Upcoming Art Workshops

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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.

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.

NEW – heather’s 2021 Winter Class & Workshop Schedule

Mixed Media Abstract PaintingFarmington Valley Arts Center
10 Wednesdays, January 6-March 10, 6-8pm

Art JournalingFarmington Valley Arts Center
10 Thursdays, January 7-March 11, 6-8pm

Expressive Abstract Painting ONLINE West Hartford Art League
10 Mondays, January 18 – March 29, 10am-12pm

Abstract PaintingWashington Arts Association
2 days March 6-7, 10am – 4pm

Note that in-person classes are limited, social distancing and masks required.

Abstract Painting

Two Day Workshop
Washington Arts Association

Washington Depot, CT
Saturday and Sunday, March 6 & 7
10am – 4pm

In this workshop, you will develop acrylic, abstract paintings through mark-making, building layers and using a variety of tools…..

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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 Journaling
10 Thursdays, January 7 – March 11, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Farmington Valley Arts Center
Avon, CT

SMALL CLASS SIZE! In this Art Journaling class, you will use various creative prompts and tools to build beautiful, unique and personal journal pages. You will learn techniques but, more importantly, you will experience how art journaling can be a deep, creative companion for your ideas, thoughts and visual expressions. It will help free your artistic spirit and provide a place to explore your creative identity….

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Mixed Media Sample

Mixed Media Abstract Painting
10 Wednesdays, January 6 – March 10, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Farmington Valley Arts Center
Avon, CT

SMALL CLASS SIZE! In this class, Heather will guide you in building beautiful abstract paintings using mixed media techniques. You will build finished pieces using paint, hand made collage papers, tools, and other mediums that will build texture and layers.

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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’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!”

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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