Deposit / Cancellation Policy

Deposits are required for all classes and workshops in the amount of half the tuition to secure limited spots. Full payment is due two weeks before the start of the session. All cancellations must be made 2 weeks before the start of a class or workshop. We cannot be responsible for issuing refunds, credits or transfers for classes missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control. If a workshop is cancelled by us, all money will be promptly refunded.



Please contact Academy for space availabilities after class begins

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts

431 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT  06109






 New England’s Classical Atelier Program


The Atelier program at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts provides the serious artist-in-training an opportunity to be coached and mentored by a distinguished faculty member. Atelier students work side-by-side with their instructors in the beautiful north light studio. Students are provided with individual space within the studio to complete projects independently or with the guidance of their instructor. It is advisable to meet with an Atelier instructor before the beginning of each session. For more information, please contact the Academy at 860-436-9857.


Atelier Figure Drawing 
Beginner through Advanced

Figure Drawing   6-weeks

Instructor: Kathryn Engberg

Students will draw the figure from life from a single pose lasting six weeks. The first several sessions will be spent developing a block in, depicting all the essential information needed to render the figure. Comparative measurement, shape finding, plumb lines, and anatomy will be used to achieve an accurate representation of the figure. After the  block-in is satisfactory, the students will begin rendering each form using the “finish as you go” approach. This means that each area is given a sufficient amount of time and attention to finish it to completion before moving onto the next area. Knowledge of anatomy, form, and light, will be used to achieve a highly detailed and informed academic figure drawing. Kathryn will do a brief demonstration at the beginning of class as well as come around to each student to give individual critiques throughout the session. Beginning to advanced students are welcome.  Model fee extra.  

Wed., October 4, 5-8pm  6 weeks

Fee: $270 for members;  $30 membership per year    Model fee extra paid at beginning of session

Material List



Portrait Drawing   6-weeks

Instructor: Kathryn Engberg

In this portrait class, students will draw the portrait from a single pose for 6 weeks. The sessions will consist of developing a linear drawing with graphite on paper to establish an accurate likeness, proportions, and structure. The students will then begin modeling the form in a highly rational method, slowly developing each area based on an understanding of the effect of light on form. Some topics that will be discussed in length are comparative measuring, shape finding, anatomy of the skull, light and form. Kathryn will demonstrate each stage of the process briefly as well as give each student individual critiques throughout each session. Beginning to advanced artists are welcome.

Wed., October 4, 1-4pm  6 weeks

Fee: $270 for members;  $30 membership per year    Model fee extra paid at beginning of session

Material List

Anatomy: Practical Figure Drawing Class; Studies of the Torso, Limbs, Features    6-weeks

Instructor: Steve Linberg

This study will be on the traditional focus of building knowledge of the human anatomy. Bones, muscles, origins/insertions, functions, and other aspects of anatomy will be discussed.  Female model. 

The Anatomy Figure Studio, will focus on the anatomy with a live model, so students can apply the academic knowledge to an actual figure and relate the knowledge to the specific process of drawing. Sessions include lectures, male/female models, modeling with clay. Subjects include; torso, pelvis, legs and feet, arms and hands, the head, fat/veins/hair.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017;    Session D1) 1:30 - 4:30pm:  D2) 5:30 - 8:30pm   6 weeks each

Fee per Session: $270. members; $300. non-member

Materials List

Atelier Bargue Drawing    6-weeks

Instructor: Steve Linberg

These drawing courses are based upon the 19th C. French Academic drawing course designed by Charles Bargue. Students will start with graphite pencil on paper, receiving demonstrations on materials, how to approach a drawing, sight-size and comparative measurement drawing, and tricks to aid in the making of more representational drawings. Students will be given a group demonstration on technique, and then work individually on practicing this technique for understanding. The curriculum starts with simple projects and moves progressively onto harder more complex work, each one incorporating more techniques to build upon previous lessons.  

Students will be working on more complex Bargue drawings, incorporating the fundamentals learned and adding new challenges of value, intricacy, and size. Development of your skills depends on focus in conjunction with demonstrations, practice, and continual guidance. Emphasis is on accuracy and training your eye so as not to be dependent on grids or tracing, thus making it possible to pursue drawing actively and freely in other areas like portraiture from life and landscape sketching. There is also a some homework that is recommended but not mandatory. 

