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2019 Workshops

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Breaking the Literal Habit!

w/ Nancy Colella

1 day workshop

Saturday, April 27, 2019

9AM - 4PM

Step away from the representational and discover ways to make your

paintings more engaging and contemporary.

We will take what we see (literally) and explore new approaches to

expressing that idea or subject in a more personal and creative way.

We will work from still life, photos and our imagination.

Come for a fun day of discovery.






Explore Light w/John Clayton

1 day workshop

Saturday, May 4, 2019 (raindate Sun., May 5)

9AM - 4PM



Join John Clayton as we explore light, color by simplifying the

landscape in simple color shapes.

Open to all levels of artists.

Using primarily a painting knife, the artist gains simple light filled

and loose

expressive energy in the their paintings.

The workshop is an introduction to painting outdoor in natural


capturing the time of day, and learning to express the difference

in all the light keys of nature.

Fundamentals of outdoor painting will be explored through


composition and atmosphere.

Learn a new way of seeing nature through color.




Make a Memory Board

w/Laura Harvey

June 15

10AM- 4:30PM





Fee includes all materials

In this workshop – for all levels of artist - you will create a

mixed media collage starring you, your favorite person(s)…or


We will begin the class by loosening up with a couple of

collage exercises, including basic technique, composition,

exploring the differences between papers, adhesives

(mediums), and surface structures.

You will be asked to send your chosen photo digitally – old,

new, color or black & white – to instructor inadvance of the

workshop. If you are not able to send digitally,you can deliver

to the NRAS office. Your photo will be returned to you




Alla Prima Figure Painting

w/David Shevlino


Saturday June 29 & Sunday June 30


9:30AM- 4:30PM both days



(includes model fee)


This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into

wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct

response to our subjects. On the first morning there will be a

demonstration, then the class will paint from the model.

Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in

terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned

ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on

the canvas. We begin by blocking in a midtone on a gray

canvas, then add darks and lights. By learning to simplify

form, values and color, we learn to interpret and break down

the figure into more understandable tones and shapes

instead of becoming distracted by details. This helps us to

paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This

class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint

more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.

materials list



You must register with the NRAS OFFICE for a class or a workshop before the class begins. Your receipt is your confirmation of workshop registration if you signed up through the website.

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!)





**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

John Clayton

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)


North River Arts Society | 157 Old Main Street, P.O. Box 307, Marshfield Hills, MA | 781-837-8091 |