Spring 2017 Workshops

in Torrington

Study with professional artist Karen Rossi. Explore the world of art! Discover famous artists, adventure in new mediums, learn drawing and painting techniques, build sculptures.

Kids (ages 7 and up)  10am. $10

Adults (tweens and up) 12pm. $15
(adult projects have the same descirption as the kid projects, but are more complicated and use higher end materials)

Parent/Child (ages 3 and up) 2pm. $10 per project 
(work together or make your own)

Walk-in's welcome,
reservations suggested
Email us at karen@karenrossi.com or
call 860-305-6579

For more workshop photos and descirptions, visit our facebook page.


February 4th - Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar/The Mixed Up Chamoleon/Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?/A House for Hermit Crab/The Very Grouchy Ladybug/The Very Busy Spider Activity: Create your very own Eric Carle style image using paint and contact paper-- just like he does! Make your own insect, marine creature, animal, scene, or lettering inspired by the amazing body of work of this iconic author and artist.


February 11th - Textured Heart Painting: Create a tissue paper collage and use oil pastels to draw a heart. 

February 18th - Trina Schart Hyman:  Little Red Riding Hood/Sleeping Beauty/Witch Poems/The Dragon Slayer Activity: Hyman’s artwork mimics the style of medieval art. One of the biggest artistic styles of this time was illumination (the decoration of the first letter in a passage.) Make your own illumination, decorating one of your initials with paint, markers, stamps, and more for a truly classical piece of personalized artwork.

February 25thClay Critters: Using air dry clay, create your favorite animal or unique little critter! 

  March 4th - Hilary Knight: Eloise Activity: Eloise’s favorite color is pink. To make her personality clear, Hilary Knight makes his drawings black, white, and pink. Learn how to adorn your own line drawings with a single color to best express personality, mood, and environment.     


March 11th - Leprechaun Houses: Paint and decorate recycled plastic jugs with cut out windows and doors.   

March 18th - Eric Richard, James and Kim Dean: Pete the Cat series Activity: Pete loves his high top sneakers because they help him to express his cool-cat personality. Plan a design for your own dream shoes that show off your unique personality! Decorate a canvas template of high top sneakers adding paint, glitter, embroidery, and of course in Pete the Cat fashion, buttons! Bring your own real shoes to decorate if you’d like!

March 25th - Cherry Blossom Painting:  Ring in spring by painting a vibrant cherry blossom using your fingertips!

April 1st - Mosaic Treasure Chest: Adorn a small wooden chest with mosaics. 

April 8th - Jan Brett: The Mitten/The Gingerbread Baby/The Three Snow Bears Activity: The most recognizable part of Jan Brett’s illustrations is the way she frames her images. The borders are pictures themselves that add the story. Transform your stories by framing your photos and art pieces with a custom decorated frame! 


April 15th - Nature's Paint Brush: Celebrate Earth day by creating unique paintings using paint brushes made from elements of nature (leaves, sticks, flowers, etc.)


April 22nd - Victoria Kann: Pinkalicious series/Goldalicious  Activity: In Victoria Kann’s Pinkalicious, readers learn the importance of balance in life. When things get a little too pink, Pinkalicious has to get more of pink’s complementary color, green. Bring a little more balance to your life by painting and building a stick statue using your favorite color and it’s complementary match.


April 29th - Pinatas, Masks, and Pennants: Make mini piñatas, colorful masks, and paper cut-out pennants to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  


May 6th - Kevin Henkes: Wemberly Worried/Chrysanthemum/Lilly’s Plastic Purple Purple/Sheila Rae the Brave  Activity: Sculpt paper to create your own bouquet of chrysanthemums by creating various unique paper version of the flower. Makes the perfect gift for moms, grandmothers, or teachers!


May 13th - Line Art Flowers: Start by painting a watercolor background.  Draw line art flowers over the dried watercolors to create a beautiful simplistic effect.  


May 20th - Paper Mosaic Flag: Make a large American flag using various cut paper.  Learn about how to create value using paper cut outs. 



Second Sundays

Workshops the second Sunday of the month at the Torrington Studio

Please sign up to reserve your space
Email us at karen@karenrossi.com
or call 860-305-6579
Sign up is also available through Education Connection
under Adult Educatio, search by Karen Rossi Studios under location

February 12th - Mosaics: Create a mini mural 12" x 12" with glass and ceramic materials.

March 12th - Make your own Fanciful Flight Garden Angel: Create your own garden angel to help keep those weeds away. Enjoy deorating one of Karen's famous metal flying people and make it your own. Bring your broken jewlery if you'd like to add a special touch.


April 9th - Metal Flowers: Create aluminum flowers from flashing, electrical conduit, and wire. Learn to use Karen's hand tools to create cold attachments for multilayered pieces. Spray paint them at home for an extremely colorful touch to your garden.

Metal Flowers

May 14th - Red, White, and Blue: Make a flag to celebrate the upcoming patriotic holidays out of wooden paint mixers.  For added inspiration: use buttons, beads, mosaics, or fabric to add a personalized touch.  Please bring your jars of old buttons or any miscellaneous craft doodads to help personalize your piece.

Red White and Blue


27 East Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790

Learn more about the Torrington Studio Here.





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