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Children’s/YA Writers Forum

Read Out Loud

Via Zoom

This monthly writers 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

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

IN-PERSON AND VIA ZOOM

First Thursday – Open Mic

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

IN-PERSON AND VIA ZOOM

Children’s/YA Writers Forum

Read Out Loud

Via Zoom

This monthly writers 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

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

IN-PERSON AND VIA ZOOM

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.

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.

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.

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.