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Fall 2018 Classes

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Botanical Watercolor with Elizabeth O’Connell 

This studio class will introduce students with some drawing experience to the art of painting realistic flowers, fruits and vegetables   .

Instructor:  Elizabeth O’Connell studied fine 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:       6 Fridays, September 14-Oct. 19 

           Time:       1-3 

            Tuition:    $200/180 members (all materials provided)



Nature Photography Made Easy! with Ron Zincone  

This course is designed to teach you how to develop your photographic eye to capture various themes in nature. this hands-on field trip will teach you the basics on how to “see” your subjects and maximize your photographic tools. We will cover such topics as finding good light, scouting your site, best angles, lens selection, DSLR camera techniques and much more. Take your photography to the next level.  

Instructor:  Ron Zincone is an award-winning photographer. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and a Certified Skywarn Spotter for the National Weather Service. Ron has pursued outdoor photography since 1999 and has been a lifelong learning teacher since 2006. His online portfolio and Bio can be viewed at   

          Date:     Saturday, Oct. 13  NEW DATE

          Time:    3-6PM   NEW TIME

           Tuition:   $40/$30 members   

Learn Your Camera’s Creative Modes-Goodbye to “Auto” with Ron Zincone

This exciting course will help you understand and teach you 35mm photography by learning just 2 camera modes! That’s right

-two camera modes that will take care of 90% of your photographic subjects. You will be taught the basic recipe known as ‘the photographers triangle” while learning your 35 mm DSLR camera. Our goal is to get off the “auto everything” settings and learn to gain creative control of your camera.

Instructor: see Ron Zincone above

Date:      Wednesday, OCT 30    NEW DATE

Time:       6-9

Tuition:      $40/$30 PAG members

Open Studio with Wayne Quackenbush

Join this 6 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:    5 Wednesdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 24 and Nov. 7-Dec. 12 (no class Nov. 21)

    Time:     6-9 PM

    Tuition:  $60/50 for PAG members for each 5 week session


Acrylic Techniques with Lynn DeBeer

For the beginner or intermediate painter, this course will teach fundamental acrylic 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 the medium and its very forgiving qualities. We will also incorporate lessons on solid drawing and composition.

Instructor: Lynne 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 Mondays, Sept. 17-Oct. 22 (no class Oct. 8) 

Time:      10:30-12:30 PM

Tuition:     $125/$115 members 


Paint Pouring with Nadine Aerts

Come have fun and learn this new technique for pouring paint on canvas to create bold designs which can stand alone as a work of art or work as a dynamic background for a painting. the challenge is learning to control paint that wants to do its own thing. We will learn the applications and uses for pouring paint.

Instructor:  Nadine is a self taught artist who has resumed art making after a 20 year career as a body builder in her native Belgium. She is eager to introduce students to the fun and useful skill of paint pouring.   

Date:     Sunday, Sept. 23 OR Sunday, Nov. 4 

Time:    2-4:30PM

Tuition: $25/$20 members ($5 materials fee payable to instructor)



Plein Air Landscape with Mark Fernandez

This workshop is for beginning and intermediate aspiring artists who want to develop the fundamentals of outdoor painting. The workshop focus will be on capturing the light and shadows and color relationships using a limited palette. Mark will start each day with a quick demonstration. He will discuss composition, equipment, and how to simplify the plein air process. Painting outdoors presents unique challenges but with a little guidance it becomes second nature. Colt State Park and Coggeshall Farm will be the locations and we will learn techniques for painting trees, skies and land that will enhance your plein air paintings. Open to oil, water soluble oils and acrylic painters.  Portable easel required (but a limited number available).

Instructor: Mark Fernandez currently is a full time painter and Gallery owner of “Art on Spring” in Newport. He has participated in National Juried Plein Air events in Mass., Pennsylvania, florida and RI. He has received awards from Spring Bull Gallery, Wet Paint at Newport Art Museum, and the Conanicut Art Association for his plein air paintings. See his work at

Dates:          Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28,29 (sign up for one day or both)

Time:          9-1PM

Tuition:       $150 for 2 days or $85 for one day (materials fee to be paid to instructor who will provide panels for eachday, $10 for 2 days, $5 for one day, materials free to members or PAG) 


Figurative Workshop in Pastel w. Michele Poirier-Mozzone

Add excitement to your pastel paintings with a bold under painting and confident marks. We will use photo references as a jumping off point to achieve a figurative painting with exciting color, gestural mark making and pleasing composition. Whether you choose figures in groups or alone, outdoors or interior-the possibilities are endless. Whether you are a novice or experienced figure painter, everyone is welcome. Under paining may be done with alcohol, watercolor, or oil wash-whichever you feel most comfortable with. As we examine how beautifully the under painting  can complement the pastel, we will work on achieving interesting and expressive marks and interpretive color.

