We’ve Got Your Art Class!

We’ve got your art class!

The Berkeley Arts Council is offering a great selection of new art classes along with some favorites.

Judith Becker is back with introductory classes in pastels, wastercolor, and color pencil along with the always popular “Continuing Improvement” open studio sessions and several more specialized offerings.

New Teaching Artist David Heatwole is offering classes in oil painting and other media, Bob Howard offers beginning acrylic painting, and Lori Thompson will present a new class on visual journaling.

The class location is at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

If the registration links in the email do not work for you, please visit our web site at https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.


Introduction to Oil Painting

Wednesdays August 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26; 8:30-11:30am (Six Weeks)
Instructor: David Heatwole

This is a a Beginning/Intermediate level class for individuals who may have wanted to paint but were not sure where to start. You will learn the basic techniques using oil paints. The instructor will take you step by step through a series of painting exercises that will build your skill level and confidence. You will also learn about the fundamentals of color mixing and application.


Beginning/Intermediate Oil Painting studio.

Thursdays August 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27; 8:30-11:30am (Six Weeks)
Instructor: David Heatwole

It is advised that students take the Introduction to Oil Painting class if you are new to the medium. This class is for brushing up on the basics and on rusty skills. Explore more with color and develop your personal style. Work at your own pace with individual instruction in this open studio format class. Over 6 weeks, you’ll learn with the help of in-class demonstrations and one-on-one advice from the instructor. Bring paints, brushes and painting surface to first class.


Intermediate/Advanced Painting studio.

Thursdays August 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27; 12:30-3:30pm (Six Weeks)
Instructor: David Heatwole

Understand more about the process of painting while developing a personal style. Work with painting medium of choice. Work at your own pace with individual instruction in this open studio format class. Over 6 weeks, you’ll learn with the help of in-class demonstrations and one-on-one advice from the instructor. Bring paints, brushes and painting surface to the first class.


September, 2018


Continuing Improvement Art Studio

Wednesdays September 5, 12, 19, 26; 1-4pm (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Unstructured workshop for art students who want to continue working on their art projects under the guidance of art instructor, Judith Becker.  Casual and laid back painting time among company of others who also want to improve their art abilities.  Participants are free to paint with any medium.  Great way to keep one’s skills sharp, learn from other students and explore techniques not yet tried.


Beginning Pastels

Fridays September 7, 14, 22, 28; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

Class introduces beginners and those with some experience to the process of creating paintings with pastels.  This easy and fast technique is exciting to use for all types of subjects, from landscapes, portraits, still lifes, florals and more.  It’s relatively easy to learn and to accomplish.  Students will produce several paintings applying the techniques taught.


Beginning Acrylic Painting

Saturdays September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13; 9:30am to 12:30pm (Six Weeks)
Instructor: Robert Howard

This is a course in learning to paint with acrylics. Although it is very much like working with oils, painting in acrylics can extend your versatility. The binder is a latex variant, so you’re actually using a paint similar to what you paint your cabinets at home with – or even your walls. The medium lends itself to experimentation and can simulate the look of traditional oils or watercolor – it can even look like gouache. We’ll cover all the basics – dry brush, washes, stippling, splattering, dabbing, using a palette knife, detailing. You’ll also be shown how to build an underpainting, glaze, layer, and paint in blocks. There will a short session on color mixing with acrylics as well. There’s also a way to store your paints without having them dry out on you.

So come with your idea of what you want to paint – and we’ll help you discover the magic of acrylics.


Art Journals: Creating Visual Diaries

Saturdays September 8, 15, 22, 29; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Lori Thompson

Come discover the exciting world of Visual Journals! The Art Journal format helps one to transform the “ordinary” in daily life into extraordinary, creative expressions. There will be a different art technique/medium demonstration each week and participants will create their own pages exploring the method introduced that week.


Coming in October: Beginning Colored Pencil Painting starting October 10 and Beginning Watercolor Painting starting October 12.

Coming In November: Color Theory, Skies and Clouds Workshop, Painting Various Types of Waters Workshop, and Watercolor “Fixit” Workshop.

… and MORE! Watch for announcements when registration will be available.


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