Windsor Art Center hosts Visual Arts Workshop at new studio

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Aug. 21, 2013
The former Windsor train station was the home of the Visual Arts Workshop.
The former Windsor train station was the home of the Visual Arts Workshop. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Windsor Art Center held its Visual Arts Workshop from Aug. 19 through 30 at Windsor Art Center Studios, located at Windsor train station.

Jeanne Manzelli is an instructor in drawing, sculpture, 3-D design and color theory at Tunxis Community College. “This week we are working on color theory in the workshop.  We are just adding to [the students’] skill set,” said Manzelli. “We are focusing on natural color. The best natural models that we have are flowers. Their leaves and flowers tell a story all of their own. The color of a leaf of a red rose is a different green than that of a yellow rose. This gives us great examples of colors that we can capture.”

The next portion of the workshop was geared more toward technique and portrait busts. For students to understand portraits or busts, they must understand bone structure, Manzelli said. This would be explored in the next week of the program.

“This is a great way for the people that are retiring now to continue their education. This is a great outreach program,” said Manzelli. “Many of the people of this particular generation are highly educated and would like to fill their days with more education. This is a great outreach program in which to do that. We are serious educators and would love to share our knowledge.”

Jane Pelton and Anne Fantone were the first to take advantage of this workshop. Pelton is from Windsor and Fantone came from Wethersfield for the day’s activity. “We have already learned some new things,” Fantone said as she displayed a water color painting that was just created. “I am happy to have a place to hone my artistic skills. We are having fun and learning.”

Cathy Doocy is a resident artist at the Windsor Art Center. “This is a great space to create pieces of art. This building has just been remodeled and it’s a great environment for creativity,” said Doocy.

According to Amanda Pawlik, the manager of the Windsor Art Center, “This is a great program with a wonderful instructor. With a maximum of 10 participants, the group will remain intimate. There are a lot of wonderful and exciting things happening at the Art Center. Sept. 4 will be a 3-D portrait workshop.”

For more information about the programs available through the Windsor Art Center, go online to

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