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Fall Sessions

Monday   Oil Painting Advanced- Margaret McWethy FULL Wait List




Tuesday   BIRD CARVING - Kevin Dunn FULL

Weds      INTERMEDIATE OIL - Margaret McWethy  FULL Wait List  

Weds        BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATE PASTEL - Margaret Farrell Bruno  

Weds        DROP-IN KNITTING - FREE   


Friday       ACADEMIC of DRAWING & PAINTING THE FIGURE - Dianne Panarelli-Miller

Sunday     MONTHLY CRITIQUE It's back this fall


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


Learn to draw/Basic drawing techniques
with Marion Carlson

Mondays 1:15pm-3:15pm

Early Fall Session
Sept 18- Nov 6

7 weeks (no class Columbus Day Oct. 9)
FEE:  $150M  $195NM  

Member $150

NonMember $195

Paul Klee once remarked that "a line is a dot that went for a walk".
Objective: The joy of drawing. 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


Contemporary Still Life, Oils & Acrylics

With a Brush Up On Basics
with Kelley MacDonald

Tuesdays 9:30am -12:30pm

Let’s dive into Still life with a Contemporary twist! Cooking themes, make up, cleaning products based on color – we will have a blast! While the subject is light hearted, we are serious about composition, value, drawing, color! Short exercise in the basics starts each class. Oil painters and Acrylic painters who have the very basics (how to get their paint on the canvas!) in their medium are welcome!

Materials List

Early Fall Session
Sept 12- Oct 17 6 weeks
FEE:  $165M  $210NM  

Member $165

Member $210


Late Fall Session
Oct 31- Dec 12 7 weeks
FEE:  $180M  $225NM  

Member $180

Non-Member $225


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.

Early Fall Session
Sept 12- Oct 24 7 weeks
FEE:  $180M  $225NM  

Member $180

Non-Member $225


Late Fall Session
Oct 31- Dec 12 7 weeks
FEE:  $180M  $225NM  

Member $180

Non-Member $225

Fall Session

Bird Carving
with Kevin Dunn

Tuesdays 7:00pm - 9:00 pm   

Oct 3- Dec 5

10 weeks

Carve and paint a Purple Finch. Wooden blanks are supplies as well as glass eyes and cast legs and feet. Students supply their own tools. Carving experience and use of power tools is recommended. Course limited to ten students.

FEE:  $110M  $145NM  

Member $110

NonMember $145

Beginners to Intermediate Pastel
with Margaret Farrell Bruno

Wednesdays 1:15 - 4:15    

Learn or improve your skills in soft pastel painting. Unlike how its name sounds, this medium creates lively and vibrant works of art. Exploring supportive concepts and numberous design approaches in this fun medium, improve and add to your creative marks with pastel, differences in grades and brands, all types of papers and applications, underpainting techniques and even creating your own supports. Recycling those used small pastels to create new pastels. Weather permitting, if all are comfortable, students will try their hand at creating a mini plein air pastel painting.

Click here to download supply list PDF

Early Fall Session
Sept 13- Oct 18 6 weeks
FEE:  $165M  $210NM  

Member $165

NonMember $210

Late Fall Session
Nov 1 - Dec 13 6 weeks (no class Nov 22)
FEE:  $165M  $210NM  

Member $165

NonMember $210

Expressive Pastel Painting
with Ed Chesnovitch

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

Trust the process. 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, for soft pastels 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, get creative and trust the process!!

click here to download supply list pdf

Early Fall Session

Sept 7 - Oct 26 7 weeks (no class Sept. 28)

FEE: $235M $280NM
Member $235

Non-Member $280

Late Fall Session
Nov 2 - Dec 14 6 weeks (no class Nov 23)
FEE:  $200M  $245NM  

Member $200

Non-Member $245

The Academics Of Drawing & Painting

The Figure  

With Dianne Panarelli-Miller

Fridays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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.

click here for materials list

Early Fall Session
Sept 22- Oct 27 6 weeks
FEE:  $165M  $210NM  
*plus a models fee TBD by #of students

Member $165  

NonMember $210

Late Fall Session *plus a models fee TBD by #of students
Nov 3 - Dec 15 6 weeks (no class Nov 24)
FEE:  $165M  $210NM  

Member $165

NonMember $210

Drop-in knitting with THE KNIT CHIX

Summer hours Wednesdays: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Starting week of Sept 13, for fall hours Wednesdays: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
All levels welcome! No charge.

Fun and very informative.



Monthly Critique Group

(Image courtesy Mary Felton)

Critique group is returning this fall. New dates and place to meet:

Sunday, Sept. 17th Firehouse building 1:30pm

Sunday, Oct. 29th Firehouse building 1:30pm

Sunday, Nov. 26th Firehouse building 1:30pm

(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, 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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