Instruction At the Berkeley Art Works

Art Classes Now Open for Registration

April-May 2018

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 instruction@berkeleyartswv.org or call 304-620-7277.

Class Location:
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. Entrances are on East and West Burke St. Metered parking 9-5 weekdays.


April, 2018


Beginning Watercolor Pencil

Thursdays from April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 1-4pm
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith Becker)

This class is appropriate for students who have no watercolor painting experience as well as those who currently paint with watercolors, but who want to expand their techniques.  Students will learn how to lay down colors to create multitudes of variations of hues, of achieving many different textures, and of the ease of using the pencils when traveling, journaling, making their own greeting or note cards, or when sketching as well as painting entire compositions.

Supplies: Box of no less than 24 watercolor pencils, (but more is preferable.)   Do not buy Inktense type.  Many makers of these pencils are available at the usual arts/crafts stores as well as from art suppliers on the internet.  A 9″X12″ pad of 140 lb watercolor paper, a variety of soft, watercolor brushes (preferably #4, #6 & #8 round and a 1″ flat), ruler, pencil, eraser is required.  All other materials will be provided by instructor.

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

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Beginning Portraiture

Sundays April 15, 22, 29, May 6; 1-4pm (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Robert Howard (About Robert Howard)

This is a course in the elements of drawing a recognizable portrait. Using charcoal, students will learn the basics of facial measurements and contour; how to draw eyes, mouth, ears, hair; and how to put it all together. Emphasis will be on careful observation, and accuracy. The use of charcoal as a painting medium will be demonstrated. We will work from photographs, and when available a volunteer model. By the end of the class, students will draw a charcoal portrait in profile. This is a pretty laid-back approach. We should have fun and learn how to draw a likeness along the way.

Supplies: A pack of vine charcoal – soft, medium, and hard (General’s is a decent brand); 3 charcoal pencils – 2B, 4B, 6B (General’s); 16 x 20 charcoal paper pad – cream or white (Strathmore, Canson – good brands); Soft & hard eraser.

Text highly recommended but NOT required – Maughan, William L. The Artist’s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head. Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, New York, 2004.

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

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Expressions in Mixed Media

Fridays April 20, 27, May 5, 11; 1-4pm (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Robert Howard (About Robert Howard)

This is a course where you bring your ideas, and we make a piece of art, instead of having a picture or model in front of you to copy. You first come with your idea of what you would like to do – even just how you would like it to look when you’re done. You don’t even have to know how to do it – we take that idea, and using materials at hand, found objects, traditional artist’s paints and canvases – whatever we need I help you realize your idea. By the end of the course, you should have a finished piece of work – it may or may not resemble your original idea, but it will be yours and it will be unique. Along the way, you’ll learn some new techniques, maybe even how to use materials you haven’t explored.

For the first class, bring the materials you are most comfortable working with, perhaps some loose sketches of ideas you may have. We’ll figure out where to go with your concept from there. I will have materials available to get you started at the first session. The final product can be something as simple as an oil or acrylic painting combining other materials with it – to something more elaborate – even a small sculpture, if that’s your idea.

So – just come, bring your willingness to explore, your sense of creativity, and a lot of openness to new ideas. And most of all – just be prepared to have some fun.

Supplies: 11 x 14 sketch book; Your favorite drawing materials.

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

Robert Howard

rphowardjr@gmail.com or 304 258 8138 (H), 703 232 0552 (C)

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

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May, 2018


Essentials in Drawing & Rendering Techniques

Saturdays May 12, 19, 26 and June 2 (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

An important class for beginners as well as those who wish to elevate their art work from just good to terrific.  Students learn easy tricks to accomplish effective drawing and rendering skills or improve how they currently draw.  Participants learn how to effectively reproduce what they see using proven techniques and using a variety of pencil types to render objects to appear as three dimensional forms.  A number of exercises will be accomplished while applying learnings from the class.

Supplies: Students will need basic drawing paper no smaller than 9” X 12”, a set of various degrees of soft and hard pencils, rulers and good eraser.   All other materials will be supplied by the instructor.

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

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Portraiture – Moving On

Sundays May 13, 20, (Skip May 27) June 3, 10; 1-4pm (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Robert Howard (About Robert Howard)

In this course, offered as a continuation of Introduction to Portraiture, the student will learn to draw a three-quarter pose, and a full face. The importance of lighting in portraiture will be demonstrated and practiced. We will work from photographs as well as the live model. Students will also have an opportunity to expand into color if they choose. We will use the basic materials listed for the first session. If the student chooses to use color, we will discuss the needed supplies at the first session.

Although this is a continuation of the basic portraiture course, more advanced students who would like to work more independently but with supervision are very welcome.

Supplies: A pack of vine charcoal – soft, medium, and hard (General’s is a decent brand); 3 charcoal pencils – 2B, 4B, 6B (General’s); 16 x 20 charcoal paper pad – cream or white (Strathmore, Canson – good brands); Soft & hard eraser

Text highly recommended but NOT required – Maughan, William L. The Artist’s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head. Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, New York, 2004.

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

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En Plein Aire (Out of Doors) Painting

Fridays from May 18, 25, June 1, 8; 1-4pm
Instructor: Judith Becker

Participants will learn successful techniques and strategies for painting out of doors, at locations around Berkeley County. Students may use any art medium preferred while painting choices of architectural details to gardens to street scenes and/or landscapes for example.

Supplies: Any preferred art materials needed in order to paint or draw. Perfect for making studies or sketches with colored pencils, watercolor pencils or pastels to later “paint” in home studio. Camera or camera phone helpful in capturing chosen composition, especially to record light effects and shadowing. Gear needed include but not limited to portable easel or portable drawing board, small foldable table, chair or stool, sun umbrella, small sketch book and pencils and anything else needed to paint for about 3 – 4 hrs on location.

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

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June, 2018


Composing and Painting Landscapes, Seascapes, Hardscapes, etc.

Thursdays June 7, 14, 21, 28 (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker

Participants will learn techniques on how to create beautiful paintings from reference photos by changing or rearranging compositions and manipulating color schemes for dramatic effects. This is not a class on how to paint with any particular medium, but rather how to use students’ medium of choice in more effective manners.

Supplies: Any preferred art materials with which student has experience, prints of reference photos (may not use images on electronic devises), color wheel of any size, ruler, pencil, eraser, sketch book, etc.

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

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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.

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