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The figure in Motion

Instructed by Susan Wakeen and Sandra Wakeen

June 5-9, 2019

Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:Litchfield, CT
Cost: $575 plus materials (est. $65), model fee to be split among students.
This class is for the beginner artist
Class size is limited to 12 Students. Pre-registraion Required
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“Learning to sculpt the figure starts with an in-depth understanding of the appropriate proportions for a specific age.“

Each student will be working on their own concepts which will be realized step by step, from pencil to clay. Knowledge of anatomy will come into play as Sandra and Susan walk you through discovering the gesture that you wish to sculpt. As the workshop progresses, you will realize no matter what the age of your figure, the same principles apply. The figure is like a machine and has a mechanical structure and order (Bridgman). Understanding the order, and structure, combined with understanding the “Line of Beauty” will help each student create a unique sculpture with grace and motion.

Your “Figures in Motion”, ranging from the simple to the dramatic, will take shape in the clay with careful guidance from both Sandra and Susan.

This class is for the beginner student. There will be a model and hands on instruction with many demonstrations by Sandra and Susan. We hope you can join us!

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2018 Italy Workshops

Instructed by Susan & Sandra Wakeen

September 5 - 19, 2018 or
September 19 - 30, 2018

Class registration is closed, check back next year!
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Join us in Italy for 2 weeks of painting and Sculpting

Nestled just below the famous Fiesole hills in Florence, is the charming and historic Villa il Palmerino. On the oldest part of the property sits The Residenza del Palmerino, whose foundation dates back to 1400. Its unique location has preserved a centuries -old fascination with this refined country house. Once owned by author Violet Page and often visited by artist John Singer Sargent Palmerino and its convenience to downtown Florence have become a thriving peaceful, natural, and quiet oasis for artists and art enthusiasts.


NEW! Mentoring Forum

Cost for 6 Lessons via Email, FaceTime, Hard Copy, or Studio Visits (1 hour per lesson):$350

This mentoring program is designed to support the artist in achieving a higher level of technical growth and developing a keen aesthetic sense. My approach is a traditional and classic approach combining the work of the Old Masters with the knowledge of today's Masters.

Students can apply for mentoring by submitting a 4-6 sentence mission statement to Susan.

This statement should include:
  • Number of years practicing as an artist
  • Stumbling blocks (list 3 major blocks)
  • What you hope to achieve in 6 lessons or over the course of a year
  • Your comments or concerns

Susan will lay out a plan that is just right for you. Each lesson is custom designed and based on the student's needs, mission and overall direction.

Assigments or practice exercises will be given after each lesson. Once the assignment is completed and reviewed to the satisfaction of Susan and the student, the next lesson will be forwarded.

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Paint or Draw the Portrait from Life Class

Non-Instructional, monitored by Susan Wakeen

Session1: October 25-26, 2018
Session 2: February 7-8, 2019

Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Litchfield, CT
Cost: $25 each class day - (model fee to be split among artists)
Class size: Limited to 8 students - light lunch included

Draw or Paint from the model - single pose for 2 days , single light source per session. Study at your own pace. No need to rush it, the study of a portrait takes time. Enjoy a supportive creative group of artists.

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Life Drawing Class

Monitored by Susan Wakeen - Ages 18 and older

Starts September 11, 2018

Time: Tuesdays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: $12 per session
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Enjoy the unique perspective of drawing from the model in a relaxed studio environment. Our life drawing sessions are on a drop-in basis and are non instructional. Whether you are a beginner or advanced you will be joining a wonderful supportive group of artists. Bring your own supplies.

If you are planning to join us for the first time please call Susan at 860.567.5402.

Studio Art Class

Instructed by Susan Wakeen

Fall 2018 - Dates coming soon!

(No class November 22)
Time: Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Cost: $250 for 6 Thursdays
Class size is limited to 8 Students.
Pre-Registration Required
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Each class will start with a short discussion and demonstration. Students will gain a heightened skill for observation as they imporve upon their drawing and painting ideas to execute a beautiful worrk of art.

Students will:
  • Learn to simplify forms and see in hte abstract through powerful observation
  • Receive one on one guidance as each student will be tutored through a project of their choosing
  • Receive regular personal critiques

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Private and Semi-Private instruction available

Instructed by Susan Wakeen

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