Class and Workshop Archives

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. www.laracallgastinger.com


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. www.aaronmthompson.squarespace.com

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. www.janlyjaggard.com

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. www.robinpoteet.com


Winter 2019 : Class : The High Renaissance and Mannerism in Florence: Dr. Sara N. James

This course will give a window into the flowering of the High Renaissance and Mannerism in Florence (1480-1600). You will study the art, architecture, and urban planning in the context of politics, religion, the social situation, history, economics, and the cultural atmosphere that will help you understand why Florence flourished in ways that few cities have before or since. Featured artists include architect Leon Battista Alberti, and artists Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Andrea del Sarto, Bronzino, and Giorgio Vasari. Dr. James is an independent scholar and lecturer who holds a Ph.D in Art History from the University of Virginia and has over thirty years of teaching experience. She has published two highly acclaimed art history books and is on faculty of OLLI at UVA and Smithsonian Journeys.  

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 : Painting Winter Scenes in Pastel From Photos: Maria Reardon

What better way to spend the cold days of January, than to enjoy the comforts of a warm studio setting while painting winter landscapes? With your own photo references as inspiration, we will use soft pastel to paint snowy scenes which will include subjects such as mountains, rivers, farms and barns. Learn how to capture the look and feel of a cold winter’s day and snowy landscape effectively. Bring your favorite photo references, pastel papers and pastel colors as we paint the beauty of the outdoors while inside! Maria will present demonstrations, instruction for all levels of experience and lots of personal attention. There will be lots of painting time and comradery with other artists.  A materials list will be provided after registration. Maria is already a popular instructor at BSSS and a regular participant in some of the top plein air festivals. www.mariareardon.com


Winter 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. A materials list provided after registration. www.jefferystockberger.com

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 : Drawing Light & Shadow: JAMES DEAN ERICKSON

On a very basic level, your ability to identify objects or people … especially from a distance … is dependent on the pattern of light falling on the person and the shadows that are cast. That perception is sometimes referred to as the “yearbook identity,” meaning that even when you see an out-of-focus photograph of someone in a high school yearbook, you recognize them because of the pattern of light and shadow. We’re excited that James, who is already a popular instructor at BSSS, will show you how to capture the identifying pattern of light and shadow on a variety of subjects using graphite, charcoal, or ink drawing materials. A materials list will be provided after registration. www.jamesdeanerickson.com


Winter 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 January 18, 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 February 8th will include a critique of your assigned works progress;  and the March 1st  class will be a final group critique of a selection of the work created during the six week class. Recommendations for oil painters.


Winter 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. www.ronboehmer.com

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 : Class : Watercolor Set Free: Capturing the Essence of a Subject: Peg Sheridan

Do you tend to start loose in your paintings, only to tighten up and lose the freshness?  This class will help you to overcome that habit by simplifying designs, using big brushes, and capturing the essence and energy of the subject. You will soon see that the fluid, spontaneous nature of working this way is more fun than you’ve ever had with watercolor!  Painting subjects will vary each week, and you will bring your own ideas and references. The final stages of adding detail, line, darks, and pops of color will be valuable tools to have in completing all of your paintings. Peg will offer critiques, color worksheets, and one-on-one help.  Note the time change from previous classes (from 2.5 to 3 hours per session). A materials list will be provided after registration.  www.pegsheridan.com

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 : 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. www.robertstuart.net

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 : Class : Winter Tune In & Tune Up – Session I: Janly Jaggard

Sign up for sessions I & II before January 11 and receive a 5% discount on total price.

Start the new year with three days of stretching your mind, sharpening your skills, and discovering your artistic potential. You’ll work on beginner or intermediate skill building in drawing and painting and participate in critique sessions to share your successes. Beginners will learn to draw from direct observation, introducing you to a drawing process that can lead you towards accomplished and successful work in the medium of your choice. Intermediate students will be guided to improve technical skills towards development of a personal style. At the end of Session 1, you will be ready to practice new skills beyond the BSSS studio and ready for continued study in Session 2. Bring a bag lunch so that class can continue with art appreciation that relates to areas of interest within the group and will broaden the scope of the class. 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. www.janlyjaggard.com

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.


