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January 10 onwards, Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm


All are welcome to join new drop-in sketch nights at the Carriage Barn, led by Carriage Barn member and artist Vanessa Curri.  Work on a different still life composition in pencil/charcoals each week using newsprint technique.  Sessions are accessible for all skill levels and no experience is necessary.   Come work with others in a relaxed and supportive environment.  If desired, BYO snack/beverage of choice.


Cost is $15 for Carriage Barn members and students (age 25 & under) / $25 for non-members.  Bring your own supplies, pencil and kneaded erasers only please.  Stools and drawing boards will be provided.


Vanessa is a resident of New Canaan and mother of four children.
She received her BFA in Art History at York University 2003 and has been drawing since her early teens.  During University, Vanessa worked in Toronto Habourfront Center and developed a summer art class for kids, later participating in and leading classes and open-sessions as Ottawa School of Art, Toronto School of Art, Putney School Art & Design, UK, Guildford Art Center, UK and Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan.
“I combine my love of drawing and mark-making with my appreciation for the community that surrounds art-making, the discourse and the process of sharing and learning.  Art is primarily a language to connect in a meaningful way, and my desire is to help youth and adults tap into their curiosity about mark-making, trust what they see and find techniques to express it.  It is always a push-pull with that inner-critique… but it’s liberating to quieten it sometimes, it does not have to be at the forefront for everything!”

About the Carriage Barn

The mission of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, Inc. is to promote the visual and performing arts, and to enrich the community through exhibitions, education, and cultural experiences, and to operate the Carriage Barn Arts Center.


Keep in Touch

Carriage Barn Arts Center
Waveny Park
681 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840

(203) 594-3638

[email protected]