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Painting Plein Air Landscapes

with Bill Lane

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

Our thanks to Bill for such a lovely two days.  We realize he had no control of the amazing weather, but he definitely contributed to make both days full of creative learning and artistic expression.  I am so grateful he says yes to teach us every year and hope this pattern continues for many years to come! Such a fun workshop! Many thanks to Bill!

Bill Lane, Teaching, Portsmouth Arts Guild

About Bill Lane

“Everyday scenes from life intrigue me the most; be it a barren skyline, boats at the dock or city life on a busy day. I observe how the light plays into the scene and dances off the subjects. Because of this, I always work light to dark, saving those light values for the “sweet” spots in the painting. “

Bill 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.

Sketch Around Town

Two Sessions Workshop with Thea Ernest


Thursdays, July 1st and 8th                        9:30 – 12:30

Bristol and Warren                          Waterfront and Town

Tuition: $125 Members, $155 non-Members

Thea Ernest, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Join us for a plein air painting class with a twist! Sometimes weather, bugs, changing light or bored companions may limit the time you have to capture a scene. This class will help you find ways to work quickly with great results. We’ll focus on finding your interest in a scene and visually editing to help you work efficiently. There will be both natural and architectural or marine elements in our locations to suit all interests. Suitable for watercolor, gouache, pen and pencils.

Thea Ernest arrived in Rhode Island in 1983 ready to surrender to art at Rhode Island School of Design. After receiving her BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals in 1987, she created custom cabinet hardware and decorative metalwork both for private homes and historic properties. (If you visit the Isaac Bell House in Newport, you will see her reproductions of original lamps and decorative work on the main floor). Her artistic pursuits during these years included found object metal sculpture and whimsical wire sculptures. In the past several years, Thea has gravitated toward the immediacy, color and portability of plein air watercolor. Throughout the year, no matter what the weather, you may see Thea in her AutoStudio – a 2010 Honda Fit – or outdoors capturing scenes across RI. Thea has taught and presented workshops at What Cheer Flower Farm, East Bay Bikeway Art Day, Providence Art Club and the Seekonk, Rehoboth and Washington Park Public Libraries. Her commissioned home portraits grace walls in several states.

You can see Thea’s work online on Instagram @theaernestdesign or at her website

Land, Sea and Sky:  Watercolor with Joel Popadics

Date:  Wednesday – Friday, July 21 – 23, 2021

Time:  8:30am-4pm

Location:  Tiverton, Bristol and Portsmouth

Tuition:  $300 Members/$325 non-members

Joel Popadics, Belfast Reflections
Joel Popadics, Belfast Reflections

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.

Day 1 we will paint the quaint 18th century New England village and pastoral setting of Tiverton Four Corners.  Day 2 brings us to the lovely fishing area and ferry dock of the Bristol waterfront.  Lastly we will look to the skies and paint the historic Prescott Farms windmill and historic  buildings. 

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.