Please note that Covid restrictions may apply.
Cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the workshop for a full refund. Any cancellations after the two weeks will be charged in full.
TO REGISTER, e-mail Abba Cudney at
See below for registration and policies
Summer 2022 Workshop Overview
Nick Paciorek: 3-Day Workshop: Color and Composition June 14 - 16
WAITLIST ONLY Kevin MacPherson: 3-Day Workshop: MacPherson's Magic Grid Method June 21 - 23
Joan Hausrath: 3-Day Workshop: Collagraph June 28 - 30
WAITLIST ONLY Theresa Girard: 2-Day Workshop: Rework! July 7 - 8
David Shevlino: 3-Day Workshop: Figure and Portrait Painting July 12 - 14
Annie Bissett: 3-Day Workshop: Mokuhanga July 12 - 14
WAITLIST ONLY Natalie Featherston: 3-Day Workshop: Painting Fabric August 2 - 4
Kate Hanlon: 2-Day Workshop: White Line Printmaking August 2 - 3
Scott Conary & Shawn Kenney: 3-Day Workshop: August 9 - 11
Ida Schmulowitz: 3-Day Workshop: Experimenting with Change August 16 - 18
New! Celine Lam: 3-Day Workshop: Intro to Chinese Ink Painting August 23 - 25
Brett Windham: 2-Day Workshop: Cyanotype August 23 - 24
WAITLIST ONLY David Dunlop: 3-Day Workshop: Painting Water August 30 - September 1
Judy Vilmain: 3-Day Workshop: Floral Still Life September 10 - 12
Sam Green and Bill Lane: 3-Day Workshop: Painting Outside September 6 - 8
Sarah Vespermann: 3-Day Workshop: Abstracting Your Vision September 13 - 15 
Laurinda O'Connor: 2-Day Workshop: Pushing Beyond the Landscape September 17-18
New! Monday Open Studio
Mondays, June 20 - August 29
No class July 4, 18, 25, August 8
Atelier Open Studio

Share the experience that the Masters shared in a true atelier environment. This is a unique engagement for all levels of painters... an atmosphere where ideas and techniques are readily exchanged. It will be an experience that will enhance your art skills. Artists of all levels are welcome.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 20 students

Class Fee: $10/class
Members only
Detail from painting by Dora Atwater Millikin
New! Monahan Painting Lab Class
Fridays, June 17 - September 9
No class July 8, 22, 29, August 5
Painting Lab
with Tom Monahan

A safe, encouraging environment to grow as an artist.
This intimate class is part open studio and part independent study, to help representational artists of all levels grow, through exploration, insights and discoveries. It’s a small class where you’ll get personalized guidance around your specific wants and needs.
From week to week, you’ll paint what you choose to paint, as Tom circulates through the classroom, stopping in with each student two or three times per class, to help you achieve your vision as an artist or navigate through challenges.
Tom believes it takes courage to explore new areas of artistic expression, so this class provides ample encouragement in both practical and empathetic terms.
Materials list:
Bring the kinds of paints, a few prepared surfaces and other supplies that you typically use, including a painting or two that you are currently working on. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students

Fee: $110 member || $250 non-member
Instructor Tom Monahan has been a Providence Art Club exhibiting artist member since 2014. He brings decades of experience helping others explore their creativeness in his careers as one of advertising’s premier creative directors and as a pioneering creativity coach. As a painter his personal journey has unfolded organically in diverse directions overtime. He loves such exploration.
Caswell 1-Day Tintype Commissions
Wednesday, June 15
Tintype Commissions with Cole Caswell

Tintype commission participants will have their likeness made with the historic wet-plate collodion photographic process. Tintypes are a unique one of kind photograph on a thin sheet of metal. Each tintype is coated in light sensitive chemistry and placed in the camera while wet. The sitters likeness is then captured on the tintype with few second long exposure. The resulting image and plate is visible to the sitter moments after the exposure and will be washed, dried and varnished so it is ready to take home by the end of day or following morning.

There are three size tintypes available:
4x5 for $65
5x7 for $100
8x10 for $180

Each portrait session lasts about 15 minutes.

Please email Abba Cudney to reserve your time slot for a commission.
Paciorek 3-Day Color Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-16
Color and Composition with Nick Paciorek

We will explore the use of color and composition. This workshop is for anyone that works with color in their profession. Painters, sculptor, interior designers, landscape designers, graphic designers etc. We will explore color and how color works in a composition. 

