Classes & Workshops

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



“Open Studio” Sundays at the Portsmouth Arts Guild Center for the Arts

January 17 to May 22, 2016 *

Stop by anytime from 2-5pm each Sunday for a casual “drop-in” style session. Drop in sessions are FREE for PAG members$5 for non-members. Each week a different subject/still-life will be provided.  You can also work on your own project or from photos. There is no instruction but we will have an optional group critique at the end of each session.  Come with friends or make new ones.  All media and levels welcome.

* Please note: There will be NO Open Studio sessions on February 28 and March 13 due to exhibition openings on those days.  No Open Studio on March 27 (Catholic Easter Sunday)

For more information, contact Suzanne Lewis at



Summer 2016 Classes

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Summer Brochure 2016

Click here for a printable Registration Form: PAG Registration Form



Summer Art Camp for Creative Young Artists!

Summer Art Camp Flyer

Explore the works of famous artists of the past. Become inspired to create your own work in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and sculpture.

Date:      August 1st through 5th for ages 6-9   AND   August 8th-12th for ages 10-14

Time:      9-12 noon

Tuition:  $125/110 PAG members ($15 material fee)

Place:   Portsmouth Arts Guild


For more information contact or call Suzanne Lewis at 254-1668


Discover Color! at the Portsmouth Arts Guild

Art by Mary Giammarino

Art by Mary Giammarino

Painting the Impressionist Still Life Mary Giammarino

With a limited palette and using a painting knife, make your still life paintings burst with color. May 21,22 10-4   $225/200 members


6 Colors to a Better Painting with Vanessa Piche

picheMake your colors sing and your paintings pop. Day 1 in the studio learning to use a complimentary palette.

Day 2 on location. June 4,5 10-4 $200/$175 members

For more information or to register contact Suzanne Lewis, Registrar,

   at 401- 254-1668 ,

 Click here for Workshop Flyer 


Spring Classes still available!  See below for class descriptions and fees:


Drawing at Coggeshall Farm with Suzanne Lewis

Come and enjoy 3 days at beautiful Coggeshall Farm in Bristol and learn or review basic drawing skills. We will spend one day each on still life, landscape and buildings using charcoal, a very forgiving drawing media. Coggeshall Farm is our basis and inspiration. Open to beginners or those with some drawing experience.

Instructor: (see above)

Date:    Monday-Wednesday, May 16-18

            Time:     10-12:30 PM

            Tution:   $70/$60 PAG members (admission to farm is $5 per day, seniors $3)


Painting the Impressionist Still Life with Mary Giammarino

Painting still life has many possibilities, a vase of flowers, cloth with china, a bottle with grapes… The possibilities are endless. Studying still life is exactly the same as studying the landscape. We study the masses and their color relationships. We work one color note next to the other. We will explore the subtleties and drama in simple forms. Depending on the weather, we may paint an outdoor still life. Open to all levels. Oils and water soluble oils are preferred but acrylics are acceptable.

Instructor: Mary Giammarino has painted and taught classes in the Cape Cod School of Art technique since 1989. She teaches on Cape Cod, Vermont and 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 21,22

Time:  10-4 PM

Tuition: $225/$200 PAG member


6 Colors to a Better Painting with Vanessa Piche

Colors that sing and paintings that pop is what this class will do for you. Learn the ease of mixing your own beautiful clean colors from a limited palette which wills save you time, money and frustration. Day 1 will be spent in the studio mixing the color wheel and learning the skill set of the complimentary palette. Day 2 will be working outside on location. We will focus on strong, quick starts using our complimentary palette outside.

Powerpoint presentations and demos provided. All levels in oils or acrylics.

Instructor: 2015 U.S. Artist for Volvo Ocean Race Vanessa is a passionate, plein air artist who captures her emotional response to the world around her. Citing “nature as her temple” she sees each painting as a creation that feeds her soul. Vanessa competes in nationally recognized Plein Air competitions around the U.S. and her paintings are in private collections around the world.

See her work at


Date:   Saturday-Sunday, June 4,5

Time:  10-4 PM

Tuition: $200/$175 PAG member



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.