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    • Sunday, March 24, 2024
    • Sunday, April 14, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills
    • 7

    Ever wondered how the giant puppets for the Festival of the Arts Puppet Parade are made? Here's your chance to find out! Sally and Michelle will be collaboratively working on a new giant puppet for the 2024 Festival of the Arts, and you can join them in making your own "beakie" head. During the workshop, Sally and Michelle will guide you through the process while simultaneously working on the giant puppet. The session will serve as an open studio for puppet making, with personalized guidance from Sally and Michelle. Additionally, you'll gain insights into creating a giant puppet if you're interested in making one for the 2025 festival.

    Sunday, March 24, 9 am-11:30 am: Creating the Form Bring your own cardboard, boxboard, etc. Sally and Michelle will assist you in creating the form for your beakie head. If time allows, you can start painting your beakie; acrylic paint and brushes will be provided. Take your beakie home and continue working on it at your own pace.

    Sunday, April 14, 9 am-11:30 am: Decorating day! Bring all your craft supplies and share with others to create a unique beakie that is entirely yours. Glue on gems, yarn, fabric, flowers—let your creativity flow! If your beakie isn't finished, no worries! Take it home and continue working on it until the Festival. We invite everyone to join the 2024 Puppet Parade, proudly showcasing their brand new beakie! 

    • Thursday, April 18, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills

    Calling all artists interested in participating in our Festival Feature! Join us for a creative gathering where you can immerse yourself in your craft alongside fellow artists. This year, our Festival Feature will spotlight recycled wooden cigar boxes. You're invited to unleash your creativity by decorating these boxes in your unique style. Once adorned, they'll be showcased in a silent auction during the Festival as a fundraiser for NRAS.

    This presents an excellent opportunity to break free from convention, have fun, mingle with fellow creatives, and actively engage with the Festival community.

    Our event will function as an open studio, complete with complimentary wine, beer, and snacks to fuel your inspiration. While some materials will be provided, feel free to bring along any additional supplies you'd like to incorporate into your design.

    NRAS will provide acrylic paints, brushes, glue, and any extra bits and bobs we have around. Please bring any additional materials that you wish to use for your craft.

    Admission to this event is completely free, but we kindly ask that you RSVP so we can ensure an ample supply of materials for all attendees.

    Let's make this Festival Feature an unforgettable celebration of artistry and camaraderie. See you there!

    • Friday, April 19, 2024
    • Friday, May 31, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills

    Looking for more space to spread out and work on a project? Or maybe you want to work amongst other artists to feel inspired and get some helpful feedback on your work. Join other local artists any time between 9am-12pm, for Open Studio. Please pay $10 cash at the door. Bring all supplies you need to use, NRAS has easels available. 

    No registration, drop in only, cash or check.

    • Saturday, April 20, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield, MA
    • 8

    Monitored by Lauren Bass

    Artists of all levels are invited to attend an open studio session working from a nude model. There will be no instruction. All materials and experience levels are welcome. Artists need to be at least 18 years old.

    Session and Model Fee: $20 preregister online or drop-in cash only

    Limit to 15 people

    • Saturday, April 27, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills
    • 1

    Embrace creative opportunities with collage and mixed media.

    Join us if you would like to explore new territory in constructing a painting using collage elements and water based media. Steps in the process include loosely determining composition with shapes, simplifying detail, applying collage materials, creative mark-making, asemic writing and more. 

    Find your unique voice as you explore how various media can influence the outcome of your artwork while discovering what processes best align with your vision and goals.

    Strategies learned often result in a more contemporary, abstracted interpretation of  traditional subject matter as you combine media for a more personal expression.

    About the Instructor: Karole Nicholson 
    Karole Nicholson attended Rhode Island School of Design studying graphic and advertising design; she currently works in mixed media and collage engaging an abstracted, contemporary approach to expressing her spirit on canvas. Texture, a gentle palette and an abstract view of the environment are the components that draw her into developing each painting.

    She exhibits her work as a member at the Attleboro Arts Museum, North River Art Society, Next Door Gallery, Gallery Twist and the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.


    Recommended materials and tools list:

    • Canvases, wood panels, or mixed media paper (choose sizes based on your comfort level) Plan to bring enough to work on more than one piece as drying time is a factor
    • Matte medium (I use Utretch brand, but Golden or Liquitex are great.)
    • Collage materials such as: newspaper, book pages, tissue paper, old letters, fabric, blue prints,  vintage papers, maps, newsprint, rice paper, corrugated cardboard, magazines, letters, envelopes, music, grocery lists, stamps, tickets, ... anything! If you have done in collage in the past, bring some of your stash of collage papers
    • Acrylic paints (minimum, one red, one blue, one yellow, one white and one black, more if you choose).
    • Brushes,catalyst blades,color shapers to apply paint, your choice
    • Palette knife (preferably with square end) or old credit card to apply medium
    • Paper palette for mixing paint
    • Any of the following: Aquarelle crayons, “Woodies”, “Stabilio All” pencils, “Inktense” pencils, lead pencils, compressed charcoal, soft pastels, watercolor paints, inks
    • Container for water (1 quart or larger)
    • Spray bottle for water
    • Plastic tray or heavy ply plastic*
    • Masking tape
    • Paper towels
    • Ruler
    • Scissors, Exacto knife
    • Reference Photos (see below)

    Reference photos:

    Reference images, photos or drawings of the subject matter you are interested in translating into painterly collages. Still life images, landscapes, animals, nature, food and cooking, plants, fruit/vegetables, gardens, photos from trips all work well

    Additional helpful items:

    Newsprint pad , Rags (cotton t-shirts work well), Kneaded eraser, Sharpie marker

    • Saturday, May 04, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills
    • 9

    This workshop will stress a few constants that are the basics for any successful painting, composition, value recognition, and movement. This is all starts with getting the drawing right. The class will also cover the importance of doing studies and evaluating the elements of a painting that are important to the design and composition.

