Glastonbury Arts

Our instructors are experienced, creative, and enthusiastic professionals.
Each class is geared towards the technical and conceptual aspects of art.

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Ramona Agro graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University.. She has been teaching art to children, teens and adults for 28 years. Her works in acrylic and oils have been exhibited throughout the Boston area, Cape Cod, and Connecticut.

Susan Bosworth is a teacher and  artist interested in creating colorful yet sensitive scenes of landscapes, architecture, interiors and figures. Her style is impressionistic realism which allows her to express herself with a bold and intuitive approach. Primarily a studio artist but during the warmer months paints en plein air with other local painters. She is  active in the Connecticut artist community and is a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, Academic Artists, Glastonbury Arts, Artists of Bolton and the Tolland County Art Association. Website:

Sam D’Ambruoso  of Middlebury, CT has been professionally painting landscapes and portraits since 1972.  He has over 20 years’ experience in teaching workshops and art instruction in the United States and Italy.  His workshops in Old Lyme, CT, Block Island, RI, and Amalfi and Tuscany, Italy have been widely acclaimed.  A graduate of Providence College, he also studied at Paier College of Art with Joseph Funaro as his instructor, and the Lyme Academy of Art in Old Lyme, CT with Dan Gheno.  He studied internationally with renowned landscape and portrait painter, Thomas Beuchner of Elmira, New York; advanced landscape painting with Skip Whitcomb of Fort Collins, Colorado and Matt Smith of Arizona.   He is a member of Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, an Elected Artist at the Kent Art Association, and the Washington Art Association.  He has been in regional as well as national landscape and figure shows.  He was elected a landscape painting instructor at the 2004 Arts and Materials Show sponsored by American Artist Magazine.  Many of his paintings are in public and private collections worldwide.  His most recent landscape of the Connecticut River area is installed at the State of Connecticut Governor’s residence and is included in the State’s Permanent Art Collection.  At the 2018 Kent Art Association’s Fall Show he was awarded the Barbara Goodspeed Award for Portraiture.

Carly Donath is and artist and art teacher from Northford, Connecticut. She holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, where she was the recipient of several scholarships and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She later completed a post-baccalaureate Art Education program at Central Connecticut State University where she maintained a 4.0 GPA while working as an administrator at a private school. She has attended state, national, and international art conferences and is passionate about the ever-evolving state of art and art education.  She teaches art at Naubuc Elementary School in Glastonbury, and is very excited to join the wonderful Glastonbury Arts team.

Rachel Gaivoto has a BFA in Illustration from the Hartford Art School, and received certification to teach art K-12 from Southern Connecticut State University. She earned her Masters of Science in Educational Technology, and has an interest and passion for art history. She has been teaching art at the high school level for 10 years. She began teaching at the Norwich Free Academy, and has taught at Glastonbury High School for the past 6 years.

Dianne Gorrick has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Purdue University, and a Master of Studio Arts degree from Wesleyan University. An instructor with over 30 years  of experience, she exhibits her work extensively in New England. Ms Gorrick is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Art Center and the Essex Art Association. She is a member of the CT Plein Air Painters Society and Lyme Art Association.

Sandra Gustafson  currently lives in Glastonbury with her husband and three children and teaches art full time at Glastonbury High School. Her background includes teaching children from K-12 and curriculum development. She is currently completing her Masters in Portraiture.

Karen Israel’s pastel paintings are defined by their dynamic and unique viewpoints. She is influenced by the light and mood of the subject and lets those elements dictate her approach .Karen’s work has won numerous awards in national and international juried exhibits over the years dating back to 2011 such as Third Place in Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 in both 2012 and in 2014. Her work received an Honorable Mentions in this same competition in 2018 and 2020. In 2019,Karen’s work won Best in Show at the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s National exhibit and the Flora Giffuni Memorial Award with the American Artist’s Professional League. Karen serves on the Board of Governors with the Pastel Society of America where she has earned the title of Master Pastelist.  Karen’s work is honored with its inclusion in exhibiting at Pastels of the World in Bourbonnais. Karen enjoys teaching pastels almost as much as she enjoys painting and has the honor of jurying local and national exhibits. Her professional memberships include:Connecticut Pastel Society, Signature Member Past- President,International Association of Pastel Society, Master Circle, American Artist Professional League, Elected Member, Academic Artist Association, Elected Member, Salmagundi Club, NYC, Artist Member, Pastel Society of America, Master Pastelist, Connecticut Academy of Fine Art, Elected Member, Allied Artist Association, Associate Member, Lyme Art Association, Elected Member, Audubon Artist Association, Elected Member, and New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Elected Member.

Alan James is a highly respected award winning watercolor artist and teacher. His art graces the walls of many private and corporate collectors worldwide. While mostly self-taught, Alan has attended workshops of: Alvaro Castagnet and has studied the great watercolor masters: Joseph Zbukvic, Herman Pekel, John Yarldley, Edward Seago and Edward Wesson extensively. Alan has won numerous awards and is in numerous galleries in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia. 




Jacqueline Jones

Jacqueline Jones, Santa Rosa Sunset, oil

Jacqueline Jones  studied with local artist Joseph Gionfriddo of Gilead, CT during her childhood. A former student of Guy Wiggins and James Goodwin Manus, Gionfriddo instilled in her a love of traditional oil painting. Ms. Jones earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art as well as an Associates Degree in Graphics from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including “1st Prize for Outstanding Work” at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in NYC. The Brinton Museum in Sheridan, Wyoming has recently awarded her and acquired one of her works for their permanent collection. A number of her paintings also reside in Connecticut, at New Britain Hospital. Her professional memberships include Allied Artists of America, American Artist Professional League, American Women Artists, American Society of Marine Artists, Oil Painters of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as the Salmagundi Club in NYC. She is also a member of Glastonbury Arts, Essex Art Association, Lyme Art Association, and the Mystic Art Center .

Wendy Ment studied art and art history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Sacred Heart University.   Wendy formerly taught at the Morley School in West Hartford. Currently she teaches at the Shirley Reaback Early Childhood Center. Wendy is a landscape oil painter.

Janet Shwartz is a practicing artist and art workshop instructor, Janet uses pastels, oils, and charcoal to explore the variation of light in nature and architecture. She is particularly drawn to the chaos and unexpected beauty of urban landscapes, traffic and, more recently, ships and the shoreline. Janet brings a very personal and unique viewpoint to her work, which dramatically captures the mood of her emotionally-charged subjects. She currently divides her time teaching art and creating and exhibiting her work throughout New England. Her workshops focus on the importance of value and composition in painting. Janet has a B. A. in Art Education, is a Master Pastelist of IAPS, a signature member of the PPSCC, and Pastel Society of America. 


Jane Zisk has been a landscape painter for over 30 years.  In 1995 she established the Connecticut Plein AIr Painters Society which currently enjoys national status as one of the “finest plein air groups” in the country according to American Artist and Plein Air magazines. Her work is owned by hospitals, foundations, corporations, and colleges throughout Connecticut. Jane paints landscape in the plein air tradition as well as nayure inspired abstract work. Both approaches form a spiritual path for her.  Having overcome a chronic illness, she see her art as a healing process.