Adult Art Classes


Choose your class below!

Coleman Center for Creative Studies
26 Liberty Street, Newport, RI 02840
Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM

By Phone
(401) 848-ARTS (2787)






Ceramics & sculpture



Jewelry & Textiles





Advanced Conceptual Drawing and Design | Jeannine Bestoso

Wednesdays, 9 AM - 12 PM

May 10 - Jun. 7 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

If you have been introduced to the basic concepts of drawing from life, build on these skills by learning two drawing approaches using charcoal and ink. In the  rst, create still life compositions being mindful of spatial and  gure ground relationships, overlapping, lighting and using design principles, and in the second, create a conceptual drawing choosing a theme and incorporating objects out of their usual context into a uni ed and intriguing composition.


Drawing Newport Architecture and Urban Scenes | Jeannine Bestoso Wednesdays, 9 AM - 12 PM

Jun. 21 - Jul. 19 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Learning to draw architecture is a fascinating experience and a challenging one. Students can learn how to interpret the different types of local architecture and render them in their present surrounding landscape or urban setting. Basic instruction will include working with perspective as well as the dominant shapes, format, design and composition of a subject.






Saturdays, 1 - 4 PM

May 13 - June 10 (5 sessions)

Member price: $155 | Non-member: $180 | Studio fee: $30

Learn the process of doing drypoint; direct drawing with a stylus on a copper, zinc, or plexiglas plate. Prepare the plate to work on, then transfer a drawing onto the plate. Then, learn to pull a good print from your plate on an etching press. The class will also be exposed to different etchers throughout history that made use of drypoint.



Tuesdays, Jul. 18 - Aug. 15, 6 - 9 PM  (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Carve the wood, apply the ink, then print! Japanese woodblock printing is as simple as these three steps. In this class, students will learn to master each step in this process, as well as learn advanced methods of carving and printing with ink. Along the way we will discuss the history and influence of Japanese printing.





Pottery 2: Handbuilding & Decorative Surfaces | Lee Segal

Mondays, 6 - 9 PM

Apr. 3 - May 22 (8 sessions)     <---- Start date delayed until ApR. 10, register now!

Members: $240 | Non-members: $275 | Studio Fee: $40

In this class we will use a variety of hand- building and decorative techniques to enrich our ceramic works. The use of stiff and soft slab construction, drape and slump molds, modeling and large scale coil building will shape our creations. Our clay surfaces will be enhanced with slips, carving, embossing, stamping, spriging and glazes.


Carving with Plaster | Jeannine Bestoso

Wednesdays, 9 AM - 12 PM

Apr. 5 - May 3 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Materials fee: $12

Students will learn how to design a simplified form in the round for sculpting. They

will create it from start to finish by pouring a plaster block, then begin making major cuts to remove the hard plaster mass with ham- mer and chisels; use a sure-form and  les for rough sanding, and finalize the small cuts by scraping and picking out the delicate nuances of their sculpture. Awareness and attention will be given to the continuation of the form in the round that creates a uni ed sculpture. Surface embellishments may be added with  ne line work, texture techniques or paint.


Throwing Thursdays | Charlene Carpenzano

Thursdays, 6 - 9 PM

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Studio Fee: $40

This is a great class for all levels. Students will learn how to work on the potter’s wheel and expand the knowledge you might already have. Learn about form and function, trimming, pulling handles, slips, wax and glazing techniques as well as the aesthetics of making a good pot.


Apr. 6 - May 4 (5 sessions)

May 11 - Jun. 8 (5 sessions)


Clay Studio: Fluidity & Rigidity | Charlene Carpenzano

Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Studio Fee: $40

Take just one of these classes or both. Explore basic hand-building techniques and throwing with a focus on surface decoration through addition and subtraction. We will focus on the movement of clay in different stages. How fluidity and rigidness enhance a form in this two part class. The fluidity will be explored in the  rst  ve week session followed by a second session exploring the rigidness of a leather hard surface.


