Berkeley Arts Council Announces Fall Classes

Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced its schedule of fall classes to be offered at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Teaching artist Judith Becker  will offer a varied program of instruction in painting and drawing.

Judith’s classes include “Spritzilism”, Color Theory, and Drawing. Also included are classes in color pencil and watercolor for beginners, as well as a “Continuing Art Studio” for intermediate and advance artists.

(The photography classes previously announced will not be possible as David Rehor has been offered a great opportunity out of the area and will be moving away. We thank David for the work he has done with us and wish him well.)

All of these classes run 4 weeks and the tuition is $90. Pre-registration is required. Full details and online registration is available at berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

March Instruction at the Berkeley Art Works

Judith Becker teaching
Judith Becker working with students at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council announces art classes for March at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Starting March 2, Teaching Artist Judith Becker will offer “Creating and Painting Still Lifes with Symbolism and Dynamic Composition”. Students will explore the limitless opportunities to create beautiful still life paintings with interesting composition and intriguing symbolism. Class is designed for intermediate to advanced students and can be worked in any 2 D medium. The classes will be held Thursdays 1-4pm, March 2, 9, 16, 23.

Starting March 3, Becker will offer “Continuing Art Studio – Unlocking Creativity.” This studio class is designed for the student who has advanced beyond the beginning stage and who now wants to work at advancing in his/her chosen medium. The classes will be held Fridays 1-4pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24.

Starting March 11, professional photographer David Rehor will again offer his popular course, “Taking Control of Your Digital Camera.” The digital photography workshop is designed to teach users how to customize the functions of their DSLR or mirrorless cameras and lenses. Students will learn how to navigate the camera menus and properly operate buttons and dials for optimum creative control. The classes will be held Saturdays 10am-1pm, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1.

The tuition for each four week class is $90 and pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Details and online registration is available at https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/. Deadline for registration is three days before the start of the class.

Berkeley Arts Council November Classes Open for Registration

The Berkeley Arts Council’s November classes are open for registration.

Starting November 10, Judith Becker will offer “Beginning Watercolor Pencil – Creating Holiday Cards.” This class presents the pleasant watercolor painting process of using watercolor pencils instead of traditional watercolor painting techniques to create beautiful holiday cards. This is a four week class held Thursdays November 10,17, December 1, and 8 from 1-4pm. Continue reading

Berkeley Arts Council Announces September Classes

Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
The Berkeley Arts Council will offer two new classes in September at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The classes are taught by Judith Becker.”Beginning Watercolor Painting” is for those with little or no experience in painting with watercolors, but who want to learn starting with the most essential basics and developing skills leading to accomplishing good watercolor painting techniques. The class class takes all the mystery and fear out of the process and shows the student of any level of expertise how to be successful in this beautiful process. The four week class will meet Fridays 1 – 4 pm; September 16, 23, 30, and October 8. Tuition is $90 and pre-registration is required.

In “Painting Beautiful Water and Seascapes in Any Medium”, participants will learn to paint various types of water scenes including reflective ponds and lakes, rushing streams, gentle seaside coasts and crashing waves! The four week class will meet Thursdays 1 – 4 pm, September 15, 22, 29, and October 6. Tuition is $90 and pre-registration is required.

For details and online registration visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

For July: Art Student Continuing improvement Workshop

Art Student Continuing improvement Workshop

Thursdays, 1-4 PM. July 14, 21, August 4, 19 (Four Weeks)*
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith Becker)

Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works

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 during the summer months.

* (Make-up dates July 22 and August 26)

Supplies: Any art materials needed in order to paint whatever one is working on.

Tuition $90 for four weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

Click here to Register

Berkeley Arts Council Announces May Classes

The Berkeley Arts Council announced two new classes for May to be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Jean Kellogg Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
Jean Kellogg Teaching

Jean Kellogg will be teaching “Acrylic Textures & Technical Know-How!” on Wednesdays from 1-4pm starting May 4. There are certain textures that can make, or break a painting…a few of these can be found in Flowers, Feathers, Foliage, Fur, Fins and Hair! Of course, there are many more, but having an idea of how to execute them successfully can make a great difference in expressing your subject matter. The class runs for six weeks through June 8.

