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Summer 2018 Classes

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Children’s Natural Science Drawing and Painting  Ages 8-13 

Plants, animals, insects and other creatures can be fun to illustrate! Using materials from nature, students will learn how to observe closely and to use pencil, pastels and watercolor to create a life-like representation of what they see.

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 the Made in Warren Artist Cooperative Store, Warren, R.I.

Date:        Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

Time:        1-3 PM

Tuition:    $120/$100 PAG members children or grandchildren (materials included)


Hobbit Camp-Creating Fairy Tales and Fairy Houses for Ages 6-10

Children explore the world of fantasy and fairy tales through writing, theater and visual arts. Students will read and create fairy tales and fantasy. As a team, students will create , produce and perform a play about fairies. They will then build their own fairy houses. Using only natural materials, students will work each day to create an imaginary home, environment for their characters. Camp will culminate in a performance of the play and an exhibition of the fairy houses in an outdoor setting where families and the public can experience them.

Instructor: Lynn DeBeer is a fine arts graduate of Skidmore College and has been teaching painting and creative exploration for over 25 years. She also works as an arts education coordinator at the RI State Council on the Arts and as an art teacher at Sophia Academy.

Date:        Monday-Friday, August 6-10

Time:        10-2PM

Tuition:    $150/$140 members children or grandchildren ($20 materials fee to be paid to instructor on 8/6)


Summer Art Camp for Creative Young Artists  Ages 9-13

Explore the works of famous artists of the past. Become inspired to create your own drawings and paintings. The art lessons will have a fun theme as well as a famous artist’s work as a point of departure. The principles and elements of art will be covered as well as color mixing.

Instructor: Joanne Murrman is an experienced artist and teacher with a BFA from Mass College of Art and a M.ED from Boston University. She has 40 plus years of experience in teaching K-12 art.

  Date:        Monday-Friday, August 20-24

Time:        9-12 noon

Tuition:    $125/$110 members children or grandchildren ($15 materials fee to be paid to instructor on 8/20)




Urban Sketching in Pen and Ink and Watercolor with Suzanne Lewis 

Try out this popular trend on locations in Bristol and Warren. We will be capturing the passing scene in pen and ink and watercolor. Each day we will meet in a cafe for coffee or lunch and sketch the cafe scene. We will do a second sketch in town of the street scene. Some drawing experience required but no watercolor experience necessary. 

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 at the Portsmouth Arts Guild and other locations for a number of years.

            Date:       3 Wednesdays, June 13, 20, 27                                 

           Time:       9:30-noon  

            Tuition:    $110/100 members 



Take the Next Step Outside, Plein Air  with Mark Fernandez     

This workshop is for beginning and intermediate aspiring artists who want to develop an understanding of 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. This class will also provide an opportunity to put your paintings in Wet Paint in Newport. Open to oil, water soluble oil and acrylic painters. Portable easel required (but a limited number available). 


Instructor:  Mark Fernandez currently is a full time  painter and has a gallery, Art on Spring, in Newport. He has participated in National Juried Plein Air events in Mass., Pennsylvania, Florida and R.I. He has received awards from the Spring Bull Gallery, Wet Paint at Newport Art Museum and the Conanicut Art Association for his plein air paintings. see his work at     

          Date:     Monday-Wed., July 23, 24, 25 (rain date, if needed, week of July 30)  

            Time:    9-12 noon  

            Tuition:   $220/$195 members  ($30 materials fee to be paid to instructor on July 23. He will provide painting panels)



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:    6 Wed., June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18 (no class July 4)      

    Time:     6-9 PM

    Tuition:  $70/60 for PAG members for each 5 week session



Plein Air Watercolor with Elizabeth O’Connell

Let’s make some art outdoors together! We’ll meet at four different locations in and around Portsmouth. and begin to make art outdoors “en plein air”.  Students will learn about the materials techniques and famous artists who have painted outdoors using watercolors (on rainy days we’ll paint using a photo of the planned location).

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 the Made in Warren Cooperative Store, Warren, R.I.

Date:     4 Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 30      

Time:      10-2 PM

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


Townscapes in Watercolor with Joel Popadics

Join watercolorist Joel Popadics on a plein air workshop in picturesque Bristol, R.I. Learn how to capture the feeling of light and atmosphere in your painting in this 3-day workshop for all levels. Each day we will meet at a different location where we will capture the quaint buildings and local architecture of this coastal New England town. Morning and afternoon sessions will begin with a painting demonstration. topics will include; skies, mood of weather, tree shapes, atmospheric perspective, harbors, buildings and mixing greens for the landscape. After which, you’ll have an opportunity to paint and apply the concepts addressed in the demos. Individual instruction will be provided throughout the day.

Instructor:  Joel Popadics is the first Vice-President of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and a Past-President of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He’s been featured many times in American Artist, the Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist. He has been teaching watercolor at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ for over 30 years. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. See his work and learn more about Joel at

Date:     Wed.-Friday, August 8-10

Time:     8:30-4PM

Tuition: $325/$300 members



One Day Workshops


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, June 16  

            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, July 14

Time:     10-3:30PM

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


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

This exciting course will help you understand and teach you 35 mm 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 photographer’s 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: Ronald 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. Zincone 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,  Saturday, May 19

Time:     9-12 noon

Tuition:  $40/35 members


Cast Paper Mirror with Lisa May Tobin  

Our group will learn about the special qualities of cotton and abaca fiber and how to use these pulps to create a lovely, unique work of art. Plant fiber can be used just like clay in that it can be manipulated to create a variety of desired shapes. Mirror glass will be provided and frame material that you can cut to the outline you want to surround your mirror. After we cover the frame with paper we will decorate it with a variety of forms. I like designing my mirrors with a variety of flowers, leaves, grapes and vines!  

Instructor: Life began with a brochure I picked up while studying at the Art Students League about a “new” art form using the ancient techniques of paper making. I’ve been busy ever since using fiber to make sculpture.  

                                         Date: Sunday, June 10

          Time:  2-5 PM

          Tuition:  $45/35 members  ($10 materials fee to be paid to instructor on June 10) 



Japanese Fish Printing with Suzanne Lewis  

Learn the ancient Japanese art of fish printing. Ink is applied to a real fish and the image is transferred to rice paper. this is an art you can practice at home with no special equipment. Have fun in this unique workshop and learn to preserve your own catch for prosperity. Fish will be provided.  


Instructor: Suzanne Lewis is an award winning printmaker with a Master in Arts in Teaching from RIC and Certificate in Drawing and Painting Studies from RISD Continuing Education Program. 

          Date:  Saturday, August 18   

          Time:  9:30-noon

          Tuition:  $30/$25 members ($10 materials fee to be paid to instructor on August 18)   







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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.