Free Members’ Workshops

Exclusively for members! These workshops are offered in the winter only to current members of PAAM and range in class type. There's a limited number of spaces, so call early to register - 508.487.1750.

Saturday, January 30, 9:30 – 11:30am
How to Photograph Art with James Zimmerman

Wondering the best way to photograph your work or document your collection? Join us for a conversation and demonstration including prepping the work to be photographed, deciding to include frames or not, lighting conditions, works under glass and how to handle the resulting glare, resolution, and color correcting.

James Zimmerman is the photographer and archivist at PAAM and also runs his own photography business, specializing in documenting artwork.


Saturday, February 20, 9:30 – noon
Paper Animals with Zehra Khan

In this workshop we will translate sketches of animals into rudimentary paper sculptures. A variety of techniques using paper will be discussed and demonstrated. The emphasis will be on fun and an imaginative process. Materials will be supplied but you are welcome to bring in images of animals.

Zehra Khan is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and film. She received a BS from Skidmore College and an MFA from the MassCollege of Art & Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2009. She exhibits widely, and has led workshops at institutions including the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Cape Cod Community College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Roger Williams University. She has attended art residencies at Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Contemporary Artists Center. In 2012 she received the Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship in Drawing, and is a current participant of the NYC Drawing Center Viewing Program and the deCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program. She is represented by artSTRAND, and you can see more of her work at


Saturday, March 12, 9:30 – 11:30am
Cartographic Creativity: Using Maps in Art with Sian Robertson

During this one day, hands-on workshop participants will explore the use of maps in collage and mixed-media art. Through a series of quick exercises focusing on the colors, lines and shapes within maps they will learn to look at them in new ways and discover how to use them as source material for both representational and abstract work. The class will be a fun exploration of the creative use of maps, designed to give participants techniques and ideas to use in the future.

This workshop is for artists of all levels and no collage or mixed media experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring any atlases, maps or other cartographic sources that they are willing to cut up; plenty of them will also be provided.
Sian Robertson is a self-taught collage artist originally from the UK, now living in North Truro. Her source materials are mostly paper ephemera, though she occasionally includes mixed media components in her work. Robertson says “Maps are of particular interest to me – they are beautiful to look at, they represent areas lived in and places still to visit, and I have incredibly fond memories of learning to map read when I was very young. As a small child I loved spending time in the car, with me navigating our way home. I clearly remember being excited to predict that there would be a river, or a T-junction, or a hospital a mile ahead, and being thrilled when it was actually there. Now, as an adult, maps give me a physical and emotional connection to a time and place left behind, and the reassurance that it might be returned to in the future.”

Robertson is an active member of PAAM and has participated in members’ exhibits since 2009, including having her work selected for several juried shows. Her ‘Postage Portrait’ collages were featured in the Summer 2015 edition of Uppercase Magazine. Her figurative pieces made entirely from maps were part of her first solo show, at A Gallery in Provincetown, last summer.


Saturday, April 23, 9:30 – 11:30am, open studio until 3pm
Plein Air Painting Demonstration with John Clayton and Open Studio

Join John Clayton for this plein air demonstration. His no-nonsense approach covers all elements of plein air painting discussion on light, shade, composition, design and color. The demonstration illustrates the key elements making his paintings successful and exciting.

John Clayton is a plein air painter based in Provincetown. He studied in New York at the Art Students League and the National Academy School, where he won the Mrs. Robert Forbes Scholarship, The Arthur & Melville Phillips Scholarship, and an honorable mention from the Academy of Fine Art exhibition in 1998. He also studied at the Cape Cod School of Art, where he developed an appreciation for the work and teaching of Charles Hawthorne. In 2000 he was featured in PAAM’s Emerging Artist exhibition, juried by Elisabeth Pearl. Clayton’s work can be found in Provincetown at the Egeli Gallery.


Artwork Reviews: Choose One on Us!
Mondays, January 25, February 29, March 28, April 25: 2:30-4:30pm

The review is an evening meeting for student, aspiring, and established artists to have their work constructively evaluated by a facilitating professional artist or expert in the visual arts. The facilitator of the review changes to cover a wide variety of media and approaches. Each session begins with a short informal presentation by the facilitator so you can become acquainted with his or her background and working style.

You should bring in one piece or works from a series, in progress or finished, for the review leader to constructively evaluate, offer feedback, and suggestions for expansion. Review participants also gain insightful feedback while listening to the other participants’ review period. If time allows, the session ends with a group discussion around potential exercises, ways to continue moving forward, ideas about how to rework a piece, etc.