Apr. 6 - May 11 (5 sessions) (no class 4/20)


May 18 - Jun. 15 (5 sessions) 


Mindful Mud | Charlene Carpenzano

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Jun. 20 - Jul. 25 (5 sessions) (no class 7/4)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Studio Fee: $40

Enhance your throwing skills and individual development. For students with some experience. Explore the connections between centering oneself and centering clay. Don’t forget to breathe. We will look for inspiration by honoring thy errors and by altering our vessels. Studio Fee does not include the cost of clay.


Clay Studio | Charlene Carpenzano

Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Jul. 6 - Aug. 24 (8 sessions)

Members: $240 | Non-members: $275 | Studio Fee: $40

Explore form and fun! Students will learn hand building and basic throwing techniques to create a stackable sculpture in a fun and supportive environment. Studio fee does not include the cost of clay.


Clay Studio: Summer Evenings | Charlene Carpenzano

Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Jul. 6 – Aug. 17 (7 sessions)

Member price: $170 | Non-members: $205 | Studio fee: $40

Are you only in town for the summer? Have you always wanted to try working with clay, but couldn’t commit to class? This is the perfect class for all levels of clay enthusiasts. Try a little bit of everything from throwing on the potter’s wheel to hand-building. Make new friends and be inspired by the energy of Summer in Newport.


Coffee and Clay | Charlene Carpenzano

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Jul. 11 – Aug. 22 (7 sessions)

Member price: $170 | Non-members: $205 | Studio fee: $40

Wake up and come on over with your empty cup. We will  ll it with coffee as you enjoy your morning of creating in clay. All levels are invited.





Portrait Mondays | Peter Dickison

Mondays, 6 - 9 PM

Apr. 3 - Jun. 12 (10 Sessions) (no class 5/29)

Members: $360 | Non-members: $405 | Model fee: $60

Peter Dickison will continue that tradition by working with models in a series of portrait and figure sessions with an eye toward various settings from art history. Experienced artists are encouraged to bring their media of choice.


Advanced Watercolor Open Painting Studio

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Members: $205 | Non-members: $240

OR Drop-in: $24

Take this opportunity to hone your watercolor skills at your own pace in the well equipped studios of the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Enjoy the flexibility and independence that an open studio provides while benefiting from the support and conversations of fellow watercolorists.


Apr. 4 - Jun. 6 (10 sessions) OR

Jun. 13 - Aug. 22 (10 sessions) (no class July 4) 


Abstract Painting | Catherine Carter

Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Apr. 5 - Jun. 7 (10 sessions)

Members: $360 | Non-members: $405

Complex, unique and deep. Create paintings in an abstract style using water-based paints and collage materials.


Watercolor can be fun: Introduction to Watercolor | Mandy Howe

Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Member price: $105 | Non-member: $120 | Materials fee: $20

This introduction to value, colors and basic technique will begin indoors and move outside toward the end of the session. All materials included.


April 6 - May 4 (5 sessions) OR

June 22 - July 27 (5 sessions) (no class 7/13) 


Intro to Oils | Peter Dickison

Fridays, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Apr. 7 - May 5 (5 sessions)

Members: $180 | Non-members: $210

An introduction to the basic materials and methods of oil painting. You will learn about- the tools and principles of representational painting from simple still life objects and learn to see and use color contrasts effectively. Lessons in basic color theory will also be integral to our class.


Pastel: The Value of Color | Jeanne Tangney

Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM April 5 - May 3 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Your box of pastels is filled with an array of beautiful colors - how do you choose which ones to use? In this class, we will thoroughly explore all aspects of color including hue, value, intensity and temperature. We will then plan our palette by selecting from a variety of color schemes, including complementary, analogous - and a few in between!


