Instruction At the Berkeley Art Works

Berkeley Arts Council Art Classes

Fall 2019

TO REGISTER ONLINE, click on the “Click here to register” link for the class you want. After you have submitted the registration form, you will be taken to the payment page where there will be a “Pay Now” button for our secure payment system through Paypal. You can use any credit card. You do not have to have a Paypal account.

Registering and paying online is the fastest way to ensure your spot in the class. If you pay by check, we must receive your payment at least four days before your class starts.  Online registration and payment is available until the class fills.

TO REGISTER IN PERSON: Registration and payment is available in the Berkeley Art Works gallery during regular hours, Wed 11-5, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-4.

TO REGISTER BY MAIL: Return form and payment to Berkeley Arts Council, PO Box 984, Martinsburg, WV  25402.

Please read our Registration and Refund Policy below.

Questions? Email or call 304-620-7277.

Class Location: Map
Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. Note: this is not the building on King Street that has another name. :>) Parking is available in city lots on on East and West Burke St. Metered parking 9-5 weekdays.

Continuing Open Studio Dates

Flexible Art Learning and Advancing Studio
Series Extended

Saturdays August 31, September 21, 28, October 5, 12; 1-4pm.
Instructor: Robert Howard

This is a flexible format allowing a participant to attend as often and when they want. No reservation or registration is required, but prior notice of attendance is appreciated. (Please email the instructor at All art mediums are welcome. Participants with no experience will be able to learn any technique of choice. Those with some experience will receive coaching to advance skills. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with any level of art experience to receive art instruction on his/her own time schedule. Great opportunity for those with daytime work commitments.

Supplies: Participant will need all materials needed to paint in desired medium. Do not buy ‘student grade’ art supplies. If in doubt of what is needed, please ‘google’ recommendations. Or email Robert Howard at

Tuition $30 each day attended. Pay and register at the gallery.
No reservation or pre-registration is required

September 2019

Painting with Pastels

Thursdays September 26, October 3, 10, 17; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

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.

Supplies: ­­Box of no less than 36 soft pastel sticks (Faber-Castell is a good brand and not expensive), 9″ X 12″ pad of pastel paper (can chose those with colored papers if desired), pencil, ruler, eraser.  All other materials will be provided by instructor.

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

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October, 2019

Beginning Colored Pencil

Fridays October 4, 11, 18, 25; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

Class introduces beginners and those with some experience to the process of creating a painting with colored pencils.  It explores the many effects possible with the pencils including mixing colors, blending for smoothness, making various textures plus much more.  A variety of painting surfaces are explored and participants create several small painting using the techniques learned.

Supplies: ­­Box of no less than 24 colored pencils, preferably by Prismacolor Premier (smooth, rich laydown), Derwent or Faber Castel (do not buy hard, thin or firm colored pencils.)  Pad of Strathmore Vellum Bristol Board paper, 9”X12”.  Lead pencil, ruler, eraser.  All other materials will be provided by instructor.

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

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Perspective and Basic Drawing

Tuesdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29; 9am-Noon (Four weeks)

Instructor: Leah Bennett

The student will learn the use of one view point perspective, experiencing objects getting lost in the distance. Also, learning to give a 3Dimension approach, height, width and depth, combine with shading, texture, proportions and shape, making objects more realistic to the viewer,

I believe that a knowledge learned becomes yours when you practice  it constantly, becoming a second nature.

Supplies: ­­

– Drawing paper pad 18x 24 inches (News print paper)
– Board to hold paper (same size as paper)
– 2 Clips to hold paper
– Soft, medium, and hard willow charcoal or charcoal sticks
– Charcoal pencil optional for small details
– Charcoal holder (optional if willow charcoal is use)
– White charcoal for light effect (optional)
– Blending stumps
– Kneaded eraser
– Baby wipes

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

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Mixed Media Journaling

Wednesdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30; 9am-Noon (Four weeks)

Instructor: Leah Bennett

“There is a new beginning in all of us, it starts with a blank page.”

Mixed Media Journal, learning how to add layers as a background, basic drawing skills. Participants will learn techniques that can be use in a variety of wet or dry mediums.  Each individual will impress part of their heart in each page. Adding your most personal thoughts or poems, scriptures, photographs, etc.

In addition to using glue, glitter,  paper, magazine, textile, old or new pieces of unfinished art,  copies of your own art, coffee filters, tea bags, dry flowers, etc, the sky is the limit to embellish your Journal!

Supplies: ­­

– Mixed Media Journal (any size, thick pages)
– Waterproof Ink Pens, black and other choice of color
– White gel or acrylic pen (to write or make details)
– Acrylic Paints / watercolor / color pencils / markers or your choice of mediu
– Small Brushes, one round tip for details, and another for bigger surface
– Gel medium
– Gesso (white, or black, your choice)

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

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Beginning Watercolor Painting

Thursdays October 24, 31, November 7, 14; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

This is a class 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.  This 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.

Supplies: ­­Student will need a basic set of tube watercolor paints (such as Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher or other non-student grade paint), no less than 12 colors (don’t need black or white), a 9″X12″ pad of 140lb watercolor paper, #4, #6 & #8 good medium grade round watercolor brushes, as well as a 1″flat brush, a watercolor palette, pencil, ruler, and eraser.  All other supplies will be provided by instructor. (Please do not buy inexpensive brushes like those that come in a pack of 10 for $8.  They do not perform well!)

