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

    John Thompson, Springs II, 2016, OG16JT1359

    Artist/curator Talk POSTPONED

    with John Thompson

    Join artist and curator John Thompson for a enlightening talk about the work chosen for Monoprint 2020: Printers and Presses

    Date TBD

Workshops & Demos

  • Workshops & Demos

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    Still Life Intensive: La Soupe, a culinary arts still life POSTPONED

    with Karen Simmons

    Still life allows the artist to look carefully, intensively, and take the time to find the beauty, poetry and meaning in common objects.This all day workshop will allow us to spend time studying compositions, light, value and color through quick sketches, and then still have the time to work a thoughtful “alla prima” still life.
    The Spanish 17th century made a speciality of depicting the common ingredients of their pantry in an austere but luscious way. In this contemporary workshop, we will look at examples from past centuries and this one and then work from pre set compositions with both dark and light backgrounds. We can also work together to structure a “custom” still life.

    Date TBD
    $125
    Register
  • Workshops & Demos

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    Monoprint

    with Anthony Kirk

    To coincide with Washington Art Association’s current exhibition Monoprint which surveys many ways in which unique one of a kind prints are made, Anthony Kirk will lead a one day workshop where participants will investigate several methods of printing monotypes. We will be printing with and without a press and also print from a freshly printed impression. Known as a counterproof, this enables the artist to see their print in the orientation that it was made on the plate and not the mirror image. Without reworking the plate with fresh ink, a second or “ghost” impression can be pulled. Usually a brush technique where ink is applied to the plate in an additive way, the ink can also be applied with rollers and then removed with rags and Q tips. This is known as a reductive monotype. Sometimes referred to as “the painterly print”, monotypes can also be a drawing process whereby a thin layer of ink is rolled on to the plate, paper is then laid over the plate and the artist draws on the paper. By varying the hand pressure and variety of drawing tools, ink is transferred to the paper. This technique is commonly known as transfer or trace monotype. Akua non-toxic inks and water soluble crayons will be used.
    Clean up is with Dawn detergent and water making for a fume free studio.

    Saturday March 28
    10 am - 4 pm
    $125 Materials extra
    Register
  • Workshops & Demos

    The Naturalist image

    Still Life Intensive:The Naturalist, art, science and curiosity

    with Karen Simmons

    Still life allows the artist to look carefully, intensively, and take the time to find the beauty, poetry, and meaning in common objects. Historically, it was also a vehicle for expressing societal values and concerns. Inspired by and in concert with the Bye, Bye Birdie exhibit at WAA, this still life workshop will focus on the natural world, and on the tradition of studying and painting it for documentation, expression, and preservation. The all day format will allow us to spend time studying compositions, light, value and color through quick sketches, and then still have the time to work a thoughtful “alla prima” still life.We will look at historical and contemporary examples, and work from pre-set still life setups. We can also work together to structure a “custom” still life.

    Saturday May 9
    10 am - 4 pm
    $125
    Register

Film Series

  • Film Series

    Easter in Art Painting

    Easter in Art

    directed by Phil Grabsky

    "EXHIBITION ON SCREEN™ is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema.

    The story of Christ's death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tacticle, some of western civilization's greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of all of us. 1hr / 25 min.

    The Gunn Memorial Library in collaboration with the Washington Art Association & Gallery.

    Thursday April 9
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Screening at The Gunn Memorial Library.
    Free and open to the public. Registration is requested. 860-868-7586

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