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Private Art Lessons with ShawnaLee

Take your Drawing Skills to the next level with an Art Lesson!

Learn skills to Take your Drawings to the next level with a one hour interactive private Art Lesson with ShawnaLee!

ShawnaLee is an award winning Portrait artist residing in CT USA and specializes in portraiture of Pets and Children. She serves as a board member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and is the recipient of a Pandemic Grant from the State for teaching Pandemic Portraiture. See student works here.

Your Private Art Lesson:

  • Private Art Lesson with ShawnaLee W. Kwashnak
  • Schedule at a mutually convenient time in August or September 2021!
  • Via Zoom!
  • $60/hr*

Your Art Lesson will cover different kinds of Graphite Pencils, how to use them, drawing techniques/methods, and VIP artist’s insider tricks for how to draw from life like the Masters of yesteryear! Your Art Lesson will cover fine arts *must know* skills and techniques that will help make drawing a joy! Each skill will be explained and demonstrated step by step. ShawnaLee will model and explain while the recipient follows along at his or her own pace. Immediate positive feedback with Q&A will be offered before moving to the next skill. This Exclusive Art Lesson Experience is suitable for ages 12 & up and for all levels of artistic achievement and goals! Excellent for AP Students, hobbyists, or for Advanced students looking to sharpen their skills and talk “shop”. This class makes a great gift for Parents too!

This art lesson experience is sure to give a boost to creativity and keep the dust from collecting on all those art supplies!

Your private Zoom link will be sent to you promptly after scheduling your art class.**

Suggested Materials :

  • Graphite pencils: a collection including a few “H”‘s and a few “B”s.
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Vinyl eraser
  • Drawing paper (a 9×12 or 11×14 are nice for this class!).

For more information, please email ShawnaLee at: [email protected] or visit

Please “Like” Facebook: Portraits by ShawnaLee

*PreCollege Portfolio student art lessons are $75/hr after an initial evaluation ($200) and include portfolio feedback and professional mentoring towards the development and refinement of a collegiate level portfolio. A minimum of 10 lessons is recommended for portfolio students. Initial evaluations for a developed course are an integral part of this custom and catered program for your Portfolio growth. Independent work will be required outside of our Zoom Classroom time. In Person available for students local to Region 15/CT. Please send an email of your interest to [email protected]


Slumped Votive Holders

Create your own slumped glass vase. Students will use fusible glass, frit and stringers to design your own slumped vase or votive holder. Each student can make 1 large, or two small pieces. They will be fired in the kiln and ready to be picked up the following week.

Masks are no longer required if you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you please continue to wear a mask while working in the studio. Thank you for your cooperation.

Fused Glass Plate/Bowl

Create your own one-of-a-kind fused glass plate.

In this 2-hour workshop, students will learn the fundamental for working with and creating with fused glass. Students will have a wide variety of molds to choose from and a huge selection of glass, frit, stringers and powders.

All materials are included in this one day workshop; specialty glass can be purchased during the class. Projects will be ready to pick up during the following week. Get your friends together and come in for a great time! Larger molds available for an additional cost.

Masks are no longer required if you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you please continue to wear a mask while working in the studio. Thank you for your cooperation.

Portraits by ShawnaLee at Arts Walk Woodbury

Come visit Portraits by ShawnaLee’s Art booth during the  Arts Alliance of Woodbury’s August ART WALK!

Thursday August 19th from 5-8pm

Main Street Woodbury CT ; ShawnaLee will be in front of the cemetary near St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

 The Arts Walk is a Post Covid Renaissance to bring us out of the isolation of the past year. Artists, including Portraits by ShawnaLee, will come together to display art, perform music, read  poetry, dance or just come out for inspiration.

Portraits by ShawnaLee will have recent works available in addition to offering sidewalk portraits of your children or pets created from life while you watch.  These En Plein Air Sketches will be priced according to size and media.  Portrait Sketches take about 20 minutes.   Charcoals or Oils may be offered.  Fees to be announced closer to the event and may be viewed at Events page.  Cash or Venmo to @andrew-kwashnak.

