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Intuitive Painting - Think Less, Do More!

2 day workshop w/ Nancy Colella

January 13, 14 2018

9:30 - 3:30

Workshop is now FULL

Note: Nancy is also teaching a 5 week Intuitive Painting class on Tues. mornings with space available


This workshop is geared for the painter who is interested in creating more intuitive, bold, and exciting paintings. Through a series of quick, fun exercises, we will learn how to think less and do more, by allowing our intuition to lead us. We’ll discover ways to use color, shape, space, and line to express an idea. We will be working from still life and/or photos and all painting mediums are welcome. Cut paper collage will be

introduced on day two.

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Painting with Paper/Still Life & Landscape

1 day workshop w/Marcia Ballou

Saturday, February 10

10AM - 4PM

A focus on intense and vibrant colors combined with a sense of design. Working with a beautiful palette of color made of paper and cloth. Using traditional painting and composition we will explore layering, applying patterns and values. We will explore ways to loosen up and work in creative spontaneity with collage. The work shop will generate several spontaneous works that will form a visual vocabulary and finish up with a piece that is approached in a slower process.

All materials included.





Painting the Winter Landscape in Pastel

3 day workshop

w/Liz Haywwood Sullivan


February 17,18 & 19

(Presidents Day Weekend)

9AM - 4PM



Painting the Winter Landscape in Pastel Embrace Winter! If you are a landscape painter in the Northeast you spend a lot of time looking at snow and bare branches. Instead of dreaming of warmer days (they will come) learn how to make the most of what can be a fascinating and beautiful feature of where we live.

We will explore winter in it’s intricacies, and how it relates to pastel painting. For example we will study the color of snow and how to paint bare branches against the sky. We will work on black paper, and separately with underpainting to discover how different surfaces can effect painting outcomes. There will be demonstrations every day along with plenty of individual instruction at your easel. 

Some experience with pastel recommended.

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Portrait Drawing

1 day workshop

w/Margaret Farrell Bruno

Saturday, March 3, 9:30AM- 4PM



This workshop is for both the beginners and intermediate artists and concentrates on learning how to draw a portrait - a wonderful area of concentration, but also a fundamental step that can help you move on to other mediums in portraiture. Working from a live model, the workshop will cover concepts including light & shadow, shapes, values & edges. Learn easy steps of observation that simplify ways to getting a likeness. How the use of differing drawing materials create varying effects with line, shading and form. Other areas of discussion will be different ways to light your model, use of existing photographs and ways to help to make your interpretation of those photos more life like. There will be a small demo in the morning, but concentration will be on the students time to draw.

There will be an additional model fee determined by # of students.

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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.

Refer to supply list for more ideas.

supply list





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

Saturday, April 7 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.

$130 M



You must register with the NRAS OFFICE for a class or a workshop before the class begins. The office will send confirmation of workshop 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 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)


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