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About Us

  • Susan Roe
    President

    Employed as an Assistant Manager at Decatur True Value Hardware for 27 years. Committee member - Decatur Sculpture Tour for 4 years. Member of North Adams Arts Council since 2005.

  • Mary Montgomery-Byer
    Vice President

    Mary earned her BA in Fine Art in 2000. She received her BA in Arts Education K-12 in 2001. Mary has had a lifelong love of the arts and has been involved in many solo and group shows. Currently, she curates the Art Exhibits at the Decatur City Hall. Mary teaches art at Zion Lutheran School.

  • Jennifer Huss
    Treasurer

    Jennifer graduated in 2001 w/BFA in Interior Design, minor in Business. She worked for Merillat Cabinet Corporate Offices as kitchen/bath designer as well as an on-staff designer for two different builders. She provided private consultations at Bernhaus Furniture to help with clients design needs and designed furniture showroom.

  • Dawn Johnson
    Secretary

    Dawn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education, has spent several years working in the music departments of both Adams Central Community School and South Adams School. An experienced vocal instructor, Dawn has taught voice from individuals, to large choirs. She is involved in children's ministry and worship arts.

  • Caludia Gimbel
    Secretary

    Claudia has been with the NAAC board through our first year.

Classes

North Adams Arts Council is committed to providing the community with quality programming in the arts.
Our classes are designed to encourage making, appreciating, and thinking about art. Our programs foster imagination and encourage exploration of personal connections with materials and ideas. We encourage you to register early to reserve a place for you or your young artist. A one week pre registration is required for all classes.

Open Painting Nights – Every Monday Night

Every Monday Night
Age: Open to All
Time: 6:30-9pm
Member: $ 2.00 | Non-Member: $ 5.00

Class size limit: 20 | Spots Available: 20

Instructor: No Instructor

Bring your own supplies and work on your own project - no instructor

Pioneer Doll Making with Carole Macklin

August 29
Age: 9 & up
Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Member: $ 12.00 | Non-Member: $ 15.00
all supplies included

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Carole Macklin (contact Carole)

Come discover the ways pioneer children made their own cherished dolls.

Introduction to Sewing 2/Elastic-waist shorts or PJ bottoms with Patty Clark

Sept thru Dec
Age: Any age/Must have at least two registered students.
Time: By Appointment Only
Member: $ 20.00 | Non-Member: $ 25.00
Student will supply materials, see description below

Class size limit: 4 | Spots Available: 4

Instructor: Patty Clark (contact Patty)

Students who have completed Introduction to Sewing or who already have basic sewing skills can sign up for this  2 hour project class.  Students will put their sewing skills to work and create a real sewing project. Fabric weave, grain, cross-grain and bias will be discussed and why they are important in the construction of a project. A cost of $25 

The first project will be elastic-waist shorts or PJ bottoms. Students must supply the following: Fabric (yardage varies, depending on project and size), elastic, and matching thread. Other classes can include such projects as pillows, aprons, or pillowcases… just to name a few of the possibilities.  Let me know what you want to make! Subject to Instructor approval.

We are offering Sewing Classes @ NAAC on YOUR schedule! By appointment only, choose your class and let us know when you and at least one friend want to visit  so we can schedule it for you. Please give us a week’s notice so the schedule will be clear for you. Must have at least two students for the same class at the same time. Each student will receive a list of specific supplies for their own custom-designed project. Email for specifics to patty@polkadotpatty.com 

Hemming Class l with Patty Clark

Sept thru Dec
Age: Any age/Must have at least two registered students.
Time: By Appointment Only
Member: $ 12.00 | Non-Member: $ 15.00
Student supplied, see description below

Class size limit: 4 | Spots Available: 4

Instructor: Patty Clark (contact Patty)

Learn to hem your own skirts or pants. A standard pant hem charge is $10, skirt hem often $15. 

But for only $15 you can learn to shorten your own garments in this one-hour class! I will teach you how to take out the old hem, measure, and re-hem to the new length. Bring a pair of your too-long pants or skirt to learn this valuable skill. Different hems require different techniques. I will teach you several ways, both by machine and hand-sewing! 

