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Watercolor Instruction and Plein Air Adventures

Doris Rice is an acclaimed international watercolor painter and teacher who lives on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and paints on location throughout North America and Europe.

She offers ongoing weekly classes in Exeter and Portsmouth, New Hampshire as well as a full schedule of Plein Air painting trips.  Her students range from total beginners to accomplished painters who exhibit and sell their work.  They share is a love of nature, a passion for color, and an appreciation of Doris’ warm, friendly, encouraging and relaxed teaching style.

Join Me Online for a Fun Interactive Painting Experience!

One 2+ hour Zoom classes each week: Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm. Check my calendar or contact me for details: [email protected]

This is a great opportunity to learn and practice some core painting techniques, connect with your fellow painters and get individual feedback and coaching. Each week we’ve tackled new subject matter – forests, forsythia, flowers in glass, sailboats, and tugboats – with lots of fun planned for the weeks ahead. Sign up for my weekly newsletter to find out the week’s topic, and check my calendar for the zoom class schedule and links. You don’t need to pay in advance; we can work that out when you join the class. I’m accepting Venmo, Paypal, checks and class cards.

In Person Classes

Thursday, ongoing:

9:00am to 12pm Portsmouth, First Methodist Church, Miller Ave
5:30 to 8:00pm Seacoast Artist AssociationGallery / Exeter, NH

Sign up for our weekly emails as we may be on location when the weather is good!

Plein Air Adventures & Special Workshops

Recent and Upcoming Painting Adventures with Doris Rice

I hope you’ll join me for a delightful week in some of my favorite painting locations. We build in plenty of time to enjoy the natural beauty, cultural treasures and excellent cuisine – and the friendly companionship of our fellow painters.

Gardens Enrich Us – A Global Perspective

A Body of Work by Doris Rice

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“I want to tell you how much I am enjoying the Zoom classes and getting back to painting. Looking forward to more classes and setting aside time to paint.” – JD

“You are the best art teacher ever… so kind, insightful, creative and motivating!!! And of course, a lot of fun. It is a JOY to be in your plein air groups. Thank you, Doris.” – JF

“Thank you Doris, for your time and support. I enjoy our class and find our time the highlight of the week. We are all very fortunate to have you in our lives. Your humor, artistic gift, time and feedback are so important. It provides a feeling of constancy in our ever changing world. – BM”
“Doris – Just had to tell you – through your paintings you share your appreciation for the wonder all around us.  Through your teaching, you share your expertise and especially the pure joy of creating art.  I feel so lucky!  Thank you!” Barb
“Doris is a gifted, encouraging teacher and a lovely person. Since I began taking her classes, I’ve started to look at the world with fresh eyes.” – RG Portsmouth
“Painting outdoors with Doris has taken me to a different place in my brain than where I spend most of my time. It is fun to revision, to see things in a new way.” – LB

“Hi Doris.  I decided you were absolutely right.  Since the pond showed up on its own, it was begging for skaters.  Also played around with the background trees a bit.  I have sooooo much to learn.”

“I went outside and had a magical experience. It’s not like painting from photos” – DP
“Doris has a lovely friendly way about her, which is very encouraging.” – CL
“Doris has the ability to inspire all levels of painters.” – SJ
“I started working with Doris via zoom last November and am a beginning painter of watercolor. Doris meets everyone at their level and provides encouraging comments to make the painter feel valued, as well as to push the painter to new heights using this medium. As a full-time caregiver to my husband who is suffering from a stroke, I do not have a lot of time to paint. However, despite that, Doris’ classes have given me a yearning to paint and improve my artistic skills. I have discovered that painting gives me great joy and solace. I have also discovered that watercolor painting is absolutely the best medium! “- DY
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“She’s the best. A lot of people can paint but not everyone can teach, and we’re lucky to have that combination in Doris.” – JR
“I had a great time last night – it was both humbling and inspiring.  Can’t wait to do it again and in the meantime I will be practicing.  Thank you.” – KK
“I wanted to thank you for a lovely experience during this plein air week. It was fun to work with such a lovely group of women, to explore new venues, to enjoy your lovely lunch, and learn so many new techniques from you. My friend Dot was equally appreciative. Looking forward to another trip in the future.” – Barbara