A generous and outgoing teacher, her individual, specific instruction make her classes a joy for anyone who has an appreciation of the artistic process. Even more, her students come away with a new way of seeing the world.
— -Student

A Dedicated Teacher

Shauna is known for her positive, effective teaching style. Her goal as a teacher is to share the techniques and information that helped her the most in her own artistic journey. Demonstrations are informative and effective, taking a blank canvas to an established painting while discussing the thought process along the way. Shauna has the gift of being able to describe what it is she is thinking as she develops a painting, and each demonstration gives new and useful information.

FentonRiver Studio in Storrs, CT:

Tuesday Open Studio, Ongoing in 2019

9:30-12:30   Painting Instruction: all levels, any medium

Join Shauna on Tuesday mornings for instruction and advice on your current project or painting problem. Rain or shine, every week brings an opportunity to develop your skills, whether beginner or expert. Shauna has won awards in drawing, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and oil, and is known for effective advice in advancing your work and your skill level. No need to sign up, just come in when you can.

The fee for three hour's instruction in a group setting is $25.00. Best deal in town! Oh, and you're invited to lunch at a local cafe after class. The studio is usually open in the afternoon to continue working without instruction, especially helpful for those who live further away.

Leaf Casting Saturdays, May through October 2019

10:00-1:00   Cast Cement Leaf or Hypertufa Forms (other times can be arranged)

Sign up for either Leaf Casting or Building a Hypertufa Container. Classes begin with a full demonstration before we start getting our hands dirty together. Each student will have a finished piece to take home at the end of the class. Fee of $50.00 includes a 3-hour class, all supplies, and a worksheet to take home with all of the information from the class. Children under age 10 need to be supervised by an adult.

Sign up is required as spaces are limited, however, other times can be arranged by request. Classes are available May through October.

Call 860-429-3646 or email fentonriver@yahoo.com for questions or to enroll.  

West Hartford, CT:

Confident Landscape: Wednesdays, through November, 2019

9:30-12:30   Confident Landscape (oil, acrylic, pastel) CLASS IS FULL Next class begins in mid-September

Program Description :

Beginning with an informative demonstration, Shauna tells her students the “what, why and how” that result in a successful painting. A materials and supplies list will be given out at the first class. With specific individual instruction, you will learn how to block in a painting in terms of shadow and light, see the most basic masses in the landscape, and understand how to use color and atmosphere. Photos, master paintings and plein air will be discussed as reference. Shauna welcomes all levels. Oil, pastel or acrylic.

Required supplies for this program:

  • A materials and supplies list will be given out at the first class. The first class is a demo, so you can just bring yourself.

For more information and to register contact  West Hartford Art League

Art Center East, Vernon, CT:

Summer class schedule

Mondays, September 16 through October 21 (6 Weeks)

9:30 — 12:00   Oil Painting — All Levels

3:00 – 5:30 PM     Confident Watercolor

Wednesdays, September 18 through October 23 (6 weeks)

2:00 – 4:00 PM Drawing