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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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

Spring 2019 : Class : Beginner and Intermediate Drawing and Painting: Janly Jaggard

Do you want to learn to draw or paint yet never have the time or courage? This beginner and intermediate class will guide you through the process of learning to see through an artist’s eye. Instructor Janly Jaggard will offer one-on-one instruction to show you how to work from direct observation as you experience drawing processes that lead you forward towards the medium of your choice. If you have some experience but know there is more to learn, Janly will help you continue to improve your technical skills as you begin to develop your personal style. This class is not just a two-step program but is the door that opens to lasting skill building, practice and aesthetic success. A materials list provided upon registration.

Janly instructs several drawing, painting and enameling classes and workshops for BSSS. She has more than forty years of teaching experience and her teaching style is one that anticipates a serious quest on the part of the student who wants to develop a sound foundation of knowledge. She exhibits regionally, nationally and internationally and has participated in several group and solo shows. Janly studied sculptural ceramics as an undergraduate earning a BFA from The West of England College of Art and Design, Bristol, England. Vitreous enamel on copper as a medium for wall work was introduced a few years later and is now central to her practice along with painting. In 2015 Janly was awarded an MA in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts, England.

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

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.

Robert leads a painting critique class for BSSS. He has also taught at James Madison University, University of Virginia, and Mary Baldwin University. He received an “Academy Award in Art” from the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2004. Robert has exhibited extensively over the past 30 years and his works are included in numerous museum, corporate, public and private collections regionally. Robert holds an MFA from James Madison University and a BFA from Boston University.

Spring 2019 : Workshop : Key Elements to Painting From Life: George Van Hook

Art teachers often complain their students just don’t use enough paint, with the result being their paintings wind up with oil colors that are overworked and dull. George is brilliant at maintaining luscious, shimmering, thick qualities of oil colors that accurately describe the figures, barns, shorelines, clouds, and vegetation in his painting. George has won top awards in many plein air festivals and competitive art exhibits; and he is one of the liveliest, skilled, and passionate artists working today. Depending on the weather, George will either work from a clothed model in the studio or he will set up outdoors. The point of his workshop is to see and paint any subject accurately and expressively. George will stress alla prima painting and the use of loose and fast approaches to capturing the figure or landscape in the first try. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic). A materials list will be provided after registration.

Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure, or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says. “The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.” Van Hook began painting at an early age and his work is influenced by his experiences in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, coastal Maine, and Europe where he traveled extensively. Following college, he left for Paris and spent nearly a year copying paintings at the Louvre and traveling through France, Italy and Holland making numerous paintings en plein air. He is now settled with his family in Cambridge, New York where his works are in many prominent fly fishing collections connected with the nearby American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont. Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George teaches Plein Air workshops around the country.


Spring 2019 : Class : Basic Drawing; Improve Your Future Art: Pat Cook

Beginners to advanced students are encouraged to take this class to gain a better understanding of drawing fundamental and the joy of the creative process. Your work with Pat Cook, an experienced instructor and lifetime artist, will influence all forms of your future art. Pat believes drawing can be learned if you have the desire and find the joy in mastering the process. The course will start with use of basic materials such as pencil, pen, and sketchbook; and it will introduce the elements of shape, line, contour and value. Simple perspective principles will also be explored. “I look forward to sharing a lifetime joy of drawing with you” – Pat Cook.

As if you had any question about the importance and impact of drawing:

Pat is best known for her figurative series “Conversations” which has won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. These include top awards in Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, American Watercolor, Rocky Mountain and National Watercolor. A painting of Pat’s was chosen for the 2012 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition. She holds signature membership in the American and National Watercolor Societies and many other art organizations. Pat has served as a juror of selection and awards for many exhibitions including juror of selection for the 2010 American Watercolor Society Exhibition and the 2005 National Watercolor Society Exhibition. She has been published in The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, American Artist, Watercolor Artists, and Palette Magazine.

Spring 2019 : Class : Indirect Painting: Jeffery Stockberger

Explore the concept of indirect painting: developing an image and resolving problems through multiple layers of paint. Working from still life, 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. You may work in other painting materials with the permission of instructor.

