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

    The Tailsman

    Happy Hour Lecture Series: What Happened After Impressionism?

    with Xenia Hodza (series of three)


    The so-called “post-impressionists” were artists so independently genius, that nomenclature broke down. These bold explorers were gasping with inspired breath as they forged ahead with a bounty of experiments that would change the “pretty picture” forever. We will investigate the period from 1886, the year that held the last Impressionist exhibition, until 1907, the start of the cubist movement. Old favorites such as Pointillism and Fauvism will be discussed, as well as movements less known, including Cloisonnism, Japonism, Nabism, Primitivism and Symbolism.

    Friday July 12
    5:30 pm - 7 pm
    mbr $15, non-mbr $17

Workshops & Demos

  • Workshops & Demos


    Preparing & Presenting a Fine Art Portfolio

    with Avery Danziger

    Avery is an internationally exhibiting photographer whose artwork is part of the permanent collections of museums around the world including : MoMA-NYC, The Corcoran Gallery of Art-Washington DC, The Bibliotheque Nationale-Paris, and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art-Amsterdam.

    He brings a wealth of information and a great track record for helping artists understand the accepted protocols of proper portfolio presentations, both digitally and in person.  Avery is extremely generous with his help and advice and we encourage early sign-up for this workshop!

    Included in the workshop will be:

    Advice on choosing images for a cohesive presentation.                    

    Choosing the best way to present your artwork (digital images/websites/slides/prints/original artwork)

    The Ins and Outs of Using Photoshop for Digital Image Presentations including: Color Correction, Image Sizing for Digital competitions,and preparing a cdrom digital presentation of your artwork.

    What You See Is Not Necessarily What They Get : Making sure the image you see on your computer is the same as what is seen by whomever you are sending your image to.
    This will include an explanation of digital color space (sRGB vs. Adobe RGB vs. CMYK etc) as well as, given the time, the opportunity for each participant to have their laptop color monitor professional calibrated using a color photometer (spyder).

    Preparing and presenting your portfolio (in person or by shipping)

    Contacting/Presentation protocols for a gallery/museum.(Presentation and follow-up etiquette)

    Exhibiting work - How and why to enter exhibitions/competitions, art fairs or National / International art competitions.

    Given time, if you bring an example of your own digital or traditional portfolio, Avery will critique your work.

    Saturday June 1
    10 am - 4 pm
    Class limit: 8
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    Digital Photography

    with Avery Danziger


    Avery has been photographing artist’s work for presentations and reproductions for over 30 years, both on film and digitally, and photographed artwork for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Since high quality digital imagery is the key to the to the digital portfolio/presentation process, on Sunday, June 2, the day after the workshop, WAA members will be given the opportunity to bring in original artwork which Mr. Danziger will photograph digitally using a professional copying studio he will setup at our location. The work can be dropped off on Saturday June 1 from 4 – 5pm or Sunday morning from 10 am – noon. If the original artwork is not available or if the artist has already had their artwork professionally documented, artists can also bring in digital images, which they wish to be included in their portfolio but which need evaluating, “cleaned up” or enhanced.

    The cost will be $15 per image for workshop participants / $20 per image for members to shoot, color correct, and transfer their images to a carom.

    Sunday June 2
    10 am
    $15 per image for members/ $20 per image for non-members
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    Bright and Beautiful

    with 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


  • Off-Site

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    Vincent Giarrano - Artist Residency

    with at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

    Artist Vincent Giarrano will be painting on location at the Judy Black June 12 to June 30. The artist will be painting daily and having a variety of art events. It's a rare opportunity to learn from an artist who lives in Washington, but is also known around the world.

    June 13, 10-4pm—Drawing Workshop $100 per student. Bring paper and drawing material. Email vincent@giarrano.com for signing up.

    June 15, 3-6pm—Opening Reception Vincent Giarrano — Solitude A show of over thirty oil paintings. Come meet the artist. Wine and food served

    June 16, 10-4pm—Painting Workshop $150 per student. Bring oil painting materials. Easels are available. Painters of any level are welcome. Vincent will do a demonstration and then instruct individual students. Email vincent@giarrano.com for signing up.

    June 23, 10-5pm—Visiting Painter Demonstration New York City painter Jennifer Gennari is coming to share her oil painting process. Bring a lunch for a break midway through the demo. Jennifer's work has a wonderful painterly quality, reminiscent of the great John Singer Sargent. Email vincent@giarrano.com for signing up. $60 per student.

    June 24, 10-4pm—Oil Painting Demonstration by Vincent Giarrano
    Oil Painting Demonstration by Vincent Giarrano. Please stop by. No fee.

    June 26, 10-1pm—Workshop: Becoming a Professional Artist
    Vincent will share his method and experience for transitioning to becoming a professional artist. Email vincent@giarrano.com for signing up or you can just come that day. $20 per attendee. Bring a notebook.

    June 29, 3-6pm—Closing Reception
    A closing reception with the artist.

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, June 12 - June 30
    10 am - 4pm
    See individual events for costs
    Drawing Workshop $100 per student.: Thursday, June 13
    10 am - 4 pm
    Painting Workshop $150 per student.: Sunday, June 16
    10 am - 4 pm
    Visiting Painter Demo. with Jennifer Genarri: Sunday, June 23
    10 am - 5 pm
  • Off-Site


    Studio Tours

    with Dumais Made and Michael Quadland

    Dumais Made is the debut collection of Kevin and Charlie, a complete line of unique handmade ceramics including lamps, candlesticks, vases and more.

    931 Bantam Road Studio 4-6

    Banttam, CT 06750


    Michael Quadland, in his art, as in his writing and psychotherapy practice, Michael focuses on the expression of emotion. One of the things he enjoys most about painting is putting feelings into visual form, having depended on words for so many years.

    232 Benton Road

    Morris, CT 06763

    Saturday June 1
    10 am - 4 pm
    $25 for members, $30 non-members to visit both studios
  • Off-Site

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    Washington Art Association & Gallery Intern Program

    The Washington Art Association & Gallery Intern program is available to high school students who will spend their time experiencing various aspects related to sustaining a non-profit arts organization.  Fundraising, Special Events, Exhibition Launching and General Promotion are some of the on-going initiatives with a myriad of tasks. This position is funded through the generous support of the Washington Scholarship Fund .

    More specifically the intern will help maintain databases, conduct an archival search for material relevant to the Association, support a team effort throughout a major fundraising event or help with tasks necessary for the promotion and execution of an exhibition.

    If you are interested in applying please email info@washingtonartassociation.org . Please include your name, age, contact information and a brief description of yourself and your interests.

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, June 24 - August 23
    10 am - 2 pm

Film Series

  • Film Series

    Young Picasso

    Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso

    directed by directed by Phil Grahsky and co- sponsored by the Gunn Memorial Library

    Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years – the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place?

    Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years.

    The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods – the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period – the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights.

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

    at Gunn Memorial Library 5 Wykeham Road

    Thursday July 11
    6:30 pm - 8:01 pm
    running time: 91 minutes
    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