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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)




Papermaking Bootcamp | Lisa May Tobin

Saturday, 1 - 4 pm

December 9 (1 session)

Members: $35 | Non-members: $40

Have you always been curious about papermaking? This one-day art bootcamp is for you. In one day, go from novice to pro.  Explore three distinct types of papermaking and leave with at least one example of each type. Ages 14+ are welcome.


Handmade Cast Paper Vessels | Lisa May Tobin

Saturday, 1 - 4 pm

September 30 (1 session)

Members: $35 | Non-members: $40

Spend the day creating with a variety of plant fibers! Our group will learn about the
different characteristics of cotton, abaca, bamboo, even jean material. We will design our own bowls, baskets or vessels from wood strips and other forms provided. Learn the basics of sheet forming, adding dyes to the paper, casting onto the vessels and using
paper pulp to create decorative shapes to apply to your piece. Take home your handmade creation and enjoy the attention it gets!


Hand Built Ceramic Ornaments | Sherry Italiano

Sundays, 1 - 4 pm

November 19 and November 26 (2 sessions)

Members: $65 | Non-members: $75 | Materials fee: $35

Come explore and create unique, one-of-a-kind, clay gifts for the Holiday season. Make simple, yet memorable, items such as ornaments, spoon rests, soap dishes, and bowls. Clay and tools will be provided, you bring the cheer!


Tie-Dye Holiday Gifts | Jeannette Paola

Saturday, 10 am -1 pm

December 2 (1 session)

Members: $35 | Non-members: $40

This is a great “make it and take it” workshop. Tie-Dye is back in style and all the rage! You will create cool canvas items that are also great for gift giving. Workshop participants are welcome to bring up to 5 items. Dyes and other decorating materials will be provided.


Batik Holiday Gifts | Sherry Italiano

Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm

December 9 (1 session)

Members: $35 | Non-members: $40

This holiday season consider giving unique handmade gifts. Experiment with batik and produce your own batik masterpiece to give to friends and family. We provide you with all the materials. Ages 14+ are welcome.


Winter Vacation Creation Ages 3-7 | Emily Moyer


9:30 - 11:30 am OR 2:30- 4:30 pm

Join us in the morning or afternoon for an artful experience in the Museum for young children over the Holiday school break.

$24 admits one adult and one child

$8 each additional child

$60 admits one adult and one child to all three sessions


Wednesday, December 27 

Mom and Me Story Time Art (for ages 2 and up) This class is designed for child and caregiver to create art together. We will read a story and then make it come alive through creation of an art project related to the story using different materials such as paint, paper and clay.


Thursday, December 28

Little yogis: We all feel better when we make time to move our bodies every day! This unique class for kids and caretakers combines yoga and play through yoga animal poses, imagination, partner poses, song and dance, breathing exercises and yoga story time.


Friday, December 29 

Sensory Art: Mix, measure, pour and get messy! Make your own play dough, puffy paint & cinnamon clay and turn them into beautiful creations!




Dyeing to Wear It | Rhonda Fazio of Dyer Maker Studio
Saturday, February 10 | 1 - 4 pm (1 session)
Members: $75 | Non-members: $100 | Materials fee: $35

Create your own wearable art: as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Silk: This workshop will focus on the design and function of the classic silk scarf.
2. Hands: Each design will be its own unique and beautiful piece of wearable art made
entirely by you.
3. Colors: Each color is hand crafted from natural, raw materials and extracted without the
use of harmful chemicals. All materials included.


Dyeing to Wear It: Indigo Blue Snowflakes | Rhonda Fazio of Dyer Maker Studio
Saturday, February 17 | 1 - 4 pm (1 session)
Members: $75 | Non-members: $100 | Materials fee: $35

Participants will create their own wearable art using the beautiful blue dye of the Indigo plant. Participants will design a silk scarf using their own hands and design techniques from the ancient world. There will be a discussion on how these resources and materials have influenced American Culture. Participants walk away with their own wearable art that looks like pretty blue snowflakes! All materials included.


Dyeing to Wear It: A Lovely Shade of Red | Rhonda Fazio of Dyer Maker Studio
Saturday, February 24 | 1 - 4 pm (1 session)
Members: $75 | Non-members: $100 | Materials fee: $35

In this hands-on workshop, design your own wearable art using an insect that yields the perfect natural red: Cochineal! Learn about the lore and lusciousness of the color red throughout the history of art. Each participant will receive one silk scarf to design and dye whatever shade you like. C’mon, you know you’re “Dyeing to Wear It” because everyone deserves to wear a lovely shade of red!


chARTcuterie Workshop | Instructor: Amelia Wilson
Friday, February 9, 5 - 8 pm
Members: $35 | Non-members: $40 | Materials fee: $35

Amelia Wilson, manager at Grapes & Gourmet in Jamestown, will walk you through the basics of preparing elaborate cheese and charcuterie plates for any occasion. Wilson will touch on aesthetics and approaches to creating a balanced platter, leaning on personal touches for a cheese selection that goes above and beyond. Attendees will leave with their own customized platter for two, and the confidence to go home and create a functional and approachable edible masterpiece!


Thursday, April 11 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Members: $155 | Non members: $180 | Materials fee: $35

Kokedama is a ball of soil covered with moss on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan where Kokedama are very popular. Kokedama is a style of Japanese bonsai, where a plant’s root system is simply wrapped in moss and bound with string, transforming it into a sculptural art form. Loosely translated, ‘koke’ means moss and ‘dama’ means ball. The original Japanese form of kokedama had miniature sculptured bonsai trees displayed on handmade pottery or pieces of driftwood. Internationally renowned artist Young Choe will present pictures of Kokedama pots throughout the world, especially Japan and European styles. She will do a demo of Kokedama.

About Young Choe: Artist Young Choe studied traditional art-ink painting and calligraphy-in her native Korea before she moved to the United States. She obtained her BS in Horticulture from the University of Maryland. While volunteering at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, she was able to bring her artistic talent together with her knowledge of horticulture to create Kusamono. She traveled to Japan to study this unique art form with the master Kusamono artist, Keiko Yamane, a former student

of Saburo Kato. In the world outside the Museum, she worked with native plants at the USDA, NRCS, National Plant Materials Center in Beltsville, Maryland. Also, she was a propagation horticulturist at the US National Arboretum. Choe currently works at the US National Arboretum.