This is an ongoing class that students go at their own pace once they get started. Bargue #1 continues onto #2 all the way up to #4. The weeks are split into 6 week sessions. The principals taught are progressive and presented for the duration of the session.

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017;    Session A) 1:30 - 4:30pm:  B) 5:30 - 8:30pm   6 weeks each

Fee per Session: $270. members; $300. non-member


Material List

Cast Drawing and Painting   6-week session 

Instructor: Kathryn Engberg

This cast drawing class will serve as an introduction to the concepts of academic art that can be applied to all other areas of classical drawing and painting. The students begin by learning the basics of the "block in" in which a linear drawing of the subject is created with an emphasis on accuracy of shape, proportion, and gesture. From the block in stage, the students will move into the modeling stage, in which the forms of the subject is conceived of and rendered in an entirely three-dimensional way. We will discuss the fundamentals of light and how it reacts with form and how to depict these events with graphite on a two-dimensional surface. Students will complete one cast drawing with a strongly developed sense of depth and realism. Beginning to advanced students are welcome.  For the Cast Painting: the first few days will still be spent drawing. Materials for painting below.

Wed., October 4, 1-4pm or 5-8pm  6 weeks

Fee: $270 for members;  $30 membership per year   

Material List for Drawing

Material List for Cast Painting

Color Theory in the Munsell Color System    6-week session 

Instructor: Steve Linberg      Steve has recently joined the Board of Inter-Society Color Council

This class will teach you everything you need to know about color theory, and introduce the Munsell color system for oilpainters. Although the subject matter applies equally to any medium, we will be painting in oils to explore the concepts taught in the class. Students will learn the scientific principles underlying color perception, and how to control color’s aspects of hue, value and chroma in painting. No prior painting experience is necessary.

Note: this is a condensed version of a 120-hour class by The Classical Lab; there are fewer painting projects in the class out of necessity. Advanced students may be given additional assignments to complete outside of class, if desired.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 - Dec. 12, 2017;    Session D1) 1:30 - 4:30pm:  D2) 5:30 - 8:30pm   6 weeks each

Fee per Session: $270. members; $300. non-member

A Supply List will be provided upon registration.  


Still Life Drawing     1-week  

Instructor: Eliza Moser      

Working from life, students will learn how to create a convincingly realistic drawing of simple still-life objects. The course will cover drawing basics, and focus on tricks to achieve a believable sense of space and form. The end goal will be to create a drawing with a convincing 3-Dimensional affect. Students will work in the medium of charcoal for optimum results.

July 10-14, 2017: 9am -12pm

Fee: $175. members; $205 non-member

Portrait Drawing     1-week  

Instructor: Eliza Moser      

 Learn to draw a life-like portrait from a photo. Using a photo reference of your making, you will learn the basic drawing process of developing a solid block-in to a finished and realistic drawing. Students will be taught the sight-size method, using observational skills to observe and translate visual information onto paper with accuracy. Realistic form will be accomplished with additional study of light and the construction of the human face. The end goal will be a refined portrait which conveys likeness, sense of light and a convincing three-dimensional form.

July 10-14, 2017: 1pm - 4pm

Fee: $175. members; $205 non-member

Youth Arts Program

Youth Program - Drawing and Painting
Ages 6 and Up     6-week session 

Instructor: Nick Frasco

This course will teach the basic fundamentals of drawing, composition and painting, how to mix and apply paint, and use of a variety of art materials. Students may bring a project of their own to work on. The ultimate goal of the Youth Program is for the student to enjoy a rewarding experience and to create a work of art that is satisfying. Now extended to 2 hours per week for 6 weeks. 

Saturdays –  Two hours within 9:30-12:00pm; 6-week sessions ongoing (sign up for any Saturday)
Fee: $195. member; $220 non-membership

Cartooning and Animation
Ages 6 and Up     6-week session 

Instructor: Nick Frasco

Learn to create your very own original Cartoon Character. Instructor Nick Frasco, will go over the different characteristics of drawing a dynamic character of your own. Starting by drawing their faces in a "cartoon style ", simplifying them into shapes and paying attention to depth while giving them a three dimensional look and drawing them from every imaginable angle. Once you have mastered these techniques, you will be well on your way to creating your own dynamic cartoon character.

Starting Monday, May 1    3:30-5:30pm; 6-week session
Fee: $160. member; $185 non-membership

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts continually adds new courses to its curriculum.

Please check back with us!