Workshops/Classes Archive

have moved to a new location in Litchfield, Connecticut!
 The new studios are currently in the process of being constructed. Our New England Winter weather has not made this a speedy process!:)!  

We are looking forward to re- opening in the early summer with some new classes.
This spring we will re- offer our Consultation  and Critique sessions. 
Thank you all for your interest and support! 

Individual Consultation/Critique or Instruction

Topics such as portfolio development for art students or identifying personal conceptual directions  for a body of work for artists, along with  technical and compositional instruction will be offered on an individual basis.

$65.00 per 1.5 hour session.
Specialized small group sessions may be arranged on request.

For Registration

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"Spring has Come" - Zufar Bikbov
MAY  2014 !New Workshop!

"Painting the Spring Woods and River Waters" 
with Russian Artist 
Zufar Bikbov
  It's time to dust off the field easels and prepare to get outside again! 
We are offering a great way for artists interested in painting the natural world to jump start their skill set for the outdoor painting season.Blue Horse Arts Studio is pleased to announce a Landscape Painting Workshop conducted by Russian Artist Zufar Bikbov.  Designed for the intermediate painter,this talented artist will help you develop a solid approach to painting the elusive Spring landscape in Plein Air. Zufar will be offering this weekend workshop on May 17th-and 18th. 
Heminway Pond at Blue Horse Arts Studio  May

The workshop will be a combined indoor/outdoor experience.A majority of the instruction will be conducted in the comfort of studio with the opportunity to paint in plein air. The Heminway Pond is located right outside and can be viewed through the studio windows. It is truly the best of both worlds!
The workshop will cover;
1. Creating dynamic compositions in the field and from reference.
2. Addressing details through each step of painting.
3. Balancing water transparency and reflection while painting a river view.
4. Trees in spring. Light and gentle foliage.

The workshop will be held from 9AM - 5PM with an hour break for lunch. Space is limited to ensure personal attention so it is suggested that interested artists reserve their spots early.

The introductory  tuition is $250.00. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required by May 10th.  We accept payment through Paypal, Credit card, check, or cash. 
Please make checks payable to Blue  Horse Arts Studio.

 For More Info 860-417-3243 or email
Meig's Point- Zufar Bikbov

B.Grady  "Back of the Studio"  Oil on Canvas



For Registration
 or Information Email
or Call 860-417-3243
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Hollis Dunlap

Hollis encourages a perceptual approach to  the figure,  ground in classical  tradition, that allows the student make more informed color choices and implement practical strategies for modeling form.

" This workshop will demonstrate several approaches to painting the figure from life in a traditional style. Working with a long pose over the course of 2 days, Mr. Dunlap will demonstrate various painting methods from under-painting to direct and spontaneous application of paint. We will focus on creating a convincing sense of 3-dimensional form by looking closely at light effects, proportions, edges, and essential anatomical landmarks. Painters will be encouraged to build the sense of form from the largest masses first, to create a sense of finish to the painting before small details are added. Students will be encouraged to draw accurately, using major angles, as well as to study how the surrounding space influences the color and form of the figure. We will study the careful use of thick and thin paint in the manner of painters such as Rembrandt and Rubens, while exploring more naturalistic color effects in the style of impressionists like Pisarro and Monet, merging aspects of both styles for a modern and dynamic painting."

Hollis Dunlap
The price of the Two day Intensive is $350.The class will be held from 9-4 pm each day with a lunch break between 12 and 1pm.
For registration information for this class contact Bridget Grady at Blue Horse Arts Studio, email or call 860-417-3243. A 50% deposit is required for registration. Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited.

Hollis Dunlap, an emerging presence in the contemporary art scene, is a graduate of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and currently member of its faculty. As an undergraduate at the academy he was the awarded First Prize at New York's National Arts Club exhibition two years in a row.  He has been featured art  in Fine Art Connoisseur and a number of web publications central to the contemporary figurative movement. Hollis is represented by galleries in New York, Boston, Colorado, and San Francisco. Please visit his website at to view his extraordinary paintings!

Tuesday Evening 6PM - 8PM   
Thursday Evening 6PM-8:30PM Drawing and Painting Foundations for Adults 

On Going Foundation Course Descriptions 

These classes are open enrollment. Our class size is kept small assuring personal attention at whatever level you are starting at. The beginning student is always welcome!!

Drawing and Painting Foundations
Graphite on Paper by B.GRADY
This course is designed for all levels, from the complete novice to the experienced artist looking to revisit fundamental principles of drawing and design. Working from a variety of still life set ups and natural objects the student will be introduced to the concepts of line, shape, form, value, gesture, proportion, and perspective. This course demystifies the “Secrets” of drawing believable objects by cultivating observational skills that translate three-dimensional objects, both natural and man-made, into a two-dimensional drawing. This process is often referred to as “learning to see”. This technique of “seeing” enables the individual to successfully execute an accurate representation of the observed subject through simple exercises and guided practice.


First Cast Drawing, Work in Progress - Student age 16



This course is geared towards young artists who are considering applying to art school. It is also open to those who, in general, wish to improve their drawing and painting skills. Getting an application portfolio prepared is a critical step in securing a position in the college of your choice. Application committees look not only at grades but also the quality of the students work both in terms of skill and critical thinking. Students who are well prepared with both compositional theory and observational skills have a better chance in the competition for school placement.
This course is  also appropriate for those not seeking art school placement.
The instructor is Connecticut State Certified (Professional Level Art 042), who has also taught at the University level with experience in the admission portfolio review process.

Tuesday Evenings 6PM- 8PM On- Going
 Materials:   9” x 12” sketchbook, 18” x24”, drawing pad, graphite pencils,HB,2B, kneaded erasers, sharpener. As the student progresses a material list for specific projects will be arranged.
Monthly Tuition: 100.00