We are offering Sewing Classes @ NAAC on YOUR schedule! By appointment only, choose your class and let us know when you and at least one friend want to visit so we can schedule it for you. Please give us a week’s notice so the schedule will be clear for you. Must have at least two students for the same class at the same time. Each student will receive a list of specific supplies for their own custom-designed project. Email for specifics to patty@polkadotpatty.com

Itty Bitty Preschool Stars: Music and Art Enrichment Class with Dawn Johnson

Every Tuesday
Age: 3-5
Time: 3:55-4:25
Member: $ 20.00 | Non-Member: $ 25.00

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 8

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

You won't want to miss out on our new Itty Bitty Preschool Stars class. This preschool enrichment class meets every Tuesday from September thru November and is for children, ages 3 thru 5 years old. Students will move and groove to fun and engaging music, while incorporating creative art projects each week. Our class will end with our very own Christmas recital and art show in December. Class cost is $25 per month, due at the first class each month. Students in this class attend without a caregiver. All 3 year olds attending class must be potty trained. Class size is limited to 10.

After School Art Club with Dawn Johnson

Every Tuesday
Age: 7 and up
Time: 4:30-5:10
Member: $ 20.00 | Non-Member: $ 25.00

Class size limit: 15 | Spots Available: 15

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

Join our after school art club each Tuesday this Fall, from September thru November, as we create whimsical and seasonal artwork. Students will work on a different piece of art each week and will later showcase their artwork in their very own class art show for family and friends, as well as our Holiday Open House. Class cost is $25 per month and is due the first class of each month. Students attending will need to provide an art shirt.

Mini Stars Performing Arts Class with Dawn Johnson

Every Tuesday
Age: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
Time: 5:15-5:55
Member: $ 20.00 | Non-Member: $ 25.00

Class size limit: 15 | Spots Available: 9

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

This performance based class combines music and theatre basics for children in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade and meets from September thru November. We will learn fun and engaging songs for Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas.. and will act out several seasonal plays. Students will work towards our Fall recital, our community Christmas production in December, and will also be performing at various community events. Class cost is $25 per month and is due at the first class each month.

Junior Stars Performing Arts Class with Dawn Johnson

Every Tuesday
Age: 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
Time: 6-6:40
Member: $ 20.00 | Non-Member: $ 25.00

Class size limit: 20 | Spots Available: 15

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

This performance based class combines music and theatre for students in grades 3, 4, and 5 and meets from September thru November. We will learn fun and engaging songs for Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas.. and will act out several seasonal plays. Students will work towards our Fall recital, our community Christmas production in December, and will also be performing at various community events. Class cost is $25 per month and is due at the first class each month.

Middle School Performing Arts Class with Dawn Johnson

Every Tuesday
Age: 6th, 7th, 8th Grade
Time: 6:45-7:25
Member: $ 20.00 | Non-Member: $ 25.00

Class size limit: 20 | Spots Available: 19

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

This performance based class is taught choral style and is for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 and meets from September thru November. Students will learn several pieces of music from an assortment of genres and styles, including Broadway tunes, Glee styled music, acapella, and sacred Christmas selections. Students will work towards a Fall recital, a Christmas musical in December, and will also be performing at various community events. Class cost is $25 per month and is due at the first class each month.

High School Performing Arts Class with Dawn Johnson

Every Tuesday
Age: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade
Time: 7:30-8:10
Member: $ 20.00 | Non-Member: $ 25.00

Class size limit: 20 | Spots Available: 20

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

This performance based class is taught choral style and is tailored for students who are freshmen through seniors. This class meets from September thru November. Students will learn several pieces of music from an assortment of genres and styles, including Broadway tunes, Glee styled music, acapella, and sacred Christmas selections. Students will work towards a Fall recital, a Christmas musical in December, and will also be singing at various community events. Class cost is $25 per month and is due at the first class each month

How to write an effective Resume with Rick Clark

September 8
Age: 16+
Time: 6-8pm
Member: $ 0.00 | Non-Member: $ 0.00
All materials supplied. Bring your laptop if you so desire.

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Rick Clark (contact Rick)

Examine the best practices to finding the keywords to catch the eye of a potential employers as well as learning how to  best showcase your experience and skills. In this two hour class you will learn how to:

  1. Gather and Organize your Facts
  2. The Dos and Don'ts of Resume Writing
  3. Choosing the Best Resume Layout
  4. Putting your Resume Together
  5. Saving to Different File Formats
  6. Utilizing the Internet to Become Visible
and more.

