Retirement community, Equinox Village, partners with local artist to offer art classes

Thursday December 27, 2012

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Equinox Village is thrilled to partner with local artist and art teacher Tony Conner to offer a fresh set of four art classes to the public in the first half of 2013. Conner has offered a wide array of art classes to Equinox Village residents and the general public for years, but this most recent set of classes are especially suited for beginners.

"I’m really excited about this series of classes," said Tony Conner, the instructor for the classes. "It will give anyone with an interest in art a great introduction to fundamental drawing and painting skills and techniques." The series includes Learn to Draw I, Learn to Draw II, The Easy Way to Watercolor, and Creating Your Own Original Watercolor Greeting Cards. A class list with dates, times, and details regarding what will be covered is below.

Each class includes four sessions. Learn to Draw I begins on Jan. 10 and will continue one-class-per-week through the end of the month. Classes covering other topics will run through the end of May.

Students may register for four sessions at a time for $50 or drop in (as space allows) for individual classes for $15. All of the proceeds from the classes go directly to the instructor.

Those interested in attending can contact Tony at 802-375-5548 or visit for more information about classes and materials.

Learn to Draw I 11 a. m. - 12:30 p. m. Thursdays Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2013 This class will teach the all-important skill of observation - really seeing the objects being drawn - along with developing the ability to transfer what you see to paper. Instructor Tony Conner will begin by teaching participants to see and draw basic shapes (circles, squares, rectangles and triangles) and to turn these into more complex shapes and objects. Included in the class will also be the basics of size, proportion and perspective.

Learn to Draw II 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 2013 In the second class in this drawing series, Instructor Tony Conner will help participants build on the abilities and skills developed in Learn to Draw I.

The focus will be on creating drawings of collections of multiple objects and will introduce the concept of depicting form through the use of value and shading. The Easy Way to Watercolor 11 a. m. - 12:30 p. m. Thursdays March 28, April 4, 11 and 18, 2013 If you are new to watercolor or if you have some experience with watercolor but still find it difficult, this class from Instructor Tony Conner is for you. Success in watercolor painting hinges on getting a handle on a few fundamental skills. This class will focus on learning and developing those skills while creating several paintings in the process.

Creating Your Own Original Watercolor Greeting Cards 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursdays May 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2013 Learn to create fun, compelling and unique greeting cards with Instructor Tony Conner. You’ll learn easy methods and simple watercolor techniques that can be used over and over to make your own original cards.

--- Equinox Village is a vibrant independent living community situated on eleven pristine acres in the heart of the Green Mountains’ rich cultural and recreational opportunities. Residents enjoy private, spacious apartments with exquisite views and fine dining in the community’s full-service white-tablecloth restaurant. Well-appointed common areas provide ideal places to meet family and friends and to participate in cultural events, health and wellness programs, and educational opportunities. Equinox Village was founded in 2006 by brothers Dr. Jim Russell and John Russell. They lead a team of caring professionals to offer the premier independent living experience in the region.

Tony Conner is a self-taught artist working in watercolor and a variety of other media. His favorite subjects are landscapes and seascapes, and he is especially interested in the quality of light and its effects on form, color and texture. Tony is a member of the New England and Vermont Watercolor Societies and of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He works from his studio in Bennington.


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