Biographical Information:

Dates in Ridgefield: current resident

author, educator, artist, author

Claire Watson Garcia is an artist, writer and teacher who is an instructor at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut, where her workshops for the “Absolute and Utter Beginner” have been popular for over 20 years. Of her book, Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner, Library Journal said, “...simply the best beginner’s drawing book available.” An accomplished and recognized artist, her work has been exhibited in numerous national juried shows, including the Katonah Museum and the Creative Works Workshop in New Haven. She has written and/or illustrated three children’s books and is the director of CHART (Communities Healing Through Art), a non-profit group that utilizes creative arts therapies in humanitarian relief.

Harriet and the Great Bike Robbery, 1974
The Peanut Plan, 1975
The Green Harpy at the Corner Store (co author Rosemary Allison), 1976
Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner, 2009
–Sources: Amazon; Random House; Silvermine Guild Artists Center article on