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Medieval Inspired Watercolors with ShawnaLee

September 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - November 10, 2022 @ 3:00 pm


Medieval Inspired Watercolors with ShawnaLee

Fall 2022: Online Via Zoom: Thursdays  1-3pm;

Sept. 15, 22, 29; skip 10/6,  13, 20, 27; 11/3, 10.

$250 (includes all classes). PLEASE ONLY SELECT 9/15/22 WHEN REGISTERING. You only need to pay $250 for ALL eight classes! A Zoom link and PDF for convenience printing will be emailed to you.

In this eight week online watercolor class, we will take our inspiration right out of 12th century manuscripts that were illuminated with incredibly detailed paintings of flora, fauna, fruits, and seeds!  The first class we will focus on exploring and getting comfortable with sketching and painting techniques followed by discovering the color-value blends for our initial lay in.  As the class progresses, students will be lead through the finishing process that brings a special “glow” to our subjects.   Each step will be demonstrated with the camera directed onto the instructors example as we paint through the process together.   A PDF of our subjects will be emailed to registered students for convenience reference printing.  Class time allowing, we may also create a smaller painting of Chinese lanterns after our focus painting is completed together. Feedback is positive and specific for everyone! This is a very rich, fun and meditative class filled with uplifting artistic conversation and camaraderie!  

Please only sign up for the first class day when registering via eventbrite. After you register, the instructor will send you a secure Zoom link for your class. We will use this for all eight of our classes. Links may not be shared with unregistered and unpaid students. If there is more than one person at your location that would like to join the class, a second seat may be purchased at half off and paid directly to the intructor via check, or through Venmo to @Andrew-Kwashnak. Please contact artist@shawnalee.com with any questions or concerns.

Recommended art supplies include:

  • Watercolors (be sure to have white). I recommend MARIE’S set of 18, or treat yourself to a professional set such as Windsor and Newton. Can be tubes or cakes.
  • Palette (one area for arranging your desired colors and another one for mixing).
  • Mixed media or watercolor paper 11×14 is good size. choose either smooth/hot press. (I will be demonstrating with Fabriano 1264 cold press)
  • Scratch paper
  • Pencils/erasers – an H or 2B graphite pencil and a kneaded & vinyl eraser
  • Assortment of paint brushes including a “liner” & rounds. I like using my #2 ruby satin round, #2narco golden touch liner & #2 marsel 220 round (mop), and a 1″ department store flat.
  • Paper towels
  • large rinse cup
  • some chopsticks or similar
  • low tack tape

For questions, email artist@shawnalee.com

About the instructor: ShawnaLee Kwashnak

Award winning New England artist, ShawnaLee W. Kwashnak, loves animals, a warm cup of coffee, and bringing joy to others by creating Portraits of pets and people. With attention to detail, ShawnaLee strives to capture the spirit of her subjects in every work. Each piece is created entirely by hand in the time honored way using authentic artist materials and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

ShawnaLee is a Cum Laude graduate from Western Connecticut State University with a BA in Studio Art and Graphic design/Illustration and has been instructing art for over 30 years. She has served as Youth Art Director and program developer for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and taught at many venues as well as privately.

She is a current board member of the CT Society of Portrait Artists, a member of SCAN, and Richter Association for the arts. Her work has garnered numerous awards including An Award of Excellence from the Richter, Newtown Savings Bank Award from SCAN, recent feature articles in Northeast Equestrian Magazine & Middlebury Magazine as well as the Susan Wakeen Studio Art Award 2019.

She is a mother of three, leader of an active Girl Scout Troop and shares her studio space with 5 cats, rabbit, a turtle, and if horses could come inside, the horse too!

*Refund policy:

All refunds must be requested 7 days prior to the first class day.  No refunds will be honored after the class/course has begun except in medical situations with doctor’s note.  There are no make-ups, refunds or credits for missed regularly scheduled classes.  Refunds are subject to eventbrite’s ticket & service fees. Classes canceled due to power outages or instructor illness will be gladly rescheduled; Rescheduled classes typically are added to the end of the session.


Classes will not be recorded and for intellectual property rights & student privacy and may not be recorded by students. The instructor will take screenshots of the project progress as well as screenshots of class work for promotional purposes. Students signing up agree to these terms.

  • 2022-09-15 13:00:00


September 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
November 10, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
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