(Please do not purchase another Color Aid set if you already have one)

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class size limit: 15

Fee: $350 member || $450 nonmember
About Nick: Chicago – the city, its colors, shapes and sounds – shaped young Nick Paciorek's world and brought him where he is today: a renowned artist whose work is seen from coast to coast.

As a teenager, Paciorek spent countless hours at art exhibits. He continually returned to his favorite, an Impressionism collection at a museum in downtown Chicago, impacted by the ability of an artist to control the world on canvas simply through color choice. It was then that Matisse became Paciorek's central influence.

As an artist, Paciorek aligns himself with a new generation of Fauvists. He uses broad strokes of brilliant color for their emotional impact.
Each of his pieces is a celebration of light and color, a vivid interpretation of his subjects. For him, choosing the exact combination of hues for each painting is foremost.
Macpherson 3-Day Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23
Macpherson's Magic Grid Method with Kevin Macpherson

This three day workshop will focus on Kevin Macpherson’s Magic Grid.
My magic grid system is the most comprehensive yet the simplest method you will find to structure your artwork and finally paint with intent, knowledge and firm understanding. Paint with confidence with a purpose and a plan.
From the first point we put on the canvas I lead you to a successful path of discovery and creativity so you can lead the viewer through your painting. 
This workshop will have lectures, demonstrations and group and individual critiques throughout the time together. Kevin‘s magic grid system will give you the confidence you need to be a fine artist. Confident in the decisions necessary to make a fine artwork. Confident you finally have a structure to go forward.

You will become fluent in the visual language of an artist, the two dimensional language that magically creates the illusion of space, air, light and shadows and form. Your color will be clean and alive and your brush work will be inspired. You’ll be given the key, the power to make informed inspired decisions. 
The magic grid is simple and structured yet it gives you more freedom to stimulate your imagination. you become the Art Director in control and full of confidence . It is the most logical and intuitive approach I have offered for my students, with great results. A simple and magical way to organize all the elements in your painting. Become fluent in the artist visual abstract language to express beautiful powerful purposeful representation. From the first brush-mark to the last you have a simple effective way to be in control to express freely. A structure that engages your intellect and Intuition. 
My secret sauce I have the ability to make someone smile, make learning fun.
I take the mystery out of painting and make the process magical. 
Amateur, aspiring, and professional artists alike will benefit from my teaching methods. I love teaching a person from ground zero as they have no bad habits. I can set them on their artist journey with a simple a new language that can quickly teach them to paint. Professional artists can transform their thinking that has held them back and now see the light and forever change the way they approached painting. A painting system that puts all the principles and elements in your grasp . I have no doubt this knowledge will bring you to the next level quickly. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class size limit: 15

Fee: $750 member || $850 non-member
Kevin Macpherson is a master of the art of painting outdoors directly from nature, en plein air. He is intent as a painter is to capture the light that infuses every scene. Besides an accomplished painter, Kevin is a gifted writer and published author as well as a teacher, juror and guest lecturer. He is regarded as a master mentor, a reputation well earned by years of teaching international workshops and giving personal guidance to many aspiring artists.

Kevin Macpherson is a Signature and Founding Member and served as the First President of the Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA), a California Art Club (CAC) Master Artist, an American Impressionist Society (AIS) Master Artist, an International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) Master Signature Artist and an Oil Painters of America (OPA) Master. He has authored four books, Reflections on a Pond, Fill Your Oil Paintings With Light and Color, Landscape Painting-Inside and Out and Conservations With Nature: Oil Painting in the Tradition of Plein Air. Kevin’s technique is demonstrated on videos and has been on nationwide American Public Television with a 13-part series, “Passport and Palette”, Following the Master Artists on an Artistic Expedition of the World. Kevin has started a nonprofit foundation for teaching art to underprivileged children called

I believe it is my purpose in life to see and except the stimulation that comes to me and also be able to share that with others in the many forms of the actual artwork and my opportunities to teach others to see. To teach one to see, learn the visual language of an artist can truly change one’s life .
"I’ve been painting for 40 years I’ve traveled to nearly 40 countries painting on location and sharing on the way. I am a restless spirit that enjoys traveling the world seeking new and inspirational vistas meeting different cultures and people that constantly keep me curious and full of wonder. My home and studio is in the historic art colony of Taos New Mexico . The high altitude mountain living with seasonal changes is a perfect balance with my home and studio on the on the shores of sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico. Both locations I find inspiration out my front door.

