Fine Arts & Crafts

Fine Arts & Crafts

Acrylic Painting Techniques and More

11 Thursdays, September 14 – November 30, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, $88

11 Thursdays, December 7-21 and January 4 February 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., $88

This is a fun course for beginners and those who want to improve their painting techniques. Althea Ericsson will guide you through the fundamentals of composition, color values and perspective while you discuss other artists and how they achieve their style.

Portrait Class

11 Thursdays, September 14 – November 30, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., $88

Artist Althea Ericsson will teach the fundamentals of painting or drawing the human face. Composition, perspective, proportions and the effect of light and dark will be explored.
You can use acrylics, pastels or pencil to create your portraits.

Drawing + Painting

11 Mondays, September 11 – November 27, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $88

Instructor Eddie Nino will awaken your creative instincts while working with a group of kindred spirits. In this class, students improve their drawing and painting skills while exploring paint application methods and drawing techniques working from personal imagery. He will guide budding or experienced artists toward unblocking creativity. Bring charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, graphite pencils, acrylics, or watercolors and paper or canvas.

9 Mondays, December 4 – 18 and January 8 – February 26, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., $90

Instructor Eddie Nino will awaken your creative instincts while you work with a group of kindred spirits. In this class, you will improve your drawing and painting skills by working from both the still life and portrait references. Eddie will guide budding or experienced artists toward a thorough understanding of the ABC’s of drawing and painting, which will let the student create more true to life personal artwork.
Class limited to 10.

Beyond Watercolor Technique

10 Fridays, September 15 – November 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., $80

Improve your watercolor skills while polishing your drawing and artistic abilities. This class will focus on teaching every student how to refine artwork using watercolor as a vehicle. Frequent lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one critiques will help the student create more personal and unique artworks whether painting a landscape, still life, or portrait.

Eddie Nino is the instructor.


Mixed Media — Ins and Outs

9 Mondays, December 4 – 18 and January 8 – February 26, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m., $108

Bring in your favorite photograph or set up a still life and use the medium of your choice. Acrylics, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, watercolors…we will cover them all! Every week artist Eddie Nino will focus on a medium, an artist, or a specific approach, which will allow you to improve your craft as well as find ways to express your inner self.
Demonstrations, group critiques, and one-on-one assessments will give you the necessary confidence to work on your own and trouble shoot accordingly.
Class limited to 7.

Art Studio Time

Fridays, 9:00 – 12:00 noon, Free
The art room will be open for anyone who wants quiet time to paint. No oils, please.

Knitting and Crochet

Most Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Free

Bring your knitting or crocheting projects and have fun chatting and working with other talented stitchers on Thursdays. We have needles, hooks and yarn if you want to learn to knit or crochet.

Crafty Tuesdays

Most Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Free

This group works on a variety of crafts, all of which are sold to benefit local charities.


Most Mondays,  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Free

Aggie Aspinwall, who teaches at The Enriched Stitch in Wilton, will teach stitches and techniques, such as turkeywork, ribbonwork and beading. Those working on needlepoint projects who need a little help or who just like to stitch with others, are welcome to attend.

Crafts Fair to Benefit Local Charities – Crafts Needed!

Our annual Holiday Fair has raised thousands of dollars for the New Canaan Food Pantry, Getabout, Library and VFW. We plan to do another Fair for local charities in early December.
If you can knit, paint, sew, or crochet for the Fair, please call Lyn at 203-594-3620.

NEW: Leela’s Learn to Sew and Project Classes at the New Canaan Toy Store

Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., $150 (materials included)

Calling all those who want to learn to sew on a machine.

In the first class you will learn the basics of operating a Brother sewing machine including making bobbins, threading the machine, learning about stitch lengths, and how to change stitch types. Then you will have time to practice to get a good feel for sewing on your own including sewing straight and curved lines. Leela will then help you create simple sewing projects such as a pillowcase, patchwork pillow and potholder.

This class will meet in the room in back of the Toy Store at 94 Park Street.
Class limited to 5.