Current Art Workshops and Art Classes

Do you need to nurture or reignite your creativity? Deepen your art practice and open up to your creative potential. You will improve your skills and confidence with art classes in abstract painting, art journaling, mixed media collage and more.

My art classes and art workshops are designed to help participants find their inner voice through gentle guidance and encouragement. You will learn techniques but, most importantly, you will learn to trust your intuition and find joy in creating. I provide a warm and inviting space which is rich with the opportunity for rewarding experiences and connection with other like-minded creatives.

Expressive Abstract Painting, Art Journaling and Mixed Media Collage

Expressive Abstract Painting All Levels Online
September 17, 24, October 1, 8
10:00am – 12:30pm ET
Live via Zoom

Art Journaling 2 Day Retreat
Sat-Sun, October 15-16th
Whiting Mills, Studio 509

Expressive Abstract Painting
Fridays 2pm-5pm
September 16 – November 11th
Washington Art Association

Intro to Expressive Abstract Painting
September 11th, 10am-4pm
Washington Art Association

Intro to Mixed Media Collage
October 23rd, 10am-4pm
Washington Art Association

Intro to Expressive Abstract Painting
October 30th
Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan

Intro to Mixed Media Collage
November 20th
Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan

Monoprinting with Gel Plates
December 2nd
Farmington Valley Art Center (Fisher Gallery)
Registration open soon

Expressive Abstract Painting (FULL)
Mondays 6pm – 8:30pm
September 12th – November 14th
West Hartford Art League

Mixed Media Collage (FULL)
September 15 – November 3, 2022
Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm
Farmington Valley Arts Center

“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.”


Do you need more personal support and coaching? I offer 1:1 mentoring and teaching either online or in-person in my studio. This includes critique, lessons, general 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.

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 thoroughly enjoyed the abstract painting class I took with Heather. She’s a very open and supportive instructor. Her style of teaching allows you to explore your creativity without limitations or expectations.” – Corinne G (December 2021)

“Heather is a very inspiring and upbeat instructor, with lots of practical techniques and insights to improve my art. Enjoyed her class immensely and expect to take more.” – Peter H (December 2021)

“Heather’s teaching style and supportive nurturing style offers everyone from beginner to experienced artist a way to develop and create inspired works of art.” – Nana G (December 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)

“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

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

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