I am a well-known respected painter I’m a good painter but I do believe I am a great teacher. My constant drive to improve my paintings and seek the highest excellence I have studied with my contemporary painters and master painters of the past. Forever a student myself I know how to translate in clear simple terms to the aspiring artist. I believe are members of a great fraternity of artist past and present passionate about what we do and willing to share the information I learned to the future generations , perhaps this be my greatest gift to others. There are many great contemporary painters but not all are great communicators. I am author of four books on painting and I know how to communicate it simply and effectively . My books are some of the most popular books of the genre of plein air painting that are sold all around the world also translated in different languages." 
Macpherson Lecture
"To See, or Not To See. That is the Question. Keeping the artistic spark of inspiration aflame!"

Lecture with Kevin Macpherson

Monday, June 20th, 6-7pm
Join us for this special lecture! Kevin Macpherson will share his forty year journey as an artist and how he continues to keep a curious spirit. 

A glass of wine and cheese and crackers will be included.

Want a signed copy of one of Kevin's books? Kevin will be signing books at the lecture!
To see a list of Kevin's books available for pre-purchase, click here.

If you would like to pre-order one of Kevin's books, please email Wanda Macpherson at and let her know you are from the Providence Art Club.

Fee: $20 member || $30 non-member
Hausrath 3-Day Collagraph Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, June 28-30
Collagraph with Joan Hausrath

Collagraphy is an inexpensive, versatile and non-toxic way to make an intaglio print. The process entails creating an image on cardboard or a plastic substrate by gluing textural elements, manipulating acrylic mediums, and/or cutting into the plate to create lines, tones and textures. Participants in the workshop will learn how to prepare, ink, and print plates. The process is especially suited to endless creative possibilities including producing editioned prints as well as monoprints using chine collé, stencils, and printing from multi-color plates.

Materials will be provided by the instructor.

Location: Garden Level Print Room
Class Size Limit: 8
Fee: $250 member || $350 non-member
Joan Hausrath grew up in Ohio where she received an MFA in printmaking from Bowling Green (OH) State University and an MA in art history from Ohio State University. She is Professor Emeritus from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Hausrath has shown her prints internationally in juried and invitational exhibitions. She creates her hand pulled prints by using recently developed materials and processes that are safer to use than those used in traditional printmaking. After retiring she relocated to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where she maintains a print studio in a live/work loft. She is available to teach workshops in non-toxic and safer printmaking processes and to give lectures and demos.
Girard 2-Day Workshop
Thursday-Friday, July 7-8
REWORK! with Theresa Girard

Level: All with Experience in the Non-Objective. Prior classes with Theresa helpful.

Persistence is the name of the game in this 2-day instructional workshop! Revisit your old painting and find a simple and direct solution to bring your work to conclusion.

Demonstrations, visual images, and discussions will take place. Theresa will walk you through several option to REWORK your soon to be masterpiece! You can always begin again! (limit 2 paintings per student) I will be working in acrylic paint and marking materials, please bring your working supplies, or perhaps something new to try!

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio.
Class Size Limit: 12
Fee: $325 member || $425 non-member
A native of Providence RI and involved in the arts from an early age, Theresa crafted her own education studying early 20th Century contemporary artists. A color expert and educator for a large manufacturing company, she advanced to the top of her career in marketing, education, and training. She staged and styled numerous photo shoots, large trade productions, and program development from NY to LA. She has been a teacher of adult education for over 30 years. She attended Community College of RI, CE Programs RISD & SMFA Tufts. Ms. Girard is a nationally sought after facilitator of a variety of “workshops for creative people.” She is represented by several galleries throughout the country. Her painterly abstractions have been featured in several national publications including The Artist Magazine, Palette Magazine, Art Collector, Florida Design, Gulfshore Life, Elle Decor, and Architectural Digest.
Shevlino 3-Day Figure and Portrait Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, July 12-14
Alla Prima Figure and Portrait Painting with David Shevlino

