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Adult Classes


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

Mon. - Beginner Oils w/Kelley MacDonald

Mon. - "Steal Like an Artist" w/Kelley MacDonald

Tues. - Bird Carving w Kevin Dunn

Tues. - Watercolor Painting w/Mary Callahan

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

Wed. - Drop-In Knitting - FREE

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

Thur. - Painting Powerful and Personal w/Ed Chesnovitch

Fri. - Painting from Photographs - 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).



Painting in Oil for the Beginner

w/Kelley MacDonald

Mondays 9:30- 12:30

Sept. 17- Oct. 29 (no class Oct. 8)

6 week session



Few things will reward you as much as learning how to paint in oils. In this class we will tackle the basics: color, value, composition, as well as safety and generally “getting to know’” the medium which is so juicy and rich. Each week we will tackle an exercise where you will gain confidence, and also practice painting from life, from photos and from our imagination. No experience necessary.



"Steal Like An Artist" w/Kelley MacDonald

Mondays 1:30- 4:30

Sept. 17 - Oct. 29 (no class Oct. 8)

6 week session




Come on a journey of artistic discovery each week as we observe a different, artist and use their method for a new painting. Taking a cue from Austin Kleon’s book “Steal Like An Artist” we will view a slideshow of a professional artist’s work and see what their methods might be, then try them out. Painting big, small, on different substrates, different means to achieve a dynamic painting. This is a good way to try things you never would have before, and it is a fun, supportive atmosphere. We will be focusing on Acrylic Artists, and I will be painting in Acrylics, but if you want to try a different medium that you are familiar with, you are welcome, there’s always something to learn when you stretch yourself creatively.


Watercolor Painting

w/Mary Callahan

Tuesdays 2-5PM

Session 1: Sept. 18 - Oct. 23

Session 2: Nov. 6 - Dec. 11

6 week sessions

Session 2:



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



Bird Carving w/Kevin Dunn

Tues. 7-9PM

Oct. 9 - Dec. 11

10 week session



Carve a a 1/2 size Belted Kingfisher. Class is designed for experienced carvers and the use of power tools is recommended although hand tools may be used.

All materials are provided including eyes, feet, and paints.

Students provide their own base.

Contact Kevin Dunn 781-837-3786 if you have questions.

Picture is not the final carving but very similar.

Learn to Draw / Basic Drawing Techniques

w/Marion Carlson

Wed. 1-3PM

Sept. 19 - Nov. 7

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

(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 sessions

Sept. 20 - Oct. 25

Nov. 1 - Dec. 13

6 week sessions


Session 2:





Painting from Photographs


w/Dianne Panarelli-Miller

Fridays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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!


Mini- class

2 week session: December 7 and December 14






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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