Class and Workshop Archives

Fall 2019 : Workshop : Painting Dynamic Interiors: Capturing Light, Energy, & Atmosphere: Martin Geiger

Join BSSS instructor Martin Geiger as you venture into the halls of our very own building to capture the moment and tackle the quickly changing light and movement!   Martin will teach you how to “pay attention” to the finer details while not ignoring the bigger picture to make sure that you are able to work both from life and your sketches and memory.  You will leave this two-day workshop feeling confident in both on-location and studio paintings of interior spaces to greatly expand your portfolio.  This is one that you do not want to miss!


Fall 2019 : Workshop : Building Better Landscapes: Improve Your Studio Paintings: LYNN MEHTA

If you missed either of Lynn’s successful workshops on plein air painting, she will now help you explore the use of color studies and reference photographs to continue pursuing better studio landscape paintings. Lynn believes that using outdoor observations through pictures is crucial to successful studio painting. “I want to help participants make the journey that has captivated me.” A materials list is provided upon registration. www.lynnmehta.com


Fall 2019 : Workshop : Golden Paints Mixed Media Lecture & Demonstration: Amy Shawley

Learn about the wide range of Golden acrylic paints and mediums, along with the new QoR Watercolors, and discover how they can enhance your Mixed Media projects!  Get a good understanding of each product, their different attributes, and how to make the right choices in grounds and colors for the best intended application.  Learn what to put under paint, and how to layer, create washes, stains, and collage!  We will cover a variety of tools and techniques including the use of stencils, paint markers, dry media, image transfers, iridescent colors, and how to create encaustic-like effects. This is a great place for beginners and experienced artists alike to learn new techniques and be inspired by innovative applications.


Fall 2019 : Workshop : Williamsburg Oils Lecture/Demonstration: Amy Shawley

The Williamsburg Oils lecture is a two hour free educational presentation that covers topics essential to oil painting.  During this event, attendees will learn about sizes & grounds, using oil over acrylics, pigment grind, color properties, oil mediums, varnishing, solvent-free painting practices, and health & safety!  You will also get the opportunity to do several short hands-on exercises that feature some of our favorite ways to work with Williamsburg colors.  Each attendee will receive a color chart, product literature, and a small box of oil paint samples to take home.


Fall 2019 : Class : Go for Baroque in Rome!: Dr. Sara N. James

The seventeenth century was one of the most exciting periods in history, especially in Rome, with huge changes underway in religion, science, navigation, education, book production, and international trade. The Baroque art and architecture that this vibrant age inspired are equally transformed. This style, which developed in Rome, was closely linked with the Counter-Reformation and the Catholic Church—which, at the Council of Trent, decreed that the arts should communicate religious dogma and direct emotional response. The impact is enormous! Artists begin to break away from proscribed conventions and express their inner voices — and what expression they find! I promise you won’t be disappointed.


Fall 2019 : Workshop : Developing Expressive Portrait Paintings: DARREN KINGSLEY

Capturing the likeness, gesture, anatomy, and personality of a live model depends largely on the accuracy of the initial marks on a canvas. If those aren’t right, the finished painting won’t be right and no amount of detailing will correct those flaws. In this workshop, Darren Kingsley will focus on that initial definition of the model through a painting. You will study the portrait in ways which will allow you to translate a three-dimensional reality into a two-dimensional painting that conveys the fullest possible sculptural form. From there you can build paintings that have a complete range of colors as well as accurate, relative value calibrations. You will execute all the concepts Darren explains through an application of opaque and semi-opaque oil paint in the light and shadow areas. This workshop is a special opportunity for artists interested in figure and portrait painting. www.darrenkingsley.com


Fall 2019 : Workshop : Studio Lock-In: Janly Jaggard

Join BSSS instructor Janly Jaggard as she facilitates a two-day studio lock in! This lock-in is for those interested in escaping their own creative space this fall and joining a small group in a dynamic journey of uninterrupted studio time!  There will be no formal instruction, but as facilitator, Janly will schedule several informal group critique and feedback sessions, as well as structure each day’s lunch and breaks.  This is the perfect opportunity to gift yourself the time you need to start that new series or change your scenery for some new inspiration while surrounding yourself with like-minded artists.


Fall 2019 : Class : Learning From the Masters II: Peg Sheridan

You can learn a lot by studying the methods and paintings of masters in watercolor painting. Furthermore, they will inspire you to try new techniques in your own work! Join us as we study the work of artists such as Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, Charles Demuth, along with more contemporary watercolorists, such as Skip Lawrence and Zoltan Szabo. We will look at each artist’s techniques, and try them on our own paintings. You choose works that inspire you, and either copy them or use what you learned from their work to enrich paintings of your own images.

Each student will also choose a watercolor master to either copy or inform his or her own paintings. www.pegsheridan.com

 

*This class is back for round II after very popular demand!  The class is appropriate for both those who did and those who did not take Learning from the Masters I, as it was not a prerequisite to this class!


