SUMMER 2022 Offerings! – Stay tuned for more offerings and details coming soon!

*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.

Studio Scholarships

A number of full and partial scholarships are made available for children each season through the Nancy Kipperman Memorial Studio Scholarship Fund.  It’s our mission to ensure that art classes for children are made accessible to our community.


Children’s Studio Art Class Series

This weekly series is designed so children can sign up for the classes that interest them.  Each of these classes is a deeper dive into the creative process in our studio.  Children attend these classes without caregivers, learn new skills, make new friends with similar creative interests, and leave with wonderful finished projects.
*Pre-registration required for these classes, minimum of 4 students per class, maximum of 12.

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30
Tuition:  $10 for each class, includes all materials
Suggested age range for participants:  7-12

*Registration is by the week, so sign up for the sessions that interest you!  $10 per participant, per class.


July 13th

Tie Dye sneakers
with instructor Patti Warren

Using permanent marker and Isopropyl alcohol to customize pair of white or light canvas shoes. You can also design an apron, visor or any canvas item!  All art materials provided…just bring your canvas sneakers, or other canvas surface and colorful energy!

July 20th

Nature Infused Paper Making
with instructor Kris Cairelli

Create your own handmade papers using recycled materials, items from nature, and more! We will explore the papermaking process- involving blenders, colorful paper pulp, sponges, screens, and fresh air. All participants will leave with their own handmade papers, along with techniques for using handmade papers to make art.

Kris Cairelli is an artist, art teacher, and mom of three boys in Croydon, New Hampshire. She enjoys making art with many mediums and loves to incorporate nature and sustainability themes. Currently, she works as part-time art teacher at Croydon Village School. Visit for more information.

July 27th

Travel Wee
with instructor Pam LaFountain

Whether you travel across the world, the country or to your backyard, it’s fun to have a travel side-kick. Take your Travel Wee and be sure to take pictures with him/her to document your adventures. These furry adorable creatures can be individualized to fit your style. Designing a leaf for food, a camera, a decorated container, and a label for your Wee “home” are also part of the class.

August 3rd

Landscape Painting on Canvas
with instructor Caitlin Mauser Rowe

Learn about several key landscape painters through art history with a variety of styles, get inspired and create your own landscape painting. Students will use perspective and the elements of space and color to create their own acrylic landscape paintings on canvas.

Caitlin has been teaching art to elementary age students for over a decade within our surrounding communities. Her true love is painting, but she also enjoys creating with clay, fabric and other craft materials with both her students at school and two daughters at home.

August 10th

Folding a Good Time with Origami
with instructor Pam LaFountain

Fold by fold, bring simple sheets of paper to life as you transform them into characters in this Japanese art form!  Learn how to make Japanese paper dolls.  You choose the color patterns, hairstyles and facial expressions. If time permits we will make other folded origami, like the famous “Japanese paper crane” popularized in the book, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.”

August 17th

Pinwheels for Peace
with instructor Kris Cairelli

Learn to create art-filled pinwheels from various materials, including outdoor-grade supplies, to celebrate and promote “whirled” peace! Pinwheel displays have become a symbol of peace culminating every year on September 21st- International Day of Peace. We will incorporate drawing, painting, collage skills and more into our pinwheels, and will explore additional art-making ideas that represent peace as well.

Kris Cairelli is an artist, art teacher, and mom of three boys in Croydon, New Hampshire. She enjoys making art with many mediums and loves to incorporate nature and sustainability themes. Currently, she works as part-time art teacher at Croydon Village School. Visit for more information.

Family/Community Drop-in Art Projects Under the Tent

Free drop- in designed to engage the whole family

Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am.  ALL are welcome.

with Heidi Lorenz, artist and our Community Arts Engagement Facilitator

No pre-registration necessary for this free weekly drop-in

Join us under the tent on the side lawn of the Library and Library Arts Center for these weekly drop-ins exploring a variety of mediums and creative exploration.  Spend the hour creating art in these sessions designed to engage all ages of children and adults.  Parents or caregivers are asked to participate and create art alongside their children. 

July 12:  Painted Slates – Each participant will get an antique roof slate to paint and take home.  Create a welcome sign, house address number, or art piece as you see fit.

July 19:  Andy Goldsworthy inspired nature art – In the style of this prominent artist, we will use leaves, sticks, stones, and flowers to create unique nature art on the side lawn for all to enjoy.

July 26:  Shibori Tye Dye–Using  this traditional Japanese art form, you will fold and tie flour sack dish cloths and dye them with blue dyes.  Take your wet pieces home, sealed in plastic, to rinse and wash and they will be gorgeous cloths ready for use at home.  Plastic gloves in adult and children’s sized will be available, re recommend older play clothes for kids as this is a permanent dye.

August 2:   Alcohol Ink Light Switch Covers – use sharpies and rubbing alcohol to create truly unique light switch covers

August 9:  Mandala Rocks– Go Zen, turning smooth stones into mandala dot art using paint pens.

August 16:  Bottle Garlands– Turn old plastic bottles into colorful garlands using sharpies, paint pens and scissors I this great up-cycle project.  We will supply plastic bottles, if you would prefer to bring your own, save some used water/soda bottles to bring.

August 23:  Apple Print Canvas Bags – In honor of our Apple Pie Crafts Fair, on August 27, we will be stamping canvas bags with apples cut in half to create beautiful apple designs.

Music with Friends

for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with their caregivers

Instructor: Julie Love
Wednesday mornings July 13- August 17, 10:00am
Outdoors under the open-air event tent, moved into the gallery in cases of inclement weather
Cost: $12 per immediate family, per week. (up to three children and up to two adults per immediate family group)
Register online, pre-registration required.  Sign up for the full series, or just the weeks that work for your family

Experience making music with your children in this class designed for young children and their caregivers together. Music will come to life as everyone sings, dances, drums and claps for fun, experimenting with voices, instruments and movement. Space will be limited to up to 12 toddlers, families can have up to three children and two adults within the same immediate family group. Because of limited spots available, pre-registration for each session is required.


*To register for Music with Friends, at the link, click “Book Now” for your desired dates and purchase a class pass for the number of classes you would like to reserve, NEXT, use your class pass to make a reservation for your desired weeks.
*Making a reservation allows for us to open up additional spots for class if there are cancelations. You will receive a full refund so long as you cancel within two hours of the class.

Market Art Projects at the Newport Farmers’ Market!

Select Weeks:   July 15, 29, August 12, 26, September 9
Friday afternoons:  3:00pm-6:00pm on the Newport Town Common

Find us at the Farmers’ Market and stop by to create with us for a few minutes between your shopping.  Each week will feature a different, free, simple, quick art project designed to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.  Leave with your creation and a heightened sense of creative community.

Summer Performances for Kids!

Free, family-friendly performances on the side-lawn of the Library

Thursday Mornings in July at 10:30

*Bring a blanket or a lawn chair!  All are welcome!

July 7 – Mime, Chris Yerlig, Mimealot; Comedy Mime and Magic Show

July 14 –Musician,  Kathy Lowe, Music from Around the World

July 21 – Magician, Andrew Pinard, Alejandro’s Olde Tyme Magik Showe

July 28 – Story Teller, Simon Brooks, Stories of Sea Monsters

This series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Richards Free Library


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