Learning a visual art can teach you to see the world and yourself differently, opening doors you never thought possible
Classes and Workshops
Silver Circle offers a wide range of art classes and workshops in a variety of mediums for all ages, children through adults. We provide a friendly, non-threatening environment that encourages everyone to find their inner artist. Discover the joys and therapeutic benefits of creativity while building skills. Find out for yourself why art is so important and fun!. Please make sure to register at least one week early to secure your spot and to make sure the class has the minimum number of students to run. Last minute registrations are only accepted after the minimum has been met. Class registrations cannot be refunded when cancelling less than a week in advance.
**Please note that all classes and parties are located in our BRAND NEW art studio, which is located right next to the gallery at 75 Main Street Suite 2 **
Try a Class
Curious about a class but don't want to commit to a full session? Come and try a class out! Potential students can pop into any one of our ongoing sessions like watercolor, oil painting, or our kids classes by calling or emailing the gallery ahead of time. Cost will be pro-rated for one attendance.
Our mission at Silver Circle is to promote creativity within our community and to support the visual arts in NE Connecticut. We believe that enrichment in the arts has far-reaching effects, encouraging creative thinking, problem solving skills, and overall learning that benefits the entire community. Be a part of providing a child with an opportunity to explore his or her artistic capabilities through arts enrichment by donating to our Children's Scholarship Fund. Kids in area schools are nominated on an ongoing basis by teachers who recognize the need for a creative outlet for motivated students. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Checks can be made out to: Windham Arts, Silver Circle Art Scholarship Fund or donate using PayPal (please click in the 'name of class' box and scroll down to donation option).
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"A whole new world has opened up for me, thanks to these classes. Like many women, I find it hard to make room in my schedule for the things that I want to do. Now, Wednesday evenings are hallowed ground. For two and a half hours I get to paint and learn about the artist side of my being. What a gift to our region Silver Circle is, both for its classes and for the gallery that shows aspiring artists like me what is possible”. -Sally Rogers
"The classes are structured so that you learn at your own individual level and pace, and the teachers are amazing, talented professionals that creative a supportive encouraging environment.
The gallery itself offers inspiration and exposure to all different types of art and the student show offers us an opportunity to present our work to the public.
Silver Circle is a wonderful place to learn and explore your creativity. I know for me it has open doors that I never thought possible."— Carolyn Nadeau
“ I can’t say enough about my experience with Karen... She has helped me in so many ways – to see subjects with a painter’s eye to color, light, tones, as well as composition. As a retired teacher, I am especially appreciative of Karen’s teaching skills. She works well with students of all skill levels, sensing what each of us needs and encouraging us to develop our own style. My painting skills have greatly improved as Karen continues to challenge and stretch me in new directions”. -Paula Coughlin
Art Class Instructors
Debora Aldo is a nationally known mosaic artist who designs, fabricates and installs mosaic architectural installations for interior and exterior sites at both residential and commercial sights. She has studied with highly regarded artists instructors from France, England and across the US.She spends her days, making mosaics, teaching and creating fine art mosaics. Her mission is to ‘spread the word’ about mosaics and their enduring beauty.
As a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston, I was a Designer in Providence RI until I returned to college at ECSU to pursue a degree in Education. As a teaching assistant and chair for many enrichment programs for the past 18 years, I gained experience with all ages of children both in and out of the classroom. It is my belief that encouraging children to think creatively goes beyond paper and paint. Children who are encouraged to create and think creatively have a distinct advantage in any direction they go in life. I will never forget the feeling when a teacher encouraged me early on. It is my goal and my passion as the Children's Art Instructor at Silver Circle to encourage children to try new things, to develop their confidence and skills, so that they can do anything they set their minds and their hearts on.
Christina Cirillo graduated from Uconn with a BFA in Costume and Scenic Design for Theatre. She currently lives in Danielson and works around the state designing for theatre, as well as freelancing her art.
Carol Dunn is an award winning printmaker and photographer, specializing in alternative processes for creating artwork. Techniques include solarplate etchings, and printing altered photos on top of collage work or on handmade papers or aluminum. She exhibits frequently in the New England area and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where she vacations. She is an Elected Artist in the Norwich Arts Council, Mystic Arts Center, Connecticut Women Artists, and Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; she is an Associate Artist with the Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. Her studio, Little River Studio & Gallery, features views of the river, lots of natural light and an etching press, where she holds classes in her many techniques. She has also taught classes at QVCC (Quinebaug Valley Community College) where she received an Associate in Fine Arts degree, Manchester Community College, Mystic Arts Center, Lyme Art Association, Silver Circle Studio, Meiklem Kiln Works and the Guilford Art Center. Her work is held in private collections throughout the US, and in far flung areas including Ireland and Australia.
Lee Duval creates one-of-a-kind jewelry from Precious Metal Clay. Introduced in 1995, it has revolutionized the art of jewelry making. Having been a potter for several years, I started working with PMC several years ago with great success. After mastering the techniques, I attained my PMC Certification with the PMC Guild in April 2007. Lee is also a Usui Certified Reiki Master.
Geri Berger Haines
Geri Berger Haines majored in illustration at Paier College of Art in Connecticut. She has illustrated multiple children's magazines for Pauline Books and Media, Bayard Publications, and Paulist Press. Her latest children's book is "Fun with Puzzles and Prayers." Her best-selling children's book, "The Little Lost Lamb," has been selling for over 30 years. She resides in Northeastern Connecticut with her husband, two children and a sweet dog.
