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Adult Classes

Summer Sessions

Mon. - Oil Painting Professional class w/Margaret McWethy Full - Wait List

Tues. - Bird Carving w Kevin Dunn will resume in Fall

Tues. - Expressive Approach to the Figure w/Nancy Colella

Tues. - Watercolor Painting w/Mary Callahan

Wed. - Intermediate Oil w/Margaret McWethy FULL- Wait List

Wed. - Drop-In Knitting - FREE

Thur. - Painting Powerful and Personal w/Ed Chesnovitch

Thur. - Painting Safari w Kelley MacDonald

Fri. - Academics of Drawing & Painting the Figure

w/Dianne Panarelli Miller

Sun. - Drop -In Monthly Critique will resume in Fall


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Please review registration and refund policy at bottom of page.

You must register with the office for a class or workshop before the class begins. *If you sign up through the website, NRAS does send a confirmation of your class sign up. If you do not receive an email by the end of the next business day, please contact the office at!

PARKING for NRAS classes and events is available in the NRAS parking lot, as well as directly in front of the G.A.R. Hall. For specific events, overflow parking will be directed to the North Community Church Parish House lot, on the adjacent block (84 Old Main Street).


Expressive Approach to the Figure

w/ Nancy Colella

Let’s explore an expressive, non-traditional approach to painting the figure, by experimenting with the abstract elements of shape, color, line and composition. We will work from observation and our imagination. Working from images, models or reproductions, we will experiment with flattening shapes, using pattern and texture, and mark making. The exercise will help students create more lively and expressive statements of the human form. A basic understanding of drawing the figure would be helpful.

Open to all mediums.

Limited to12 students.


Tuesdays 9:30AM -12:30PM

June 12 - July 24 (no class July 3)

6 week session

$165 M



Watercolor Painting

w/Mary Callahan

For all levels of the watercolorist. This popular course will first provide the necessary fundamentals, then explore the many techniques of watercolor. Work from still-life setups, photos, or from your imagination. Emphasis on color and design, with the goal of creating an organized emotional statement.

Tuesdays 2-5PM

June 12 - July 24 (no class July 3)

6 week session






Bird Carving w/Kevin Dunn

Tues. 7-9PM

will resume in the Fall


PAINTING: Powerful and Personal

(All mediums allowed)

w/Ed Chesnovitch

Let go and allow your art to take place without preconceived notions. The journey an artist strives for is to arrive at a place where discoveries happen. Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive painting. This class will focus on paintings that have light, color and attitude! Working on various grounds, we will explore underpainting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. Learn to simplify your approach, and develop a personal style. Individual attention and group discussions of student work and contemporary painting practices. All mediums welcome, pastel, oil or acrylic. You bring the supplies you want to work in.

Any questions, contact Ed at

*Basic understanding of art fundamentals is helpful Bring what you can afford! Don’t worry if you don’t have everything!

Thursdays 9AM -1PM

6 week session

June 14 - July 26 (no class July 5)

6 week session





Painting Safari w/Kelley MacDonald

Once you get the hang of it there is nothing quite like painting outdoors. Carrying on in the spirit of Ros Farbush, this class of intrepid painters will have a different location every week to enjoy (hence the Safari). Learn how to capture the light, nail the values and create captivting compositions. Demo and optional critique. Each day will bring a different challenge and joy - water, street scenes, gardens, and more. Bring a portable easel and your materials and a sense of intrepidness and fun!

All mediums welcome.

Thursdays 9:30AM -12:30PM

June 21 - August 2 (no class July 5)





Academics Of Drawing & Painting the Figure


w/Dianne Panarelli-Miller

Fridays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

July 13 - August 17

Accurate drawing is the most important part of painting. Dianne will begin with simple drawing methods of a Classical Atelier study and continue each week with a different lessons to cover many of the drawing problems we encounter painting life drawing using live models.

Paint the live model outdoors in most weather conditions. I will begin with an informative demonstration to help students see how to begin and finish a painting of the face or figure outdoors. Some models will be clothed and some nude. I will then work with you on an individual basis to help you improve and move forward at your own speed. This group will utilize the discipline of Academic Traditional Methods with the freedom of "Alla Prima" to help each person learn the fundamentals to create a painting that is structurally sound in color, composition and technique. Beginners or advanced artists will benefit from this class.

We will paint from the model outdoors.

8 student max.

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*plus a models fee TBD by #of students

6 week session:




Drop-in knitting with THE KNIT CHIX

Wednesdays: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
All levels welcome! No charge.

Fun and very informative.


Monthly Critique Group

(Image courtesy Mary Felton)


(Firehouse building is right beside GAR hall, shared parking)

A drop-in art critique group is at NRAS! We will meet from 1:30 to 4:30 usually on the last Sunday of each month for mutual support and helpful critiques, All mediums welcome. Bring up to 3 works of art. Artists are welcome to stay and paint together afterwards until 4:30 PM.

Please arrive early so we can start promptly at 1:30.

Questions, please email Jory Mason, coordinator- or call 781-293-7009.

*A $5. per person fee will be collected to cover building utilities.


North River Arts Society Writers Group

Since 2009, a core group of talented writers has convened monthly at the North River Arts Society to read, share, and critique each other’s work. Our writers have written fiction, creative nonfiction, YA and children’s books, short stories, and memoir. Some of the results have been published, some are still in progress, and some have been tucked away while more developed, skillfully crafted manuscripts have emerged. Through the years, the members’ growing familiarity with each other’s work has become invaluable—a reliable and inspirational resource for growth and support. For many years, the North River Writers Group has afforded its members respite and resource in what undoubtedly is a very brave, difficult, and solitary undertaking. If you’re interested in finding others invested in the process, please do feel free to reach out to the North River Writers Group. The group is currently full but openings are frequent. If you’re interested in joining the North River Arts Society Writers Group, please email Pam Loring at, noting your interest in the group, your goals in your own writing, and your background in writing. Feel free also to include a writing sample. She’ll get back to you promptly.

NRAS Registration and Refund Policies


Registration is not complete until payment has been made to the NRAS OFFICE before a class or workshop begins. Class payments will not be pro-rated. Instructors are not responsible for material missed due to student absence.


Your receipt is confirmation of class registration if you signed up through the website.

We will notify you if a class does not run. Please be aware that most NRAS classes require pre-registration and will not run without at least 5 students. Therefore, if you are interested in a class, sign up!

Membership Benefit

Members receive discount on all classes. In order to receive this benefit, your membership must be up-to-date upon registration. Dues may be paid with class registration fee.

Makeup Classes

Makeup classes will be scheduled by the instructor should he/she cancel a class for any reason. Students will be notified of cancellations by the instructor. If Marshfield schools are cancelled due to inclement weather, NRAS classes are cancelled, as well. Please make sure to provide your phone number and/or email address upon registration.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be granted up to 7 days before class start date less $25 processing fee. Tuition and fees will not be refunded after that period. It is up to each instructor to decide whether or not a class has sufficient enrollment to run (usually at least 5 students). Every effort will be made to make this decision at least one week before class start date. If a class does not run, students will be notified and will receive a full refund.


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