Events in West Hartford, CT

When: Thursday, March 5th, 2020 — 10:00am
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

6 Thursdays at 10am - 1pm 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9

In this six-week Intermediate course we will cover the fundamental and advanced techniques that will make it possible for a successful watercolor painting. We will create a new painting each week and concentrate on simple subject matter, primarily landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes.

What we will cover:

  • -A more comprehensive understanding of composition: Design, Values, Shapes. Edges and Color
  • -A more comprehensive understanding of the application of washes, wet in wet, glazing and dry brush techniques.
  • -A refresher on the importance of water to pigment ratios -A refresher on drawing, perspective and proportion.
  • -How to exploit the natural flow of water and discover the secrets that make it work its magic like no other medium can and learn to let the water guide you while overcoming the urge to control every brushstroke.

In other words, less is more!

Class Fee: $260 Feel free to contact Alan with any questions: [email protected]

When: Friday, March 6th, 2020 — 10:00am
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

This six week course will cover the fundamental techniques that make it possible to create a successful watercolor painting. A new painting will be created each week with focus on simple subject matter such as landscapes, seascapes, and still life.

Dates of the course are: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10 all from 10am - 1pm

The class will cover: - basic composition - application of washes, wet in wet, glazing and dry brush techniques - how to exploit the natural flow of water and discover the secrets that make it work its magic like no other medium can! - how to let the water guide you while overcoming the urge to control every brush stroke - the meaning of less is more

Please come prepared with all materials in materials list available here

Class Fee: $260 Feel free to contact Alan with any questions: [email protected]

When: Saturday, March 7th, 2020 — 1:00pm
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

Whether you are an accomplished artist or just want to try something new, alcohol ink is a fun and often unpredictable medium. You will love the intense saturation of color and the fun surfaces we will work with.

$15 Registration fee

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Registration fee: $15
When: Saturday, March 28th, 2020 — 1:00pm
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

Encaustic, beeswax-based paint can be used in so many ways. It is vibrantly colorful, acts as an adhesive and is a magnet for transferring drawn and printed images. In this hands-on demo, participant will try them all. If you ever wondered what Encaustic is all about, this is the demo for you.


$10 Registration fee to be refunded the day of the event


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Registration fee: $10*

* Fee returned as store credit on day of event

When: Saturday, April 4th, 2020 — 10:00am
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

This one day painting and color workshop will explore the Spring Impressionist color palette using flowers, birds, and Japanese prints as a model. You will discover new colors, learn how to use them, and add them to your working practice. We will work inside from photos. Bring light and life into your work in this fun painting and color workshop. Students can use acrylic or oil, no solvents or liquin in the classroom please.

$60 Class Fee.

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Registration fee: $60
When: Saturday, April 11th, 2020 — 1:00pm
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

R&F Pigment Sticks are heavily pigmented Oil Paint with a lipstick-like consistency. They can be used to draw as well as paint. In this hands-on demo, participants will learn how adding Cold Wax medium to Pigment Sticks allows for a more physical handling of oil paint, building complex surfaces and color layers using a variety of tools beyond the brush. Come and try for yourself!

$10 Registration fee to be refunded the day of the event

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Registration fee: $10*

* Fee returned as store credit on day of event

When: Saturday, April 18th, 2020 — 1:00pm
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

Whether you are an accomplished artist or just want to try something new, alcohol ink is a fun and often unpredictable medium. You will love the intense saturation of color and the fun surfaces we will work with.


$15 Registration fee


Register online or call 860-232-0073 to sign up

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Registration fee: $15
When: Saturday, April 25th, 2020 — 10:00am
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT
This one day painting and color workshop will follow the painting and color styles of Janet Fish and Harriet Shorr. Using a still-life of colored transparent glass, fabrics, and other objects, you will paint from observation in a collage-style building process. Each observed shape and color will be put down in full strength bold color creating an optically blended surface made out of paint. Improve your painting, color-mixing, observational, and application techniques in this fun eye opening workshop. Students can use acrylic or oil, no solvents or liquin in the classroom please.

$60 class fee

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Registration fee: $60
When: Saturday, May 16th, 2020 — 10:00am
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

This one day drawing workshop will focus on clothing, folds, textures, patterns, and lighting. In addition to traditional graphite on white paper, we will also draw on colored paper with white pencils. We will look at cloth draped over objects as well as on the human form paying attention to compression wrinkles, fabric sags, and to its movement in relation to the figure itself.

$60 class fee

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Registration fee: $60
When: Saturday, June 6th, 2020 — 10:00am
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

This one day workshop will show the working properties of cold wax mixed with oil paint. Our working theme will be Wabi Sabi, a traditional Japanese aesthetic sometimes described as beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Oil and pigment properties and characteristics will be covered in detail. We will work on various colored grounds with palette knives and other non-traditional application tools. No solvents or Liquin in the classroom please.