Drawing/Painting: The perspective of a Tree with Carole Macklin

September 12
Age: 8 &up
Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Member: $ 12.00 | Non-Member: $ 15.00
all supplies included

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Carole Macklin (contact Carole)

Use mixed media - pencil, maker, water color - to create a fall scene on water color paper. Learn different perspectives of drawing a tree to create your composition.

Fall Family Apple Fest with Dawn Johnson

September 16
Age: all ages
Time: 5:30-7:30
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00

Class size limit: 25 | Spots Available: 24

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

This come and go Fall Family Apple Fest encourages families to come together, create together, and play together. Families will travel from apple station to apple station and enjoy creating apple themed arts and crafts, playing some old fashioned outdoor games, and tasting some delicious apple treats. One cost covers supplies and treats for the whole family. Due to outdoor activities: In case of rain, our Apple Fest will be moved on Saturday, September 17th from 1 to 3 and will be announced on our Facebook page. Families must preregister for this event.

The Vine Arts Adult Canvas Class with Mary Montgomery Byer

September 17
Age: 21 and above
Time: 6:00
Member: $ 20.00 | Non-Member: $ 25.00

Class size limit: 15 | Spots Available: 15

Instructor: Mary Montgomery-Byer (contact Mary)

Bring a bubbly beverage of your choice and paint a fall themed work of art with your friends.

Fall Leaves Printing on Canvas with Karen Flesch

September 17
Age: 12-adult
Time: 9:00-10:30
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00
All supplies are included

Class size limit: 15 | Spots Available: 15

Instructor: Karen Flesch (contact Karen)

Personal branding with Social Media with Rick Clark

September 22
Age: 14+
Time: 6-8pm
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00
All supplies are included.

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Rick Clark (contact Rick)

Have you ever tried to hammer a nail with the heel of your shoe? I did once, when I was a kid and didn’t have a hammer handy. It can be done, but I can assure you, it’s difficult – very, very difficult. So too is trying to build a business or find that perfect job without branding yourself.

In this course you will learn what exactly personal branding is and why personal branding is so important. You will also discover 5 profitable reasons why you should establish your personal brand:

  1. Gain Expert Status
  2. Credibility and Trust
  3. Gain An Edge On Your Competition
  4. Increase Your Value
  5. Gain Confidence

Royal Princess Art and Tea with Dawn Johnson

September 25
Age: 4 and up
Time: 2-3:30
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00

Class size limit: 20 | Spots Available: 20

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

Spend an afternoon with your princess at our royal tea party. Our tea will be held at The Riverside Center's Garden Room. Each princess will create royal arts and crafts and enjoy light refreshments, while listening to enchanted music. Every princess is invited to dress in royal princess attire. Each princess under age 6 must be accompanied by a caregiver. All princesses must be preregistered to attend.

Begining Print Making with carole Macklin

September 26
Age: grades 1 - 4
Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Member: $ 8.00 | Non-Member: $ 10.00
all supplies included

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Carole Macklin (contact Carole)

Learn beginner techniques of insizing styrofoam block & brayer ink to print.

Kid's Creative Kitchen: Fall-tastic Treats with Lacey Shoaf

October 1
Age: 3-10
Time: 10-11:30
Member: $ 12.00 | Non-Member: $ 15.00

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Lacey Shoaf (contact Lacey)

Join us as we create a variety of treats perfect for the Fall season!  Have fun making one-of-a-kind packaging for your treats, as well. A caregiver is required to attend for children under age 5.

The Art of Etiquette with Claudia Gimbel

October 1
Age: 5-15
Time: 1-2:30
Member: $ 8.00 | Non-Member: $ 10.00

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Claudia Gimbel (contact Claudia)

Going to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving Dinner? What do you do when someone gives you a gift? Learn the art of etiquette at meal time, how to handle social situations with proper manners, how to write thank you cards, and other important etiquette techniques to make growing up a little better. H'ordeuvres will be served and used in class to demonstrate techniques.

Native American Primitive Technology with Carole Macklin

October 3
Age: Grade 4 & up
Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Member: $ 0.00 | Non-Member: $ 0.00
all supplies included

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Carole Macklin (contact Carole)

Students will learn how Native Americans used primitive technology & create a ceremonial necklace called a Slate Goret.

Seven Principles of a great design Part 1 with Rick Clark

October 6
Age: 14+
Time: 6-8pm
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00
All supplies are included

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Rick Clark (contact Rick)

In this overcharged, visually-chaotic pace known as our lives we are bombarded with in a range of 3,000 to 20,000 different brands in a day. How do you increase engagement that will help your message break through the clutter of the thousands of brands you are exposed to very day?

