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Lisa Batch, Island  Lights

Feathers to Fur

with Jan Guarino

Artist Website

November 13, 20th and December 4th (1-3pm) via Zoom link

I was once you, struggling to become a better watercolorist. Seeking classes, workshops, teachers and techniques and mostly walking away a bit discouraged and disappointed. Well, I believe I just may have some of the key ingredients you’ve been looking for. My students tell me that I am the watercolor teacher they’ve been looking for and couldn’t find – and it is likely that I may be that for you as well. I invite you to be part of an immersive experience that will open new ways to approach a blank sheet of white paper. The result will likely forever change the way you think of painting in watercolors.  Along with techniques, my clear process to putting paint and water to paper will help you more successfully express your passion for this medium.
I invite you to be part of something that integrates the best of the best and puts them together in one workshop.  One in which you will come out the other end a better watercolorist than when you came in.

Tuition:  $105 Members/ $115 Non-Members

Painting on Yupo

with Margie Samuels

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 (10:30AM to 12:00PM EDT)

YUPO is a relatively new synthetic painting surface that has been embraced by watercolor painters for the last 20 years.  But, painting on YUPO is very different from painting on traditional watercolor paper.  This online workshop is all about how to paint on YUPO, including the tricks for creating textures.  The workshop is appropriate for painters of all levels, including beginners.  Upon registration, you will receive information about the workshop and the materials you will need.  The Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before the workshop.

Tuition: $35

Margie Samuels, Point Lomas Lighthouse

Paint Like the Pros

A series of Online Art Classes to Take with your Children

(age 7 – 100!)


Margie Samuels, Instructor

Paint Like Matisse

Monday, December 28th,
2:00 – 3:30pm EDT
Explore color, shape and movement, while learning about the wonders of the art of Henri Matiss.  Then, create your own “Matisse-like” cut out project!  Art supplies needed include colored paper, scissors, glue stick, colored markers, pencil and eraser.

Paint Like Chagall

Tuesday, December 29th,
2:00 – 3:30pm EDT
Step into the magical world of Marc Chagall and learn about his unique painting style.  Then, create your own “Chagall-like” window filled with all the things that you care most about.  Art supplies needed: any child’s watercolor set, paint brush, water, paper towels, watercolor paper, pencil and eraser.

Paint Like Picasso

Wednesday, December 30th,
2:00 – 3:30pm EDT
Welcome to the world of Pablo Picasso, where one can see all sides of something all at once!  We will explore Picasso’s style and development, and then paint our own “Picasso-like” self- portraits.  Art supplies needed: crayons, large sheet of paper, pencil and eraser.
Margie Samuels, Left-Handed Parade

About the classes:

This three-part online series is a wonderful way for grown-ups and kids to spend some special time together and learn about a few artists who have influenced all of us… Plus, it is the perfect holiday gift to share with your family!

Each 90-minute online class will include a presentation on the life and work of that artist, as well as the importance of that artist within the context of art history and culture. Then, we will do our own art project based on the work of the artist that we are studying.

Upon registration, you will receive information by email…then, a day or two before each class, you will receive the zoom link.  Registration is through the Portsmouth Arts Guild.

This series of classes is designed for all levels of artists, including beginners. We are suggesting age 6 and above for participating children. You can either register for the series of three classes, or you can register for individual classes.

Tuition: $35 per class per family or $100 for the series.

About the Instructor:

Margie Samuels is an experienced watercolorist and art instructor.  Graduating with honors from Brandeis University, she majored in fine arts, then went on to study painting at both the Arts Student League in New York and the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts.

Samuels shows and sells her own paintings through various arts organizations as well as local and out-of-state galleries.  She is a Signature Member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, the Garden State Watercolor Society and the Essex Watercolor Club.  She has won numerous awards for her paintings.  Samuels has an impressionistic style with a strong sense of composition; her paintings invite the viewer in through exciting brushwork and color combinations.

Samuels has her own studio in West Caldwell, NJ, where she teaches classes and workshops. In addition, each summer Samuels teaches watercolor with yoga workshop at the InView Center for the Arts at the Landgrove Inn in Vermont.

Margie’s portfolio and workshop listings can be found at:  She can be contacted via email at:

Creativity takes courage.

~Henri Matisse