education

Adult Art Classes

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

By Phone
(401) 848-ARTS (2787)

 


 

ADULT CLASSES

 

CERAMICS & SCULPTURE

DIGITAL MEDIA

DRAWING

JEWELRY & TEXTILES

PAINTING

PRINTMAKING

 


 

CERAMICS & SCULPTURE

 

Throwing Thursdays | Charlene Carpenzano
OFFERED TWICE
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
January 18 - February 15


OR
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
February 22 - March 22


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

Learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel. This class is geared for those at the beginner to intermediate skill levels. New students will focus on the basics (centering, trimming, decoration), while intermediate students will work alongside the instructor to learn more advanced techniques. Students are welcome to take this class more than once, as material will be added based on ability and requests.

 

Clay Studio | Charlene Carpenzano
Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (10 sessions)
January 19 - March 23
Members: $300 | Non-members: $360 | Studio fee: $40

Explore form and have fun working in a supportive environment, learning hand building and basic throwing techniques to create functional and sculptural forms. Students should bring their own tool kit, towel and sketchbook.

 

Pottery 2 | Lee Segal
Mondays, 6 - 9 pm (8 sessions)
January 15 - March 12 (no class February 19)
Members: $245 | Non-members: $285 | Studio fee: $40

This is a technique-intensive class, with an emphasis on improving wheelwork. At each session, form techniques (for bowls, plates, lids, teapots and the like) will be demonstrated. Constructive critiques will focus on throwing as an exercise versus making specific objects. The course is designed for experienced potters, and previous instruction well as significant wheel experience is highly recommended.

 


 

DIGITAL MEDIA

 

Graphic Design and Personalized Manufacturing for Artists and Entrepreneurs | Steve Heath & Abby Bianchi
Mondays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (5 sessions)
February 26 - March 26
Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Studio fee: $40

Participants will develop foundational graphic design skills using free software. You will learn how to create vector graphics and bitmaps, and to use a vinyl cutter and laser cutter for artistic and entrepreneurial projects. This class meets at both Newport Art Museum and FabNewport.

 

Introduction to Interior Design: Focusing on Kitchens and Bathrooms | Craig Couture
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
February 22 - March 22
Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Materials fee: $20

Learn the basics of planning and implementing interior design. Discover how to measure a space effectively, lay out a room efficiently, make material selections and present a concept. Work with a client and collaborate to develop a real project where each student is the designer. Students will make design boards, learn the basics of interior design, develop an aesthetic, and enjoy the process of being an interior designer.

 


 

DRAWING

 

Drawing 102 | Jeannine Bestoso
OFFERED TWICE
Wednesdays, 9 am - 12 pm (5 sessions)
January 17 - February 14

OR
Thursdays, 6 - 9 PM
February 21 - March 21 (5 sessions)


Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Working large, you will practice new skills creating space with the varying forms of perspective, or learn how to work in opposition to flatten the drawing field with flat abstract shapes and color. Working in ink, charcoal, and color, drawings can become even more expressive and energized. You can enhance your drawings by mimicking and employing patterns, creating texture and varying the scale of objects from tiny to towering. Personal themes and ideas can take form, adding figures, symbolism, structures and supporting landscapes. And from there, you can develop strong ideas for paintings.

 

Botanical Drawing | Catherine Carter
OFFERED TWICE
Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
January 19 - February 16 (5 sessions)


OR
Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm
February 24 - March 24 (5 sessions)


Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Capture the beauty of flowers and fruits in your drawings. Using graphite and colored pencils, students will learn techniques for depicting complex shapes and intricate surfaces, with a focus on value, color and composition. For beginner and intermediate students.

 

Drawing Luminosity | Catherine Carter
Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm (5 sessions)
January 20 - February 17
Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Instructor back by popular demand! Understand how to make choices about the use of light and shadow to create the effects of solidity and depth, while increasing the expressiveness of the drawing.

