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Fall 2017 Classes

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Drawing 101 with Suzanne Lewis 

Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn and improve with practice. It forms the foundation for painting and other artistic expression. Open to those who would like to learn or review basic drawing skills such as composition, value, perspective, etc. We will work in a variety of media. We will work in the studio from still life and spend one day outside on landscape, weather permitting. Teacher will give demos and individual instruction depending on skill level. Returning students may work on more advanced skills.

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:       5 Mondays, Sept. 18-Oct. 16                                    

           Time:       9:30-noon  

            Tuition:    $120/110 members ($5 material fee paid to instructor at first class)         


Oil and Acrylic Painting with Mark Fernandez     

This class is designed for beginner to advanced painters. Using a limited palette of colors, learn how to create a loose and vibrant painting.  Mark will help you explore how value and color temperature creates a dynamic finished product. We’ll discuss composition and simple techniques to strengthen your painting. This six week class will start with exercises to build your confidence and help you progress quickly. The goal is to have fun. Some weeks the class will work on still lifes and other weeks, landscapes.

Instructor:  Mark Fernandez currently is a full time  painter and has a gallery, Art on Spring, in Newport. The gallery showcases Mark’s paintings and his wife’s stained glass creations. Mark is primarily self-taught painter but has attended workshops with Randall Sexton, Mark Boedges, Jill Carver and David Lussier. See his work at     

           Date:    6 Tuesdays,  Sept. 19-Oct. 24  

            Time:    9-12 noon  

            Tution:   $225/$200 members  


 Intermediate Watercolor with Lynn DeBeer    

Experiment with still life, portraits, landscape and/or abstract painting in your personal style. This course will revisit composition, sketching, color and review watercolor techniques to work in the subject of your choice. We will refer to paintings and artists that have stood the test of time. Learn techniques of the masters and then develop your personal style to build on your current level and develop the style that speaks to you personally.

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 Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 18 0r  

                          5 Wednesdays, Nov. 1-Dec. 6 (no class Nov. 24)   

           Time:   10-12:30 PM

           Tuition:  $125/115 members for each session ($225/210 members for both sessions)  

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:     5 Wed., Sept. 13-Oct. 11, 5 Wed., Nov 1-Dec 6 (no class Nov. 22)

    Time:     6-9 PM

    Tuition:  $60/50 for PAG members for each 5 week session


Beginning Watercolor with Elizabeth O’Connell

This class will introduce the beginner to the fun of working with watercolor. Returning students who would like to review or expand their skills are also invited to join us, as I will work with each of you to learn and/or expand your skills. Using still life and materials from nature,  we’ll explore drawing and painting materials and techniques, mix colors, and learn painting tips for watercolor. We’ll examine and discuss paintings and palettes used by the famous masters of watercolor. Class limited to 10 students.

Instructor: Elizabeth O’Connell studied Fine and Graphic Art at Boston’s former Garland Junior College and watercolor painting classes with Natalie Phanstiehl and Richard Grosvenor. She is also skilled in handweaving and ceramics , and loves all of the arts.  She exhibits her work at many local shops and galleries and is an exhibiting member at the Made in Warren Artist Cooperative Store, Warren R.I.

      Date:     4 Fridays, Oct. 6-Oct. 27

      Time:     11-2 PM

      Tuition:   $120/110 members

 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 paint every 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, Sept. 30-Oct. 1     

            Time:  10-4 PM

            Tuition: $250/225 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:   Saturday, September 30  

          Time:  10-1 PM

          Tuition:  $45/35 members  ($10 materials fee to be paid to instructor on Sept 23)      

Provincetown White Line Woodblock with Suzanne Lewis  

The white line woodblock was invented in Provincetown in the 1920’2. Inspired by Japanese prints, areas are delineated with wood carving tools, then painted with watercolors. They are hand printed using the back of a spoon rather than a press. Learn this unique form of printmaking now coming back into fashion.  

Instructor: See Drawing 101 above

          Date:  Saturday, Oct. 21  

          Time:  10-4  PM

          Tuition:  $70/60 members ($15 materials fee to be paid to instructor on Oct 21)   

Delicious Dessert Painting with Leslie Graff

Join us to paint a delicious still life. Leslie Graff will create one of her signature homemade desserts, set up in a still life amid vintage kitchenware and patterned backgrounds. Explore surface, texture, color, form and pattern and create a piece as realistic or abstract as you would like. You are welcome to paint in acrylic or oils. Come away with a sweet new piece. some painting experience preferred.

Instructor: Leslie Graff holds a masters degree from Brigham Young University. Her work is shown across the country and has been featured in exhibitions in 9 museums. She is known for her diverse series of work, her positive teaching style and the way she encourages meaning and personal voice in work. see her work at

Dates:     Saturday, Nov 4  

Time:      10-4 PM

Tuition: $80/70 members ($10 materials fee to be paid to instructor on Nov 4)    


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.