SUMMER/FALL 2019 Offerings for Adults


1) DROP IN OR CALL – Call the Library Arts Center office at 603-863-3040 or stop by during gallery hours (Tues-Fri. 11am-4pm, Sat. 10am-2pm) Your registration is complete when we have received your competed registration form, as well as payment for the class.
2) PRINT & MAIL a registration form with your check. Download the ADULT REGISTRATION FORM.
3) REGISTER ONLINE NOW by clicking the link below.


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.


SUMMER/FALL Classes for ADULTS 2019

Engaging & affordable classes and workshops for both beginning and seasoned artists.
(See a full list of class descriptions below table.)
Class NameInstructorDatesDays & TimesTuition
Library Arts Center
Members receive
a 10% discount on
studio classes.
Click HERE to find out
more about becoming a MEMBER.
FULL! Making Stepping StonesKelly & Peggy McKenneyAugust 21Wednesday
Basket WeavingRay LagasseUpcoming sessions:
August 17
September 7
October 12
November 16
December 7
Price varies depending on basket choice. See options below.
Letterpress Beginner ClassAnn St. Martin StoutWednesday, August 14th, 1-3pm
Thursday, August 22, 6-8pm
Wednesday, August 28th, 1-3pm
Wednesday, September 11th, 1-3pm
Thursday, September 19th, 6-8pm
Wednesday, September 25th, 1-3pm
Wednesday, October 9th, 1-3pm
Thursday, October 17th, 6-8pm
Wednesday, October 23, 1-3pm
Wednesday, November 13, 1-3pm
Thursday, November 21, 6-8pm
Wednesday, November 27, 1-3pm
Wednesday, December 11th, 1-3pm
Wednesday, December 19th, 1-3pm
*Days & Times vary. (See left.) Enrollment: 2 students per class$27 per student, includes all materials
Open Studio for LetterpressAnn St. Martin StoutTuesday, Aug. 20th, 6-8pm
Thursday, Sept. 5, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6-8pm
Thursday, Oct. 3, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 6-8pm
Thursday, Nov. 7, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6-8pm
Thursday, Dec. 5, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 6-8pm
*Days & Times vary. (See left.) Enrollment: 4 students per class$10 per session
A Master Class in Landscape Painting 2019-2020Peter GranucciSeptember 21, October 19, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9Saturdays
9am-4pm (with potluck lunches)
$1,150 (or see pricing structure below in class description)
Beginning Oil Painting Peter GranucciSeptember 28 and October 5Saturdays
Drawing Fall SessionPeter GranucciOctober 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6Wednesdays
Drop-in WatercolorBecky BenseOngoing -- **ON RECESS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10thTuesdays
$15 per session
Drop-in Open Studio Art GroupFacilitator: Heidi LorenzOngoing -- **ON RECESS UNTIL SEPTEMBER. Class meets for plein air painting dates throughout the summer. See schedule below.Wednesdays
9:00am-12:00 noon
$8 members/$12 non-members per session
Watercolor for Differently Abled AdultsBecky BenseOngoing **ON RECESS UNTIL SEPTEMBERFriday Mornings
$6 per session
Watercolor for Differently Abled AdultsBecky BenseOngoing **ON RECESS UNTIL SEPTEMBERThursday Afternoons
$6 per session
Evening WatercolorBecky BenseSeptember 26- October 24
(five weeks)
Figure Drawing Open StudiosFacilitator: Becky BenseSept. 19, 5:15- 7:15pm
Oct 17, 9:45-11:45am
Nov 21, 5:15-7:15pm
Dec 19, 9:45-11:45am

*Days & Times vary. (See left.)$10 members or $12 for non-members


Drawing with Peter GranucciPeter Granucci - Pig

Fall Drawing Session
Wednesdays, October 9,16,23,30, November 6, 5-6:30pm 

Spring Drawing Session
April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 5-6:30pm

Tuition:  $170 per seasonal session
Location:  58 N. Main St. Main Studio 

Learn to draw with confidence and ease! Discover the joy of drawing the world as you see it (or as you want it to be!) Anyone can draw Peter has been drawing for fifty years and teaching for thirty five. He knows how to simplify the process to make it easy for anyone to draw.

Over time this series will cover every aspect of drawing; from the fundamentals to the advanced. Drawing in this class will be discussed both as an end in itself; and as it relates to painting better paintings. This is an ongoing series that will meet three times a year. Five classes per session 1.5 hours each class.
Each five session class will have a new focus and all new lessons. They are designed to be short and intensive sessions, with time to work and practice between. All levels can benefit from these classes , but it is directed mostly at beginner and intermediate levels. This class is always welcoming new students in new sessions.

