Current Art Workshops and Art Classes

Are you looking to nurture or reignite your creativity in a warm and fun environment? I offer a variety of art workshops and art classes designed to deepen your skills and open up to your creative potential. I offer art classes in abstract painting, art journaling, mixed media, monoprinting with a gelli plate and collage workshops.

My art classes and art workshops are designed to help participants find their inner voice through gentle guidance and encouragement. I provide a warm and inviting creative space which is rich with the opportunity for rewarding experiences and connection with other like-minded creatives. All levels are welcome.

December Workshops

GELLI PLATE PRINT NIGHT -FULL (waitlist only)
Thursday, December 9, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Farmington Valley Arts Center
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INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT PAINTING
Saturday, December 11, 2021
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Silvermine Art Center
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MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE WORKSHOP
Sunday, December 12, 2021
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Farmington Valley Arts Center
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Winter 2022 Schedule

INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT PAINTING
Tuesday, January 11th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Silvermine Art Center
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EXPRESSIVE ABSTRACT PAINTING
10 Mondays , January 10 – March 14, 2022
6:15pm-8:45pm
West Hartford Art League
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EXPRESSIVE ABSTRACT PAINTING
Tuesdays , January 25 – March 15, 2022
11:00am-2:00pm
Silvermine Art Center
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EXPRESSIVE ABSTRACT PAINTING
Fridays, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Washington Arts Association
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EXPRESSIVE ABSTRACT PAINTING PART II (online)
Saturdays , January 22, 29, Feb 5, 12
10:00am-12:30pm
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ART JOURNALING – ANSWERING THE CALL
February 19-20
10:00am-3:30pm
Whiting Mills, Studio 509
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ART JOURNALING – ANSWERING THE CALL – ONLINE via Zoom
February 4, 11, 18, 25
7-8:30pm ET
Online via Zoom
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MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE CLASS
8 Thursdays , January 6 – February 24, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:30pm
Farmington Valley Arts Center
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MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE WORKSHOP
March 26-27, 2022
10:00 AM – 3:30pm
Washington Arts Association
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Online courses pre-recorded

Abstract Painting Online Course

Expressive Abstract Painting
3 Skills to Master

An Online Self-Paced Mini-Course




Art Journal spread

Art Journaling for Teens ONLINE

Join anytime!

Online Art Journaling for Teens workshop.This is a 6 lesson, dynamic online workshop that will build confidence and courage in a low-pressure and fun way. Work at your own pace.

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I also offer 1:1 mentoring and teaching either online or in-person in my studio. This includes critique, lessons, sales and marketing consulting and more. Cost is $50 per hour. An initial 10min consult to see if we are a good fit is free. Send me an email at heatherneilsonart@gmail.com to start the conversation.

Connecticut Magazine Art Journaling

Connecticut Magazine recently interviewed me about Art Journaling

Alyson Moschcovich spent some time with me in my studio to see what art journaling is all about.


What people are saying about Heather’s classes:

“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.” – Marci

“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!” – Ginny

“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!” – Lois

Heather Neilson is an artist and art educator who teaches art journaling, abstract painting, collage, mixed media and more.  Her approach is warm, non-judgmental and fun. Every student learns to develop their own unique style.  She is a certified GOLDEN Arts Educator.

Contact Heather at heatherneilsonart@gmail.com or 860-794-8676 for more information.

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