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Fundamental Acrylics with Lisa Batch

Date:  Wednesday & Thursday, September 22 – 23  (2 classes)

Time:  9:30am-12:30 pm

Tuition:  $125 Members/$155 non-members

Lisa Batch, Fundamentals of Acrylic, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Lisa Batch

Lisa Batch is pleased to teach again at PAG and this time in person! We’ll explore versatile and “forgiving” acrylic paint in a representational manner. We’ll meet 3 hours a day for 2 days and paint a landscape one day and a seascape the next! Lisa will discuss color blending and mixing, composition, value, and the mediums available when painting with acrylic which add texture and interest. She will show examples of techniques and bring samples to try. While you paint she’ll offer you 1:1 attention. We will end each day with a relaxed critique discussion and artists may share their work. Limited enrollment.

About Lisa Batch

Lisa has shown her art in many galleries and juried shows in New England and Florida including The Artists’ Gallery at Patriots Place. Her painting appears on the cover of the children’s magazine, The Bubblah, and represents December, 2021 in the Bristol Art Museum’s first calendar. Lisa teaches in several venues and has been Artist of the Month twice at the upscale COCO’s Gallery in Estero, FL.  Click for Supply List.


Pen and Ink Drawing

with Christine Belanger

The purpose of this class is to introduce the basic technique of drawing in pen and ink and to discuss the various possibilities for growth in the medium. Limited enrollment.

Dates:        Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28  (4 classes)

Times:       9:30 -12

Tuition:   $130 PAG members/$160 nonmembers

Week 1
• Discussion of materials. An overview of types of pens and papers suitable for drawing in pen and ink.
• Basic strokes and how to achieve various levels of value
• Drawing a single object in various positions
Week 2
• Combining various strokes in a single drawing
• Portraying texture and shape
• Drawing a still life of several objects
Week 3
• Drawing the landscape in pen and ink
• How to approach portraying foliage
• Drawing a landscape from photographs
Week 4
• Approach to drawing on toned paper
• Options of adding color to a pen and ink drawing
• Students choice of drawing a still life or landscape on toned paper using black and white inks
• Final thoughts
Barnyard Animals, Suzanne Lewis

Two Day Workshop with Judy Vilmain

October 19th and 20th, 10am – 4pm

Open to artists at all levels, working in any medium

Tuition: $225 Members, $255 non-Members

So much of the time we artists paint from photographs, whether it’s landscapes or cityscapes or portraits.  Setting up a still life in your own studio from time to time gives you the very pleasurable experience of painting from life, and it keeps your drawing skills sharp.  It also allows you to have complete control of the shapes, colors, and arrangement of your subject matter.  Anything you learn about composing and painting still life paintings will help you immensely with anything else you paint.


Still Life Composition

Judy Vilmain Class, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Judy Vilmain, , Red Stripes

But you don’t want to paint another ordinary, boring still life.  In this workshop we will go over different types of still life paintings, and explore in detail what it takes to make your still life paintings more compelling.

  • How to find and choose objects you will enjoy painting.

  • How to arrange objects into a good composition.

  • How to light a setup.

  • Common mistakes in still life paintings.

  • How to arrange your studio for still life painting.

You will be painting throughout the workshop, mostly smaller, fast studies.  This class is open to artists at all levels, working in any medium.  This will be a challenging and supportive environment.  Materials List


Judy Vilmain, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Judy Vilmain, A Moment of Quiet

About Judy Vilmain

Judy Vilmain is a Psychologist and painter living in Providence, Rhode Island, and is an Exhibiting Artist Member of the Providence Art Club.  Her work includes intimate outdoor scenes and still-life paintings.

With the objects I choose, and the way in which I paint them, I’m trying to present a world that feels familiar, solid, and grounded, hopefully providing the viewer a quiet break from the chaos.

Regardless of the subject matter, I’m always considering the formal aspects of a painting:  color, line, shape, and surface texture.  Using these, I work towards a level of realism that still shows the hand of the painter — I want the viewer to keep moving back and forth between “seeing” the three-dimensional objects and seeing the paint and brushstrokes that created the illusion.  That back and forth is what I find magical in a painting.

Painting with Wool

Needle Felted Cardinal

One Session Workshop with Wendy Anctil


Saturday, November 13th, 9:30 – 12:30

Tuition: $80 Members, $110 non-Members  Limited Enrollment

Wendy Anctil, Cardinal, Wool Felting Class, Portsmouth Arts Guild

In this class you will learn how to use a felting needle and dyed wool to create a cardinal on a felt background, mounted in a 6” embroidery hoop. Learn proper felting needle handling and use, color blending techniques and more as you work on a small-scale design. No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided, but do bring reading glasses if you need them as we will be working up close and with a sharp instrument.


Wendy has been exploring fiber arts since 2019 and is mainly self-taught in the art of wool felting. She creates beautifully textured paintings and sculptures using wet and dry felting methods. Wendy’s felted landscapes and felted wool sculptures have been featured at HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery in her home town of East Providence, and she won the People’s Choice Award at the Bristol Art Museum’s “Cold Snap” gallery show in November 2019. Wendy also received second place in the Portsmouth Arts Guild’s “Imagine Fabric” show in August 2020 for her piece, “Pink Sky”.

You can find her art on her website at, on her Facebook page, Azure Moon Art Studio, and on Instagram @AzureMoonArtStudio.

Calling All Arts Educators

The Portsmouth Arts Guild offers a wide range of classes and workshops for all levels of art. Each class is presented by an artist who has extensive knowledge and skills in the subject he/she presents.
We offer instruction in painting, drawing, abstract art, and many others for families and individuals of all ages and abilities. If you are interested in teaching at the Portsmouth Arts Guild, CLICK HERE to fill out this online form. Thank you for your interest.