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Upcoming Classes, Workshops, and Events

I See the Farm by Barbara Benda ©2022, Watercolor.

Save these dates:

  • Rural Art Exhibit, Juried Art Show on August 10th, 2022, Red Door Art Gallery, Wahpeton, North Dakota. I have 3 paintings entered and Beverly has 2 paintings entered. Please join us for a public reception from 5:00-8:00 pm, 418 Dakota Avenue.
  • Studio Crawl Preview Exhibit at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, September 3rd- November 26th. 
  • Studio Crawl at 40 various locations in the Fargo/Moorhead area, October 1-2, 12-6pm daily. This event is free and welcomes the general public to see the workspaces of artists. Download  a brochure  at  fmva.org      My Mourning Dove Studio is #1 in the brochure, located at 809 20th Street North in Moorhead, MN. I will be doing sketching demonstrations hourly. Please stop by-bring the whole family and neighbors, too.
  • Seeing Things Differently: the Short Course in Sketching, November 2nd, 6:00-8:30 pm at the Vista Center for Education. Register through Moorhead Community Education  
  • Seeing Things Differently Part 2: Expanding Your Sketching Skills, November 16th, 6:00-8:30. Register through Moorhead Community Education

Summer Opportunities for Learning to Sketch and Paint

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

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

  • July 11th deadline extended! We have enough students to hold the class..You may sign up until Friday, July 15th via phone at 218-443-1126. You can bring your registration form and payment on Monday morning. 

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 .

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