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Watermedia Academy ~ Events

Event Status Title * Description
Watermedia Exhibition



Conceptual Currents/Watermedia Exhibition

with artists:

  • Betty O’Brien
  • Laura Neadle
  • Kate Austin-Avon

June 3-July 3

...with reception on Sat. June 6 from 5-7 pm.

at the Shirt Factory Gallery,  Suite 1207
76 Lawrence St., Glens Falls NY 12801

open Wed. through Sat. Noon to 5:00 pm.

Invitational Exhibition


Invitational Exhibition- North Country Arts

at The Rare Earth Gallery
Glen Street, Glens Falls NY 12801

Opening Party Friday May 8 6-8pm
Closing Party Saturday July 18, 2-4 pm.


Watermedia Academy Classes ~ Upcoming Sessions

Event Type Status Title * Description

Watercolor Classes

This class meets
once a week ...


"Explorations in Watercolor"

Classes Will Resume In The Fall

All skill levels are welcome and participants are encouraged to focus on the creative process and not the product. A variety of watercolor techniques and methods for starting compositions will be presented through short demonstrations and examples of a variety of applications. Betty asks participants to let go of preconceived notions and experience the medium in the spirit of exploration. This orientation to process should appeal to all  who wish to paint with joy and some abandonment of preconceived rules. Those who already own supplies can bring them to the first class and suggestions for supplementing will be given if necessary. Those new to watercolor can purchase starter sets of either student or professional grade paint if desired.

$150 (plus materials)

*A supply list for all classes is available upon request.

*available studio general supplies listed below under "things to know"


This class meets once a week on saturday mornings ...

"Expressive Drawing to Painting with watercolor/watermedia"


Classes Will Resume In The Fall   

This class is an opportunity for those with some drawing and/or painting experience to focus on individual interpretations of subjects in a process oriented approach. A variety of techniques will be reviewed and their implications for compositional and stylistic concerns investigated. One may use watercolor, acrylic, or mixed watermediums for values or color in compositions. A variety of drawing and painting materials will be available and one may supplement those provided as they desire. The class will emphasize line and shapes as structural elements in creating a composition and color and value will be applied to allow for the layering of materials or images, and the flux of change by deconstruction or reconstruction in the process of creating. Participants may work from studio set-ups, instructors references, or individual references or sketches.

$175 (with materials)

Open Studio

The studio will be open saturday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for anyone to work in their medium of choice. This will be available whenever classes are in session.

 "Open Studio Sessions"

Interested parties may use the three hour studio times for for just $25 an afternoon. No class instruction is offered, but Betty is available to answer questions and help with ongoing projects. This is a good opportunity for those who want more personal painting time or for those working on class projects. Groups of "painting fellows" are welcome.




  Watermedia Academy Workshops

    Betty is available to teach workshops for  private groups and organizations in 2016.

Event Type Dates Title & Description
Workshops sponsored by NORTH COUNTRY ARTS

2014 & 2015

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • The Influence of Color

Workshops taught for the HYDE COLLECTION in conjunction with an Audrey Flack exhibition.

2014 & 2015

  • Expressive Drawing
  • Painting 
  • “Transformed Drawing”

Workshops taught for the ADIRONDACK FOLK SCHOOL

2013 - 2016
  • Landscape in Watercolor

Upcoming 2016 workshop for NORTH COUNTRY ARTS

Sat April 9, 2016

9am - 3pm

“Techniques for Expressive Mark Making”

Learn to use techniques to mine reality and reflect personal interests and views.

Basic materials will be provided but participants may bring additional drawing and watermedia supplies if desired.

Many other Spring 2016 Workshops are available through North Country ARTS with a variety of instructors in several mediums. Most, but not all, taught in Betty’s Studio and Watermedia Academy in Suite 204 at the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, NY.

For more information on all workshops and to register go to: www.northcountryarts.org


Upcoming 2016 workshop for Saratoga Springs Public Library Series

Wed July 6, 2016

Noon to 1pm

“Artists in Action”

A series sponsored by The Saratoga Springs Public Library and Saratoga Arts featured talk and demo by Betty on her process and inspiration for creating mixed watermedia works.


Upcoming 2016 workshop for ADIRONDACK FOLK SCHOOL

Aug 11-13, 2016

“Varying the Landscape in Watercolor”

(A 3 day workshop)

Participants will investigate methods for depicting landscape elements and encouraged to compose compositions expressing personal perspectives. For more information and to register go to www.adirondackfolkschool.org

Private Lessons and Open Studio

Private or semi-private instruction

We offer private or semi-private instruction on an ongoing basis and will work to find times suitable for both instructor and student. Experience level and interests will determine individualized lessons- 

$20 an hour for semi-private and $25 for individual

Current & Upcoming Exhibits
Event When Title & Description

Central Adirondack Exhibition

Summer 2014

Central Adirondack Exhibition

At the View in Old Forge, NY


Received a juror’s award for mixed media in summer of 2014

National Fall Open

 Sept. 13- Oct. 26, 2014

National Fall Open

At the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester Vt.


 City Hall, Glens Falls

 Oct. 6-Oct.31, 2014

2nd Floor Gallery at Glens Falls, NY City Hall

solo exhibit sponsored by NCAC

Things You Need To Know
  • Payment is due on or before the first day of class.  Personal checks or cash are accepted only
  • Any missed classes must be made up before the end of a session
  • Tuition includes backing boards and clips for watercolor paper, paper towels for water control and clean-up and water containers. Watercolor paper is available (variety of types and brands) at a nominal fee. Some trays are available to use as paint pallets. Students who register will get a list of brushes and paints that are recommended to purchase. Students who already have supplies may bring them to the first session of a class and add to them later if necessary.
  • The studio is well equiped and comfortable and anyone considering a class may visit by appointment by calling 518-260-6764.
  • Studio hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-4pm (subject to change). Please call ahead to make sure something has not come up!