Art Workshops and Art Classes

Neilson with paint brushes

Heather Neilson 
Artist & Art Educator

cell: 1-860-794-8676

Heather has been teaching art classes for seven years in her studio at Whiting Mils in Winsted, CT and around the region including Washington Arts Association, West Hartford Art League, Farmington Valley Arts Center and Arts Center East. Her approach is warm and she encourages and fosters creating from an intuitive, free and expressive place. She teaches primarily with acrylics and is a GOLDEN Arts Educator and Silver Brush Educator, bringing high quality products for her students to use. She teaches principles of good composition, color, line and texture. Students feel free to explore with gentle and encouraging guidance from Heather.

Learn more about Heather

Heather offers the following classes:

  1. Abstract Painting
  2. Abstract Landscape
  3. Abstract Collage & Mixed Media
  4. Art Journaling

Descriptions and pictures of classes follow. All can be tailored to suit the class dynamic and other logistics.

Abstract Expressive Painting

Students develop abstract paintings using acrylic paints, mark-making and a variety of other tools. Through a series of exercises, participants learn how to loosen up and paint more expressively. Play with color, line, texture and composition. Experience the freedom and joy that comes from trusting your instincts and taming the inner critic in a warm and non judgmental setting.

Abstract Landscape

Participants earn how to build stunning abstract landscape paintings on paper using acrylic paint (GOLDEN paints), mediums, layering techniques, mark making and various tools.

Abstract Collage & Mixed Media

Students build finished pieces using paint, hand made collage papers, tools, and other mediums that develops beautiful texture and layers. Participants learn and experiment with color, composition, and mark-making.

Student work:

Art Journaling

Students are provided creative prompts and tools to build beautiful, unique and personal journal pages. Learn techniques but, more importantly, experience how art journaling can be a deep, creative companion for your ideas, thoughts and visual expressions. It will helps free student’s artistic spirit and provide a place to explore creative identity.

What people are saying……

“I have been studying art and taking classes for 10 years.  I have to say you are one of the shining lights among the host of art instructors I have had.  Each lesson was well planned and the demonstrations were well-explained and easy to follow.  You have a wonderful, pleasant demeanor that let me explore and take chances in my art.  You were encouraging but not stifling or overpowering.  I feel my work has grown and I aim to continue along the lines you taught.  I will be planning to join one of your classes in the near future.” – Bill (March 2021)

“I have taken multiple workshops with Heather, and she is a wonderful teacher, who combines her expertise and skills along with guidance and encouragement. She stresses that you can’t do art “wrong,” which makes her classes so approachable for hobbyists like myself, or perfectionists, also like myself. I recently did my first online workshop with Heather, and all the knowledge and support she shares in person came through seamlessly online as well. Thank you Heather, I can’t wait to take more classes with you!” – Martha (March 2021)

“I have taken two classes with Heather and she is the most professional art teacher I have had. Heather lets you know what to expect and then follows through with professional and kind guidance and instruction. Heather’s live online classes are seamless, and you feel as if you are in the same room with her. I have learned so much from Heather about composition, materials…and more importantly about letting my intuition rule my artwork! Thank you Heather!” – Tia (March 2021)

“Excellent teacher! I took a ten week Zoom class with Heather and would highly recommend any class she was teaching.  Her subject and background knowledge of the class she taught was extraordinary. She introduced us to a wide variety of techniques and mediums and guided us through using them in a very professional, yet personal and non-judgmental way.  I throughly enjoyed this class and it provided me with new ways of approaching and looking at my work.” – Jane (March 2021)

“I’ve never taken an art class, as an adult, until I took Heathers class. I was nervous, but she was reassuring and made it fun. There were other great people there too. I highly recommend it to anyone.”

“Heather …offers a supportive, non-judgemental space to create art and make new friends! I highly recommend and endorse her method of teaching and gentle guidance to bring out the best work in each participant. ♥️”

“I have taken art journaling classes with Heather Neilson and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Heather teaches many aspects of creating a mixed media art journal including image transfer, collage, writing from personal experience and experimenting with ink, color and graphite. Heather is an enthusiastic teacher who has many ideas to share and creates a warm and supportive learning experience.”

“Heather is an amazing instructor. She makes you feel calm and positive about your efforts. She is very helpful and full of ideas. I will definitely take more classes with her!”

“Heather gave us some valuable exercises to explore, then an opportunity to use them freely on canvas. I learned something, materials were provided, a great deal for the price – plus her work is inspiring!”

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