Classes for Adults

SPRING 2016 Offerings
Heidi Painting in Studio

To register, call the Library Arts Center office at 603-863-3040.


*PLEASE NOTE: If the class of your choice is full or canceled due to lack of enrollment, you will be notified and entitled to a full refund. Class tuition is due in full on or before the first day of the class session. Make-up classes will only be offered when the instructor is unable to teach his/her class.

Members of the Library Arts Center may subtract 10% from tuition prices of all classes. Scholarships for children’s classes are available, please inquire.

Drop- in Figure Drawing/Painting Sessions
Ongoing, Fridays, 1-3pm
$10 for LAC members, $12 for non- members, per session
Facilitator: Becky Bense For each session, there will be a live model who will hold a variety of poses, both long and short. Artists, both professional and amateur of all styles are welcome take part in these sessions. Artists bring their own materials; there are easels in the studio that can be used, or participants can bring their own if they prefer. Facilitator Becky Bense will assure a professional and inviting studio environment and will facilitate model posing and timing. This is not an instructional session, rather an opportunity for artists to work with a live model in a welcoming community of artists.

CALL FOR LIVE MODELS  The Arts Center is looking for several models to book for different weeks to ensure variety of subjects for participating artists. Models will hold a variety of poses, set by studio facilitator, both long and short in the Arts Center studio while artists draw and paint from the figure in this professional and friendly environment. Interested individuals should contact director Kate N. Luppold at 603-863-3040 or email: info[at]libraryartsenter[dot]org.

open studio Mar. 2016Adult Open Studio Art Group

Facilitator:  Heidi Lorenz
DROP-IN FEE per session: $8 members / $12 non-members Ongoing,WEDNESDAYS, 9am-12noon
Description: Looking for a time to work on current projects? Be inspired to work in a studio environment alongside other area artists in this drop-in group that meets on a weekly basis. The class facilitator, Heidi Lorenz, is available for light guidance. All mediums are welcome. No prior experience is necessary. Please bring all supplies you will need for your projects. Call the Arts Center at 603.863.3040 for more information.

fib arts grpNEW TIME! Fiber Arts Drop-in Group
Facilitator:  Ann Stout
Meets Wednesdays, March 9 – April 6, 10:00am-12noon at 15 Main St. annex location
$4 a session
This is a great opportunity to work on your creative projects in a fun community group setting.  Bring your sewing, embroidery, felting, knitting, spinning, quilting, or whatever it may be for fiber based arts and crafts.  Enjoy a welcoming atmosphere, cup of coffee or tea, and the inspiring  community of makers. No need to preregister, just show up to any or all of the sessions listed. This is the first session of what we are hoping to run as a more permanent weekly group after this session.

Uncork Your Inner Artist!Uncork Group at Work
Instructor: Patti Warren 
Tues. May 24, 6-8:30pm- …May theme to be announced
Tuition: $35, includes all materials, a complimentary beverage and appetizers
Description: Come to the Library Art Center for an evening of creativity, community, and cobalt blue! This is an opportunity for the non-artist to explore his/her expressive side while following step-by-step directions from a certified art instructor. In a relaxed and supportive environment, students will complete a painting suitable for framing. All studio materials will be provided as well as a complimentary glass of wine, so we ask that students are a minimum of 21 years old.

Basket Weaving
Basket THREE Instructor: Ray Lagasse Dates/Times: Saturday, July 9, 8:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch).   Tuition: $95.00 for Bread Basket or $110 for all other basket options. Description: In this one-day workshop students can choose to make one of four large-sized baskets: a wool gathering basket, laundry basket, double-pie, or pack basket. The baskets will be woven using reed with a hardwood base, rails, and rim. All materials are created and prepared by Ray Lagasse. Each participant will be asked to choose which basket he or she will be making upon registration. Each Student will leave the workshop with the completed basket of his or her choosing. Registration will close a week before the class starts. **Students who cancel before the class will still owe a $35 fee for materials preparation. BASKET OPTIONS: Bread Basket – Small Table-top Basket ($95) Wool Gathering Basket 12x12x12 w/ leather handles and a wooden bottom ($110) Laundry Basket 11x18x12 basket form with leather handles ($110) Double Pie Basket 10x20x6 basket form with wooden handles ($110) Pack Basket 7x14x18 basket form with straps ($110)

