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    • Tuesday, January 03, 2023
    • Tuesday, February 28, 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield Hills
    • 6

    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, January 05, 2023
    • Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • 10 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield 02051
    • 0
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    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. It is a perfect way to ride out the worst of winter by exploring a subject near and dear to your heart. 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.

    • Tuesday, January 10, 2023
    • Tuesday, March 07, 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • 157 Old Main Street Marshfield MA 02051
    • 1

    A Beginning approach to the studio landscape painting… 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.  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.

    Basic, beginner supplies will be provided for the first 3 classes for those who need them.

    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.

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