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Summer 2017 Classes and Art Camp

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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 


 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

            Tuition: $250/225 members


The Spirit of Land and Sea, Patel and Oil Painting with Doug House

“November Early Morning Light”

Douglas House

Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wish you could create that beauty yourself? Well, you can and some of the great American and French Impressionists and tonalists did just that. We’ll uncover the techniques they used to make their paintings the great master works that they are. We will learn how to create distance with landscapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions. You will have individualized advice and folused direction from the teacher. You may choose to work in oils or pastels. This will be a studio class. the instructor will advise you on photos and materials following registration.

Instructor: Doug has a BFA and Master of Science in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin. He also completed independent study in advanced painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. See Doug’s work at www.

          Date:   Thursday-Saturday, July 20-22   

          Time:  9-4 PM

          Tuition:  $350/$325 PAG members (please register by July 6)


Painting Plein Air Watercolors with Joel Popadics

Cutler Harbor
                     by Joel Popadics

Learn how to capture the feeling of light and atmosphere in your paintings in this 3-day workshop for all levels. Each day the group will meet at a different location. Morning and afternoon sessions will begin with a painting demo. topics will include: mood of weather, atmospheric perspective, harbors, buildings, boats and mixing greens for the landscape. After which you will have an opportunity to paint and apply the concepts addressed in the demos. Joel has adapted the unique palette of the American Impressionist painter, Frank Vincent DuMond, to watercolor; particularly DuMond’s  use of landscape green. Green is notoriously troublesome for many artists but this approach makes it easy to understand and enables artists of all levels to mix convincing greens. Individual instruction will be provided throughout the day.

Instructor: Joel Popadics is the First Vice-President of the American Watercolor society and a Past-Prsident 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 for over 30 years. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. visit Joel’s website at

          Date:  Wednesday-Friday, August 16-18

          Time:  8:30-4 PM

          Tuition:  $325/$300 members (please register by August 2)


Summer Art Camp for Creative Young Artists  

with Joanne Murrman

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

Dates:  July 31-August 4, ages 6-9 

             August 7-11, ages 10-14

Time:      9-12 noon

Location: Portsmouth Arts Guild

Tuition: $125/$110 PAG members  ($15 materials fee to be paid to teacher on first day of class)



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.