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.

Speaker Series

  • Speaker Series


    ​WAA Sculpture Walk 2018 artist Hugh O'Donnell

    Saturday October 20
    6 - 7
    Free and open to the public

Workshops & Demos

  • Workshops & Demos


    Fall Painting Intensive Workshop: Experiments in Art Making

    with Jack Rosenberg

    November 12-16, 2018   Morning and afternoon, 10 sessions in all. An immersive painting experience.

    Mornings: Exercises and experiments to explore color, composition, concepts, etc.  

    Afternoons:  Individual projects.. Composition, value, color, mark-making will be discussed.

    Aside from demonstrations and lectures, all instruction and critiques will be on an individual basis.  Students are welcome to leave their paintings and materials in the studio for the duration of the week.


    9:00-12:30         Experiments & Exercises.  

    Students arrive by 9am to setup and mix paints and to receive instruction or demonstration before the class begins at 9:30.  


    1:30-5:00           Individual Projects.  

    Individual projects for each student.  Same project for 5 days. Development of concept, working from photographs or other reference materials.

    Afternoon students return by 1:30 to setup and mix paints, and prepare for afternoon session.  

    The workshop covers the issues of composition, drawing, values and color through the vehicle of making a painting in oil. Students will create a uniquely individual projects developed in a step by step approach: selection of material, composition, color selection and painting. 

    Students also learn about supports for painting, the fundamentals of color mixing, the use of mediums, the sight-size method of drawing, and the use of basic tools for painting.

    Students are welcome to leave their paintings and materials in the studio for the duration of the week.

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    November 12 - November 16
    9 am - 5 pm
    Two sessions: 9am- 12:30pm; 1:30-5pm (9-9:30 set-up)
    $350 mbr, $415 non-mbr


  • Off-Site

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    WAA Costume Soirée Benefit

    The Washington Art Association & Gallery invites you to celebrate the Sculpture Walk 2018 in Costume! Come as your favorite Sculptor (living or otherwise) or a piece of sculpture. 

    Featuring Swing Jazz Band, The Swing Vipers

    Cocktails & Hors d'Oeuvres. Prizes for Best Costumes! 

    To purchase tickets

    Your tax-deductible gift enables the Washington Art Association & Gallery to fulfill its mission as a nonprofit organization to enrich our community through education, exhibitions and special events. Your generous support directly funds studio classes taught by distinguished faculty, innovative exhibitions and initiatives such as WAA Sculpture Walk 2018, and our annual community gatherings. 

    Let’s build on 66 years of cultural involvement in our community and create a vibrant future for WAA! 

    Saturday October 27
    7 - 10 pm

Film Series

  • Film Series

    Flyer Exhibition on Screen   Cezanne

    EXHIBITION ON SCREEN Documentary Film Cezanne: Portraits of a Life

    directed by Phil Grabsky

    Co-Sponsored with Gunn Memorial Library

    Described by Picasso and Matisse as the father of us all, Paul Cézanne is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. During his life Cézanne painted almost a thousand works, two hundred of which were portraits. Cézanne - Portraits of a Life is based on a never-to-be-repeated exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, London; Musee d'Orsay, Paris; and Washington’s National Gallery of Art. 

    The film provides a rare understanding of the significance and genius of Cézanne and a key to a true appreciation of 20th century art. Directed by Phil Grabsky. 1h 30 min. Visit exhibitiononscreen.com

    Thursday September 13
    6:30 pm - 8 pm
    Screening at Gunn Memorial Library. Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
    Free and open to the public. Registration is requested. 860-868-7586
  • Film Series

    Flyer Exhibition on Screen   Michel Angelo

    EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Michelangelo: Love and Death

    Exhibition on Screen Film Series at the Gunn Memorial Library. Co-sponsored by the Washington Art Association & Gallery. 

    A giant artistic force and universally loved, discover why Michelangelo is without a doubt one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance and perhaps of all time. Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo: Love and Death takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo.  Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.  1h 31 min.  Visit exhibitiononscreen.com 

    GUNN MEMORIAL LIBRARY ~ www.gunnlibrary.org  Free and open to the public.  Registration is requested. Please contact the library directly: 860-868-7586 

    5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793
    Thursday November 1
    6:30 - 8 pm
    1h 31 min
    Free and open to the public

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