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Procreate Online

Learn Procreate Online

Cynthia DiDonato

ONLINE April 16th – May 7th

Saturdays, 2:30 – 4:30pm

4 sessions

$110 Members, $140 Non-Members

Digital Painting:

Digital painting opens a world of possibilities for creativity.  You can paint with your finger or a stylus or import photos of your conventional artwork or photography to create layered digital art.  You can also use Procreate to improve your analog art. All you need is an iPad and a professional app called Procreate. This workshop provides an introduction to basic skills needed to create digital art in Procreate. These classes will be held on the Zoom platform and you must be able to interact with the class on a laptop or desktop while using your iPad during the class.

Oil and Cold Wax Workshop

One Day Workshop with Diane Brown 

Tuesday, May 17th, 2:30 – 5pm

Portsmouth Arts Guild

2679 East Main Road

Portsmouth, RI 02871

Tuition: $115 Members, $145 non-Members

Materials List – $20 Materials Fee to Instructor

Westport View, Sheila Oliveira, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Class Description:
Diane begins the class with a demonstration showing how to mix the oil paint with the cold wax, how to move the medium around the paper using non-traditional tools and how to create marks while using stencils, knitting needles, tissue paper and much more.

Through the process of layering and manipulating different oil & cold wax layers, rich abstract paintings are created, filled with vibrant color and visual texture.  Each artists has the opportunity to create several paintings done on 140 lb watercolor paper while in this workshop.

About Diane Brown:

Diane Brown is an award winning mixed media artist, specializing in the Oil & Cold Wax Medium.  Her work has been exhibited in NYC, CT, RI, OR, PA.

She is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art, a Member of  the Art League of New Britain, the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, The Allied Artists of American, South County Art Association, Wickford Art Association, Essex Art Association, Lyme Art Association, The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Center and formerly a member of The Salmagundi Club, NYC.

Artist Statement:  

My work is inspired by the natural and organic formations, surface patterns and textures found all around us.  I create my abstract paintings while combining oil paint with cold wax.  The process of painting is my focus, not trying to make a specific statement, so I often begin in one place and end up in another with no idea of how I got there or how to “do it again”.

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Looking Ahead

Bill Lane, The Barn, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Plein Air Landscapes

Bill Lane
June 15th and 16th
Wednesday and Thursday, 9a – 4pm
2 Day Workshop
$225 Members, $255 Non-Members
Anne Winthrop Cordin, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Still Life: Shapes, Color and Simplification

Anne Winthrop Cordin
July 6th and 7th
9:30 – 12:30
2 Day Morning Workshop
$125 Members, $155 Non-Members
John Clayton, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Color Boot Camp

John Clayton
August 5th and 6th
Friday and Saturday, 9 – 4pm
2 Day Workshop – All Media
$225 Members, $255 Non-Members
Margie Samuels, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Plein Air through New Eyes

Margie Samuels
August 13th, 10 – 4
A Saturday Workshop


$115 Members, $145 Non-Members
Sam Allerton Green, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Painting Outside

Bill Lane and Sam Allerton Green
September 20th and 21st
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9a – 4pm
2 Day Workshop
$295 Members, $325 Non-Members
Still Life with Lemons, Natalie Featherston, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Still Life Goes On: With Lemons

Natalie Featherston
 November 7th
Monday, 9a – 4pm
1 Day Workshop
$125 Members, $155 Non-Members

2022 COVID Policy for In Person Classes

The Guild is currently following the vaccination policies in place per the Rhode Island Department of Health.

The Guild will continue to adapt and adjust according to current guidelines. Thank you for your assistance as we navigate these challenges.