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

Color Theory/Munsell   with Steve Linberg

Cast Drawing and Painting   with Kathryn Engberg

Youth Program

Youth Drawing and Painting with Nick Frasco

Cartooning and Animation  with Nick Frasco

Classical Drawing for Teens  with Kathryn Engberg

A Four Day Workshop over Spring Break

Sponsored by 

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.

The Academy is sponsored in part by


Click here for our exciting summer program with attached registration form

Art Lectures

Representational Art's Place in the 20th-21st Century

Postponed due to incoming weather

MARCH 14   7:30pm
Jeremiah Patterson
This lecture will take a look back at representational art's place in Modernism and how movements of art are perceived to have unfolded in the 20th century. In this climate of modernism language, contemporary realism and representational work were largely ignored.  

A Review: 20 Recent Additions to the Collection of NBMAA

April 11   7pm

Douglas Hyland, Recent Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art

This lecture will explore the artwork of the contemporary artists that were added to the museum, what the artists achieved by creating them and why the museum under Douglas Hyland purchased them. 
Lectures Open to the Public. Suggested Donation $10.

Saturday, June 3, 2017    10am - 4pm

Call to All Artists for this one day opportunity to sell your artwork, and misc. art supplies. This is the same day as the Wethersfield Historical Society's House Tour on Hartford Avenue. Artists can buy a 10' x 10' space for $35. Register early. Space fee will increase in April.  You handle all art purchases. We will have interesting food/drinks available for purchase.

Registration Form for ARTMarket

2017 Biennial Fine Art

Competition and Show

October 7-21

Adjudicator:  Douglas Hyland

Open to All Artists     Prospectus


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. 

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431 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT  06109


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Open Sketch

First Saturday of every month.

Next: April 1, 1:30 - 5:30pm

Open to all ages, levels. Bring own supplies

Painting Best Practices Workshop

 with George O'Hanlon

Three-Day Workshop

April 13-15, 2017

This workshop with George and Tatiana is full of the latest information for every artist from beginner to professional. This workshop would be be useful for conservationists, collectors, anyone associated with the art field. It is your opportunity to ask questions of these world reknown experts from California and listen to the experiences of others who have tried various pigments/finishes, materials and techniques. Only 4 spaces left. 

17th C. Dutch Still Life in Oils

 with Justin Wood

Four-Day Workshop

May 4-7, 2017

Watercolor Painting 

 with Bivenne Staiger

Three-Day Workshop

June 8-10, 2017

Finishing that Painting 

 with Jeremiah Patterson

Three-Day Workshop

July, 20-22, 2017

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