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    • 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.

    • Thursday, May 09, 2024
    • Thursday, July 11, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Various Locations
    • 0
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    Is there anything more exciting and rewarding than painting plein air?  Join us as we navigate the thrills and challenges of painting in nature this Spring!  Learn or master the skills of judging the light, fending off the breeze, capturing that certain something that appeals to you in an outdoor setting!  This highly engaged, friendly and supportive group is intrepid and inclusive. 

    Each week we are at a different location - we’ll paint the ocean, marshes, architecture and gardens!  Perhaps this year we will add a figure in the landscape?!?!  I will get all of your phone numbers so I can text you if there is a sudden change in location due to weather, or any other reason. Students can use any media they have familiarity with.  All levels, but I will be painting in acrylic or gouache.  I usually know where there is a nearby restroom.  Some weeks I will demo but will mostly be occupied with your progress and efforts.  

    MATERIALS LIST: Materials List for Safari 2023.pages

    About the Instructor: Kelley MacDonald 

    After getting her Art History degree at Wheaton College, Kelley continued taking art classes at various Art Associations for 10 years before she started painting.  First with watercolor, then oil and now happily with acrylic and mixed media, it has been a lifetime of growing and exploring all things art.  

    Kelley has won numerous awards, and has taught classes and workshops for many years.  While for the majority of her career Kelley has been a literal, representational painter, in the past 4 years she has been diving into abstraction, particularly Intuitive Abstraction.  The history involved on the canvas, the multiple layers, the reveal and conceal and push and pull are what attracts her to this method. 

    A favorite thing to do is to travel, and be inspired by different landscapes and  cityscapes.  Kelley has traveled to Holland to paint, along with many places on this side of the ocean, namely Nova Scotia, Sedona, Santa Fe, St. Simon’s Island, Seattle, San Miguel de Allende, MX, California and Maine. 

    In 2009 Kelley founded the Artists’ Challenge Group “Girls Just Wanna Paint” which is a collection of award winning artists  who post a response to a new topic every month consecutively since July of 2009. Aside from the Providence Art Club Kelley is a member of the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA.  She has taught at the Art Club, Bristol Art Museum, and at North River Arts Society.

    • Wednesday, June 05, 2024
    • Wednesday, July 31, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • 157 old main street marshfield hills
    • 6

    This is a guided plein air class with the intention of creating various color studies for a larger studio piece. Ann will coordinate with students to visit and paint at four locations. Each location will be visited twice, with the first visit involving a demo from Ann and hands-on guidance. The second visit will allow artists to work on their study mostly independently. Get outside, do intentional color studies together and prepare for a larger studio landscape in the fall! 

    About the Instructor: Ann Musto

    Ann has been a plein air and studio oil painter for over twenty years. Her interest lies in working to capture the beauty of what we see in light and color.  Ann’s work includes portraits, landscapes and still life. Ann completed her studies at the Academy of Realist Art in Boston, a traditional atelier. She has been a long time member of North River Arts Society and has served on the NRAS Board of Directors and on the NRAS Arts Committee.

    Any medium and experience levels welcome. 

      • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
      • Tuesday, June 25, 2024
      • 3 sessions
      • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield MA
      • 8

      This 3-week class will dive into the world of block printing, covering a crash-course on all things blocks for artists of all sorts who want to bring their creativity to life in the printed world. This class will cover techniques for drawing, carving, and printing block prints on a variety of mediums. Rachel will help you bring to life a block and a variety of prints in different mediums of your own imagination.

      About the Instructor: Rachel Nerger (Ray Prints)

      I started block printing in 2020 when I was looking to reconnect with my creativity outside of the everyday hustle and bustle and a full-time job in finance. I have always been an artist at heart, and have continued to explore new mediums even as I jumped into the professional world.

      Over the past few years, all the hours of drawing, carving, and printing blocks has led me to “launch” Ray Prints where I’ve been able to share my love of block prints with the south shore at different pop ups and markets. I have fallen in love with block printing for the way that it fits into life - it is accessible, affordable and has provided me with hours of escape as I work through each step in creating totally unique pieces of art with each stamp and Speedball carve.

      Materials List:

      (1 per student) 8"x10" block, black ink, rollers and paper provided by NRAS. Students should bring a set of carving tools, Rachel recommends this one for beginners. Rachel also suggests bringing watercolor supplies, different ink colors if you want and any old clothing, canvas bags, etc. that you may want to play around printing on! 

      • Tuesday, June 18, 2024
      • Tuesday, July 02, 2024
      • 3 sessions
      • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield MA 02051
      • 3

      This 3 week class is for painters that have a little experience and want to loosen their work up using intuition rather than just copying directly from a photograph.  We will plan out our designs, values and color choices prior to the final painting. This class is meant to be FUN and dare to have some not very perfect outcomes.The class warm up exercises and end product is a stepping stone to incorporate some new tools into your work. Join the class and come with an open mind and a sense of humor.

      About the Instructor: Page Railsback 

      Page never learned the rules in Art school so as a self taught painter enjoys the freedom of experimenting with no boundaries.
      Page received a Masters in Education and her natural talent as a teacher is reflected in her ongoing workshops and classes. She has lived on the South Shore of Boston for over forty yearsShe was privileged to receive a Residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown MA in 2013  granted through the Copley Society of Art. She is a juried Gallery Artist at the Copley Society of Boston, The South Shore Art Center in Cohasset MA and Solace Gallery in Long Beach Island New Jersey. Her work can be seen at her Studio in Rockland and at NEST in Dedham MA.

      Materials List:

      • Canvas pad  16x20 or 4 small canvas boards ex. 8x8 12x8….optional or small boards or canvas for exercises
      • Sketch pad
      • Twig Charcoal and or Sharpie
      • 2 Larger canvas 20x20, 20x16 or larger
      • Water container or turps
      • Brushes 3 or more
        1/2 inch
        1 inch
        2 inch…Big Brushes
      • Palette knife
      • Paints: 6 Essentials 
        Light yellow, medium yellow (or ochre)
        Ultramarine blue and one other : Thalo blue,cerulean or manganese.
        Alizarin red or deep magenta, Cadmium red light
        Big tube of White titanium
        Black, optional
        Any other color you like is optional…Viridian green, orange, pink etc
      • Palette, paper palette is an option
      • Water spray bottle for acrylics or watercolor
      • Rags or paper towel
      • Apron
      • camera (phone)
      • view finder
      • notan finder

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    781 837 8091

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