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 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.

October, 2020

Rescuing Your Painting from Failure

Via Zoom
Wednesdays October 21, 28, November 4, 11; 6:00-8:00pm (Four Weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker

This 4 week Zoom class will address numerous techniques to correct common mistakes made in creating and executing works of 2D art, regardless of medium used.  Participants will be encouraged to submit photos of problem pieces of art to instructor via email.  These examples will then be used to demonstrate repair strategies.  This virtual class will cover painting issues such as weak compositions, lack of useful values, ways to correct perspective issues especially in drawing architectural elements, mistakes which need to be repaired, lackluster shadows and shading and many others.  This is an interactive class in which participants can learn from these examples solutions to apply to future works in order to strengthen their own creations.

Materials needed: All art materials to do your own art work plus photos of work you would like to have evaluated during class.

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

Click Here to Register

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

November, 2020

Creative Techniques for Painting Landscapes

Via Zoom
Mondays November 16, 23, 30; December 7; 6:00-8:00pm (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 uninteresting 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 11″ X 14″ painting, 4″ X 6″ index cards, paper and pen or pencil for notetaking, a #2 B or HB pencil and sketch pad and at least 2 interesting landscape reference photos or pictures.

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

Click Here to Register

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



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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