This class is about painting the figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. After a demonstration, the class will work from a live model. We’ll divide our class time working on both the figure and a portrait. Emphasis will be on simplifying and interpreting the figure and head as a series of basic shapes/planes described by light and shadow. In addition to discussing value, color and paint application, we’ll also talk about basic proportions of the head and figure. By learning to simplify what we see, we become better able to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to use their brushstrokes with economy. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class Size Limit: 12
Fee: $500 member || $600 non-member
David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (certificate ’84) and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA ’92) and the Art Students’ League of NY. His work has been featured in national publications and he has exhibited his work and taught workshops throughout North America and Europe. He has also produced a series of instructional videos about his painting methods.
My exposure to art began as a teenager growing up in NJ near NYC. I began making trips to art museums in NYC when I was 15 and developed a love of traditional figurative painting. As a youth I found myself especially drawn to the old masters. Those early trips to the museum instilled in me a love of craft and a sense of where painting comes from. For most of my artistic career I’ve tried to take what I’ve learned about traditional painting and mold it into something I can call my own, which presently means exploring the place between traditional figurative painting and abstraction.
Bissett 3-Day Mokuhanga Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, July 12-14
Mokuhanga with Annie Bissett

Mokuhanga, the ancient Japanese method of woodblock printing, is an elegant, portable and green method that utilizes watercolors, brushes, multiple blocks, and hand printing to produce soft painterly color relief prints. This 3-day workshop will introduce all aspects of the process: transferring images to woodblocks, carving with hand tools, using the kento registration system, and printing with brushes and a hand-held baren. You will also have an opportunity to try a few of the printing techniques particular to the Japanese method, including bokashi (gradations), texturing with water and rice paste, overprinting two colors to create a third, and softening carved edges. The workshop is open to beginners as well as students who have already had some experience and want to expand their practice.

Location: Garden Level Print Room
Class Size Limit: 8
Fee: $375 member || $475 non-member
Annie Bissett is a mostly self-taught artist who began her career as a freelance digital illustrator, working with clients such as National Geographic Society, The Washington Post, and a wide range of magazines. In 2005 she studied briefly with New Hampshire woodblock artist Matt Brown and soon afterward she began pursuing printmaking full time. Her woodblock prints have been exhibited throughout the US, in Japan, and in the U.K. and Canada. She has been on the teaching staff at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA, for over a decade and, as mokuhanga has gained in popularity, she also travels to other locations to conduct workshops. A recent transplant to Providence from Northampton MA, Annie is delighted to be teaching her first workshop at the Providence Art Club.
Featherston 3-Day Fabric Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, August 2-4
Fabulous Fabric: Tips and Techniques for Every Artist with Natalie Featherston

In this three day workshop, Natalie Featherston will guide you through everything you want to know about painting fabric. Cotton, velvet, satin, chiffon and patterned- we will explore all of the textures and the techniques you need to create beautiful fabric in your still lifes, portraits or figure paintings.

What you’ll learn:

—Classic fold patterns and construction, and how to create dynamic compositions with fabric

—How to use oil transfer techniques to make painting pattered fabric a breeze

—Insights into the five main types of fabric: matte (cotton), nap (velvet), shiny (satin), sheer (chiffon) and patterns.

Artists may use the class to work on their own still life compositions that include fabric, explore all of the fabrics through color studies of each type of material, or focus on a more finished painting of a singular type of fabric. Fabric samples will be provided, and students are encouraged to bring in their own fabrics for independent study.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio.
Class Size Limit: 15
Fee: $350 member || $450 non-member
Natalie Featherston is a professional artist specializing in realism and trompe l’oeil who is both a newcomer to Rhode Island and a new member of the Providence Art Club. Her career spans more than two decades, and her paintings are exhibited in fine art galleries across the country. Acclaimed by critics and collectors alike, her work has been published in major art publications and has garnered awards from many esteemed art institutions. She lives on the East Side of Providence where she has a studio in her home.
Hanlon 2-Day White Line Workshop
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 2-3
The White Line Woodcut and Beyond with Kate Hanlon

The white line woodcut, known as the Provincetown Print, is a uniquely American form of printmaking, invented by artists working in Provincetown in the early 1900s. In this method, beautiful multicolor prints are made by hand using a single block, eliminating the need for a press or complicated registration methods. This fun workshop offers the opportunity to learn traditional techniques of design, carving, and printing, as well as the chance to expand upon the tradition with creative inking and printing options. Participants will leave with several prints, and with newfound skills and appreciation of the process. All levels.

