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  • March 22, 2017 - May 3, 2017
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Japanese concept of the notan, the dark/light design, is arguably the backbone of composition. Studying this idea reinforces the understanding that every shape—positive and negative— is essential to the whole. It is also readies artists for the quick decision making required for plein air painting. We will first work with black and white paper (more…)

  • April 3, 2017 - May 22, 2017
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This 6 week session of pastel classes will focus on painting the landscape from photos.  We will concentrate on all of the basics of painting, with an emphasis on understanding the value scale and how to use it to create different moods in your paintings.  Participants will develop several different preliminary value/color studies to guide (more…)

  • April 5, 2017 - May 10, 2017
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In this class will continue to explore the world of watercolor painting, building on skills learned in Watercolor I. We will work from subject matter such as still life, landscape, florals, abstraction, and any other subject matter that inspires you! *Note there will be no Watercolor I this session.    Wednesday  Afternoons 1:00pm – 3:30pm (more…)

  • April 6, 2017 - May 11, 2017
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Here is an opportunity to explore the medium of acrylic and oil painting. This class deals with the beginning stages and foundations of learning about the color palette, mixing, basic brush techniques, and also canvas stretching and other surface preparation for those who need to learn these skills. We will focus on exercises that encourage (more…)

  • April 6, 2017 - May 11, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Have you wanted to try abstract painting but weren’t sure how to begin?  Have you been painting abstract paintings and want to further develop your vision and style?  Whatever your experience and sensibility – expressive brushwork or calm fields of color –  this class will teach you how to use your existing skills, interest and knowledge (more…)

  • April 7, 2017 - May 19, 2017
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

For those who have already taken the Fundamentals of Drawing I class or who have previous drawing experience, this 6 week class will continue to build on skills learned, and to explore aspects of realist drawings from life and occasionally from master drawings. We will be using still life, natural forms, plaster casts, and human (more…)

  • May 4, 2017 - May 25, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“The iPhone has become the most ubiquitous camera in the world, yet the majority of users don’t appreciate all the capabilities the camera provides. This class will provide lessons covering the fundamentals and use of the iPhone camera’s features and settings, good photography skills and techniques, processing of captured images, and a review of some (more…)

  • May 10, 2017 - June 14, 2017
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm

In three short hours, plein air artists must draw on their knowledge of drawing, value, color and composition and produce a painting. Like poetry or a sprint, this is painting at it’s most concentrated as artists must focus on the essentials. It is not easy, but the results cannot be duplicated any other way. Weather permitting, (more…)

  • An Afternoon with Donald Jurney
    May 21, 2017
    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Hear.  See. Learn. The NAA is privileged to have noted landscape painter and experienced teacher Donald Jurney in our galleries for a special afternoon open to members, non-members, artists, and non-artists alike. He will begin the afternoon with a talk, followed by an extended painting demonstration. During the demonstration, Mr. Jurney will answer questions and share (more…)

  • Members
    June 3, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join me on location in beautiful Newburyport, Massachusetts for a 1 day intensive plein air workshop.   Outdoor painting is can be challenging, but is so much fun when you have a solid understanding of the plein air approach!  You will be guided through some common problems including simplifying your set up and organizing visual information.  (more…)


Please check back often as additional class details are finalized and registrations open.

Weekly Drop-in Life Drawing Workshop

Life Drawing with Live Model

Group meets every Wednesday at the NAA, 7-9:30pm

Life Drawing Image
Fees:  $8 members, $10 non-members
Student Rates:  $5 members, $7 non-members

Group leader is Gordon Przybyla.
Contact Gordon  for more information.

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