Sketch Your World: Combining Shape, Volume, and Pattern

FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM   (InPerson – Class#2)

Lower Level- Johnson Meeting Room, Amherst Town Library

14 Main Street, Amherst, NH, 03031

      This series for adults is a welcome space for new or experienced sketchers to try their hands at a fun, inexpensive, meditative art form that will sharpen their focus and memory. The three sessions will build upon each other but attendance at all is not required. Participants are encouraged to come and join in for one, two, or all three. Please sign up individually for the sessions you plan to attend. Class #1 will begin with leaf shapes. 

      We will use sketch paper, sketchbooks, pencils, and colored pencils. Bring what you already have or just show up and use provided materials.

(Was held July 29) Shape: Topics and materials discussed, demonstrations, examples. Contour, close observation, blind drawing, continuous line, grouped lines, smudging

(Aug. 5) Volume: Topics and materials discussed, demonstrations, examples. Edges, angles, materials, light and shadows, groupings, symbols

(Aug. 12) Pattern: Topics and materials discussed, demonstrations, examples. Flat, natural, textures, repeated, three dimensional

      NH Native Sue Anne Bottomley has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of NH. She loves to travel and enjoys sketching her explorations. The library owns several of her books including: 

  • "Colorful Journey: An Artist's Adventure: drawing every town in NH" (974.2 BO)

  • "Pep Talks for the Would-be , Should-be Artist" (741.2 Bo)

  •  "A Small City by the Sea: an artist's view of Portsmouth, NH" ((974.26 Bo).

In- Person Program. Registration Required. Please sign up individually for the sessions you plan to attend


Seaside Escapes: The Art & Architecture of the New England Coast

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 7:00 – 8:30 PM     via Zoom

      From artist colonies to robber baron “summer cottages,” the New England shoreline has inspired countless creative works. This program will look at seascapes and shorelines by beloved American artists including Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper as well as the over-the-top elegance of Newport, RI summer homes designed for the titans of industry in the nineteenth century. Gloucester's eccentric summer retreat Beauport will also be featured in this program.

      Presenter Jane Oneail is the founder of Culturally Curious, an arts education consulting firm specializing in art appreciation programs. She curates and delivers programs throughout New England and beyond. Oneail holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. Born and raised in NH, she has worked at some of the state's most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit         Registration is required for this event.