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Explore Light w/John Clayton

1 day workshop

Sat., Sept. 15 (raindate Sun.,Sept. 16)

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 light, 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 color, composition and atmosphere.

Learn a new way of seeing nature through color.


Making It Yours!

w/Laurinda Phakos O'Connor

1 day workshop

Sun. Sept. 23




Join in this fun and supportive day as we dissect the landscape and build it back up with shapes, lines, and everything in between! By letting go of our photograph, we will make it ours through gesture, composition, and own style of mark making. We will begin with a discussion and demonstration before diving into exercises and final paintings. Whether you are a realist, expressionist, or abstract artist there will be lots of individual instruction and cheering offered! Laurinda will demonstrate in pastels, but oil and acrylic painters are welcome. Please bring photographs, your supplies including canvases, panels, or sanded paper, as well as ink, sketch paper, and watercolor brushes.


Painting with the Camera -

Creative Landscapes

w/Patricia Walsh Slaven

1 day workshop

Sun., Sept. 30

12:30PM- 6:30PM



Join Patricia to learn in class and hands on techniques to bring your landscapes beyond traditional! You will explore in camera techniques such as panning, slow shutter speeds, double exposures, and experimenting with filters and effects applied after capture to create beautiful, abstract imagery.

We will work in studio, view finished and works in progress, discuss printing, presentation and opportunities to exhibit your work.

At sunset we will travel as a group to shoot together along the North River. Connect and get inspired to paint the landscape with your camera!


Requirements: SLR digital or film camera. Must have camera operation knowledge beyond basic or automatic, comfortable with manual exposures. Bring your camera manual for menu navigation.




Painting from the Heart w/Page Railsback

1 day workshop

Sat., Oct. 13. 9AM-3PM




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.

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MIX IT UP, PLAY DATE!!! w/Ed Chesnovitch

1 day workshop

Saturday, October 20

9AM - 4PM



Make a date with yourself to get creative and PLAY! Join North River’s own instructor Ed Chesnovitch for an exciting one day Mixed Media Workshop. Many times as artists, we don’t allow ourselves time to play and have fun experimenting with different mediums... we too often get bogged down with expectations of how a piece should look or turn out. Starting with guided mark making exercises, we will create an underlying surface history in mediums of graphite, charcoal and ink, then... intuitively building upon this surface, with collage, acrylic, and anything that floats your creative boat. Next, play exercises on “the quickie collage” leads up to the final experimental piece that combines everything... even some crazy color!! Make marks for the sake of making marks! Let it go and allow yourself to have some inspiring creative FUN!


SUGGESTED SUPPLIES bring what you have, don’t sweat it if you don’t have it!... there will be plenty to share.

Bristol Paper, ink and acrylics will be supplied backing board of some sort, foam core, what ever you have. to put 12 x 18 paper on graphite pencils -- hard and some soft, including 6 or 8B, woodless graphite is great compressed charcoal erasers a variety of scrap papers in shades of black, white, and grays of all values/temperatures. newspaper, magazines, tape, matt modge podge, glue stick, scissors, Paper towels.


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Intuitive Painting w/Nancy Colella

2 day workshop

Sat. & Sun. Oct. 27 & 28

9:30AM - 3:30PM



This workshop is geared for experienced painters who are interested in shaking things up. We will learn how to create more intuitive and expressive paintings by balancing what we see with some invention. Less literal, more bold! Through a series of fun quick exercises, we’ll explore ways to design more dynamic and contemporary paintings by focusing on the big shapes and their relationship to each other. We will discover ways to use the abstract elements of color, shape, space, and line to express an idea. We’ll work from simple still life set-ups and photographs.

All paint mediums are welcome.

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

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 |