To see is the student's first and last concern. Without a well-trained eye a student can never rise above mediocrity. 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. 


Our foundational drawing classes encourages drawing practice, a skill that is to be continuously honed.

This Fall, we welcome Eliza Moser as she continues our core Bargue and Cast Drawing classes. Katie Engberg will continue her Portrait and Figure Drawing clases.

Bargue /Cast Drawing  with Eliza Moser

Figure Drawing  with Kathryn Engberg

Intro to Oil Painting  with Tsultrim Tenzin

Landscape Drawing with Paul Batch

Portrait Drawing  with Kathryn Engberg

The Master Copy in Oils  with Tsultrim Tenzin

Portrait from a Photo with Eliza Moser

Drawing at the Wadsworth  with Eliza Moser

Youth Drawing and Painting  with Nick Frasco

Cartooning and Animation  with Nick Frasco

Oil Painting for Youth  with Eliza Moser


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 Wethersfield Academy of Art is sponsored in part by



Next Art Lecture I Tuesday, 7pm
September 25  
Rembrandt van Rijn, Experimental Printmaker

with Prof. Alexandra Onuf
In this lecture, Professor Alexandra Onuf will explore some of Rembrandt’s most extraordinary prints and his innovative process in order to highlight the new freedom and artistry he brought to the art of printmaking.

Plein Air Paint-Out

October 13, 9:30 - 4:30  
with Jane Zisk

In Partnership with Wethersfield Art League
Come paint with Jane Zisk the Founder of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. This is peak painting season!  This workshop is primer in outdoor painting and will help with skill and comfort levels. Jane believes painting should be enjoyable.  A materials list will be available.  Beginner's welcome.
$50. Registration Form below.
(Membership not necessary)

Art Lecture I Tuesday, 7pm
October 16

The Fine Art of Painting Murals

with Nina Gagarin

Join CT-based artist, Nina Gagarin as she discusses her 25 year career as a full-time muralist. She will be conducting a lively demonstration on the tips and techniques she learned along the way and how she developed her art in to a lucrative career that led to commissions around the U.S. as well as abroad.

November 13

A Joyous Evening with Flutes

Featuring Charter Oak Flutes, Directed by Virginia Church

Music includes works by G. Faure, Debussy, Lombardo, and a Premier Performance by Nicole Chamberlain.

Call to Artists Fall Events

Old Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair

Sept. 29, 2018 at Cove Park in Wethersfield. Artists are welcomed to apply for a booth. Exhibitor Booth. Wethersfield Academy for the Arts will have a booth for our programs. Sudents are invited to have a drawing hanging at our booth free of charge. The drawings can be NFS or for sale. Please contact us with interest:

End-of -Year Small Pieces Art Show
Plan Ahead!

Nov. 24 - Dec. 22, 2018 at the Watson Gallery in Keeney Memorial Cultural Center. All artists are welcomed to submit 3 pieces with membership to the Academy. See Prospectus for medium, size limit: no larger than 15" x 15". The artwork must be for sale.


Next Open Studio / Open Sketch
Open to the public, these are non-instructional sessions, monitored, with a model. Bring your own supplies. 

Saturday, Sept. 8, 1:30-4:30pm Portrait Sketching. $10/afternoon

Friday, Oct. 5, 6-9pm Full Figure Sketching. $12/evening


The Academy Art Books Library

 We welcome donations of your Art Books for student reference material.

Contact us at:


Adult Class and Workshop Registrations can be done online on those pages 

A Yearly Membership is required to register for any class or workshop at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts. Please sign up for membership first to see all the classes and workshops for registration.

Adult Membership - $30

Student/Senior Membership - $25

Family Membership - $60.

Membership Sign-Up

Academy Needs Support 

Please consider a tax deductible donation to this 501c3 Arts non-profit as we continue to deliver excellent programming for artists of all levels and the community at large into 2018.  We are thankful for all donations and invite you to visit us.

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Volunteers Wanted

If you have an interest in helping with this Arts Org., please call or email us with your interest.

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Wethersfield Academy for the Arts

431 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT  06109



17th C Dutch Breakfast Still Life

 with Justin Wood

Oct. 4 - 7

Understanding the Sky for Artists

 with Lauren Sansarciq

Nov.  15 -17

The Narrative Portrait

 with Richard Scott

Dec.  26 - 30

The Landscape Painting in Oils

 with John MacDonald

May 20-24, 2019

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