Students are welcome to bring their own supplies, or pay $25 for the materials below:

Location: Garden Level Print Room
Class Size Limit: 5
Fee: $375 member || $475 non-member
Kate Hanlon received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts. She is a master printmaker of etchings and woodcuts and worked for the Robert Townsend Studio in Georgetown, MA for over 25 years. She printed editions for artists of national and international reputation, such as Robert Motherwell, Jim Dine, Alex Katz, and others. A member of the Boston Printmakers and the Society of American Graphic Artists, Kate’s award-winning white line woodcuts are included in many private collections, as well as those of the Boston Athenaeum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Conary and Kenney 3-Day Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, August 9-11
Workshop with Scott Conary and Shawn Kenney

Co-taught by Scott Conary and Shawn Kenney, this is a workshop about what it means to be an artist, about seeing past the exercises and techniques, necessary though they are, and trying to understand what elevates a painting or drawing. This is about our relationship with making work and the barriers between us and the work we want to make. We will look at amazing art, talk, paint, draw, make some messes, and challenge ourselves. The subject will be your work and your goals as an artist. Participants will bring pieces for critique and development, as well as, if they choose, create new work. 

Sharing much artistic DNA, Shawn and Scott have been pushing each other as artists for more than 30 years. Each brings their own distinct eye and approach to both teaching and painting. 

The workshop is open to all traditional mediums. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class Size Limit: 15
Fee: $450 member || $550 non-member
Schmulowitz 3-Day Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, August 16-18
Experimenting with Change with Ida Schmulowitz

Matisse painted “The Pink Nude” between May 3 and Oct 30, 1935. This work was changed 22 times before completion and Matisse documented the stages in photographs.

In this workshop, students will complete one painting, but must be willing to make major changes in the work in each of the three hour sessions. A still life will be set up for the first class, that students will complete. After the break, major changes will be made to that still life and students have to change their painting according to the new arrangement. The next day they will continue with the same painting, but the still life will be changed again, and so on, until it is completed on the afternoon of the last day of the workshop. The finished painting will have gone through through 5 changes. Students can document each stage with a photograph, so the class can look back on the changes along with the completed piece.

It is important to keep a work open and changing throughout the process of painting, and keep the energy and looseness of brushstroke that you have when you start a work, through to the end. An artist can’t be afraid to go back into a particular piece, and changing a work in this way can create depth in the painting through layering of color and texture.
Matisse made changes because he was looking for the next stage in a personal vision. This workshop will force students to make changes, but will also help in the future on moving their work forward.

Acrylic would be the preferred medium for this workshop because they dry quickly, and students will be painting over areas from one class to the next, in the same day. If students choose to use oils, they must use a quick drier such as Liquin, but still might find it more difficult to layer color over color clearly, within the time limitations.
Colors should include a warm and cool red, (such as cad red light and alizarin crimson) warm and cool blue, (cerulean blue and ultramarine blue) warm and cool yellow, (cad yellow medium and lemon yellow), raw umber, viridian green, and titanium white. If students have favorite colors to add, that is fine. Other materials are one 18x24 stretched canvas, assorted brushes, and a palette knife. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio.
Class Size Limit: 15
Fee: $300 member || $400 non-member
Ida Schmulowitz received a BFA in painting from RISD. She has had one person exhibitions at Soprafina Gallery, Boston Ma, Hammond Harkins Gallery in Bexley, Ohio, exhibited as part of the MacDowell Colony 100th year celebration in Concord, NH, exhibited in a two person show at Gallery Merz in Sag Harbor, NY, was part of the RISD Alumni and Faculty show at Studio 53 in Boothbay Harbor, ME and the New Artists Invitational at the Maienza Wilson Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA.

Solo shows in RI include the URI Fine Arts Center Main Gallery, Newport Art Museum, Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College, CCRI, Warwick Art Museum, Atrium Gallery at the RI State Administration Building, and Hunt Cavanagh Gallery at Providence College. Invitationals include “Locally Made” and “Down to Earth: The Enduring Landscape” at the RISD Museum of Art, 50 Years of Art in Rhode Island sponsored by the RI Historical Society, The Providence Billboard Project, Green Space Gallery at TF Green Airport, “Legacies in Paint:The Mentor Project” at the Newport Art Museum, Sarah Doyle Gallery at Brown University, Krause Gallery at Moses Brown School, the Providence Art Club and Gallery Agniel.

