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 encourage all artists to hone their drawing abilities as this is the beginning of your skill set as an artist. Thus, our Charles Bargue inspired classical drawing classes are a way to develop drawing exactly what you see; your sight-size understanding. The process requires patience but is rewarding. Join our studio community in developing this knowledge. 

From our Board of Directors;

A Sense of Place 

More than ever, our lives need art— to inspire us, to captivate us, and to provide a sense of place in a changed world. With this in mind, the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts challenged artists to render their interpretations of “A Sense of Place”. We encouraged the artists to plan the meaning of their painting, and to enter up to three paintings of artwork reflected a specific place in location, time, issues and the significance of that time, without limitation as to landscape, portraiture, or still life. The registration for this competition continues until Aug. 31.  Digital submissions are due Sept. 22.  Those paintings that reflect our theme of "A Sense of Place" will be invited to be in the 11 day show at Circa on Main in Old Wethersfield and eligible for a first prize of $3,000, a second prize of $1,000 and other prizes. We hope to present a robust, dynamic, art exhibit for you, the viewing public.

Keep Art Alive! 

The art exhibit and competition are a part of the Wethersfield Academy’s Keep Art Alive initiative which seeks to find ways to make art a part of our daily lives, while doing it safely during the pandemic. Sept. 29 - Oct. 11, 2020.  

Our Keep Art Alive Event on Sept. 29 is a special donation based invitational first opening. With COVID protocols, this is a dinner event with Peter Trippi, Fine Art Connoisseur editor speaking and announcing the winners. This is a limited seating event with Bento box choices for dinner. We than go across the street to the private first opening to meet artists, see the artwork first hand and enjoy some bubbly and dessert. 

The suggested donation proceeds for the events planned will go toward high quality art instruction, limited public art gatherings, and scholarships for children. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a commensurate donation— it’s for a good cause!


Sept. 29  Keep Art Alive Event 5pm - 8pm

Sept. 30  Free to Public Opening 6pm - 7:30pm 

Oct. 1-4, 7-11 Art Show open during Circa on Main hours. 12-6pm

Oct. 3  Art & Jazz  4pm - 7pm  Details to come


Thank you and be safe,

Board of Directors, Wethersfield Academy for the Arts    



Theme: A Sense of Place


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    Sept 30 Oct 11
    First viewing of Sense of Place Art Competition


    Art Show and Events The evening begins at 5pm
    Keeney Memorial Cultural Center Ballroom
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    Oct 3
    An Evening of Jazz at Wethersfield Academy


    3-6 pm
    Music Outside Pianist Andrew Wilcox, Vocalist Deanna Casey, and Bassist Zwelakhe-Duma F. Bell Le Pere
    Bring Chairs and a Picnic
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