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Sketching@Hill-Stead Museum

February 5, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sketching at HIll-Stead Museum

Winter Session
Mondays from 2 to 4 pm
February 5, 12, 19, 27 & March 5.


Learn to Sketch inside the Museum

Still life is one of the oldest and most popular subjects for learning the skills of drawing and painting. It fosters looking and seeing like an artist – building an awareness of outline, shape, proportions, color, tone, texture, form, and composition.

Hill-Stead’s sketching series, led by Jackie Jones, will teach these drawing techniques in a five-step approach, using the collection and beautiful interiors of the museum as the muse. Each session will focus on a new technique and take place within different areas of the historic house.

This unique experience is unlike drawing in large and new gallery spaces of other museums.  At Hill-Stead you will be surrounded by original objects and artifacts in an intimate period setting

Sketching at Hill-Stead MuseumRegistration

  • $95 for the series (5 sessions)
Please note
  • Seating is limited seating and subject to availability.
  • Pre-registration and advance payment are required.
  • Registration deadline is by January 29.
  • Drawing boards and stools provided; drawing supplies available in the museum shop.
  • For additional courses, see Sketching@Hill-Stead

Jackie Jones’ paintings summon ephemeral moments and emotions that are conceived in nature. Her rich color palette and lively brushwork capture the scents and sounds of the land; the rushing streams, rolling surf, nesting birds, rustling grasses and salted winds of coastal New England as well as the sights and sounds of the city.

As she works from life her paintings are infused, not only, with the elements but with the people she encounters along the way. Wind, warmth, voices and memories are woven into her oils as she finds endless inspiration in her travels. Underlying the senses are scenes that also offer strong abstract compositions and excellent design. “Whatever the subject matter, I’m energized by the way light reveals essence and form; each creation a unique journey that carries its own emotive signature.” Keeping a studio in New Haven, Connecticut, she works on larger paintings when the weather is too cold paint outside but her passion is plein air. Some of her favorite places to paint include Block Island, RI, Colorado and New York City.

As a child, she studied with local artist Joseph Gionfriddo of Gilead. A former student of Guy Wiggins and James Goodwin McManus, Gionfriddo instilled in her a love of traditional oil painting. Ms. Jones earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art as well as an Associates Degree in Illustration from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She exhibits year round and is the recipient of numerous awards including “1st Prize for Outstanding Work” at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in NYC. Her work is highly collected and recently, Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut acquired a number of her paintings for their permanent collection. In addition, Jacqueline enjoys teaching at the Glastonbury Art Guild and often gives demonstrations and workshops for local art organizations. She welcomes commissions and will paint any size to your own personal vision.  For more information, see

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