Adult Workshops

Visual Arts Workshops



Finished Painting




WHEN: April 27th 9:30-4:00

Nils Johnson is an oil painter, pianist, and lawyer who has kindly offered to demonstrate his incredible underpainting technique for the Center for the Arts community on Saturday April 27th from 9:30 to 11:30am at Whipple Hall 

(open to the public). 

This demonstration will be followed from 12:00 to 4pm by an “Underpainting in Oils” workshop for interested artists. There is space for up to 12 artists at Whipple Hall. 

Artists need to sign up in advance through CFA. 

Nils art workshop will be $30 for artist members of CFA ($55 for non members).

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Ballroom Dance for Beginners!

4 week workshop (4 sessions)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, January 7th
Monday, January 14th
Monday, January 21st
Monday, January 28th

A dance made popular during World War II and danced to the music of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller. Swing traces its roots to the original swing dance, Lindy Hop, (also called Jitterbug and Swing). 

4 week workshop (4 sessions)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, February 4th
Monday, February 11th
Monday, February 18th
Monday, February 25th

The Fox trot is the dance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This dance originated in 1913 when a vaudeville performer by the name of Harry Fox performed a little trot. This smooth and elegant dance is extremely versatile and can be danced to a variety of musical styles. It is the easiest smooth dance and is popular with beginners and advanced dancers alike. In this class you will learn the basics of Foxtrot. 

4 week workshop (4 sessions)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, March 4th
Monday, March 11th
Monday, March 18th
Monday, March 25th

The Rumba is often referred to as the “dance of love”. It is a non-progressive dance which features a hip action known as “Cuban Motion”. It is danced to slow, romantic music with a Latin beat. Rumba is derived from the Afro-Caribbean dance “Son” and has been popular in this country as a ballroom dance since the 1930’s.   

4 week workshop (4 sessions)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, April 8th
Monday, April 15th
Monday, April 22nd
Monday, April 29th

The Waltz grew out of the Germanic dances of the 17th and 18th century. Waltz was the first dance in which the man and lady danced with body contact, and was considered quite scandalous in its day. Waltz is characterized by a lovely rise and fall action. Waltz has an elegant gracefulness with a romantic feel. 

Ballroom dance is a great way to get fit while having fun! Sign up for our 4 week workshops taught by acclaimed ballroom dance instructor, Natalie Mavor Miles of The Newport Ballroom!

Each 4 week workshop is $40 single/$80 couple (No partner required). 18 years and older.

Workshops are held at Whipple  Hall (429 Main Street, New London). Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

If you have any questions regarding  classes, please contact Natalie at  

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literary workshops

“Beyond the Eye: When Memoir Meets History” with Mimi Schwartz, co-hosted with the Newbury Library, on Monday, July 15th.

More information coming soon.....