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Artist Master Workshops

Listed chronologically

Expressive Painting

2 Day Workshop with Nancy Colella, April 1-2, 2017

Premier Coup: Painting the Portrait from Life

3 Day Workshop with Dan Thompson, April 21-23, 2017

Making it Fine Art 2-Day Workshop with Ken Elliott

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

Saturday 4:30pm-6pm Photoshop Tools

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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!)



Expressive Painting

2-Day Workshop with Nancy Colella

Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-3:30pm, April 1 & 2, 2017

Learn how to create more “expressive” paintings by breaking the subject down into big, simple, shapes and letting go of the details. Using shape, color, and line, with an emphasis on strong composition and correct values, we will explore fun ways to express an emotion or feeling. Through a series of quick exercises, demos, and critiques, we will discover how to create lively, expressive paintings that are in fact, highly organized and carefully planned. Students will work from simple still life set-ups and photographs, using a limited palette and large brushes. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone!
Oils are encouraged, however acrylics will work.

$165 Member

$205 Non-Member

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Premier Coup: Painting the Portrait from Life

3-Day Workshop with Dan Thompson

Friday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm, April 21 - 23, 2017

Premier coup, which is the painting exercise known to have been practiced within William Merritt Chase’s studio at the Art Students League of New York (circa 1900) is a painting created in a single sitting. Throughout this workshop, students of portraiture will address the challenge of how to depict a head in oil, from life. Each session will introduce a different model—generally costumed—where students will experiment with techniques for developing planar and head construction, color harmony and how to model features. The analysis of brushwork as a powerful editing tool will be covered by lecture demonstrations from the instructor. Participants will walk away with an ability to discern a higher clarity of form even within photographs of their subjects, as they promote a more holistic understanding of the representational portrait.

$450 Member*plus model fee to be determined based on number of students

$495 Non-Member*plus model fee to be determined based on number of students

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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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