Instruction At the Berkeley Art Works

Berkeley Arts Council Art Classes


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.

March, 2020

Cold Wax Painting Technique

Tuesdays, 9 am to noon, March 24, 31, April 7, 14 2020 (12 hours)
Instructor: Leah Bennett (About Leah)

Open your horizon and let’s start mixing oil colors and cold wax medium.  With this technique and colors with a waxy finish will be accomplished with the help of palette knives on canvas paper.

Supplies: Canvas paper of any size, oil paints of your choice of colors plus white, packages of cold wax and a selection of palette knives.  Please plan on wearing old clothes and apron or other cover-up.

Tuition $95 for four weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

Please email check for availability.

Basic Drawing Techniques Using Charcoal

Wednesdays, 9 am to noon, March 25, April 1, 8, 14 2020 (12 hours)
Instructor: Leah Bennett (About Leah)

Student will learn to draw or improve current skills using charcoal and newsprint paper.  Techniques such as depicting height, width, depth, shading, texture, proportions and shapes to successfully portray objects realistically.

Supplies:  Newsprint drawing pad 18 X 24 inches, board on which to secure the paper, 2 clips to hold the paper, soft, medium and hard willow charcoal or charcoal sticks, charcoal pencil, charcoal holder (optional), white charcoal for light effect, blending stumps, kneaded eraser, baby wipes.

Tuition $95 for four weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

Please email check for availability.

April, 2020

Drawing and Painting architecture with Perspective

Thursdays April 16, 23, 30, May 7 2020; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

Participants will learn how to use 1 & 2 point perspective elements to accurately draw and paint architectural structures such as houses, commercial buildings and historic places.

Supplies: ­­12 X 16 Bristol Board Vellum paper (in pad), assortment of hard and soft lead pencils, fine line ink pen like Faber Castell, eraser, protractor, tracing paper, graph paper, choice of paints and associated materials

Tuition $95 for four weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

This class is canceled at this time.
Please email check for availability.

Level II All About Color

Fridays April 17, 24, May 1, 8 2020; 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 $95 for four weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

This class is canceled at this time.
Please email check for availability.

Mixed Media Abstractions

Tuesdays, 9 am to noon, April 21, 28, May 5, 12 2020 (12 hours)
Instructor: Leah Bennett (About Leah)

Explore the exciting visual creations one can make using unlimited types of materials and 3 dimensional objects.  This art process promises to open up the student’s creativity by encouraging different approaches to using textures, colors and surfaces.  Be bold and experience this unique way of expressing yourself.

Supplies:  9 X 12 or larger drawing pad of heavy paper, scissors, transparent heavy duty glue or gel medium, any color gesso used to waterproof the completed surface, any paint medium of your choice plus brushes, palettes, etc., selection of interesting papers, fabrics, or materials.

Tuition $95 for four weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

This class is canceled at this time.
Please email check for availability.

Creating with Ink and Watercolor

Wednesdays April 22, 29, May 6, 13; 9:00am-Noon (Four Weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennett

This approach has a light and airy style to the conventional and traditional watercolor techniques. The student will learn to lighten up and have fun. (1906inkwc)


  • Watercolor Journal 140 lb (any size that feels comfortable)
  • Watercolor paint ( tubes, paint boxes or pan)
  • Watercolor brushes: round tip #12 and #6,
  • Waterproof black ink pen fine point
  • Masking tape
  • Watercolor pallet to mixed colors, recessed well

Tuition $95 for four weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

This class is canceled at this time.
Please email check for availability.



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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