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Different Strokes

1 day workshop w/Laurinda O'Connor

Saturday, March 24, 9AM – 4PM

Let’s loosen up and have fun. Starting with a few simple lines, we will capture the gesture and direction of the landscape as we develop our painting. We will focus on composition, color decisions, and top it off with our mark making. Laurinda will discuss and demonstrate her process and mark making decisions as well as offer plenty of individual instruction. Previous drawing and pastel painting experience is helpful. Bring your pastel supplies and photographic references.

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Mosaic 101: Basic Mosaic Techniques

1- day workshop with Lori LeDoux

Saturday, March 31 9AM – 4:30PM


Curious about mosaics? In this 1-day workshop, learn the basics of this centuries-old art form as you create a 12x12" art piece suitable for hanging indoors. Working with colorful vitreous glass tile, you'll learn how to cut the tile, place the pieces using the Direct Method, and adhere them to your substrate. Class will include cutting and piecing demonstrations. Since this is a one-day class and the adhesive needs to properly cure before grouting, the instructor will demonstrate how to grout a finished, cured piece. Students will leave with the materials to grout their pieces at home. (It's easy!)

A $35.00 materials fee is due to the instructor at the start of class.

This fee includes everything you'll need:

• A 12" x 12" pre-primed, plywood substrate

• A large selection of vitreous glass tile

• Adhesive

A Grout Kit and grouting instructions

Students will have access to the following tools:

• Glass cutting nippers

• Protective eyewear

Students are asked to bring:

• Eyewear, if needed for up-close work

• Tweezers, if you'd like to use them for placing small pieces

• A sketch of a design for your mosaic*

• An apron or smock (the adhesive is water-based, but might not come out of clothing)

• Lunch or snack

• Though we are using glass tile, you are free to bring small, decorative objects that you’d like to incorporate into your piece.

*Tips for your Sketch Keep it simple. While it is possible to create detail, intricate designs with mosaic materials, you may want something simpler to finish the piece by the end of the day.

$100 M

$145 NM


A Colorist Approach to Still Life

1 day workshop w/Margaret McWethy

New Date: Saturday, May 5 9AM - 4PM

In the method of the Cape School of Art, students will paint simple still lifes to explore the effects of light on color. Emphasis will be on identifying and enhancing a center of interest with color, organizing values, while taking a step-by-step approach to modeling form.





Painting From the Heart

1 day workshop w/Page Railsback

Saturday, April 28 10AM - 4PM

Let go of perfectionism and fear of failure. Paint like a kindergartner using your intuition. Learn to create strong paintings that use less to say more. We will do warm up exercises using abstract shapes to develop confident, bold designs. Take risk and come play with no

agenda of the outcome. We will also do a long paint with a still life provided. You may also bring photographs.




The Dynamic Figure:

A Classical Approach

3 day workshop w/Robert Liberace

Fri., Sat & Sun.

June 22, 23 and 24 2018

10AM - 5PM

This class will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists use to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. The renowned technique of red chalk drawing will be featured along with intensive sculptural oil painting (full color) with an emphasis on form and modeling. Special emphasis on the anatomy of the figure and portrait will be given. Demonstrations will focus on materials, paper preparation and painting and drawing technique.





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

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 |