Classes for Adults

SUMMER 2016 Offerings


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.

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. 

Adult Open Studio Art Group
Facilitator:  Heidi Lorenz
DROP-IN FEE per session: $8 members / $12 non-members 
** Summer brings Open Studio out of the studio and into the beauty of nature to paint on location in stunning natural settings. All are welcome to join this group for any of the sessions you are able.  Click HERE for Summer Info.
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.

Fiber Arts Drop-in Group
Facilitator:  Ann Stout
ONGOING, Wednesdays, 10:00am-12noon
Location:  15 Main Street
$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 
Instructor: Patti Warren
Thursday, July 21, 6-8:30pm
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 
Instructor: Ray Lagasse
Dates/Times: FULL!: Saturday, July 9, 8:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch).
Just Added! August 20th, 8:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch).

September 10th, 8:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch). 
November 5th, 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)

Plein 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.

Watercolor Outdoors
Instructor: Becky Bense
Dates & Times: Saturdays July 16, August 27 or September 24, 9:30-3:30 (Each is a separate session, sign up for one or all three!)
Tuition: $35 for each session
Description:  There is not much that is more fun that painting outside on a beautiful day for an artist!  If weather permits, this group will meet at the Arts Center, then head out to paint on location. Should it rain the group will work in the studio from photo reference. The painting location will be abundant with flower gardens rolling fields and mountainous views as well as many beautiful nooks and crannies from which to tuck yourself away to paint.  Class will start with a demo after which students will have ample time to paint with guidance and encouragement from Becky.  This class is great for the beginner and intermediate painter.  Bring your lunch, bug spray and sunblock and prepare for a day of wonderful creative fun.  

Bursts of Color with Alcohol Inks
Instructor: Ann Stout
Dates & Times: Monday, July 18, 6:30-8:30pm OR Monday, September 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition: $15 includes materials
Description:  Using Alcohol Inks, a relatively new medium on the arts and crafts scene, create bursts of concentrated color on a non-porous surface.  In this class, students will combine and manipulate colors using the interaction of inks, rubbing alcohol, gusts of air and gravity.  Go home with a 5X5 panel for display (or to use as the background of another project) and a ceramic tile with your colorful creations on it which can be used as a trivet.  This class will give you the confidence to use alcohol inks on your own at home.  It is a medium that requires very little space and no unusual supplies, yet makes a big impact.  This will be a fun evening in the studio where everyone will go home with colorful masterpieces.

Polymer Bead Making
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday, July 19, 12:30-3:30pm
Tuition: $25
Ages:  11-teen, adults welcome
Description:  Starting with a vast selection of polymer clay colors plus inclusions such as micro glitter and gold leaf, learn a variety of techniques to create stunning beads. You’ll have access to tons of great clay tools, cutters, and texture plates. Leave the studio with a variety of sophisticated finished beads and the know how to make more on your own.  

Polymer Pendants:  Taking it to the Next Level
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Wednesday, July 20, 5:30-9pm
Tuition: $27
Ages:  Adults and Teens
Description:  From basics to beyond, learn multiple techniques to make sophisticated pendant jewelry with polymer clay. This class will focus on sculptural pendants using detailing tools, molds, inclusions, and metallic surface treatments. Pasta machines and tons of clay cutters and tools will be available for classroom use.  Go home with a variety of pendants and a whole new skill set for jewelry making.  

Polymer Clay Canes:  Designs Multiplied!
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Friday, July 22 1-4pm
Tuition: $25
Ages:  11-teen (adults welcome to sign up too!)
Description:  Starting with traditional techniques that go back to ancient glass blowing, then adding a vast color array of polymer clay, pasta machines and clay tools, learn to create colorful canes of clay.  Then cut those canes into slices to create surprising, colorful and highly detailed beads or tiles that all match.  This is a great technique that can be used to create all sorts of art projects.  This will be a fun, colorful and hands on experience that will end with incredible design results!

Barn Quilts
Instructor: Becky Luppold
Dates & Times: Saturday, July 23, 9am-3pm (bring a bag lunch)
Tuition: $47 (includes all materials)
Description:  Help us bring the tradition of barn quilts to our region by creating your own to hang on your house or barn.  Barn quilts are quilt designs painted onto wooden boards that are weatherized and can be hung on barns and other exterior surfaces.  As this is an introductory course, barn quilts will be made on 1 ft.X1 ft. boards.  There will be an option of three different quilt squares to choose from for your design, as well as a variety of paint colors to choose from.  Learn all the steps needed to create your own square and leave with your fully completed square ready to hang outdoors!  With this class under your belt you will have the know-how to make more barn quilts on your own should you choose.  

