Classes & Workshops

Mandala Rock Painting Taught by Alison Ciarlante

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 1pm – 3pm

at Hale YMCA in the Teen Center, 9 Technology Park Drive, Putnam CT

Mandala Rock Painting Class.  Learn how to paint a Mandala Rock.  All supplies are included.  

The artist, Alison Ciarlante lives in Woodstock, CT and has been painting Mandala rocks for over 8 years.  She uses a good artist paint and dotting tools to make the mandala design. Her love of mandalas has inspired her to capture the magic of pattern, color and texture in her art. 

Painting with Beads Taught by Anna Mancini

Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27th, 1-3pm

at Hale YMCA in the Teen Center, 9 Technology Park Drive, Putnam CT

This exciting class will teach you how to reproduce a simple image in beads, to then wear as a necklace. The instructor will provide the images you can choose from, and the theme will be spring, in all its glorious colors. Come to class with an open mind and faith in your abilities as well as the instructor’s, and go home with a beautiful, unique heirloom piece! Beginners welcome. $15 fee for supplies paid directly to the instructor the first day of class.

Adventures in Watercolor Taught by Alan James

Mondays, January 23 – February 27, 2023, 10am – 12:30pm

at Hale YMCA in the Teen Center, 9 Technology Park Drive, Putnam CT

Adventures in Watercolor with Alan James: Alan will demonstrate the importance of implementing the darkest values to achieve depth in a painting as well as perspective and composition. Many times students will look at their painting and can’t put their finger on what is missing. Most of the time, they have left out the darkest values because they are intimidated by the permanency of the dark values and thus too tentative with the application of such! Through step-by-step demonstrations, instructor Alan James will show you how to overcome your fear of the dark with confidence! With an additional focus on perspective, landscape, people and still life, this is a well-rounded workshop appropriate for adults 18 years and older, with little or lots of experience painting. 

Alan James is a highly respected award-winning watercolor artist and teacher. His style is impressionistic and traditionalist with emphasis on purity of design and clear, transparent colors. His art graces the walls of many private and corporate collectors worldwide. For more information about Alan and his art please visit his website at

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS with a minimum of 6 required to hold the workshop. Registration will be accepted on a first-come basis. To reserve your place, the Event Coordinator must receive the registration form and full payment by January 13th. You will receive e-mail confirmation of your successful reservation.

After the first 10 registrations, we will maintain a waiting list in case someone is unable to attend. A materials list will be sent to those who register.

No cancelation will be accepted but a class credit will be issued if we have reached our minimum. You may transfer your registration to another member.