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Artist Master Workshops

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Making it Fine Art 2-Day Workshop with Ken Elliott

August 26-27, 2017 Saturday-Sunday 9am-4pm

Saturday 4:30pm-6pm Photoshop Tools

Still Life 2-Day Workshop with Jason Polins

July 22 & 23, 2017 Saturday-Sunday 9am-4pm

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We will notify you if a class does not run.

**Please review Cancellation policy on our larger Master workshops-scroll down past descriptions**(If you have any problems signing up through the website, we would be happy to help you. Give us a call!)


Still Life 2-Day Workshop with Jason Polins

Saturday-Sunday 9am-4pm, 1 hr lunch break.

July 22 & 23, 2017

In this 2-day workshop we will investigate how to build a better painting. Being able to separate the pre-conceptions of what one thinks he/she sees and what one is truly seeing is paramount to the search for truth. By deconstructing ones patterns of object recognition, stopping the naming of things, we can begin to better understand the design and composition we are searching for.
We will work on your compositional skills, hue, value and chroma as well as not cluttering the scene. The start is a very important step to sound picture making, something we will examine and discuss.
Jason will demonstrate painting in oils throughout the workshop, showing the beginning block in, middle stages of development as well as later stages and finish.
We will be keeping the setups on the small side, but that doesn’t mean we can’t paint it with big ideas!

Jason Polins is a contemporary realist painter who lives in Somerville MA, where he paints and teaches out of his studio.  Jason is also adjunct faculty at Northeastern University teaching painting and drawing.  Having exhibited extensively, he has shown nationally as well as internationally.  His work is in many private collections, homes and businesses.  He graduated from the Florence Academy of Art and has studied with notable painters such as Gary Hoffmann in Boston and Nelson Shanks in Philadelphia.  Jason’s work encompasses a myriad of themes ranging from the humorous to the sublime. Using narrative to express his experiences of the human condition. He searches both within and in nature to express his interests outwardly in color, value, shape, and composition.  When used together, these elements can express the most complicated of subjects in the simplest way.  He believes a painting or drawing is a moment captured over time.  It is the experience of observation recorded in color, value, shape, and composition.

$380 Member

$425 NonMember

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Making it Fine Art 2-Day Workshop with Ken Elliott

Saturday-Sunday 9am-4pm

Saturday 4:30pm-6pm Photoshop Tools

August 26 - 27, 2017

All skill levels & media

This is the new, advanced version of Ken's Making it Fine Art Workshop.

Ken will discuss strategies for creating better artworks with a variety of common and creative tools. The workshop will focus the strategies for making better artworks, going to new places in your work and how to make fine art. He will use informative videos and pass on strategies not the literature, but handed down from the very best teachers.

Ken will be going deeper into making better and more appealing artworks with a variety of strategies. After sending out for Saturday snacks, Ken will also show you Photoshop techniques Saturday evening for taking your works to the next level and creating better pathways for finishing your artworks. You will be given a Photoshop guide and have access to a large photo file of over 1500 inspiring artworks.

Full details here

$425 Member

$465 NonMember

**Please review Cancellation policy on our larger Master workshops**

As a lot of our larger workshops are National Artists who incur air fare costs and hotel costs:

Registration is not complete until payment has been made to the NRAS OFFICE before a class or workshop begins.

If a student cancels up to 8 weeks before – 100% refund less $25 processing fee
**If a student cancels 8 – 4 weeks before – 50% refund
**Fee is non refundable if a student cancels 4 weeks or less to the workshop.-**However, for these two instances, if we can fill your place we are happy to offer an 85% refund




Tim Bell

Stephen Early

Ken Elliott

Albert Handell

Johanna Harmon

Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Qiang Huang

Stapleton Kearns

Casey Klahn

Michael Klein

Robert Liberace

Terry Ludwig

Kelley Carey MacDonald

Carol Marine

Colin Page

Ginnie Peterson

Maggie Price

Jon Redmond

Juan Jr Ramirez

Diane Rappisi

Dan Thompson


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)


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