Category Archives: Classes/Workshops

Troy Weidenheimer’s Workshop

Troy class 2“Study the Masters”, and “Practice, practice, practice”. These were two of the themes that Guild members came away with after spending two days at Zehmer Hall learning about watercolor from Troy Weidenheimer.

The first day Troy had lots of slides he flashed on a huge screen using the photos and explaining to us how to design a painting. We learned it should be warm or cool, light or dark, and organic or angular. Leonardo d’Vinci and Rembrandt’s were experts and everything they produced was thought through and planned before it was executed.

Troy class 1The second day we looked at slides of trees and clouds. We examined them and Troy pointed out the soft and hard edges and stressed how important both were. Next, we painted using his photos for references.

We even sang about trees, what could be more fun? Troy kept the whole workshop light and fun.

Patty Richmond, Workshop Chair

SVAC Open Studio Tour

Open Studio TourJohn Hancock writes:

Hey folks. It appears that our weekend has been spared from the worst effects of the tropical weather. So, I want invite you to my studio event this Saturday or Sunday. I am participating in the Shenandoah Valley Art Center’s Open Studio Tour again this year. I’ll have finished art work on display and lots of work in progress as well, some yummy refreshments (including some that are kid friendly of course), and some discount certificates for art work and classes too.

You can see a preview of one of my newest pieces that will be in the studio this weekend here. Please come out and see what I’ve been doing lately!  We can chat if you want or you can just look around and munch on something yummy if you like.

For information about my fall classes at McGuffey, Crozet Arts, and Blue Ridge Community College, click HERE or feel free to contact me by email. text, or by phone.


Pet Portraits Workshop

Workshop 2
Carole stands beneath overhead mirror

Carole Pivarnik, CVWG member and workshop instructor, reports on the latest workshop held in Zehmer Hall, May 8-10:

“From the feedback I’ve gotten, and the work and growth I saw happen there, it was a success! I so enjoyed teaching it, too…everyone worked hard, pushed past their comfort zones in many cases, and we had some fun too, with twice-a-day giveaways. Prizes included my book Doggitude: What Dogs Really Think in 17 Sassy Syllables, two synthetic sable paintbrushes, and a box of blank watercolor paper greeting cards.

Workshop content was focused on a process: Planning, Drawing, Painting, and Finish. I led the participants step by step through it. Along the way, there was discussion, presentation, demo, and guided practice. It was a lot of fun!

We ran out of time at the end to gather for a group pic of everyone’s work, but many will be bringing their project portraits to the next CVWG meeting, (May 21), to share.

Workshop 1
Helping a student

As always, I provide an evaluation form with positive statements (like “I learned useful new skills or info in this workshop.”) about the workshop content and organization and ask students to rate each from 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree) and return the forms to me at the end of the last day. Nine evaluations were returned. The average score was 5 (Strongly Agree) and a few 4’s so it seems at least half the class was thrilled: Some of the comments included:

Workshop 3“Great workshop…I learned a lot!”

“Thank you for the best workshop I have taken.”

“Carole is a fine, effective teacher! She is knowledgeable, patient, kind, and clear in her presentation of material.”

“This workshop was everything I had hoped…and fun.”

“Wonderful workshop.”

Carole Pivarnik,

Patty Richmond, workshop chair, writes:

“Carole’s enthusiasm for watercolor and for life were amazing. She has dedicated her life to learning about portraiture, both animals and people. It was a fantastic three days. She was very attentive coming around to each participant and evaluating where they were as they painted and what they were doing right or, if they needed a few changes, what they should do to enhance their painting. She is extremely patient. Another successful three days of creativity and camaraderie for Our Guild!”

(Thanks to Carole and Patty for the photos)


Etude #17 copy Sue RosenSusan Crave Rosen will be the Featured Artist at the CoArt Gallery for the month of May.  The gallery is located at 22 W. Beverley St. In Staunton.  Hours are Tues. through Thurs., 10am-5pm, Friday, 10am-8pm and Sat., 10am-5pm.

Sue will exhibit some of her new series, “Etudes”.  These works are on canvas, paper or board and are all started with acrylic brayer marks and then embellished with collage, stencils, masking and paint.

Sue will also be giving a presentation on making collage papers for the Beverley Street Studio School at their gallery located at 22W. Beverley St., Staunton.  This will be on April 23, from 12:30-1:30pm as a part of the series “Conversations About Art.”


Blue Ridge and Beyond

Blue Ridge and BeyondCVWG member Peg Sheridan writes:

I’ve been painting en plein air with a group of friends every week, for the past summer and early fall.  It has been a wonderful experience, and we have all benefited by the practice!  The opening on Saturday, October 14 at the Crozet Art Box will be part of Crozet’s Second Saturday receptions, with an ice cream social!  Also, it is a great place to buy art supplies.  The staff there is very knowledgeable and helpful….The show runs from Sept. 29-Oct. 30.

My personal art news is:

  • I will have a piece in the VWS show.
  • I was juried into the Floyd Plein Air Festival in July, and spent a week painting there.  I sold 5 pieces, and won an honorable mention.
  • I won “Best Bath or Highland County Landscape” in the Bath County Art Show.

My class news is:

I have several new classes coming up, which are on my website, The one-day workshop in Waynesboro, “Figures in the Landscape,” is the closest one to Charlottesville.

Click HERE for the info for a trip I am participating in to Provence, France, next May. Sue Rosen brought some flyers to the last meeting for me, and I am happy to say that at least one person from CVWG signed up.  It is a wonderful trip, at a great price.

Call me if you have questions, (540) 679-9396.