DARIEN — Stephanie Lush-Mastriano has been teaching art to children since she was a teenager 20 years ago.

But the Hartford ceramicist, painter and mixed media artist never let things get boring. So when Jill Sarber, her co-worker at the Westport Art Center, recommended she work at the Darien Arts Center, Lush-Mastriano gave it a shot.

Lush-Mastriano is now teaching Drawing and Painting for 10-15-year-olds at the Darien Arts Center every Wednesday evening from January through mid-March. Students will explore different techniques while learning how to tap into their own creativity to express themselves through art. Students will discover these skills using ink, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. They’ll also try out a variety of drawing and painting techniques.

“My favorite thing about teaching is when you see that magic that happens when an art student has that "Aha" moment when they achieve something that brings their art to life,” Lush-Mastriano said.

Lush-Mastriano herself studied fine arts and arts education at Manchester Community College, Central Connecticut State University, and Southern Connecticut State University. She’s also taught before at the Hartford Academy of the Arts, The Wadsworth Atheneum, the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Westport Arts Center.

More Information

To register for Drawing and Painting, or any other DAC classes, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.

“I have a diverse teaching style, showing both traditional techniques and encouraging experimentation with different materials,” she said. “I think art should be a fun and unique experience while building on a foundation of technical skill.”

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