Workshops

Our Atelier workshops provide the artist in training an opportunity to engage in an intensive multi-day workshop with personal interaction with a distinguished professional artist.

Registrations can be accomplished online or you can send in a check with the registration form here (PDF Registration Form). We also have a new Venmo account: @Wethersfield_Academy_Arts.

Deposit/Cancellation Policy at bottom.

June 28th - 30th 2024

Unveiled! An Intensive Portrait Drawing Workshop

with  Scott Garder

June 28th - 30th, 2024 (Friday - Sunday)

9:00am - 4:00pm

   

This workshop is open to artists of all skill levels, although some prior drawing experience is recommended. 

In this three-day intensive workshop, students will learn a step by step approach to drawing portraits from life. Beginning with the underlying structure of the skull, students will learn the value of anatomical understanding and how it relates to form, planes and features of the model’s face. Emphasizing careful observation, accurate shapes and proportion, students will refine their drawings to produce a realistic portrait conveying depth and volume. Class will conclude with a discussion of three-dimensional modeling of form, analysis of light direction, and finishing touches. Students will receive individualized instruction and critiques throughout the workshop.

About the artist:

Scott Garder is a classically-trained figurative artist with a heavy emphasis on portraiture. The Academy is delighted to be working with this acclaimed student of Grand Central Atelier who is highly-regarded by his New York City based peers including Tyler Berry. Visit scottgarderart.com to view some of his extraordinary work to date.

*Please view the attached materials list for this workshop below*

Materials List

Fee : $305

June 7th - 9th 2024

Building Watercolor Confidence

with  Jeremiah Patterson

June 7th - 9th, 2024

9:00am - 4:00pm

   

Join us for an exciting three-day workshop where we will deep dive into the highly effective techniques of watercolor painting with award-winning artist, Jeremiah Patterson - renowned for his teachings of the Seven Necessary Watercolor Techniques. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, this workshop is your chance to immerse yourself into the vibrant world of watercolor. Jeremiah will carefully guide students from the planning stages all the way to the oh-so-satisfying final details of the painting. Choose to paint from captivating still life arrangements or bring your own photo reference. The workshop is open to all skill levels!


DAY 1: The Seven Necessary Watercolor Techniques
DAY 2: Pictorial Composition Concerns & Planning a Painting
DAY 3: Completion of the Watercolor Painting


ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jeremiah Patterson is a distinguished professor of foundational painting and drawing with over twenty years of distinguished teaching experience. His artwork has been featured in over one hundred prestigious shows, exhibitions, museums, and private collections worldwide, including the Marche d’Acqua 2020 in Italy. Jeremiah’s watercolor mastery is matched by his ability to teach in this medium.

*Please see the suggested materials list attached below!

Materials List

Fee : $450

May 18th 2024

White Pine Bark from Tree to Basket

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Saturday, May 18th, 2024

10:00am - 4:00pm

   

Please join us on Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to learn the traditional, indigenous craft of making baskets from folded pine bark! This workshop begins with peeling the outer bark and cambium from a locally harvested American White Pine and ends with each participant creating a unique Northeast Woodland Native American-style container.

You will learn to harvest, cut, fold, shape, and sew the bark, before completing your container by attaching a rim. Choose from 2 basic shapes and various rim materials and techniques.  Everyone will take home a distinctive container, along with the knowledge and templates for future projects! 

Fee is $75. All materials will be provided. Part of the day will be outside, under a tent, regardless of the weather. Pine bark is sappy so please wear clothes that can get dirty. (Sap mostly washes out) 

Please bring water, lunch and if desired, gloves that can get sappy. 

Materials List

    Fee : $75

    24th -28th June 2024

    Body In Focus - Essential Figure Drawing Techniques

    with  Tyler Berry

    Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm

    June 24th - 28th, 2024

     

       

    Join master artist Tyler Berry for an exploration of the human figure in this intensive workshop designed to elevate your drawing skills and understanding of anatomy. Day 1 of the workshop will begin with short poses to refine techniques in proportion, gesture, and anatomical landmarks. The following four days of class will build upon these foundational skills to pave the way for an information-rich long pose, where students will delve into capturing the essence of the human form. Under Tyler's expert guidance, attendees will learn the block-in stage, focusing on dynamic gesture and weight, followed by the meticulous process of modeling and rendering form. Emphasis will be placed on volume, light, anatomy, and the application of lessons from Old Master drawings. Students will receive individualized instruction and critiques. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting your journey, all skill levels are welcome, though some drawing experience is encouraged. 

    About The Artist:

    Tyler Berry (b. 1994) was raised in CT. He received his BFA from Hartford Art School in 2016 and completed Grand Central Atelier's core program in 2021. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has participated in many group shows in New England, NYC, and Europe.Tyler also worked as an animator on the feature film about Vincent Van Gogh, titled Loving Vincent. During this experience he frequented art museums across Europe, studying the work of the Old Masters and antique sculpture. Focused on portraiture and figuration, Tyler’s fidelity to nature and his pursuit of expressing beauty are the driving undercurrents of his work. Tyler lives and works in NYC.

    Materials List

    Fee : $750

    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 are not responsible for issuing refunds, credits or transfers for classes/workshops missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control.  If a workshop is cancelled by us, you will receive a refund.

    All requested refunds (within 2 weeks of the start of the class or workshop) from online payments will be returned via check. A 5% refund fee will be subtracted from the amount paid through online payments. 

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