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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)





clay room with mom

wire working

power of mindfulness

jafang lu of studio incamminati portrait workshop

botanical drawing

color camp for adult artists

mixed media figure: Drawing, Collage & Paint


flower journal

the figure on canvas




See the show, then take the class!

Four artists on view in the Newport Art Museum this Spring and Summer are offering exclusive Workshops. View the exhibition, then enjoy a Workshop with the artist themselves!

Ron Cowie: New Light Through Old Windows

On View Jan. 21 - Apr. 16

The Personal Landscape Photography Workshop | Ron Cowie

Thursdays, Apr. 6 - May 4, 7 - 9 PM  (5 sessions)

Members: $370 | Non-members: $425

How often have you looked at a landscape and felt a connection? The personal landscape workshop is about tuning into that connection with our cameras and creating a personal dialogue between the external and our internal worlds. This workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced photographers to better connect what they are seeing with how they are feeling. The goal is to create a cohesive body of landscape images in either color or black and white over the period of several weeks. Group critiques, technical suggestions, slide talks and field trips will provide many opportunities to grow as an artist and explore new vistas in your personal work. Participants should have a solid working knowledge of their cameras and basic understanding of photography in general. This is not a class for beginners.



New England Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

On View May 20 - Jul. 9

“Chaos to Order” Watercolor Workshop | Kathleen Conover

Saturday - Monday, May 20 - 22, 9 AM - 4 PM

Members: $478 | Non-members: $550

Starting a painting with color, texture, gestural marks and layers may seem like “chaos,” but it delivers vital energy that is both fun and intuitive. Master artist Kathleen Conover will help students use great design and composition to bring “order” to the rich start and turn your painting into an attention-getting and expressive finish. Beginner or advanced, you are encouraged to discover and explore your unique expression and personal imagery in realism, abstraction or non-objective.



Jason Evans: Boys of Summer: A Season with the Newport Gulls

On View May 7 - Sept. 10

Surf Photography Workshop

Sunday, Sep. 10, 1 - 8 PM

Members: $260 | Non-members: $300

Learn the basics of surf photography. In this workshop, students will go on the hunt for surf at the local beaches in Middletown and Newport and explore the various ways we can use natural light, aperture, and shutter speed to enhance a photograph. Dress appropriately for the weather and keep your fingers crossed for surf.


Clay Room with Mom | Charlene Carpenzano

Sunday, May 7, 9:30 - 11 AM

Members: $65 | Non-members: $75 | Clay fee: $15

Treat Mom to a special morning led with mud and creativity. Give Mom flowers that will last forever. Mom and kids will sling, pinch and pound to create a wall pocket decorated with flowers.


Wire Working | Tiffany Peay

Members: $80 | Non-members: $95

Join local artist and jeweler, Tiffany Peay, to learn basic wire working techniques using pli- ers, copper, beads and pearls. Make jewelry for yourself or for gifts, this fun and creative workshop can start your jewelry hobby!


Saturday, May 20, 1 - 5 PM

Saturday, Jun. 24, 10 AM - 2 PM


Power of Mindfulness | Jodi Manca

Saturday, June 3, 9 AM - 1 PM

Members: $80 | Non-members: $95

We live in a fast-paced world, our minds wander 30% of the time during any given activity. Research shows that we are our most happy when we are focused. This class will explore the mind/body connection of creativity. Class will begin with an hour yoga practice and  ow into 2 hours of painting.



Thursday - Sunday, Jul. 13 - 16, 9 AM - 4 PM

Members: $468 | Non-members: $550

Gain a solid understanding of the portrait painting process by examining its two integral components—form and color. Focus on construction of the head and form development, then basic principles of color relationship and calibration.

Open to all painting students with a good drawing foundation.



Botanical Drawing | Catherine Carter

Monday - Friday, Jun. 19 - 23, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Capture the beauty of flowers and fruits in your drawings! We will use graphite and colored pencils to depict complex shapes and intricate surfaces, focusing on value, color and composition. For beginning and intermediate students.


Color Camp for Adult Artists | Jodi Manca

Jul. 17 - 21, 9 AM - 12 PM

Members: $155 | Non members: $180

Color is one of the most beautiful and exciting aspects about the creative world, and one of the most frustrating! Are you tired of producing muted, muddied paintings? Come to color camp. Learn how to breathe life into your work by understanding the properties of color.


Mixed Media Figure: Drawing, Collage & Paint | Lucy Barber

Tuesday - Friday, Jul. 18 - 21, 9:30 AM -1:30 PM

Members: $165 | Non-members: $190

This mixed media workshop focuses on creativity, freedom to experiment, and being spontaneous in drawing from the model. Working directly from the model in a traditional way, and simplifying the form, students will use paper collage, painting and drawing to apply to the work, refreshing the creative process.


Raku | Charlene Carpenzano

Aug. 1, 8 & 11, 1 - 5 PM (3 sessions)

Members: $125 | Non-members: $140 | Material fee: $30

Come join us and experience the power of fire. In this three day workshop we will explore the ancient Japanese firing technique of Raku. The workshop is for students with some clay experience; you can build, glaze and then Raku Fire a piece. Firing happens on the Saturday of Wet Paint weekend (Saturday, August 12) and students are encouraged to submit their piece to Wet Paint.


Flower Journal | Noelle King

Saturday - Sunday, Aug. 5 - 6, 10 AM - 4 PM

Members: $140 | Non-members: $160

Join us and create a beautiful paper flower journal. We will create 2D paper flowers using collage and painting to fill a small notebook. Inspirations from the language of flowers, our own gardens and our favorite blooms will form the base of our journal creation. No previous experience necessary. Bring colorful papers, magazines and old greeting cards to use. 


The Figure on Canvas | David Barnes

Monday - Wednesday, August 28 - 30, 9 AM- 3 PM

Members: $185 | Non-members: $215 | Model fee: $40

Learn traditional figure painting techniques when you draw and paint the figure from life with renowned local artist David Barnes. Each class will include “warm up drawings” followed by a long pose students can paint.