In part 1 of this 2 part series, we will cover:


  1. How to engage your viewers
  2. Vector  vs bitmap
  3. cmyk vs rgb
  4. Color Theory
  5. Emtional affects of color
  6. Using contrast in your design
  7. Balance in your layout
  8. How we read in a z-pattern 

The Great Pumpkin Preschool family night out with Dawn Johnson

October 7
Age: 3-5
Time: 5:30-6:30
Member: $ 10.00 | Non-Member: $ 12.00

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

Hey preschoolers, bring your parents, and join us for a night out celebrating The Peanuts gang and pumpkins. Our night will begin with a reading of "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" and then we will create Peanuts themed arts and crafts. Pumpkin treats will be served. Pre-registration is required.

The Great Pumpkin Kid's Night Out with Dawn Johnson

October 7
Age: 6 and up
Time: 7-8:15
Member: $ 10.00 | Non-Member: $ 12.00

Class size limit: 20 | Spots Available: 17

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

Hey kids, join us for a night out celebrating the Peanuts gang, as we watch “It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and then create Peanuts crafts. Pumpkin treats and popcorn for the movie will be served. Pre-registration is required.

Weaving a Halloween Decoration with Carole Macklin

October 8
Age: Grade 4 & up
Time: 9am-12n
Member: $ 12.00 | Non-Member: $ 15.00
all supplies included

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Carole Macklin (contact Carole)

Student will learn the weaving process to create an orange circle weaving. They will decorate it with a jack-o-lantern face and add a ghost body.

Cookies and Canvas -Scaredy Cats! with Karen Flesch

October 15
Age: Kindergarten - fifth grade
Time: 9:00-10:30
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00
All supplies are included

Class size limit: 15 | Spots Available: 15

Instructor: Karen Flesch (contact Karen)


Students will create a black cat and their own background ideas using acrylic paint on canvas...some glitter paint will be a must, along with some yummy snacks! Come join us to create "scaredy cats"!

Paint A Giant Pumpkin Morning Class with Mary Montgomery Byer

October 17
Age: 4 and up
Time: 10-11:30
Member: $ 8.00 | Non-Member: $ 10.00

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Mary Montgomery-Byer (contact Mary)

Hey kids, join the fun and paint a giant wood pumpkin to decorate your yard for Halloween. Bring an art shirt or wear something old.

Paint A Giant Pumpkin Afternoon Class with Mary Montgomery Byer

October 17
Age: 4 and up
Time: 1-2:30
Member: $ 8.00 | Non-Member: $ 10.00

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Mary Montgomery-Byer (contact Mary)

Hey kids, join in the fun and paint a giant wood pumpkin to decorate your yard for Halloween. Please bring an art shirt or wear something old.

Kid's Creative Kitchen: Fall-break, Fall treats with Lacey Shoaf

October 18
Age: 3-10
Time: 10-10:45
Member: $ 8.00 | Non-Member: $ 10.00

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Lacey Shoaf (contact Lacey)

Join us for a morning of creating fun Fall treats during fall break! A caregiver is required for children under age 5. Pre-registration is required for this class.

Seven Principles of a great design Part 2 with Rick Clark

October 20
Age: 14+
Time: 6-8pm
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00
All supplies are included

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Rick Clark (contact Rick)

In this overcharged, visually-chaotic pace known as our lives we are bombarded with in a range of 3,000 to 20,000 different brands in a day. How do you increase engagement that will help your message break through the clutter of the thousands of brands you are exposed to very day?

In part 2 of this 2 part series, we will cover:


  1. Balance in your layout
  2. How we read in a z-pattern
  3. Effective use of grids in your layout
  4.  The rule of thirds
  5. Choosing your font palette
  6. Using white space
  7. Visual Harmony of Positive and negative space
  8. KISS: Keep it Simple Sweetie 

Callithumpian Kids Bingo with Dawn Johnson

October 29
Age: 6 and up
Time: 10-11
Member: $ 10.00 | Non-Member: $ 12.00

Class size limit: 20 | Spots Available: 20

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

It's a morning full of Callithumpian fun. Enjoy spooky cookies and goblin juice, while we play Fall Bingo for cool prizes. We will finish our time with a Callithumpian craft.

