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2022 Covid Policy

Due to newly updated COVID-19 guidelines effective Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the Guild will be requiring proof of full vaccination for all  in-person Classes, Workshops and meetings. Masks will also be required regardless of vaccination status.

This is in effect based on the Governor’s executive order released on December 15th. For more information on this recent update, please see the Governor’s website.

Please bring a copy of your vaccination card to class.

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


Zoom Session Workshop with Gary Graham


Wednesday, January 19th, 10:00 – 11:30

Tuition: $35 Members, $65 non-Members

Perspective: noun:  the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.

Join architect and watercolorist Gary Graham on this Zoom workshop and enhance your drawing skill with this “retrospective perspective” class.  Zoom link emailed prior to the class.

Gary Graham, Elementary Perspective, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Gary Graham, architect, is the principal of a GMI Architects and the proprieter with the artist Susan Graham of the Graham Gallery in Bristol, Rhode Island.  You can find his art on the Graham Studio website and on Instagram at @grahamgalleryri

Your First Picture Book

This class, led by Thea Ernest, is designed for artists who have a vision of creating their own child’s picture book. This is a fundamentals class beginning with Thea’s own experience illustrating  Billy the Rescue Dog, authored by Susan Joyce and designed by Jeanette Chow. Our goal is for you to finish with a rough draft of a book of your own. 

Dates:        Two Sessions

February 1:    9:30 – 12:30

February 22:  9:30 – 11:30

Tuition:   $115 PAG members/$145 nonmembers

Thea Ernest, Billy the Rescue Dog, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Day One: 

Discuss Thea’s collaborative work on Susan’s children’s book. This will include:

  • The roles of author, illustrator, designer
  • Contracts
  • Team communication, negotiating changes and the effect of the pandemic
  • Practical influences on illustration and design to make a better book
  • Publishing Billy the Rescue Dog

Day Two (3 weeks later):

  • Review, as a class, each student’s rough draft of their story and artwork.

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. 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 Portsmouth Arts Guild, What Cheer Flower Farm, East Bay Bikeway Art Day, Providence Art Club and the Seekonk, Rehoboth and Washington Park Public Libraries. She was an Artist in Residency at the Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids IA, in the fall of 2021. Her commissioned home portraits grace walls in several states.   

You can see Thea’s work online: 

Instagram @theaernestdesign 


Mixed Media Abstract Collage

Online Zoom with Mellissa Morris

Through a series of demonstrations, technique shares, and lectures students will learn how to develop and employ color, texture, transfers, collage, mark making, and mixed media techniques and applications to build a rich visual vocabulary. We will create a notebook/sketchbook/ART-BOOKS full of ideas and techniques that can be used in larger pieces of art or as pieces of art themselves. Wether working in abstraction or realism this class will open up many unexpected ways of getting interesting visual information onto the page.  Zoom link emailed prior to the class.

Dates:       5 Mondays, beginning February 14

Times:      2-4pm Online Zoom

Tuition:   $130 PAG members/$160 nonmembers

About Mellissa:  “I am a mixed media artist with a focus in drawing and painting medium. I live and work on Cape Cod.

I have a Masters Degree in Fine Arts Painting and Drawing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I do consider myself a life time learner/student and I am always taking new classes and learning new things.  Currently, I have a working studio at 46 Pearl Street at the HyArts Campus. I teach drawing, painting, and mixed media courses with a bent towards expression and abstraction at the Cape Cod Art Center, Falmouth Art Center, and The Cotuit Center for the Arts.  I also hold my own Energy and Creative art workshops offered Nation wide through A creator platform called PATREON.COM/MELLISSAMORRIS.

Mellissa Morris, Lunar Notions, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Portraits with Gina Croce

Dates:  Monday, March 21st and Tuesday, March 22nd

Time:  10:00am-3:30pm

Location:  Portsmouth Arts Guild

Tuition:  $225 Members/$255 non-members

Join us for an educational two days with Master Watercolorist Gina Croce as we learn how to paint convincing and realistic skin tones with a fun and simple method!  

On day one we will be painting a portrait all together with a pre-drawn line drawing of Frida Kahlo using just three or four colors!   On day two, you will bring a drawing of your favorite person and we will then apply all of the techniques that we have learned on day one!  

We will also be covering basic drawing methods for individual features such as eyes, noses and mouths.  With these basic skills, your confidence will soar and your will have the self-assurance to create your own beautiful portraits! 

Both days will begin at 10 am and finish at 3:30 will a short break for lunch. 

A materials list along with the drawing for day 1 will be provided upon registration. 

Gina Croce is the past President of the International Watercolor Society of the USA and a signature member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society.  Her National Award Winning work has been shown here in the United States as well as internationally.

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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 they present.


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.
Judy Vilmain and Karen Houston, Portsmouth Arts Guild Workshop