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 Spring/Summer 2020 Classes

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Creative Drawing with Wayne Quackenbush 

This class will soon be online as a virtual ZOOM class

This class will come up with 7 words or phrases each week to stimulate the imagination. These prompts will form the basis for daily drawing. In class we will learn techniques for creative drawing, including visualization, blind-folded drawing, using the non-primary hand, etc. . This class will help you establish a daily drawing practice. We will share our work each week. Open to all media and skill levels.

Instructor:  Wayne has a BFA from Pratt Institute with an emphasis on Drawing and Illustration. He owns and runs Annex Comics in Newport. This class is based on the popular Art and Writing Challenges offered by Annex Comics on Facebook. See 

Time and Date to be decided soon


Acrylic/Oil Techniques with Lynn DeBeer  

For the beginner or intermediate painter, this course will teach fundamental painting techniques that you can apply to any subject from materials to brushwork, color mixing, texture and tonal value. A great place to start if you are new or returning to oil or acrylics. We will also incorporate lessons on solid drawing and composition. You may work in either oils, water soluble oils or acrylics.  

Instructor:  Lynn DeBeer is a Fine Arts graduate of Skidmore College and has been teaching painting and creative exploration for over 25 years. She has been an arts administrator, a fine arts consultant and has worked with artists for over 30 years to develop and market their work.  

            Date:          5 Thursdays , April 30-May 28

           Time:          6-8PM 

            Tuition:    $125/ $115 members 


Alcohol Ink with Mary Wojciechowski

Alcohol inks differ from other fluid mediums as they flow, intermingle and create unique textures, often with unexpected results. This workshop offers opportunities to explore the characteristics of these inks and the accessories and tools used in the process. 
There will be ample opportunity for creating many paintings and discover the endless possibilities of this exciting and unpredictable medium. Bring a paint shirt or apron to protect clothing
 All materials will be provided. Open to new and returning students. 

Instructor:  Mary Wojcechowski, a retired visual arts teacher, recived her BFA degree from the University of Connecticut. Watercolor has been Mary’s principle medium for over thirty years. Most recently, she has expanded beyond her realistic boundaries and works experimentally with expressive color in her new paintings using alcohol inks. Mary is currently represented by Gallery 31, Orleans, Ma. and True Grit Art Gallery, Middleburgh, Ma. See her work at

Date:     Saturday, April 25

Time:    10-3:30  

Tuition: $75/$65 members ($10 materials fee to be paid to instructor)


Open Figure Studio with Wayne Quackenbush

Join this 5 week open figure studio.  Open to all media and skill levels. No instruction-simply an opportunity to paint or draw from live models in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The models may be clothed or nude. There will be a series of short and longer poses depending on the wishes of the group.

     Date:    4 Wednesdays, April 29-May 20  
    Time:     6-9 PM
    Tuition:  $60/50 for PAG members (tuition is for models) 


Painting the Portrait from Life with Eileen Mayhew 

This 4-week course is open to those who have some experience in drawing the portrait. Each 2.5 hour session will begin with a live model. Learn how to set up the structure of the face in paint, while mixing the flesh tones. Students will practice using a simple color palette and discover how to paint the effects of light and shadow on the face. You will discover a myriad of possible color combinations while your powers of observation increase. 

Instructor: Eileen Mayhew is an award-winning portrait artist. She is a graduate of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts with a BFA in painting. Eileen has been painting and drawing portrait commissions for 40 years and has been teaching since 1995. Her online portfolio and bio can be viewed at 

        Date:               4 Tuesdays, May 5-26     

        Time:           10-12:30
         Tuition :       $150/$140 members  (plus $40 model fee to be paid on 4/17)


Watercolor and Colored Pencil Plein Air Sketchbook with Suzanne Lewis

Watercolor and colored pencil work beautifully together to get crisp, colorful images. Both media are portable and work well in sketchbooks. We will be traveling the East Bay with our sketchbooks and depicting local scenes and flora and fauna from the beach. We will be working in the studio the first week to learn technique from still life. some drawing experience recommended .

Instructor:  Suzanne Lewis has a Master in Arts in Teaching and Certificate in Drawing and Painting Studies from RISD Continuing Education Program. She has been teaching various printmaking classes at PAG for several years.

Date:          4  Wednesdays, June 3-24   

Time:          9:30-12 noon 

Tuition:      $100/90 members  (materials fee $10 paid to instructor) 

Beauty is Enough: Mandala Workshop with Beth Adoette 

Come enjoy the beauty of natural objects and the artistic process as you create a nature mandala for the day. this is all about enjoying the moment and sharing it with those around you. all materials are provided but will not be taken home. So bring your camera (high resolution digital prints are also available for $15) 

Instructor: Beth is a Rhode Island artist who illustrates, photographs and writes about what she calls “Contemplative Sacred Circles” she discovers or co-creates with nature. Beth holds a degree in Fine Arts and Certification in Eco-Art therapy. Learn more at www.

Date:          Saturday, May 16  

Time:          10:30-12:30

Tuition:      $50/$40 members


Painting From Photographic References with Eileen Mayhew

This 4-week course will be dedicated to techniques using photographs to complete a painting of the student’s choosing, and learning how to set up the structure of the image using the grid method of the old masters. This is especially helpful when establishing the perspective of buildings. The grid method will also enhance the student’s drawing skills and produce an accurate and original image . The reference photo is important, but the painting can be altered according to the student’s imagination.

Instructor: See Painting the Portrait From Life above 

Dates:          4 Tuesdays, June 2-23

Time:          10-12:30

Tuition:       $150/$140 members


Botanical Drawing and Watercolor with Elizabeth O’Connell

What better month to be painting botanicals than June? Join us to enjoy nature’s beauty together!. We’ll be examining, drawing and painting  peonies, foxglove, iris and other seasonal flowers, and learning about color mixing, deepening values, and using both wet on wet and dry brush techniques. All materials included! Beginners welcome, returning students will bring their skills to the next level.

Instructor: Elizabeth O’Connell studied Fine Art and Graphic Art at Boston’s former Garland Junior College and Watercolor Painting with Natalie Phanstiehl and Richard Grosvenor. She exhibits her work at local shops and galleries and at Made in Warren Artist Cooperative Store, Warren, R.I.

Date:          4 Fridays, June 5-26

Time:          1-4

Tuition:      $160/150 members (all materials provided)





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 For more information contact or call Suzanne Lewis at 254-1668

PAG Cancellation and Refund Policy:

The Portsmouth Arts Guild reserves the right to cancel classes with insufficient enrollment. Refunds of 100% if class is canceled; 80% for withdrawal at least one week before start of the first class. No refunds after one week before the start of your class. Adult classes are open to ages 15 and up with permission of instructor. If student is a minor, parent/guardian will be asked to sign a waiver on the first day of class.