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.

Christine Kornacki

Doug Gillette

Frank Costantino

Justin Wood

Christina Mastrangelo

Christina Mastrangelo

Katherine Engberg

Academy Workshops


Christine Kornacki

Illustration Workshop for April Vacation Week

April 9-13, 2018, 9 am to 12 pm

In this workshop, children’s book illustrator, Christine Kornacki will immerse students into the world of illustration.  We will learn about the history of illustration and the current market as Christine shares her process and walks students through a finished illustration of their own. 

Students will illustrate a “Fancy Animal Portrait” by choosing from a selection of animal photographs and combining it with a classical portrait. Christine will show how to properly use references and studies to understand the anatomy of their animal and figure. After sketching out their fancy animal combination, students will move onto their final color illustration, paying attention to the emotion, lighting, and form of their character. Materials included.

For ages 7-16. 

Fee: $210. members  ($25 member fee)

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Steve Linberg

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

April 17-21, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm

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. 

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 (female model in the morning, male model in the afternoon.), modeling with clay. Subjects include; torso, pelvis, legs and feet, arms and hands, the head, fat/veins/hair.  Model fees additional.  

Tuesday, April 17-21, 2018:   9am - 12pm , 1 - 4pm

Fee: $540. members each session; $30. yearly membership

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Doug Gillette

Perspective in Graphite Workshop 

A Two-Day Workshop, April 28-29, 2018, 9:45 am to 4:00 pm

This two day workshop aims to teach everything you need to know about the fundamental skill of drawing in perspective. Understanding perspective brings a grounded reality to your art and transforms the way your audience interacts with it. It is key in taking your work to the next level.

The overall goal of the class is to have you demonstrate an improved understanding and implementation of perspective in your art, and hopefully how you see the world around you.The information this workshop provides will be crucial to helping you create an environment drawing quicker than you ever thought possible! It's not as daunting as you might think!

Fee: $180. members  ($30 member fee)

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Frank Costantino

The Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop

A Three-Day Workshop, May 3-5, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

This comprehensive workshop will expose students to the freshness and spontaneity of using the watercolor medium on site, and painting the wonderful scenes in Old Wethersfield. With daily demonstrations and theory, the instructor will explain the visual choices for subject and view selection, arranging a composition, color palette choices, various methods of color mixing, and expressive brush techniques. Participants will be encouraged to explore wet-on-wet, glazing, blending, edge and dilution control, and other techniques - while capturing their own vision of their subjects. With individual review sessions & private demos during the painting day, each participant will learn ways to simplify subjects, while learning to see and achieve the dynamics of light, contrast, value, movement, space, texture, etc., which make paintings come alive. Experimentation will also be encouraged, to bring a heightened awareness of the many approaches for en plein-air painting. 

Participant’s abilities should include basic drawing, a comfortable level of watercolor experience, and some painting experience on easels. With an expected diversity of skills, capabilities may vary widely, but instruction will be tailored to each individual’s level. Come for a rare opportunity to work hand-to-brush with an award-winning watercolorist and accomplished instructor. 

Fee: $375 members  ($30 member fee)

Justin Wood

The Trompe L'oeil Oil Painting 

A Five-Day Workshop, May 7-11, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Trompe L'oeil paintings deceive the eye by making a painted flat surface appear three-dimensional. In this workshop, participating artists will design, draw and paint their own trompe l'oeil. We will discuss the history of the genre and examine different trompe l'oeil paintings from various times and places with the purpose of better understanding the subject and methods used in their production.

Fee: $475 members  ($30 member fee)

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Eliza Moser

Color Mixing with Zorn      One-Day Workshop 

May 19, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Limited Palette, famously used by Anders Zorn, gets at the heart of the nature of light and color. Using only the primary colors, the artist is compelled to interpret what he sees, instead of copy. In the process, he or she gains a deep understanding of how all colors are connected and relate to each other. In this one-day course students will learn applicable methods to push the boundaries of the limited palette, all the while exploring color theory and the inner workings of light, form and color.

Fee: $95. members   ($30. member fee)

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Christina Mastrangelo

The Sight-Size Portrait Drawing from Life Workshop 

A Five-Day Workshop, June 4-8, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Learn a professional working method of portrait drawing from life. With two students per model you will have a close-up view and learn how to utilize the sight-size method for a much easier experience drawing a realistic portrait. Students will work at an individual pace and receive critiques and demos specific to them throughout the workshop. Each student will have the choice to use either graphite or charcoal, and will learn how to set up this type of portrait station at home for future projects. This course is recommended for those who have taken Christina's other drawing classes or have prior experience with drawing. Model fee included!

Fee: $650 members  ($30 member fee)

Christina Mastrangelo

Frame Painting and Guilding Workshop 

A Three-Day Workshop, June 15-17, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Learn the steps and materials used to paint, gild, and seal a wood frame. We will be using a red undercoat with black topcoat, gold leaf for the inside lip, and a wax sealer. Students will learn how to apply the gold leaf to a surface, and the sanding and painting steps necessary to create a frame worthy of your art. Materials included. 

Fee: $270 members  ($30 member fee)

Christina Mastrangelo

The Art Business

A Three-Day Workshop, June 29-July 1, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

There are many things I've learned while trying to "make it" as a professional artist. This workshop is an overview of the do's and don'ts I've learned along the way, including: how to write and build your art resume, write an artist statement, be savvy on instagram and facebook and other social media sites, set up a versatile website, make an attractive email newsletter, keep an art inventory, take great photos of your work, do quick photoshop tutorials to edit your images, approach galleries, work with galleries, price your work, make commission contracts, organize your taxes and accounts to benefit as a small business, and advice on getting your name and work out there.

Fee: $270 members  ($30 member fee)

Kathryn Engberg

Portrait Sketch Workshop 

A Five-Day Workshop, July 23 - 27, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

In this 5 day workshop, artists will work with a new live model each day incrementally working through skills needed to create lively and highly REALIZED portrait sketches. We will Begin with drawing in graphite on white paper and ultimately ending with a full color painted portrait sketch. In each medium, we will tackle a new skill and discuss elements of light and form, tools for successful drawing, structural anatomy, and color. 

The first half of each day will be a demonstration with open discussion and lecture. The second half of the day will be taught with individual critique helping to guide artists to meet their goals. Artists will leave with a more complete understanding of the elements of line, shape, form, and color, as well as how to use these to create a highly realistic portrait from life in a short time frame.

The techniques covered will be Graphite on white paper, graphite and white chalk on toned paper, three color pencil on toned paper, grisaille painting, and full color painting.

Fee: $650 members  ($30 member fee)

Additional 2018 Workshops - Details to come

July 9-13, 15-19     10-Day Still Life Painting with Christina Mastrangelo

Aug. 23-25       Finishing that Painting with Christina Mastrangelo

Sept. 3-7       The Portrait in Costume with Katie Engberg

Oct. 4-7        The Dutch Breakfast Still Life with Justin Wood

Nov.  15-17      The Landscape Painting with Lauren Sansaricq

May 20-24, 2019       Landscape Painting in Oils with John MacDonald