Susan Rosenstone Larrow
Susan taught for 35 years at Killingly High School, and at Woodstock Academy as Department Chair . Susan currently paints full time and exhibits regularly at local & regional galleries. "I paint the scenery at home and on my travels, often painting outside on location. The places I visit become vivid canvases of color attracting the viewer’s eye. When painting, I have always felt a sense of fulfillment, that my life was enriched and complete”. Susan now lives in East Killingly, CT where she paints the images around her.
Pam Laurenzo (Black Sheep Designs) crafts unique jewelry pieces from vintage beads, findings and other oddities. She's especially fond of patinated metals, rusty baubles, and brightly-colored Lucite. Pam "daylights" as a high school librarian and lives in Danielson with her husband, Jay, and three children.
Lindsay Shaw Lehmann
Lindsay Shaw Lehmann was born and raised in Putnam, CT. After attending Rochester Institute of Technology and earning her BA in Professional Photographic Illustration (’99), she began teaching at Pomfret School, in Pomfret, CT. At this time she also began her own business photographing weddings, portraits and corporate work. Lindsay’s photographs have been shown in galleries across New England.
Charlie DeWeese was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, graduating from The University of Texas with a BFA and earned a MA in Education from Prescott College in Arizona. DeWeese's passion of the creative process, mixed with a love of teaching in a variety of educational settings across the country, has lead him to the northeast where he teaches fiber arts to all ages. Influenced by his time living on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico and Arizona, he began to practice traditional forms of southwest art related to weaving that grew into studies of color, pattern, and design. His most recent work includes weaving, dying, felting, freestyle embroidery and silk painting. Charlie has just moved across the country, from Lummi Island, Washington and now calls Pomfret his home.
Michael Underhill attended Pratt Institute where he learned to be quietly silly. He has created toys for Kenner, Hasbro and Mattel. He has worked on Superman, Batman, Star Wars, SpongeBob, Crash Test Dummies, Care Bears, PlayDoh and many other toy lines. His comic strip Gizmos and Gadgets appeared in 32 newspapers and was a top ten finalist in the Amason.com Comic strip superstar competition. He is currently working on an animated PBS special .
Karen studied at the The Art Institute of Boston, The South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. The Fuller Museum in Brocton, MA. The Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA. and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Ma where she earned her diploma in Fine Arts. She has studied many forms of fine art including drawing, painting ceramics and monoprint. Presently her work centers on drawing and painting using oil paint, watercolor and charcoal. She currently works out of Oxford, MA. Her work has been exhibited throughout New England. When she’s not teaching or creating art she is spending time with her 2 daughters, her husband, 3 cats and a dog named “Blue”.
Virginia was educated at Rochester Institute of Technology at the School for American Craftsmen with a B.F.A. in metal crafts and jewelry making. Virginia is inspired by modern forms as well as forms from antiquity. She then sculpts or builds a model using wax, clay or metal. These models are then cast into sterling or gold and combined with stones, beads, or pearls. Each piece has a unique play of shape, space, movement, or color to produce a distinctive wearable work of art.
Inspired by the mosaic coffee table my grandmother made in the early 60’s, I have taught myself the art of mosaic and let it consume my creative being. I design decorative and functional mosaic art in my CT studio using a wide variety of materials such as glass tile, marble, smalti, stained glass, beads and recycled items to add a unique touch. My work has been exhibited from New England down to Charlotte, NC. I strive to have my mosaics add beauty to the home, garden or gallery in which they are displayed.
Alecia Barry Underhill
Alecia Barry Underhill is a professional artist specializing in equine subject matter. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in Illustration, and is an associate member of the American Academy of Equine Art. She and her husband, Michael, live on a farm in Connecticut with the horses, two cats, and their son, Max.
Ronald Zincone is is an award-winning photographer with an online business, Digital Photography Made Easy! located in Kingstown, RI. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) and a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Zincone has pursued outdoor photography for 14 years and is southern New England's #1 traveling photography teacher. His online portfolio and Bio can be viewed at www.ronaldzinconephotography.com
Laura Lehto is from Brooklyn, CT and in 2005 began studying Fine Art at Central Connecticut State University with a concentration in oil painting and art history. Although her focus has been in painting, she has an appreciation for all art forms and is always experimenting with new mediums and subject matter. Her artwork ranges from the abstract- expressionist to academic landscapes and portraiture. She has also developed a series of collages that capture the essence of iconic films and celebrities. "I love to paint things in a way that gives the sense of having tumbled through a secret doorway into a previously unseen world. I' v always been a writer and wanted to express myself and I discovered painting is my favorite way to tell a story. When I'm not traveling I turn to the grandeur of nature for inspiration and for subject matter, with a particular fondness for trees and coastal landscapes." Laura has exhibited some of her artwork at local galleries and New York City. She has also instructed art classes in Hartford and private painting workshops at the Silver Circle Gallery - exposing others to the joys of creating.
Crista Grasso is an award-winning jewelry designer and small business mentor living in Tolland, CT. She was a Fine Art major at Massachusetts College of Art and The University of Connecticut and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of CT. She is always challenging herself to learn and perfect new techniques and takes numerous classes throughout New England each year. She loves to share the skills she has learned with others and has taught numerous classes on jewelry design and small business. Her jewelry line, Amber Tortoise Jewelry, has been featured in many published articles, magazines, radio and television broadcasts and can be found online and at galleries across the Northeast. Crista is also the owner of “From Passion 2 Profit” and is dedicated to helping other artists turn their passion into a sustainable business in a way that taps into their natural creativity. When she isn’t working on new designs or helping other artists, she loves spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and their 2 dogs, Kenobi and Chewbacca.