Materials List:
Drawing (not sketching) paper:  size 12x 16
Pencils:  HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
White Eraser
Additional larger paper if you have it already, not required:  18x24 


Beginning Oil Painting

Dates:  Saturdays, September 28 and October 5, 9am-2pm
Tuition:  $175
In this class we’ll demystify the process of painting and cover all the basics in getting started with oils. You’ll learn about all the materials needed: including brushes, canvas, paints, colors to use and why, how to start and so much more! We’ll do some exercises to get familiar with the materials and then we’ll create a painting!
Materials List will be provided upon registration. $5 materials cost will provide multiple canvases for the class. There will be some materials available for use if you need assistance, before getting your own.




Making Stepping Stones

Instructor: Kelly and Peggy McKenney
Wed. Aug. 21  FULL!
Times: 5pm – 7pm
Location:  58 N. Main St. Studio
Tuition $15
Cement + trinkets from your junk drawer + other sparkly and fun doodads provided + plus friends = a really fun evening
Garden Stepping Stones:  Gather some of your own favorite trinkets, broken pottery or little tiles and bring them to the LAC for an evening of fun, laughs, and creativity. We will provide the form and other interesting small objects for you to make your own cement stepping stone.   Participants will all create a stone, and learn the skills to make more at home.




All are welcome!  Free to participate. 


Never Board Collage Project

Learn this collage technique while creating a public art sculpture to be prominently displayed in a downtown area for the season.
Friday, August 23, 4-6pm at the Newport Farmers’ Market
Stop by our tent at the market and help create this community art project, participants will decoupage strips of colorful papers onto wooden boards which will be prominently displayed in a downtown area for the season.  This project will also be continues the next day at the Apple Pie Crafts Fair!  Stop by our Headquarters Tent near the monument to participate.


LAC LetterpressLetterpress Beginner Class

Instructor: Ann St. Martin Stout
Dates and Time Options:
Wednesday, August 14th, 1-3pm
Thursday, August 22, 6-8pm
Wednesday, August 28th, 1-3pm
Wednesday, September 11th, 1-3pm
Thursday, September 19th, 6-8pm
Wednesday, September 25th, 1-3pm
Wednesday, October 9th, 1-3pm
Thursday, October 17th, 6-8pm
Wednesday, October 23, 1-3pm
Wednesday, November 13, 1-3pm
Thursday, November 21, 6-8pm
Wednesday, November 27, 1-3pm
Wednesday, December 11th, 1-3pm
Thursday, December 19th, 6-8pm

Enrollment: 2 students per class

Cost:  $27 per student, includes all materials

**As enrollment for classes is extremely limited, online registration for these classes is not available at this time.**
For the first time classes are being offered in the recently established LAC Letterpress Studio at the main Library Arts Center location.  In a two-hour class, students will learn the basics of setting type, locking it into the press, and printing on an 1870s manually-operated tabletop platen press.  Students will go home with note cards printed with a quote or sentiment of their choosing, including a picture from an antique printing plate, if desired.  This class is a prerequisite for future use of the Letterpress Studio.


Letterpress Type in the StudioOpen Studio for Letterpress

Instructor:  Ann Stout
Dates and Times for sessions currently scheduled:

Tuesday, Aug. 20th, 6-8pm
Thursday, Sept. 5, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6-8pm
Thursday, Oct. 3, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 6-8pm
Thursday, Nov. 7, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6-8pm
Thursday, Dec. 5, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 6-8pm

Tuition:  $10 per session
Maximum number of participants:  4   *pre-registration required
Pre-requisite: Letterpress Beginner Class (either at LAC or Dartmouth Books Arts Dept)
Come work on your own project at the Letterpress Studio using any of the tools and equipment in the studio. Work independently, but with guidance and assistance as needed. Three presses are available for use – two platen presses and one flat bed press, many colors of ink, and approximately 50 type styles/sizes and 100 plates with images. Traditional projects or creative projects are welcome, including wood cuts or lino cuts, and collagraph. We are willing to experiment with you. Possible items you can print include notecards, personalized stationery, small posters, coasters, booklets, business cards, greeting cards, invitations.




Instructor: Ray Lagasse
Sat. August 17
Sat. September 7
Sat. October  12
Sat.November 16
Sat. December 7
8:30am-4:30pm  (bring a bag lunch)
Tuition: Range: $111 to $140 depending on your specific basket choice: see link for  BASKET OPTIONS
In this one-day workshop students can choose to make one of a variety of baskets including a wool gathering basket, laundry basket, double-pie, or pack basket (see other options at the link below). 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.