Fall 2018 : Workshop : Sketching Tips for Travelers Demonstration: Peg Sheridan & Betty Gatewood

In celebration of Peg and Betty’s recently scheduled Travel Study trip to the Coast of Maine, they will be demonstrating and sharing helpful tips and tricks to document YOUR unique travel experiences.

Next time you are on vacation and are struck by a sight you’d like to record, don’t snap a photo, reach for your sketchbook or travel journal instead! This fun and casual two-hour lecture and demonstration will help get you started.

Peg will kick off the afternoon with a watercolor painting demonstration. She will show how to best capture rocks, waves, and seascapes – prominent sights on the Coast of Maine. Betty, with a background in biology and ecology, will then demonstrate how to capture nature’s smaller details with pencil and pen sketches. She will also show you how to create a personalized travel journal specific for your needs. Both instructors will discuss potential materials, supplies and resources. Most of all, you’ll see how travel sketching can become a treasured component of YOUR TRAVELS!

Suitable for those of all interests and artistic levels. The demonstrate is limited to 20 people; call the BSSS office or register below.

Please refer to “General Information” under Classes/Workshops for cancellation policy due to inclement weather.

 

 


Fall 2018 : Workshop : Fall Leaves: Lara Call Gastinger

This one-day painting workshop will introduce you to the process of drawing and painting autumn leaves. You will learn dry-brush watercolor techniques for creating detailed images, including layering colors and controlling brushes. Paints will be provided and additional materials will be itemized on a list you will receive before the first class. www.laracallgastinger.com


Fall 2018 : Workshop : Explore Your Experiences With Acrylic Paints & Mediums: Sally Bowring

Sally Bowring’s exquisite abstract paintings emerge from the vast catalog of images of her life. During this very special lecture and workshop, Sally will help you pull from the library of your life images to create paintings with water-soluble acrylic water-soluble acrylic paints, enamels, and other mediums. A materials list provide upon registration. Sally will also be our featured guest presenter during the annual Artist’s Palate Dinner on Sunday, November 11. Call the BSSS office or visit the “Events” portion of the website for details and how to register. www.sallybowring.com


Fall 2018 : Class : Beginner and Intermediate Drawing and Painting – Second Session: Janly Jaggard

Do you want to learn to draw or paint and never had the time or courage? This beginner and intermediate class will guide you through the process of learning to see through an artist’s eye. You will be shown how to work from direct observation as you experience drawing processes that lead you forward towards painting in the medium of your choice. If you have 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. A materials list provided upon registration. www.janlyjaggard.com


Fall 2018 : Workshop : Painting From Old Photos: JAMES DEAN ERICKSON

Many artists consider cameras to be modern sketching tools, ones that allows them to capture fleeting patterns, specific details, and past experiences. However, those painters recognize the limitations and distortions of photographs as well as the difference between copying and interpreting a photo. In this workshop, James will help you find information and inspiration in older photographs, and he will show you how to use those images as points of departure for your personal interpretations. A materials list provided upon registration.   www. jamesdeanerickson.com


Fall 2018 : Class : Renaissance Florence and Siena 1300-1450: Dr. Sara N. James

This fall, visit Florence vicariously and see why the city was the cradle of the Italian Renaissance (1400-1600). The course will give you a window into Renaissance Florence by studying the art, architecture, and urban planning in context; and it will guide you through the history, politics, religion, literature, social situation, economics, and cultural atmosphere of the era. You will learn what prompted the arts in the city to flourish in ways that few cities have before or since. The artists that Sara will discuss include Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. She will also note the patronage of the Medici dynasty and reveal how one family could dominate politics and the cultural scene in Florence. Dr. James is an independent scholar and lecturer who holds a Ph.D in Art History from the University of Virginia and has over thirty years of teaching experience. She has published two highly acclaimed art history books and is on faculty of OLLI at UVA and Smithsonian Journeys.  


Fall 2018 : Class : Watercolor Studio: Peg Sheridan

If you have some watercolor experience and would like to pursue your own projects with help from an experienced instructor, this is the class for you. You will start by defining your own goals for the class and establishing a plan with help from Peg. She will refer you to other painters’ works, suggest techniques to practice at home, and offer one-on-one assistance. An emphasis will be placed on strong value sketches and color palettes as a basis for paintings. Sign up now and watch as your understanding of the painting process and your finished paintings quickly improve over these six weeks! A materials list will be provided upon registration. www.pegsheridan.com


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