January Workshop Registration Open!

State of Grace, Watercolor by Barbara Benda

You are now able to register for the upcoming 5-day Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop January 3-7th, 2022. Please download a flyer and registration form here:  January 2022 Beginning Drawing and Watercolor

In this workshop, you will learn: 

  • How to execute a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques 
  • How to make sense of the color wheel and use it to your advantage
  • How to use “value” (lights and darks) to make paintings dramatic
  • How to become more comfortable with the properties of watercolor
  • How to be more intentional with color scheme and composition

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily (with lunch on your own).

Location: NDSCS Fargo campus- 1305 19th Avenue North, Fargo, ND (across the street from the Fargo Dome). Parking available in front of building.

Participant profile: All levels of learners, ages 15 and up.

Class size: Limited to the first 12 paid registrants.

Masks are optional. All students will have their own tables placed several feet apart.

Deadline: Please register and pay by Monday, December 27th.

The fee of $395 will cover instruction and handouts for 5 days.  Supplies are extra.  Click to download: Supply List  or you may order a Professional Supply Kit (includes everything on the required list) on your registration form (cost: $225.) Please order supply kits by December 17th to assure availability.

If you need special accommodations, please contact Beverly, Workshop Assistant, at 701-610-9529.

Leave a comment

2022 Workshop News plus an invitation to attend upcoming art sales

News flash! I just received good news today , November 8th, 2021, that the mask mandate has been lifted at my favorite teaching facility in Fargo. Therefore, I am starting to make arrangements to teach my  5-day Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop on January 3-7, 2022, at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Fargo, ND.  I am a teacher who needs to breathe without a cloth over my face so I am relying on more information to give me solid hope of teaching in the best scenario possible to encourage clear communication.  My March 14-18th workshop in Fargo is also in the planning stages, however, that workshop will be a Level II of my popular Beginning Drawing and Watercolor workshop. All students who have taken the first workshop will be invited to take the March workshop, even if they took the first one five years ago.

Stay tuned for the latest news on either workshop.  If you are interested, please email me to get on the tentative list of students. I am limiting the number of students to 12 this coming year. 

My Moorhead Community Education sketching classes will go on as scheduled this fall even though the Moorhead School District has also reinstated masking. Since I had several people registered, I did not want to cancel the classes, but I have made a decision to not sign up to teach winter session until the mask mandate is lifted.  Moorhead Community Ed has been one of my favorite venues for teaching, but the mask mandate has been a deal breaker for me.

I welcome you to invest in private lessons for watercolor or sketching in my home studio. Please contact me personally for information and to set up an appointment at barbara@barbarabendanagle.com or call 218-443-1126. Acrylic mixed media collage workshops will be available for groups of 4 in the spring of 2022.

If you would like to visit Double Trouble Gallery before Christmas, please set up an appointment and I will look forward to helping you with your shopping needs. Beverly and I have art created representing a great variety of subject matter.

Beverly and I have the following venues coming up soon that you are invited to attend:

November 12-13th  Antiques and Variety Market , 10-5. Moorhead Center Mall, Moorhead, MN. Beverly and I will have two booths full of original artwork and collectible vintage items, such as books, glassware, record albums,Christmas items, etc.

December 11th Arts for the Holidays, Fargo Civic Center, Fargo, ND. 10-5.  I will have a booth of original watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media collage art, perfect for gift giving for others and yourself.

1 Comment

Please mark your calendars! FMVA Studio Crawl October 2-3


Pretty Boy by Barbara Benda, Acrylic on canvas, 30″x30″, ©2021

You are invited to the 2021 Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl event, a free event open to the public. This first weekend in October gives you an opportunity to visit almost 40 artist studios in our area in two days. Please download your Studio Crawl brochure here to choose your destinations.  I am #1 on the map, so that’s a great place to start!

 I will be doing demonstrations of my process both days at Mourning Dove Studio located at 809 20th Street North Moorhead, MN. Beverly, my twin sister, and I welcome you to our Double Trouble Art Gallery, which showcases hundreds of original artworks by both of us. We feature affordable art at all price points. We look forward to seeing you this coming Saturday and Sunday for our biggest art event of the year. 


Barbara tackling another Birches painting- this time in violet.


Beverly with gluey fingers, working on a mixed media poetry collage


Leave a comment