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Fall 2019 Classes

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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. Agreat 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 Mondays ,  Sept. 9-October 7    

           Time:           10:30-12:30  

            Tuition:    $125/ $115 members 



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:    5 Wednesdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 9 OR Oct. 23-Nov. 20  

    Time:     6-9 PM

    Tuition:  $75/65 for PAG members for each 5 week session 

Creative Drawing with Wayne Quackenbush 

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. The first class will be devoted to exploring different types of sketchbooks and creating your own distinctive sketchbook to use for the class. 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 

Date:         5 Fridays, Sept. 20-Oct. 18   

Time:          9:30-12 PM

Tuition:     $75/$65 members ($5 materials fee to be paid to instructor)

Alcohol Ink with Mary Wojciechowski

Alcohol ink is a highly pigmented and quick drying medium applied by pouring, brushing or stamping on 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 inks and a demo in techniques to create textures and 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 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, Sept. 28 

Time:    10-3:30  

Tuition: $70/$60 members ($10 materials fee to be paid to instructor)

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 Rhoed Island and designs innovative, creative classes for both adults and children throughout the community.  

            Date:      4 Wednesdays, Oct. 2-Oct. 23  

            Time:      1-3:30  

            Tuition:  $125/$115 members (materials fee of $20 paid to instructor on 10/2 )         


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Drawing the Portrait from Life with Eileen Mayhew 

This 4-week course is open to those who are beginners in the portrait, as well as those who are more experienced. Each 2 1/2 hour session will begin with a live model. Learning the proportions of the face is important and students will practice getting a likeness and learning how to draw the shadow structure of the face. they will gain knowledge of the human head and face anatomy, using constructive drawing principles. This class will prepare you for Painting the Portrait in Spring 2020.  Portrait drawing with graphite or charcoal is simple in steps, but as you execute those steps, you will work through each of them fully and you’ll find your drawing and observation skills really growing.   

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 Wednesdays, Oct. 2-23        

        Time:          10-12:30
         Tuition :       $150/$140 members  

Paint Pouring with Nadine Aerts 

Cone 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 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: Jane has been an artist since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has her own gallery in Newport. She loves teaching and seeing her students’ progress. she has been involved in our Homeschool Program for several semesters.  

Date:           Sunday, October 13 

Time:          2-4:30   

Tuition:      $25/$20 members


Pochoir Stencil Printmaking with Suzanne Lewis

Pochoir (Stencil, French) is a highly refined technique for making limited edition stencil prints. It was used extensively during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods by artists and illustrators. We will cut and print stencils inspired by our own images. this technique also works well for card making. 

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:          Saturday, October 19 

Time:          10-3 PM  

Tuition:      $65/60 members  (materials fee $10 paid 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 and preparing different papers. We will also incorporate drawing lessons on elements of design and composition. Open to Beginning and Intermediate students.

Instructor: See Lynn DeBeer above Oil/Acrylic

Date:          5 Mondays, October 21-Nov. 18

Time:          10:30-12:30

Tuition:      $125/115 members


Draw Like….! with Suzanne Lewis

Draw a landscape like Van Gogh, with bamboo pen and Ink, a Cubist still life like Picasso or a portrait like Chuck Close using a grid. we will not be copying these famous artists but learning about their materials and techniques to create our own masterpieces. No prior drawing experience necessary.

Instructor: See above under Pochoir Stencil

Dates:          4 Tuesdays, Oct. 29-Nov. 19

Time:          9:30-12

Tuition:      $125/115 members  ($10 materials fee to be paid on 10/29)

Make and Take: Collage Greeting Cards Workshop with Lindsay Adler

Have you always wanted to try collage and make your own unique greeting cards? this class will be fun and informative as you learn several collage techniques and leave with at least one of your own collage greeting cards. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring any photographs, clippings, paper or art media you would like to use to personalize your cards.

Instructor: See Fun Decorative Painting above

Date:          Saturday, Nov. 9

Time:          11-1:30

Tuition:      $30/20 members ($5 materials fee payable to instructor)



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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.