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.
The Joy of Gelli Printing
May 28, 6-9pm
Learn how to create beautiful paper prints using a soft gel-like "Gelli plate" and acrylic paints. No experience necessary. With the techniques you'll learn, you can make fine art prints, greeting cards, gift tags etc.!
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.
Still Life Painting In Oil
July 13 + 14, 10:30-4pm
In this workshop students will learn the fundamentals of how to create a still life painting from direct observation. During the course of 2 sessions, each student will do a still life painting of their setup.
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.
Monday Wheel Throwing
Mondays, June 24 - July 29, 6-9pm
The course will cover basic pottery wheel throwing techniques along with more advanced skills. Students will learn how to embellish their pieces with carvings, handles and other accents.
Covered Jars: The Many Ways
July 27 + 28, 9-3pm
The many ways to create covered jars seem endless. Because of this, in this workshop, we will focus strictly on covered jars. We will expand our knowledge and refine our skills to create lidded forms of all types.
Wednesdays, June 12 - July 10. 6:30-9:30pm
This class is designed for students with little to no experience in painting, who would like to learn techniques to help develop and improve their own artistic practice.
Tuesday Night Pottery
Tuesdays, June 25 - July 30, 6-9pm
The course will cover basic pottery wheel throwing techniques where students will develop or continue to improve, their skills in centering, throwing and trimming pottery forms.
Experimenting with Watercolor
July 29, 31 + August 2, 1-4pm
Watercolor may be used in very traditional ways, but may also be used to create semirepresentational, contemporary or abstract work. This workshop will focus on ways to use watercolor with tools, materials and media in ways you may not have experienced.