education

Adult Art Classes

 

Adult Spring Classes

 

Ceramics

Drawing & Painting

JEWELRY & METALSMITHING

TEXTILE ARTS

GLASS

 


 

Ceramics

Clay Studio | Charlene Carpenzano
Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (10 sessions)
April 6 - June 8

In this class, form follows function with the overarching theme of fun. Pinching, slab work and extruding along with an exploration of creating unique surfaces through scratching and colored slips are included.

Museum Members: $300
Non-members: $360
Firing Fee: $40 (does not include the cost of clay)

 

Throwing Thursdays | Charlene Carpenzano

​OFFERED TWICE:
Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
April 5 - May 3

OR

Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
May 10 - June 7

Learn how to center clay on the potter wheel and progress to trimming, handles, decorative techniques, and glazing.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180
Firing Fee: $40 (does not include the cost of clay)

 

Throwing (Hand-building and Decorative Surfaces) | Sherry Italiano
Sunday, 12 - 3 pm (10 sessions)
April 8 - June 10

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.

Museum Members: $300
Non-members: $360
Firing Fee: $40 (does not include the cost of clay)

 

 


 

Drawing & Painting

Architectural Drawing 1 | Jeannine Bestoso
Monday, 9 - 11 am (5 sessions)
April 2 - 30

This class includes special access to some of Newport’s most historic homes designed by Stanford White, Peter Harrison and Richard Morris Hunt. Students will practice different drawing techniques as well as various types of perspective and apply consistent lighting, value and shadow, line work, and patterns.

Museum Members: $105
Non-members: $120

 

Portrait & Figure | Peter Dickison
Monday, 6 - 9 pm (10 sessions)
April 2 - June 11 (no class 5/28)

With an eye toward iconic art historical settings, students will work with models to create figure and portraits with their medium of choice.

Museum Members: $295
Non-members: $355
Model fee: $60

 

Beginning Watercolor | Jeannine Bestoso
Tuesday, 6 - 8 pm (5 sessions)
April 3 - May 1

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.

Museum Members: $105
Non-members: $120
Materials Fee: $20

 

Painting the Figure | David Barnes
Wednesday, 9 am - 3 pm (10 sessions)
April 4 - June 6

This drawing and painting intensive begins with gesture drawings and is followed by short figure studies, concluding with a longer pose. Demonstrations, brief lectures and lunch breaks are included and all unfold in an enjoyable and supportive environment. Barnes is a recent recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.                    

Museum Members: $525
Non-members: $575
Model Fee: $60

 

Intro to Oils | Peter Dickison
Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (5 sessions)
April 6 - May 4

Learn the essential methods and principles of oil painting, starting with color theory and covering pigment and effects.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180

 

Advanced Watercolor: Open Painting Studio
Tuesday, 9:30 am -12:30 pm (10 sessions)
April 3 - June 5


OR
June 19 - August 21

Take this opportunity to fine tune your watercolor skills, at your own pace, it 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.

Museum Members: $205
Non-Members: $240
Drop-in: $25 per session

 

Plein Air Painting | David Barnes
Monday, 9 am - 12 pm (5 sessions)
May 7 - June 11 (no class 5/28)

This ‘on location’ class teaches wet-on-wet, painting on colored grounds, palette knife and other techniques. Group techniques, demonstrations and brief lectures are included. Barnes is a recent recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180

 

Drawing Newport Architecture | Jeannine Bestoso
Monday, 9 am - 12 pm (5 sessions)
May 7 - June 11 (no class 5/28)

This class involves the process of seeing and understanding the spatial relationships of architectural structures and how they relate to their specific sites and surrounding areas. Students will practice different types of perspective and apply consistent lighting, value and shadow, line work, and patterns. A discussion of Newport’s rich local architecture will inform the selection of sites.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180

 

Mastering Color, Composition & the Figure | Elaine Smollin
Tuesday, 7 - 9 pm (5 sessions)
May 8 - June 5

Following a review of color theory, students will use color as a brilliant organizing principle to compose studies directly from the life model. We will advance the use of color to create illusions of depth, distance, volume and atmosphere with the figure.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180
Model Fee: $60

 

Beginning Acrylic | Jeannine Bestoso
Wednesday, 6 - 9 pm (5 sessions)
May 9 - June 6

Have fun exploring the basics of acrylic painting and the infinite possibilities of this very versatile medium!  We will study color and color mixing, how to build texture and create value, and experiment with collage, glazing and impasto techniques.  Still life, landscapes, personal photographs and art history will provide our inspirations.  

Museum Members: $105
Non-members: $120

 

Continuing Oils: From Indoors to Out | Peter Dickison
Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (5 sessions)
May 11 - June 8

This class continues the exploration of representational painting of still life subjects exploring the possibilities of form and composition working in the enjoyable and magical medium of oil paint. All are welcome – you need not have taken Intro to Oils to register or enjoy this class.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180

 


 

Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Inspired by Calder: Wire Working | Tiffany Peay
Monday, 6 - 8 pm
April 23 - May 21 (5 sessions)

Be inspired by famous mobile artist Alexander Calder’s jewelry (yes, he also created jewelry). Using copper and beads, students will create jewelry using basic cold connection techniques such as piecing, drilling and hammering.  

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180
Materials Fee: $35

 

Hand-Hammered Aluminum Jewelry | Pia Hogue
Thursday, 6 - 8 pm (5 sessions)
May 10 - June 7

Come hammer with us and learn to hammer and stamp your own jewelry. Custom, personalized, hand hammered brass and aluminum jewelry. Make a wrap ring, bar necklace and bracelet.

