ShenArts’ Affinity Partnership with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley provides the opportunity to organize a wide variety of classes and workshops at the facilities there. Both MSV members and ShenArts members may attend these workshops at a reduced rate.
Often, the workshops are led by instructors found among our member artists. To check on current class availability, visit themsv.org and search events.
If you are a ShenArts member who is interested in teaching a workshop, please let us know!
Participants will learn basic art skills, discuss working with negative space, and—while exploring the MSV gardens—see shadows cast by foliage, explore color selection for emotive expression, and try their hands at loose and quick study sketches before finishing longer shadow sketches with the addition of watercolors. For ages 18 and older.
MSV and ShenArts members: $35; all others: $45 (includes supplies). Register by July 10; register online here or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Meet at the garden entrance. Rain date: July 18. Presented in partnership with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Mask required.
During this two-part workshop, participants will walk the Trails to find leaves and interesting bits of nature to use as inspiration for ceramic pieces they’ll make in the Makerspace Studio. Participants will return to the Makerspace between sessions to glaze works, then assemble their chimes during the second session. Trails walk will be about 1.7 miles with inclines and declines; dress appropriately for the weather. For ages 18 and older.l
MSV and ShenArts members: $40; all others: $50 (includes materials). Register by August 17; register online here or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Meet in the MSV Makerspace. Rain date August 19. Mask required.
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Walk the Trails and explore found item art with Christy Broy, then use collected natural materials to create artwork. Participants may bring additional materials that inspire them. The walk will be about 1.7 miles and will include steep inclines and declines. Please dress appropriately. For ages 18 and older.
Join photographer Lauren Fleming for a workshop focused on cultivating your portrait photography skills. Learn about camera settings and limitations, lighting, and directing your subject. Bring your own camera (digital camera preferred; cell phone cameras acceptable). For ages 18 and up.
Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s America, participants will hone their skills drawing faces and portraits under the direction of painter, cartoonist and illustrator Paul Zdepski. For beginning through advanced artists ages 18 and above.
Visit the MSV to learn about the Glen Burnie House, then create a “portrait” of your home or an important building in your life, past or present. After sketching in pencil, you’ll add watercolor and ink details to complete your artwork. Bring a photo of your home or another building.
With the Exhibition ‘An Adventure in the Arts’ as your inspiration, paint a family heirloom or personal treasure. Participants will bring in a personal treasure (or a photo of it) and learn how to paint an object in acrylic. In anticipation of the holidays, the finished product would make a great gift for a loved one.
Explore landscapes in the exhibition An Adventure in the Arts, then head outdoors to depict the MSV landscapes and wildlife. Learn about composition and various watercolor techniques to depict background, animals, and foreground. All materials provided.
Learn the art of drawing outdoors! Explore the MSV gardens and grounds as you learn about composition, perspective, and shading using charcoal as a medium. No previous drawing experience necessary.
Learn to draw inanimate objects using charcoal as a medium and get hands-on instruction in composition, perspective, shading, and line quality. No previous drawing experience necessary. All materials provided.
In this 2- session workshop, artists will hone their skills working directly from a live model. Beginning through advanced students 18 and above are welcome. Charcoal, pencils, paper, and light refreshments provided.
Beginner to advanced students will explore composition, perspective, and basic watercolor techniques. Bring your own objects, or create a still life to work from with the varied items provided.
This class covers the basics of composition, perspective, shading, and line quality. All skill levels are welcome. Museum admission and exploration of ‘Michael T. Davis: Modern Realist Paintings’ included.