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  • Education Registration


    Join us on Wednesday evenings, January-March from 6:30-8:30pm for 2-hour Zoom life drawing classes facilitated by Peter Kimmins. Each week features a proposed theme or focus, live model and several poses, light instruction and feedback if desired, and good fellowship!

    NAA members: $15 drop-in, $50 monthly, $90 for 2 months, $130 for all 13 sessions.

    Nonmembers: $18 drop-in, $60 monthly, $110 for two months, or $160 for all 13 sessions.

    Additional 10% discount for students/seniors

    March only (5 weeks) $60 member, $70 nonmember, 10% discount students/seniors

    Zoom link will be provided upon registration.  Sign up for a free Zoom account here. Questions about how to use Zoom? Contact us at [email protected]


    All you really need is paper and pencil, but if you’re looking for suggestions: Paper: Strathmore Heavyweight Drawing pad (18″x24″); Pencils: All sorts of pencils (Royal is a good brand), in assortment of weights 2h–all the way to 9B, woodless Graphite pencils, Ink brushes, watercolor pencils, conté crayon, or charcoal pencils; If you’re working digitally: iPad with Apple Pencil–usually using Procreate

    You can renew your membership or become a member here!




    3-Day Workshop, February 6th, 13th, and 20th

    Over the course of three Saturday morning Zoom workshops(February 6, 13, and 20th), artist, teacher, entrepreneur, and Newburyport native Ryan Kelley will demonstrate the power of content creation and teach you to use technology as an advantage, not an annoyance. This workshop is designed specifically for artists, and Ryan understands the pain points of the digital art and business world, strategies to navigate them, and small steps to take to help you succeed over time. We will explore tips that you can immediately put into practice today in relevant and meaningful ways.

    Workshop meets from 11am-12pm on three consecutive Saturdays on Zoom. Recordings of the workshops will be made available to participants. Co-hosted by Newburyport Art Association and Wire by Ryan.

    Class Schedule

    Part 1: Best Practices for Artrepreneurs 101 (February 6)

    -The best mindset for overcoming the “starving artist” syndrome

    -Business skills for artists, with a focus on face-to-face and online networking

    -Brand consistency and professionalism with you and your work

    -Knowing the numbers ($$)

    Part 2: Social media for Artrepreneurs 101 (February 20)

    -How to use various social platforms to showcase your work, which social media platforms would be best for you

    -How to increase engagement with external audiences (and why that matters)

    -How to gain followers and discover niche communities who want to support you

    Part 3: Advanced Social Media for Artrepreneurs (February 27)

    -Website best practices

    -Real-time social media/brand analysis for individual account

    -Online revenue streams: E-commerce and how to sell art or classes online

    – How to be financially successful with your art

    3- Day Workshop Fee:

    NAA Members: $45

    Non Members: $60

    Register for Artrepreneurship here!


    Want to become an NAA member or renew membership? Find more about membership here, or visit newburyportart.org.


    Artist and sculptor Ryan Kelley creatively transforms wire, wood, metal and stone into unique pieces of art. Ryan is a young artist driving change in the artistic community around him, and an experienced sculptor with hundreds of creations and commissioned pieces to his name. Kelley’s work can be seen in homes and businesses throughout the country. Over the years his pieces have grown in scale and intricacy, much like his signature trees crafted from hundreds or even thousands of wires.

    A self-taught artist, Ryan began creating art during free time in high school. His works quickly changed from small gifts for friends and family to beautiful pieces of art for clients and customers. After receiving a Silver Key from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards show in 2011, Kelley submitted his first of many wire sculpture pieces into the Newburyport Art Association (NAA). He has received numerous awards for Best Work in Sculpture.

    Ryan has been a member of the Board of Directors for the NAA since 2014, adding a youthful and innovative perspective to the board.



    Keep Art Accessible For All! Donate to NAA New Dawn Capital Campaign

    In operation since 1948, the NAA is a corner-stone of the greater Newburyport vibrant arts scene with over 600 artists and members from around the region.  Our mission includes art exhibitions, arts education, and community outreach, especially to students and adults with disabilities, to keep the arts accessible for all.

    When the COVID-19 crisis forced us to close our doors from March to October, there was a void felt in both art and community. Thanks to the efforts of the NAA Board and our committed supporters, we re-opened to the public on November 6th with The Power of Art: Members Open Show, featuring stunning work by over 90 of our member artists.

    As we approach the end of the year and the final weeks of our “NAA New Dawn” campaign, please consider making a donation to help us meet our $50,000 goal to cover operating expenses. With your generosity, we will be able to continue our vital work for many years to come. Thank you!  To Donate,  click Count Me In!

    The Newburyport Art Association is a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization.

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