Classes & Workshops

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Portsmouth Arts Guild classes and OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS are open to members AND non-members

 Sunday Open Studio

We will meet on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5 PM. All levels and media welcome.There is no instruction but we will have a short critique following the sessions. Free for PAG members/$5 non-members. We will set up one or two still lifes, people can bring their own objects to draw or paint, bring photographs or work on whatever you wish in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. 

       Watercolor Open Studio

WC Open Studio meets on Thursday mornings from 10-12 and provides an opportunity for watercolorists of all levels to paint together, meet others and exchange ideas.  Free for PAG members/$5 non-members.

For more information on the Sunday Open Studio or Watercolor Open Studio contact Suzanne Lewis   401-254-1668   or


Summer 2017 Classes

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Spring Brochure 2017

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Open Figure 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 Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28  July 12, 19 (no class July 5)                                         

           Time:       6-9 PM  

            Tuition:    $70/60 for PAG members (tuition is to pay models)   



Plein Air Watercolor with Elizabeth O’Connell  

Let’s enjoy summer and painting together outdoors! This class will introduce artists to the methods and materials for working with watercolor. We’ll paint outdoors on gorgeous days and indoors in rainy weather. Painters who would like to review or expand their skills are invited to join us. We’ll explore drawing techniques and mixing colors, painting tips, and finish a painting each week. we will visit several local sites together to paint outdoors. 

Instructor: Elizabeth O’Connell studied 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 at the cooperative store Made in Warren in Warren RI

           Date:    4 Tuesdays,  July 18, 25,  August 1,8 

            Time:    2-5 PM

            Tution:   $120/110 



As the rainy days of April give way to the budding blossoms of May, both Betsy and I feel rejuvenated. In this series of classes, we plan to capture the world around us, both the enthusiasm of new starts as well as the coming of summer days. We will provide calendars and prompts for writing and art work as well as a variety of materials. Collaboration is encouraged and expected.

Instructors: Raya and Betsy have collaborated for a number of years at various locations to enable students to produce personal accounts of the texture of their lives through journaling.

            Date:   4 Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25

            Time:  1-3:30

            Tuition: $100/90 members


 Monotype Printmaking with Suzanne Lewis 

A monotype is known as “the painterly print”. Students will paint images on a plex-glass plate with inks or watercolrs then press them on sheets of paper to create one of a kind prints. Learn this technique which was a favorite of Degas. No printmaking experience required. this class is a good transition from painting or drawing to printmaking.

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

           Date:    Saturday, July 16  

           Time:   10-4 PM

           Tuition:  $70/60 for PAG members ($10 material fee to be paid to instructor on July 16)  

 Guest Artists


Have you always wanted to paint in the out of doors but were afraid to try? Conquer your fear in this fun, low key class and experience the joy of plein air painting. In this course, we will study the techniques of plein air painting, including the effects of light and how to translate that onto our canvas. In this class, there is no “correct” way to paint and no such thing as a mistake. Open to all levels. Oils and acrylics.

Instructor: Mary Giammarino is drawn to the beauty of nature and plein air painting. Having discovered the “Cape Cod School of Art”, she has returned to Provincetown to paintevery spring since 1989. She teaches on Cape Cod, Vermont and on trips to Italy. She is represented by the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown and the Elizabeth Rowley Gallery in Orleans, MA. See her work at

Date: Saturday-Sunday, May 13,14

            Time:  10-4 PM

            Tution: $250/225 members



Art Lessons For Young Artists

with Joanne Murrman

This Saturday morning class will be geared toward children who want more art in their life. It will include a variety of painting, drawing, and collage projects. Materials, techniques and styles will compliment the student’s school experience. Each student will explore his or her own manner of expression. Topics include simple perspective, portrait and figure drawing, and pastel still-life.

Art Lessons For Young Artists

Dates: 5 Saturdays, Jan. 7-Feb 4

Time:      9-11:00

Location: Portsmouth Arts Guild

Tuition: $95/$85 members ($5 materials fee)

Ages:     7-11

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


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.