Private lessons available in lieu of cancelled workshops

I am regretfully letting you know that the August workshop below has been cancelled due to Moorhead Public Schools closing until the school start in fall. I am available for private lessons at my home studio, Mourning Dove Studio in Moorhead, MN. Please contact me at 218-443-1126 to arrange to have your personal learning needs met. Thank you! 

Beginning Drawing and Watercolor 5-Day Workshop  CANCELLED due to COVID-19 mandates

with Barbara Benda Nagle

August 3-7th,2020

Moorhead Community Education

Probstfield Elementary School,

Moorhead, MN

Join Barbara Benda Nagle, professional artist and instructor, as she provides her unique curriculum for learning how to draw and paint. With over 35 years of teaching experience, she simplifies complex art concepts so all levels of learners may succeed.

 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 design your painting rather than copy photographs
  • How to create strong, dynamic compositions

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily (with lunch on your own)

Location: Probstfield Elementary School, 2410 14th Street South, Moorhead, MN

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

 Class size: Limited to the first 12 paid registrations. Social distancing will be incorporated into the classroom setting.

 Please register online at or call 218- 284-3400.

The fee of $395 will cover instruction and handouts for 5 days. Supplies are extra. A supply list is available on Barbara’s website at OR….. you may order a Supply Kit for $195 by contacting Barbara directly at The Supply Kit includes everything on the required supply list.

If you need special accommodations, or have any questions, please contact Barbara at 218-443-1126 or email her at

To learn more about the artist, please visit


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Benda Twins Art Store Opens May 1!

Beverly, my twin, and I are happy to announce the opening of our new online store, the Benda Twins Art Store. You can access an abbreviated store on this website or you can click here to see the store in its entirety  

We decided to create an online store and offer local delivery of our art to your door in the Fargo-Moorhead area for a nominal fee during the summer months.  If you are located outside of this area, please contact me to arrange shipping details as it will be handled on a case-by-case basis. This store is a great way to access original art at affordable prices. Many paintings qualify for free shipping.

Our Spring Art Sale at Mourning Dove Studio in Moorhead is postponed to  May 23-24th from 12-6pm. You are invited to attend this spring art sale event at 809 20th Street North, Moorhead, MN.

Thank you for your support of local artists like Beverly and me! We are grateful for your patronage!

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Announcing Spring Art Sale Changes

My 2020 Spring Art Sale at my Mourning Dove Studio in Moorhead will be postponed from May 2-3rd to May 23-24th, 2020, depending on Covid-19 restrictions in Minnesota. I am hopeful about keeping my art business up and running through the year. I will be having an online preview sale on this website starting May 1-22nd with curbside delivery or pick up options available within the Fargo-Moorhead area. I may also be able to ship, depending on the size of the artwork. On May 23-24th, God-willing, I will be able to host an open studio with social distancing/sanitation guidelines in place.

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