Fridays February 5, 12, 19, 26; 2:00-4:00pm (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker
This is a four week, 8 hour class offered on Zoom. Each 2 hour class period will lead you through all the features, benefits and nuances of each of the primary color families ending with an explanation of blacks and greys. Every week we will delve into many of the commonly known hues in each color family starting with the reds, then progressing through the blues and then yellows. Your learning will give you a firm foundation of knowing which hue in the color family you should use to get a specific effect. There will be simple exercises to do for each color family. And you can use your favorite medium, water colors, acrylics, oils or colored pencils. (Not helpful with pastels).
Your medium of choice and appropriate painting surface (some type of paper, not boards). Sheets of oil or acrylic paper or acid free watercolor paper work best for these mediums. You will also need appropriate brushes, ruler, pencil or pen, note book, etc.
Tuition $80 for four weeks (8 hours)
Join Teaching Artist Judith Becker for this FREE one hour workshop as we explore all the valuable information to be found on the standard color wheel. We’ll review not only the basic colors = primary colors, secondary colors and tertiary colors, but tints, tones and shades, learn the many common terms used in art and discover the ways to use triad and tetrad formats to create exciting and harmonious color schemes. Materials needed are just the common color wheel which can be found in all art and hobby stores or online sources such as Amazon, paper and pen or pencil for taking notes.
We are excited to announce a new series of open art critique sessions, starting Friday, January 17th at 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Berkeley Art Works. The group will use the historic Edmund Burke Feldman approach to art appreciation. The first session will open with an introduction to the Feldman Method by Dr. Doug Kinnett, painter, member of the Artists at the Works co-op, and former coordinator of Shepherd University’s Art Education Program. He will guide the group through a critique of Pablo Picasso’s historic painting, Guernica, which was completed in 1937.
Open critiques will be held the 3rd Friday evening of every month, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Visual artists and creatives working in any medium are invited to bring a work in progress to gain critique, encouragement and positive feedback from a team of Berkeley Arts Council’s Artists at the Works co-op members and regional artists. The critique series is free and open to all, so mark your calendars and come to the Art Works!
Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, WV is pleased to offer an exciting and unique watercolor workshop by Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, nationally and international known artist and instructor. Ms. Ferris’ workshop, titled “Capturing the Light” will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to a variety of subject matters. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow, and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials and lots of personal attention.
“Capturing the Light”
Bring your work to the next level. Light and shadow shouldn’t be after thoughts in our paintings. In fact, good use of light and shadow is one of the best ways totake a painting from ordinary to extraordinary.
In her signature workshop “Capturing the Light,” Lynn will show students how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring drama to avariety of subject matter. Students will gain new skills and confidence working with shadows, light sources, creating glow, and more. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials, and lots of personal attention. Continue reading →
Description: Participants will paint four different beautiful scenes at Alpine Lake Resort, in the mountains of West Virginia while improving their art skills under the direction of instructor. Processes such as choosing the best view for the best layout, redesigning the view, capturing the light, painting efficiently, utilizing limited colors, capturing a mood and expressing oneself will all be objectives. In most cases, the location of each site will have facilities in case of inclement weather. Continue reading →
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.
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.
Paintings by David Heatwole
August 8 – September 1
The Berkeley Art Works Back Space Gallery presents a variety of drawings and oil paintings by David F. Heatwole, a 11th generation artisan and resident of Martinsburg. The work on display includes energetic still-life drawings, traditional paintings, work with a symbolic messages, and almost surreal landscapes. David says his work is “food for the brain – mental yoga.” He is also our newest Teaching Artist. You can see the class listings at https://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/
The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Wed-Fre 11-5, Sat 11-4.
Registration is open for Berkeley Arts Council’s upcoming classes and workshops, including new offerings in Oil Painting, studio-style classes, and a Printmaking workshop. Location is the Berkeley Art Works classroom at 116 North Queen Street in downtown Martinsburg.
David Heatwole will be the instructor for Introduction to Oil Painting, starting August 22 for six weeks. The Wednesday morning sessions are ideal for homeschoolers from middle to high school ages. Following on Thursday mornings is an Oil Painting Studio, to encourage beginners and intermediate painters who wish to brush up or build on their painting experience. Also, intermediate and advanced painters have their opportunity on Thursday afternoons. Painters using other media can also benefit from the coaching and practice offered.
On August 4, a workshop in basic Printmaking brings Bob Howard to the Art Works classroom to present and demonstrate basic techniques that produce prints using common materials. Students will produce a monoprint to take home. Hours for Saturday are 10 am to 3 pm with a lunch break.
Full descriptions and online registration are available on the website: berkeleyartswv.org/instruction or in person at the Berkeley Art Works, open Wed.-Fri. 11 – 5 and Sat. 11-4.
A Special “Meet the Artist” Event Katrina Brees: Creating a Life’s Meaningful Conclusion through Art Friday, September 15 – 6:00 – 8:30 pm.
Admission is free but a donation to the Berkeley Arts Council is appreciated. Pre-registration is requested using the form below.
Offering a casual evening get-together, the Berkeley Art Works invites you to learn about one artist’s personal voyage to a unique, creative and personal expression, one that you may be inspired to pursue.
Katrina Brees comes to the Eastern Panhandle where she is currently an artist at the North Mountain Residencies south of Hedgesville. Based in New Orleans, Katrina explores the creative possibilities of funeral practices from around the world, drawing inspiration that can be applied in planning a personally meaningful conclusion to one’s earthly presence. She has integrated skills and experience gained from the New Orleans traditions of parade groups, such as the Krewe of Kolossos, which she founded. (For more, visit fantasticcasket.com.)
There is a growing openness today to choosing a personal approach to what is necessary at the end of life. Brees is pursuing a goal of empowering individuals and families to choose what feels correct spiritually, and financially. In this workshop-type presentation Ms. Brees will show examples of burial options and casket traditions from around the world and discuss perspectives on death related to biology, statistics, finance, ecology, and of course ritual and family practices.
This foundation opens a discussion on designing our own fantasy burial vessels and funerals. Learn your rights, your options and your power to undertake a fresh approach to death.
Follow up by downloading documents and worksheets to plan your own funeral as well as casket patterns by Brees.
Planning our own fantasy funerals is a journey that will bring us to new understandings about death and ultimately teach us what we value about our lives. Like the quintessential jazz funeral’s “second line” we can choose new customs, as Bress encourages, to put the Fun in Funeral.
Our Friday, September 15 workshop begins at 6:00. You may register at berkeleyartswv.org; no fee is required but a donation to the Berkeley Arts Council is appreciated. For more background on Katrina Brees, visit fantasticcasket.com.
Please pre-register by filling out this short form:
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/.
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 http://berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/. Deadline for registration is three days before the start of the class.