Spring session classes have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Next session will begin in June.

Winter weather policy:

We are closed when Marshfield Public Schools are cancelled 

The Pastel Landscape  w/Laurinda O'Connor

All levels welcome!

Mon. 10AM -1PM

late winter/spring session :

March 16 - April 27 (no class April 20) 

6 weeks



Create beautiful paintings using soft pastels while working from photographs of landscapes. Students will express themselves with their own style as we interpret our scene through composition, gesture, value, mark making, and different underpainting techniques. Laurinda will demonstrate and/or introduce exercises to help loosen up and let go of our photograph as well as offer plenty of individual instruction. Students must bring their own supplies including paper and soft pastels as well as photographic references.

All levels are welcome!  

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Beginner Oil & Acrylic Painting w/ Kelley MacDonald

Tuesdays 9:30 - 12:30PM

late winter/spring

March 17 -  April 21          6 weeks



Oils?  Acrylics?  Up to you!  This class is designed for those with little or no experience in painting, the emphasis is on fundamentals.  The focus will be on creating a solid painting.  First there will be a discussion about materials, (choosing paints, a limited palette, types of brushes, how to use the Accuview Finder, and various substrates) which is surprisingly similar for both oil and acrylic painting.  We will work on the important structural subjects of Value, Design (Composition), Color… while painting smaller, contemporary still life pieces.  Learn to use brushwork and edges to keep the viewer’s eye on your focal point.  Bring a sketchbook and pencil as well to take notes. So whatever paint you choose, you’ll be focusing on the product, not the medium!  In the Second session we will take our tools from the initial class and explore – figures, how to paint an all white painting, painting large, and more.

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Modern Painting w/Nancy Colella   

Tuesdays   9:30 -12:30PM

Jan. 7 - Feb. 4       5 weeks  




A new class designed for experienced artists working in any medium who are interested in exploring ways to create more modern, bold, and expressive paintings by taking a less representational approach. 

We’ll explore new ways to manipulate the abstract elements of line, shape, color and value to express an unexpected idea or statement.
Through a series of quick, fun exercises, we’ll learn how to let go of just copying what is in front of us and let our intuition guide us.

  This is an open medium class, so it’s not a “How To Paint” class. We’ll be working independently from still life and/or photos. Cut paper collage will be introduced along the way.


Materials list to follow.  


Watercolor Painting  w/Mary Callahan

for beginner/intermediate

Tues. 2 - 5PM

late winter/spring

 March 17 - April 21

6 weeks



This popular course will first provide the necessary fundamentals, then explore the many techniques of watercolor. Work from still life set ups, photos, or from your imagination.Emphasis on color and design, with the goal of creating an organized emotional statement. 

Bird Carving

Carve a Spotted Sandpiper w/Kevin Dunn

Tuesday evenings  7-9PM 

February 11 - April 14       10 weeks



Prior bird carving experience is highly recommended.  Instructions include shaping and texturing and painting. Power tools are used but hand tools may also be used. 

Contact Kevin Dunn 781 837 3786 with questions.


Oil Painting w/Margaret McWethy

for advanced/intermediate

Wed. 9:30AM-12:30PM

Jan. 29 - April 15  (no class Feb.19 & 26)

10 weeks





Drawing 2 Basic Drawing Techniques w/Marion Carlson

for beginner/intermediate

Wed. 1PM-3PM

March 18 - May 6 (no class April 1 & April 8)

6 weeks



This 2 hour class is designed to enhance drawing skills learned in basic drawing. References to the basic elements of drawing - line, value, texture, and composition will be emphasized. The first part of the class will be instructional with the focus on technique and the use of various drawing materials from pencils to compressed charcoal. (This class is best suited for the student who has completed a basic or intermediate drawing class.)

Material List 

kneaded eraser

sketch pad 14" x 17" or larger

variety of soft graphic pencils

*all other media will be provided


Dynamic Painting w/Ed Chesnovitch

for all mediums

Thur. 9:30AM-12:30PM

late winter/spring: March 12 - May 7 (no class April 2)

8 weeks



Paint more dynamic paintings by letting go and allowing your art to take place without preconceived notions. The journey an artist strives for is to arrive at a place where discoveries happen. Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive painting. Give yourself permission to play! This class will focus on paintings that have light, color and attitude! Working on various grounds, we will explore shapes, edges, patterns of light and dark, positive and negative space, bold vs. neutral color, underpainting techniques, and fearless mark making to push your paintings further. Learn to simplify your approach, and develop a personal style where happy accidents are welcome! Individual attention and group discussions of student work and contemporary painting practices. ALL MEDIUMS, pastel, oil, acrylic and mixed media welcome. You bring the supplies you want to work with. Any questions, contact Ed at

Not a beginner class.


Painting from Photos w/Dianne Panarelli Miller

Fridays 9:30AM-12:30PM

March 13 -  May 1 (no class April 3 & 10 )   6 weeks



Ever take a photo that you wanted to paint?

A portrait, still life, seascape, landscape?

come to this class and learn how to take a photo and make it into a painting on any size canvas, any medium.

Just bring what you have and Dianne will help you get the results your looking for.

157 Old Main Street

P.O.Box 307

Marshfield Hills, MA 02051

781 837 8091

office hrs:  M-F     9 - noon

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