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.

Please read our Registration and Refund Policy below.


Mondays, October 6; 6:30-8:30pm, October 13; 6:30-8:30pm
(Two 2-hour sessions)

Fabric Doll Creation and Doll Clothes
Instructor: Hilda Eiber

Create your own fabric doll.  Try your hand at sewing and embroidery and learn the basics to create your own fabric doll.   On the first day,  participants will learn how to cut and sew the doll, and in the second class, the doll’s clothes will be created.   The class is taught by professional artist, Hilda Eiber, who has taught several doll making courses, including at the Washington County Museum in Hagerstown.   This is a hands -on  course to learn how to create a cloth  doll and clothing.  This is a hand sewing course and will improve sewing and embroidery stitches too.   This is a great class for Mom’s and grandmothers who like to make a holiday gift for their children or  grandchildren,   or encourage creativity and new skills, for a  teen working on their basic sewing skills.   The course is open for students 12 years to adults.

Supplies:  The supply fee for this course is $15 per student (paid to the instructor at the first session) and includes all the materials needed to create and complete a fabric doll and her clothing.  (Material, yarn, buttons, fabrics for clothing, needles thread and trims.   

Hilda Eiber is an artist in the complete sense of the word.  She is an accomplished ceramic artist and professional potter, as well as a painter.   She loves to work in fabrics as well, and has offered this doll making course to several sold out classes in Hagerstown.   We are excited to be able to offer this course in Martinsburg.

Tuition $35 (Pre-Registration Required) 

Pay and register for this workshop: $35

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

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.

Saturday, November 8; 9:00am - 12:00
Writing the Bucket List Novel
Instructor: Lauren Carr

Is "Write a Book" one of the things on your bucket list—that list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket? Got a story in your head that you've always wanted to write? Thought about writing the great American novel? Or just a memoir to pass to your grandchildren?

If you've got to "write a book" on your bucket list, this is the class to get you started. Best-selling author Lauren Carr will share her experience in writing and publishing to get you started on your story. In this three-hour workshop, Lauren will pass on the secrets that most professional authors had to learn the hard way about how to check "Write a Book" off that list. Among the secrets she will divulge:

• Where and How to Get Started on Your Book
• Making Time for Writing
• Identifying Time-Thieves
• Getting Past the 40-Page Block
• The Secret Behind Getting Over Writer's Block

Supplies: Pad, pencil. Laptop if you have one.

Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which take place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The eight installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, A Wedding and a Killing made Amazon’s top-100 in police procedurals and cozy mysteries in pre-orders, before its release on September 13.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

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.

Your payment and registration indicates you agree to the Registration and Refund Policies:


Class information and fees are provided on the BAC website. An online registration form must be completed either by the student or a BAC representative. Tuition may be paid online using a credit card that is processed through the secure PayPal system.

Registration may also be paid by cash or check but payment must be received within three days of the start of the class to assure the student a space. BAC reserves the right to take a student off the roster if not paid in advance.

Holiday schedule: Classes will be held on federal or state holidays (President's Day, election day, etc.) if that is a normally scheduled day. Class will not be held on Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or during the last 2 weeks of December.


Coordinator must authorize payment of a refund. PayPal refunds are available within a limited time. Payment by cash or check will be refunded by check mailed to the student or to the person who made the payment (a parent, etc.)


If a class is cancelled by BAC due to insufficient enrollment or another reason, the Coordinator or an assistant shall notify the students and arrange for a refund of fees paid.

Withdrawal from class

If a student pays for a class and then withdraws, refunds will be made as follows:

· Withdrawal after first class session: no refund unless there are special circumstances, i.e. a medical or family emergency. A fee of 20% of the original amount will be deducted and the remaining amount is pro-rated by number of classes already held.

· Withdrawal less than four days prior to first session: refund of fee paid less 20% service charge.

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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
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Opening Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12 Noon
Hours: Thursday, 11am-5pm, Friday, 11am-8pm, Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, Noon-3pm