Instruction At the Berkeley Art Works

Berkeley Arts Council Art Classes

Winter 2020

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.

January, 2020

Creating with Ink and Watercolor

Tuesdays, January 14, 21, 28, February 4; 9:00am – 12 noon (Four weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennet (About Leah)

This approach adds a light and airy style to the conventional and traditional watercolor techniques. The student will learn to lighten up and have fun.

Supplies: Watercolor Journal 140lb, (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 palette to mix colors, recessed well

Tuition $95 (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

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Figure Drawing using Charcoal

Wednesdays January 15, 22, 29, February 5; 9:00am – 12 noon (Four weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennett (About Leah)

An introduction to figure drawing applying light anatomy concepts to learn the basics.  Students will use charcoal on drawing paper to allow for fluid drawing processes to capture form with more accuracy and focus on what is important.

Apply light anatomy concepts to learn the basic mechanics of movement, shape, proportion, shading, and perspective. Also, during this class, students will learn basic charcoal drawing techniques on paper, using charcoal as an extension of the arm to break the habit of drawing small.

Supplies: Drawing newsprint paper pad 18X24 inches; 18X24 inch board to hold paper; 2 bulldog clips to hold paper to board; soft, medium, and hard willow charcoal or charcoal sticks; charcoal pencil; charcoal stick holder; white charcoal; blending stumps; kneaded eraser; baby wipes.

Tuition $95 (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

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Continuing Art Improvement

Thursdays, January 16, 23, 30, February 6; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

Unstructured workshop for art students who want to continue working on their art projects under the guidance of art instructor, Judith Becker. Casual and laid-back painting time among company of others who also want to improve their art abilities. Participants are free to paint in their choice of medium. Great way to keep one’s skills sharp, share tips with other students and explore techniques not yet tried.

Supplies: Any art materials needed to paint whatever one is working on.

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

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Level 2 Watercolor

Fridays, January 17, 24, 31, February 7; 1-4pm (Four weeks)

Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

This class is for all students who have either taken beginning watercolor painting instruction or who have learned the techniques through self study. Class will learn to create luminosity with transparent colors, build layers of colors for exhilarating vibrance and discover the possibilities which can come from wet on wet applications.”

Supplies: 12” X 16” cold or hot press 140 lb watercolor pad or block and selection of artist level transparent watercolor tube paints, an assortment of artist grade watercolor brushes, which can include synthetics.  Ruler, pencil, eraser, masking fluid, watercolor palette and any other watercolor painting materials you like to use.

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

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Mixed Media Mashup for Kids and Adults

Saturdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15; 9am-11ampm (Six weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Jane)

Discover a new art approach each week! Have fun with handmade papermaking, experiment with ink drawing and colorful painting, get excited about printmaking, and create awesome tissue paper collage. Plus glitter! Class activities involve paper, water-soluble paints, tissue papers, glitter. Recommend students wear a big shirt to cover good clothes.

Kids AND their parents/aunt/uncle/etc. are welcome to enroll together: Mom-n-Me, Dad-n-Me, have some creative fun together!

Supplies: $10 fee paid to instructor at first class to cover supplies.

Tuition $80 for six weeks (12 hours)
Pre-registration required

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Drawing Portraits Using Charcoal

Saturdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7; 1-4pm (Eight weeks)
Instructor: Robert Howard (About Robert)

This is a course in learning 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.


  • 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

Other information:

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 $180 for eight weeks (24 hours)
Pre-registration required

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February, 2020

Level 1 All About Color

Thursdays February 13, 20, 27, March 5; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

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.

Supplies: ­­Students may work in any 2-dimensional art medium which can be mixed. 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. A list of all colors to be used will be provided to participants prior to start of class.

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

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Child Portraiture in Colored Pencil

Fridays February 14, 21, 28, March 6; 1-4pm (Four weeks)
Instructor: Judith Becker (About Judith)

Learn to ‘paint’ children’s portraits through process of capturing accurate likenesses of a child’s head/face, hair, how to choose best pose and composition, how to choose correct colors for skin tones and shadows and portray textures of clothing, backgrounds, etc.

Supplies: ­­12” X 16” pad of Bristol Board Vellum paper, set of minimum 48 Prismacolor or similar artist grade colored pencils, (will need Peach, Light Peach, Jasmine, Light Umber, Dark Umber, Blush Pink if not included in the set, grid paper, tracing paper, #2 pencil, sharpener, kneaded eraser, ruler, and several 8” X 10” colored reference photos of child to be painted.

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

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Mixed Media Journaling

Thursdays February 18, 25, March 3, 10; 9:00am – 12 Noon (Four weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennett (About Leah)

Mixed Media Journal Class is an exciting unique process to create mixed media art. Participants learn how to express themselves by creating dynamic backgrounds to support various drawings, textures, poems, verses, etc. using wet or dry mediums. Materials such as magazine cuts, photos, glitter, coffee filters and more are utilized to compose an overall personal visual statement. The enjoyment comes from unleashing one’s imagination and feelings.

Supplies: Mixed media journal with heavy pages; waterproof ink pen in black or choice of color; white gel or acrylic pen (used for writing); choice of acrylic paints, watercolor paint or pencil, markers; small round tip brushes sizes 4 or 6 and 10 or 12; transparent heavy duty glue or gel medium; any color gesso used to waterproof the completed surface. All other materials will be supplied by the instructor.

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

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Acrylics with Palette Knife

Wednesdays February 19, 26, March 4, 11; 9:00am – 12 Noon (Four weeks)
Instructor: Leah Bennett (About Leah)

Acrylic Painters…put away those brushes and pull out your palette knifes for a different way to create amazing works of art.  Learn the many ways to create textures and marks that enhance your composition.  This is a great experience for those who mostly paint with detail as the technique takes you into surprising different directions.

Supplies: In addition to your usual inventory of oil painting supplies, bring various sizes and shapes of palette knifes.  Reference photos which can be used as your inspiration will be useful.

Tuition $95 for four weeks (12 hours)
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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