To see is the student's first and last concern. Without a well-trained eye a student can never rise above mediocritiy. If there ever was a secret of the old masters, it surely was their extraordinary ability to see. 
                                       - Richard F. Lack

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts

The Academy embraces several art disciplines where students, working directly with professional artists, are guided and encouraged to develop their unique gifts and talents. We provide opportunities in art classes, workshops, and art lectures for the novice through the professional to benefit from study, apprenticeship, exhibition and performance, and to promote the arts in the best classical tradition for enjoyment and inspiration. 


Classes run in 6-week sessions

Atelier Bargue Drawing
   with Steve Linberg

Anatomy Drawing   with Steve Linberg

Figure 1  with Kathryn Engberg

Portrait Drawing  with Kathryn Engberg

Color Theory/Munsell   with Steve Linberg

Watercolor Painting   with Bivenne Staiger

Wildlife Portraits in Colored Pencils  with Nick Frasco

The Art of the Print: Monotype  with Trudy Mitchell

Cartooning and Animation  with Nick Frasco


Youth Program

Youth Drawing and Painting with Nick Frasco

Connecticut Academy of Irish Music

Featuring Irish music lessons in fiddle, tin whistle, flute, mandolin, banjo, guitar, concertina, button accordion and new offerings in bodran (Irish frame drum), and singing.


In celebration of local historian, conservationist, artist Eleanor Buck Wolf, a day of events will take place in Wethersfield on September 10. There will be a tour of the Deming House, in which she lived at 400 Hartford Ave. Please see the Wethersfield Historical Society's website for information and tickets. 

The Wethersfield Academy is pleased to present a show of Eleanor's artwork, writings, handiwork at 431 Hartford Ave., at the same time, 10am - 2pm 

Immediately following this tour and show, there will be an opening reception to the recent art work of Virginia Buck at the Wethersfield Public Library. Please join us from 2-4pm to view the artistic accomplishments of Virginia Buck. The show will be on display through the month of October.

The Academy's Fall 2016 Program offers many studies for all artists. New classes and instructors are listed here

Please welcome Kathryn Engberg, who hails from the Grand Central Academy. On Wednesdays, she will teach a Portrait Drawing class in the afternoon and the important Figure 1 in the evening. See her remarkable artwork @

One-Day Workshops 

Saturday, Sept. 10  Atelier Drawing  for Teens

Saturday, Oct. 8   Pet Portraits in Pastel

Saturday, Oct. 15  Open Sketch

Friday, Nov. 24,  Open Sketch

Three-Day Workshops 2017

Membership to the Academy

Yearly membership reguired to take any

Class or Workshop. 

$30 adults, $25 for seniors and school/college students



Please register early. Classes and workshops have limited spaces. A deposit of 50% fee will hold a spot for you. Please do not show up the day of the class or workshop with a check. If there are not minimum numbers to run a class or workshop 5 days before the first day of the class or workshop, we need to cancel it. 

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts

431 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT  06109




Bivenne Staiger

Painting Nature in Watercolor

Wed., Sept. 7, 2016,  7pm


Japan, Edo period, late 17th century, “Deep Bowl with Lid” Arita ware, Kakiemon type, porcelain with overglaze enamels, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Alice Hyland
Exotic and Erotic: Flowers and Fruit in Chinese and Japanese Art

Particular flowers and fruits have special symbolism in China and Japan. We will see examples of the lotus, peony, grape, melon, iris, peach as well as plants associated with the four seasons. The works of art will range in date from the fifth to twenty-first centuries. Representations in the following media will be included: Buddhist sculpture, painting, ceramics, lacquer, textiles and woodblock prints. We will also explore the distinctions between Chinese and Japanese art.

Tuesday., Sept. 27, 2016,  7pm

Steven Law
Decouvert Fine Art
On Collecting Drawings

Tuesday., November 15, 2016,  7pm


Charter Oak Flutes
Many Melodic Moods

Tuesday., November 1, 2016,  7pm

Bill Hoffman Drawing Boards SaleAd Space Available

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