Events in West Hartford, CT

Starts: Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 — 4:00pm
Ends: Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 — 5:45pm
Where: Jerrys Artarama of CT 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

Class dates: Jan 17th, 24th, 31st, Feb 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Mar 7th

Classes canceled for inclement weather will be rescheduled at the end

For children with little or no experience, this introductory series, hopes to provide possibilities for experimenting, discovering, enjoying various art media, and becoming familiar with the materials and techniques through exercises and entertaining dynamics.

The learning experience will be carried out in a 1 hour & 45 minute class, once a week, over the course of 8 weeks.

All materials will be provided for the students.

The lessons that will be taught in the course will cover exercises and drawing technique in its first part and acrylic painting in the second.

    Drawing:
  • Use of geometric shapes and proportion.
  • Exercises of strokes, sketches, light and shadow.
  • Composition, plans, elements and visual balance.
  • Landscape, still life and perspective.
  • Dynamics: crazy drawing, drawing step by step, free drawing etc.
    Painting:
  • Color theory
  • Use of various materials & Tools
  • Combination of acrylic colors.
  • Landscapes
  • Still Lifes

Add (non-refundable) fee to cart for this in-person workshop series.

No refunds unless canceled at least 72 hours prior to the event

Registration fee: $275
Starts: Thursday, January 19th, 2023 — 4:00pm
Ends: Thursday, March 9th, 2023 — 5:45pm
Where: Jerrys Artarama of CT 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

Class dates: Jan 19th, 26th, Feb 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23st, Mar 2nd, 9th. Held in the newly renovated classroom space adjacent to the store!

Classes canceled for inclement weather will be rescheduled at the end

For children with little or no experience, this introductory series, hopes to provide possibilities for experimenting, discovering, enjoying various art media, and becoming familiar with the materials and techniques through exercises and entertaining dynamics.

The learning experience will be carried out in a 1 hour & 45 minute class, once a week, over the course of 8 weeks.

All materials will be provided for the students.

The lessons that will be taught in the course will cover exercises and drawing technique in its first part and acrylic painting in the second.

    Drawing:
  • Use of geometric shapes and proportion.
  • Exercises of strokes, sketches, light and shadow.
  • Composition, plans, elements and visual balance.
  • Landscape, still life and perspective.
  • Dynamics: crazy drawing, drawing step by step, free drawing etc.
    Painting:
  • Color theory
  • Use of various materials & Tools
  • Combination of acrylic colors.
  • Landscapes
  • Still Lifes

Add (non-refundable) fee to cart for this in-person workshop series.

No refunds unless canceled at least 72 hours prior to the event

Registration fee: $275

Past Events

Starts: Saturday, November 12th, 2022 — 1:00pm
Ends: 3:00pm
Where: Jerrys Artarama of CT 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

Join Brandy as she combines Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic paint with Ceramic Stucco to create textural, abstract relief-style paintings inspired by Autumn leaves. In this demo we will explore colors within the Liquitex Soft Body range, break down the basic shape of autumn leaves to create interesting abstract compositions, use a palette knife to mix paint and ceramic stucco to build up texture, and use various brush sizes for details. Brandy will answer questions about using Liquitex acrylics and incorporating mediums. Participants are encouraged to bring in their autumn leaves.

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No refunds unless canceled at least 72 hours prior to the event

Starts: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 — 1:00pm
Ends: Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 — 4:00pm
Where: Online Zoom Workshop

This Watercolor Workshop, using Liquid Watercolors, is designed for adults with varied artistic abilities, everyone is welcome. This medium is transparent and colors are easy to mix and flow beautifully. Participants preferring to use watercolor in tubes are welcome to use their preferred medium. Each week will have a theme, an inspiration. I will start each class with a demonstration showing specific techniques needed to accomplish completed paintings. Wet on Wet, Wet on Dry, Layering/Glazing and Brush Stroke Techniques are part of building your skills. The class approaches watercolor using graphic illustration with an emphasis on composition and cropping.

The process of watercolor painting will be a source of relaxation, expanded creativity and FUN! Before each class pdf’s of images we will be working on, will be sent.. If participants can print these, to reference in class, it will be helpful.