New! Felting ClassesNeedle Felting Drop- In Open Studio

Tuition:  $7 members, $8 non- members per drop-in session
Location:  15 Main Street Studio Classroom

Tuesday, September 10, 6-8pm
Saturday, October 26, 9-11am
Saturday, November 9, 9-11am
Tuesday, December 10, 6-8pm
This drop- in open studio felting offers time, space and community for those interested in felting. Come felt along others in the studio in an inspiring, encouraging and fun setting.  Facilitator, Jennifer Boyd, will be working on her own felting projects but will be available to offer light guidance and encouragement as needed. Bring your materials and your projects, felting pads will be available for those that need them. Needles and wool are available for purchase from the facilitator if desired.  Work on your own projects, get inspired to do new projects, make felting friends, and have some creative fun.  No pre-registration necessary, just show up and sign in and pay when you attend.


Needle Felted Pumpkins

Two Class Options:

Large Pumpkin Class
Saturday, September 28, 9am-12pm
Ages:  Teens and Adults
Tuition:  $35 per student (larger pumpkin, longer class)
Location:  15 Main Street Studio Classroom


Small Pumpkin Class
Tuesday, October 1, 6-8pm 
This class is designed for adults, but kids ages 10 and up are welcome to join the fun
Tuition: $25 per student (smaller pumpkin, shorter class)
Maximum number of 10 students per class
Give your needle felted creations the spotlight in the house for the fall season. Instructor Jennifer Boyd loves nothing more than this crisp season and creating felted décor to celebrate it. Please come share her love of felting by creating pumpkins, bats, black cats and more.  This class will create felted pumpkins.  Students will learn how to use wool effectively, learn trouble shooting techniques and get creative. This class is designed to engage students with needle felting experience, as well as true beginners.   Tuition includes fiber, felting pad and extra needles. Feel free to bring personal Felting pad/needles if you rather use your own.


Needle-Felted Bats and Black Cats

Saturday, October 19, 9am-12pm

Ages:  Teens and Adults
Tuition:  $30, includes all materials
Location:  15 Main Street Studio Classroom
Maximum number of 8 students
This felting class is designed for students with some felting experience. Come create either seasonal bats or a black cat to add to your Seasonal decorations. Bats could be added onto pumpkins or will be ready as stand- alone handmade, fall decoration. Students will learn different techniques for making basic dimensional felted pieces and will leave with a finished piece. Upon registration, students choose bat or cat to make during class.  Tuition includes fiber, felting pad and extra needles. Feel free to bring personal Felting pad and needles if you rather use your own.


Needle-Felted Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Date options:  Saturday, November 16, 9am-12pm  (Ages:  teens and adults)

Tuesday, November 19,  6pm-8pm (Ages:  10 and up through adults)
Location:  15 Main Street Studio Classroom
Tuition:  $18, includes all materials
Maximum of 10 students per class
Create a one-of-a-kind felted holiday ornament in this fun class while you learn the basic techniques for needlepoint felting.   In addition for being for beginners, students with some felting experience who want to take it to the next level will learn to create added detail to your ornament.


Needle-Felted Santa

Saturday, December 14, 9am-12pm
Ages:  Teens and Adults
Tuition:  $30, includes all materials
Maximum number of 10 students
This class is designed for those that are just starting out with Needle felting.  We will be making a simple Santa embellished with details. This class will teach the basics of needle felting while students create fabulous felted Santas. If you have more felting experience this will be a fun project were you can personalize your creation with added details while becoming more comfortable with different techniques.


Needle-Felted Ornaments

Tuesday, December 17, 6pm-8pm
Ages:  Teens and Adults
Location:  15 Main Street Studio Classroom
Tuition:  $20, includes all materials
Maximum number of 10 students
Create a one–of- a- kind felted Christmas tree ornament in this two hour workshop.  Choose from a snowman or decorated gift for your ornament, choose your colors and add your personal flair. This workshop is great for beginners but is also designed to engage those who have felting experience. The fun is in the details!


Adult Open Studio Art Group

**This group will meet for PLEIN AIR PAINTING DATES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER:  See locations below:

Facilitator:  Heidi Lorenz

DROP-IN FEE per session: $8 members / $12 non-members 
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

Plein Air Painting Dates + Locations – Summer 2019

All are welcome to join in!  Please contact the Library Arts Center or group facilitator, Heidi Lorenz for locations & directions: or call 603.573.5847 .  Participants should bring their own easel, supplies, etc. as well as snacks/water.
$8 for members/ $12 non-members

Wed. July 10th:   Niboli’s Farm in Newport on Schoolhouse Rd. in Newport

Wed. July 17th:   The Song Garden on St. Gaudens Road in Cornish

Wed. July 24th:   Dexter’s Inn in Sunapee

Wed. July 31st:   Free Will Farm in Newport  on Fletcher Rd. in Newport

Wed. Aug. 7th:    Private Residence on Pinnacle Road in Croydon

Wed. Aug. 14th:  St. Gaudens Nat’l Historic Site *$10 Entrance Fee, or annual pass

