The West Hartford Art League holds year round art instruction for adults and youths in the form of weekly daytime and evening classes Monday - Saturday in the fall, winter and spring, and a daytime camp for youths during the summer. Special weekend and one time workshops are held throughout the year taught by a varied group of instructors. The West Hartford Art League actively seeks to attract qualified persons to join its faculty and staff, and encourages diversity in its student body. The workshops offer all the benefits of our classes in more condensed timeframe. They're a perfect introduction to a new subject, and a great way to refresh an old skill.
Portrait Painting Workshop
March 17, 10-4pm
Learn the beginnings of creating a realistic portrait as you are introduced to foundational concepts on how to draw and paint the human face. In this one day workshop students develop the skills necessary to render the portrait accurately and to mix realistic skin colors.
May 11, 1-5pm
During this workshop, we will spend our time learning the vintage craft of macramé knotting. Each student will leave with their own handmade, decorative macramé wall hanging. No experience necessary!
A Plein Air Approach To Studio Painting
March 30+31, 10-4pm + 10-3pm
As a painter, who has been immersed in the national plein air scene for more than twenty years, I have formulated concepts and truths about how I can achieve a feeling of light, atmosphere and emotion in paintings that I work up in the studio. In this two day workshop I will share these concepts with you.
Flower Painting Inside The Studio
June 15, 10-4:30pm
Learn how to paint realistic petals and leaves from life using oil paints. Students are taught what to look for and how to more easily paint such delicate and beautiful subjects.
The Felted Landscape
April 14, 11-4pm
Participants will work from an image of a landscape as their inspiration, brought from home or provided by the teacher. They will use the softest of materials, wool roving, and a special barbed needle, to create an original felted work of art on a backing of raw silk.
Graphite Portrait Drawing From Life
June 16, 10-4:30pm
Learn to draw a portrait from a live model. Starting with the construct, structural alignment, and basic anatomy, we will move on to creating a likeness, establishing value relationships, and subtle rendering.
Abstract Painting on Paper
May 4+5, 1-5pm + 10-4pm
Students will explore abstract painting using oil or acrylic paint on Arches oil paper. We will focus on color relationships. and composition paying close attention to balance and space.