Awards include a MacDowell Colony
Fellowship and a residency at Weir Farm.

Her work is included in collections at the RISD Museum, and the Newport Art Museum. Corporate collections include RI DEM, RI Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Bradley Hospital, and Meditech, Fall River. Schmulowitz was featured in “Column: Studio Visit “ in the May/June 2018 issue of Art New England.
New! Lam 3-Day Ink Painting Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, August 23-25
Introduction to Chinese Ink Painting - Shanshui with Celine Lam

Chinese ink painting is one of the oldest painting techniques in the world, it holds many traditional Chinese culture values and philosophies. Many western painters have studied Chinese painting since the modern art period, to incorporate its abstract aesthetic into their works. In this course, students will learn one of the three major categories of Chinese ink painting — Shanshui — which stands for Landscape. Landscape ink paintings evokes a quiet but ambitious atmosphere. Each student will have two finished paintings at the end of the class. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class Size Limit: 15
Fee: $175 member || $275 non-member
Celine Lam is an multidisciplinary artist from Hong Kong. She is currently pursuing her BFA in painting, as well as two minors in Drawing and Art History at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been practicing Chinese ink painting and manuscript since she was in elementary school. Her current practice mainly focuses on the relationships between matter and antimatter, ambivalence in nature and the universe, polarities, and infinity using black and white gradients and RGB colors to convey these ideas.
Windham 2-Day Cyanotype Workshop
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 23-24
Cyanotype with Brett Windham

The Cyanotype, which is also known as ferro-prussiate or blueprint, was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. Potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate are mixed and painted onto paper in the dark, exposed to the sun with a photo negative, botanical specimen, or other object on top, and then rinsed to “fix” the exposure. The paper dries as a deep indigo and white print and are permanent images. Each person enrolled will make up to three 8x10 inch prints on watercolor paper.

● Either pre-coated paper or plain paper and cyanotype 2 part solution (Potassium ferricyanide and Ferric ammonium citrate) ● Dried or fresh specimens to print (preferably from the conservatory)
● Access to water (large hose/faucet) - prints need to be rinsed and hung up in an area out of the sun
● 1 sheet color handout explaining history and technical process

I Will Supply:
● Samples of work
● Frames to hold specimens still under glass while printing
● Extra specimens
● Clothespins and string

Location: Garden Level Print Room
Class Size Limit: 8
Fee: $300 member || $400 non-member
Brett Day Windham (born Cambridge, England, raised Providence, Rhode Island) is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist working with sculpture, installation and collage. She received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in Sculpture from RISD. Her work has been included in shows around the US, including 2017 exhibitions at The Barnes Foundation (Pennsylvania) and The Bristol Art Museum (Rhode Island). Other venues include Smack Mellon Brooklyn (New York), The Chace Center at the RISD Museum (Providence), Tompkins Projects West (Los Angeles), Cave (Detroit), Lu Magnus (NY), Brooklyn Fireproof (NY), Gallery Project (Ann Arbor), 808 Gallery (Boston), Samsøn Projects (Boston), University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor), and RMCAD (Denver). Windham received a Dean’s fellowship at RISD, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant that same year. Her work has been discussed in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, V Magazine, ArtBlog, Whitewall Magazine, Her Royal Majesty, The Newport Mercury and The Bangor Daily News.
Dunlop 3-Day Painting Water Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, August 30-Sept 1
Water: From Translucence to Reflections to Motion to Mist with David Dunlop

Day 1.  How to Paint the Sky and Waves.
How do wind, light and patterns in the sky appear in patterns in the ocean.
We explore techniques, designs and the subjects of seascape painting. We take you across time and cultures to show you how artists worked, the tools they used and how they used them. Learn how past masters created persuasive seascapes. Learn how the psychology of perception determines how and what we paint . Learn how the past influences contemporary art in both realism and abstraction. The demonstrations include use of oil and acrylics. Your instructor also provides individualized instruction.