Instructor: Michele Poirier-Mozzzone is a signature Member of the Pastel society of America (PSA) and holds a Master Circle designation with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS/MC). she is also a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. to see her work go to

Date:      Saturday, Oct 13

Time:     9:30-4:30

Tuition:  $100/90 members


Discover You! SoulCollage® with Jennifer Watson 

Experience the power of mindfulness and creativity. During this workshop we will take a break from our everyday lives in a relaxing setting with like-hearted people-unwinding and engaging in creative self-discovery. Using the art of collage combined with visualization and writing, we will tap into our imaginations and intuition to gather images, collage personally meaningful cards, and consult with them to connect with our deepest truths and inner wisdom. Whether you are an experienced collage artist or have little or no artistic experience-anyone can do SoulCollage®   

 Instructor: Jennifer Watson is a certified SoulCollage® facilitator and the owner of Soul Unfolding. Prior to opening Soul Unfolding in 2017, Jennifer walked an interesting career path: art teacher, college admission officer, bookseller, etc.  She is also an artist, writer and crazy cat lady. You can learn more about SoulCollage® at  

            Date: Saturday, Oct. 20

            Time:  9-12 noon

Tuition:  $40/$30 members ($5 materials fee payable to instructor on day of class)



Alcohol Ink Workshop with Mary Wojcichowski   

Alcohol ink is a highly pigmented and quick drying medium applied by pouring, brushing or stamping on a non-porous surface such as Yupo. The vibrant colors of this ink intermingle, creating unique textural effects, often leading to unexpected results. We will begin with an introduction to alcohol ink as a painting medium and a demonstration in techniques of pouring, brushing inks to create textures and explore color blending. The remaining time will be used for personal exploration with time to complete many paintings on Yupo. The workshop will end with a critique allowing participants to share their paintings and to discuss what they have discovered. All materials will be provided.    

Instructor: Mary Wojciechowski, a retired visual arts teacher, received 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 ealistic 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 Gallery, Middleborough, MA. See her work at

 Date:     Saturday, Oct. 6

Time:     10-3:30PM

Tuition:    $70/60 members ($10 materials fee to be paid on first day of class)


Printmaking Without a Press with Suzanne Lewis

Learn three printmaking techniques that you can do at home without a press and with minimum equipment. we will be learning techniques for creating monoprints which involves painting or inking a plexiglass plate, linoleum cut and pochoir, which is a French stenciling technique. These techniques can be used for creating fine art prints, cards and even printing on fabric. Come have fun with printmaking.

Instructor: Suzanne Lewis is an award-winning printmaker with a Master in Arts in Teaching from RIC and a Certificate in Drawing and Painting Studies from RISD Continuing Education Program. She has been studying and teaching printmaking for many years.  

Date:    3 Tuesdays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13 

Time:     9-12 noon

Tuition:  $100/90 members (materials fee of $15 payable to instructor)


Watercolor Techniques with Lynn DeBeer 

For the weekend or intermediate watercolor painter, this course will teach and/ or practice watercolor techniques that can be applied to any subject-still life, landscape, portrait and abstract. From materials to brushwork, setting up, color, creating texture and tonal value; we will cover the basics of watercolor as well as creating effects. Learn techniques such as wet on wet, dry brush, solid and graded washes, creating a color grid, laying out your palette, preparing different papers. We will also incorporate drawing lessons on elements of design and composition.

Instructor:  See Acrylic techniques above  

           Date:       5 Wednesdays, Oct. 31-Dec. 5  

          Time:       9:30-11:30

          Tuition:  $125/115 members  

Chinese Calligraphy with Ling Cheng

Learn about some basic Chinese Calligraphy skills and tools. Dr. Cheng will also discuss the health benefits of callligraphy, such as expressing emotion, and governing circulation. try your hand at this ancient art form. Dr. Cheng will bring supplies for students to use which will be available for purchase should you wish to pursue calligraphy further.

Instructor:  Dr. Cheng is a licensed doctor of Acupuncture in Rhode Island and is President of the North American Artist Society as well as a Chinese arts expert specializing in calligraphy and Zhuanke, a carving art. 

          Date:  Saturday, November 10     

          Time:  2-5 PM

          Tuition:  $35/$30 members 







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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.