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Learn new painting technique at Art Guild workshop

staff report • Jan 22, 2013 at 2:04 AM

Artists can add a new technique to their paint boxes this spring when Vera Dickerson of The Studio School in Roanoke returns to Kingsport to conduct the Kingsport Art Guild’s spring workshop.

In the two-day session, set for March 22-23 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., artists will learn a quick way to develop a painting using opaque acrylics to model form and space on a black gesso ground. With this method the values are strong the minute one adds any lights. This technique follows in the tradition of master painters who worked over dark underpaintings to produce a rich range of space and depth.

Also included in the workshop will be suggestions on paint mixing, demonstrations by the instructor, and a look at how artists in other parts of the world have made the black gesso step a part of their style and way of working.The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 22, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 23 on the third floor of the Renaissance Center.

The cost is $295 for Kingsport Art Guild members and $330 for non-members. The non-member fee includes a one-year trial membership in the Art Guild.A down payment of $75 for guild members and $85 for non-members is due by Jan. 29.

The registration form is available at kingsportartguild.com. For more information, call Nancy Jane Earnest at (423) 773-1919 or e-mail nancyjane51@charter.net.

Dickerson, a native of Pulaski County, Va., was influenced early in life by her mother, artist Lyndall Mason.

Dickerson studied art at Radford University and later at American University. After finishing graduate school, she moved to upstate New York to teach art at Keuka College. Dickerson moved to the Roanoke Valley two years later to teach art classes at Virginia Western Community College, where she received the Masters Teaching Award.

She is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art,” and is a Signature Member of the National and American Watercolor Societies.She is a founding member of The Studio School in Roanoke, Va., which she started with two other artists in 1990. The Studio School offers artists individual attention in small classes with a supportive atmosphere to help them develop a creative, personal direction.

In addition to her teaching schedule at The Studio School, Dickerson exhibits extensively in galleries and museums throughout the country.

Dickerson will speak on her work and technique in a special lecture at 7 p.m., Friday, March 22, in the workshop studio at the Renaissance Center. This lecture will be a feature of the workshopfor registered participants and will be open to the general public for a $5 suggested donation to the KAG.

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