at sandiedano@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The fee for the 3 hours is $95.00 and no supplies are included.  Class size is limited to 9 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 Art Programs.

Students are required to bring the listed supplies to class:

Pumice stone

Stylus pen (available to purchase at Arts Escape – $10)

Kneaded eraser

Museum putty

Battery operated eraser (optional)

Prismacolor pencils:

Lemon

Sky blue light                                   

Kelp green                                     

Indigo blue                                    

Canary yellow

Yellowed-orange

Pale vermillion

Carmine red

Poppy red

Spanish orange

Burnt ochre

Sienna brown

Raspberry

Artichoke

Greyed lavender

Pale sage

Cream

Peach

Salmon pink

Goldenrod

Jasmine

Mineral orange

Pumpkin orange

Tuscan red

Black

White

Colorless blender

Col-erase light grey pencil (for tracing)

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.

*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.

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, 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 and 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.

Step by Step Acrylic Painting Class

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.

*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.

The fee for the five-week class is $295 and limited to 8 students.

For those students who don’t have supplies, there is a $25 supply fee which includes 2 canvases,”golden” paints and “stay wet” products for use with the Masterson acrylic palettes used in this class. Brushes are available as well as the Masterson palettes. They can be purchases or returned after the five weeks of classes.

If the student wishes to use Princeton Catalyst Brushes, they can be purchased at Jerry’s Artarama or Dick Blick Stores.

Suggested Princeton Catalyst Brushes

SUPPLY LIST
Ultramarine Blue
Thalo Blue/ Green Shade
Raw Umber
Transparent Brown Oxide
Paynes Grey
Cad. Yellow Med
Diarylide Yellow
Raw Sienna 
Yellow Oxide (not Ocher)
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Cad. Red Light
Cad. Red Med
Titanium White
A Masterson’s Stay-Wet-Palette is strongly recommended – size 12×16 

Anda Styler – Artist/ Instructor Anda lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and has been painting in oils and acrylics since she was 16. Acrylics, however, remain her favorite medium. Anda graduated from the Parson School of Design and has been devoted to her art ever since. She has many accomplishments in the art world, including interviews with both local and national publications, such as American Art Collector, Who’s Who in America,Country Gardeners Magazine, Victoria Magazine along with numerous awards and recognitions for her work as a painter.
Anda’s paintings and techniques are published in two books by North Light Publications. Her works are currently represented by several galleries in and around New England and to her credit, she has had many one-woman shows with great success. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is lucky to have four of her large paintings in their permanent collection.

Link to Anda’s website www.andastylerfineart.com/home

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.

Valentine Collage with Dita Carley

Do you have a special person or perhaps grandchildren who would be delighted with a hand-crafted card you created and made especially for them? Play with paint and crayon and mixed media and learn how to move paint around, experiment with brush strokes, mix colors and play with mark-making. This is where treasures are made!

Participants in this 2 session workshop will create their own collage papers and then create unique and personal Valentine cards. Principles of design and composiion will be explored as you contruct your own masterpieces.

Dita Carley has a BFA in Painting from the University of Washington, Seattle.  She studied with Jacob Lawrence and Wolf Kahn.  Carley has shown in galleries in the Northwest as well as in New England. Her work has been exhibited at Five Points Gallery, Torrington and the New Britain Museum of American Art as well as having work in collections throughout the country.  Carley has taught in various venues including Seattle Children’s Hospital, Guilford Art Center, Cold Spring School in New Haven, Arts Escape, Seedlings Educators Collaborative, Flanders Nature Center and private 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.

The fee for the 2 day workshop which includes all supplies is $50.

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.

Step by Step Acrylic Painting Class

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.

*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.

The fee for the five-week class is $285 and limited to 8 students.

For those students who don’t have supplies, there is a $25 supply fee which includes 2 canvases,”golden” paints and “sta wet” products for use with the masterson acrylic palettes used in this class. Brushes are available as well as the masterson palettes. They can be purchases or returned after the five weeks of classes.

If the student wishes to use Princeton Catalyst Brushes, they can be purchased at Jerry’s Artarama or Dick Blick Stores.

Suggested Princeton Catalyst Brushes

SUPPLY LIST
Ultramarine Blue
Thalo Blue/ Green Shade
Raw Umber
Transparent Brown Oxide
Paynes Grey
Cad. Yellow Med
Diarylide Yellow
Raw Sienna 
Yellow Oxide (not Ocher)
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Cad. Red Light
Cad. Red Med
Titanium White
A Masterson’s Stay-Wet-Palette is strongly recommended – size 12×16 

Anda Styler – Artist/ Instructor Anda lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and has been painting in oils and acrylics since she was 16. Acrylics, however, remain her favorite medium. Anda graduated from the Parson School of Design and has been devoted to her art ever since. She has many accomplishments in the art world, including interviews with both local and national publications, such as American Art Collector, Who’s Who in America,Country Gardeners Magazine, Victoria Magazine along with numerous awards and recognitions for her work as a painter.
Anda’s paintings and techniques are published in two books by North Light Publications. Her works are currently represented by several galleries in and around New England and to her credit, she has had many one-woman shows with great success. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is lucky to have four of her large paintings in their permanent collection.

Link to Anda’s website www.andastylerfineart.com/home

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.