Deposit / Cancellation Policy

Deposits are required for 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 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.

 Justin Wood

 Lauren Sansarciq


 Richard Scott


John MacDonald

Academy Workshops


Justin Wood

The 17th C. Dutch Breakfast Still Life Workshop 

A Four-Day Workshop, Oct. 4 - 7, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

This workshop is inspired by the Dutch Breakfast Still Life (Ontbijtjes). This type of still
life painting developed in the 17th century and while the word “ontbijtjes” is Dutch for breakfast,
it was more thought of as “a light meal taken at any time of day”. The Breakfast Still Life is
characterized by the display of everything from common everyday foods and items to rare
delicacies and luxury goods such as roemers (wine glasses), silver/gold goblets, and chinese
porcelain bowls. Common themes in this genre included straight forward tributes to nature
and finely crafted wares to moral and religious warnings against excess.
We will spend the first day setting up our compositions, drawing and transferring. The
second day will be used to complete the grisailles. The remainder of time will be spent completing
each part with color. I will work with everyone individually throughout the week and
will paint alongside the artists on my own still life.

Fee: $400. members  ($30 member fee) 

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Lauren Sansaricq

Understanding the Sky for Artists

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

The sky is the heart of a landscape painting. In this studio workshop we will dive into studying and painting the sky with oils. We will discuss how the sky is changing at different times of day, and what consistent principles can be found. We will also talk about the different varieties of clouds and how they optically interact with the sky. Also atmospheric glazing and other types of glazing will be demonstrated. A combination of imagination and reference material from master paintings will be used, no photography.

Fee: $315. members  ($30 member fee) 

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Richard Scott

The Narrative Portrait Painting

A Five-Day Workshop, Dec. 26-30,  2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Finish the year with a five day intensive portrait workshop, exploring indirect painting techniques of the old masters with a focus on narrative development. Richard will walk you through the stages of conceiving, composing, and beginning a portrait. There will be helpful information on how to analyze your work in order to improve both your skills and give yourself the tools to express your vision.

We will explore both symbolism and how to express ideas through the composition itself. We’ll cover adaptive methods for utilizing the movement of the model, compositional changes due to the decision of the painter, and enhancing both analytical and intuitive approaches to painting.

Emphasis will be on balancing the detailed and accurate observation of light, form and anatomy - with composition and expression.

Fee: $425. members  ($30 member fee) 

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John MacDonald

The Landscape Painting in Oils

A Five-Day Workshop, May 20-24, 2019, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

This workshop will focus on using photographs, sketches, and/or plein air studies as reference and will take place entirely in the studio. We'll explore the painting process and learn about the limitations of the camera and of using photographs for reference. For intermediate to advanced painters.

Teaching Philosophy:

My sole concern is helping you to discover what it means to paint like you, to help you become a more skilled artist as you develop your authentic voice. I teach the craft and the art of painting; the craft based on my 30-plus years as a painter and illustrator and the art from my experience as a creativity coach.

The craft entails the nuts and bolts of the visual language: value, composition, drawing, color, edges, details, variation, pattern, etc., seeing the basic structure of a landscape while learning to thoughtfully and skillfully choose which elements to include in one’s painting and which ones to leave out.  I emphasize proper seeing—looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships—and then understanding and manipulating what is seen.

The art is about discovering your authentic voice and developing self-awareness as an artist. We learn to paint by painting. If we wish to increase our skill level there is no substitute for putting in long hours in the studio. But fear, perfectionism, the need for approval, the aversion to risk-taking—all of these can inhibit our willingness to paint. The ability to deal skillfully with these issues is as important as the ability to know how to mix the right color.

Fee: $475. members  ($30 member fee)

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860-436-9857     431 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT  06109