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Expressive Dragonflies – An Online Visual Art Workshop with Veteran Artist Shaun Smith

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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Online Visual Art Workshop with Veteran Artist Shaun Smith

Explore the art of Expressive Dragonflies! Led by Veteran Artist Shaun Smith, participants will paint dragonflies through an expressive application of intense colors and splotchy washes. This workshop is a canvas for your creativity—no art skills needed, just a passion for expression.

Suggested Supplies:

    • Watercolor Paint
    • Watercolor or Mixed Media Paper
    • Paint Brushes
    • Paper Towels
    • Water Cup
    • Pencil
    • Tape
    • Ink Pen (Optional)
    • Salt (Optional)
    • White Gel Pen (Optional)

Expressive Dragonflies with Shaun Smith

Shaun Smith is a Retired U.S. Army Veteran and Fine Artist based in Northern Maine. Shaun served 10 years as a Combat Medic with a tour in Afghanistan. During that time he was awarded The Combat Medic Badge for providing care under fire and a Purple Heart for injuries sustained from a VBIED. Shaun found comfort in art therapy as a way to express his experiences, leading him to enroll into an art university. Shaun graduated from The Academy of Art University of San Francisco with a Bachelors in Fine art Painting in 2021. Shaun dedicates his time to painting landscapes, wildlife, and peaceful moments.

“War carves a deep scar on us, always reminding us long after we leave the battlefield. I combat that ugliness by submerging myself in the tranquility of the wilderness to reflect and find peace. When I paint a scene or a subject, That’s the only thing that matters in that moment and I get to meditate on that beauty.”

About CBAW Visual Arts Workshops
Join Veterans and Artists, Valerie Acosta, Shaun Smith, Joe Merritt, or a special guest to learn new art techniques on Wednesdays at 7pm EST. Come hang out in a collaborative group setting and bring what materials you have. No experience necessary! To register, click the link below.


MissionBelonging is funded in part by Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, an initiative of the National Endowment in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant program is managed by Mid-America Arts Alliance.

National Endowment of the Arts-Creative ForcesMid-America Arts Alliance


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