Day 2. Water in Wind and Stream: Translucence, Shadows, and Reflections in Motion

Learn How to paint the feeling of transparent water mixed with shimmering reflections. Learn How to paint the feeling of what’s under the water, what’s in the water and what’s on the water and the water’s motion within the same image?  
In this workshop we explore how to make we make varieties of color effects within water and its variable reflections.  Learn how to evoke motion and space through color effects; how to create luminosity, halation, and sparkle; how to enliven your work with color a range of contrasts and harmonies. Learn to can use historic color codes to make more emotionally engaging paintings.  We learn to paint the illusions of translucent lakes, vernal pools, and  the effects of reflections on wet pavement. There will be demonstrations using, oils, and acrylics as well as individualized instruction.
Day 3. The Atmosphere in landscape: How to paint the mystery of mist and fog.   

We discover how trees and elements of nature reveal themselves in mist and fog. We learn how to add the shrouding mystery of fog to your landscapes whether a mist rising over meadow or fog settling over a river or lake. We explore the opportunities for abstraction found in misty atmospheres. You will learn how contemporary artists (whether realist or abstract) respond when the subject includes water. Demonstrations will include oils and acrylics and mixed media.
Another alternative option for Day 3
Alternate Day:

How to paint waterfalls, cascades, and waves as they rise, fall, foam, and roll through varieties of ever-changing patterns. The moving energy of tumbling water gives exciting drama to your paintings. Demonstrations will be provided as well individualized instruction in oil, watercolor and acrylics.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class Size Limit: 16
Fee: $450 member || $550 non-member

American Art Collector, June 2020, chose David’s painting, “Brooklyn Bridge Ascending” for its cover, and previewed his solo show, “Luminous Adventures,” at Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT. Artists Magazine published two articles written by David, “Seasonal Transitions” and “May I Direct Your Attention?,” in April 2020 and July/August 2020. He was recently profiled in Chinese Oil Paintings, November 2019.

David won an Emmy in 2009 as host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop.” He is the instructor in a multi-DVD series on painting landscapes, blogs regularly, and has a following on YouTube. He has been an artist/lecturer at many institutions; the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
David graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2011. He earned an MFA from The Pratt Institute, NY, NY. David teaches on line classes at
Green and Lane 3-Day Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, September 6-8
Painting Outside in Providence with Sam Green and Bill Lane

Take your painting skills outside and learn the logistics of painting plein air with Providence Art Club teachers Sam Green and Bill Lane. They will guide you through the fun (and frustrations) of working outside during this 3-day workshop. All painting locations will be walkable from the Club so that you will have access to parking, bathrooms, food and respite.

Medium: Any and all types. Sam will be painting in oils and Bill in watercolor but please paint in the medium that suits you best. This workshop is not about the medium, although they’ll address the nuances of oils and watercolors during their demos, it’s about painting outside!

Location: Off-site and 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class size limit: 20
Fee: $450 member || $550 non-member
Sam Allerton Green paints often, both inside and outside. The majority of his work is done plein air, on site, in a single session. This forces him to focus on capturing what it feels like to be there, rather than simply replicating what he sees.

Sam grew up in Providence, and studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has been an artist in residence at The Creative Alliance at the Patterson in Baltimore, MD, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
Bill Lane
Artist Statement:
"Everyday scenes from life intrigue me the most; be it a barren skyline, boats at the dock or city life on a busy day. I observe how the light plays into the scene and dances off the subjects. Because of this, I always work light to dark, saving those light values for the “sweet” spots in the painting." 
Vilmain 3-Day Workshop
Saturday-Monday, September 10-12
Contemporary Floral Still Life with Judy Vilmain

Let’s explore painting flowers in a loose, contemporary style. In this workshop you will:
•   learn how to paint flowers realistically without overworking the painting.
•   learn to see flowers as a pattern of abstract shapes.
•   explore paint colors that will give the most vibrant hues.
•   practice arranging interesting compositions.
•   practice brushstrokes that render flowers realistically.
•   explore color combinations that slay.
The goal will be to not have your paintings look like Hallmark Greeting Cards.
This workshop is for representational painters working in oil or acrylic. It will be a supportive and challenging experience!

