Berkeley Art Works

Workshops At The Works


TO REGISTER ONLINE: You may fill out and submit the form below and pay by credit card or with PayPal. Registrations accepted in order of receipt

TO REGISTER BY MAIL: Download a Registration Form or call 304-620-7277 to receive a form by mail.  RETURN FORM AND PAYMENT TO Berkeley Arts Council, PO Box 984, Martinsburg, WV  25402.

Lynn Ferris September Workshop
"Capturing the Light"

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September 15, 16, and 17, 9:00am - 4:00pm
"Capturing the Light" watercolor workshop
Instructor: Lynn Ferris, NWS, FWS

Good use of light and shadow can change a painting from ordinary to extraordinary. Using a limited palette of mainly transparent paint, students will learn to design with light, recognize light sources and the shadows they create, add drama and luminosity. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials and lots of personal attention. Suitable for all levels but some experience with watercolor preferred.

Lynn Ferris Is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society.


Saturday Workshops

Saturday, August 16; 1-4pm
Easy Tips for Painting Skies and Clouds
Instructor: Judith Becker

Workshop is designed to help students learn how to approach any type of sky or cloud image.  Tips will include learning how to see the various colors and shades in clouds, to paint skies that reflect weather conditions and moods, and many more techniques which can be  applied to all types of art mediums.  Practice in class is included.

Supplies: Bring supplies needed to paint with your favorite medium.  Can be watercolors, acrylics, oils, colored pencils, pastels, etc. If desired, you may bring reference photos of interesting sky and cloud  images you want to practice with.  Otherwise, instructor will provide the references.

Judith Becker is an experienced artist with dual degrees in design and education. She has recently moved to the Eastern Panhandle, but previously taught a variety of classes in Garrett County, Maryland. Judith specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her subjects mostly are botanical s and scenes from her travels. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter.

Tuition: $45 (Pre-Registration Required)

Pay and register for this workshop: $45

When your payment is complete, click on the link to
"Return to the Berkeley Arts Council"
to go to the registration form.


Saturday, August 23; 1-4pm
Easy Tips for Painting Water
Instructor: Judith Becker

Workshop helps students paint all types of water images with success.     Approaches to still, reflective bodies of water to rushing streams and crashing waves, plus more will be explored.  Practice in class is included.  Techniques apply to all types of art media.

Supplies: Bring supplies needed to paint with your favorite medium.  Can be watercolors, acrylics, oils, colored pencils, pastels, etc. If desired, you may bring reference photos of interesting water images you want to practice with.  Otherwise, instructor will provide the references.

Tuition: $45 (Pre-Registration Required)

Pay and register for this workshop: $45

When your payment is complete, click on the link to
"Return to the Berkeley Arts Council"
to go to the registration form.


Saturdays, October 11; 12:30 - 4:30pm, October 25; 1:30-4:30pm
Photographic Composition and Creative Vision
Instructor: Rip Smith

Note: Second session is recommended but optional.

Composition and Creative Vision Part One (Saturday October 11, 12:30-4:30; 4 hrs)

What is it that makes one picture of a particular subject ordinary while another image of the same subject is a work of art? This workshop will explore how composition, light and shadow, form and texture can work together to express something beyond merely recording a scene. The workshop will start with a discussion of the basic concepts of composition and then, through an analysis of some of Smith’s images, will demonstrate how those concepts are applied in practice from conceptualizing the image in the viewfinder to the final adjustments on the computer.  Students who wish to move on to Part Two of the workshop will be given assignments to put the ideas and techniques into practice.

Composition and Creative Vision Part Two (Saturday October 25, 1:30-4:30; 3 hrs)

During the two week interval between part one and part two, Students will take their cameras out to practice the ideas and techniques discussed in Part One. They will bring in a selection of images for discussion and "gentle critique" during the second session.

Information for Students

Age: 16 yrs and up; Level of experience: beginner through intermediate.

Students are not required to have any specific equipment or computer capability but putting the concepts and techniques into practice requires a digital camera and a computer with at least basic image editing software. For those who need it, recommendations will be given for software to enable the various techniques.

Sterling "Rip" Smith

Sterling “Rip” Smith is an award-winning fine art and architectural photographer whose work has been exhibited nationally and regionally. His work can be found in public and private collections throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and in galleries in the Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia. His web site is http://www.sterlingimages.com.

Tuition: Parts 1 and 2 $90; Part 1 only $60 (Pre-Registration Required)

Pay and register for this workshop Part 1 and 2: $90

When your payment is complete, click on the link to
"Return to the Berkeley Arts Council"
to go to the registration form.

Pay and register for this workshop Part 1 only: $60

When your payment is complete, click on the link to
"Return to the Berkeley Arts Council"
to go to the registration form.

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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
web: berkeleyartworkswv.com - email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com
Opening Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12 Noon
Hours: Thursday, Noon-5pm, Friday, Noon-8pm, Saturday, Noon-5pm, Sunday, Noon-3pm