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


    Hugh O'Donnell

    Acclaimed artist and WAA Exhibition Chair will give an Artist Talk this winter. Please check back for event details. 


    Date TBD
  • Speaker Series

    Leyster J Self Portrait

    Happy Hour Lecture Series: The Art of the Self Portrait and the Artists Behind Them

    with Xenia Hodza (series of 3 lectures)

    Why did Jan van Eyck turn a looking glass on himself in 1433 and paint what he saw: a man in a red chaperon? What would make Jenny Saville, in 1992, make a painting of herself in the nude, exaggerated and grotesquely obese?  And who paid $12.4 million to own it last year?  Since at least the Renaissance, artists have employed the genre of self portraiture to varying effect. We will look at a short history of portraiture beginning in ancient Egypt, then turn to some notable artists who depicted themselves (and their sometimes not-so-innocent motives in doing so).


    Friday May 3
    5:30 pm - 7 pm
    mbr $15 non-mbr $17
  • Speaker Series


    Happy Hour Lecture Series: Colors of the Artist from Cave to Tube

    with Xenia Hodza (series of 3 lectures)

    Since prehistoric times, we humans have coveted color. 30,000 years ago, ocher, red, and black earths were used to paint on the walls of Lascaux.  Fourteenth century Europe welcomed Giotto’s use of ultramarine, made from lapis lazuli – more expensive than gold leaf – and extracted from a mine in Afghanistan.  This talk will reveal the gradual development of the painter’s palette in theory and in practice. The fascinating history of pigments, their quality and availability, will be brought to light. Moreover, we will see how these factors affected the painted image and understand what Renoir meant by, “Without tubes of paint, there would have been no Impressionism.”


    Friday May 17
    5:30 pm - 7 pm
    mbr $15 non-mbr $17

Workshops & Demos

  • Workshops & Demos

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    Winter Workshop to be scheduled

    Stay tuned for an announcement of the next workshop at WAA. 

    Date TBD
  • Workshops & Demos

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    Bright and Beautiful

    with Roberta Shea

    CANCELEDOpen 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
  • Workshops & Demos

    Hodza X

    Collage and Mixed Media

    with Xenia Hodza

    This is a workshop of endless possibilities. Using an unrestricted variety of found materials – papers, photos, fabrics, and more -- you will create a unified work.  We explore compositional strategies, juxtaposition, synthesis, and develop technical skills.  Introductions to the history of Mixed Media will be presented for inspiration. Whether you’re an experienced artist or an absolute beginner, collage offers you a jumpstart to creativity. Beginning and advanced levels are welcome.  This workshop takes place on two consecutive Saturdays; May 4 and Saturday May 11.

    Saturdays, May 4 - May 11
    9:30 am - 4 pm
    This class will take place on two consecutive Saturdays with a lunch break each day
  • Workshops & Demos


    Throw / Sculpt Workshop POSTPONED 2020 DATE TBA

    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!

    Date TBD
    $250 mbr $280 non-mbr
    Class limit: 6


  • Off-Site


    Bus Trip to New York City

    with Thursday May 16, 2019

    Explore NYC museums on your own. The bus will drop you off at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue. You are on your own to discover any museum you wish. The Guggenheim Museum, NEuE Gallery,the Frick Collection are all open.

    Dining options: All of the museums have cafes, a hot dog on the steps of the MET, food vendors in Central Park or any restaurant.

    Departure time from Washington Art Association is 8:30am

    Departure time from Bridgewater Senior Center is


    Arrival at the MET approx. 11am

    Return trip departure time 3:30pm

    Cost $50pp for the bus. Admission to the museum is separate.

    Thursday May 16
    8:30 am - 5:45 pm
    $50 per person Admissions to museums are seperate
  • Off-Site

    Mr. Doodle Doodleing #2

    Doodle Do POSTPONED

    The doodle do is having a re-do.

    Rescheduled for a chilly Winter's eve.

    More to follow.

    Doodlle by Zeb Meyer

    Date TBD

Film Series

  • 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