Wine Cork Cork Boards
Instructor: Ann Stout
Dates & Times: Thursday, September 22, 6:30-8:30
Tuition: $25
Min. Max. enrollment:  up to 10 students  
Description: Create a mosaicked cork board with wine corks. Start with 16X16 wooden frames & wine corks. An ample assortment of corks provided, or feel free to bring your own if you have a collection you would like to use. Leave class with a finished project ready to hang on the wall and use! Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while making your board in the spirit in the class; participants in this class must be 21 or older.    

Instructor: Stacey Hammerlind
Dates & Times: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 9 & 10, 6-8pm
Tuition: $30
Description:  make a beautiful mosaic using broken plates and ceramic pieces.  This ancient technique creates incredible artwork out of things as simple as broken dishes that would otherwise be thrown away.  Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own broken dish pieces if you have saved some and want to use them.  Leave this class with a small finished piece and the skills to make more on your own, participants will never look at a broken dish the same way!

Before Summer’s End – Flowers and Watercolor
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 23 &24, 1-4pm
Tuition: $75
Ages:  Adults and teens
Description:  Capture the essence of summer in watercolor painting by not just using nature as subject, but as material as well.  Layering of leaves, vines and paints as part of the painting process.  This is an experimental painting class with knock-out results.  On the second day in the studio combine more traditional painting technique such as glazing and negative space painting to pull your art piece together.  

Copperplate Calligraphy Workshop
Instructor:  Laura Di Piazza
Dates & Times: Thursdays September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 6-8pm
Tuition: $215 includes all materials and a calligraphy set for you to keep
Description:  In this calligraphy workshop we will examine and practice letterforms in the Copperplate hand. Copperplate, a pointed-pen script hand, was developed in 16th century England. We will work with an oblique pen holder, pointed pen nib, ink and practice pads with grid and slant lines. Our main focus will be on practicing varying amounts of pressure to apply to our pens to produce thick (shaded) and thin (hairline) strokes. We will begin our practice with minuscule and later majuscule letters, which
will be grouped according to similar letterforms. All materials will be supplied. Feel free to bring in your favorite quote and/or project ideas for practice and discussion.

Instructor:  Patricia Wild
Wednesday, September 14, 1-3pm
Tuition:  $38 (max. 10 students)
You know you’re the
hero(ine) of your own life – now discover why! Using guided visualization,
meditations, and other exercises we will explore the many facets of who you are
in images, sounds, words, and movement.  These
forms are like puzzle pieces, each containing vital information, and some
surprises, about the journey of your life. By arranging and rearranging these
pieces a beautiful whole is formed. Celebrate the life that you are, using
simple book techniques, as you create your visual autobiography.

Instructor:  Patricia Wild
Saturday, October 8, 1-3pm
Tuition:  $38 (max. 10 students)

Everyone is born with the impulse to make images; it’s an integral part of our human-ness, and a rich part of our human heritage. Your artistic impulse and inner imagery is as unique to you as your fingerprints. In this workshop we will use guided visualization, meditation, and other exercises to access, explore, and express your inner imagery. You will also learn techniques for “dialoging” with your images to discover what wisdom they hold for you as you create and keep a journal of your true Self.


INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Patricia Wild holds a
certificate of graduate study in Expressive Arts from
Regina University. She also holds a BFA from Washington University,
an MA and EdD from the University of Cincinnati. She has taught art
every level from pre-school through graduate school, as well as
workshops in the Expressive Arts. She’s also a published
exhibiting artist, and inveterate seeker and learner.

Painted Barn Board Quilts
Instructor: Becky Luppold
Dates & Times: Saturday, Nov. 12, 8:30am-3:30pm (bring a bag lunch)
Tuition: $118 (includes all materials)
Maximum enrollment 6 students
Description:  Help us bring the tradition of barn quilts to our region by creating your own to hang on your house or barn.  Barn quilts are quilt designs painted onto wooden boards that are weatherized and can be hung on barns and other exterior surfaces.  This class will make 2X2 foot boards. There will be an option of three different quilt squares to choose from for your design, as well as a variety of paint colors to choose from.  Learn all the steps needed to create your own square and leave with your fully completed square ready to hang outdoors!  With this class under your belt you will have the know-how to make more barn quilts on your own should you choose.