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Watercolor for All Levels

Online with Wendy Soneson

Fridays 11-12:30 EST, Five sessions

April 23-May 21, 2021

Tuition: $125 Members, $140 non-Members

Is this the right class for me?  What others have said. . .

“Since I began to study watercolors with Wendy last fall, I have totally changed my approach to portraiture, my passion. ” 

“This isn’t just any class; this is a class with a master watercolorist who has a unique and special gift for teaching.  Wendy is magic!”

“As an excellent artist and teacher she inspires and challenges her students to grow professionally and personally.”

Watercolor is an enticing and mysterious medium. If you love that luminous look, this class will show you the secrets of how paper and pigment work together with a good brush to make all the special effects watercolor does so well. This class takes the fine arts approach as in a professional art school, emphasising the artist vision, color theory, and techniques. We will learn to mix all colors from primaries only, the three brush uses, and how to take full advantage of the paper. We use only specific professional materials, which are listed HERE. You can also order a kit from the teacher at No supplies needed for first class.

 Please view these ten mini lessons for a preview of the approach this class takes, which is different from some watercolor classes which emphasize product over process. All levels will benefit from this unique way of entering the wonderful world of watercolor!

Wendy Soneson has specialized in watercolor for 40 years, and has been the artist in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston for several years. She now works from the San Francisco Bay Area, after teaching in Boston for many years. Her degree is a Masters in the Arts in Human Development from Lesley University. Feel free to check out her website , or email her at with questions.

Painting Plein Air Landscapes

with Bill Lane

Date:  June 16-17, 2021 (rain date: June 18)

Time:  9am-4pm

Location:  Wickford, RI  (2nd day TBD)

Tuition:  $200 Members/$240 non-members

Enjoy the delightful village of Wickford painting boats, harbors and historic buildings and then venture out for a second day painting in a location to be determined. Bill will expertly give a demo in the morning and then will set you loose to paint the scene that captivates you.  He provides individual attention throughout the day and is happy to answer any questions you may have.

You will learn to:

Find an alluring scene that speaks to you

Plan a powerful composition

Create the mood of the moment

Bill Lane, Plein Air Landscapes, Portsmouth Arts Guild

About Bill Lane

Bill Lane is a signature Artist Member of the New England Watercolor Society and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. He is also an Artist Member of the Copley Society of Art and Exhibiting Artist Member of the Providence Art Club.

Watercolor with Joel Popadics

Date:  Wednesday – Friday, July21 – 23, 2021

Time:  8:30am-4pm

Location:  TBD

Tuition:  $300 Members/$325 non-members

Joel Popadics, Watercolor, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Learn how to capture the feeling of light and atmosphere in your paintings in this 3-day plein air watercolor workshop suited for all levels. Each day we will meet at a different location. Sessions begin with a painting demonstration and topics include: how to paint boats, harbors, water reflections, skies, moody weather, trees, etc. After the demos you will have the opportunity to paint and apply the concepts presented.  Individual instruction is provided throughout the day.

About Joel Popadics

Joel Popadics is Vice-President of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and a Past President of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He has been featured numerous times in American Artist and the Artist’s Magazine. 

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.