 


 

JEWELRY & TEXTILES

 

Basics of Cross-Stitch | Sammi Alarie
OFFERED TWICE
Sunday, January 28 | 1 - 5 pm (1 session)


OR
Saturday, March 3 | 1 - 5 pm (1 session)


Members: $35 | Non-members: $40 | Materials fee: $20

This course brings a traditional art form back into the limelight. Cross-stitching is a centuries-old sewing art practiced in numerous cultures; students will learn the basics of an ancient trade and make it modern. The goal is for students to leave the workshop with the basic tools needed to properly cross-stitch the alphabet, as well as design and create their own works at home.

 

How to Knit: A Complete Introduction | Katherine Mehls
Tuesdays, 1- 3 pm (5 sessions)
January 16 - February 13
Members: $105 | Non-members: $120

Learn the basic stitches and tools of knitting, pattern selection and troubleshooting. Discover why knitting is being called the new yoga!

 

Basics of Metalsmithing | Tiffany Peay
Mondays, 6 - 8:30 pm (3 sessions)
February 26 - March 12
​Members: $90 | Non-members: $100 | Materials fee: $35

Learn metalsmithing techniques, including drilling, sawing, sanding and hammering; as well as such cold connection techniques as wire wrapping with pearls and stones. Bring pieces from your own collection in need of revitalizing. Design and tool kits provided, or come with your own ideas and tools.

 

Introduction to Wire Working | Tiffany Peay
Saturday, March 10 | 10 am - 2 pm (1 session)
Members: $60 | Non-members: $70 | Materials fee: $35

Create your own piece of jewelry in a laid back atmosphere. Learn the basics of wire wrapping and how to incorporate pearls and beads into your work. Design and tool kits provided, or bring your own ideas and tools if you have them.

 


 

PAINTING

 

Beginning Watercolors | Jeannine Bestoso
OFFERED TWICE
Tuesdays, 6 - 8 pm (5 sessions)
January 16 - February 13


OR
Wednesdays, 9:30 -11:30 am
February 21 - March 21


Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Materials fee: $20

Learn the basics about watercolor painting techniques and practices, from working with the color wheel and creating a color chart to referencing the differences in pigments and learning about values. Experience and learn from color mixing, brush drawing, creating washes, working wet in wet, using resist methods, and painting details. All materials included. Students are welcome to take this class more than once as more material will be added based on ability and requests.

 

Portrait & Figure Monday | Peter Dickison
Mondays, 6 - 9 pm (10 sessions)
January 15 - March 26 (no class February 19)
Members: $300 | Non-members: $360 | Model fee: $60

Continue the portrait tradition by working with models in a series of portrait and figure sessions with an eye toward various examples from art history. Experienced artists are encouraged to bring their media of choice. Teens 14+ are welcome.

 

Introduction to Oils | Peter Dickison
Fridays, 9:30 am - 1 pm (5 sessions)
January 19 - February 23 (no class February 2)
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, with an emphasis on seeing and using color.

 

Continuing Oils: Learn From The Masters | Peter Dickison
Fridays, 9:30 am - 1 pm (5 sessions)
March 2 - 30
Members: $180 | Non-members: $210

This is a series of five classes for continuing oil painting students. Each session will focus on one of the masters from art history; students will be encouraged to get inside the artist’s head through careful study of composition, color contrasts, light and texture, by painting a typical subject from life in the manner of the master’s work.

 

Abstract Painting | Catherine Carter
Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (5 sessions)
February 23 - March 23
Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Create complex and unique paintings in an abstract style using water-based paints and collage materials. This course is multi-leveled. Take your paintings on a journey!

 

Master Class with David Barnes: Portraiture for the Experienced Painter | David Barnes
Tuesday - Friday, January 2 - 5 (4 sessions)
9 am - 1 pm
Members: $190 | Non-members: $220 | Model fee: $40

Join artist and winner of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award David Barnes and push yourself to take your painting to the next level. This master class is a 4-day intensive program, focusing on the time-honored tradition of formal portraiture. Using a different model for each class, Barnes will work one-on-one with each student to elevate technique. Open to all forms of painting, but significant experience is highly recommended.

 


 

PRINTMAKING

 

History of Printmaking | Meredith Fitzgerald
Thursdays, 5 - 8 pm (5 sessions)
January 18 - February 15
Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Studio fee: $40

Come explore the history of printmaking and get your hands dirty as you try out various techniques and learn from artists throughout the centuries to help you create your own originals.