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 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.

Interested in learning more about Art Journaling but not ready to jump into a class? Try this FREE art journaling mini-lesson.

Upcoming Fall Art Classes and Workshops

Expressive Abstract Painting – Online
4 Saturdays
October 2, 9, 23, 30
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Expressive Abstract Painting – Whiting Mills (in-person)-FULL
6 Weeks, Wednesdays, September 15th – October 20th
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Expressive Abstract Painting – Washington Arts Association (in-person) – FULL
8 Weeks, Fridays – September 17 – November 3
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Expressive Abstract Painting – West Hartford Art League (in-person) – FULL
Mondays, September 13th – November 29th (no class Oct 11 or Nov 15)
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Introduction to Expressive Abstract Painting Silvermine Art Center (in-person)
Sunday, December 5th
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Art Journaling – Farmington Valley Arts Center (in-person) – REG CLOSED
Thursdays, September 16th – Nov 3rd
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Monoprints from Nature – Whiting Mills (in-person) – FULL
Sunday, October 3rd
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Monoprints from Nature – Farmington Valley Arts Center (in-person)
Sunday, September 19th
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Monoprints from Nature – Silvermine Arts Center (in-person)
Sunday, October 19th
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Mixed Media Workshop – Washington Arts Association – (in-person)
Saturday and Sunday, October 16th and 17th
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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.

FREE Intro to Art Journaling mini-lesson

Take this free online lesson to get a taste for art journaling and reignite your practice.

Self Paced Online Workshops – Join and watch at your convenience!

Art Journaling: Giving Thanks- an Online workshop

Watch at anytime!

Take a virtual walk with me to reflect on nature and explore the idea of reciprocity in your journal. Make a gift to give back to the Earth.

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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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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 or 860-794-8676 for more information.

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