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Darien Arts Center Welcomes New Visual Arts Instructor

Stephanie Lush-Mastriano is the new Visual Arts teacher at Darien Arts Center where Drawing and Painting for 10 to 14-year-olds begins Jan. 4.
Stephanie Lush-Mastriano is the new Visual Arts teacher at Darien Arts Center where Drawing and Painting for 10 to 14-year-olds begins Jan. 4. Photo Credit: Diane Farrell

DARIEN, Conn. -- Young artists can spread out on the floor or work at tables or easels in a spacious studio with a seasoned artist in Drawing and Painting beginning Wednesday, Jan. 4.

The class for 10 to 15-year-olds runs Wednesday evenings to March 15 and will be taught by DAC's new Visual Arts instructor, Stephanie Lush-Mastriano.

The center's studios are spacious and classes use a variety of media, perhaps more than in an average school's art class, said Beth Cherico, the center's Visual Arts Director.

Students will work with an array of drawing and painting techniques and materials including ink, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media. The upcoming class is open to students at any level, said Cherico.

"Our studios are bigger with better light. Our teachers are often practicing artists. We are able to work with more and they work at their own pace with no curriculum deadline,."

Lush-Mastriano is a ceramicist, painter, and mixed media artist originally from the Hartford area.

She has taught art programs at the Hartford Academy of the Arts, The Wadsworth Atheneum, The New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Westport Arts Center.

Lush-Mastriano studied Fine Arts and Art Education at Manchester Community College, Central Connecticut State University, and Southern Connecticut State University.

She encourages her students to explore different art techniques while honing skills to find their own unique style of self-expression and creativity.

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.

Click here to register for Drawing and Painting, or any other DAC class.

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