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.

We have a fabulous set of classes, workshops, and events for you in 2023!  Veronique continues with her Drawing class options on Mondays. Her Oil Painting class in various topics will be held again on Wednesdays. Watercolor options are on Thursdays. Pete Anderson will teach Figure Drawing again on Tuesdays. The Youth Art offerings are more diversified than ever but Nick returns on his Sat. morning favorite times. 

For workshops, we are very pleased that Jessica Daigle came to teach botanical art using watercolor in March, and Veronique Fournier-Wynne will be teaching color mixing using oil in April. Join us in these enriching workshops in the coming year!

For events, we are very excited to welcome back the duo Ringrose and Freeman for an evening of Irish music on Thursday, March 16. Scroll to our Events section for more information on what is sure to be a delightful time!

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Summer Youth Art Program

Summer 2023

Our ten-week SUMMER YOUTH ART PROGRAM begins 6/19.

Registration begins March 7th.

Morning and Afternoon sessions are available. Ages 7-16.


Tuition per class:

WAFTA members: $210

non-members: $235 


Here's a sneak preview of some of the classes; it's our 10th YEAR!

Fantasy Drawing: Dragons, Fairies and Mythological Creatures 

Introduction to the Bargue Drawing Method

Painting Flora with Oil

    Message From the Board Chairman

    Dear Students, Members and Friends:

    At the end of 2022, Betty Standish retired from serving as the Academy’s Program Director. Betty’s hard work and knowledge of all things classical has helped the Academy become recognized as a center of high quality art instruction. Betty also wore hats as a Board member, instructor, student and art show curator. We wish her the best of luck in the future.   

    Leading the Academy now is Program Director Amy Morgan. Amy has extensive experience founding and leading non-profit organizations, as well as teaching and volunteering. Amy’s robust project management background combined with her dedication to supporting and promoting local groups and initiatives will be key as the Academy strengthens its Wethersfield relationships and builds bridges to students and communities beyond. We anticipate that Amy’s dynamic and engaging personality— and passion for the arts— will create new opportunities for the Academy’s growth.  

    Amy will be assisted by our new Technical Administrator, Laurie Kelley, whose focus will be program registration, membership, and website management. Along with her technical expertise, Laurie is a talented artist specializing in realism.

    Please join me and the rest of the Academy’s Board of Directors in welcoming Amy and Laurie to the team!

    Mark Wasielewski

    Chairman, Board of Directors

    Wethersfield Academy for the Arts 

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    Open Studio Time

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Open studio time every Wednesday beginning March 1st from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Bring your materials and artwork and take advantage of our studio space and lighting. Come for any block of time between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, pay by the hour. Monitored but non-instructional, coffee and tea provided.

      2 April

      Figure Drawing Long Pose

      10:00am to 2:30pm

      Model fee included. Bring your own materials. Monitored by Figure Drawing instructor Pete Anderson, but non-instructional. $25 with membership. Visit the Workshops page to register.

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