1. CREATING A ‘FABRIC REPEAT: Wed Nov 2- Combining 2 or 3 favorite images, a flower + its leaves, a bird, birdhouse +nest, shoes + items of clothing or accessories or a bathrobe, slippers + toothbrush and toothpaste etc a ‘wallpaper’ will be painted. An image of the wallpaper on an item of furniture, a bed with pillows, shower curtain and bathroom rug, tablecloth and napkins etc will be painted as part of the finished illustration. Participants will be asked to create a secondary fabric to coordinate with the central theme. This is a really fun class and the possibilities are unlimited!

2. EVERY DAY OBJECTS + FOOD AS INSPIRATION: Wed Nov 9- Participants are always encouraged to set aside time to paint in between classes. This class will have us creating what we see around our apartments, homes and dining tables. This illustration can be a favorite breakfast, perhaps a sunny side up egg, patterned napkin and fork, croissant and coffee. Wet on wet and a crisp highlight (area left dry) will have the yolk looking ‘real’. A highly patterned tea cup (illustrating the string and label too) next to a favorite book, even a favorite pair of shoes can be considered a possible reference for this class.

3. CROPPING + CLOSE UP VIEW: Wed Nov 16- The ‘look’ of painting changes by coming in close to the center of an artichoke or other image. This is a useful technique when planning the composition of an illustration. Using a ‘bird’s eye view of peaches in a basket, participants will add light, shadow and practice blending a rosy color onto the peachy color of the skin. A gingham pattern will add interest to a tablecloth. If time allows, a close up view of asparagus bundled with a raffia tie will be a great painting. Adding detailed pink ‘triangles’ to the asparagus, (actually the true leaves called leaf sheaths) will be great for practicing brush strokes.

4. TRANSLUCENT FLOWER PETALS, SLICED PEARS + CUCUMBERS: Wed Nov 30- Flower Petals as translucent as a piece of tissue paper ( or vellum) look like treasures. Painting these fragile petals and capturing the veins and details will use several techniques, perfect for watercolors. Thinly sliced pears and cucumbers with their see through seeds will make this a wonderful class for participants. This is the perfect class to end a series and leave participants wanting more…!

Add (non-refundable) fee to cart for this Online workshop series.

No refunds unless canceled at least 72 hours prior to the event

Starts: Saturday, October 29th, 2022 — 10:30am
Ends: 1:30pm
Where: Jerrys Artarama of CT 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

This lecture/demo explores the vast potential of GOLDEN Paints, Gels, Mediums and Pastes. Acrylic paint can be used for a wide range of painting techniques, from traditional wet-into-wet and glazing painting, to printing, to college and much more. Learn to control drying time, so you will never again think acrylics dry too quickly. Discover how to extend your paint by as much as 70% and create any desired texture and effect with Gels and Mediums. Gels, Mediums and Pastes are also great adhesives for mixed media work. Demystify pigments and mix beautiful clean colors by experiencing the difference between mineral and modern pigments and how this relates to color mixing. This lecture also compares the slow drying OPEN to Heavy Body Acrylic Colors; Fluid to High Flow an ink-like consistency acrylic paint; as well introducing wide variety of Grounds. Introducing SoFlat a new line of super-matte paints.

All participants receive a free packet of GOLDEN samples.

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Starts: Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 — 10:30am
Ends: 1:30pm
Where: Jerrys Artarama of CT 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT
Learn some great expressive techniques for creating fun abstract Pop Art in the style of none other than the Andy Warhol using Sennelier's Abstract Acrylic Paint Pouches and Liners! Artist Andrew Cook will share some of his favorite unique attributes of these materials, and provide some tips and tricks for creating a stylized Pop Artwork on Mixed Media paper. Andrew Cook will walk us through the steps and invite us to explore Fabriano 1264 Mixed Media Pads and Sennelier Abstract Acrylic Pouches, Tips and Liners. These versatile paints can be used in a wide variety of techniques and applications.
Starts: Saturday, October 15th, 2022 — 1:00pm
Ends: 3:00pm
Where: Jerrys Artarama of CT 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

Encaustic, colorful, hot wax-based painting has advantages for almost every artist. It can be painted, printed, sculpted, collaged and much more. Whether you are new to Encaustic or want to add some new techniques to your toolbox, this demo/class is for you. We will cover lots of techniques including the basics and beyond. This is a “hands-on” demo so you will get to try for yourself. All levels welcome.

  • Students will be properly spaced apart
  • CDC guidance on COVID protocols will be properly observed

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