The Woodbury Arts Alliance is hosting these events along Main St. South in Woodbury on the 3rd Thursday of the month, May through September from 5-8 pm.

 Follow AAW on FaceBook for the latest updates about schedule. As long as it’s not pouring rain or lightning, we’ll see you on those Thursday evenings.

For more information about ShawnaLee’s Portraiture of Pets, Children or Homes, please visit or check out her recent works on facebook: Portraits by ShawnaLee

for Additional questions email ShawnaLee at [email protected]

Glass Art Kids Camp

Join us this summer for a fun, educational, and socially distant art camp! Kids will learn a variety of glass art techniques to create beautiful fused glass pieces at our newly expanded studio in Seymour.


Our summer camp starts at 9 AM and ends at 12 PM, with a break for lunch brought from home. Programming is $275 each week, including glass and supplies! We’ll focus on one activity a day based on the theme of the week. Kids will be making marvelous fused glass projects like sun catchers, ornaments, bowls, and even more. Don’t worry- there’s no molten glass here. Children will cut and layer cold pieces of glass, which are then melted down inside a kiln. Finished products will be available for later pick up.

COVID 19 INFORMATION: Concerned about COVID? We totally understand- our staff stays fully masked throughout the day. All supplies and work stations are sanitized after use, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the studio. Classes are small, and socially distant.  Masks are absolutely required, and we always have extras for our forgetful friends 🙂

REGISTRATION: To register for our camp, please fill out our google form here. Once the application is submitted, registration will be approved and you will be invoiced via email to be pay and reserve your space. Registration and payment for the program must be completed and submitted by the start date of selected week(s). Full payment is required at the time of registration to reserve the child’s space. Payment can be over the phone or at our studio. Due to limited space, cancellations MUST be made a week prior to program start date to receive a refund.



Does your child have a love for fun and funky creatures? During Animal Week, kids will be making projects such as pet portraits, animal ornaments made out of different textures and colors of glass, animal print bowls, and various other projects that will be so awesome you’ll ROAR with excitement!


During this week, kids will be making projects such as mushroom suncatchers, windchimes made out of gathered branches, and miniature glass gardens to hang in their windows! Not only will we be making nature inspired projects- but also learning about our awesome Earth and how nature has inspired other artists since the beginning of time!


Maybe your child has an affinity for the abstract! In this week, we will be making projects that focus on color theory, collaging shapes to create suncatchers, fused plates/bowls, and learning about other abstract artists that will inspire original geometric designs.


Get ready to make some art that’s simply out of this world! During this week, we will be creating solar system windchimes, nebula landscapes out of frit and cut glass, and funky alien suncatchers.


~Older Kids Camp (Ages 11-14+)~


This week is only offered to our older group of kids, who will be doing projects inspired by some of the most famous artists of all time. Some of the activities we’ll be doing include recreating Van Gogh’s Starry Night, dream inspired pieces like Salvador Dali, and making fun and funky abstract designs inspired by music, just like Kandinsky.


During this week, older kids will be making kiln carved pieces, copper inclusion suncatchers, and windchimes made out of gathered branches! Not only will we be making nature inspired projects- but also learning about our awesome Earth and how nature has inspired other artists since the beginning of time!


This week is very similar to an independent study and is great for teens and tweens who want to do everything but the kitchen sink (and even that!). They’ll learn various design & texture techniques in fused glass, and then they are free to simply do whatever they want- whether it be a simple vase or a recreation of the Mona Lisa! The class structure is almost identical to our adult classes. Whatever the idea (or ideas!) we’ll execute it together!

June 14th – 18th (Ages 6-10 – Animals)
June 21st – 25th (Ages 6-10 – Nature)
June 28th – July 2nd (Ages 6-10 – Shapes & Colors)
July 5th – 9th (Ages 6-10 – Outer Space)
July 12th – 16th (Ages 6-10 – Animals)
August 16th – 20th (Ages 11-14 – Exploration Week)