Class and Workshop Archives

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


Fall 2018 : Workshop : Plein Air Painting With Pastels: Maria Reardon

Maria Reardon will show you how to create successful paintings outdoors on location using the exciting vibrant colors of soft pastels. Students will learn to observe, select and edit what they see in nature to create either finished paintings on location or sketches for later use in the studio. The class will meet at locations in Staunton, or in the studio if weather is inclement. You will learn how to simplify your painting process, establish strong designs based on solid drawing along with accurate value arrangements and color combinations. The goal will be to create several sketches and a couple of paintings each day. A materials list will be provided upon registration. www.mariarreardon.com


Fall 2018 : 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. “Outdoor observations are so important to landscape painting,” she explains. “I want to help participants make the journey that has captivated me.” A materials list provided upon registration. www.lynnmehta.com


Fall 2018 : Class : Exploring Composition: Elizabeth Geiger

In this six-part class, you will study compositional ideas using a variety of genres including some plein air painting (weather permitting), still life set ups in the classroom, and master copies of famous paintings. Come discover various ways to make powerful compositions part of your own painting practice! All levels welcome; materials list provided upon registration. www.elizabethgeigerart.com


Fall 2018 : Workshop : Loosen Up! – One Day Option: Shawn Dell Joyce

One-day option students will participate in the first day of a two-day workshop taught by visiting New York-based artist, Shawn Dell Joyce. Description of full workshop below:

This workshop will help you simplify values and shapes in order to make quick, loose studies using a limited palette of 5 colors. You’ll also explore using warm and cool versions of complementary pairs to make juicy color studies, and you’ll finish a painting in 45-minutes that is gestural and colorful. Shawn will familiarize you with color theory and painting techniques through exercises to help you become freer and more expressive. This workshop is sponsored in part by Ampersand Pastelboard and all participants will be given free samples to use in class. This Workshop is for students of all levels; from beginner to aficionado and is open to pastel, acrylic, oil, and watercolor artists. Additional materials list will be provided upon registration. www.shawndelljoyce.com


Fall 2018 : Workshop : Loosen Up! – Two Day Option: Shawn Dell Joyce

This workshop will help you simplify values and shapes in order to make quick, loose studies using a limited palette of 5 colors. You will also explore using warm and cool versions of complementary pairs to make juicy color studies, and you will finish a painting in 45-minutes that is gestural and colorful. Shawn will familiarize you with color theory and painting techniques through exercises to help you become freer and more expressive. This workshop is sponsored in part by Ampersand Pastelboard and all participants will be given free samples to use in class. Additional materials list will be provided upon registration. This Workshop is for students of all levels; from beginner to aficionado and is open to pastel, acrylic, oil, and watercolor artists. www.shawndelljoyce.com


Fall 2018 : 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 provided upon registration. www.jefferystockberger.com


Fall 2018 : Class : Beginner and Intermediate Drawing and Painting – First 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 : 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


Fall 2018 : Workshop : Clarifying the Stages of Figure Painting: DARREN KINGSLEY

Capturing the likeness, gesture, anatomy, and personality of a live model can be a great challenge, but Darren Kingsley will take you through the stages of figure painting he learned from several masters, including Nelson Shanks and the instructors of Atelier Lack. You will study the figure in ways which will allow you to translate a three-dimensional reality into a two-dimensional painting that conveys the fullest possible sculptural form. Darren’s recent BSSS workshop was so successful that his students strongly recommended that he be invited back. During this new workshop, you will focus on painting the figure with a complete range of values and develop the ability to make accurate, relative value calibrations. This workshop is a special opportunity for artists interested in figure and portrait painting. A materials list will be provided upon registration. www.darrenkingsley.com


Fall 2018 : 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


Fall 2018 : Class : Night Interiors: Elizabeth Geiger

Come and explore the drama of painting interiors at night in the BSSS building! Using the high contrast tones seen at night, you will look for compositions based on larger shadow shapes and the building’s architecture to create charcoal drawings and/or paintings in the hallways and rooms of BSSS. Materials list provided upon registration. www.elizabethgeigerart.com


Fall 2018 : Workshop : Touring Japan: Misa Kobayashi Stuart

Have you been fascinated by Japanese culture and been thinking about visiting Japan? Is Japan on your “bucket list”? Then you will be excited by this workshop that will guide you through the customs and etiquette of Japanese culture. It will include practical information such as using public transportation, making reservations for Imperial gardens and performing arts, staying in traditional inns, and exploring dining and shopping options. Misa, a native of Nara, Japan, will suggest itineraries illustrated with slides of must-see sites. A simple dinner, including sushi, will be provided so you can experience the uniqueness of Japanese cuisine. The class is strongly recommended for trip planners and armchair travelers alike. Evening Schedule: 3pm-5pm lecture; 5pm-5:30pm dinner; 5:30pm-7:30pm lecture.


Summer 2018 : Workshop : Choosing and Developing Your Style: Al Gury

Relying on his vast experience as a professor of art, author of three art books, and popular lecturer, Al Gury will explain what you can learn from a wide variety of contemporary and historic artists. He will define how these influential artists approached landscape, still life, portraits and the figure. In the process, you will gain useful tips for improving your work, as well as a wider understanding of how your paintings relate to those created by other artists. www.algury.com


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