Classes 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, or can enter the code MEMBER when registering online to receive the discount.

Letterpress for Beginners

Instructor: Ann Stout
Select Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm  OR  1:00pm-3:00pm   

*evenings upon request. 

*max capacity of two students per class for our small letterpress studio.  Sign up individually, or with a friend.   **other times available by appointment (or special arrangement).  Please inquire.

Tuition, includes all materials:  $35 per person*  *Sign up two people for a session and receive a discount, $60 for two.  (Use discount code:  FRIEND)

Choose your own project.  Various options include: business cards, notecards, small poster style quotes, coasters etc. 

In this class you will learn the basics of letterpress, working in our small, but wonderfully equipped letterpress studio.  From setting your own type to using the printing press, you will complete a small project of your own creation in this beginner’s class with our resident letterpress artist, Ann Stout.

Plein Air Outdoor Adventure Painting

Outdoor Adventure Painting
An ‘En Plein Air’ Art Experience for All Seasons and Terrain

Guided and Coordinated by artist Heidi Lorenz
Upcoming Dates and Locations: 

Saturdays, once per month – 1:00-4:00pm 

Upcoming Sessions:

Next Session Sat. June 15th:  Oak Street in Newport, NH
Please note, there is no session in the month of May.

Sat. July 27th:  Pinnacle Rd. in Croydon, NH 

Sat. Aug. 15th:  Maxfield Parrish Home in Plainfield, NH 

Sat. Sept. 14th:  St. Gaudens National Historic Site

Fee: $8/session for LAC members, $12 for non-members

This monthly drop-in class meets in a different inspiring location throughout the year to draw, paint, sketch or photograph nature in comradery with other outdoor art enthusiasts.  This inclusive and welcoming group is designed to engage artists at all levels & to consider the natural effects of light & its ever changing influences on our landscape. Careful consideration of comfort in your outdoor gear is important when creating art in the open air.  Feel free to bring a full plein air kit or for ease & simplicity bring a simple sketchbook with pencil & pen, or anything you like, whatever works in your favor. There will be locations that involve light hiking, which will be noted in the monthly location description. We will have complimentary hand warmers available to keep those fingers moving.  This drop-in series is an opportunity to create a fun community of artists, to be inspired, creative, adventurous, & to be amidst nature in all seasons throughout the year! 

**You can register and pay online in advance, or if needed Heidi can collect cash or check for the class upon arrival.

For any questions, or to ask to be added to the group contact list, please contact Heidi at

Details for Sat. June 15th:

Arthur Walsh’s Farm is a haven for artists. This property abuts the sugar river trail and river. There are outbuildings and a large barn and we have access to the house to warm our hands, get a drink and use the bathroom. Arthur has hosted artists previously and is a thoughtful host. One caveat is we don’t let his indoor cat out or his outdoor cat in!!! So please be mindful!

Directions from the Library Arts Center at  58 N Main St, Newport, NH 03773

-Head north toward Belknap Ave (315 ft)

-Turn right onto Belknap Ave (177 ft)

-Turn left at the 1st cross street onto N Main St (0.3 mi)

-Turn left onto Oak St (2.0 mi)

-Destination: 507 Oak St, Newport, NH 03773

Plein Air Outdoor Adventure Painting

Open Studio Art Group

Group Facilitator:  Heidi Lorenz
Wednesday mornings, ongoing | 9:30am-12:30pm 

There will be NO OPEN STUDIO CLASSES:  May 1, 8, 15

Class will return to the studio May 22 and 29

NO CLASS on June 5 

Plein Air Outdoor Painting Sessions begin on Wed. 6/12!

$8 for members/$12 non-members.

Bring your own art supplies and paint alongside a delightful and supportive group of artists. Facilitator Heidi Lorenz will paint alongside all, but is available for light guidance and instruction if desired. This welcoming and friendly drop-in style group is available to artists of all styles and abilities!

Drop in–No pre-registration necessary.

Basket-Making Workshops 

with artisan Ray Lagasse

Upcoming Sessions:

Sat. May 18th – *canceled due to lack of enrollment
Sat. June 15th – FULL
Sat. July 13th
Sat. Aug. 24th (outdoors on the Newport Common during the Apple Pie Crafts Fair–a full fundraiser for the Library Arts Center)
Sat. Sept. 14th
Sat. Oct. 12th
Sat. Nov. 16th
Sat. Dec. 14th

Time:  8:30am-4:30pm  (bring a bag lunch)
Tuition: $128-165 depending on basket choice   *LAC members may enter the code MEMBER at checkout to receive a 10% tuition discount.  
Location:  Library Arts Center Studio

In this one-day workshop students will create an artisan, heirloom-quality basket from start to finish! The baskets will be woven using reed with a hardwood base, rails, and rim. All materials are created and prepared by instructor Ray Lagasse–a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen.  Each participant will be asked to choose which basket he or she will be making upon registration.  View all of the basket options HERE.