    About the Instructor: Christine Bodnar

    Christine has earned the level of Eminent Membership from the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her paintings have been shown in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. in national and international exhibitions and are in private collections across the country.

    Memberships and Affiliations
    • International Association of Pastel Societies, Master Circle and Eminent Pastelist
    • Signature Memberships with
    • Pastel Society of America 
    • Connecticut Pastel Society
    • North River Arts Society
    • South Shore Arts Center, Cohasset, MA.


    • Southwest Art Magazine - Artist To Watch, November Issue, 2019
    • American Art Collectors - April Issue 2019, Artist Focus and Advertisement
    • Pure Pastel- Contemporary Works By Today’s Top Artists Feb 2019
    • Boston Voyager on-line interview and publication, September 2018


    We will try and do 2 paintings during this workshop using sizes of various sizes. 

    Sanded surface type papers

    • Pastel Premier Sanded Pastel Paper - fine, white
    • UART Sanded Pastel Paper or Board 400 or 600 grit
    • Pastel Mat Sanded Paper - White
    • Art Spectrum Colourfix Fine Tooth Pastel Paper - White
    • Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper - white, grays, nuetrals 

    Soft Pastels - Landscape colors or set ( I will be bringing a variety with me to share )

    • Unison
    • Terry Ludwig
    • Great American
    • Mount Vision
    • Sennelier
    • Schminke 

    Other materials

    • Sketsch Pad / charcoal pencil for value studies.
    • Easel supplied ( can work on tabletop easel )
    • Drawing board for mounting paper
    • Masking tape - supplied
    • Paper towels

    • Saturday, May 11, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield MA
    • 0
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    This workshop will have you mixing colors with confidence in no time! By taking a deep dive into a limited complementary color palette of reds and greens, you will gain of thorough understanding of how color works. This knowledge can then be applied to other suggested limited palettes. Let me help take the mystery out of color theory for you!

    About the Instructor: ​Mary L. Moquin

    Mary Moquin is a professional artist and teacher. She lives on the cape and spends part of the year in a remote dune cottage on the peninsula known as Sandy Neck in Barnstable, MA. The inspiration for her paintings comes from observing time passing as the light and shadows fall across the structures there. The structures have transformed into metaphors for meditation. Her work has won numerous awards and has been included in several regional and national juried shows. Mary holds a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in painting from Umass Dartmouth. Her work is represented in Wellfleet, MA at the Cove Gallery, North Water Gallery in Edgartown , MA, Alper’s Fine Art in Rockport, MA and at


    • ​oil or acrylic paint
    • ​Cadmium Red Light (a very orangey red)
    • ​Magenta (a red that leans towards violet)
    • ​Pthalo Green (an intense blue green)
    • ​Lemon yellow (we will use this to create a vibrant yellow green)
    • ​Titanium White
    • ​(for oil painters, Gamblin Cadmium Chartreuse is a fun color to add and can replace the lemon)

    PLEASE bring the above colors for a successful experience. Feel free to bring along any other tubes of red or green paint that you have as I will be discussing paint properties and you may want to experiment with other reds and greens. But I know you will have success with the ones I've listed.

    • ​A pad of canvas paper at least 16x20, 18x24 preferred. Acrylic painters can use any large sheets of paper instead, oil painters can bring gessoed paper or primed canvas instead of a pad if need be. 
    • ​Palette knives for mixing paint. 
    • ​A variety of brushes.
    • ​Paper towels.
    • Saturday, September 07, 2024
    • Sunday, September 08, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills
    • 11

    In this workshop, you’ll learn the key concepts of painting interior scenes. Eli will demonstrate and explain her methods and work one-on-one with each student. The focus will be on: How light flows through a scene, illuminating forms and creating an evocative mood. Achieving accurate drawing and correct values; two of the most crucial aspects of representational painting. How to develop a well-balanced composition of light and shadow patterns  (chiaroscuro). How to quickly block in the motif or major elements of the scene. Balancing warm incandescent light with cool natural light.  And lastly how to achieve value contrast and add finishing touches to your painting.

    About the Instructor: Eli Cedrone

    Eli Cedrone is an award-winning artist from Boston. A graduate of the School of Art & Design, (Suffolk University) she also studied in Florence, Italy; The Museum of Fine Arts School and The Academy of Realist Art, Boston. Cedrone work has been featured in numerous art publications such as Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur. She is the recipient of several residencies and fellowships and has participated in juried invitationals in the US and abroad. Cedrone is also a popular workshop instructor and teaches worldwide.

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