Upcoming Art Workshops

Want to learn to develop your abstract painting, mixed media or collage skills? Or dive into Art Journaling? I offer a variety of in-person and online art classes and painting workshops designed to deepen your skills and to learn to trust yourself. Learn how you can authentically bring yourself to the canvas or page. My approach is warm, non-judgmental and fun.

Upcoming Classes….

Abstract Landscape Painting ONLINE – Arts Center East – CLOSED
April 24th 10am-3:30pm

Spring Spirit Art & Renewal Day – Mary Conklin Sanctuary, Canton and Whiting Mills, Winsted – CLOSED/FULL
May 16th, 9am-3:30pm

Abstract Painting – Washington Arts Association – CLOSED/FULL
May 1st & 2nd 10am-4pm

Expressive Abstract painting ONLINE – West Hartford Art League -CLOSED/FULL
10 Mondays, April 14-Jun 14, 10am – 12pm

Art Journaling – Farmington Valley Arts Center – CLOSED/FULL
10 Thursdays, April 8 – June 10, 10am -12pm

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.

Learn more and register

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

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