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Plein Air Drawing and Painting Workshop

posted Jul 6, 2020, 2:09 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated ]

Join us for this in-person, outdoor visual arts workshop! 

Darien Arts Center, in Partnership with The Darien Land Trust and 
The Darien Nature Center Present: 

Plein Air Drawing and Painting with Nancy McTague-Stock 
Saturday, July 25th, 9:30-11:30am | $60 | Adults 
RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 26th, 9:30AM-11:30AM
Location: Cherry Lawn Park, near the Gazebo. Parking available in the Nature Center Parking Lot.

Join artist and DAC instructor Nancy McTague-Stock for a plein air painting and drawing class at the beautiful Cherry Lawn Park. The tradition of painting outside has a rich history, famed in Connecticut by the Cos Cob and Lyme painting colonies from the 1890's. Come join us and continue the tradition! Nancy will bring her favorite portable mediums: graphite pencil, colored pencil and watercolor for demonstration. The DAC will provide graphite pencil, watercolor, brush and paper. Feel free to bring any additional art supplies. Also, please bring a small folding chair, sunscreen and a bottle of water. If you have questions, please email Emily Altman at emily@darienarts.org.

CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted Jun 23, 2020, 11:02 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 23, 2020, 11:03 AM ]

Congrats to these very talented artists! 

Take Time to Smell the Flowers 
By Gigi Barrett 

Oil on Canvas Board depicts a sweet scene of a young girl in a garden filled with fragrant flowers 

Someone to You 
Piano and vocal performance by Isabella Allen 


CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted Jun 11, 2020, 11:31 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 11, 2020, 11:46 AM ]

This week's featured submissions to CREATED IN PLACE are:  

Mountains and Clouds 

By Kaitlin La Du  

"At home I’ve gotten the time to improve on my editing in photography. This one I took back in Colorado was great to play around with and try many new things."


A guitar piece from Miles Davis

By Hannah Bang

Click on the image and scroll down to see the video!

CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted Jun 3, 2020, 12:09 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 3, 2020, 12:20 PM ]

Here are this week's featured entries to CREATED IN PLACE!   

Pink Explosion 
By Nancy Breakstone 

Staying safe at home and finding so many fun things to shoot around my property.

Sunset Palm Trees
By Kate Knightly

Sunset palm trees in Florida.

CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted May 28, 2020, 9:03 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 28, 2020, 9:05 AM ]

Congrats to this week's featured submissions! 

The Front Steps Project - Darien 

By Mary Wade 

I started "The Front Steps Project" here in Darien on March 29, 2020. Other local photographers followed suit. I also took photos of businesses that were open for online and phone orders. These are my photos... 

Starry Night

By Brooke Ruby Moyers

Acrylic paint on canvas painted at home by Brooke Ruby Moyers, 4th Grade Holmes Elementary School

CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted May 22, 2020, 7:02 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 22, 2020, 7:37 AM ]


By Caroline Wygal 

Painting of a butterfly 


Viva La Vida 

By Polina Melnick 

Click on the photo to see the video! 

A piece from “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. These words are more important than ever. “I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing...”

Congrats to Caroline and Polina for having this week's featured submissions to Created in Place!

CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted May 14, 2020, 10:53 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 14, 2020, 10:57 AM ]

Congratulations to Marabella Zullo and Susan Prentice for having this week's featured submissions to Created in Place, the DAC's virtual showcase!  

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe  
By Marabella Zullo   

Marabella made this in her online DAC class, 'Draw Your Favorite Recipe"!   

By Susan Prentice

This is an 24x30 oil painting on canvas.

"If you look carefully, you can see a solitary figure in the window on the right. This painting is all about social isolation even while living in a seemingly perfect location."
-Susan Prentice

We encourage all ages to enter Created in Place!

Call for Entries: CREATED IN PLACE, DAC’s Virtual Showcase

posted Apr 30, 2020, 11:34 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 11, 2020, 7:27 AM ]

Submissions sought for creative time capsule! In line with our mission of providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community, the Darien Arts Center is excited to announce the opening of a virtual showcase and call for submissions from all ages. Created In Place was borne out of the realization that there is an abundance of creativity in the community resulting from recent time spent in quarantine. “As we’ve sat at home, we’ve seen everything from painted rocks, to food photography and bread recipes, to funny videos and pictures of tender moments. We’d love to capture the creative expressions of this time in our community’s history,” DAC Visual Arts Director Emily Altman commented. “Any creative submission is welcome.”

“This is a time like no other that we have seen in our lifetimes. Although it is not what anyone could have expected, there have been uplifting and heartwarming glimpses of humanity, with first responders rising up to the occasion, people organizing meal deliveries like David Genovese and Corbin Cares, and expressions of appreciation, like the pink ribbons hung around town and the blaring of horns on Saturday nights. Additionally, we’ve been working and teaching kids at home and really experiencing lots of emotions. We’ve all had to creatively deal with this moment. We’d love to capture it all in submissions from the community. We are opening up the virtual showcase to all, with no fee for submitting entries, in hopes of getting a large representation of what people have created in place,” added DAC Executive Director Amy Allen.

All submissions will become part of the Created in Place showcase on our website, with highlights featured on social media and in email blasts each week. All ages may submit photographs, artwork or videos (including performances) of any creative expression into Created In Place.

Enter as many times as you wish - multiple submissions welcome!

For questions, call us at (203) 655-8683! 

New! Pop Pilates for Teens and Adults

posted Apr 20, 2020, 7:15 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 20, 2020, 7:17 AM ]

Now, teens and adults can join Jordan Cassetta in a total body mat-based equipment-free workout, inspired by classical Pilates! Pop Pilates is a fusion of ab-chiseling and total body defining moves to upbeat music.

Pop Pilates
With Jordan Cassetta, for Teens, Adults
Wednesdays, April 22-May 27 | 4-5pm | $10/Class

Please call us at (203) 655-8683 if you have questions or any difficulty signing up. We are happy to help you!

Virtual Sip & Sketch, April 30th, 7-8:30pm

posted Apr 20, 2020, 7:07 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 20, 2020, 7:19 AM ]

Adults, bring a glass of wine, pencil and paper, and grab some friends for a virtual Sip and Sketch! Celebrate spring by using images of flowers for inspiration as DAC instructor Stephanie Lush-Mastriano leads the group through sketching techniques. Feel free to bring colored pencils as well if you have them, but they are not required. Images will be sent via email prior to class, but you may also use your own images for inspiration.
Fee for the workshop is $15.

Sip and Sketch
With Stephanie-Lush Mastriano 
Thursday, April 30th, 7-8:30pm | $15 | For Adults

Please call us at (203) 655-8683 if you have questions or any difficulty signing up. We are happy to help you!

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