Glastonbury Arts

 ADULT ART CLASSES, Start in September

Serious teens are welcomed to enroll in our adult art classes.

Jackie Jones, Down at Sawyers

Jacqueline Jones, Down at Sawyers, oil

OIL PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS– This class is designed for those new to oil painting. We will make our own value scale (black and white) as well as a color wheel. Participants will create a basic still life in black and white, learn how to apply paint to canvas and create a pleasing design. Next students will focus on  color mixing and then on to paint a simple landscape from a photograph.
Mondays,12:00 – 3:00 pm,  Sept. 18- Nov. 13, no class  Sept. 25 and Oct. 9. ( 7 weeks)
Fee: $220 ($210 for GA members)
Instructor Jackie Jones
Materials List for Class



This class will focus on basic watercolor techniques using a limited palette of earthy colors (see materials list) .Good design, including the use of value and textures will be explored. Subject matter will be landscape oriented.  Weekly instructor demonstrations will be given. This is a very basic beginning course that will allow students to proceed at their own pace with individual instruction during the class.
Mondays, 9:00 – 11:30 Sept. 18 – Nov 13, no class Sept 25 and Oct 9th (7 weeks)
Instructor: Dianne Gorrick
Fee:$220 ($210 for GA members)
Materials list for class


DRAWING PEOPLE AND ANIMALS – Learn  drawing skills applied to people and animals.  Each class will begin with a demonstration and instruction that includes anatomy, light and shadow and seeing negative shapes.  Shauna Shane welcomes beginning artists as well as more advanced students.
Mondays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Sept. 18 – Nov. 13, no class Oct. 9 (8 weeks)
Instructor: Shauna Shane
Fee: $240 ($230 for Ga members)
Material list for class


Shauna Shane, Still Life, watercolor


VIBRANT AND EXPRESSIVE SOFT PASTEL –  Learn a variety of block in techniques, including watercolor, acrylic, solvent and direct use of pastel, See your subject  as shadow and light, allowing a better design and much more accurate drawing. Instructor demonstrations and specific individual instruction results in understanding and confidence in working with pastels.
Mondays, 3:45 to 5:45 pm,  Sept. 18 – Nov 13, no class Oct. 9  (8 weeks)
Instructor Shauna Shane
Fee: $240 ($230 for GA members)
Materials List for class


BRILLIANT  WATERCOLORS- Take the mystery out of this naturally expressive medium.  Learn to design and  plan your layout . Watch a demonstration and then practice brush techniques, “floating”color, and creating vibrant color with intense effects. Discover how to control this magical medium without stress. Some drawing experience is suggested.
Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm,  Sept. 18 – Nov. 13, no class on Oct. 9 (8 weeks)
Instructor  Shauna Shane
Fee: $240 ($230 for GA members)
 Materials List for Class

Ramona Agro, Connecticut River, acrylic

TECHNIQUES WITH ACRYLICS – Explore media options to use with acrylics: watercolor, collage, and using medium to add bold texture. Learn color mixing with helpful drying time extenders. Try underpainting techniques to build your painting and the technique of “Pointillism” – applying paint in a mix of dots and brush strokes to capture the fleeting effects of light. Instructor will emphasize strong design and how to evaluate your composition.
Mondays, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm,Sept. 18 – Nov. 13, no class on Oct. 9 (8 weeks)
Instructor: Ramona Agro
Fee: $240 ($230 for GA Members)
Materials List for Class

ALL MEDIA LANDSCAPE PAINTING – Learn to render key elements of the landscape: water, reflections, sky, trees, and rock formations. Each of these elements can be mastered by stressing basic shapes, highlight and shadow, value, and texture. Instructor demonstrations and individual critiques help each student to progress at his/her own pace. Students may work from their own subject matter or from samples provided from the instructor.
Tuesdays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm,
Sept. 19 – Nov. 14, no class Sept. 26 and Nov. 7
(7 weeks)
Instructor: Dianne Gorrick
Fee: $220 ($210 for Glastonbury Arts Members)
Materials List for Class

LEARN TO DRAW – Learn to draw what you see. This class stresses the use of proportion, perspective, value, texture, contrast, and  line quality to produce strong drawings. Lessons will be supplemented with instructor demonstrations and individual coaching. Subject matter will be provided in the form of still life or printed material. Bring a 2B pencil. kneaded eraser and an 11X14 inch drawing pad to the first class.

