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The NAA, in collaboration with The Hemphill Family Foundation and the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, offers a very special opportunity – an annual residential scholarship for the Summer Studio program at MassArt.  Rising high school juniors and seniors attending the Amesbury, Ipswich, Newburyport, Pentucket, or Triton High Schools are eligible to apply.  Look for applications and more details early each calendar year in your school’s guidance office.

In addition, each year the NAA awards the Ruthanne Arbeit Memorial Scholarship to a Newburyport High School student; the Sam Sargent Scholarship, the Laura Coombs Hills Scholarship, the Hemphill Family Foundation Scholarship, the Susan Keller Scholarship, and the recently announced Ron Emmerling Scholarship.  Graduating seniors planning to pursue art, art education, and/or arts management are eligible to apply.  Application guidelines are available in the guidance offices.  Students from the Amesbury, Ipswich, Newburyport, Pentucket, and Triton districts are welcome to apply.

The NAA sponsors a Young & Budding Artists Show each year (March), please look for the Call for Entry on the NAA homepage or exhibition page.  Students in Grade 1 through 12 are welcome to participare; one piece per student will be accepted.  A generous awards program has been made possible by individual and institutional donors.

NAA artist members support the ArtLink program by offering in school or after school workshops for students of all ages in collaboration with school art faculty.

Open Studio Figure Study, Drop-in – Ongoing


It's  back, with a twist! Wednesday evenings Open studio figure study drop in workshop will run 6:30- 9:30pm. There will be weeks in the NAA’s calendar when the workshop will not meet due to logistical conflicts and the NAA will provide appropriate notice. Although drawing is steadfast, we will welcome other media such as oil, acrylic, and watercolor (no toxic media or turps will be allowed/OMS only). We will be adding more props like hats, robes, drapery for additional narrative. These vignettes will alternate bi-weekly with the usual figure study. Along with these changes we would also like to expand on the workshop by adding a further educational opportunity with discussions about different figure artists (i.e. Lucian Freud, Eric Fishl) and their techniques as well as group critiques of our own work. This additional meeting will be held monthly (time/date TBD by the group) and open to all members.  
Fees for the drop-in sessions are: $18 per meeting for non-NAA members $15 per meeting for NAA members (membership must be current) $10 per meeting for students* or seniors *students under the age of 18 must complete a Permission Form as well as an Emergency Contact Form. For questions, contact Adrienne Silversmith at adrienne@outlook.com