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Monday   ADVANCED OIL- Margaret McWethy Wait List   


Tuesday  BIRD CARVING - Kevin Dunn Class Full

Weds      INTERMEDIATE OIL - Margaret McWethy  Wait List
Weds        BEGINNERS DRAWING & WATERCOLOR -  Lynsey Murray

Weds        PASTEL -  Margaret Farrell Bruno  

Weds        DROP-IN KNITTING - FREE   



Friday       PAINTING THE FIGURE PLEIN AIR - Dianne Panarelli-Miller
Friday  PAINTING WITH PAPER - Marcia Ballou

Sunday     MONTHLY CRITIQUE NEW Offering


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Please review registrations and refund policy at bottom of page. You must register with the NRAS OFFICE for a class or workshop before the class begins. *If you sign up through the website, NRAS does send a confirmation of your class sign up. If you do not receive an email by the end of the next business day, please contact the office at!

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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).

Thank you!

Watercolor Painting - Beginner to Intermediate
with Mary Callahan

Tuesdays 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.   

Designed for all levels of the watercolorist, this popular course will first provide the necessary fundamentals and then explore the many techniques of watercolor. Work from still-life setups, photos, or from your imagination. Emphasis on color and design, with the goal of creating an organized emotional statement.

14 students max       Click here to download Supply List pdf.

March 7 - April 11, 2017    6 weeks
FEE:  $165M  $210NM  

Member $165

Non-Member $210


Bird Carving – Carve a Saw-whet Owl
with Kevin Dunn

Tuesdays 7:00pm - 9:00 p.m. 

February 7 - April 18, 2017   10 weeks (date to be announced week off)

FEE:  $110M  $145NM

10 students max


Carve and paint a life-size Saw-whet Owl in ten weeks.  Prior bird carving experience is recommended and power carving tools are advantageous but not necessary. Wood blanks and eyes are provided as well as paints.  Course limited to ten students.  For further information call Kevin Dunn at 781 837-3786.


Member $110 Class Full

Non-Member $145


Beginners Drawing & Watercolor
with Lynsey Murray

Wednesdays 1:00pm - 3:30pm 5 weeks (no class Feb 22)
January 25 - March 1, 2017
FEE:  $135M  $175NM

No expensive materials or any previous experience/skills required. This course promises to break down the basics and get you started or revive skills forgotten or long unused!
We will explore drawing and watercolor methods and technique through exploration of a variety of subject matter and essentially learn how to begin a regular practice and body of compositions from start to finish!


Pastel Painting

with Margaret (Peggy) Farrell Bruno

Wednesdays 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  6 weeks (no class April 19)

New Start Time! March 22 - May 3, 2017

FEE:  $165M  $210NM

Learn or improve your skills in soft pastel painting. Unlike how its name sounds, this medium creates lively and vibrant works of art. Exploring supportive concepts and numerous design approaches in this fun medium, improve and add to your creative marks with pastel, differences in grades and brands, all types of papers and applications, underpainting techniques and even creating your own supports. Recycling those used small pastels to create new pastels. Towards the end of the session, weather permitting, if all are comfortable, students will try their hand at creating a plein air mini pastel painting.

Member $165

Non-Member $210

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The Expressive Landscape In Pastel
with Ed Chesnovitch

Thursdays 9:15am - 1:15 pm 6 weeks

Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application. This soft pastel class will focus on painting landscapes that have light, color and attitude! Working on various grounds, we will explore underpainting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. Learn to simplify your approach, get creative and have some FUN!

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Class Full

March 9 - April 13, 2017
FEE:  $200M  $245NM

Member $200

Non-Member $245

Innovate and Create In Acrylics
with Kelley MacDonald

Thursdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm 6 weeks

This project based class is for those who have at least some experience with acrylic paint.  Each week we will spend about an hour exploring the art and techniques of an established acrylic artist, and do a small study incorporating their style.  The rest of the time we will work on a large format (16 x16 and up) painting of your own design, in which we take meticulous time to plan, research and execute a painting, across multiple classes.  Stretch yourself, explore new methods and styles, experiment.  Work on your larger piece incorporating the techniques of the artists we study.  There will also be a selection of mediums available for you to try. Let yourself grow! 

