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 activel 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. 


A Plein Air Approach to Studio Painting
David Lussier

March 30 + 31, 10-4pm + 10-3pm

As a landscape painter today, you have the advantage of being able to gather a lot of reference photos quickly and easily with a digital camera. It makes all the sense in the world to get all the visual cues you can to help jog the memory back in the studio for help with finishing touches or to work up studio paintings. As useful as photos can be, the truth is that a camera is not able to capture what your eyes are capable of seeing and your heart is capable of feeling. Merely copying a photo will never result in a real sense of depth, and colors and values will be untrue to what nature gives us.

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. I will share these concepts with you in this two day workshop. Through demos, handouts and a lot of discussion, both as a group and individually, you will learn how to interpret photos and make changes based on the truths found in nature and how to fill your paintings with a real sense of light and atmosphere. Composition, color, values, line and edges will all be discussed. I want to help you to not only interpret photos correctly but how to make marks that are expressive and uniquely your own. You can work from your own photo choices or look through my library of hundreds of photo references. 

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Natural Wonders
David Dunlop
January 19 + 20, 9-4pm

We will explore intimate points of view on nature. Learn to how to combine close-ups with far distant vision. We explore in and out-of-focus effects, sunbeams, directed sunlight, solar atmospheric effects, translucent water in sunlight, shallow depth-of-field effects, sparkle effects and intimate chiaroscuro effects in variety of close-ups. Read more…