• Tuesday and Wednesday
    March 21, 2017 - March 22, 2017
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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In this two day workshop, learn how to create more expressive paintings by balancing close observation with invention.  By breaking the subject down into big simple shapes and letting go of the details, we will explore ways to become more intuitive and spontaneous, while emphasizing color harmony, and strong composition. Through a series of quick exercises, demos, and critiques, we will discover how to create more expressive paintings, as opposed to merely copying what is in front of you. Students will work from simple still life set-ups and photographs, using a limited palette, large brushes and palette knives.

Nancy was a painting major at Muskingum College and graduated with a BA in Art Education, then continued her studies at the Aegean School of Fine Arts in Paros, Greece and at the Instituto de Allende in San Miquel Mexico. After a career in the Hospitality business and while raising her two children, she began studying again at Mass College of Art in Boston, MA and at the North River Arts Society in Marshfield Hills, MA. She has studied with numerous contemporary impressionist painters; Charles Sovek, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Ken Auster, Kim English, Colin Page, Carol Marine and Karin Jurick, to name a few. She is a gallery artist and faculty member at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, Hill, Ma. and a Copley Artist at the Copley Society in Boston. Nancy lives in Norwell, MA with her husband and yellow lab Cello.

Materials list:

Oils are encouraged, however acrylics will work.

8 – 10 small canvas boards, toned a middle value, any color but white!

(8 x 10, 9 x 12 is good)

large palette for mixing colors  (at least 11 x 14)

a stand up easel of some kind  (a few available at venue)

Flat bristle brushes #6 and up, plus one smaller one for “mapping”.

Palette knife

Odorless turp  (Gamsol preferred)

Paper towels

Gloves, Camera, Plastic wrap, View finder, Small pocket mirror

Pizza box or dish drying rack for wet paintings


Large tube (I use Utrecht)
Yellow ochre
Cad yellow med or light
Cad red light
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine blue
Raw Sienna or Raw Umber  (any dark neutral)
Small tube of black


10 /15 images printed on zerox paper of simple subjects, with a strong light and shadow pattern. These will be for quick exercises, so there should little detail – like a coffee cup on a table in the sun.


More info to follow.

My demos will be in oil but acrylics will work.



Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop or within one week of the start of a class. Classes are not pro-rated, and there are no makeups for missed classes. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.
The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.
If Falmouth public schools are closed due to weather conditions, the Falmouth Art Center will also be closed.  Missed classes will be rescheduled.



137 Gifford Street, Falmouth, Massachusetts, 02541, United States