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.


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
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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.


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, Noon-5pm, Friday, Noon-8pm, Saturday, Noon-5pm, Sunday, Noon-3pm