ShawnaLee Kwashnak

ShawnaLee K.

Middlebury, CT

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn to draw anything! Classes are taught in a kind caring way with a goal of helping each student to make gains at their own pace. ShawnaLee has been teaching art to students of all ages and abilities for over 26 years. Specializing in Portraiture of pets and people, and skilled in landscapes, still lives, creative drawing, etc.. Getting stuck on a drawing? Want to learn about media? Need help with anatomy? ShawnaLee can help! Get started today! Thanks!
I look forward to helping to improve your drawing skills!
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ShawnaLee delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I have been a Girl Scout Leader since 2007 and lead two amazing troops #64146 & 64171. I mention this as Girl Scout leaders go through an extensive background check.
I am professional Portrait artist specializing in portraits of pets and people and am also skilled at drawing and painting landscapes, homes, still lives, etc. I love working with varied media and finding ways of helping people to understand and improve their skills.
I have taught art lessons since 1992, and was the Youth program director and instructor at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists in Ridgefield for several years. I currently teach privately and through venues such as Arts Escape in Southbury CT and Foothills EdAdvance.
I am a board member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, and member of the Richter Association for the Arts, SCAN, and serve as a Volunteer Horse Patrol.
I have been a partner to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society since 2011 and have used my art to help support animal shelters throughout CT including DAWS, Whiskers, ROAR, CT Draft Horse Rescue, Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center etc.
I am skilled in teaching art to people of all ages and abilities including special needs, Gifted and Talented youth, retirees looking to improve their skills, etc.

I am looking forward to sharing my love and joy of art with you!

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Jun 1996 - Present
Private Business

ShawnaLee has a degree in illustration from Western Connecticut State University. She has create numerous illustrations throughout the years including front cover of Connecticut Horse Magazine's May/June issue 2017, and article illustrations for April/May for Massachusetts Horse Magazine.

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Art Instructor
Jan 1992 - Present
Private Business

ShawnaLee has been teaching art lessons since 1992. Starting out as the Youth Art Director for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, ShawnaLee developed and taught numerous courses and created a flourishing youth program at the Guild. She continues today teaching privately from her studio, local venues, and through the Middlebury Congregational Church's Vacation Bible School to artists of all ages and abilities.
ShawnaLee has taught through the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Naugatuck YMCA, Watermark at East Hill, ArtsEscape, Foothills Continuing education, private events and demonstrations in addition to privately through her studio.

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A pet portrait in Graphite pencil. Learn how to draw pets!  Lessons include how to create lifelike eyes, nose, fur, expression etc..

ShawnaLee's artwork and passion for helping animals as guest on TV Pound Posse presents!
What kinds of pencils and erasers do you use? Would you like to learn how an artist uses these tools?
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