Judith Becker Teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
Judith Becker Teaching

Judith Becker offers “Creative Approaches to Painting Landscapes” on Thursdays from 1-4pm starting May 19. Learn to paint landscapes with that WOW! factor.  Working from the same landscape reference photo of your choice each week, instructor will present different approaches to paint the same landscape scene but with vastly different results.  This is a unique way to push your own art into new dimensions, all the while learning composition and color  theory beyond the usual.  You will surprise yourself with your ability to advance your own art expertise. The class runs for four weeks through June 9.

For details and online registration Visit http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/instruction/. Pre-registration is required.

Berkeley Arts Council and Berkeley County Libraries Offer Free Saturday Art Experiences

UPDATE: April Programs Start Saturday April 2

Berkeley Arts Council and Berkeley County Libraries
Offer Free Saturday Art Experiences
What Will YOU Create?

Mindkraft BookmarkThis spring, Saturday elementary school and preschool visitors to the four libraries in Berkeley County will have opportunities to play the ukulele, construct a colorful collage, and paint with watercolor pencils. All events are free and open to the public, and take place on a rotating basis in the children’s section of each of the county libraries.

The program, called #MindKraft, is jointly sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council and the Berkeley County public library system. On Saturdays during March, April, and May, Berkeley Arts Council artists and Berkeley County library staff will offer two parallel creative sessions: one for children now in grades 1-5; another for tots in kindergarten or younger.

“#MindKraft is about an explosion of new art experiences for the youngest citizens of Berkeley County,” said Berkeley Arts Council president and CFO, Malinda Shaver. “We’ve put together a creative program that is sure to delight and inspire each child, and we invite parents to join in the family fun.”

Planned classes are as follows:

March: #MindKraft Ukulele. String musician Ernie Bradley of Hedgesville, WV, will introduce students to the ukulele and to strumming and singing in an informal back-porch style. An intergenerational jam will take place at the end of the class, with preschoolers singing and playing kazoos, elementary school age students singing and playing ukuleles, and interested parents singing and playing their own C-instruments which they are invited to bring for the jam. The elementary school age class will be limited to 20 children; ukuleles will be provided for use during the class.

The schedule for #MindKraft Ukulele follows: Sat., March 12, 11 am-noon at Martinsburg-Berkeley Library; Sat., March 12, 1-2 pm at Hedgesville Public Library; Sat, March 19, 1-2 pm at Musselman South Berkeley Library in Inwood; and Sat., March 26, 1-2 pm at North Berkeley Public Library in Falling Waters.

April: Epic Colors and Shapes. Using Matisse as inspiration, artist Hilda Eiber of Falling Waters, WV, will help children experiment with combinations of different colors and different shapes to create something pleasing to the eye. Using this experience, students will make collages out of construction paper to take home. Next, Eiber will lead a group project where everyone cooperates to make a giant collage out of newspaper end rolls. The preschool group will make snail collages.

The schedule for Epic Colors and Shapes follows: Sat., April 2, 2-1 pm at Martinsburg-Berkeley Library; Sat., April 9, 1-2 pm at Hedgesville Public Library; Sat, April 16, 1-2 pm at Musselman South Berkeley Library in Inwood; and Sat., April 23, 1-2 pm at North Berkeley Public Library in Falling Waters.

May: Kings and Queens for a Day. At the beginning of each class, mixed media expert Judith Becker from Hedgesville, WV, will give each participant a cardboard crown and a nice piece of watercolor paper on which she has painted the outline of a head with a crown. Using watercolor pencils, students will add features to the outline. Then they will divide the face into sections and in each section draw something they would do if they were king or queen for a day. Finally students will take brushes and, with water, dissolve the pencil markings into watercolor paints. The preschool class will make paper plate dragon puppets.

The schedule for Kings and Queens for a Day follows: Sat., May 7, 1-2 pm at Martinsburg-Berkeley Library; Sat., May 14, 1-2 pm at Hedgesville Public Library; Sat, May 21, 1-2 pm at Musselman South Berkeley Library in Inwood; and Sat., May 28, 1-2 pm at North Berkeley Public Library in Falling Waters.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at www.berkeleyartswv.org.