Lectures, Films, Workshops
& Off-Site Events

Throughout the year, the Washington Art Association & Gallery hosts lectures by noted artists, curators and creative thinkers. We also host a variety of special events, including film screenings, benefit performances, parties, and fundraisers. Please check this page regularly to find out about ongoing opportunities to explore your artistic interests and interact with other members of Litchfield County's creative community.

Workshops & Demos

  • Workshops & Demos

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    Bright and Beautiful

    with Roberta Shea

    Open to artists of all kinds, participants will create their own journals inspired by “An Island Garden” and the life and poetry of Appledore Island’s Celia Thaxter and the paintings of American Impressionist Childe Hassam. We will draw, paint, letter, and collage from lyrical descriptions of the hollyhocks and poppies and scarlet flax of Celia’s tiny garden and from flowers filled in many vases throughout the studio. No experience is necessary, only an interest in creating a lasting memory of your summer garden and vacation in a relaxed and stimulating environment.  Paper journals, pencils, pens and watercolors will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, sketchbooks, photos, drawings, and other materials of choice and stimuli from which to work.

    It blossomed by the summer sea,

    A tiny space of tangled bloom

    Wherein so many flowers found room

    A miracle it seemed to be!

    Saturday August 24
    10 am - 4 pm
    $125 mbr 190 non-mbr
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    Mallory Vessel

    Throw / Sculpt Workshop

    with with Ann Mallory

    Who = All  wheel throwers who want to challenge + systematically expand their forming skills for the satisfaction of creating more compelling vessels or unique sculptures. Please be able to center, open and pull up 1 - 2 lbs of clay. This is not a speed or size contest, but participants will  
    benefit more if they are not overly struggling with the most basic throwing steps. We’ll be working about the size of a large coffee mug or cereal bowl.

    Ceramic artist Ann Mallory* is offering a skills focused weekend workshop. She has spent over 40 years forming clay on and off the potters wheel to create her large and small, indoor and outdoor, functional and non-functional pieces. Each student will have a potters wheel and will throw a series of forms to master architecturally important shapes for creating any vessel or sculpture. Shapes will be saved from each exercise for further assembly. Throwing shapes in a series of increasingly more complicated forms gives the artist a vocabulary of choices for how to execute any idea. These progressive throwing steps were the basis of the original Bauhaus ceramics program leading to a Masters in Ceramics.  A lot of technical demonstrations throughout as well as hands-on help.  

                                                   Saturday is focused on wheel forming skills, Sunday is assembly, alteration and expansion of thrown forms using handbuilding techniques in the main art studio. Each participant will have a dedicated  wheel + 6’ table, 50 lbs of clay included …we’ll be making LOTS of work!

    Saturday Sunday
    October 5 - October 6
    10 am - 4 pm
    $250 mbr $280 non-mbr
    Class limit: 6
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    Pierre Bonnard’s Intimate Interior Landscapes (French, 1867 – 1947)

    with Karen Simmons

    In this one day workshop, we will explore Bonnard’s methods in his life long exploration of painting as a medium for expressing emotional recall and impact. The purpose of this workshop is not to paint a Bonnard painting, but to practice his methods of alternating perception and memory to arrive at a personal expression on canvas of a place, the objects and the people who inhabit it. We will work from a casual still life tabletop set up in the front gallery/entry at WAA, and explore through initial sketches and color notes,  working back and forth to a larger interior/still life canvas in the studio. We will also explore his use of both literal and emotional color. Bonnard’s paintings encourage us to look slowly, and discover in his paintings what he apprehended over time, the memories of each object, the peripheral visions of things, people and light. His process will be our inspiration.

    Sunday October 13
    9:30 am - 4 pm
    with a lunch break

For more information about our classes and to register for a class, you may also telephone us at 860.868.2878 or email us at washingtonart@snet.net.

Tuition must be paid in full one week prior to the first class. Students are guaranteed a place in class only after full payment is received.

Materials are extra for some classes and workshops.

Please note: Occasionally, WAA documents classes and other educational events using photography and video. This is for publicity purposes and these images may be used in our promotional and informational materials as well as on our website.

Registration for any of these events at WAA or sponsored by WAA assumes permission to collect an image of you and/or your artwork and to use those images publicly to promote WAA. You may inform us at the time of registration, or inform the photographer/videographer at the event, that you do not wish to have your image taken.

Whether you wish to explore a new discipline, become more adept with a particular medium, or take an already substantial creative trajectory to the next level, the Washington Art Association & Gallery offers high-quality, personalized instruction that will reward your efforts. We welcome all ages and levels of experience.

Students of WAA classes receive a 10% discount on art supplies at the Washington Supply Company. 860.868.7395