Wed. Aug. 21st:  The Fells, Newbury 

                    *Admission is free to those painting, though painters  must  be pre-registered with LAC on Friday before session  for free admission

Wed. Aug. 28th:  Sunapee Harbor


Drop in Watercolor for Beginner and Intermediate Students 

Instructor: Becky Bense

Tuesdays 9am – 12noon,  (Drop-ins welcome.  No pre-registration necessary.)
Location:  Library Arts Center Studio at our MAIN Studio Location: 58 N. Main St.
Tuition: $15 per session
Learn the basics or work on developing what you already know in this drop in watercolor class.   Each class will be modified to fit whomever shows up!   The lessons Becky shares each week will help beginners learn the basics while engaging intermediate painters in ways that will develop their skills.
Bring what you have for supplies.  If you don’t have supplies, please do not buy anything!  Starter supplies will be available for students to use, and then you can talk with the instructor to decide what material purchases to make.


Watercolor for Differently-Abled Adults

Instructor: Becky Bense
Thursday Afternoons: 12:00 noon – 3:00pm  *Classes will resume on Thurs. Sept. 19th 
Friday Mornings: 9:00am – 12:00 noon *Classes will resume on Fri. Sept. 6th
Tuition: $6 a session, includes materials
This inclusive group meets in the studio for inspired watercolor art projects with artist and instructor Becky Bense.  This class is designed to engage differently-abled adults as well as their caregivers in fun, creative art projects!  Please contact the Library Arts Center if you know of a student who would be interested in joining this group.

Figure Drawing Open Studios

Drop- in Figure Drawing/painting Sessions
$10 for LAC members, $12 for non- members,  per session
Facilitator: Becky Bense

Sept. 19, 5:15- 7:15
Oct 17,  9:45-11:45
Nov 21, 5:15-7:15
Dec 19, 9:45-11:45

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, but note, this is not an instructional session, rather an opportunity for artists to work with a live model in a welcoming studio and community of artists.


Call for Clothed Figure Models

Library Arts Center,
contact Kate Luppold or Fran Huot // 603.863.3040

The Library Arts Center is hosting weekly drop –in figure drawing and painting sessions.  There will be a need for clothed live models to fill this weekly schedule.   The Arts Center is looking for several models to book for different weeks to ensure variety of subject 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.  Please note, artists are looking for all ages, shapes and sizes of people to model, so don’t be intimidated, this is an interesting and fun thing to do, and requires no experience.


Evening Watercolor

Five weeks:  Thursdays September 26- October 24
6-8:30pm each session
Tuition:  $75 for all five sessions
Minimum enrollment:  five students

This class is designed for a wide range of everyone from never painted before to those who taken a class or two and consider themselves intermediate painters. This class will focus on classic watercolor techniques through the use of themes; for example, using the wet on wet painting technique to explore how to render clouds or using a masking technique to assist in creating trees. The class decides which themes we will explore and then the instructor designs technique lessons around those themes.  Sign up, bring a friend, have some fun painting and learning this winter.

Students should NOT purchase anything until AFTER first class but rather bring what they have.  For those without any materials, basic materials will be provided.

Click here for Becky’s suggested supply list for students after the first class.


A Master Class in Landscape Painting

Instructor:  Peter Granucci
Dates:  Saturdays; September 21, October 19, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9
Times:  9am-4pm each session (with a potluck lunch)
Tuition:  $1,150 for all nine sessions, or $135 each session with the understanding that you are committing to the full series of classes and payments.  Students can choose to pay for the whole series at once, or to pay month by month if necessary; pay for the full series and save.  Makeup sessions are offered for missed sessions. (10% discount for members!  = $1,035 for full series and /or $121 session.)

Learn how to set yourself apart as an artist and go beyond copying to creating. In this class you’ll learn how to create more compelling images, create a mood and develop a more dynamic process for your work. This class is for all levels but especially for the painter that wants to take their work to the next level of accomplishment. You’ll not only gain insights into how to paint the parts (trees, roads, buildings, clouds etc.) but you’ll also learn how to assess the quality of your references, see the important and relevant information, make the necessary improvements all the while giving you the confidence to modify, adjust, and create images unique to you and your sensibilities.
This class will include: lectures, demonstrations, individual and group positive critiques, and lots of time to paint! Some other topics covered will be color, composition, design, form, volume, and depth. We will also look at historical paintings to gain insights into what they did to make us want to look at their work. What it doesn’t teach is a style or specific method rather it will help you improve your own style and method. It can help you paint more realistically or more abstractly, it’s all in the application of the artistic principles.
This class always develops a lot of artistic comradeship and we have excellent potluck lunches!


Options available for both beginning and more seasoned felters.


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