Registrations for workshops requires a yearly membership which covers administration costs. You will receive email updates on our latest offerings. General membership is $40. Student and senior memberships are $25. Family memberships are $60. Registrations can be accomplished online or you can mail in a check with the registration form here (PDF Registration Form). VENMO payments @ wethersfieldacademyforthearts  

Deposit/Cancellation Policy at bottom.

In reopening from the COVID 19, we are following CT State guidelines and are maintaining our own guidelines. 


27 Dec.

Figure Drawing Workshop

with  Tyler Berry

4-Day Figure Drawing Workshop

9:30am - 4:30pm


Over the four days, students will strengthen their drawing skills and anatomical knowledge through drawing the figure from life. The class will begin with a series of short poses leading to one long pose for the four-day workshop. The instructor will guide the participants through the drawing process with demonstrations and individual critiques. 

The process begins with the block-in stage, which aims to capture the dynamic gesture through accurate proportion, shape design and structural anatomy. After the block-in, students will move into modeling form through an understanding of the light source.   Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to join. Model fee included.


Fee : $345. with membership
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25 Feb. '22

The Winter Landscape: Inside

with  Paul Batch

Feb. 25-27; 10am - 4:30pm

Open to all levels in oil painting


In this workshop, you will be given the power to move mountains and trees -- on your canvas. We will paint from reference materials first producing multiple grisailles and color studies in oils. On the second and third days, we will compose a new oil painting each day, allowing ourselves the freedom of self expression in the studio.

Each morning will begin with a demonstration, followed by independent painting time with Paul providing personal help at the easel, and ending with a group critique. A strong emphasis will be placed on composition and drawing. All levels of students are welcome. The intent of this workshop is not to walk away with a nice picture of your afternoon but, to discover the tonalist palette and the power of creation in the congenial atmosphere of painting with others in the studio.


Fee : $315 with membership
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22 Jan. '22

The Topic is Guilding

with  Marek Czarnecki

Sat. Jan. 22, 2022;  1pm - 5pm

Lecture and demo on the art of guilding 


Gold fills us with awe. It is so beautiful and practical, we use it to value all other materials. It is eternal; it never fades or rusts. There is no substitute for it. It was the only material suitable for worshipping the gods and crowning kings. Owning it guarantees ultimate earthly power.  In Eastern Orthodox icons, it symbolizes the transcendent space of heaven. 
Iconographer Marek Czarnecki will present the history, uses and meaning of gold. Afterwards he will show the different formats and grades of gold; the tools used to handle gold leaf, and finally its practical application. He will demonstrate how to make paint from gold, called "shell gold", and the two basic techniques for applying gold leaf. Mordant gilding uses sticky "mixtions" or "sizes". Water gilding uses clay "bole", which can be burnished to a brilliant shine.  A gilder chooses the most economical process for each specific situation, for both flat and three-dimensional surfaces. 
Marek will return in February for a lecture and demo on the art of iconography with tempera paints.

Fee : $80. with membership
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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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