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March 16 - April 27, 2017 (no class April 20)

Member $165

Non-Member $210


The Academics Of Drawing & Painting

The Figure  

With Dianne Panarelli-Miller

Fridays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Starting in March

March 10 - May 5, 2017 7 weeks (no class April 14 & 21st)

FEE:  $180M  $225NM   *plus a models fee TBD by #of students

8 students MAX

Dianne will begin with an informative demonstration to help students see how to begin and finish a painting of the face or figure. She will then work with you on an individual basis to help you improve and move forward at your own speed. This group will utilize the discipline of Academic Traditional Methods with the freedom of "Alla Prima" to help each person learn the fundamentals to create a painting that is structurally sound in color, composition and technique. Beginners or advanced artists will benefit from this class.

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Member $180

Non-Member $225


Painting with Paper
With Marcia Ballou
Fridays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

March 10 – March 31, 2017 4 weeks

FEE:  $200M  $245NM *Plus materials fee $40 per person

Painting with Paper: A focus on intense and vibrant colors combined with a sense of design. We will work with a beautiful palette of color made of paper and cloth. While using traditional painting and composition techniques we will explore ways to loosen up and work in creative spontaneity to form a visual vocabulary.

Member $200

Non-Member $245


Drop-in knitting with THE KNIT CHIX

Wednesdays: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
All levels welcome! No charge.

Fun and very informative.



Monthly Critique Group

(Image courtesy Mary Felton)

Next meeting Feb. 26

March meeting will be held on *Saturday, March 25th.

A drop-in art critique group is at NRAS! We will meet from 1:30 to 4:30 usually on the last Sunday of each month for mutual support and helpful critiques, but refer to dates above for exact dates and times! All mediums welcome. Bring up to 3 works of art. Artists are welcome to stay and paint together afterwards until 4:30 PM.

Please arrive early so we can start promptly at 1:30.

Questions, please email Jory Mason, coordinator- or call 781-293-7009.

*A $5. per person fee will be collected to cover building utilities.




North River Arts Society-Writers Group

Since 2009, a core group of talented writers has convened monthly at the North River Arts Society to read, share, and critique each other’s work. Our writers have written fiction, creative nonfiction, YA and children’s books, short stories, and memoir. Some of the results have been published, some are still in progress, and some have been tucked away while more developed, skillfully crafted manuscripts have emerged. Through the years, the members’ growing familiarity with each other’s work has become invaluable—a reliable and inspirational resource for growth and support. For many years, the North River Writers Group has afforded its members respite and resource in what undoubtedly is a very brave, difficult, and solitary undertaking. If you’re interested in finding others invested in the process, please do feel free to reach out to the North River Writers Group. The group is currently full but openings are frequent. If you’re interested in joining the North River Arts Society Writers Group, please email Pam Loring at, noting your interest in the group, your goals in your own writing, and your background in writing. Feel free also to include a writing sample. She’ll get back to you promptly.


NRAS Registration and Refund Policies


Registration is not complete until payment has been made to the NRAS OFFICE before a class or workshop begins. Class payments will not be pro-rated. Instructors are not responsible for material missed due to student absence.


NRAS will send confirmation of class 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 be aware that most NRAS classes require pre-registration and will not run without at least 5 students. Therefore, if you are interested in a class, sign up!

Membership Benefit

Members receive discount on all classes. In order to receive this benefit, your membership must be up-to-date upon registration. Dues may be paid with class registration fee.

Makeup Classes

Makeup classes will be scheduled by the instructor should he/she cancel a class for any reason. Students will be notified of cancellations by the instructor. If Marshfield schools are cancelled due to inclement weather, NRAS classes are cancelled, as well. Please make sure to provide your phone number and/or email address upon registration.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be granted up to 7 days before class start date less $25 processing fee. Tuition and fees will not be refunded after that period. It is up to each instructor to decide whether or not a class has sufficient enrollment to run (usually at least 5 students). Every effort will be made to make this decision at least one week before class start date. If a class does not run, students will be notified and will receive a full refund.


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