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Sketching at the Holidays

December 3, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sketching at HIll-Stead Museum


Three sessions: December 3, 10 & 17

Looking for a creative stress-reducer this holiday season?

Join a special edition of Hill-Stead’s popular Sketching in the Museum in December! This unique experience is unlike drawing in large or new gallery space at other museums—at Hill-Stead, you will be surrounded by original objects and artifacts in an intimate period setting.

Led by Connecticut Teaching Artist Jackie Jones, students learn helpful drawing techniques in a five-step approach, focusing on still-life and perspective in the rooms. See Hill-Stead decked out in its holiday finery and use the collections and beautiful interiors of the museum as muse.

  • Each session will feature a different place in the historic house.
  • Bring a pencil and drawing pad to class, or supplies will be available for purchase at the Museum Shop.
  • This program is recommended for advanced beginner students
  • Participants may sign up for any or all of the sessions.


Museum Members | $25 per session
Non-Members  | $30 per session
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Please note

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.

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