Jeffery teaches several still life painting and figure drawing classes and workshops for BSSS. His work has been exhibited extensively regionally and his paintings have been featured in such notable publications as Southern Accents, The Washington Post, Traditional Homes, and D.C. House Magazine. Jeffery received a BFA from James Madison University’s College of Art and Design with

Spring 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. Beginners must contact Ron at 434-528-4795 before enrolling to discuss the class and obtain a personal supply list.

Ron is a co-founder of BSSS and teaches drawing and painting classes and workshops, specializing in plein air painting. In addition to BSSS, he teaches painting workshops in Connecticut at the Wethersfield Academy in Hartford, and in Massachusetts at the Springfield Museum of Art. Since coming to Virginia, he has taught art history and studio courses for Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg College, Hollins College, The Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, and the Virginia School of the Arts. Ron’s work is widely exhibited and collected. He has been recipient of over 46 awards in painting and drawing in regional and national juried exhibitions, including more than 18 ” Best in Show” awards. Ron holds an MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art.

Spring 2019 : Workshop : Atmosphere, Color Harmonies & Pleasing Compositions With Acrylics: Jeremy Sams

In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to watch and learn from a painting demonstration by the award-winning North Carolina artist, Jeremy Sams, and then practice what you have just learned. Well known for the oil-like quality of his acrylic paintings, Jeremy will demonstrate how he achieves this look along with composing the elements within the painting and capturing light and atmosphere in the landscape. During the workshop, he will focus on the principles of creating a pleasing composition, how you can achieve color harmony, and how you can capture those special light effects that we’re so often attracted to in landscape paintings. Jeremy’s goal is for you to create a finished painting that encapsulates each of the principles discussed. A materials list

will be provided after registration.

Jeremy Sams is an award winning representational artist residing in North Carolina. Jeremy has been a professional artist for over 20 years and his primary subject matter is landscapes while working in acrylics. He also loves the challenge of portraits and his work varies in size from just a few square inches to murals measuring upward of 40×60 feet! His artistic growth took on a new form in 2011 when he was introduced to painting en plein air. Since then, he was won many awards for his plein air work and has been a featured artist in Plein Air Magazine. Jeremy’s personal inspirations come mostly from the play of light and atmosphere and their effects on objects and landscapes.

Spring 2019 : Workshop : Lecture: Approaching the Landscape With Acrylics: Jeremy Sams

Jeremy’s paintings prove just how versatile acrylic paintings can be! They don’t have any of the poster-like, hard-edge surfaces often associated with the water mixable paints and his landscapes have the balance of hard and soft edges, atmospheric depth, color harmony, and rich details one

associates with oil paintings. During this one-hour lecture, Jeremy will look at a brief history of the acrylic colors and mediums, and he will review their benefits and challenges while taking you through a journey of his own work and painting approach.

Jeremy Sams is an award winning representational artist residing in North Carolina. Jeremy has been a professional artist for over 20 years and his 

primary subject matter is landscapes while working in acrylics. He also loves the challenge of portraits and his work varies in size from just a few square inches to murals measuring upward of 40×60 feet! His artistic growth took on a new form in 2011 when he was introduced to painting en plein air. Since then, he was won many awards for his plein air work and has been a featured artist in Plein Air Magazine. Jeremy’s personal inspirations come mostly from the play of light and atmosphere and their effects on objects and landscapes.

Winter 2019 : Workshop : Botanical Pen & Watercolor: Lara Call Gastinger

During this one-day workshop, you will learn pen and watercolor techniques that come in handy when you are journaling or traveling. You’ll  learn how to sketch with a pen, use lines or dots to render shade, and use watercolor to add meaningful color to the composition. This workshop will be great for artists with all levels of experience.  A materials list will be provided after registration.

Spring 2019 : Class : The Fastest Way to Improve Your Paintings: Sketching with Watercolor & other Media: Peg Sheridan

Let Peg help you to improve your skills of observation, painting, and drawing by demonstrating how to sketch in a wide variety of media … and then confidently start a painting with only a brush! You’ll use watercolor, pencil, ink, and many other tools to quickly develop sketches that accurately capture the gesture and shape of your subject … without laboring over the preparatory studies. Then you can employ your best sketches to create exciting paintings that have freshness and vitality. Peg will demonstrate how to train your eyes to see more, to record what you see with a few lines and shapes, and to use various sketching tools and techniques. Come learn new techniques, rekindle your joy in painting, develop reference material for future paintings, and establish a habit of sketching when you travel. Some classes may be held outside. Sketchbook assignments will be given every week.

