Calendar

Jun
16
Wed
Figure Drawing via Zoom @ Zoom Videoconferencing
Jun 16 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Figure drawing via Zoom

This will be a digital session. Register here.

Sessions will meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month

Time:
6:15 – 9:00 PM, Eastern Time
3:15 – 6:00 PM, Pacific Time
If you live between the 2 coasts or outside of the USA, be sure to adjust for your time zone.

Cost*:
Members: $7.00
Non-members: $10.00

*We are a membership-based organization. Members enjoy discounts to figure drawing, Long Pose Figure Study and other activities. These discounts also include submission fees for shows and online and in-person workshops. An “Artist” membership is $35.00 annually. Visit our membership application to join.

Please note: registrations from non members who use the member discount will be treated as incomplete until the $3.00 balance is paid, or a membership is purchased.

The first 20-minute block begin with the model taking 1- to 2-minute poses to get everyone warmed up. After the first break, we will move to 5- & 10-minute poses the remainder of the session will be 20-minute poses. Artists may suggest poses to the model to ensure variety.

When you register and pay, you will be sent an email acknowledging receipt of your registration. If you don’t get the email, check your SPAM folder. If Payment was completed, you will be sent the meeting link and password in a separate email.


Attendees will access the session via the Zoom videoconferencing website and app.

You will need to visit the Zoom website to create a free account and download the app (when prompted).

To avoid connection issues, it is recommended that you make sure you make sure your computer or device has a built-in camera and microphone. Alternatively, you can use a webcam and an audio headset.

Use this page to join a test meeting to test your connection and if your browser is compatible. The larger your computer’s, or device’s screen, the more clearly you will see the model.

Attendees must be 18 years of age or older.

Read our refund policy on our Zoom Figure Drawing Terms & Conditions page

Register here

Jun
19
Sat
Creative Writing: Poetry (June 19) @ Zoom Videoconferencing
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

1 session
Online (Zoom) Workshop

Saturday, June 19
10:00am – 1:00pm Eastern Time
7:00 – 10:00am Pacific Time

Cost:
Arts Alliance of Stratford members: $30
Non members: $35

(7 student minimum)

Beginner to advanced writers welcome.

The medium of poetry thrives on vivid imagery and description. But not just visual imagery, any “image” or description that activates any of the five senses, taste, smell, touch, or sound as well. In this workshop you will learn how to make each line of your poem meaningful, dripping with wisdom, or mystery, or humor, and how to punctuate or highlight that meaning through the use of specific line breaks and punctuation. We will examine a few famous poems in detail and then we will spend time writing and workshopping our own poetic masterpieces. 

About the instructor

Brian Hogan is a guest lecturer and program coordinator at Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Film/TV & Screenwriting Program. He has released multiple award-winning short films and a two-hour award winning TV pilot screenplay. He is also a Creativity and Clarity Coach specializing in helping artists and creatives find clarity and move past blocks as they discover and honor their own artistic processes. For more about Brian see www.LifeStoryHacking.com.

 

Register for this online workshop below

Jun
20
Sun
The Shakespeare Market @ Shakespeare Park
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Shakespeare Market PartnershipOn Sunday, June 20, Arts Alliance of Stratford will partner with The Shakespeare Market on the grounds of Stratford’s Shakespeare Park.

Alliance Music Director Colin Healy has curated a lineup of musicians and bands including Walkingwood Mandolin Quartet, Shannon McMahon, David Coller, Myra and Colin Healy, Samantha Feliciano and Storytime Bob Edwards.

The event also features over 40 craft vendors and food trucks!

For more details and the full schedule, visit: https://www.makemusicday.org/stratford/shakespeare-market

Jun
21
Mon
Make Music Day Stratford @ Shakespeare Park
Jun 21 @ 3:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Make Music Day Stratford @ Shakespeare Park

The exciting news for 2021 is that this year we are back in person!

There will be an Artisan’s Market around the circle of the roadway of Shakespeare Park with many vendors and 6 food trucks for picnic dinners while watching and listening to live music while enjoying the views of the Housatonic River at sunset.

Performers: Drop Party, The 34s, Ursula & Alex, Mike Hatfield, YOtisse Family Band.

Food Trucks: Shoreline Prime, Micalizzi Italian Ice, Calandrelli Kettle Corn, Silver Sands Pizza, Paradise Island (Spanish & American) & the Melting Truck (Gourmet Gridded Cheese).

Go to: https://www.makemusicday.org/stratford for the performance schedule and more Make Music Day information.

Make Music Day is a FREE celebration of music around the world each year on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. All of it is free and open to the public.

Jun
23
Wed
Long Pose Figure Study on Zoom @ Zoom Videoconferencing
Jun 23 @ 5:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Long Pose Figure Study on Zoom

This will be a digital session. Register here.

