Hirsh Studio Classroom at Wilkins


Classes and Teachers at the Wilkins Classroom

All classes are held in the large classroom located at Artists and Makers Studios 2 at 12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852.  The classroom is located on the third floor, just behind the space of Gallery 209.  Just follow the signs!  There is also a lift for access.

For more info about the vibrant artist community that is Artists and Makers Studios, check out the website, www.artistsandmakersstudios.com

Jim Auerbach —


Introduction to Digital Photography — POSTPONED

In this five-week course you will learn how to choose a digital camera, understand your camera’s controls to capture great photos, as well as the use of tripods, lighting equipment and much more. You will explore basic principles of photography. You will also examine some of the techniques you can use to turn a so-so snapshot into a great picture. In addition, we will look at image editing software, to put the final touches on your pictures, with a brief look at Adobe Photoshop.

Prerequisites:  Computer Basics or equivalent.

About Jim:  Jim Auerbach’s award-winning photographic work includes product photography for the Kennedy Center, pictures in a Library of Congress video, work as a conference photographer, and as a volunteer photographer for numerous non-profit organizations. His pictures have appeared on the CNN website, several Kennedy Center publications, newspapers and an awarding-winning children’s book. His photographs have also been included in exhibits in numerous museums, galleries, and institutions.  He has also curated photography shows.

Jim’s photography is inspired by his travels to many areas around the world.

David Daniels

misterwatercolor@gmail.com   misterwatercolor.com

Exploring Watercolor (for all levels) — 8 classes, Wednesdays, 10:30 am to 1 pm, September 19 to November 7, $300

This course will celebrate your strengths and help you identify your weaknesses. David will address color theory, composition, and most importantly setting personal goals. Individualized critiques and customized assignments will help you define and become the artist you want to be.

Open to students of all levels. This class will be filled on a first come basis. Email David for more info: misterwatercolor@gmail.com

About David:  In addition to being an award-winning working artist, David is a dynamic and engaging watercolor instructor. He is the watercolor instructor for the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, DC, is a former instructor of Montgomery College in Maryland, and he teaches workshops throughout the world. David is on the faculty of the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy.

Recently David was featured in American Artist Magazine, and his works can be found in two new publications by Rockport Publishers: The Best of Watercolor Composition and Floral Inspirations. David is included in Who’s Who in American Art.

Bonny Lundy

bonnylundyart@gmail.com  301-466-6344  BONNYLUNDY.COM

Nature in Watercolor (for all levels)– Returning in the fall–10 classes, Thursdays, 9:30 am to noon, $260  All levels–students can join any time.

Learn to paint landscapes, the ocean, marshes, dunes, flower gardens and many other subjects. Demonstrations and ongoing individual critique allows you to understand, improve and develop your personal painting style. This is a great class for intermediate to advanced students who want to have fun in a friendly atmosphere while learning.

Experimental Watermedia (for all levels)Returning in the fall–10 classes, Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 pm, April 12 to June 14, $260

Explore the possibilities of mixing media such as acrylic, pastel, charcoal, collage, and more with watercolor in abstract style.
Weekly demonstrations of technique, color mixing, composition and much more awaits the adventurous artist.  Each student will choose a subject/idea to develop and create a series of abstract paintings combining watercolor with another medium of personal choice.
Ongoing individual and group critiques will encourage students to focus on successfully making a series of works based on your personal ideas.  Some understanding of painting is suggested.
Immerse yourself in a day of color mixing, brush technique, and gesture painting from shapes of nature.  Explore color mixing on the paper, spatter mixing, letting pigment float, dropping and pouring colors, wet into wet, and glazing.  Use the wide range of values and intensity that watercolor offers.Bring something from nature that makes you want to create.  Bonny will also bring natural treasures.  Demonstrations and guidance all day.  Bring lunch.

About Bonny:   Bonny an award-winning artist and art teacher. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Council on Aging and GEICO. Bonny has exhibited at Atlantic Gallery, Orchard Gallery, Discoveries Gallery, and Baber Art Gallery as well as in many U.S. juried competitions. Her art is currently on view at Pleasant View Studio in Brookeville, Maryland and at yellowbarnstudio.com.

She has taught Outdoor Watercolor, Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media for over twenty years through Smithsonian Associates, Glen Echo Park, Yellow Barn School, and numerous other groups. She has led painting workshops to Costa Rica, Honduras, France, Italy and many U.S. locations.

Her unique painting style is both spontaneous and rich, using intuition to describe her visions. She is inspired by the extensive gardens and woodland areas around her studio, by her collections and by life experiences, history and culture. She enjoys travel painting to many diverse places,and the freshness of these adventures also carries over to her studio work where she pursues still-life painting and other creations.

Lis Zadravec

LisArts.com@gmail.com  703-404-2977  www.LisZadravec.com

New Workshop to be Scheduled Soon

About Lis:  Lis Zadravec is a CPX Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her award-winning colored pencil artwork is internationally recognized and has been published, among other places, in the book “Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil”. She has been teaching for over 2 decades. More info at Lis’s website.