Summer 2017 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 Classes for ADULTS 2017

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.
Plein Aire PaintingPeter GranucciJuly 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16Wednesdays
Uncork Your Inner Artist: New England SeascapePatti WarrenJuly 18Tuesday
Shrinky-Dink Goes High Fashion!Laura Jean WhitcombJuly 19Wednesday
Try Before You Buy WatercolorMargaret DwyerJuly 20Thursday
Plein Air Workshop at St. GaudensRobert J. O'BrienJuly 21 - 22Friday and Saturday
attend one or both days
$65 per day
or $110 / two days
Glass Garden TotemsPatti WarrenAug. 3Thursday
6:00-8:00 pm
Fabric Printing Surface DesignNancy GrahamAug. 12
OR Sept. 9
Basket WeavingRay LagasseAug. 19
OR Oct. 14
Price varies depending on basket choice. See options.
Beginner Watercolor Painting ClassMargaret DwyerAug. 22, 23, 24Tuesday - Thursday
Watercolor for Differently-abled AdultsBecky Bense May 19 & 26, June 2, 16, 23, July 21 & 28, August 4 & 25, September 1, 8 & 29Fridays
9:00am-12:00 noon
$6 per session
Drop-in Open Studio Art GroupFacilitator: Heidi LorenzOngoingWednesdays
9:00am-12:00 noon
$8 members/$12 non-members per session
Drop-in Figure Drawing GroupFacilitator: VariesOngoingFridays
$10 members/$12 non-members per session
Drop-in Fiber Arts GroupFacilitator: Ann StoutOngoing, but on recess until Sept. 6thWednesdays
$4 per session

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 
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
ON RECESS UNTIL WED. SEPTEMBER 6th–Class will not meet during the summer months.
ONGOING, Wednesdays, 10:00am-12noon
Location:  15 Main Street
$4 per 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.

Plein Aire Painting

Instructor: Peter Granucci
Level: Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16,  5-7:30 PM
Tuition: $360.00 for all seven sessions
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.

Uncork Your Inner Artist: New England Seascape

Instructor:  Patti Warren
Dates and Times: Tuesday, July 18, 6-8:30pm
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.

Shrinky-Dink Goes High Fashion

Instructor: Laura Jean Whitcomb
Ages: kids and adults are all welcome to this class!
Date and Times: Wednesday, July 19, 6-8pm
Fee: $5, includes all materials.
Remember Shrinky-Dinks?  This fabulous shrinking art material has had a resurgence that has made its way all the way the Arts Center!  Have fun cutting and coloring in shapes, shrinking them down in the toaster oven and beading them up into funky necklaces.  Bring friends, bring kids and join in on this multi-generational, nostalgic art project.

Try Before You Buy Watercolor

Instructor:   Margaret Dwyer
Dates and Times:  Thursday, July 20, 5:30-8:30pm
Fee: $47, includes all materials
Enter the studio without any materials, and with either no or little watercolor experience.  Learn about materials and create a small watercolor painting with step by step instruction as well as individualized attention.  Leave this class with a completed painting, new skills and understanding of watercolor as well as knowledge of what materials to purchase for yourself should you decide to continue with watercolor painting.

Plein Air Workshop at St. Gaudens

Instructor: Robert J. O’Brien
$65 per day for instruction (plus your purchase your $10 daily park entry fee (unless you have a national parks pass)).
Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, 9:30am-4pm – sign up for one day or preferably both!
Treat yourself to a workshop painting on this historic and stunning  property in this plein air workshop at St. Gaudens National Historic Site with renowned watercolor instructor Robert O’Brien.  Be inspired by the sweeping views, lush gardens, historic buildings, sculptures and monuments while improving your skills of painting on site, outside.  This workshop is open to all levels. Students can register for both days or either Friday or Saturday’s class.  The group will meet at St. Gaudens Friday and Saturday for two days filled with art, inspiration and learning.  Should it rain, the group will paint from the covered porch of this historic home.
Click here to see Robert’s recommended Plein Air Materials List

Glass Garden Totems

Instructor:   Patti Warren
Dates and Times: Thursday, August 3, 6-8pm
Fee: $40, includes all materials
Design and assemble your own glass garden totem. Select glass components from a huge selection to make your totem meaningful as well as a sparkling highlight to your yard.  Patti’s glass totems are the beautiful tall, sculptural, upcycled glass totems that are so popular at Gallery of Gifts.

Fabric Printing Surface Design

Instructor:  Nancy Graham
Dates and Times:  Saturday, August 12, 10am-2pm, OR Saturday, September 9, 10am-2pm
Fee: $45, includes all printing materials, inks etc., you bring some fabric, maybe a t-shirt, or whatever else you might want to print on.
Great for beginners as well as more experienced artists who just want to let loose & experiment with less traditional methods to spark creativity.  Start with basic white fabric and learn ways to transform it from bland to extraordinary using a myriad of techniques, fabric inks and household materials for printing.  The studio will be filled with fabric inks of every color- so don’t wear your best cloths, and bring an apron.  Also pack a bag lunch.

Basket Weaving 

Instructor: Ray Lagasse
August 19, 2017, 8:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch).
or October 14, 2017, 8:30am-4:30pm (bring a bag lunch).
Tuition:  *Varies depending on basket choice.  To see a listing of basket options & prices, please click here: 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. 
To view your basket choices for this workshop, please click here: BASKET OPTIONS

Beginner Watercolor Painting Class

Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates and Times: August 22, 23 & 24, 5:30-8:30pm
Fee:  $100
Get yourself started with watercolor painting.  This class is great for true beginners or those who have dabbled from time to time, or those who have not used the medium in a long time.  We provide the materials so you don’t have to make an investment. The class will cover styles, techniques, color, supplies, and even some tricks in watercolor. We will work on small-scale paintings so that you can go home with a finished piece (or more!). Step-by-step demonstrations followed by individual instruction will keep things accessible to you. Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, working with watercolors can be an extremely gratifying experience that will likely leave you wanting more.

Watercolor Class for Differently Abled Adults

Instructor: Becky Bense
Dates: May 19 & 26, June 2, 16, 23, July 21 & 28, August 4 & 25, September 1, 8 & 29
Friday mornings 9 am-12 noon
Tuition: $6 a session, includes materials
For summer, this class will meet as often as it can!  Once October is here, the group will meet weekly again.  Until then, feel free to pay weekly drop-in style, or pay for a block of four at a time.
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!