Palette (photo by Edward Main)Tap into your soul, your inner voice, and find an outlet to express yourself — this is the essence of art. Do you have an inner creativity that begs to come out? Create something for yourself, and the world, through art classes around Connecticut. Creating art is a surreal experience that will leave an impression, whether you’re a rich in creativity or simply Baroque (art humor). Art is an expression, not a skill, but you can hone artistic skills with practice. After all, according to Ralph Waldo Emerson “every artist was first an amateur,” so get started!
80 Audubon St.
New Haven, CT 06510
CreativeArtsWorkshop.orgWith more than 50 professional artists on staff and over 400 courses offered annually, CAW has experts and classes to help all levels of artists, from budding students to the next Pablo Picasso or Connecticut’s own Jasper Johns. Novices will enjoy the introductory courses, workshops and mini-classes to acquaint guests with the creative possibilities and techniques. Advanced artists will appreciate the open studio policies, equipment, access to live models and critique sessions. Courses include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography. printmaking, pottery and unique classes such as paper marbling and more.
25 Arts Center Lane
Avon, CT 06001
ArtsFVAC.orgOk, Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC), you had us at “Alcohol Inks on Glass Plate Art Party” and “Silk Scarf Dyeing Art Party.” If the sounds of spilling alcohol and colors sound like art to you, FVAC might be the place to check out. Yes, it’s a bit more serious than that, but it’s also that fun. Oh, there’s more — how about a class in felted wool egg making or quilted pillows or a pet photography workshop? FVAC puts the ART in ARTistic pARTy. There are even classes for young adults like Junky Funky Art and Da Vinci This!Related: Top Painting Lessons For Adults In Connecticut
37 Buena Vista Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06107
The West Hartford Art League was founded in 1934 by two local female artists; a sculptress/painter and an art teacher. Today, the WH Art League hosts a spectrum of art classes, including traditional drawing and painting classes to more adventurous offerings such as mixed media, paper making, pottery wheel throwing (think “Ghost”) to ultramodern creative courses on photography, glass mosaics and more. There is also a variety of commitment levels to choose from with 10-week classes, two-day workshops and even one-night gatherings (ARTNights).
96 Lyme St.
Old Lyme, CT 06371
FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.orgTwo classes stand out at FloGris: a weekly painting class and a monthly social art experience. Discover Sundays is a weekly event where guests can literally walk and paint in the open air along the grounds of the Lyme Art Colony, established in 1899. Guests are given supplies and an elementary painting lesson on color values, mixing and techniques. Afterward, guests have the freedom to roam and paint on the grounds of, and in the spirit of, the well-established art colony known for American Impressionism. Art•Bar Happy Hour is a monthly art experience where guests learn to explore artistic projects with experienced artists in a social atmosphere (including light fare and libations). April (21) and May (26) classes focus on making printed mandalas and spool necklaces, respectively.
299 Greenwich Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
GreenwichArtSociety.orgLooking for more formal art classes? Greenwich Art Society (GAS) focuses on drawing, painting and mixed media artistic styles. At GAS, they pay particular attention to understanding of the process of creating art as the foundation for all kinds of creative outlets. Spring classes run from April through June, and Summer classes pick up through the end of August. There are also mini workshops throughout the year, which are generally four-week sessions focused on specific styles, forms or techniques (e.g. pastels, portraits, watercolor techniques).