Summer Opportunities for Learning to Sketch and Paint

Sandpoint Poodles by Beverly and Barbara Benda, Watercolor and gouache on YUPO paper, ©2022

Workshops:

Designing  Watercolors for Success Workshop June 14-16th, 2022 in Fargo, ND

This workshop is a Level 2 workshop available to all students who have previously taken my Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop. Please download a flyer and registration form here:  Designing Watercolors for Success .The first 12 paid registrants will reserve a spot in the workshop. Bring your supplies from the first workshop and you are set!

Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop July 18-22nd, 2022 in Fargo, ND

This comprehensive 5-Day workshop covers the essentials of watercolors for all levels of learners. Every exercise and activity starts at the beginning. If you new to painting in watercolors, or if you have been painting for some time, but lack direction in your work, this workshop is ideal. With over 36 years’ teaching experience, I have identified key concepts that are essential to success in your painting journey. Please download a flyer here: Beginning Drawing and Watercolor     This workshop requires professional grade supplies to ensure optimal results. Please download the Supply List: Supply List 

All workshops are limited to 12 participants and you are encouraged to sign up early to reserve your spot. Checks will not be cashed until the minimum number of participants is reached.

June 9th, June 23rd, and July 7th Classes through the Red Door Art Gallery in Wahpeton, ND

Gray Jay by Barbara Benda

Art in the Afternoons: For more information and registration options, please click here

This series of three introductory sketching classes provides the essentials of freehand sketching for students, age 12-18. It is recommended that students take all three classes for optimal experience. The first sketching course, Seeing Things Differently: the Short Course in Sketching teaches the learner how to sketch any object through the skill of observation. The second course is, Let’s Sketch Birds and Animals.  The final class Let’s Sketch at the Zoo, which will require meeting at the Chahinkapa Zoo to learn how to sketch animals in motion through the art of gestural sketching. Class size is limited to 12 and students must pre-register with a $10 payment for each course to reserve a spot in the course. Students must provide their own sketchbook (at least 9″x12″), a No. 2 drawing pencil, eraser, and a pencil sharpener. This grant-funded opportunity allows the Red Door Art Gallery to offer an affordable experience with a qualified teacher to impact the lives of teenagers through the art of sketching.

Save these dates and sign up early for workshops!

We look forward to seeing you soon!- Barbara and Beverly

A little note about the Benda Twins Art Store: As of June 10, we have closed our store. Please continue to use this website to contact us directly about purchasing art. You are always welcome to visit our Double Trouble Gallery in Moorhead to shop for original art for your personal and business needs. Please call 218-443-1126 to make an appointment .

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Workshops, Spring Sale, and Upcoming Events

Storm Warning I by Barbara Benda ©2022, Watercolor, 15″x22″

Spring Sale and Open House April 29-30th, 2022

You are invited to my upcoming Spring Sale/Open House at Double Trouble Gallery. There will be a large inventory of new watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media collage by twin sister Beverly and me. Our work is sold at all price points.  Our gallery is located at 809 20th Street North, Moorhead, MN and we will be open for this event from 12-6pm. Bring the whole family and neighbors, too!

Designing  Watercolors for Success Workshop June 14-16th, 2022

This workshop is a Level 2 workshop available to all students who have previously taken my Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop. Please download a flyer here:  Designing Watercolors for Success .The first 12 paid registrants will reserve a spot in the workshop. Bring your supplies from the first workshop and you are set!

Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop July 18-22nd, 2022

This comprehensive 5-Day workshop covers the essentials of watercolors for all levels of learners. Every exercise and activity starts at the beginning. If you new to painting in watercolors, or if you have been painting for some time, but lack direction in your work, this workshop is ideal. With over 36 years’ teaching experience, I have identified key concepts that are essential to success in your painting journey. Please download a flyer here: Beginning Drawing and Watercolor     This workshop requires professional grade supplies to ensure optimal results. Please download the Supply List: Supply List 

All workshops are limited to 12 participants and you are encouraged to sign up early to reserve your spot. Checks will not be cashed until the minimum number of participants is reached.

Save these dates and sign up early for workshops! We look forward to seeing you soon!- Barbara and Beverly

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March Workshop Registration Deadline extended-only a few spots left!

State of Grace, Watercolor by Barbara Benda

My Beginning Drawing and Watercolor 5 Day Workshop in Fargo will be held on March 14-18th,2022. The Level II workshop titled, Designing Your Watercolors for Success will be offered at another time when classrooms become available. The Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop is a prerequisite to the Level II workshop.

In the Beginning Drawing and Watercolor 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 from 11:30-12:30).

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.

Registration:  Download a workshop flyer here:Beginning Drawing and Watercolor

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 contact me to order a supply kit as soon as possible to assure availability.

Check policy: Checks are not cashed until the workshop is filled. If the workshop is cancelled for any reason, your check will be returned to you, marked, “Void”. No credit cards ,please.

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

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