Each student will leave the workshop with the completed basket of his or her choosing.  Registration will close a week before the class starts.    

Please Note: **Students who cancel before the class will still owe a $35 fee for materials preparation.

Foundations in Art for Teens

Intro to Gouache Painting

Instructor: Heidi Lorenz

New session begins in March 

Fridays, March 8 to April 12, 3:30-6:00pm 

Snow make-up class on Fri. April 19th.
NOTE:  No class on Fri. April 5th due to the winter storm.

*Pre-registration is required.
Tuition: $60: Includes all materials and instruction for the full six-week series

**Scholarships are available.  Please email us at to inquire.

This class is designed to engage teen artists in developing their creative skills with professional artist, Heidi Lorenz. This class presents an opportunity for artists to widen, broaden & deepen their artistic skills in a friendly environment that is warm & welcoming. Questions are applauded, exploration is encouraged, and personal artistic development is certain. This series will grow & expand throughout the year allowing students to dive even deeper into their creations and learning while building and strengthening their skills and art portfolio. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of artist -grade materials, view examples from the masters throughout history–juxtaposed with contemporary greats, witness artist demonstrations, and create their own masterpieces. This six-week session focuses on introduction to painting with gouache. Gouache is an opaque water-based paint that is quick drying, like watercolor, inexpensive, and makes gorgeous results.  This class looks to engage both young teens, just getting to the next level of art creation, as well as older teens looking to deepen their skills and portfolios.

Art for Differently-Abled Adults
Instructor:  Susan Feige
Thursday Mornings, ongoing

9:00am-12:00 noon
Library Arts Center Studio 

$6 per session for each team of student and caregiver.  Includes materials.

This inclusive group meets in the studio for inspired art projects with artist and instructor Susan Feige. This class is designed to engage differently-abled adults as well as their caregivers in fun, creative art projects!  Class themes change weekly.  Please register if you are interested in the class, then each session is a stand-alone drop-in which won’t require pre-registration. 

Art for Differently-Abled Adults
& their Caregivers Friday Workshops:  Celebrate the Seasons!

Special Once-a-Month Friday Sessions
Typically held the 2nd Friday of the Month – 9am-12pm
with instructor Susan Feige
$6 per session

This fun group will meet monthly to create art and community themed on monthly holiday or seasonal celebrations.  All participants from the Thursday group are welcome to join in this additional monthly session as well as anyone who can’t make the Thursday group, or would like to just join in for a monthly session.  There is no need to pre-register for this drop-in.  First time participants will be asked to fill out a registration form at their first session, or beforehand online.

Collage and Mixed Media Open Studio

Facilitator:  Christie Scott

Third Tuesday of each month, 11am to 2pm
Next Session:  Tues. Apr. 16th

$5.00 Tuition per session

This is a drop in session, no need to pre-register, fill out a registration form at your first session, then attend whenever works for you.

Intrigued by the possibilities of collage and mixed media technics? Already captivated, and interested in a communal opportunity to explore and generate new assemblages? We are starting an open collage and water based mixed media studio group. Chris Scott has been making collage for several years using textiles and paper along with various other materials and will act as facilitator; offering her experience and encouraging an exchange of ideas and knowledge by other members of the group. Bring your own art supplies and work on your current projects alongside a delightful and supportive group of artists. Completely new to mixed media? Chris can provide a short supply list for getting started.

Please note, we welcome you to bring whatever supplies you would like to this class, but ask you to refrain from bringing turpentine or mineral spirits to this open studio.  

Mood 4.0 with Peter Granucci

Understanding & Utilizing Light:  A Continuation of the Master’s Series

Saturdays, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 2, Apr. 6, and Apr. 27

Times:  9:00am-4:00pm each session 

Library Arts Center Studio

**Please Register or RSVP to reserve your spot in the class.**

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. Make-up sessions are offered for missed sessions. 

Membership Discount (10% discount for members! = $1,035 for full series and /or $121 session.)  Use code MEMBER when registering online.

This is a very exciting class. We will continue to build on all that we’ve done with mood by introducing various lighting effects. This process will provide you with a sincere appreciation of, and skill to control, how light affects the mood of a given scene. It really “ups the ante” for adding interest and dynamics to your paintings. The goal will be to produce a finished work.

This class is designed for students who have been attending this annual Master’s Series. If you would like to join the class and have not been part of the series so far, Peter is happy to offer private sessions to catch students up and prepare them for this series.  

Register and pay online, or check payments may be sent to Library Arts Center, 58 N. Main St.  Newport, NH  03773.