COVID-19 Update

The Library Arts Center's gallery and studio spaces are temporarily closed through September. 

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Four Seasons: A Year in Watercolor Trees 

Online Class Series for Beginners and Intermediate Students

Instructor: Patti Warren

Wed. June 3, 1:00-2:30pm;  Four Seasons:  Spring Trees in Watercolor

Wed. June 10, 1:00-2:30pm;  Four Seasons:  Summer Trees in Watercolor

Wed. June 17, 1:00-2:30pm;  Four Seasons:  Fall Trees in Watercolor

Wed. June 24, 1:00-2:30pm;   Four Seasons:  Winter Trees in Watercolor

Location: The comfort of your home!
Tuition: $10 per class, or $30 for the whole four-class series!  Register for individual classes, or register for all four for the price of three!

Enjoy these four step by step sessions painting New Hampshire’s beautiful trees through the four seasons. 
Each session will focus on how to portray local trees in a seasonal landscape…beginning with Spring Reflections!  Don’t be intimidated!  This is going to really and truly be step-by-step, fun, and done from the comfort of your own home using Zoom technology on your phone, tablet, or computer. 

Suggested Materials:

These are suggested materials, if you don’t have these, just set up what you have!
Watercolor paints preferred, but any water soluble paint is fine. 

140 lb. watercolor 9×11 or similar size
I.5″ or 2″ flat brush, #8 or #10 round brush
White eraser
Water cup…water
Masking tape
Cardboard, masonite or foam core board . This needs to be at least an inch longer and wider than your paper.
Paper towel or soft rag

DIGITAL WATERCOLOR during COVID-19 Quarantine: 

Weekly Online Watercolor Classes for Beginners and Intermediate Students

Digital Watercolor during Covid-19Instructor: Becky Bense
Tuesday Mornings, 9:00 – 11:30am, –this class will run through June 2nd, before taking a recess for the summer months.
Location: The comfort of your home!
Tuition: $15 per session,
During the current season of social distancing during the COVID-19, our wonderful watercolor instructor Becky is bringing this popular class to a digital platform! Whether you have been attending this friendly group in the past, or you are totally new to this, if you have some watercolor paints and some paper at home, join in!  What a great way to spend this time we are all homebound in creative learning and community!  Class will be entirely online, via the online conferencing platform–Zoom. When you sign up, Becky will send you an invite link to this user-friendly online format.  Becky will be available a half an hour before class starts so students can sign in online early and make sure they feel comfortable using the online format before class begins. You can participate on a computer, i-Pad, or smartphone.  
Learn the basics or work on developing what you already know in this weekly class. Each week is a stand-alone lesson, so sign up for one session or several.  The lessons Becky shares each week will help beginners learn the basics, while engaging intermediate painters in ways that will develop their skills. Becky has created a warm and welcoming class environment where all her students feel encouraged. 
To register: click on the link below to the Library Arts Center’s Square Online Store, and purchase individual sessions, by the week. If you would like the digital invite link sent to a different email than your payment email address, please send us a quick email to to let us know so we can be sure to get you connected!
In light of the fact that this time has found many in our creative community without income, if you would like to try out the class, but you can’t afford to join in at this time, just let us know and we will add you in free of charge if we possibly can. Contact us at

SPRING 2020 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.


Classes for ADULTS 2020

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.
Basket WeavingRay LagasseUpcoming sessions:
May 16th
May 23rd
*subject to change
Price varies depending on basket choice. See options below.BASKET OPTIONS
Register Now!
Letterpress Beginner & Intermediate ClassAnn St. Martin StoutMay 12, 19, 26, June 9, 16
*or by appointment with the instructor, (including evening options)
*subject to change
1:00-3:00pm Enrollment: 2 students per class
(or by appointment with the instructor)
$27 per student, includes all materials
REGISTER NOW! Register Now!
Letterpress Beginner & Intermediate ClassAnn St. Martin StoutMay 14, 21, 28, June 12, 19
*or by appointment with the instructor, (including evening options)
*subject to change
10:00am-12:00noon Enrollment: 2 students per class
$27 per student, includes all materials
Register Now!
Drop-in DIGITAL WatercolorBecky BenseOngoing
*This class is currently meeting DIGITALLY via Zoom until further notice.
$15 per session or $50 for a four-class pass
Drop-in Open Studio Art GroupFacilitator: Heidi LorenzOngoing
*NOTE: This class is currently not meeting due to COVID-19
9:00am-12:00 noon
$8 members/$12 non-members per session
Watercolor for Differently Abled AdultsBecky BenseOngoing
*NOTE: This class is currently not meeting due to COVID-19
Friday Mornings
$6 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)
Garden Journals: Papermaking and PlantsAngie Follensbee-Hall, BFA, MAOctober 1 & 8Thursdays,
12:00-3:00pm (6 class hours total)
$95, includes all materials