Peg has been painting in watercolors for 37 years, and teaching watercolor painting for 18 years. She is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and has won several awards for her watercolors. She is known for her encouraging, positive way of teaching. To see examples of her work, visit

Spring 2019 : Class : Independent Study With Expert Assistance: Elizabeth Geiger

If you are a painter who needs insightful, directed evaluations of your work by a professional, then this is the class for you. Elizabeth Geiger, one of the most outstanding artists in the Valley, is offering this three session class  to provide you with one-on-one conversations about your paintings, individual  projects, time accountability, individual and group critiques, and words of encouragement to better direct your work and development as an artist. The first class will start on March 8th, 2019 with thirty minutes of intense, one-on-one conversation during which Elizabeth will assign a project idea specific to your artistic need**. Projects may include a specific number of paintings, subjects, and/or artistic element to focus on (composition, color, tone, drawing, etc.). The second session on April 2nd will include a critique of your assigned works progress;  and the May 3rd  class will be a final group critique of a selection of the work created during the six week class. Recommendations for oil painters.

**The first session will take place in Ms. Geiger’s studio (located very close to BSSS) you will be contacted with an address before March 8th.

Winter 2019 : Workshop : Chromatic Perspective & Mixology: Aaron Thompson

This still-life painting workshop will offer you both theoretical and practical ways to apply and control color. Aaron will help you reduce a motif to flat, accurate shapes so it will be easier to discuss various principles of color such as temperature, chroma, and chromatic perspective. Designing still-life setups and identifying possible “found” motifs will be part of the discussion. Oil paint is the suggested medium but you can also work with acrylics. A materials list will be provided after registration.

Aaron Michael Thompson is a Full-time Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. He is also one of Gamblin Artist Colors Educational Representatives and has given lectures on color at Museums and Institutions of Higher Education for seven years. He received his M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and his B.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. He was recently published in Observational Drawing, and among his most recent awards include the Premier Coup Award from the a national juried exhibition,  the Nude, at the Wayne Art Center and the Barnes Artist residency in Umbria, Italy.

Winter 2019 : Class : Winter Tune In & Tune Up – Session II: Janly Jaggard


During five classes, whether new to the class or continuing from Session 1, Janly will help beginning and intermediate artists learn to see through an artist’s eye. You will be shown how to work and improve from direct observation as you practice drawing and painting processes that lead you forward towards working in the medium of your choice. Intermediate students will be guided towards development of your personal style. Janly Jaggard is an experienced and accomplished instructor and will provide you with the one-one attention that you need to improve while facilitating a positive classroom experience.

Suitable for pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylic, oil paint and other materials approved by the instructor ahead of time. A materials list will be provided after registration.

Makeup classes due to snow cancellations usually occur on the same day of the week and time of day as advertised class. Instructors will make this announcement.

Winter 2019 : Workshop : Traveling with Watercolors: Robin Poteet

Robin is a professional artist and popular instructor at The Studio School in Roanoke, VA, and she teaches a variety of workshops throughout the mid-atlantic. She is also in her 10th year of co-leading overseas painting trips to France, Italy and the UK. During this workshop, you will enjoy two days of making art based on your observations on location. Robin will discuss materials and how to travel light, the nuances of planning and painting in public places, dealing with ever-changing light, and taking candid photos. You will learn how to create your own books (a surprisingly easy process), and techniques for working in pen & ink, watercolor, and watercolor pencil. Demos will be short and to the point so you can have ample time to sketch and paint from your own photos with individual attention as Robin circulates throughout the room. Supplies for this workshop will be basic, and all levels of painters can benefit, including true beginners. A nine-page watercolor paper and spiral bound mat board cover sketchbook will be included in the cost of the workshop. A materials list will be provided after registration.

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