Berkeley Art Works

Art Classes At The Works

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TO REGISTER ONLINE, click on the "Pay Now" button for the class you want. After your payment is processed, click on the link to "Return to the Berkeley Arts Council" and submit the student registration information to complete the process. Registrations accepted in order they are received. Registering and paying online is the fastest way to ensure your spot in the class.

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.

TO REGISTER IN PERSON: Registration and payment is available in the Berkeley Art Works gallery during regular hours, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-5, and Sun 12-3.

Please read our Registration and Refund Policy below.

Questions? Email or call 304-620-7277.

Class Location:
Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.

Beginning Watercolor Pencil

Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, December 2; 9:30am - 12:30pm (No class November 25)
Instructor Judith Becker

Class presents the pleasant watercolor painting process of using watercolor pencils instead of traditional watercolor painting techniques.  Students will learn how to lay down colors to create multitudes of variations of hues, of achieving many different textures, and of the ease of using the pencils when traveling, when sketching as well as painting entire compositions.

Supplies: Box of no less than 24 watercolor pencils, (but more is preferable.)  Many makers of these pencils are available at the usual arts/crafts stores as well as from art suppliers on the internet.  A 9"X12" pad of 140lb watercolor paper, a variety of soft, watercolor brushes (preferably #4, #6 & #8 round and a 1" flat), ruler, pencil, eraser is required.  All other materials will be provided by instructor. (Note: Be sure you are buying 'water'based or watersoluable pencils, not wax based colored pencils.)

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 advanced painter.

Tuition $85; Pre-registration required.

Pay and register for this class: $85

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

Beginning Colored Pencil

Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, December 2; 5:30-8:30pm (No class November 25)
Instructor Judith Becker

Class introduces beginners and those with some experience to the process of creating a painting with colored pencils.  It explores the many effects possible with the pencils including mixing colors, blending for smoothness, making various textures plus much more.  A variety of painting surfaces are explored and participants create several small painting using the techniques learned.

Box of no less than 24 colored pencils, preferably by Prismacolor Premier (smooth, rich laydown), Derwent or Faber Castel (do not buy hard, thin or firm colored pencils.)  Pad of Strathmore Vellum Bristol Board paper, 9”X12”.  Lead pencil, ruler, eraser.  All other materials will be provided by instructor. (Note: Be careful not to buy pencils that are 'water' based or 'watersoluable".  Select only those pencils which are wax type based.)

Tuition $85; Pre-registration required.

Pay and register for this class: $85

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

Basic Principles of Great Drawing, Composition, and Design

Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20, December 4; 5:30-8:30pm (No Class November 27)
Instructor Judith Becker

An important class for all who wish to elevate their art work from just good to terrific. Students learn easy tricks to accomplish effective drawing skills or improve how they currently draw. They learn all the fundamentals of great composition and design and successfully accomplish artwork which incorporates perspective elements.

A work of art has a plan—its design. The artist creates visual order using the elements of design, the ingredients, to hold interest and express the artist's purpose. A composition organizes the elements according to the principles of design. Instructor Judith Becker explains and clarifies these tools of the artist in a twelve-hour course that helps guide the student in using color, texture, shape and form; value and color harmonies. Included are principles of balance, unity, contrast, emphasis, and rhythm, and more. Artists working in any medium will learn to create stronger works using the understandings presented in this class.

Supplies: Students will need basic drawing paper, pencils, rulers, erasers, glue sticks scissors and the art supplies they are most comfortable using.  All other materials will be supplied by the instructor.

Tuition $85; Pre-registration required.

Pay and register for this class: $85

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