There are several opportunities to learn more about art in the New Hampshire seacoast area:

Painting and Drawing

Doris Rice – SAA member offering regularly scheduled watercolor painting classes at the SAA gallery and other venues, as well as special field trips to other regions of the US and countries throughout the world.

Pat Nickerson – SAA member offering art classes at various locations, including Amesbury and Deerfield at her new home studio. Classes offered are: “Drawing for the Painter”, “Watercolor Landscape Sketching with Pen and Ink”, and “Beginner and Intermediate Oil Painting in the Direct and Indirect Approaches”. For more info, see

Revelle Tallion – SAA member offering classes in a variety of drawing mediums in the SAA gallery.

Seacoast Open Studio – this informal group is sponsored by the Exeter Arts Commission and includes several Exeter-area artists who meet in the back room of the upstairs Town Hall Gallery (9 Front Street, Exeter, NH) on Fridays 9:3am-noon (Sept-May) to work on their art and share tips and inspiration. They also hold a year-end exhibition in the Town Hall Gallery.


Seacoast Photographers Group – this SAA-sponsored Meetup site group holds monthly meetings on technique, tools, photo critique, and anything else photography. Meetings are held on the third Thursday each month from 6:30pm-8:00pm in Exeter, NH.

Seacoast Camera Club – affiliated with the New England Council of Camera Clubs (NECCC) this club meets Sept-May on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, NH. The club sponsors guest speakers on a variety of photography-related topics and holds photo competitions each month.

Camera Commons – a photographic facility (652 Central Ave, Dover, NH) providing studio space and developing and printing resources for photographers. Holds photography-related classes and exhibitions.

Colleges and Museums

Lamont Gallery – the art museum for Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter holds exhibitions throughout the academic year.

UNH Art Museum – the art museum for the University of New Hampshire in Durham holds exhibitions throughout the academic year. The museum also sponsors Art Camp – a day camp for students grades 2-12.

Discover Portsmouth Galleries – operated by the Portsmouth Historical Society this facility (10 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH) holds exhibitions most of the year.

UNH – college-level classes by the University of New Hampshire (Durham) Department of Art and Art History.

Great Bay Community College – college-level art classes at their facility in the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth – see listings under the Fine Arts program.

Currier Art Museum – the state’s premier art museum, the Currier in Manchester has an extensive collection and holds exhibitions regularly,

Currier Art Center – offers a wide range of educational opportunities in the visual arts for children, teens and adults at the facility next to the Currier Art Museum in Manchester.

New Hampshire Institute of Art – the NHIA is the oldest and largest non-profit art and design college in New Hampshire. Regionally accredited by several agencies, this facility in Manchester offers day-time and evening classes in most art disciplines. On-campus galleries hold exhibitions throughout the academic year.

Adult Education Classes – towns in the area often provide art classes at local high schools, libraries, or community centers, generally under an “Enrichment” category – see Exeter, Dover, Kittery

Boston area museums – Musem of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Institute of Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums, Peabody Essex Museum, deCordova

Also not too far – Portland Museum of Art (Maine)