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. 


Due to the snow forecasted for the next few days,

Classes on Monday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 9 will be postponed until Thursday, Feb. 11; they will be held at the same time.


Art Lecture Series 

The Public is Welcomed

February 16 

Lecture: Blade Smithing 

with Bill Hoffman 

Bill Hoffman, bladesmith, has had a life-long passion for this form of art. Bill returned to full time knife-making after he retired from teaching science in 2005. He built his own forge and continues to access his problem solving skills in his bladesmithing, learning grinding techniques, how to heat treat high carbon steel, working with high tech adhesives, and selecting appropriate wood for the handles. He will also touch on the history of bladesmithing.

March 15 

Lecture: Antique Gem Appraisals 

with John Codianni

John Codianni is an accredited senior gemologist and appraiser with 33 years in the jewelry field. He is also a jewelry maker and designer. He is regularly appraises for auction houses and estates. He will talk about the value of various types of jewelry from different periods and regale us with delightful images and stories.

April 26

The Chinese and Japanese Painting

with Tita Hyland

Details to come.


May 17 & 24

Two-Part Lecture: How Printed Pictures Changed the World

with Professor Alexandra Onuf

As we grapple with our changing world in the Age of the Internet, it seems the perfect time to reflect back on an earlier moment in history when another major technological advance – the invention of printing - fundamentally reshaped our world.  Over two lectures focused specifically on the early history of printed images, we will consider how prints reshaped art, faith and knowledge in the West.  Highlights will include prints by Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, and Andrea Mantegna, as well as prints after famous compositions by the likes of Raphael and Michelangelo.


All Lectures 6:30-8pm


Suggested Donation $10.

Membership to the Academy

Yearly membership reguired to take any Class or Workshop. 

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



Wethersfield Academy for the Arts

431 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT  06109


Saturday, One-Day 

Feb. 13   Intro to Bargue Drawing

March 5   Portrait Drawing from Live Model

March 26   Fearless Fluid

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Three-Day Workshops

Christina Mastrangelo

Portrait Drawing

(from photograph)

February 18-20, 2016

10am to 4:30pm

Christina Mastrangelo

Painting the Portrait in Oils 

(from model)

March 10-12, 2016

10am to 4:30pm

Christina Mastrangelo

Portrait Master Copy in Oils 

April 21-23, 2016

10am to 4:30pm

Brian Bailey

Still Life in Pastels

May 20-21 2016

10am to 4:30pm

More Workshops

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