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio.
Class Size Limit: 12
Fee: $350 member || $450 non-member
Judy Vilmain is a Psychologist and painter living in Providence, Rhode Island, and is an Exhibiting Artist Member of the Providence Art Club. Her work includes intimate outdoor scenes and still-life paintings.
   "With the objects I choose, and the way in which I paint them, I'm trying to present a world that feels familiar, solid, and grounded, hopefully providing the viewer a quiet break from the chaos.
    Regardless of the subject matter, I'm always considering the formal aspects of a painting: color, line, shape, and surface texture. Using these, I work towards a level of realism that still shows the hand of the painter -- I want the viewer to keep moving back and forth between "seeing" the three-dimensional objects and seeing the paint and brushstrokes that created the illusion. That back and forth is what I find magical in a painting."
Vespermann 3-Day Workshop
Tuesday-Thursday, September 13-15
Abstracting Your Vision with Sarah Vespermann

In this workshop, the participant will choose an already completed representational work and learn how to recreate that image by “abstracting" it. If abstract work has piqued your curiosity, but you're unsure where to begin, this workshop will give you the techniques and tools to inspire looking at the world in a new way and putting those ideas on canvas. We will explore varying degrees of abstraction, from abstracted but readable images to pure abstraction - or non-objective art. 

-A completed 2D work or image from another artist
-Prepared canvas or board, approximately 18” x 24” and proportional to the original painting
-Oil or acrylic paints - basic color palette or colors specific to original image
-Medium for oil or acrylic 
-Selection of round, flat and tapered brushes in varying sizes - #s 2, 6 and 10 are good 
-Palette for mixing
-Two painting knives - one for mixing and optional one for painting 
-Odorless mineral spirits 
-Containers for water, glass container with lid for mineral spirits 
-Rags or paper towels
-Soap for cleaning brushes

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio.
Class Size Limit: 15
Fee: $300 member || $400 non-member
Sarah Barto Vespermann is a classically trained artist. She received a BFA from the University of New Hampshire and a MFA from Indiana University’s Henry Redford Hope School of Fine Arts. She resides in Providence, RI where she is continually inspired by historic architecture and interior spaces. 
Sarah has returned to painting after raising two children. While her children were young, she kept her creativity flowing by working as a set designer and decorator for youth theater. She has taught art to all levels of children and adults.
O'Connor 2-Day Workshop
Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18
Pushing Beyond the Landscape with Laurinda O'Connor

Let’s have fun during this supportive two-day workshop! We will deconstruct, interpret, and let go of our reference through gesture, value maps, abstracting our structure, color studies, various under painting techniques, and mark making. We will start each day with a demonstration. Each morning we will create small studies with different techniques, before we build our scene back up in the afternoon! There will be new approaches to try, boundaries to push, and plenty of individual instruction as we make the scene ours before ending each day with a group critique. All artists using soft pastels, oil, or acrylic paints are welcome. Please bring photographs.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class size limit: 15

Fee: $325 member || $425 nonmember
Laurinda Phakos O’Connor is an award winning pastelist. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, a Copley Artist at The Copley Society in Boston, and a Gallery Artist at the South Shore Art Center. She is represented by The Copley Society in Boston, N.W. Barrett Gallery in Portsmouth NH, and The Lakes Gallery at chi lin, NH. She was a feature artist in the February 2021 Pastel Journal Magazine. She also teaches classes and workshops around the New England area.
As a pastel artist, I strive to let simplified strokes of color and line create a path into a scene and moment in time. I push myself to capture the sense I feel from the landscape as well as to create the up-close excitement of color, texture, and expression on the surface of my paper.
Workshop Registration
Register by emailing Abba Cudney at
Workshops are non-refundable and will be billed to your Club account prior to the workshop.

Workshop Enrollment
Workshop size is limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Providence Art Club members will have the first opportunity to enroll. If enrollment maximum is reached, you may add your name to a wait list. The Art Club strives to provide the highest quality art classes in various media.
Cancellation Policy
+ In the event you are unable to attend a workshop you have registered for, please contact Abba Cudney.
+ Cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the workshop for a refund. Any cancellations made after the two week period will be charged in full.
+ The Providence Art Club may find it necessary to cancel a workshop due to low enrollment or other scheduling conflicts. If this occurs, registered members will be contacted and refunded the full course fee.
Contact us:
Providence Art Club 11 Thomas Street Providence RI 02903
(401) 331-1114