Fall 2019 : Class : Indirect Painting: Still Life & Figure: Jeffery Stockberger

Explore the concept of indirect painting: developing an image and resolving problems through multiple layers of paint. Working from still life and a model, you will concentrate on developing a painting’s composition and color palette by responding to and building on marks made on the canvas. Through group and individual critiques, you will work on establishing good oil painting habits and techniques. Students will work from still life compositions the first four weeks of class and then from a figure the second half of the class. You may work in other painting materials with the permission of instructor. A materials list will be provided upon registration, but is available through the office should you have any questions before registering. www.jefferystockberger.com


Fall 2019 : Class : Intermediate Drawing & Painting FALL I & II: Janly Jaggard

This series of classes is designed to take students beyond the basics of observational drawing and color application. Students identify their personal goals with regard to medium of choice and genre of work to explore. Drawing, painting, and various design applications are all welcome. This program fosters a rich learning environment that extends beyond just your time in the studio classroom. You will benefit from one on one attention to your studio work, suggestions for at-home approaches, as well as references for relatable artists to research for inspiration and study.

*This class is broken into sessions due to our instructor’s availability, and in an attempt to accommodate students with busy schedules.  These classes may be taken independently as one is not a prerequisite to the other, though a discount (of 10% and one processing fee) is provided to any student who enrolls in both sessions at once.


Fall 2019 : Class : Learning to See: Start or Improve Your Drawing Journey; Fall I & II: Janly Jaggard

This series of classes is designed to introduce students to the visual arts. It is perfect for both absolute beginners, and for those looking to refresh their focus and revisit the fundamental building blocks of their personal practice. You will begin with the basics of observational drawing and move at your own pace towards your goal. Janly teaches in a one-on-one format where each student receives a personalized course of action, ensuring individual growth and success. Though goals take time, you will find the journey is rewarding! Janly will introduce various forms of color mediums per individual interest and readiness.

*This classes is broken into sessions due to our instructor’s availability, and in an attempt to accommodate students with busy schedules.  These classes may be taken independently as one is not a prerequisite to the other, though a discount (of 10% and one processing fee) is provided to any student who enrolls in both sessions at once.


Fall 2019 : Class : Theory and Practice of Drawing and Painting: Ron Boehmer

Course emphasis is on personal development of skills; understanding of both specific and universal concepts related to painting and to art; further development of technical command of paint. Instruction includes focus on representational, abstract, and expressionistic modalities of painting. Class will meet outdoors when possible to focus on plein air painting processes. Students may work in any painting or drawing medium. Ideal for intermediate and advanced level students. Course is open to “beginners” upon prior approval of the instructor. All “beginners” and new students of Ron’s please contact the office before enrolling to discuss the class and obtain a personal supply list. www.ronboehmer.com


Fall 2019 : Class : Art as Exploration: Critique Class: Robert Stuart

Join instructor Robert Stuart at the BSSS gallery and bring your work in any media for constructive review. The goal is growth as an artist through a deepening discernment of strengths and challenges in one’s work. Artistic development will also be supported with the study of current art exhibitions and topics in contemporary art.  Exhibition catalogs, articles on art, and pertinent visual material will be presented and discussed at the beginning of class. The remaining time will be equally divided among participants to present and discuss their work. www.robertstuart.net


Fall 2019 : Workshop : Capturing Breathtaking Plein Air Scenes in Oil & Pastel: Maria Reardon

Students of all levels of experience are welcome to enjoy the fun of plein air painting using the vibrant colors of soft pastels or the fluidity of oil paints to create dramatic and expressive paintings. Paint the feeling of atmosphere in skies and clouds. Learn how to put variation in the multitude of greens in a landscape. Learn how to make water look wet and reflective. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of plein air painting and how working from life can improve their work.  Maria will present demonstrations and offer lots of personal attention. There will be lots of painting and creative time with other artists while enjoying the beauty of the natural landscape.

This workshop will take place on the grounds of Maria’s private family farm in Goshen, VA (a 30 minute drive from BSSS) – an excellent opportunity to paint somewhere new and exciting!  The location, materials list, and Maria’s cell phone will be provided to you upon registration.  Please let the office know if you want to carpool with other students so we can help arrange that!  


Spring 2019 : Workshop : Studies of Degas Paintings with Acrylics: JAMES DEAN ERICKSON

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) experimented with so many ways of painting — with oils, pastels, monotypes, and other media — so his art is the perfect starting point for learning about the creative possibilities of acrylic paints and mediums. James, who is now one of the most popular instructors at BSSS, will help you take advantage of the fluidity, drying time, texture, glazing, and adhesion of acrylics. www.jamesdeanerickson.com

James earned his BA at The University of Virginia while running varsity track and cross country. He received several honors and awards at UVA including The Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Art Fellowship. In 2011, James earned his MFA at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and now exhibits his work throughout the east coast. His paintings explore the space between realism and abstraction bringing to mind the ephemeral and enduring qualities of nature.


