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Summer Shorts Mini Workshops

are back!

**Please review Cancellation policy on our mini workshops-scroll down past descriptions**(If you have any problems signing up through the website, we would be happy to help you. Give us a call!)

Photo courtesy Patricia Walsh Slaven

Stone Carving Workshop

2-Day Workshop with Kristine Brennen

Saturday, July 8th-10:00am-4:00pm & Sunday July 9th, 1:00pm-4pm, 2017

This class will meet offsite in Duxbury. Please contact office for directions. Come learn the basics of stone carving. This two day workshop will ex-pose you to some of the tools for carving stone; grinders, hammers and chisels, pneumatic chisels and polishers. We will discuss different types of rocks and what makes one really hard to carve and another relatively easy. Safety will be a major priority, we will supply ear protection, safety glasses, face shields and gloves. Familiarity with power tools will enhance your ex-perience. We will start out slow with lots of practice exercises.
Saturday, after coffee we will get acquainted with tools and practical application. At the end of the first day, students will pick out their own piece of tumbled blue stone to design and grind their own birdbath. Sunday will be a day of personal exploration into the zen like world of carving stone.
You will leave the class with a bluestone birdbath and information on what to buy to start your on stone carving.

$350 Member (includes coffee and lunch)

$395 NonMember (includes coffee and lunch)



Going in Circles with Marge Tucker

Friday & Saturday 9:30am-4:00pm, July 14-15, 2017

Fee $150 Member, $195 NonMember

This class will show you how to do a very unique technique of curved piecing. Developed by your instructor, Marge Tucker, this is a more advanced class but is still accessible to those who have not explored with improvisational piecing. These curved blocks give added movement and motion and work well with other abstract blocks.
Students will work with line and color and learn free-form curved cutting and curved piecing techniques.

Modern Machine Quilting with your Walking Foot

Sunday, July 16, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm

Fee $80 Member, $125 NonMember

You can do more with your walking foot than stitch in the ditch and straight lines (although straight lines can be fun too!). I will show you how easy it is to do gentle curved quilting lines with your walking foot as well as using some stitches on your sewing machine that are great for quilting. Have you noticed that wavy line that modern quilters like to use? It’s a modified stitch that most sewing machines have and I’ll show you how to do that that as well as a few other nifty tricks. I will also discuss batting, thread, needles, marking tools as well as securing the stitches. This class will change the way you think about your walking foot!!

*If You Take both workshops

Fee $200 Member, $245 Non Member

Supply list for Going in Circles

Supply list for Modern Machine Quilting

Going in Circles

$150 Member

$195 Non Member

Modern Machine Quilting

$80 Member

$125 Non Member

Both Workshops

$200 Member

$245 Non Member




Prisming In Watercolor

2-Day Workshop with Nancy Sargent Howell

Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-3:00pm, July 29 & 30, 2017

Prisming is an approach that Nancy created many years ago trying to give her watercolors a more contemporary look. She found that it was a great way to develop a greater understanding of both value and color. Taking already existing shapes and breaking them down further, then putting themback together again to create a cohesive design.
Demonstrations, plus individual and group critiques will be done each day.

PDF Full synopsis here and supply list click here

$100 Member

$145 Non-Member




Take Them Outside, Plein Air Pastels

2-Day mini Pastel Workshop with Margaret Farrell Bruno

Saturday-Sunday 8:45am-1:00pm, Aug 5 & 6, 2017

This fun mini pastel plein air workshop focuses on learning, or honing, your skills and techniques when working on site, with a goal of creating a finished piece in two morning visits to the same site. Light and shadows move quickly, so revisting the 2nd day will allow time to make adjustments and fine tune and finish your piece from where you left off the first day.

$80 Member

$125 Non Member


Watercolor Without Bounds a 2-day workshop

with Kristina Carroll

Saturday 10:00am-4pm & Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm, Aug 12 & 13, 2017

Watercolor is often considered one of the hardest mediums to master because of its delicate nature and unforgiving mark making on paper. But what if it was a constant, active participant in your vision- fluidly shifting with your whims? In this class we will explore modern media and new techniques to use with watercolor, making it a vehicle of intuition and play. We will experiment on a variety of surfaces, using materials like absorbent ground, gold leaf and 3-D elements to translate personal visions into unique art objects. While any subject matter will be welcome from landscapes to figurative to abstract, we will be presenting some techniques for creating more personal, symbolic narrative in our work. Bring a variety of reference photos that inspire you (and/or a laptop or tablet for image research) and come ready to push outside your comfort zone.

$185 Member

$230 Non Member

Kristina Carroll's bio click here



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You must register with the NRAS OFFICE for a class or a workshop before the class begins. The office will send confirmation of workshop registration if you signed up through the website. If you do not receive an email by the end of the next business day, please contact the office at!

We will notify you if a class does not run.

**Please review Cancellation policy on our mini workshops**

Registration is not complete until payment has been made to the NRAS OFFICE before a class or workshop begins.

If a student cancels up to 8 weeks before – 100% refund less $25 processing fee
**If a student cancels 8 – 4 weeks before – 50% refund
**Fee is non refundable if a student cancels 4 weeks or less to the workshop.-**However, for these two instances, if we can fill your place we are happy to offer an 85% refund





























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