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Winter 2020 Newsletter

The Studio School Winter Newsletter
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Vera’s Abstract Class

In Bed With Brian (and Vera)


So, What Did You Do During Lockdown?

Martha Lalka

During the lockdown, I was fortunate to be enrolled in a class with Vera Dickerson at the Studio School. Vera held the class online through e-mail. She would demonstrate a painting by providing step by step photos and instructions. We were given insight into her planning, thought process, color choices, etc. Then we could choose to use the same technique for our own painting … or not.

When we completed a painting, we sent a photo of it to Vera for critique. Vera copied our photo and used “markers” on the computer to add little bits of color, making suggestions for ways to make the composition more e ective. It was wonderful! I learned so much from this!!! Vera’s comments were always very positive. She really knows how to make a painting sing! During the seven-week class, Vera critiqued 88 paintings!

At the end of the class, Vera o ered us an extended critique class for four more weeks. So I’m still busy painting!

Vera’s Classes Create Despite Covid!

Here are a few paintings done for Vera’s recent and current classes.

Fur and Feathers Class-Vera

Emily Swope
Ellen McGimsey
Carolyn Ward
Nancy Newhard

More Kudos

Some good news from Vera!

My painting, Blue Gown Waltz, was awarded bronze medal, 3rd Place, in SWS annual juried show.

Like all other spring exhibits, this one is virtual this year. Entire show will be on their web site on May 12.

To Our Students, Supporters, and Art Lovers

To Our Students, Supporters, and Art Lovers

During this uncertain period, non-profits are working hard to remain financially viable, while our doors are closed. The Studio School has operated for thirty years and provided art instruction to thousands of students of all ages. Our faculty is comprised of professional, working artists who bring knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm to their students. We love our students and look forward to seeing them in one of the exciting classes we are eager to start, as soon as the coronavirus is behind us.

Please consider making a donation to our school to help us weather this time. Any amount would be appreciated. We are a 501c3 non-profit.

Click on the front page to make a donation.

Studio School Summer Workshop with Joan Fullerton

As many of you are aware, Virginia is a state adhering to the social distancing policies and folks have been asked to shelter in place.

Due to this Jane has been working with Joan to consider a September date for the workshop.

If you have questions, please contact Jane.

Thank you for your support!

Colorado artist Joan Fullerton returns to our school for another workshop. She is a talented, dynamic, and entertaining teacher. The title of this workshop is Intuitive Acrylic and Mixed Media.


Joan Fullerton Workshop

Vera’s Greens Demo Example

Talismans. “These dented old brass pockets hold bits of magic for warding off the evil eye. Moroccans also use the Hand of Fatima, or raising their own hand to ward off bad wishes.”