Instruction At the Berkeley Art Works

Berkeley Arts Council Art Classes

Due to the  coronavirus emegency, we have suspended in-person classes until
further notice. We are curretly offering online classes via Zoom.

Updates will be posted in the Berkeley Arts Bulletin.
If you do not already receive the Bulletin,
you can sign up here.

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, 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 instruction@berkeleyartswv.org 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.


January, 2021


A Colorful Approach to Pastel Painting

Via Zoom
Mondays January 25; February 1, 8, 15; 6:00-8:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

The object of this class is to not only learn all the basics to successful pastel painting but to also be introduced to a number of techniques such as using nontraditional color combinations, building up colors, color grounds, dry washes, frottage, gradations, etc.  Students will explore and expand upon a number of colorful approaches to make their paintings zing with beauty and excitement.

Materials needed:

9’ X 12’ or larger pad of standard pastel paper and a pad of sanded paper (available through many online art supply outlets.)  Minimum of no less than 48artist grade soft pastel sticks(please do not buy inexpensive children’s type of pastels), small stiff flat brush, , can of workable fixative, disposable gloves, masking or artists tape and a board, like foam core board on which to attach your papers.

Tuition $80 for four weeks (8 hours)
Pre-registration required

Click Here to Register


February, 2021


Become a Color Pro

Via Zoom
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).

Materials needed:

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)
Pre-registration required

Click Here to Register


March, 2021


All About Color I

Via Zoom
Wednesdays March 3, 10, 17, 24; 6:00-8:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

Class is a comprehensive study of color and all its attributes necessary to producing outstanding 2 dimensional art.  Students will learn the following:  color theory, rules in using and mixing colors, color wheels, triads and tetrads, color in design, color schemes and much more.  Class is comprised of both lectures and hands on exercises and is useful for beginners as well as advanced artists.

Materials needed: Students may work in any 2 dimensional art medium of choice.  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.  Handouts will be provided by instructor via email.

Tuition $80 for four weeks (8 hours)
Pre-registration required

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Creative Techniques for Painting Landscapes

Via Zoom
Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25; 2:00-4:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

Discover interesting, even unusual ways to reinterpret a landscape photo in this interactive Zoom class. Using the same reference photo for all four class sessions, participants will select exciting color schemes, redesign the composition through cropping and highlighting, eliminate elements, change the focal points and explore how to abstract the original reference photo.

Materials needed: Participant may paint with any medium, having on hand all materials necessary to execute an 8 X 10 or 9 X 10 or 11 X 14 painting, 4 X 5 index cards, paper, pen or pencil for notetaking, a #2 HB pencil and sketch pad, and at least 2 or 3 interesting landscape reference photos or pictures.

Tuition $80 for four weeks (8 hours)
Pre-registration required

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If you would like to be notified of future classes, please sign up for our arts bulletin.

Policy:

Registration

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.

Refunds

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.)

REFUND POLICY:

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
web: berkeleyartworkswv.com – email: berkeleyartswv@gmail.com