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Summer Sessions




Weds      INTERMEDIATE OIL - Margaret McWethy  Wait List  

Weds        DROP-IN KNITTING - FREE   


Friday       PAINTING THE FIGURE PLEIN AIR - Dianne Panarelli-Miller

Sunday     MONTHLY CRITIQUE NEW Offering


*And don't forget to check out our Master Workshops-click here

*And our FUN "Summer Shorts" Workshops are now listed-click here

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Please review registrations and refund policy at bottom of page. You must register with the NRAS 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).

Thank you!


Studio Drawing Workshop
with Marion Carlson

Mondays 10am-12pm

This two hour class is designed to brush-up on former drawing skills and to revisit the basic elements of drawing (line, value, texture, and composition).
The first part of the class will be instructional with the emphasis on technique and the
use of various drawing materials from pencils to compressed charcoal.
This class is best suited for the student who has completed a basic or intermediate drawing class.

June 5 - July 17 (no class July 3) 6 weeks

FEE:  $130M  $175NM

Member $130

Member $175

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A Painting Safari in and around Marshfield
with Kelley MacDonald

Tuesdays 9:30am -12:30pm

Join Me On A Painting Safari in and around Marshfield, there is NOTHING like painting outdoors! We will be Intrepid Painters – I will be working in Acrylic, you are welcome to use acrylics, oils or whatever medium you like – all levels! We will start with a short demo, and a theme to be conscious of, for example, edges, atmospheric perspective, architecture, fog, color, composition, long view, close ups, etc. And we will paint the beautiful nooks and crannies of the areas in and around Marshfield. (including Duxbury, Scituate, Hingham and more.)

June 6 - July 25 (no class June 13 & July 4) 6 weeks

Supply list

FEE:  $165M  $210NM

Member $165

Non-Member $210


Watercolor Painting - Beginner to Intermediate
with Mary Callahan

Tuesdays 2:00pm - 5:00 pm   

Designed for all levels of the watercolorist, this popular course will first provide the necessary fundamentals and 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.

14 students max       Click here to download Supply List pdf.

June 6 - July 18 (no class July 4) 6 weeks
FEE:  $165M  $210NM  

Member $165

Non-Member $210

The Expressive Landscape In Pastel
with Ed Chesnovitch

Thursdays 9:15am - 1:15 pm 7 weeks

Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application. This soft pastel class will focus on painting landscapes 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, get creative and have some FUN!

click here to download supply list pdf

June 8 - July 20, 2017 7 weeks

FEE: $235M $280NM
Member $235

Non-Member $280


The Academics Of Drawing & Painting

The Figure  

With Dianne Panarelli-Miller

Fridays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

New Starting date July 14 - August 11 5 weeks

FEE:  $150M  $195NM   *plus a models fee TBD by #of students

8 students MAX

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.

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Member $150

Non-Member $195

Drop-in knitting with THE KNIT CHIX

Wednesdays: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
All levels welcome! No charge.

Fun and very informative.



Monthly Critique Group

(Image courtesy Mary Felton)

Critique group is on summer hiatus, but will return this fall.

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, but refer to dates above for exact dates and times! 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.


NRAS will send confirmation of class 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 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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