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    • Tuesday, March 14, 2023
    • Tuesday, April 18, 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield MA 02051
    • 2

    A layered approach to the studio landscape painting. For beginners, we will start with materials, demonstrations of cartoon layout and color study, and then launch into the steps to go from a simple tonal “cartoon” of the composition from photo, to a color study, and then work in layers on our larger studio oil painting. Intermediate painters will be lead through a more “advanced” track. We will refer to a provided photo and the initial materials will be provided.  Come explore, refresh, or start a new art endeavor…simply fun and a great way to begin to paint in oils.

    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.

    • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills
    • 12

    The goal of the class will be to demystify watercolors, from planning, materials, composition, washes, shapes, perspective, values, edges and anything else that comes up. The day will start with a short talk and demo followed by the class trying to paint following the advice.

    Watercolor artist Jack Haran is the past president of the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) and past President of North River Arts Society (NRAS). He sits on the Board of Directors for NRAS. He earned a BS in Fine Arts from Northeastern University and a School of the Museum of Fine Arts Diploma. He has studied with Tony Van Hasselt and Judi Wagner, Zygmond Jankowski, John Kilroy, Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic.

    Materials List

    Backing Board and Masking tape to mount paper – a backing board is anything stiff enough to mount your paper onto, I use Coroplast white corrugated plastic.  It is the stuff that politicians make sign out of (you can get it cheap after an election – pick it up at the side of the road).

    Easel - anything to allow you to work on your paper at about a 35 degree angle,

    Water Bucket and Spray Bottle,

    Palette with mixing wells,

    Paper should be good quality 140 pound at least.  I use Saunders Waterford rough.

    Brushes: Some of the brands mentioned below come in a series of sizes and shapes, so it would be worthwhile looking them up and comparing prices.

    The size of the brush is important.  There should be 3 brushes, one large, one medium and one small.

    1 Large soft brush for washes, ie. Escoda Aquario Mop # 18 OR Princeton Quill # 6 OR 1¼ inch Flat Wash OR Cheap Joe – Dream Catcher # 16 (this is made by Escoda) OR Blick Escoda Ultimo Synthetic Squirrel Flat ,3/4 or 1 inch OR Blick Master Squirrel brushes (these are made by Escoda and are cheaper versions of the Ultimo) OR Mary Whyte’s cat tongue 3/4 inch made by Artexpress

    1 Medium Round, ie. Cheap Joe Golden Fleece # 12 OR Escoda Perla # 16 OR Cheap Joe – Dream Catcher # 12 (this is made by Escoda)

    1 small rigger, ie. Cheap Joe Golden Fleece rigger # 4

    The brushes listed above are good brushes but if you already have brushes that are equivalent then yours will be fine. 


    Three primary colors, a warm and a cool of each, such as:

    Reds – Alizarin Crimson and Quinacridone Red,

    Blues – Cerulian and Cobalt

    Yellows – Lemon Yellow and Raw Sienna

    Neutral Tint, Gouache White

    • Thursday, March 30, 2023
    • Thursday, May 18, 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield 02051
    • 5

    One great way to strengthen your skills, and hone a consistent voice around a subject is to do a series. In this 8 week class we will explore what it takes to develop a series of work based on your own interests and desires. Examples of this may be: skies, trees, critters, ocean, marsh, vessels, figures, tablescapes, abstracts …. Etc, etc. You will be guided and prompted to dig deep and yet stay within your subject. Any medium that you are familiar with is acceptable, as a matter of fact the series may cross mediums - for example you may enjoy watercolor AND acrylics, or pastels…or mixed media. All levels welcome. 

    Kelley has been painting and making art for 40 years. She has won numerous awards and loves being a painting instructor.  She was a watercolor painter first, then an oil painter and now has found her joy in the acrylic medium.  Until 3 years ago she was strictly a representational painter, but discovered the world of Intuitive Abstracts and is enthusiastically exploring this exciting method every day.  Kelley loves to travel and paint plein air as well, and has painted in Holland, Canada, numerous times in Mexico as well as across the United States. She will be bringing plein air students to San Miguel de Allende, along with her friend and fellow artist Paula Villanova in February on a painting workshop.  An Art History major at Wheaton College, she fell in love with the actual making of art. Living presently in Providence RI, she is an exhibiting member of the Providence Art Club and a devoted member of the North River Arts Society.

    • Thursday, March 30, 2023
    • Thursday, May 18, 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills
    • 8

    Explore the many moods and personal styles that can be created with pastels! If you have not tried pastel or are feeling like your work could use a fresh vision, come join us! Every week we will explore new perspectives and open ourselves to discover fresh ways to find strong compositions and powerful color solutions. All levels welcome.

    MATERIALS: (Jory uses Blick)

    • Uart sanded paper. 9x12 pad. I suggest 12 x 18 sheets if you want to work bigger and bolder
    • Vine or willow Charcoal Stick
    • 2 sheets of black foam care, a support for your paper
    • White or black artist’s tape
    • 1” flat watercolor brush, cheap
    • Soft Pastels: 
    • Bring whatever you have. If you are new to pastels consider Unison Half Sticks, Set of 63 or 120 best
    • Hard Pastels: Prismacolor NuPastel Color Stick Set - Assorted Colors, Set of 24 (no oil pastels please)
    • Paper Towel, Viva is best
    • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (drug store)
    • Wet wipes
    • Open Mind

    • Tuesday, April 04, 2023
    • Tuesday, May 09, 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield MA 02051
    • 0
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    This fun class is designed for experienced painters working in any medium, who want to explore ways to create more modern, bold, and expressive paintings by taking a less representational approach. Each week we’ll explore ways to employ one of the abstract elements of painting; line, value, color, shape, and texture to express an unexpected idea or statement. There will be a short presentation, followed by some simple exercises. This is not a “how to paint” class, rather a place to explore and experiment with fellow artists. We’ll be working independently (using materials of your choice) from still lives and/or photos. There will be a quick critique at the end of every class and “homework”. Any specific materials needed will be emailed each week.

    Nancy earned a BA in Fine Art from Muskingum University, then studied painting at the Aegean School of Fine Arts in Paros, Greece and at the Instituto Allende in San Miquel Mexico. After a career in the hospitality business and while raising two children, she resumed her studies at Mass College of Art. She teaches numerous on-line and live workshops throughout New England. She lives in Norwell with her husband and yellow lab Limoncello. 

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