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Sketching in the Museum – Spring Session

March 18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

March 18 to April 15
1 to 4 pm


Back by popular demand, Hill-Stead’s sketching series returns this Spring!

Led by Connecticut Teaching Artist Jackie Jones, Sketching in the museum now offers more hours of instruction inside the historic house. During five, three-hour sessions, students will learn drawing techniques, value, composition and perspective – beginning in pencil on gray toned paper, students will then add a finish in conte pencils. Using the collection and beautiful interiors of the museum as muse, each class will take place within a different area of the historic house. This unique experience is unlike drawing in large or new gallery space at other museums – at Hill-Stead, students will be surrounded by original objects and artifacts in an intimate period setting.

To register, email Jackie ( or download, complete, and mail the Hill-Stead Sketching Registration Form


Museum Members | $155
Non-Members  | $165
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Please note
  • To register, email Pre-registration required
  • Class minimum: 6; class maximum 12
  • Bring H, HB and B pencils, conte pencils: white, gray, black (sanguine optional), kneaded eraser and a gray toned drawing pad (Strathmore 400 series, 9 x 12” or larger) to the first class, or supplies will be available for purchase at the Museum Shop..
  •  Contact Jackie ( with any other questions
  • 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.

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