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Adult Classes


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

Tues. - "Painting Safari" w/Kelley MacDonald and Paula Villanova

Tues. - Bird Carving w Kevin Dunn Fall and Winter/Spring

Tues. - Watercolor Painting w/Mary Callahan

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

Wed. - Drop-In Knitting - FREE- All Welcome

Wed. - Learn to Draw/ Basic Techniques - w/Marion Carlson

Thur. - Painting Powerful and Personal - w/Ed Chesnovitch

Thur. - "A Painting Challenge" - w/Kelley MacDonald

Thur. - Beginner Oils - w/Kelley MacDonald

Fri. - Painting from Photographs - w/Dianne Panarelli Miller

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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 sends a receipt email 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).


A Painting Safari

w/ Kelley MacDonald & Paula Villanova


Tuesdays 9:30 - 12:30 PM

June 4 - July 23 (no class July 2)


6 week sessions




Come Along On A Painting Safari The joy of painting outdoors

will be the focus of our 6 week painting Safari on the South

Shore. From beaches and marshes to funky urban-lite

subjects, we will instruct at YOUR LEVEL. Every week we will

notify you of the location via email on the Sunday before

class. Al mediums included, but we will be doing demos in

acrylic, with knowledge of oils and watercolor. Paula Villanova

and Kelley MacDonald will Begin the class with a demo and

illustrate two ways to look at every outdoor painting subject!

Join us for a different vista every week - emphasis on

composition, value, color and joie de vivre! Be intrepid, you

know you want to paint plein air!


material list



Watercolor Painting

w/Mary Callahan

Tuesdays 2-5PM

June 4 - July 16 (no class July 2)

6 weeks





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.

materials list


Learn to Draw / Basic Drawing Techniques

w/Marion Carlson

Wed. 1:30 - 3:30PM

June 5 - July 31 (no class July 3)

8 week session :



Take your thoughts and learn how to express them on paper. There will

be a series of exercises and instructive projects designed to inspire and

motivate students to discover unexpected skills through sensory

awareness. These learned skills will form the core of a good drawing.

Over the length of the course, students will participate in a series of

exercises that will give tools to create a successful drawing. Exercises

include: learning about function and application of line, shading, texture,

contrast, and the use of negative space. All of which are essential to

form an image that is representational of ideas. This is a 2hr hands on

course. A materials list will be available on the first class. Have fun while

creating a finished drawing using techniques learned.


PAINTING: Powerful and Personal

w/Ed Chesnovitch

Thursdays 9AM -1PM

June 6 - July 25 (no class July 4)

7 week session



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!


A Painting Challenge /Kelley MacDonald

Thursdays 1:30 - 4:30PM

June 6 - July 25

(no class June 20 and July 4)




Kelley is the founder of the challenge group "Girls Just Want

to Paint" which has been running for 10 years. Jumpstart your

creative juices! Perfect winter activity! Each week we will be

assigned a topic or image, and everyone will work on their own

response in paint to that topic. For example a topic one week

could be: "Cold", and everyone would paint what their

response is: a snow scene, a pair of mittens, An interior scene

with a wood stove or fireplace... etc. for people with a bit of

painting experience in their chosen medium. All mediums

accepted. Open mind and open heart suggested.




Painting in Oil for the Beginner w/Kelley MacDonald

Thursday Evenings 6-9PM

June 6 - July 25

(no class June 20, July 4)

6 week session




Make this Winter the one you dive into oil painting!

In a supportive class you will learn everything you need to know to

create juicy, beautiful paintings. We will cover composition, value,

color, edges and more. Come with a beginner's mind and enjoy

this beautiful medium!

materials list




Painting from Photographs


w/Dianne Panarelli-Miller

Fridays 9:30AM – 12:30PM


Ever take a photo that you wanted to paint?

A portrait, seascape or print?

Come to my class and I will teach you how to take a photo and

make it into a painting on any size canvas,

any medium.

Just bring what you have and I will help you get good results!

6 week sessions



Drop-in knitting with THE KNIT CHIX

Wednesdays: 4PM – 6 PM

All levels welcome! No charge.

Fun, very informative and supportive!


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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