LAC LetterpressLetterpress Beginner & Intermediate Class

Instructor: Ann St. Martin Stout

Dates and Time Options:
*subject to change due to public health recommendations
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00pm
May 12, 19, 26, June 9, 16
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00 noon
May 14, 21, 28, June 12, 19
*or BY APPOINTMENT with the instructor, including evening options
Enrollment: 2 students per class
Cost: $27 per student, includes all materials
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 in the Library Arts Center’s recently established letterpress studio. Students will go home with note cards printed with a quote or sentiment of their choosing, so come to class with a short quote, no more than 16 to 18 words to use for your project. **This class is a prerequisite for future use of the Letterpress Studio, and can be taken as many times as a student would like while learning and practicing.

Please reach out to us if you are interested in taking this course, but the timing of the sessions does not work for you.  The instructor will be happy to find a mutually beneficial time for you to learn the studio presses.

Click here to register for Letterpress Workshops Online

Click here for the most recent Letterpress Studio Newsletter! Newletter vol 1 issue 3



Basket-MakingInstructor: Ray Lagasse

*subject to change due to public health recommendations
Sat. May 16th

Sat. May 23rd

8:30am-4:30pm  (bring a bag lunch)
Tuition: Range: $115 to $145 depending on your specific basket choice: see link for BASKET OPTIONS
ONLINE REGISTRATION is now available for Winter & Spring Classes – Click on the link HERE to register. (A small processing fee for online registrations will apply.)  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.


Adult Open Studio Art Group

*This class is currently NOT meeting due to the stay-at-home order.
Facilitator:  Heidi Lorenz

DROP-IN FEE per session: $8 members / $12 non-members 
, WEDNESDAYS, 9am-12noon
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.


Drop-in Watercolor for Beginner and Intermediate Students 

Instructor: Becky Bense
*This class is currently MEETING DIGITALLY due to the stay-at-home order.
Tuesdays 9am – 11:30am, ongoing through may  (Drop-ins welcome.  No pre-registration necessary.)
Location:  From the Comfort of your Home! (via Zoom)
Tuition: $15 per session or $50 for a four-class pass.
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.  (*Please note that this class takes a recess during the summer months of June, July & August.)


ART for Differently-Abled Adults

Instructor: Becky Bense

Friday Mornings: 9:00am – 12:00 noon
*This class is currently NOT meeting due to the stay-at-home order.

Tuition: $6 a session, includes materials
This inclusive group meets in the studio for inspired 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!   All are welcome to join in this fabulous class.  Projects will be a jumping-off point to let students’ imaginations soar.  (*Please note that this class will run until late April 2020, and will not meet during the summer months.)


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!


Garden Journals:  Papermaking and Plants

Instructor:  Angie Follensbee-Hall, BFA, MA

Experience:  Introductory/Intermediate
Dates & Times:  Thursdays, October 1 & 8, 12-3pm (6 hours class time total)
Tuition:  $95, includes all materials

Learn the fundamentals of hand papermaking and make a garden inspired book! We will embed flowers, leaves, and seeds into our wet paper. After our paper is dry, we will create a simple bound book including pockets and spaces to display seeds, pictures, and other inspirations from our gardens.

***if possible, students should bring as much of their own collection as they may have of: dried botanicals, scraps of paper, strings, anything small and  flat they would like to embed into the paper (mica, glitter, small flakes of shells, spices, leaves, flowers, strings, yarn, ribbons, etc…) Many things work but think small and flat! 


Angie Follensbee-Hall has been a professional artist for over 20 years. She holds a BFA degree from PSU, and will finish a self designed Master of Arts from Goddard College in the summer of 2020. She is a member of the League of NH Craftsmen, The Vermont Handcrafters, and the New Hampshire Art Association. Angie has exhibited regionally and nationally and has won art awards through Elmira College, the League Of NH, Cambridge Art Association, and NHAA. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500, has led numerous Yoga Teacher Training sessions, is a Reiki Master Teacher, an Attunement Healer, and has taught and designed art courses at Granite State College and other area art centers. She has exhibited her handmadepaper tapestries throughout the nation for over 20 years. To learn more about Angie, visit her website

Artist Mission Statement:

I layer stories of place and myth into handmade paper tapestries and manuscripts. What emerges through plant fibers, found materials, and vivid colors are artifacts of belonging and sacred offerings. My mission is to awaken our connection to Earth, stories, and creativity.



Options available for both beginning and more seasoned felters.


Drawing, Painting, Watercolor, Pastel & Ongoing Offerings