Spring 2019 : Workshop : Watercolors With a Surface: Exploring Gouache & Casein: Frank Hobbs

During this workshop with one of BSSS’s most popular instructors, you will investigate the exciting ranges of possibilities available with both gouache and casein, two opaque, water-soluble paints. Frank will take you through explorations of color, technical processes, and composition on a variety of traditional and non-traditional surfaces. The creative options with both media include the transparent effects of watercolor but, by being opaque, they also have the potential for building rich translucencies, opacities, and textural surfaces like oils or acrylics.

Frank Hobbs is Associate Professor of painting and drawing at Ohio Wesleyan University, in Delaware, OH. A native of Virginia, Hobbs studied art at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and later at American University in Washington, DC, where he earned his Master of Fine Art in1984. A co-founder of the Beverley Street Studio School in 1992, Hobbs lived and had his studio in Staunton for 15 years. In addition to conducting courses at the BSSS, he also taught at Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. Hobbs’ paintings have been exhibited both in the U.S. and abroad in Ankara, Turkey, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Bermuda, through the Arts in Embassy Program of the U.S. State Department. His work is in numerous public and private collections internationally. The artist has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Most recently, Hobbs is the recipient of an Individual Excellence in Art Award from the Ohio Arts Council. To see more about Frank, please visit http://frank-hobbsart.com.

 


Spring 2019 : Workshop : Using Color Studies & Photos for Bigger, Better Landscapes: LYNN MEHTA

Following up on Lynn’s successful workshop on painting big, bold landscapes, she will now help you explore the use of plein air color studies (weather permitting) and reference photographs to continue pursuing bigger and better studio landscape paintings. In addition, she will help you adapt an Impressionist style of painting, one that gives viewers the surprise of imagination and discovery. You will look closely at your paintings to see the abstraction of colors, shapes, and brushwork; and when you step back from the canvas you will see the representation of a subject in detail. “I want to help workshop participants make the journey that has captivated me so they can present their own view of the world,” she explains. A materials list provided upon registration. www.lynnmehta.com

The paintings Lynn Mehta creates are the art of Impressionism. It is important for her to give the surprise of discovery when looking closely at her paintings and then stepping back, allowing room for imagination. She works and paints in her home studio in Alexandria, Virginia. Lynn holds a BA in Art from San Diego State University and has studied with internationally acclaimed plein air artists in the US and abroad. In May 2016, she completed an artist residency in Acadia National Park. A recipient of over 60 awards, Lynn recently received Best Use of Light at Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2017 and was honored with the Best in Show award in BSSS Queen City Plein Air Festival 2016. Lynn has been a featured artist in Plein Air Magazine and Hill Rag and she is included in the publication 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. Lynn is juried into Oil Painters of America, Salmagundi Club, and the Washington Society of Landscape Artists.

 


Spring 2019 : Workshop : Short Pose Portrait Painting: DARREN KINGSLEY

Capturing the likeness, gesture, anatomy, and personality of a live model depends largely on the accuracy of the initial marks on a canvas. If those aren’t right, the finished painting won’t be right and no amount of detailing will correct those flaws. In this workshop, Darren Kingsley will focus on that initial definition of the model through a paintings. You will study the portrait in ways which will allow you to translate a three-dimensional reality into a two-dimensional painting that conveys the fullest possible sculptural form. From there you can build paintings that have a complete range of colors as well as accurate, relative value calibrations. You will execute all the concepts Darren explains through an application of opaque and semi-opaque oil paint in the light and shadow areas. This workshop is a special opportunity for artists interested in figure and portrait painting. www.darrenkingsley.com

The class will begin with demos in the mornings explaining the concepts for the day followed by studies of those concepts and insightful critiques. The last day will begin with a demo in the morning followed by a long pose.

Day One Schedule

  • Morning Demo
  • 3-hour afternoon pose

Day Two Schedule

  • Demos throughout the day
  • 6 hour pose

Darren Kingsley is a realist painter currently residing in Philadelphia. His training began at The Atelier in Minneapolis. In 2001 he moved to New York City to study with Nelson Shanks at the Art Students League of New York and shortly thereafter moved to Philadelphia to study at Shanks’ newly opened Studio Incamminati. Darren was a recipient of the American Society of Classical Realism Scholarship and received a fellowship from The Hudson River School for Landscapes. In 2010 he was the winner of Grand Central Academy’s Figure Drawing Competition. Darren exhibits at The John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, in various group shows around the country, and he teaches at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions and is included in many private collections including those of Nelson and Leona Shanks, Larry and Anne Hall and George Lucas. Darren has taught drawing and painting classes and workshops at Studio Incamminati, The Atelier, and Grand Central Academy.


Spring 2019 : Workshop : Lecture: Plein Air Painting, Impressionism & Parisian Culture: John Lambertson

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Lambert will be unable to join us this year.  Please stay tuned as he may return to BSSS in the future. 


Spring 2019 : Workshop : Silkscreen Simplified: Fred Nichols

Whether you have experience with silkscreen printing or not, Fred will teach you the basic methods and advanced techniques of creating stencils and developing multi-colored silkscreen prints. You will also explore the many ways of using silkscreen printing in combination with other processes to create multimedia art projects. www.frednichols.com

Fred received his M.F.A. at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1973, his BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and studied at the Ecoles Des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France.


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