The Classical Atelier Program

The Atelier program at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts provides the serious artist-in-training an opportunity to be coached and mentored by a distinguished faculty member. Our foundational drawing classes encourages drawing practice, a skill that is to be continuously honed in a lifetime and enhances all other efforts of artmaking.

Registrations for classes requires a yearly membership which covers administration costs. You will receive email updates on our latest offerings. General membership is $30. Student and senior memberships are $25. Family memberships are $60. Registrations can be accomplished online with payment button under each class or you can mail in a check with the registration form here (PDF Registration Form).  Deposit/Cancellation Policy at bottom.

14 May

Feathers & Fur in Oils

with  Nick Frasco

Evenings: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Jump in possible


This course will introduce the novice painter while still challenging the more experienced, to a step by step approach of establishing realist fur and feathers.

 Students will explore color theory, compositional structure and the use of various types of mediums to “thin out” the oil paint used for establishing layers of hair to create a realistic feel to wildlife painting.

 Course Objectives;

1.  Developing a strong drawing foundation and composition to transfer onto boards for their paintings.  

2.  Introduce students to the technique of building a painting by using layers of “thinned“oil paints to establish a pelt on an animal.

3.  Develop student’s confidence in painting an accurate portrayal of these wildlife animals in their natural habitats.

Fee : 6 weeks $195 with membership
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Nick Frasco<br>

24 May 2019

Landscape Drawing and Painting

with  Paul Batch

Fridays:  May 31, June14, 21
Afternoons: 1:30pm - 4:30pm  3-weeks



This course will take students through the process of drawing the landscape, developing composition and values and transforming it to a finished painting. One can continue to simply draw in the class or move into oil painting. Students will work alongside the instructor as he explains techniques and materials throughout the creative process.

Class begins with thumbnail drawings from reference photos. Exploration of ideas begin and for those going onto painting, color studies are prepared. Transfer to panel, underpainting and color study demonstrations by instructor. Paul's glazing techniques will also be demonstrated. This class will progress to plein air opportunities in June.


Fee : 3 Weeks $150. with membership
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Paul Batch - Landscape Painting and Drawing<br>

22 April

Bargue / Cast Drawing

with  Eliza Moser

Afternoons: 1:30pm - 4:30pm and/or
Evenings: 5:30 - 8:30pm  

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The Bargue drawing courses are based upon the 19th Century French Academic drawing course by Charles Bargue. French academies used these methods with a focus on shapes, form, line, and values. Students begin with graphite pencil on paper. This is sight·size learning is for the beginner to the advanced student to see more accurately and to practice this technique. The curriculum starts with simple projects and moves progressively onto harder, more complex work. Emphasis is on accuracy and training the eye not to be dependent on grids or tracing. This makes it possible to pursue drawing actively and freely in other areas like portraiture and landscape sketching. Students then move onto cast drawing (after the 4th Bargue) using the charcoal medium to draw a choice of dimensional casts. The basics of the “block in” will emphasize on accuracy of shape, proportion, and gesture. The modeling stage, in which the forms of the subject are conceived and rendered in an entirely 3-dimensional way is next. We will discuss the fundamentals of light and how it reacts with form and how to depict these events on a 2-dimensional surface. The goal is to complete the cast drawing with a strongly developed sense of depth and realism. These ongoing classes allow students to progress at their own pace in a supportive environment. The classes are offered in a 3 week (try it), 6 week, or 12 week (most value) sessions in the afternoons or evenings. Membership applies to all classes and workshops.

Fee : 3 Weeks $150 / 6 weeks $280 with membership
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Eliza Moser - Bargue  Cast Drawing

15 May 2019

Oil Painting a Still Life

with  Eliza Moser

Wednesday: May 15
Evenings: 5:30 - 8:30pm  6 weeks


Learn how to create a realistic still life oil painting. Working in sight-size and from life, we will work in a step-by-step process. We will cover how to make an underpainting, how to mix accurate colors and values, and finally learn how to create a realistic sense of 3-Dimensional form. Students will work at their own pace, allowing both beginners and experienced painters to join. 

Fee : 6 weeks $280, 3 weeks $150. with membership
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Eliza Moser - Intro to Oil Painting<br>

1 May, 2019

Portrait Drawing with a Model

with  Eliza Moser

Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15, 29, June 5, 12
Afternoons 1:30pm - 4:30pm,
6 weeks
Jump in possible


In this portrait class, students will draw the portrait from a single pose for 6 weeks followed by another 6 weeks. The sessions will consist of developing a linear drawing with graphite on paper to establish an accurate likeness, proportions, and structure. The students will then begin modeling the form in a highly rational method, shape finding, anatomy of the skull, slowly developing each area based on an understanding of the effect of light on form. Individual student critiques will take place throughout each session. Beginning to advanced artists are welcome. Model fee extra.

Fee : 3 weeks $150 / 6 weeks $280 with membership
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Eliza  Moser  - Portrait Drawing<br>

16 May 2019

Watercolor - A Beginning

with  Grace Scharr McEnaney

Thursdays:  May 16, 23, 30
Afternoons: 1 - 4 pm  3-weeks



A solid foundation in watercolor is priceless towards feeling comfortable and confident within this exciting medium. Values, composition, technique, negative space, washes, mingling and basic color theory will all be addressed during this class. And more!

Working in the required sketchbook, (see supply list) will enable students to do both watercolor exercises and complete small finished pieces. Upon completion of the class students will also have their sketchbook filled with reference information including basic concepts with inspiring quotes.

With your sketchbook becoming a work of art in and of itself you will be well on your way to becoming a watercolorist.

Fee : $160. with membership
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Watercolor A Beginning<br>

Youth Arts Programs

Ages 6 and Up 6-week sessions


Youth Drawing & Painting

with  Nick Frasco

Saturdays – 2 hours between 9am to 12pm,
can start anytime  - Ages 6 & up
- 6-week session ongoing


This ongoing and very popular course will teach young people the fundamentals of drawing, composition and painting, how to mix and apply paint, and the use of a variety of art materials. Students may bring a project of their own on which to work. The ultimate goal of the Youth Program is to create a work of art that is satisfying
Class fee does not include materials.
Please email us for the materials list.

Fee : 195 with membership
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Youth Painting and Drawing<br>


Character Development

with  Nick Frasco

Tuesdays, 4 - 6pm can start anytime
Ages 6 & Up - 6-week session ongoing


Learn to create your own original Cartoon Character. Students will discover the different characteristics of drawing a dynamic character of your own. Starting by drawing their faces in a “cartoon style”, simplifying them into shapes and paying attention to depth while giving them a 3 dimensional look and drawing them from every imaginable angle. Once you have learned to render, you will be well on your way to creating your own dynamic cartoon character.
Class fee does not include materials.
Please email us for the materials list.

Fee : 180. with membership
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Nick Frasco Character Development<br>

Deposit / Cancellation Policy

Deposits are required for all classes and workshops in the amount of half the tuition to secure limited spots. Full payment is due two weeks before the start of the session. All cancellations must be made 2 weeks before the start of a class or workshop. We are not responsible for issuing refunds, credits or transfers for classes/workshops missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control. If a workshop is cancelled by us, all money will be promptly refunded.

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