Sessions will meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month

Time:
5:45 – 9:00 PM, Eastern Time
2:45 – 6:00 PM, Pacific Time
If you live between the 2 coasts, be sure to adjust for your time zone.

Cost*:
Arts Alliance of Stratford members: $7.00
Non-members: $10.00

*We are a membership-based organization. Members enjoy discounts to figure drawing, Long Pose Figure Study and other activities. These discounts also include submission fees for shows and online and in-person workshops. An “Artist” membership is $35.00 annually. Visit our membership application to join.

Please note: registrations from non members who use the member discount will be treated as incomplete until the $3.00 balance is paid, or a membership is purchased.

Join us for an extended pose with a professional model. Artists can focus more deeply on the finer details of the figure and explore light and shadow.

The first 20-minute block begin with the model taking 2- to 5-minute poses to get everyone warmed up. The remainder of the session will be a single pose. The moderator will set the pose, but suggestions from the artists are welcome.

When you register and pay at the form below, you will be sent an email with the meeting link. If you don’t get the email, check your SPAM folder.


Attendees will access the session via the Zoom videoconferencing app.

You will need to visit the Zoom website to create a free account and download the app (when prompted).

To avoid connection issues, it is recommended that you make sure you make sure your computer or device has a built-in camera and microphone. Alternatively, you can use a webcam and an audio headset.

Use this page to join a test meeting to test your connection and if your browser is compatible.

The session will be online at 5:45 PM EST / 3:45 PST to give all participants time to join the meeting. The larger your computer’s, or device’s screen, the more clearly you will see the model.

You must submit the form below to get the link for the figure drawing session.

Attendees must be 18 years of age or older.

Read our refund policy on our Zoom Figure Drawing Terms & Conditions page.

Complete the registration here

Jun
26
Sat
Imagination Practice (June 26) @ Zoom Videoconferencing
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

1 session
Online (Zoom) Workshop

Saturday, June 26
10:00am – 1:00pm Eastern Time
7:00 – 10:00am Pacific Time

Cost:
Arts Alliance of Stratford members: $30
Non members: $35

(7 student minimum)

Beginner to advanced artists of any medium welcome.

Like any muscle, your imagination gets stronger with use and weaker when neglected. Using specially designed tools to unlock the power of your creativity we will journey deep into the realm of your subconscious mind, strengthen the parts of your brain in charge of imagination and practice exercises and tools the help artists that work in any medium liberate their artistic impulses from their second-guesser mind. Whether you’re a writer or a painter, a chef or a trapeze artist, a mom or a model, these fun and practical exercise will set your brain on fire, melt creative blocks and become part of your creativity tool box for the rest of your life. 

About the instructor

Brian Hogan is a guest lecturer and program coordinator at Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Film/TV & Screenwriting Program. He has released multiple award-winning short films and a two-hour award winning TV pilot screenplay. He is also a Creativity and Clarity Coach specializing in helping artists and creatives find clarity and move past blocks as they discover and honor their own artistic processes. For more about Brian see www.LifeStoryHacking.com.

 

Register for this online workshop below

Jul
3
Sat
Creative Writing: Write a Screenplay in 3 Hours Using a Piece of Your Life Story (July 3) @ Zoom Videoconferencing
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

1 session
Online (Zoom) Workshop

Saturday, July 3
10:00am – 1:00pm Eastern Time
7:00 – 10:00am Pacific Time

Cost:
Arts Alliance of Stratford members: $30
Non members: $35

(7 student minimum)

Beginner to advanced writers welcome.

In this fun and exciting marathon masterclass writers of all levels will leave with a completed rough draft of a 3-5 page short film screenplay about one small piece of their life. The story can be told as fiction or non-fiction.  

We will learn how to write in proper screenplay format (attendees will be instructed to sign up for a FREE Writer’s Duet account). We will also discover what fills a story with drama vs. what causes us to mentally check out.  We will learn how to sequence events, and allow our stories to unfold in the most compelling way possible for our audience.  

If you like good movie but loathe waisting time on bad movies then this class will give you the inside scoop on how screenwriters manipulate expectations, build suspense and shock or delight us with twists and turns.  Put down the remote and pick up a pen. It’s time your story came to life. 

About the instructor

Brian Hogan is a guest lecturer and program coordinator at Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Film/TV & Screenwriting Program. He has released multiple award-winning short films and a two-hour award winning TV pilot screenplay. He is also a Creativity and Clarity Coach specializing in helping artists and creatives find clarity and move past blocks as they discover and honor their own artistic processes. For more about Brian see www.LifeStoryHacking.com.