Museum Members: $105
Non-members: $120
Materials Fee: $25


 

 


 

Textile Arts

Introduction to Knitting Stitch | Katherine Mehls
Tuesday, 6 - 8 pm (5 sessions)
May 8 - June 5

In 5 weeks’ time students will be introduced to classic knitting stitches, including Continental, Fair Isle, Brioche, Intarsia, and Entrelac. Class includes instruction on beautiful stranded, reversible and blocks of color, as well as woven strips of diamond shaped squares. Imagine what you can knit together!

Museum Members: $105
Non-members: $120

 

Dyeing to Wear It | Rhonda Fazio
Wednesday, 5 - 7 pm (5 sessions)
May 9 - June 6

Working with the ancient design technique of Shibori and natural dyes, students will work through a series of sampling to create “The Essential Silk Wrap.”

Museum Members: $105
Non-members: $120

 


 

Glass

Introduction to Stained Glass | Jennifer Weeden Black
Tuesday, 6 - 9 pm (5 sessions)
May 8 - June 5

Explore the classical genres of stained glass in New England as well as reviewing modern styles and techniques. Gain hands-on experience while learning the proper use of tools, safe handling of a variety of glass, and other associated materials. A field trip to see some of John La Farge’s exceptional stained glass windows in Newport rounds out this colorful experience.

Museum Members: $105
Non-members: $120

 


 

Adult Summer Classes

 

Ceramics

Painting

DESIGN

Drawing

 

 


 

Ceramics

 

Teen Pottery | Charlene Carpenzano
Tuesday, 2 - 5 pm (5 sessions)
June 26 - July 24

Learn to make cups, bowls and more by throwing on the potter wheel and then practicing trimming and glazing techniques.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180
Firing Fee: $40

 

Mindful Mud | Charlene Carpenzano
Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
June 26 - July 24

A class for more experienced ceramics students in which throwing and altering techniques along with composit pot and sprig mold instruction will be offered in a relaxing environment.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180
Firing Fee: $40 (does not include the cost of clay)

 

COFFEE & CLAY | Charlene Carpenzano
Tuesday, 9:30 - 12:30 am (5 sessions)
June 26 - July 24

Wake up and join us for a morning of creating in clay. Bring your favorite coffee mug and we’ll fill (and refill) throughout the class. Students might make a new favorite vessel for their morning coffee. All experience levels welcome.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180
Firing fee: $40

 

Exploring Glazing: Application Techniques | Charlene Carpenzano
Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
July 31 - August 28

Students have created their ceramic objects, now they will be introduced to where the ‘real’ magic takes place – the glazing process. This class explores key glazing processes like oxide washes and underglazes, as well as waxing, printing, dipping, and brushing multiple glaze layers and under color techniques.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180

 

Hand building and Decorative Surfaces | Sherry Italiano
Sunday, 12 - 3 pm (5 sessions)
July 29 - August 26

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.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180
Firing Fee: $40 (does not include the cost of clay)

 

Throwing Thursday | Charlene Carpenzano
OFFERED TWICE:

Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
June 28 - July 26

OR

Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions)
August 2 - 30

Learn how to center clay on the potter wheel and progress to trimming, handles, decorative techniques, and glazing.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180
Firing Fee: $40

 

Clay Studio | Charlene Carpenzano
Thursday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (10 sessions)
June 21 - August 23

In this class, form follows function with the overarching theme of fun. Pinching, slab work and extruding along with an exploration of creating unique surfaces through scratching and colored slips are included.

Museum Members: $300
Non-members: $360
Firing Fee: $40

 


 

Painting

 

Plein Air Painting | David Barnes
Monday, 9 am - 12 pm (5 sessions)
June 18 - July 16

This ‘on location’ class teaches wet-on-wet, painting on colored grounds, palette knife and other techniques. Group techniques, demonstrations and brief lectures are included. Barnes is a recent recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180

 

Beginner's Plein Air Oil Painting | Peter Dickison
Monday, 9 am - 12 pm (5 sessions)
July 16 - August 13 

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 for the landscape, and by the end of the class you will have a painting that is ready for our Wet Paint event!  The museum has folding french easels available on loan if you have no outdoor easel. All you need is a basic oil paint supply kit from the materials list provided.  Beginners and continuing artists are welcome. 

Museum Members: $155
Non-members: $180

 

 


 

Design

 

Garden & Landscape Design | Rebecca Nolan and Kate Dana
Thursday, 6 - 9 pm (10 sessions)
June 28 - August 30

Successful garden and landscape designs are beautiful, functional, durable, and maintainable over time. This class teaches an understanding of how a well-designed landscape can transform a property or street front. Students will be introduced to both historic and contemporary approaches to landscape design, learn how to analyze and fully understand existing site conditions, and develop a design program. This class is ideal for those interested in learning how to develop a master plan for their own property, are curious about landscape design and architecture, or simply interested in developing a deeper understanding of garden and landscape design history and the constructed environment.

Museum Members: $325
Non-members: $370

 


 

DRAWING

 

TREE ILLUSTRATIONS | Catherine Carter
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (5 classes)
June 18 - 22

Spring is the perfect season to look at trees for inspiration, and Newport is the ideal place to find special ones! We will use a variety of media including graphite pencils, soft pastels, and colored pencils to draw trees growing on the museum's grounds and neighborhood. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Museum members: $155
Non-members: $180

 

Drawing from your Photographs | Kelsy Patnaude

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (5 sessions) 
June 26 - July 24

Create dynamic compostions by combining fundamental drawing techniques and photographs.  Photography is an important modern studio tool.  See images as two dimensional shapes and planes, learn printing techniques to obtain top photographic references to draw from. Students will go over fundamental drawing techniques such as; figure-ground relationship, measuring angles, negative space and amplified perspective.