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Spring  2019 Classes

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Botanical Watercolor with Elizabeth O’Connell 

In this class, together we’ll enjoy and examine the natural beauty and colors of fruits, flowers, and vegetables, complete simple sketches, composition and color palette choices to paint realistically with watercolors. Returning students will use their skills to take their work to a new level of increased complexity and size. some draing experience recommended. all materials included. 

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:          4 Saturdays, March 2-March 23  

           Time:           1-4 

            Tuition:    $180/ $160 members (all materials provided)


Drawing 101 with Suzanne Lewis

Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn and improve with practice. It forms the foundation for painting and other artistic expression. Open to those who would like to learn or review basic drawing skills such as composition, value, perspective, etc. We will work in a variety of media. We will work in the studio from still life objects and spend one day outside on landscape, weather permitting. Teacher will give demos and individual instruction based on skill level. Returning students may work on more advanced skills.

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

Tuesdays, March 5-26

Time:          9:30-noon

Tuition:     $100/90 members

Drawing 102 with Suzanne Lewis

In this class we will go beyond black and white to experiment with other media such as colored pencils, oil pastels, and pen and ink. Try something new or return to a medium that you have tried in the past. We will be working in the studio with still lifes and try a portrait study. Open to those with some basic drawing experience. Returning students may work on more advanced skills.

Instructor: See above

Dates:          5 Tuesdays, April 16-May 14

Time:           9:30-noon

Tuition:      $125/115 members

Introduction to Photographic Composition with Ron Zincone

“I understand how to use my camera but how do I compose my images?” This course will introduce you to the art side of photography known as composition. Understanding and learning to compose an image takes time, patience, diligence and much hands-on application. This course will guide you to developing a “photographer’s eye” in which you will improve your imagery by learning how to see composing elements such as good light, shapes, forms, lines, colors and more.

Instructor: see below

Date:          Wednesday, May 1

Time:          6-9PM

Tuition:      $40/30 members

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, May 4

          Time:         9-noon

           Tuition:   $45/$35 members  (includes entry fee to NBS)

Open Figure Studio with Wayne Quackenbush

Join this 4 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, March 27-April 17 OR May 8-29    

    Time:     6-9 PM

    Tuition:  $50/40 for PAG members for each 4 week session

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: 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, March 18-April 15   

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, March 24  

Time:    2-4:30PM

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

Images, Intuition+ Imagination: SoulCollage® with Jennifer Watson 

New to collage? A wonderful introductory workshop for you. Experienced collage artist? A new and different way to experience the creative collage process. During this workshop you will use your imagination and intuition to create personalized collage cards that represent different parts of YOU. Then you will consult your cards using questions designed to help you uncover the wisdom within the cards and within you. 

 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:      Wednesday, March 20 OR Saturday, April 6

            Time:      9-12 noon

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


Alcohol Ink 101 Workshop with Mary Wojciechowski   (see also Alcohol Ink 102 below)

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  to create textures and explore color blending. Following lunch there will be a demo of more advanced pouring and brushing methods. The remaining time will be used for personal  exploration with time to complete many paintings on Yupo. All materials will be provided. Open to new and returning students. 

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 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 Gallery, Middleborough, MA. See her work at

 Date:          Saturday, March 30

Time:          10-3:30PM

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

Still Life in Pastel with Michele Poirier-Mozzone

Explore the expressive and versatile medium of pastel in this one-day workshop. A still life set-up will be our subject matter as we discuss how to plan a composition and choose a color palette for a successful painting. Drawing tips and under-painting techniques will be discussed and demonstrated along with advice in achieving interesting marks and luminous color with pastel. Join us!

Instructor: Michele is a signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and holds a Master Circle designation with the International Association of Pastels 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, April 13

Time:          9:30-4:30

Tuition:      $100/$90 members

Fun Decorative Furniture Painting with Lindsay Adler

Turn old and found furniture into original, creatively repurposed works of art in this fun and informative course! Learn the basics of furniture prep, including techniques such as antiquing, distressing, stenciling, collage, mixed media and hand painting. No prior artistic experience is necessary or refine your skills. Painting materials will be water-based. Leave this class with the ability to turn old furniture into new masterpieces!

Instructor:  Lindsay Adler is a fine artist/painter and RI certified arts educator  with over 25 years experience in public and private school settings. She exhibits her work in galleries throughout Rhode Island and designs innovative, creative classes for both adults and children throughout the community.

Date:          6 Wednesdays, April 17-May 22 

Time:          1-3:30

furniture restoration

Tuition:      $190/175 members (materials fee $20 paid to instructor)

Alcohol Ink 102 with Mary Wojcechowski

This workshop will begin with a review of the unique qualities of alcohol ink as a painting medium with an opportunity for participants to share their own paintings and personal discoveries. The focus will be on building upon prior knowledge and experience with an intro to more advanced techniques in ink handling and combining materials. Open to those with some previous experience.

Materials: Students may bring their own supplies but additional inks, alcohol spray and mediums will be available for a $10 materials fee. Students will bring their own Yupo paper so that size and format of paintings will be personal choices. Hairdryers can be brought if wanted.

Instructor: See above

Date:          Saturday, April 27

Time:          10-3:30

Tuition:      $70/60 members (optional materials fee to be paid to teacher)

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 Mondays, April 29-June 3 (no class May 27)   

          Time:       10:30-12:30

          Tuition:  $125/115 members  





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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.