 

Register for this online workshop below

Jul
6
Tue
July Monthly Arts Networking Meeting @ Zoom Videoconferencing
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Theme Challenge: The Cat’s Meow

Join us at the July Monthly meeting of  Arts Alliance of Stratford meet and network with other local creative people.

The June/July challenge is “The Cat’s Meow.” Use the photo of a cat peering out of a dark opening as your inspiration and a creative launching point to create your own unique interpretation. You can download your own copy from Pixabay.com.

Use the mystery of the image as your inspiration. What is holding the cat’s gaze? What is the cat inside of?

Grab your paints, pencils, writing pad or other creative implements and make something inspired by the cat’s intense stare or its focused eyes. Use the mood of the photo to create something unique. Follow your imagination where it takes you.

The challenge is open to visual art, writing, poetry, music or performance.

Each month the challenge theme is announced at the end of the monthly meeting. The finished Cat’s Meow will be presented at the July meeting.


Share some of your artwork

  • Ask for advice if you are stalled on a piece and don’t know how to proceed
  • Have you attended an online figure group (doesn’t have to be ours)? show us some of your figure work.
  • Have some recent work? let us see it.

Guests are welcome to share work for a total of 2 meetings. If you would like to continue to participate, please consider becoming a member. Members enjoy discounts and other benefits for workshops, shows and other Alliance events

Free to attend but you must register for the meeting below.

The Zoom link and password will be emailed to you

  • City, State

Jul
7
Wed
Figure Drawing via Zoom @ Zoom Videoconferencing
Jul 7 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Figure drawing via Zoom

This will be a digital session. Register here.

Sessions will meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month

Time:
6:15 – 9:00 PM, Eastern Time
3:15 – 6:00 PM, Pacific Time
If you live between the 2 coasts or outside of the USA, be sure to adjust for your time zone.

Cost*:
Members: $7.00
Non-members: $10.00

*We are a membership-based organization. Members enjoy discounts to figure drawing, Long Pose Figure Study and other activities. These discounts also include submission fees for shows and online and in-person workshops. An “Artist” membership is $35.00 annually. Visit our membership application to join.

Please note: registrations from non members who use the member discount will be treated as incomplete until the $3.00 balance is paid, or a membership is purchased.

The first 20-minute block begin with the model taking 1- to 2-minute poses to get everyone warmed up. After the first break, we will move to 5- & 10-minute poses the remainder of the session will be 20-minute poses. Artists may suggest poses to the model to ensure variety.

When you register and pay, you will be sent an email acknowledging receipt of your registration. If you don’t get the email, check your SPAM folder. If Payment was completed, you will be sent the meeting link and password in a separate email.


Attendees will access the session via the Zoom videoconferencing website and app.

You will need to visit the Zoom website to create a free account and download the app (when prompted).

To avoid connection issues, it is recommended that you make sure you make sure your computer or device has a built-in camera and microphone. Alternatively, you can use a webcam and an audio headset.

Use this page to join a test meeting to test your connection and if your browser is compatible. The larger your computer’s, or device’s screen, the more clearly you will see the model.

Attendees must be 18 years of age or older.

Read our refund policy on our Zoom Figure Drawing Terms & Conditions page

Register here

Jul
10
Sat
Arts Alliance of Stratford Writers’ Group @ Sterling House Community Center
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Calling all writers!

Arts Alliance of Stratford Writers' Group Please join us for the May Writer’s Group meeting. In-person attendees will meet at our new home at Sterling House Community Center.

Meets the second Saturday of each month.

Please note: Due to COVID restrictions, we can’t allow unregistered walk-in attendees at the in person meeting. You must register by 9pm the evening before a meeting if you would like to attend in person.

Alliance member, Brian Hogan is heading up this new event. Brian Hogan is a guest lecturer and program coordinator at Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Film/TV & Screenwriting Program. He has released multiple award-winning short films and a two-hour award-winning TV pilot screenplay. He is also a Creativity and Clarity Coach specializing in helping artists and creatives find clarity and move past blocks as they discover and honor their own artistic processes.

Join us Saturday, June 12th – You may attend this event in person (masked and adherence to social distancing, required), or via Zoom. In person attendance is limited to 6 persons and registration for in person attendance must be completed by 9pm the evening before each meeting. Registration for Zoom attendance may continue right up until the meeting time.

Additional dates:
Saturday, June 12, 2021 10:00 AM (this session will be online ONLY)
Saturday, July 10, 2021 10:00 AM

Saturday, August 14, 2021 10:00 AM

$10 suggested donation in the registration form below.

Pre-registration is required.

If you would like to attend via Zoom for the first time, you must register below for the zoom link.
If you would like to attend a meeting in-person, you must register below.
If you would like to attend via Zoom and have previously registered for the Writer’s’ Group via Zoom, you do not need to re-register below. You may use the zoom link already provided to you.
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