Snowy Winter Pines on canvas with Karen Flesch

November 5
Age: K-5
Time: 9:00-10:30
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00
All supplies included

Class size limit: 15  | Spots Available: 13

Instructor: Karen Flesch (contact Karen)

Students will create winter pine trees in a snowy forest...Sparkly snow and little critters of their choice can be added. Snacks will be provided too..Come paint a snowy scene with us!

A Kid's Night Out with The Elf On The Shelf with Dawn Johnson

November 11
Age: 6 and up
Time: 7-8
Member: $ 10.00 | Non-Member: $ 12.00

Class size limit: 20 | Spots Available: 18

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

It's that exciting time of year: our elves will all be flying back from The North Pole soon. Join us for a night of fun as we watch "An Elf Story" and enjoy making Elf On The Shelf crafts. Elf crunch and Christmas punch will be served.

Preschool families night out with The Elf On The Shelf with Dawn Johnson

November 11
Age: 3-5
Time: 5:30-6:30
Member: $ 10.00 | Non-Member: $ 12.00

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

This preschool workshop is for kids ages 3-5. It's that exciting time of year: our elves will all be flying back from The North Pole soon. Join us for a night of fun as we watch the short film, "An Elf Story," and enjoy making Elf On The Shelf preschool crafts. Elf crunch and Christmas punch will be served for the movie.

Creating Thanksgiving Play Food with Mary Montgomery Byer

November 21
Age: 3-13
Time: 5-7
Member: $ 12.00 | Non-Member: $ 15.00

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Mary Montgomery-Byer (contact Mary)

Make a Thanksgiving meal for your playhouse or play kitchen. Make a realistic Thanksgiving turkey, baked potatoes, cookies, and more using unexpected materials. Children under the age of 6 should be accompanied by an adult.

Kid's Creative Kitchen: Santa's Sweet Treats with Lacy Shoaf

December 3
Age: 3-10
Time: 10-11:30
Member: $ 12.00 | Non-Member: $ 15.00

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Lacey Shoaf (contact Lacey)

Join us for a magical morning, as we put our elf hats and aprons on, and create delicious sweets fit for Santa!  We will also make beautiful packaging for our tasty gifts! A caregiver is required for children under age 5. Pre-registration is required for this class.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Kid's Workshop with Dawn Johnson

December 6
Age: 6 and up
Time: 6-7:30
Member: $ 12.00 | Non-Member: $ 15.00

Class size limit: 15 | Spots Available: 15

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

Gather up your friends and join us in the land of Who-ville, as we enjoy an evening of Grinch themed arts and crafts, music, and more. Grinch snacks are included in class cost. 

Coffee and Canvas---Painted Poinsettia on canvas with Karen Flesch

December 10
Age: 12 to Adult
Time: 9:00-11:30
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00
All supplies are included

Class size limit: 15 | Spots Available: 15

Instructor: Karen Flesch (contact Karen)

Come create a beautiful painted red poinsettia on a 12x12 canvas. Enjoy coffee and donuts while you paint!

Paint A Giant Wooden Ornament with Mary Montgomery Byer

December 12
Age: 4 and up
Time: 5-6
Member: $ 8.00 | Non-Member: $ 10.00

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Mary Montgomery-Byer (contact Mary)

Hey kids, come and paint and decorate a giant wooden ornament to decorate your yard with for Christmas. Please bring an art shirt or wear an old shirt.

Christmas Cookies and Canvas Painting with Dawn Johnson

December 17
Age: 6 and up
Time: 10:45-12
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00

Class size limit: 12 | Spots Available: 12

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

Join us for a morning of Christmas music, Christmas treats, and canvas painting. We will create whimsical Gingerbread Houses that look good enough to eat. Please bring an art shirt to wear.

Christmas Cookies and Canvas Painting Preschool Class with Dawn Johnson

December 17
Age: 3-5
Time: 9-10:15
Member: $ 17.00 | Non-Member: $ 20.00

Class size limit: 10 | Spots Available: 10

Instructor: Dawn Johnson (contact Dawn)

Hey preschoolers, join us for a morning of Christmas treats, Christmas music, and canvas painting. We will create a whimsical Gingerbread house that will look good enough to eat. Please bring an art shirt.

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Memberships may be paid quarterly as well as yearly. Call us about quarterly rates

NAAC membership levels