$60 class fee

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Registration fee: $60
When: Saturday, June 13th, 2020 — 1:00pm
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

NEW Acrylic Gouache featuring intense fluid color, flat matte sheen, flexibility and a permanent water-resistant finish when dry. This demo is all about getting people excited about the endless possibilities of acrylic color and mediums so they can go right into the studio with tons of new ideas.


$10 Registration fee to be refunded the day of the event


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When it comes to acrylics, Liquitex started it all in 1955. In this demonstration attendees will be introduced to the acrylic brand that has been on the forefront of innovation for over 50 years. As the #1 acrylic in the world Liquitex is the only brand to offer the most diverse range of professional products including six unique ranges of professional acrylic colors, innovative mediums, and a revolutionary range of painting tools to meet the needs of every artist.

20 Seats Left

Registration fee: $10*

* Fee returned as store credit on day of event


Past Events

When: Friday, January 17th, 2020 — 10:00am
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

This six week course will cover the fundamental techniques that make it possible to create a successful watercolor painting. A new painting will be created each week with focus on simple subject matter such as landscapes, seascapes, and still life.

Dates of the course are: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 all from 10am - 1pm

The class will cover: - basic composition - application of washes, wet in wet, glazing and dry brush techniques - how to exploit the natural flow of water and discover the secrets that make it work its magic like no other medium can! - how to let the water guide you while overcoming the urge to control every brush stroke - the meaning of less is more

Please come prepared with all materials in materials list available here

Class Fee: $260 Feel free to contact Alan with any questions: [email protected]

When: Thursday, January 16th, 2020 — 10:00am
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

6 Thursdays at 10am - 1pm 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13

In this six-week Intermediate course we will cover the fundamental and advanced techniques that will make it possible for a successful watercolor painting. We will create a new painting each week and concentrate on simple subject matter, primarily landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes.

What we will cover:

  • -A more comprehensive understanding of composition: Design, Values, Shapes. Edges and Color
  • -A more comprehensive understanding of the application of washes, wet in wet, glazing and dry brush techniques.
  • -A refresher on the importance of water to pigment ratios -A refresher on drawing, perspective and proportion.
  • -How to exploit the natural flow of water and discover the secrets that make it work its magic like no other medium can and learn to let the water guide you while overcoming the urge to control every brushstroke.

In other words, less is more!

Class Fee: $260 Feel free to contact Alan with any questions: [email protected]

When: Saturday, December 7th, 2019 — 1:00pm
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

Join us for education and lots of hands on participation with Strathmore Blank Greeting Cards, F+W Acrylic Inks & More.

Award winning artist Gigi Chen will teach you about the many kinds of papers that Strathmore has to offer. Learn about how they are made and most important how you can use them. Then, Sarah will paint with you on Strathmore Blank Greeting Cards - using F+W Acrylic Inks & more.

$10 Registration fee to be refunded the day of the event

Call 860-232-0073 or visit sign up online!



ABOUT THE ARTIST

Gigi Chen’s work creates an aesthetic that combines her training as a traditional animator and painter, along with her love of the techniques of Old Masters. Entrenched in the art of storytelling, the work pulls together her love of contemporary idioms of cartooning, photo realism, texture and design to produce works that coalesce into Love, Craft and Fun.

Born in Guang Dong, China and raised in New York, Gigi first exhibited her work in New York at Deitch Projects as part of the ARTSTAR reality-based television program. Gigi’s exhibition credits also include the Queens Museum of Art, Superfine! Art Fair and Deep Space Gallery.

View Gigi's website to see some of her work at GigiChen.com

When: Saturday, November 30th, 2019 — 10:00am
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

All things in nature are structured in the golden section ratio. We will use this as a structural foundation along with the addition of sacred geometry and sacred numbers as inspiration for drawing compositions and figure ground relationships. The first half of the day will be drawing and the second half will be painting.
This is appropriate for any skill level.

When: Saturday, November 16th, 2019 — 1:00pm
Where: Jerry's Artarama of West Hartford 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford CT

In the first part of his hands-on demo, Fine Art Collective artist Joe McCarthy will help demo attendees explore the characteristics of Winsor & Newton new additions to the Professional Watercolor range.

Joe will discuss pigments, granulating and staining colors, warm and cool colors and more while attendees create washes and mixes of each color.

Joe will then lead everyone in creating collages with fragments of their color experiments through discussion of color, value, form, shape and texture.

$10 Registration fee to be refunded the day of the event

Call 860-232-0073 or register online

Each attendee will receive a sample pack of Winsor & Newton Artist Materials!

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