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

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Photographic Composition and Creative Vision

Saturday October 19; 12:30-4:30pm, Saturday November 2; 1:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Rip Smith (About Rip)

Composition and Creative Vision Part One

What is it that makes one picture of a particular subject ordinary while another image of the same subject is a work of art? This workshop will explore how composition, light and shadow, form and texture can work together to express something beyond merely recording a scene. The workshop will start with a discussion of the basic concepts of composition and then, through an analysis of some of Smith’s images, will demonstrate how those concepts are applied in practice from conceptualizing the image in the viewfinder to the final adjustments on the computer.  In preparation for Part Two of the workshop, Students will be given assignments to put the ideas and techniques into practice.

Composition and Creative Vision Part Two

During the two week interval between part one and part two, Students will take their cameras out to practice the ideas and techniques discussed in Part One. They will bring in a selection of images for discussion and “gentle critique” during the second session.

Information for Students

Age: 16 yrs and up; Level of experience: beginner through intermediate.

Students are not required to have any specific equipment or computer capability but putting the concepts and techniques into practice requires a digital camera and a computer with at least basic image editing software. For those who need it, recommendations will be given for software to enable the various techniques.

Parts 1 and 2 $90 (Two sessions)

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How to Photograph Your Art

Saturday October 26; 12:30-4:30pm (Four hours)
Instructor: Rip Smith (About Rip)

This workshop is is for artists who wish to make high quality photographs of their artwork to display on their web sites, social media, or to submit for entry to juried exhibits and competitions.

The techniques that will be demonstrated do not require extensive or expensive equipment or a high level of expertise in digital imaging.

The first hour or so will be for explanations and demonstrations.

After that we will photograph work that has been brought in by the participants. Participants who bring work will receive a high quality digital image of each piece (no more than two) they bring in

Topics covered will be:

  • What kind of camera to use.
  • Staging your work
    • 2-D
    • 3-D
  • Using a tripod
  • Lighting, lighting, lighting
  • Finishing the image for it’s intended purpose
    • Software
    • Image resolution/sizing
    • Color and luminance
    • File formats

High quality digital images will be provided to artists who bring no more than two items to be photographed. For 2-D works maximum size is 18×24. Works cannot be behind glass. 3-D work should be no larger than 24-inches in any dimension. However, you may participate in the workshop without bringing artwork.

Tuition $25 for BAC Members;$45 for non-members (4 hours)
Pre-registration required

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November, 2019

Next Level All About Color

Fridays November 1, 8, 15, 22; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

This class is designed for students who have taken the first color class and is a requirement for participation.  Color schemes, identifying hues within color families, split and near complimentaries, more on triads and tetrads, and putting all these into painting exercises will push each participant to exciting new levels of painting execution.

Supplies: ­­Students may work in any 2 dimensional art medium of choice , but paints which can be mixed work best..   A small color wheel is required as well as the materials the student prefers to use to complete various exercises.  Also, it is necessary for student to bring pencils, erasers, scissors and appropriate art paper as well as note paper.  All other materials will be provided by instructor.

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

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Beginning Acrylic Painting

Saturdays November 9, 16, 23, December 7; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
(No class on November 30)

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.


Paints:  Starter set of Winsor Newton Galeria, Daler Rowney System 3, or Liquitex Basics.  Brushes: #10 flat and #6 round (make sure that the brushes are designed for oil or acrylic paints not watercolor; Canvas:  3 pack of 11 x 14 canvas board; 2 containers for water.

Other information: 

Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on – acrylic paint is a close cousin to PVA glue and once it dries – it’s done – never coming out.

Feel free contact me prior to the class to discuss your ideas, and get any help you may need before class starts.

Robert Howard or 304 258 8138 (H), 703 232 0552 (C)

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

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Using the Color Wheel

Thursday, November 21 9:00am-4:00pm (1 Hour Lunch Break)
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

What is this color wheel and how can it help me in my art?  In this class we get the answers and have opportunity to create a handy reference guide to use for all types of art.

Supplies: Students may work in any 2 dimensional art medium of choice , but paints which can be mixed work best such as watercolors, acrylics and colored pencils.  A small color wheel is required as well as the materials the student prefers to use to complete various exercises.  Also, it is necessary for student to bring pencils, erasers and small heavy paper sketch/journal book.  All other materials will be provided by instructor.

Tuition $60 (Six hour workshop)
Pre-registration required

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Class information and fees are provided on the BAC website. An online registration form must be completed either by the student or a BAC representative. Tuition may be paid online using a credit card that is processed through the secure PayPal system.

Registration may also be paid by cash or check but payment must be received within four days of the start of the class to assure the student a space. BAC reserves the right to take a student off the roster if not paid in advance. Follow this link for a printable registration form.

Holiday schedule: Classes will be held on federal or state holidays (President’s Day, election day, etc.) if that is a normally scheduled day. Class will not be held on Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or during the last 2 weeks of December.


Coordinator must authorize payment of a refund. PayPal refunds are available within a limited time. Payment by cash or check will be refunded by check mailed to the student or to the person who made the payment (a parent, etc.)


If a class is cancelled by BAC due to insufficient enrollment or another reason, the instructor or  Coordinator shall notify the students and arrange for a refund of fees paid.

Withdrawal from class

If a student pays for a class and then withdraws, refunds will be made as follows:

· Withdrawal after first class session: no refund unless there are special circumstances, i.e. a medical or family emergency. A fee of 20% of the original amount will be deducted and the remaining amount is pro-rated by number of classes already held.

· Withdrawal less than four days prior to first session: refund of fee paid less 20% service charge.

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About the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Art Works, a service of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.

Artists at The Works

The Berkeley Art Works is the Martinsburg home for a select group of local and regional artists, whose work is on display and for sale in the gallery during our business hours. Meet the Artists at The Works here.

116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV – 304-620-7277
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