Continuing Oils: From Indoors Out | Peter Dickison

Fridays, 9:30 AM - 1 PM

May 12 - June 9 (5 sessions)

Members: $180 | Non-members: $210

An extension of Intro to Oils, this course continues the exploration of representational painting of still life subjects. Explore the possibilities of form and composition with a different themed still life each week while enjoying the wonderful medium of oil paint. All are welcome- you need not have taken Intro to Oils to sign up for this class.


Landscape Masterclass | David Barnes

Mondays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Jun. 19 - Jul. 17 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Get outdoors in this plein air landscape painting class. Visit a new location each class, on or near Aquidneck Island, and paint in the tradition of Constable, Corot, and Monet. There will be demonstrations, individual and group critiques. This is primarily an oil or acrylic class, but students who want to use watercolor or pastel are welcome.


Figure in the Landscape | David Barnes

Wednesdays, 9 AM - 12 PM

Jun. 21 – Jul. 19 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Model fee: $40

Class instructed by local artist, David Barnes. Each morning we will pose a figure in a different setting (beach, park or garden). Students will face the creative challenge of integrating the figure into a natural landscape. Open to all painting media or pastel. Some previous experience is recommended. There will be demonstrations, group and

individual critiques.


Beginning Acrylic Painting | Jeannine Bestoso

Thursdays, 6 - 9 PM

Jun. 22 - Jul. 27 (5 sessions) (no class 7/13)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

This class is open to beginners to learn the very basics and an understanding about color and the properties of this water-based paint. Students will also be guided in choosing a subject using various resources, applying layout methods and the practice of mixing and layering colors.


Plein Air Basics | Peter Dickison

Fridays, 9:30 AM - 1 PM

Jun. 23 - Jul. 21 (5 sessions) (raindate: 8/4)

Members: $180 | Non-members: $210

Have you seen artists doing plein air painting in the warm weather and wish you were out there with them? This class will have you painting the wonderful outdoors of Newport County, providing you with equipment basics and simple color lessons. Suggestions for your outdoor kit will be provided upon registration. Beginners and continuing artist are welcome.





Photographing Spring on Aquidneck Island | Daniel McManus

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Apr. 4 - May 9 (5 sessions) (no class 4/18)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Say goodbye to cabin fever, grab your camera and discover the possibilities of digital photography. Explore our beautiful and unique island. In this course, students will learn the basics of digital camera controls and work ow from capture to print while advancing and executing their creative ideas.


Cinematic Video with your DSLR | Andrea Pietrangeli

Wednesdays, 10 AM - 1 PM

Apr. 5 - May 10 (5 sessions) (no class 4/19)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Join us and  lm the beautiful scenery of Newport, RI in this hands-on workshop. Learn to easily shoot, direct, and edit videos on your own without a crew. Unlock the power of Manual Mode. Create dynamic, breathtaking videos, even with an entry-level camera and inexpensive equipment, and produce high-quality video.


Master Adobe Lightroom CC | Andrea Pietrangeli

Mondays, 4 - 6 PM

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Studio fee: $30

Take what you know about Lightroom— whether it’s a little or a lot—and kick it up a notch, with this essential training from photographer Andrea Pietrangeli. This hands-on 5 week workshop will cover everything you need to know, including importing, organizing, color correcting, edit- ing, retouching and exporting.


May 8- Jun. 12 (5 sessions) (no class 5/29) OR

Jun. 19 - Jul. 17 (5 sessions) 





Introduction to Jewelry | Tiffany Peay

Mondays, 6 - 8:30 PM

May 1 - 22 (4 sessions)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120

Local artist and jeweler, Tiffany Peay, will be hosting a 4-week introduction to metalsmithing. Create your own piece of jewelry with Tiffany in a laid back atmosphere. Learn several metalsmithing techniques including drilling, sawing, sanding and hammering as well as cold connection techniques like wire wrapping with pearls and stones. Design and tool kits provided or bring your own ideas and tools if you have them. No experience needed.