Making Art in the Creative Capital and Beyond
Rhode Island offers year-round art classes and workshops to tap into your inner creativity. Below is a collected list of locations where professional artists and experienced teachers provide inspiring access to studio discovery. With day and evening classes for all ages, now is the time to sign up.
Arch; 18 East Rd, Tiverton; 401- 835-8415, archcontemporary.com. Just in time for the coming fall and winter seasons, Arch offers classes and workshops in holiday gift-making, wheel throwing and hand-building.
Art by You at Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio; 33 Kent St, Barrington; 401-247-1397; weirdgirlcreations.com. Offers classes from basic to advanced pottery concepts for kids, teens and adults. Jewelry and drawing sessions are available along with private lessons.
Artists’ Exchange; 50 Rolfe Square; Cranston; 401-490-9475, artists-exchange.org. Offers theater, music and art classes along with ceramic programs and wine & art night.
AS220 Industries; 131 Washington St, Providence; 401-931-9327, as220.org; With a whole host of artistic classes, each session is designed for people to realize their full creative potential.
Blue Door Art Studio; 1672 Cranston St, Cranston; 401-383-5050, bluedoorartstudio.com. With trial classes starting at $10, Blue Door offers broad based art programs from toddlers to adults.
Clayground Studio; 5600 Post Rd #109, East Greenwich; 401-884-4888; claygroundstudio.com/wordpress1. This studio offers three fun creative mediums to learn: clay, glass or kids canvas painting.
East Side Art Center; 26 Rochambeau Ave, Providence; 401-331-2021; eastsideartcenter.com. Classes for all ages; new fall classes include: Magical Artsy Pioneer and Sculpture (for kids) and art in the third dimension (for adults).
Gather Glass; 521 Atwells Ave, Providence; gatherglass.com. With a new studio location, take a class and in an hour you can craft a wonderful ornament, paperweight or stemless wine glass!
Heritage Art Gallery and Glass Studio; 5580 Post Rd, East Greenwich; 401-884-0130; heritagegalleryri.com. If you are a beginner or seasoned glass maker, this unique setting will introduce you to many fundamental glass concepts related to glass objects.
Jamestown Arts Center; 18 Valley St, Jamestown; 401-560-0979; jamestownartcenter.org. With a variety pack of life drawing to printmaking (and everything in between…), the Art Center offers a variety of learning opportunities for children, teens and adults throughout the year!
J Schatz; 46 Dike St, Providence; 866-344-5267; jschatz.com. This new studio, direct from California, offers ceramic classes upon request.
Muse Paintbar – Providence; 117 N Main St, Providence; 401-764-3600; musepaintbar.com. Pick a night and paint, then show off your creative side to friends and family! Muse also offers special painting sessions such as couples night, family day and partner events.
Nancy Stephen Galleries; 6 King St, East Greenwich; 401-884-8979; nancystephenartschool.com. With 20 years of experience, Nancy offers a variety of youth and adult art courses throughout the year in beautiful historic East Greenwich.
Newport Art Museum; 76 Bellevue Ave; Newport; 401-848-8200; newportartmuseum.org. This historic museum offers a variety of mediums for youths and adults, check the website for the fall and winter schedules.
Paint and Vino; 150 Main St, Pawtucket; 401-680-0856; paintandvino.com. No experience necessary! Come together, create and unwind.
Peter Miller Fine Art Gallery; 118 North Main St, Providence; 401-225-6792; petermillerfineart.com. The Gallery offers creative workshops for individuals looking to enhance their photography technique.
Portsmouth Art Guild; 2679 E Main Rd, Portsmouth; 401-293-5278; portsmoutharts.org. The Guild offers a variety of mediums (including drop-in sessions) from Sunday Plein Air Painters to Watercolor.
Providence ¡CityArts! For Youth; 891 Broad St, Providence; 401-941-0795; providencecityarts.org. With a strong mission for Providence youth to promote ethnic diversity with art as a focus, this organization offers classes and workshops bringing creativity and empowerment to community building and social change.
Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD/CE); 345 South Main St, Providence; 401-454-6200; ce.risd.edu. Continuing education for kids, teens and adults. These programs encourages a creative environment and educates on technical skills and pure fun! Adults can select from a variety of course that range in non-credit and certificate programs.
RI Watercolor Society; Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket; 401-726-1876; rhodeislandwatercolorsociety.wildapricot.org. The Society offers a host of painting and watercolor classes throughout the year.
Shady Lea Mill; 215 Shady Lea Rd, North Kingstown; 401-290-7548; themillatshadylea.com. Visit the website for upcoming classes and workshops.
Slater Mill; 67 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket; 401-725-8638; slatermill.org. Offers sessions in chair caning, hand weaving and shibori & innovations in fiber just to name a few, the 2017 year kicks off with its 9th annual knitting weekend from January 13 -15.
South County Art Association; 2587 Kingstown Rd, Kingston; 401-783-2195; southcountyart.org. With a variety of classes from watercolor collage to stone carving, this association offers a whole host of interesting mediums to select from.
The Little Clay Studio; 45 Greeley St, Providence; 401-272-1600; thelittleclaystudio.com. Supported by ReFocus, Inc. students enter a fully equipped studio with the assistance of artists teaching ceramics education with free clay and glaze. They focus on enriching adult lives with different abilities.
Warwick Museum of Art; 3259 Post Rd, Warwick; 401-737-0010; warwickmuseum.org. With camps, classes and workshops, this museum offers technical guidance and encouragement to all students.
Wickford Art Association Gallery; 36 Beach St; Wickford; 401-294-6840; wickfordart.org. Take a 2-day workshop this fall with Providence artist Anthony Tomaselli titled Painting with Passion. The workshop focuses on Repetition and Approach.
Also worth checking out are Four Corners Art Center, Wine and Paint and Laurie’s Art Learning Center.