JanClassCamPhotography De-mystified
Instructor Linda Billingsley
Tuition:  $200 for all 11 sessions
Dates and Times:  Wednesdays April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 ( No Class 5/25), June 1, 8, 15, 22 29 & July 6, 6-8pm
This class will interest those who have a desire to learn more about their camera’s basic functions which can take them beyond the “Automatic” setting as well as photographic compositional components.
The student will learn the use of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, histograms, metering modes, depth of field and sharpness for technically better exposed photographs.
Additionally, the use of a Polarizing filter, the UV filter and the when and why we use tripods and which lenses to use, will be explored. The method of learning will be through the use of video content, hands on exercises, Q&A, student interaction, local field trips and handouts in an engaging and inspiring setting. Students will critique each others work as well as print their very best shot for “Show and Tell” towards the end of this course. Please bring to class your camera with a lens, a pen, your camera’s manual and your curiosity.  This class will meet at the Arts Center’s new annex location at 15 Main Street, in downtown Newport.

Watercolor Class for Differently Abled Adults
Instructor: Becky Bense
Dates: Friday mornings, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15 &22 — 9am-12 noon 
Tuition: $42, includes all seven sessions, and all materials 
Description: This watercolor art class is for adults with special needs. What we do in the studio will depend of who expresses interest in the class & what they are looking for, but whatever the focus, we will be painting with watercolors! If you or someone you know is interested they should reach out ASAP so we can begin planning what the group wants to paint. Caregivers are asked to come to join in the fun as well (with no additional charge). Upon registration, please let us know if there are special needs or accommodations of which we should be aware. We are looking forward to starting this new program for our studio & we are open to input and ideas as we want to make it as enjoyable & beneficial to participants as possible.

Margaret Dwyer garden braceletBeaded Garden Bracelets
Instructor:  Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Saturday, May 7, 10am-2pm 
Tuition: $38
Ages:  adults and teens
Description: Create a stunning flower and leaf adorned garden bracelet in celebration of warmer months to come.  Margaret will supply the class with a vast selection of beautiful glass beads, colored cords and bracelet closures.  Leave the class with a one-of-a-kind  floral garden bracelet to keep for yourself or give as a gift, as well as the skills and know how to make more at home. 

Beaded Wrap BraceletsBeaded Wrap Bracelets
Instructor: Candy Saindon
Wednesday, May 11, 5:30-8pm
$45 per student, includes all materials Minimum of 6 students, max. of 10
Description: Create a stunning beaded wrap bracelet for yourself or to give as a very special handmade gift in this fun studio class. Candy will teach everyone the double needle right angle weave beading technique used for the project, which she promised is much easier to master than it sounds! Choose from a beautiful array of colored glass peanut beads as well as nice magnetic closures to personalize your creation. Candy will guide students through the creation of a one-of-a-kind beaded wrap bracelet in a fun atmosphere. Depending on your work speed you will leave the class with either a finished bracelet or a nearly finished one with the materials and know- how to finish it.

Monadnock EveningColor Mixing with a special emphasis on Greens
Instructor: Peter Granucci
Dates:  Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12:  Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 10am-2pm
Tuition:  $175
Green is one color that the landscape artist is confronted with immediately after setting out the palette and starting to paint. The grass is green, the trees are green, the hills are green, even the typical New England mountain will look green. How can one make sense of all these greens?  This workshop will explain how to understand green as it occurs in Nature and give you the ability to mix the color you want when you want it. There will be lectures, demos and lots of time for you to paint.

GranucciPlein Aire Painting
Instructor: Peter Granucci
Level: Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner
Dates and Times: Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August,4, 11 &  18, 5-7:30 PM
Tuition: $360.00 for all seven sessions
NOTE:  If a student’s summer schedule makes it so he or she must miss a session, Peter is willing to generously work with students to arrange make-up sessions.
All Media welcome including for Painting; oils, acrylic, pastel, watercolor.  Including for drawing; Pencil (Graphite or Colored) or charcoal. ** Each artist can make their own choice of the medium they’d like to work with for this class. Peter will be happy to discuss it with you if you have any questions.
Description:  Enjoy a relaxing evening painting in and around this beautiful area. In this class Peter will discuss all the why’s and how to’s relating to Plein Aire painting and Drawing.   Including (but not limited to): how to start, how to finish, color mixing, values, form, and drawing.  Class will be held outside whenever possible and will be moved into the studio in cases of inclement weather. Each class will have a brief opening presentation and a final gathering to appreciate each other’s accomplishments.

About the Instructor:  Peter is a respected landscape and portrait painter. He began exhibiting in NYC in 1975 and has continued to exhibit throughout New England and other parts of the country. He has won multiple national awards including from the Salmagundi Club in NYC. He has been teaching privately and in groups since 1985.


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