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm, Sept. 19 – Nov.  14, no class Sept. 26 and Nov.7 (7 weeks)
Instructor: Dianne Gorrick
Fee:  $220 ($210 for Glastonbury Arts Members)
Materials List for Class

Jacqueline Jones, Waterfall, oil

Jacqueline Jones, Waterfall, oil

PAINTING THE LANDSCAPE IN ALL MEDIA – In this class students will paint a landscape using  a photographic reference. The goal will be to create simple designs that have a strong foundation derived from a value sketch. Jackie will discuss the basics in values, composition and edges while painting out from your focal point. Students will learn to create a feeling of the landscape by expressing individual mark making, instead of just copying a photograph. This workshop will include an instructor demonstration and plenty of individual attention. All levels and mediums welcome.
Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Sept. 19 – Nov. 14, no class  Sept 26 and Nov. 7 (7 weeks)
Instructor: Jackie Jones
Fee: $220 ($210 for GA members)
Materials List for class

PAINTING YOUR FAVORITE PLACES IN OIL – Do you have a favorite location that you have always wanted to paint, in your home town, at the Connecticut shore, or from your vacation travels? Students are invited to bring their photo references to this class where the instructor will provide guidance on composition, color mixing, and using the full range of values to render elements of a landscape, seascape, or views of town life. Some previous painting and drawing experience is recommended.
Wednesdays, 9:00 to Noon, Sept. 20 – Oct. 25 ( 6 weeks)
Instructor: Katherine Simmons
Fee:$190 ($180 for GA members)

Materials list for class

CREATE FROM ART HISTORY – In this class, we will take inspiration from a variety of artists and styles through the ages. We will do black and white ink drawings based on the designs on Ancient Greek vases, also drawings in the style of old masters of the Italian Renaissance.  Next an impressionist style watercolor, a Georgia O”Keefe inspired design, and a surrealist Magritte style painting. So come learn about art history and create your own original designs.
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Sept. 20 – Oct 25 (6 weeks)
Instructor: Iris Van Rynbach
Fee: $180 ($170 for GA members)
Materials list for class

FASHION RENDERING FOR ADULTS AND TEENS – Learn to draw the figure fashion in proportion. Develop your fashion illustration techniques with wash painting, markers, and colored pencil. Overview into the greats of Fashion Design history. Render shoes, handbags, fabrics, and textures. Design your own costume and fashion concepts.
Wednesdays , 3:30 – 5:30 pm, Sept.20- Oct. 18 (5 weeks)
Instructor: Iris Van Rynbach
Fee: $150 ($140 for GA members)
Materials list for class

PENNING YOUR MEMOIR -Explore another kind of art: the art of writing. In this class, you will learn how to turn your life stories into a memoir as we explore what sets memoir apart from other genres and uncover the elements required in writing your memoir. You will learn how employing sensory details – sight sound, smell, touch ,taste – will resonate with your reader and help him/her inhabit your story. You will learn to build a literary landscape and create a compelling cast of characters, the most important being: your memoir’s protagonist-narrator. In-class wrting prompts will include: building plot, developing characters,vivifying scenes, wrting dialogue, heightening suspense, creating   reader stakes, and including the reflective voice in your memoir to make universal meaning from your singular life story.
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Sept. 20 – Oct. 25 (6 weeks)
Instructor: Carol F. Flynn
Fee: $160 ($150 for GA members)


OPEN STUDIO FOR ADULTS AND TEENS – Choose the subject and medium you wish to explore while working under the encouraging guidance and instruction of a prize-winning artist and instructor. Students may work from still life or other references. The first class involves discussions with each student so bring 2 to 3 examples of your work. Subsequent classes will be devoted to individual coaching and recommended techniques.
Saturdays, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Sept. 23- Nov 11 ( 8 weeks)
Instructor: Ramona Agro
Fee: $240 ($230 for GA members).